The 143 year old tea clipper has re-opened to the public after a fire nearly destroyed it during restoration work in 2007. The core element of Grimshaw Architects’ ambitious restoration plans has been to raise it 3m from the floor of the dry concrete dock in which it has been berthed since the fifties. This subterranean void is now a cavernous visitor and exhibition centre, crowned by the giant spreading hull of the ship overhead. The remainder of the space above is enclosed by a diagrid glass canopy that extends from the rim of the hull to the former dock edge. The glazing is also solar coated to protect the ship from summer heat. The ship is supported by 24 steel cradle struts that extend diagonally from the ships upper deck and engineered by Buro Happold.
London based Colin Streater specializes in adding life and atmosphere to his imagery of large architectural venues, corporate interiors and the urban landscape by adding a human element, making the places he photographs look more aspirational and desirable than standard architectural photography.
Shooting with the latest digital technology, he provides a full professional service at all stages of the project, including the ability to do extensive post-production work.
Clients enjoy the relaxed ambience of his shoots and describe his work as clean, airy and friendly. This is partly a result of his distinctive approach to the spaces he photographs but also his attention to detail and the human context he adds.
For his personal work Colin takes a step away from the human perspective and studies the way humans interact with, adapt to and mould themselves onto the planet. Large scale panoramas taken from unusual perspectives show this relationship and how despite humanity's best efforts it is still totally controlled by the planet's characteristics.