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Sainsbury's Supermarket - Central Milton Keynes

Electric vista. - Mel Howse
Rendered image - Q2 Architects
Looking south along elevation - Mel Howse - image credit to Q2 Architects
Rendered perspective - Q2 Architects
Artist's impression. - Peter Hutton - Architectural Illustrator
Looking North. - Mel Howse
Looking South along glazed facade. - Mel Howse
Section drawn through travellator hall - Mel Howse - drawing credit BAM Construct
Travellator hall - Mel Howse
Animated environment.  Canvas 2 & 1 from inside the store. - Mel Howse
A cathedral of commerce - Mel Howse
Canvas 1 - Mel Howse
Canvases 1 & 2 - Mel Howse
Detail from canvas 3. - Mel Howse
Detail from canvas 2 - Mel Howse
Detail from canvas 1. Etched hand-blown glass, stain and  vitreous enamel - Mel Howse
Detail from canvas 5 - Mel Howse
Detail canvas 3 - Mel Howse
Mel Howse - work in progress - Mel Howse
Location: Milton Keynes, Witan Gate, C4.1 CMK
This was a large £30m mixed-use development to provide a space for a large superstore, commercial space and 402 apartments and houses.

The Art: Enamelled and toughened glass with antique glass and etched surfaces, incorporated into the curtain walling of much of the west elevation street-scene stretching over 100m in all. The art focused on animating the space within the store as well as adding individuality to the scheme, and making this flagship store a landmark. The art functions on very many levels. Day and night; close to and far away. It is both for those who use the store and those using the surrounding area.

This work was made by hand despite scale and pushed the boundaries of enamelling on glass with vitreous enamels.

Size: 500sqm glazed facade
Date: Spring 2008
Team: Q2 Architects with Abbeygate Developments, MTW Architectural and HBG Construction