ADP Architecture is one of those practices that has been around for more than 50 years now and whose aim is to challenge every single constraint given to obtain the best result for both the community involved and the environment. Their care and sense of responsibility for the existing built environment have to be praised. One can notice both in their sketches as well as in their studio vibe that they do not create mere architecture, rather a sense of belonging and an identity best described as a “positive architecture.”

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Culture & Community

Project 1: The Forum | ADP Architecture

Do you think one client may be already too much sometimes? What about three of them for just one project? The Forum is one of those projects designed by ADP Architecture that not only mediates between people, community, and environment but answers the needs of three different clients. Needless to say, that besides its learning resource hub, cultural venue, and public square the project was also conceived as flexible as possible so that it may be future-proof.  

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The Forum sketch_©www.adp-architecture.com
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The Forum scheme_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Project 2: Clay Farm Community Centre

Hubs have become more and more present in today’s architecture, yet, unless properly designed, they could be total failures. However, ADP studio came with a foolproof recipe for managing such a program: get the community involved by giving people their chance to take part in the design process. 

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Clay Farm Community Centre sketch_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Clay Farm Community Centre site plan_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Clay Farm Community Centre scheme_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Clay Farm Community Centre exterior perspective_©www.adp-architecture.com

Healthcare

Project 3: Delamere Support and Information Centre

When carefully and thoughtfully designed, architecture can be by itself a place of relief, that could bring a positive impact even in regrettable situations. Delamere Support and Information Centre is one of those centers where people diagnosed with cancer can look for support in a friendly, comfy, and serene environment.

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Delamere Support and Information Centre sketch_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Delamere Support and Information Centre interior perspective_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Delamere Support and Information Centre exterior perspective_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Project 4: Salford Royal Hospital

No type of building is permanent and unchangeable; they all need to be considered according to their specificity. Hospitals make no exceptions, and ADP proved that even by slight adjustments to the existing paradigms, architects could achieve impressive results that would ultimately better serve the users of the building. 

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Salford Royal Hospital sketches_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Salford Royal Hospital interior perspective_©www.adp-architecture.com
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Salford Royal Hospital interior perspective_©www.adp-architecture.com

Higher Education

Project 5: The Sir William Henry Bragg Building | ADP Architecture

Research is all about collaboration, but in order to make people with different backgrounds and interests come together and get the most out of their working together, some changes have to be done. Considering one had to fit those cutting-edge research facilities into a Grade II listed Old Mining Building, the interventions prove to be imperative.

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The Sir William Henry Bragg Building exterior perspective_©www.adp-architecture.com
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The Sir William Henry Bragg Building sketch_©www.adp-architecture.com
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The Sir William Henry Bragg Building scheme

Project 6: The Laidlaw Library

Being asked to fit in a library in-between two Grade II listed churches can be quite a challenge. Yet, ADP Architecture proves they can carry out contemporary interventions even in the close vicinity of heritage sites without altering their presence, but by enhancing it. 

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The Laidlaw Library sketch
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The Laidlaw Library scheme
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The Laidlaw Library exterior perspective
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The Laidlaw Library interior perspective

Hospitality & Leisure

Project 7: Oxford Castle

Some nowadays prisons may be considered true 5-star hotels, if considering their facilities, yet, back in the days, the circumstances were totally different. Therefore, when commissioned to turn a former prison into a hotel, a handful of architects may find it rather challenging, while only a few of them may succeed.

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Oxford Castle sketch
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Oxford Castle site plan
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Oxford Castle scheme
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Oxford Castle interior perspective

Project 8: Spanish City

When dealing with historic buildings, one may find himself lost among the multitude of intervention philosophies. However, architects have to understand that the best way to preserve buildings is to use them. Thus, abandoned buildings have to be given back to their communities, even if, sometimes, this may imply a fresh “look.”

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Spanish City render
Spanish City interior_©www.adp-architecture.com
Spanish City interior
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Spanish City site plan

Residential

Project 9: Private House, Sevenoaks

Traditional settings can be seen as a challenge, especially when one has to design in an area that has a particular vibe. In most of those situations, architects fail to push themselves to create designs that (just) fit in. Hopefully, ADP Architecture is no such studio.

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Private House, Sevenoaks sketch
Private House, Sevenoaks sketch_©www.adp-architecture.com
Private House, Sevenoaks sketch
Private House, Sevenoaks render_©www.adp-architecture.com
Private House, Sevenoaks render

Project 10: Elmsbrook Local Centre | ADP Architecture

Communities are not generated by their buildings but by their people. That is why, in such cases, the buildings designed have to be as flexible as possible so that they allow the people using them to leave footprints. Fortunately, the footprint has nothing to do with carbon in this case, as the project is the UK’s first zero-carbon development.

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Elmsbrook Local Centre render
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Elmsbrook Local Centre sketch
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Elmsbrook Local Centre sketch

Project 11: Fort Bovisand | ADP Architecture

Architecture interventions often have the power of regenerating forsaken sites. Fort Bovisand is one such example. ADP studio succeeded in proposing a revitalizing solution for the spectacular site that includes both new public amenities as well as private housing units. 

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Fort Bovisand sketch
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Fort Bovisand scheme
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Fort Bovisand render
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Fort Bovisand render

Project 12: St. John’s School

St. John’s School is another project that proves contemporary insertions can be a solution for heritage buildings IF properly designed and considered in a sensitive dialogue with their surroundings. The existing historic context of the school needed to accommodate new facilities, to which it would harmonize carefully.   

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St. John’s School exterior perspective
St. John’s School interior perspective_©www.adp-architecture.com
St. John’s School interior perspective
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St. John’s School interior perspective

Project 13: Durston House School

Durston House School is one of the projects ADP Architecture built from scratch. They managed to stay true to the values that were so characteristic for the preparatory school while also promoting flexibility and a sustainable design. 

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Durston House School site plan
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Durston House School model
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Durston House School exterior perspective

Workplace

Project 14: Office Building Extension on White Rose Office Park

Even when designing an extension, the studio focuses first and foremost on the general well-being of the users, but at the same time succeeds in delivering a contemporary looking piece of architecture that makes the most out of its whereabouts.

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Office Building Extension on White Rose Office Park exterior perspective
Office Building Extension on White Rose Office Park sketch_©www.adp-architecture.com
Office Building Extension on White Rose Office Park sketch
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Office Building Extension on White Rose Office Park sketch

Project 15: White Rose Office Park Masterplan | ADP Architecture

Sustainability becomes more and more present in the designs of office buildings. White Rose Office Park is definitely one of those examples that were involved in raising the bar for low environmental impact workplace developments. 

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White Rose Office Park Masterplan sketch
White Rose Office Park Masterplan sketch_©www.adp-architecture.com
White Rose Office Park Masterplan sketch
White Rose Office Park Masterplan render_©www.adp-architecture.com
White Rose Office Park Masterplan render

Reference

https://www.adp-architecture.com/

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