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13 Apr 2022
Grimshaw to Design First of Four “Metaserai” in Pax.World Announces Partnership With Renowned Architecture Firm As It Begins First Land Sale In Metaverse For All

April 13th, 2022 — opened its first public land sale in its planned metaverse for all with the announcement of a strategic partnership with Grimshaw, the globally renowned architecture firm known for its innovation and rigorous approach to detailing underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design.

Founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980, Grimshaw was selected to design the first of four “metaserai,” or central gathering places for’s inhabitants, that harken to the famed caravanserai or “caravan palaces” of the great overland trade routes of a bygone age. Like their ancient counterparts, which were the backbone of trade and cultural exchange for the civilizations of the time,’s metaserai will serve as focal points where people of all backgrounds, identities, languages and economic circumstances can gather, socialize, transact, learn and grow as a community.

A Grimshaw-designed immersive exhibit at Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, which closed on March 31:
Grimshaw-designed immersive exhibit at Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo
image : Grimshaw

“From our founding, Grimshaw has led the design and architecture industry in the development of buildings that are adaptable, consider change, flexibility of use and sustainable principles to extend their life and use,” Grimshaw Chairman Andrew Whalley said.

“The emerging virtual world—the metaverse—provides us an opportunity to extend and expand this thinking, and the invitation to design a metaserai within is an opportunity for us to further understand the perception of spaces in architecture and their life beyond the physical world.

“It will be our knowledge and development of building physics, design, engineering, adaptability, environment and construction that will enable us to consider the qualities of space without these material constraints. Over the course of the pandemic, we have all learned the critical importance of continued connectivity using digital platforms, however we also suffered from the lack of social exchange that the traditional workplace offers. We see the metaverse as offering an incredible opportunity to build on the global connectivity of digital platforms while reintroducing the social sense of connectivity from a shared environment. We look forward to developing with, within the context of today’s social, economic and environmental disparities, a commitment to fundamentally address where our physical, real, and precious nature-based future could be.” opened its initial sale of 100 parcels of land this week to the platform’s backers as well as 100 eligible buyers selected from among thousands of whitelisted individuals. They gain early access to develop their land prior to’s official launch this summer.

“Our vision for is of a welcoming virtual community that is accessible to everyone, everywhere, with minimal technology requirements,” said founder and chief technology officer Frank Fitzgerald. “It will be accessible from a web browser on a basic laptop or a mobile device with the same utility as a desktop computer with powerful graphics card and VR headset. This kind of ability to connect has the potential to be life-changing, and that’s what is set to achieve. We look forward to working with the team at Grimshaw as they apply their architectural vision and design philosophy to the virtual canvas of the metaverse.”

Grimshaw-designed exhibit at Terra, Sustainability Pavilion, Dubai Expo 2020:
Grimshaw exhibit Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion Dubai Expo 2020
picture from Grimshaw

About is an open metaverse platform that offers advanced audio, video and chat features as well as life-like avatars. It will provide rich, interactive experiences that facilitate socialization, education, entertainment, commerce and more. This is achieved via a performance-optimized virtual world with users having the ability to build and buy 3D assets like buildings and highly detailed models.

The creation of in-world assets broadly revolves around real estate, art, fashion, collectibles and other digital goods that will use’s native token, $PAXW, facilitating the creation of a user-focused virtual economy. was recognized with the Best Metaverse Award at the AIBC Summit in Dubai in March 2022.

12 June 2019
Grimshaw appoints Andrew Whalley to Chairman
Andrew succeeds Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, who founded this architecture practice in 1980.
Andrew Whalley Sir Nicholas Grimshaw architect UK
photograph courtesy of Grimshaw architects
Grimshaw appoints Andrew Whalley to Chairman

29 Jun 2018
Grimshaw named ‘International Practice of the Year’

Grimshaw has been awarded International Practice of the Year at the Architects’ Journal AJ100 Awards, for the second time in three years. Grimshaw was also nominated for Employer of the Year, Practice of the Year, and Best Use of Technology.

The award, which celebrates the 100 largest architectural practices in the United Kingdom, is a recognition of a practice’s global reach, growth, and business practices. The AJ called Grimshaw the ‘stand-out winner of this category’.

