PLP Architecture opens Japan office

London-based PLP Architecture has opened its second overseas office with a studio in Japan, located in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. PLP Architecture has have been praised for its “sustainable, smart and well-being centred design”, working with leading developers in countries like China, Australia, and Russia, as well as across Europe and the Middle East. Completed projects include The Edge in Amsterdam, quoted “the smartest building in the world” by Bloomberg and Sky Central in London which won “2017 The Best of the Best award” from BCO (British Council for Offices) for the most advanced exemplary workplace. Lee Polisano, president of PLP welcomed the step into new territory, attributing PLP’s choice of location to “the strong local economy and a growing interest in innovative build- ings with sustainable, smart, human- centred design ideas.”

“Our expansion is a key step in allowing us to bring to bear our expertise on a wider range of projects.” Polisano noted, “Tokyo is a commercial and cultural hub and we believe establishing our local presence will allow PLP to build a strong foundation in Asia.” PLP Tokyo office is led by Raita Nakajima, who has worked with PLP for more than 10 years and has wealth of experience in high profile international projects in UK, Europe, Middle East, Japan and South East Asia. Together in close collaboration with London based Japanese director Midori Ainoura and PLP president Lee Polisano, the PLP international team looks forward to serving local as well as global clients interested in opportunities in Japan and South East Asia.


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects & Hawkins\Brown for Bristol university library

A new £80m library development is to be built at the heart of the University of Bristol’s Clifton Campus. The University of Bristol has appointed a

collaborative team formed by British archi- tecture studio Hawkins\Brown and the Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to design the project for the university’s “revitalisation” of its Clifton Campus. Engineering firm BuroHappold is the third member of the team. The international competition called for

architect-led teams to design a contempo- rary library, while acknowledging the conservation setting and abiding by the university’s high standard of sustainability. The team will now begin work to

develop a detailed design which will involve consultation with future users of the library and the public as well as a broad range of stakeholders in the landmark project. Adam Cossey, partner at

Hawkins\Brown, noted the potential for the library to have a “catalytic effect on the university’s wider plan to revitalise the Clifton Campus,” intending that the library


provide a “space for knowledge and social exchange between the university commu- nity and the wider public.” “Libraries make a difference in people’s

lives”, said Morten Schmidt, founding partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen, adding “this building will be a beacon of knowl- edge and it will play a vital part in the life and experience of the University of Bristol and the city of Bristol itself. Schmidt continued: “It will be a sustain-

able, contemporary, welcoming, and fun place to be – while remaining in harmony with the rich traditions and history of its surroundings.” The project intends the new library to

help form a gateway to the Clifton Campus, which the university has wider plans to remodel over the next five years to create a welcoming ‘heart’ to the university — for students, staff and members of the public alike. Professor Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor

and president of the University of Bristol, said that the new library would form an “integral part of the academic experience” for students and staff.


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