Archinect - News 2015-04-01T20:13:13-04:00 Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened Justine Testado 2015-03-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:18:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning as the New Bodleian Library, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Library</a> at Oxford University was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and constructed in the 1930s. Although construction finished in 1940, wartime purposes delayed the building's official opening in 1946. For the most part, the building remained unaltered other than the addition of the Indian Institute as a south-facing roof extension in 1966-69 by architect Robert Potter and other minor changes in 2010. Then in 2011, London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre Architects</a> began renovating the Grade II building, which reopened to the public this past weekend.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The &pound;80 million redesign is part of the Bodleian's efforts to better preserve -- and promote -- their vast special collection of books, manuscripts, and other historical objects. In their redesign, Wilkinson Eyre vied to revamp the building's infrastructure while respecting its heritage. As if the collections weren't already enough to gaze in awe at, Wilkinson Eyre also added new reading rooms, r...</p> Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay wins 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize Alexander Walter 2013-09-26T19:59:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:27:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore by London-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects is the winner of the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the best new international building. This is the second year running for Wilkinson Eyre, who also won the prize last year for Guangzhou International Finance Center in China.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize Shortlists Three International Buildings</a></p> <p> Also announced today: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 goes to Astley Castle by Witherford Watson Mann Architects</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Guangzhou International Finance Center Wins 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize Alexander Walter 2012-10-15T15:43:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T22:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Guangzhou International Finance Center in China by London-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the RIBA 2012 Lubetkin Prize for the best new international building. Now in its sixth year, the RIBA Lubetkin Prize is awarded to the architects of the best new building outside the European Union.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A neatly choreographed landscape of British power Nam Henderson 2012-04-27T17:22:00-04:00 >2012-04-27T17:35:59-04:00 <img src="" width="398" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a measure of the influence of all these ships, one need only look at the cities in which these museums are sited: London, Portsmouth, Southampton, Belfast, Bristol. All have been shaped &ndash; literally as well as metaphorically &ndash; by their seafaring pasts</p></em><br /><br /><p> Steve Rose writes about a trio of museums&nbsp;celebrating Britain's nautical history; The Cutty Sark conservation project, the&nbsp;Mary Rose Museum and&nbsp;Southampton's SeaCity.</p> <p> The first, a newly restored Cutty Sark can be found at its new home in Greenwich, designed by&nbsp;Grimshaw Architects. Although some decried the fact that the ship is no longer a ship, afloat, a combination of the demands of preservation and a need to earn a profit led Grimshaw Architects to raise the ship three&nbsp;meters&nbsp;up in the air and enclose it in a glass skirt/ceiling. The later two&nbsp;museums&nbsp;have been designed by &nbsp;Wilkinson Eyre and are dedicated to Henry VIII's famed flagship and Southampton's Titanic connections, respectively.</p> London to get cable car crossing River Thames J. James R. 2011-04-19T03:43:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T15:58:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new 1.1-kilometer (0.68 miles) route will link the Greenwich Peninsula next to the O2 Arena with the Royal Docks on the north bank of the Thames and will cost an estimated &pound;40 million ($65 million)... Transport for London (TfL) are hoping that building work on what will be the first urban transport system of its kind in the UK will be completed in time for the opening of the London 2012 Olympics on July 27.</p></em><br /><br /><p> </p> <p> The line is expected to take 2,500 per hour 300 feet above the River Thames with an a trip lasting just 5 minutes. Design by Wilkinson Eyre, of Gateshead Bridge and Guangzhou International Finance Centre fame, will be constructed by Mace, who's known for projects such as the London Eye and the Shard.</p>