A long period of growth for the architecture practice has in the past year been marked by expansion into new offices in Dubai, Los Angeles, a project office in Paris, and several high-profile project wins and completions around the world. The AJ drew particular attention to the practice’s success in cross-office working, with project teams made up of staff of over 46 different nationalities collaborating on projects and sharing knowledge internationally.

The judges said of the practice: “With its impressive network of autonomous studios across the globe, the judges praised the excellent knowledge transfer and collaboration within this stand-out practice.” The judges went on to say that, in all, Grimshaw is a practice that ‘resonates’ internationally and ‘recognises its strength as a satellite organisation, leading from different places’.

Significantly, through 2017 and 2018 the practice has completed the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in the USA, a collection of commercial projects in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, while the redeveloped London Bridge Station opened to the public.

21 Nov 2017
Shanghai Disney Resort’s Tomorrowland, China
Shanghai Disney Resort Tomorrowland by Grimshaw
photograph : Stefen Chow
Shanghai Disney Resort’s Tomorrowland in Shanghai
Grimshaw has recently completed an exciting collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering at the Shanghai Disney Resort’s Tomorrowland. Working hand in hand with the Imagineers, the Grimshaw team has designed a unique experience for guests to the company’s newest theme park.

2 Nov 2017
Grimshaw opens Dubai office

This week marked the official launch of Grimshaw’s Dubai office, located in the D3 Design District. After many years of working on projects in the Middle East, the Dubai office will act as a central hub for the projects in the region, a number of which are now on site.

Grimshaw Dubai architects office:
Grimshaw Dubai architects office

A key part of Grimshaw’s design ethos is to gain a deep understanding of project locations in order to become immersed in the local culture and environment. While providing the opportunity for face-to-face client support, the Dubai office is also set up to collaborate with other Grimshaw offices across the global network to encourage knowledge exchange within the company.

The architectural practice continues to work on projects initiated from its Doha office, but now with an added office resource in the UAE to support a major project in its design and construction; the Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion.

Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion design by Grimshaw:
Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion design by Grimshaw

Set to open in October 2020, the pavilion is a celebration of ecology and will be a working demonstration of sustainable design. The core exhibition building is crowned by an over-arching roof structure with sizable photovoltaic panels designed to draw energy from the sun to power the site, and a series of ‘solar trees’ are designed to harvest water from the humid atmosphere. Importantly, as a legacy project for the Dubai Expo, the Sustainability Pavilion will remain on site as a permanent fixture.

Other key projects in the region include a high-end retail and entertainment destination; a grand-scale botanic garden in Oman; and a number of transit, sports and leisure projects in Qatar.

Architectural models in Grimshaw Dubai D3 Design District office – exhibition titled ‘Emergence’:
Grimshaw Dubai D3 Design District office

The Dubai office is currently displaying an exhibition titled ‘Emergence’, which explores three themes within Grimshaw’s work in the Middle East: ecology, legacy and future urbanism. Additional initiatives include an Open House and VR Workshop at Dubai Design Week on November 14th – 15th, 2017.

12 Apr 2017

Grimshaw News 2017

Grimshaw launches Aeris seating system

Grimshaw has added a dynamic and original airport seating system to its portfolio. The system joins a number of the world’s most pivotal aviation schemes, with projects at all scales including the upcoming landmark Heathrow expansion and a new concourse for Heathrow’s existing Terminal Two.

Heathrow Vision by Grimshaw

The Aeris seating system, designed for Tecno, launched at Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam last month. The system is borne from a longstanding partnership between Grimshaw and Tecno, who have spent the previous 12 months working through a rigorous design and prototyping process.

Aeris is a response to the needs of the rapidly changing airport environment. With a highly durable and striking die-cast aluminium leg structure, its elegant appearance belies a highly flexible modular system capable of accommodating various accessibility needs. Above all, it is crafted as the pinnacle in comfort. The Aeris system is available now via Tecno.

Heathrow Vision by Grimshaw design

Grimshaw are engaged to provide architectural and urban design expertise in the development of Heathrow Airport’s plans for expansion.

The expansion will deliver a world-class sustainable airport, championing the very best of British design, making Heathrow the largest transport hub in the whole of Europe. A blend of culture and hospitality will meet cutting-edge passenger processing, with new technology and energy-reducing measures realising Heathrow’s aspirations for the world’s leading sustainable airport.

