Chips Apartment building by ALSOP architects
Quirky, bold and robust, Chips forms the first major development for the Alsop-designed masterplan for New Islington in Manchester, UK.
New Islington, Manchester's Millennium Community, is situated between the Ashton and Rochdale canals on the Northern edge of Manchester City Centre. Launched in 2002, Alsop's Strategic Framework for New Islington, lays out an exceptional place, modelled around new canal arms and an inspiring landscape.
Commissioned by Urban Splash in 2002, Chips presents the first new apartments for sale in New Islington was designed by Will Alsop whose building was inspired by three fat chips piled on top of one another. The building comprises three equal-height, long, thin new build masses (Chips) approximately 100m long by 14m wide stacked and staggered upon one another creating an elevated ground floor and eight levels comprising 142 one, two and three bedroom apartments.
The building is clad in a composite wall faced with a cladding covered in newspaper print with text that echoes the industrial heritage of the Ancoats area.
The design provides a mix of living and studio units and commercial space within a single project. The project defines a quality of living by combining outstanding design with technological innovation while embracing key concepts of sustainability, integration into the urban landscape and the provision of inspirational and sensational apartment units.
The building's apartment types range from studio spaces to three bed apartments. There is also a variety of differing external balconies. The apartments are planned internally around a central 'pod' unit, housing the bathroom and kitchen areas. The apartments can be open plan or sub-divided by the use of large folding screens.
The scheme achieves a BREEAM Eco-Homes Excellent rating, conforms to the Manchester Methodist Housing Trust scheme's stringent development standards and also meets the Sustainability guidelines as set out by the UK Homes and Communities agency as apart of the 'millennium community' programme.
It marks another significant milestone for New Islington, which will become even more of a community once the residents of Chips move into their apartments in 2009.
2010 RIBA Regional Award (North West)
2010 Institution of Structural Engineers International Awards, Community or Residential Structures, Commendation
2010 Concrete Society Awards, Building Category, Commendation