SB+C Architecture is the US operating arm of Scott Brownrigg, a global top 100 architectural and interior design practice, ranked within the UK top 10. Although SB+C Architecture is a large global firm, they focus on what makes them different, which is their commitment and sense of responsibility to the world and to the industry.
They define themselves as a firm that has a duty to fight for the concept and to make design the guiding force for change. SB+C is a stakeholder owned and run company that uses research and collaboration to push forward and challenge industry beliefs and techniques.
Their goal is simple: To leave the world better than they found it.
History and Past Projects
SB+C Architecture was founded back in 1910 when Annesley Harold Brownrigg (1882-1935) won a series of architectural competitions and took his winnings to start his own firm. By 1918, Brownrigg built a successful practice in Guildford with Leslie Hiscock and it is the point at which they begin to include industrial, commercial, educational and recreational projects.
Annesley passes away in 1935 and passes the practice to Leslie and his son John Brownrigg (1911-2002). By 1946, John meets Newman Turner and set up Brownrigg and Turner in 1948, and then in 1958, Scott Brownrigg and Turner is formed after joining forces with another Guildford practice run by John’s old friend Duncan Scott.
In the early 1960s, Brownrigg was tasked with many top notch residential projects, which gave them an opportunity to try out new techniques and ways of providing residential options. It is during this time that Brownrigg was able to research and develop timber-framed pre-fabricated houses.
In 1977, Scott Brownrigg and Turner wins the competition to design Heathrow Terminal 4, which opens in 1985. Later going on to design Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport in 1989. By this time the practice has 200 staff and is considered one of the largest in the UK.
In 2004 they rebrand to Scott Brownrigg. By 2009, the Firm wins the AJ100 South East and London Practice of the Year award. Their Cardiff studio goes on to win the AJ100 Wales Practice of the Year Award for three consecutive years from 2011-2013.
In 2015 their New York studio opens, followed by their Amsterdam studio opening in 2018.
Cutting Edge Research and Development
The centre of expertise within Scott Brownrigg also known as the Design Research Unit represents the leading edge of their thinking. It was started by Brownrigg in 2004 and “…it powers change at the firm and across the industry through collaboration and open source intelligence.”
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As a company they aim to provide talent at all levels with the recognition they deserve and a nurturing professional environment. By giving staff equal access to mentoring, wide-ranging training, and development, they are able to create a strong working culture and meritocracy. They support diversity and inclusion at all levels of the business and gender balance throughout the firm, as they view diverse perspectives as crucial to consistently creating top notch work.
This atmosphere of openness means everyone is empowered to fight for their ideas. They are encouraged to listen, to explore every angle together. To push themselves, creatively, in business and as a team.
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As you scroll through the following three projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.
SB+C Architecture Projects
Financial District Coastal Improvement Program (FDCIP)
The aim of the Financial District Coastal Improvement Program [FDCIP] is to design a multifaceted waterfront improvement initiative that mitigates flood risk, reduces the pollution of New York City’s waterways, creates a vibrant open waterfront and spurs increased real estate value from Battery Park to Corlears Hook.
Our proposal for the FDCIP is facilitated by moving the southernmost section of the elevated FDR Drive to a tunnel, which dually functions as an underground expressway and a catch basin for storm water overflow. Minimizing traffic congestion and pollution at street level, improving junctions and moving them below grade to create new development opportunities and providing the potential to create a vibrant, accessible, open waterfront.
Photos by SB+C Architecture
New York Wind Turbine
Their concept has been inspired by the “expect the unexpected” concept. Our dual-purpose Wind Turbine, offers a dynamic viewing experience; from up close high-level views of Park Avenue Skyscrapers to unobstructed northern views for the length of Park Avenue and beyond; offering a first time perspective for the public to enjoy. And there is an environmentally conscious twist; it is powered by the wind passing between the buildings towards its strategic location and as the turbine slows down the energy is captured and stored for re-use or deployment elsewhere within the city.
Photos by SB+C Architecture
Three Rivers Academy
Three Rivers Academy replaces the former Rydens Enterprise School. The 1,875 pupil school and sixth form is a rare example of a new school procured outside the typical Government contractor-led UK model. Commissioned by the Surrey based Multi-Academy Trust – The Howard Partnership Trust, the new school provides high quality, spacious facilities to inspire 21st Century learning.
The entrepreneurial approach allowed the brief and design to be developed directly with the end-user client. A specialist educationalist worked along with the School Administration to generate a comprehensive and progressive Educational Design Brief, which was then tested over a period of several months through extensive consultation with staff and pupils. A key goal they wanted to achieve was the ability to have all of the school remain under one roof to facilitate transition and travel for the pupils.
The conceptual build-up of the limbs is akin to a stick of rock, the outer shell, or standing seam cladding acts as a protective sheath which, if sliced through anywhere along the limb would reveal the distinctive House color within.
Photos by SB+C Architecture
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