Estimates show the development providing a potential £211 bn in growth and up to 180,000 jobs for the UK. It will also connect up to 120 direct long haul destinations, making the UK the most connected country in the world.

Website: Heathrow Vision by Grimshaw

25 Oct 2016

Grimshaw Studio News

Grimshaw launches new film series

“We are excited to unveil a collection of short films that capture the myriad of stories behind our projects. Produced by Oxford Film & Television, the stories span the practice’s history from the late 60s to the present day. Experience the schemes that define our practice and how we work, with unique insights from key architects, clients and the people who use our buildings on a daily basis.

Grimshaw Stories film series

The films will be released in pairs fortnightly on the Stories page of the new website: Available to view now are the Fulton Center and igus Headquarters films; sign up at the bottom of the page to receive notification of each film release.

The brand new site incorporates these stories to present an overview of Grimshaw today, operating around the globe, working on a great variety of projects. Project pages are enriched with detail from concept to completion, there is in-depth information about our practice’s culture, and the chance to contact any of our global offices for new work or recruitment opportunities.

We hope you enjoy the insight into our practice.”

Grimshaw : main page on this architecture practice – news + building info

‘Elements’ Exhibition
1 Apr 2014 – ‘Elements’ industrial design exhibition debuts in Milan, Italy.

Grimshaw, in association with Poltrona Frau, presents Elements Exhibition at the FuoriSalone in Milan, Italy from 8th April until 13th April.

Elements showcases the work of Grimshaw Industrial Design, including the latest bespoke projects from the practice, as well as a range of industrial design components embedded in some of the company’s more prominent architectural projects.
Presented inside prefabricated steel cases, the exhibition will feature mixed-media content including photography, drawings, models and structural details. Several key projects in the exhibition will be brought to life using the latest 3D-augmented reality technology, which can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet through a specially developed Elements app.

The Queens Museum of Art Building
image : Courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art

Grimshaw Industrial Design Projects:

– Fulton Center, New York, NY, USA
– Queens Museum, New York, NY, USA
– Crossrail Components, London, UK
– Spine Concourse Seating, New York, NY, USA
– Planetarium Chair, Miami, FL, USA
– Elements Table, New York, NY, USA

‘Working in the Future City’ panel discussion and reception
4 Mar 2013 – Working in the Future City is the second Urban Research Unit event of 2013 and the first to be held in London. The debate will examine current working patterns within London and New York and will discuss how they have shaped both cities.
Tuesday 19 Mar 2013 6.30pm – 8pm (doors at 6.00pm)
Grimshaw, 57 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5NG

Chair: Matthew Taylor Chief Executive of the RSA

Neil Lee Head of Socio-Economic Centre, The Work Foundation
David Twohig Development Director at Battersea Power Station Development Co.
Indy Johar Architect and co-founder 00:/

Urban Research Unit (URU) is founded by Grimshaw and FutureCity in collaboration with the Fellows of the RSA. URU is a one-year research project focused on urban design, masterplanning and placemaking. It will include a series of eight panel discussions, four in London and four in New York, that will use various urban factors to compare and contrast New York and London.
Urban Research Unit: communications(at)

Grimshaw Extends Its Reach
8 Oct 2012 – In response to project opportunities in various regions of the world, Grimshaw is growing its practice through the establishment of an office in Doha, Qatar, the invitation of four new partners to the partnership, and the establishment of a Managing Partner for International Operations. All of these moves are rooted in the optimism and conviction of the practice as it builds upon its reputation for inventive, innovative architecture across all building sectors and across the globe.

Recognizing the potential of the region, Grimshaw has committed to a permanent presence in Doha, the capital of the rapidly ascending nation of Qatar. The practice is currently working with the New Doha International Airport to deliver a suite of buildings on their expanding campus including the headquarters for the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. The new Doha office, in addition to supporting current projects, will also play a strategic role in the procurement of further work in the Middle East region, bringing the thoughtful, personal service that Grimshaw is known for to this part of the world.

Declan McCafferty ; Neill McClements ; Andrew Thomas ; Juan Porral
Declan McCafferty Neill McClements Andrew Thomas Juan Porral
pictures from Grimshaw

Growth in our existing international offices necessitated additional space, and we are pleased to have moved to new premises in New York, Melbourne, and Sydney. All three offices have undertaken renovation projects to adapt existing industrial warehouse buildings to the needs of the practice in an effort to promote the efficiency and sustainability of resources in the cities in which we work.

