Archinect - Features 2019-02-20T10:53:51-05:00 Studio Visits: Tate Harmer Ellen Hancock 2019-01-31T11:46:00-05:00 >2019-01-31T11:46:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Tate Harmer</a>'s office is nestled away in a quiet courtyard in Dalston, East London. If you were visiting the very charming nearby Brunswick East cafe, an office favorite, you would never guess that just across the way a team of curious architects were designing some truly inspiring projects. For example, their hotel for the Eden Project in Cornwall will have a timber frame and when completed, will be the most sustainable and accessible hotel in the UK.</p> <p>The team recently celebrated their ten-year anniversary with a party at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Brunel Museum</a>, their ongoing project located in Brunel's Thames Tunnel Engine House that is an embodiment of both their skill for unlocking the potential of overlooked spaces and their professional and personal investments in their projects and the communities they work with.</p> Studio Visits: Gibson Thornley Ellen Hancock 2018-12-04T12:10:00-05:00 >2018-12-04T12:10:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Ben Gibson and Matt Thornley met at <a href="" target="_blank">AHMM</a> over ten years ago. Collectively, during their time there they worked on a multitude of award winning buildings, including the Stirling Prize winning <a href="" target="_blank">Burntwood School</a>. In 2013 they joined forces and established <a href="" target="_blank">Gibson Thornley</a>.</p> <p>Now hitting their stride, the team are working on a number of diverse projects across the city. At the time that I visited the team they were working on the final touches to the Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition at the <a href="" target="_blank">V&amp;A</a>, a very eagerly anticipated show and we now know, very successful show, which was opened for an additional two weeks to meet the high demand.&nbsp;</p> <p>A design-led team with lot of energy and enthusiasm for their projects and in addition, it must be said, an extremely welcoming and friendly team. Find out more about Gibson Thornley in our latest <a href="" target="_blank">studio visit.</a></p> Studio Visits: SPPARC Ellen Hancock 2018-11-30T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T20:19:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">SPPARC</a> was founded by Trevor Morriss just over ten years ago. The practice has a diverse and exciting portfolio of high-quality architecture and masterplanning projects across the city, many of which are situated in historic conservation areas.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>What became immediately clear from my discussion with Trevor, the Studio Manager Serena Woodhouse and one of the architects at the practice Bryan Ratzlass was the team's innate curiosity for people and place. Each project is thoroughly researched, not out of duty but because they are passionate about the history and context of the site they are working on. <a href="" target="_blank">145 Kensington Church Street</a>, for example, has an ingenious fa&ccedil;ade that cites the unique candle-making heritage of the area, a source of inspiration from the past and means to create a legacy for the future.&nbsp;</p> <p>I popped into their very unique studio, which they designed themselves, to find out more about what it&rsquo;s like to work at SPPARC.&nbsp;</p> #ArchinectMeets @manvisual Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-11-30T08:30:00-05:00 >2019-01-02T10:14:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">#ArchinectMeets</a>&nbsp;is a series of interviews with members of the architecture community that use Instagram as a creative medium. With the series, we ask some of Instagram&rsquo;s architectural photographers, producers and curators about their relationship to the social media platform and how it has affected their practice.</p> <p>Social media has undeniably affected the way we perceive, interpret and share opinions about architecture today. While we use our own account,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">@Archinect</a>, as a site for image curation and news content, we wanted to ask fellow Instagram users how they navigated the platform.</p> <p>We spoke to Jonathan Wilson, the photographer behind&nbsp;@manvisual. Wilson&nbsp;zooms into the architectural details and juxtapositions of London to reveal light and material sensations far too easily missed by first glance.<br></p> Studio Visits: Nissen Richards Studio Ellen Hancock 2018-08-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-30T20:37:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Nissen Richards,</a> comprised of Pippa Nissen and Jim Richards, have managed to successfully nurture a practice built from their inherent love of architecture, strengthened by their additional love of graphics, and theatre and exhibition design. A multi-interdisciplinary practice, with an extremely versatile workforce, the team have worked on projects at the V&amp;A, British Museum and Printworks to name a few.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a>, I went to visit them along the canal near Haggerston in East London and spoke to the two founders, Pippa Nissen and Jim Richards as well as Associate Tetsuro Nagata, to find out more about their current projects and how they utilise their specialist skills set.</p> Studio Visits: Piercy & Co Ellen Hancock 2018-03-08T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-03-23T20:10:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Recently,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Piercy &amp; Co</a> have received a lot of attention for their impressive use of materials and textures done in collaboration with craftspeople and fabricators, most notably on their project,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">25 Savile Road</a> in London's West End. Their sensibility and attention to detail is evident in all their work and is now manifest in their newly built studio, which they designed and built (as much as possible) themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>Find out more about how they went about designing their space and what the team's current projects are, in my latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit.