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Atkins Release Cardiff Bay Pointe Images

World famous architects Atkins have released new details and images of the scheme they have been designing in Cardiff as part of the planned Sports Village called Bay Pointe, presumably as the 'e' adds that touch of class.

The three towers are nautically named Mizzen, Genoa and Spinnaker and will reach 36, 28 and 21 floors although someone should really point out there’s already a rather famous maritime inspired Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth.

In addition to the three towers, developer Allied Developments Europe aim to build a series of low rise crescents that when added to their taller neighbours will provide 997 new homes.

The entire development is heavily influenced by modernist ideas with the crescents following circular patterns and paths that cut through their green surroundings as if Le Corbusier had designed the project himself.

You could argue there's also a touch of his influence in the building design, just as the great man believed that all buildings should be white so these are too with the only ornamentation on the sides of the towers being the blue glass windows that punctuate the curving sides of the structure. The front and backs meanwhile have blue glass sneaking up them. It's much more likely they are just following the popular blue and white colour schemes that many seaside towers now have, Brighton Marina being a recent case in point.

The shapes of the towers however appear to owe more to that famous Atkins design in Dubai, the 321m tall Burj Al Arab, proof that they can come up with waterside skyscrapers of the highest quality and something that bodes well for the eventual quality of the finish of the scheme. We're guessing though from the naming and the location in the marina the shapes of the tower are inspired most of all by ships sails, architects like that sort of contextualism.

Bay Pointe is part of the larger Cardiff Bay development and is set to take up about a quarter of the land that has been set aside for it. With the aspirations of Cardiff to be an Olympic training base the developers hope that this £200 million section of the development, along with the rest of it, will be complete in time for 2012.

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Sports Village Tower 1

Sports Village Tower 1
Sports Village Tower 2

Sports Village Tower 2
Sports Village Tower 3

Sports Village Tower 3
Bay Pointe Cardiff
Bay Pointe Cardiff
Bay Pointe Cardiff
Bay Pointe Cardiff