To supplement our international growth, the current partnership has expand to 18 individuals with the invitation of Declan McCafferty, Neill McClements and Andrew Thomas in London, and Juan Porral, who oversees our work in Doha. All four have developed within the practice over many years, providing their expertise and leadership to some of Grimshaw’s most prominent projects.

Mark Middleton
Mark Middleton
picture from Grimshaw

Additionally, current Grimshaw partner Mark Middleton has been appointed Managing Partner of the London office. Mark has been instrumental in many of our major infrastructure projects and recent project wins including redevelopment work at London Bridge and Euston Stations and substantial aviation work in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Keith Brewis
Keith Brewis
picture from Grimshaw

Keith Brewis, previously Managing Partner for Grimshaw’s Melbourne and Sydney offices, has been appointed Managing Partner of International Operations. In this new position Keith will focus on project opportunities beyond our existing locations, with the engagement of all five Grimshaw offices. Grimshaw is proud to announce these steps forward as the practice looks to a bright, vibrant future producing functional, uplifting design rooted in its place.

The Doha Office

Qatar National Pavilion, Brazil:
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pictures from Grimshaw

In addition to commissions at the New Doha International Airport, Grimshaw’s Doha office is also working with prestigious national agencies including the Qatar Olympic Committee. The practice is currently engaged with Shafallah, a part of the Qatar Foundation, developing preliminary designs for a new genetics research centre aimed at addressing disabilities in children. The Grimshaw-designed Qatar National Pavilion was also recently erected at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil. The temporary structure was commissioned by the Qatar National Food Security Programme.

16 Sep 2010

30th Party
Grimshaw will be hosting a reception tonight to celebrate 30 years of practice at the St Botolph Building in the City of London.

Grimshaw Architects – Buildings

Projects by Grimshaw Architects listed alphabetically, no images:

Battersea Power Station, Wandsworth, west London, UK
Arup Associates + Grimshaw Associates
Battersea Power Station : Building Redevelopment – this project has now developed

Caixia Galacia Art Gallery : see Fundación Caixa Galicia

E3 Fashion and Design Events Building, Milan, Italy

Excel Expansion – proposal, east London

FT Building, London, England
Financial Times Newspaper Factory

Gresham Street building, London

Keyworth II, South Bank University, Elephant & Castle, south London
Eight storey building; Planning Permission granted late 2006
For: Faculty of Health & Social Care; Department of Education; Sports Facilities

LSE – New Academic Building, Lincoln’s Inn Square, London
on site

Messe Frankfurt – Halle 3a, Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall, Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany

Museum of Science, Miami, Florida, USA
Beat Zaha Hadid Architects; £138m

Newport City Footbridge – Footbridge over River Usk, Newport, Wales
Grimshaw with Atkins
£5m, part of SOM masterplan for Newport regeneration
Newport City Footbridge Architecture Competition 2003

The Queens Museum expansion, New York, USA
Grimshaw with Ammann & Whitney

Transit Hub, Fulton Street, Manhattan, USA
Grimshaw Architects with Page Ayres Cowley

Water Theatre, Las Palma, Canary Islands, Spain

Winter Gardens – Performing Arts Centre, Bournemouth, England
Public square + residential + café + bar + teaching/rehearsal spaces

Yarra Bridge, Melbourne, Australia

Zurich Airport, Switzerland

More projects by Grimshaw online soon

Grimshaw : current page on the practice – news + building images

Location: 57 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5NG, United Kingdom

Architecture Practice Information

Grimshaw offices in London (Head), New York and Melbourne.

Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980. The practice operates worldwide, across all major sectors, with offices in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Melbourne and Sydney, employing over 650 staff.

Grimshaw has been honoured with over 200 awards for its commitment to excellence and innovation, including ‘Practice of the Year’ and ‘Building of the Year’ at the AJ100 Awards. In 2019, founder Sir Nicholas Grimshaw was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

London Architects

Nick Grimshaw – older projects, by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners

London Architecture : news + key projects

London Architect

Minerva Building, St Botolph St, City of London, UK
abandoned Sep 2006 despite planning permission
Design: Grimshaw Associates
217m high, 43 storeys
London Skyscraper Architecture

RIBA Awards

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