</a></p> Studio Visits: PH+ Ellen Hancock 2018-02-27T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-03-23T00:36:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">PH+</a>'s London office is tucked away in Aldgate, East London. Visiting their studio, I was keen to learn more about their work, having regularly walked past their lushly green residential building with a living ivy fa&ccedil;ade on <a href="" target="_blank">Orsman Road</a> along Regents Canal. Working closely with the Borough of Hackney, the team worked hard to create a building that enhanced the surrounding &lsquo;Green Corridor&rsquo; and maximized the biodiversity along the river. The project embodies the studio's ethos and fascination with the people and places they work with, as well as, their ambition to continuously add value to the built environment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a>, I spoke to Luke Neve, who manages the studio&rsquo;s internal and external communications and Andy Puncher, one of the two Founders of pH+.&nbsp;</p> How 6 Successful Women in Architecture, Planning, and Engineering Joined Forces to Win "The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition" Ellen Hancock 2018-02-19T15:48:00-05:00 >2018-07-13T15:15:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The VeloCity team met through <a href="" target="_blank">PedElle</a>, a charity cycling endurance event open to female riders working in the property industry. Each successful in their own right, they decided they wanted to work together combining their expertise in architecture, design, engineering and town planning - a place-making competition developing the corridor that spans Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford, seemed the perfect opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>I recently met with the team to find out more about how they work together collaboratively and what made their entry stand out. Since we met they have gone on to win the <a href="" target="_blank">'The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition'</a>, cementing their exciting future working together. </p> Studio Visits: ACME Ellen Hancock 2018-01-05T05:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-27T08:36:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I walk past Acme's London office regularly and there is almost always a passerby staring into their window with a rather bemused, albeit intrigued, look on their face, not quite sure what to make of this golden cave of wonders. This is no accident, Friedrich Ludewig who founded the practice in 2007, told me on our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a>.&nbsp;Having heard of a Japanese architect who shared his studio with his florist wife, Friedrich was inspired to create a similarly curious studio space with a speculative function to tantalize clients and the local community alike.</p> <p>This playful and idiosyncratic approach is synonymous with Acme and can be seen in all of their projects, most recently the award winning <a href="" target="_blank">Victoria Gate</a> shopping mall in Leeds with its striking diagrid facade.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having just celebrated their ten year anniversary we found out more about their journey so far and what the future holds for this exciting studio.&nbsp;</p> deDraft, a Practice of Three Tucked Away in London Fields, Discuss the Benefits of a Smaller Practice and Taking a More Personal Approach Ellen Hancock 2017-12-25T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-30T12:15:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Grant Straghan founded <a href="" target="_blank">deDraft</a> in 2010 after studying at Hull School of Architecture and working for practices across the UK including <a href="" target="_blank">MAP Architects</a> in Belfast, GHM Group&nbsp;in Leeds and DMFK Architects in London. Now a solid team of three, and seven years in, they work closely together to&nbsp;create 'imaginative yet functional' design, mostly residential for now but with their sights set on much bigger things.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> feature, we spoke to the team about the benefits of staying small and how their studio set up supports their creativity.&nbsp;</p> Studio Visits: Tonkin Liu Ellen Hancock 2017-12-19T05:30:00-05:00 >2017-12-19T17:29:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tucked away on a charming residential street just around the corner from Exmouth Market, you will find the award winning architecture practice <a href="" target="_blank">Tonkin Liu</a>. During the day the founding partners Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin, who started the practice in 2002, share their&nbsp;beautiful Grade II listed Georgian home with their team, utilising the first three floors as studio space.&nbsp;</p> <p>They also recently renovated the back yard creating <a href="" target="_blank">Sun Rain Room</a> a manifestation of their design style and principles, recently nominated for the annual <a href="" target="_blank">'Don't Move Improve Awards'</a>.</p> <p>On our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a> we had a look around this rather unique studio, had tea and biscuits with the team and found out more about their current projects.&nbsp;</p> Studio Visits: AECOM London Ellen Hancock 2017-11-22T10:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a> was to Aecom's London office in Aldgate Tower which they designed and built themselves and moved into last year. Taking the opportunity to look closely at their own culture and working practices they aimed to create a much more collaborative work environment that is built around and enables innovation and creativity.&nbsp;</p> <p>We got the opportunity to explore their new office, speak to Jennifer Dixon&nbsp;Architecture Leader of <a href="" target="_blank">AECOM EMIA</a>,&nbsp;and find out what it is really like working as part of a global giant with over 80,000 staff members globally.