Cotton Exchange Terrace


New roof terrace: Grade II Listed Cotton Exchange building, Liverpool.



Liverpool, 2016
Commercial refurbishment
Listed Building Consent
RIBA Work Stages 0-3
Client: Bruntwood

The project seeks to reconfigure an existing vacant suite within the Cotton Exchange in order to provide dedicated roof terrace, drawing a connection between the late C20 portion of the building and its setting in the wider group of structures; using the design as a medium for an unexpected experience of the Liverpool city roofscape.

Cotton Exchange Building is a Grade II Listed structure characterised by a complexity born of substantial modification. It is best surmised as a complex of structures, comprising the original 1906 building, through to the replacement block fronting Old Hall Street.

To intervene in this context is to engage with the complexity of the layers; to offer new perspectives on the building by affording access to hitherto inaccessible spaces, revealing from the inside out this remarkable building, and its setting within the commercial district of Liverpool.

The surviving 1906 structure is of exemplary quality, featuring innovative construction techniques such as cast iron modular facades, contrasting with the Portland stone elevation to Bixteth Street. The front portion of the building, an elaborate classical facade with towers facing Old Hall Street, was replaced by an office building in the 1960s.

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