HKR Architects UK
The new Westminster Theatre north of Victoria
Station in central London replaces the existing fire-damaged theater that previously occupied the
site. This mixed-use new building development is
nearly 40,000 square feet and incorporates 31
luxury apartments on the seven upper floors, with
a new 150-seat theater at ground/basement level.
The original design concept was primarily a residential development. However, when this was
rejected, the design of the theatre was added,
thus maintaining the heritage of the site. In addition to the theatre and apartments, there will be a
café bar and an undercover car park.
The building is constructed from portland stone
cladding panels over a glazed theatre box enclosure at ground-floor level. The upper stories are
constructed from western red cedar cladding panels, polyester powder coated aluminum windows
and a lightweight zinc clad mansard roof.
HKR benefited from the coordination of services
the Bentley Building Information Modeling solutions offer. A number of issues would have
proved far more difficult had it not been for the
ease with which the BIM software allowed the
firm to share and clarify information with the other organizations
working on the project. The use of
the TriForma visualizations also
helped clarify questions within the
team and, therefore, saved the
client money. ;
BIM FOR SIMULATION AND VISUALIZATION
money savings, this allows the firm to discuss the
form of a project at a very early stage.
niques in MicroStation allow flexible remodeling
of models that was previously not possible. ;
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The project is a new city baths complex in the
town center of Ålesund, a small city on the west
coast of Norway that burned to the ground in
1904 and was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style.
The project is in the town center. It consists of a
main training pool, a children’s pool, waterslides,
adventure pools and a health and fitness area
reserved for adults.
The firm estimates that using 3D models saved
200 hours in the design phase. Drawing tech-
Traditionally, because of the cost and time
involved, 3D models are built only at the end of
the design phase. This meant that much of the
design phase was over before the architect got to
see how the building was formed.
Using MicroStation, all architects in the office can
to create their own models at will, without any
particular skill in modeling, and entirely at their
own pace. Far more important than any time or