Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees
It’s that time of year again…On Thursday 14th July the nominees for this years Stirling Prize will be announced. For anyone who doesn’t know the UK’s most prestigious award, it was founded in 1996 and recognises “the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to... View full entry
HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards
Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects & Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.
— Passivhaus Trust
HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context.Tectonics Architects gained the award for the Urban category, with their... View full entry
This week's picks for London architecture and design events
Though it seems in London, school is now ‘out for summer’, that doesn’t mean that things have slowed down! This week there are some great exhibitions to visit on days when the weather isn’t as fine as we would hope, and some tours, talks, and workshops to let you delve right into the... View full entry
Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good and bad for UK firms as split with EU looms, on One-to-One #30
Mark Middleton, partner at Grimshaw in London, has been facing the Brexit decision's aftermath like many of his architecture-compatriots—with positive pragmatism. While prominent architecture and design professionals lent their support to the "Remain" campaign, they now have little choice but to... View full entry
Designers of the London Eye create new landmark for Brighton
Marks Barfield Architects have, quite literally, reinvented the wheel and have created the i360, a vertical cable car with a sculpted viewing pod, perching lightly upon Brighton’s seafront... It takes the form of a slender mast that will be 568ft high (when the spire is added), which supports a sculpted, doughnut-shaped pod, with glass windows and a reflective mirrored underside.
The pod takes up to 200 people at a time skyward over a flight time of 20 (daytime) or 30 minutes (evening).
— Dominic Bradbury - The Telegraph
Due to open this summer, the British Airways i360 is a new futuristic landmark for Brighton’s seafront designed by architects David Marks and Julia Barfield. It is hoped that the BA i360 will herald a new touristic golden age for Brighton, replicating the success of the London eye... View full entry
London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge
The future of London’s proposed garden bridge has been called into further question after the city’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, halted preparatory work on the structure over fears this could involve more public money being spent.
The Garden Bridge Trust says the bridge from South Bank to Temple, featuring 270 trees and thousands of plants, will be a “tiara” for London, being both an iconic landmark and a vital pedestrian bridge.
— The Guardian
Read more about London's Garden Bridge on architnect:London's garden bridge, the saga continuesWhy are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London?Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge projectInfrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the... View full entry
Post-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job losses
With the construction industry expected to be the first casualty of Brexit, leading architecture firms in the UK Make, Sheppard Robson and BDP have already started to react to the uncertainties in the construction industry. In February of this year it was reported that housebuilding in the UK... View full entry
Affordable spaces for London's creative industry by Urban Acupuncture
The duo asked themselves the question if London will still be the capital of creativity, arts and crafts in 10 years time. Rising rents for residential and work spaces, combined with an increasingly unaffordable education system, are making the city less and less accessible. According to Boano and Prišmontas, London has always been a center for creativity, but the recent financial pressures have turned ‘creativity’ into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford it.
At this unstable time, the capital's creative industry must be entrepreneurial and work together to remain the best, are we up to the challenge? Read more stories of ingenuity in the UK here:The Hive pavilion moves to Kew GardensDigital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V & A... View full entry
Don't miss: walking through the Economist Plaza
The Economist Plaza was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1960s and still serves as a seminal example of an inviting and approachable urban space in Central London. The project is successful because it bravely addresses the clash between the aesthetic of the Smithsons and the... View full entry
National Trust to show the beauty of Croydon
Bowie hated it. Peep Show besmirched it. The London suburb may get a bad rap in popular culture, but now there is the chance to see a different side. [...]
Watson is helping to organise tours of Croydon taking in architectural highlights such as NLA House (now No 1 Croydon), sometimes known as the ‘threepenny bit’; [...]
The National Trust is turning to Croydon after its successful tours of London’s brutalist concrete buildings, places it argues should be cherished as much as Croydon’s towers.
— The Guardian
Property funds suspend trading in biggest seize-up since financial crisis
Property funds worth £18 billion have stopped trading after Brexit sent a chill through the commercial property market. [...]
The fear was that too many property investors would try to take their money out at once, forcing fund managers to sell properties at a loss. [...]
The Bank of England has warned that the share prices of UK real estate investment trusts have fallen sharply following the referendum.
Read more about the effects of Brexit on archinect:Creative Currency, post-BrexitPost-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job lossesAfter Brexit, “the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects”Architects react to shocking EU referendum result View full entry
ArcSoc (University of Cambridge) Summer Exhibition
The University of Cambridge Department of Architecture (ArcSoc) is proud to host their annual exhibition at the Bargehouse (SE1 9PH) from the 14th-17th July (Press preview, 6pm, Thursday 14th July). The Summer Show is the culmination of a year’s design work in the studios and is entirely student... View full entry
If you have only one day in London go to the British Museum
Walking around London it is impossible not to be in awe of the city. Time and time again people have mentioned the energy the city seems to radiate, not just the buildings but the people as well. It is truly my favourite place in the world. The city is steeped in history which can be read through... View full entry
This week's picks for London architecture and design events
This week, though July is still struggling to shine through the grey, London’s cultural scene is heating up nicely. London Art Week brings with it an incredible chance not only to see some interesting work, but to meet and discuss ideas with a wonderful group of people. Though many will have... View full entry
Thomas Heatherwick awarded Honorary Fellowship by Goldsmiths, University of London
Heatherwick who founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 has been recognised for his 'innovative' contribution to the architecture and design field. Writer and Goldsmiths lecturer Adam Mars-Jones, who will introduce Goldsmiths’ new Honorands to the stage over four graduation ceremonies this July... View full entry