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Studio Visits: Duggan Morris Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-11-08T05:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-08T12:16:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a>, I traveled to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Duggan Morris Architects</a> in a charming old warehouse building in the back streets of East London. Their office, beautifully lit with autumnal sun on the morning I visited, was jammed packed with models&mdash;many recognisable including the recently completed workspace <a href="" target="_blank">R7 in Kings Cross</a> and the award winning project <a href="" target="_blank">The Loom</a>.</p> <p>We spoke to Joe Morris who told us more about the studio, the teams favoured local coffee shop <a href="" target="_blank">Westland Wine and Coffee</a> and what projects they are currently working on.&nbsp;</p> Cluster, create, devolve Peter Murray 2017-11-01T07:00:00-04:00 >2017-11-01T06:51:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2010 Boris Johnson, when he was Mayor of London, famously stated that he would not accept <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Kosovo-style social cleansing of London&rdquo;</a> as a result of the then Government&rsquo;s proposals to cut housing benefit payments. Johnson&rsquo;s comments highlighted the pressures of retaining the social mix of central city areas in the face of increasing inequality of income and rising land and property prices. It was, and is, an issue that not only affects social housing at the lower end of the scale but also the intermediate market where young professionals and entrepreneurs&nbsp;&mdash; the drivers of the city&rsquo;s future economy &mdash; can no longer afford to live in the capital.</p> Studio Visits: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Ellen Hancock 2017-10-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T14:47:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Established in 1989 <a href="" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&nbsp;have offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City. They are well known for their renovation projects particularly in London including The Barbican, The Tea Building and Scotland Yard. In 2015 they won the prestigious Stirling Prize for their transformation of <a href="" target="_blank">Burntwood School</a>, a 1950s modernist school in Wandsworth. We went to have a look around their London office in Clerkenwell.&nbsp;</p> NEUBAU, a Small Studio in Cambridge, Tell Us About Their Aspirations Ellen Hancock 2017-10-09T09:02:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T09:50:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we take a <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">NEUBAU</a>, a young practice and think tank operating between <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> and Cambridge, founded by&nbsp;Brigitta Lenz and&nbsp;Alexander Giarlis. Both with extensive previous experience working for big name practices, the duo talks about how they draw on this background to create ambitious and thought-provoking work focused on sustainability.</p> One, Two Three Swing & #ILikeEverything; Installations from the Tate Turbine Hall and the Hestercombe Estate Ed Frith 2017-10-03T11:40:00-04:00 >2017-10-03T11:41:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The first Tate Turbine Hall installation seventeen years ago featured the work of the surrealist Louise Bourgeois, since then, there have been many popular, bodily engaged installations such as <a href="" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>&rsquo;s, Weather Project, and <a href="" target="_blank">Carsten Holler&rsquo;s polished stainless steel slides</a>. With this year&rsquo;s installation commissioned from the Danish art collective, <a href="" target="_blank">Superflex</a>, entitled &lsquo;One, Two Three Swing&rsquo;, the fun is back with an experiential attraction, a stimulation for body and mind. Superflex have a track record of provocative and collaborative work, from urban graphics to film and sound work, from their <a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;flooded MacDonalds&rsquo; film</a>&nbsp;to the remarkable &lsquo;international&rsquo; playpark in Copenhagen, &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Superkilin</a>&rsquo;.</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at the Serpentine Galleries, London Ellen Hancock 2017-09-27T04:14:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our series&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is the exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p> <p>In the spring, before this year's Serpentine Pavilion designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> was installed, we went to visit Mike Gaughan who is Gallery Manager at the Serpentine Galleries in Kensington Gardens.&nbsp;</p> Studio Visits: Avanti Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-09-25T05:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-25T04:39:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a>, we went to see <a href="" target="_blank">Avanti Architects</a> based in Islington. An AJ 100 practice, the studio is well known for it's work in the health, conservation and education sectors. <a href="" target="_blank">Avanti Architects</a> are currently working on plans to restore the Grade A/I listed <a href="" target="_blank">St Peter&rsquo;s Seminary</a> in Cardross.</p> In Focus: Jo Underhill Ellen Hancock 2017-09-21T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-22T06:06:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>In Focus</em></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p> <p>For this instalment, we interviewed <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Jo Underhill</a></strong> based in London.&nbsp;<strong></strong></p> London at the Seoul Biennale Peter Murray 2017-09-18T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T13:52:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London made good splash at the inaugural&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul Biennale</a>&nbsp;of Architecture and Urbanism which opened at the beginning of September in Zaha Hadid's DPP Cultural Centre. Taking one of the Biennale's themes of 'The Productive City' the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London installation</a>&nbsp;showed a film curated by We Made That and director Alice Masters which explored the complex thread of suppliers, from costumiers to scenery makers, that are needed to deliver a production in the Barbican arts centre. The film featured interviews with the artisans, creatives, manufacturers and suppliers, who contribute to London's role as a productive city.</p> In Focus: Studio NAARO Ellen Hancock 2017-09-11T04:23:00-04:00 >2017-09-11T20:21:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>In Focus</em></a>&nbsp;is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p> <p>For this installment, we interviewed <strong>Studio NAARO </strong>in London founded by Freya Najade and Marcela Spadaro.&nbsp;</p> Studio Visits: Walters & Cohen Ellen Hancock 2017-08-22T06:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This time I went to see North London based <a href="" target="_blank">Walters&nbsp;&amp; Cohen</a> founded in 1994. The practice, formed by two women, has received notable acclaim for their work within the education, public and cultural sector, most recently for their <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank">Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre</a>.</p> <p>The collective winners of the <a href="" target="_blank">AJ's Woman Architect of the year 2012</a>, partners Cindy and Mich&aacute;l welcomed me into their studio, talked me through the growth of their practice and some of the new and exciting projects they are working on at the moment.&nbsp;</p> The Return of the Master Builder? Peter Murray 2017-08-21T05:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T15:24:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following the <a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower disaster</a>, Marc Vlessing, CEO of London residential developer <a href="" target="_blank">Pocket</a>, was speaking at a NLA Sounding Board meeting. Dutch-born Vlessing stated that for an objective view of such issues he often turned to the European press. Newspapers in Germany and the Netherlands, he said, immediately suggested that the cause of the tragic fire lay in the tendency of the UK construction industry to continually sub-contract risk.</p> Studio Visits: Studio Egret West Ellen Hancock 2017-07-31T06:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T06:14:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a> we went to see <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a>, based in the heart of Clerkenwell.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lone, the Studio Manager gave me the full tour after which David sat down with me to tell me more about the practice he founded with Christophe Egret nearly thirteen years ago.&nbsp;</p> Why Not London? Peter Murray 2017-07-03T04:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Why not London?" I kept asking myself as I wandered round the spectacular opening reception of the spectacular <a href="" target="_blank">HQ of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid</a>. Housed in the former Turkish Embassy building designed by Joaquin Soldana in 1902 the foundation is a treasure trove of Normanalia - early drawings, models, sketches, huge renderings, personal artefacts, bicycle designs and cross country skis. Everything presented in museum-quality perfection. Each room overseen by a uniformed assistant who not only asked you politely not to take photos but also could provide a bi-lingual description of the works on show.</p> Diébédo Francis Kéré's Tree-Inspired Serpentine Pavilion Fuses Cultural African References with British Construction Laura Mark 2017-06-20T13:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T11:46:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>&lsquo;I was inspired by the figure of the tree in the landscape. I wanted to create a gathering space&rsquo;, says <a href="" target="_blank">Di&eacute;b&eacute;do Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> discussing his design for the much anticipated 2017 <a href="" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a>.</p> <p>The commission for the Serpentine Gallery&rsquo;s annual summer pavilion will be one that is a game changer for the African architect.</p> Iconic Buildings: I work at The Shard Ellen Hancock 2017-06-20T04:57:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For our new series&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Iconic Buildings</a>, we speak to people who live or work in buildings of architectural significance. Is their exposure to an architectural wonder on a daily basis a source of inspiration or simply part of the backdrop?&nbsp;</p> <p>This time, we interviewed Danny Lemon who is the General Manager at The Shard in London.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Neven Sidor of Grimshaw, 19 June 2017 Neven Sidor 2017-06-19T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T14:26:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>&ldquo;They need us more than we need them&rdquo;. My blood boils when I hear this delusional nonsense repeated by politicians who should know better. It doesn&rsquo;t matter how many cars Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and BMW sell into the UK, they sell a hell of a lot more to the rest of the world, and let&rsquo;s not forget that 44.6% of our trade is with the EU. The Brexit negotiations will dispel some of these fantasies and highlight our reduced place in the world. The UK will be poorer, smaller and, I fear, meaner.</p> (Un)believable Utopias: 6 Forgotten Projects and their Provocative Stories Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T10:06:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Consciously or otherwise, social context determines design. Architecture, in turn, is capable of not only representing political ideals but also of reinforcing or shaping them&mdash;for example, through fostering forms of collective living or through breaking down gendered behavioral norms. The following projects may not be well-remembered, but they represent ambitious attempts to address or challenge the status quo through the built environment.</p>