Archinect - News 2018-03-23T20:31:42-04:00 Training refugees to conserve their monumental heritage Alexander Walter 2018-03-20T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T15:49:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The problems: how to conserve extraordinary monumental heritage in Iraq and Syria [...]. The issue is exacerbated by the depletion of skilled craftspeople; once the dust of conflict settles, there will be few able to carry out restoration. At the same time, thousands sit in refugee camps, lives on hold, seeking a future. The solution: train refugees to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future. Give them a skill to help restore their nation&rsquo;s heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: World Monuments Fund.</figcaption></figure><p>Learn more about the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Monuments Fund</a>&rsquo;s new stone masonry training center for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syrian</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">refugees</a> in Mafraq, Jordan (backed by the UK government&rsquo;s Cultural Protection Fund) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Boris Johnson faces continuing pressure over canceled London garden bridge Alexander Walter 2018-03-19T13:40:00-04:00 >2018-03-19T13:41:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gwynne demanded Johnson provide evidence for his allegation against Will Hurst, the managing editor of Architects&rsquo; Journal who has won several awards for his coverage of the garden bridge, or withdraw them and apologise. The letter adds to the pressure on Johnson over his role in the troubled story of the planned pedestrian link across the river Thames, which he commissioned and championed as mayor of London, a job he held until May 2016.</p></em><br /><br /><p>During his term in the London mayoral chair, British&nbsp;foreign secretary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson</a> advocated passionately for the &pound;46m <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London garden bridge</a> proposal, which ultimately lost public support and was scrapped by incoming mayor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>&mdash;while the financial burden for the controversial project remains on the public. <br></p> <p>A new Labour initiative pressures Johnson to shed light on his allegations that <em>Architects&rsquo; Journal </em>managing editor Will Hurst essentially killed the project because of a "dislike that the <em>Architects&rsquo; Journal </em>journalist concerned had for Thomas Heatherwick". Hurst and the <em>AJ</em> categorically deny this claim.<br></p> Rowan Moore reviews book on British mosque design Hope Daley 2018-03-14T05:38:00-04:00 >2018-03-14T12:08:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The dominant theme is that of the expression of identity, the overwhelming preference in British mosque design being for traditional elements and decoration &ndash; especially dome, minaret and arches &ndash; applied to sometimes basic box-like structures. From time to time the cry goes up, including in Jonathan Glancey&rsquo;s introduction to this book, that a &ldquo;contemporary&rdquo; Islamic British style should be developed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are about 1,500 mosques in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Britain</a> most of which have been designed in the last decade.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rowan Moore</a> reviews&nbsp;architect and academic Shahed Saleem's book&nbsp;<em>The British Mosque</em>, a survey looking at why British <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mosque</a> design is mostly traditional. Saleem presents both sides of the argument for traditional and contemporary designs. While some accuse the traditional of architectural timidity, others argue that innovative design is a financial and cultural luxury.&nbsp;</p> Plans for a Grenfell Tower memorial confirmed by UK government Alexander Walter 2018-03-02T14:57:00-05:00 >2018-03-02T15:13:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] according to a U.K. government press release published Thursday, the site will become a formal memorial to the fire&rsquo;s victims. The announcement of the plan&mdash;which could also see the nearby Latimer Road Tube station renamed to Grenfell&mdash;strikes the right note so far, making it clear that residents of the West London housing project will get the deciding say on any kind of memorial that happens on the tower&rsquo;s site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the memorial signals a commitment to remembrance and honoring the victims, the article points out the shortcomings in the official response, the display of incompetence, the ongoing hardship for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower</a>'s former residents, and the still looming fire hazard of countless other residential buildings clad in similar material.</p> <p>"The common assumption is that the decision-making process on the future of the site will lead towards agreement on a fitting memorial to remember those who lost their lives," reads the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press statement</a> the British government issued on March 1. "Kensington and Chelsea council will ensure that work on the future of the site is taken forward alongside work on the improvements to the Lancaster West estate, so that the area becomes a place where the tragedy can be remembered and the local community thrives."</p> Assemble-converted Goldsmiths CCA gallery to open in September Alexander Walter 2018-03-01T14:53:00-05:00 >2018-03-01T15:09:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>London gets a major new contemporary art gallery this autumn with the launch of the long-awaited Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art on 8 September. [...] Assemble, the London-based architects who won the Turner Prize in 2015, were selected in 2014 to convert former public baths and Victorian water tanks on the south London campus into the new 1,000 sq. m centre housing eight gallery spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Goldsmiths CCA under construction. Photo via the school's website.</figcaption></figure><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goldsmiths to Build Public Art Gallery</a></p> UK Architecture students install giant, red picket fence in support of USSstrike Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-28T14:13:00-05:00 >2018-02-28T14:13:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since last Thursday, thousands of educators and students across the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> have been protesting changes made to the pensions of university workers&mdash;a 40% cut to their USS pension scheme that the University and College Union says could cost staff up to half of their retirement income. The downgrade has unmistakably angered academics, with an estimated 45,000 lecturers across 64 universities going on a 14-day strike.&nbsp;</p> <p>Oxford and Cambridge universities, some of the country's wealthiest and most well-established schools, have been at the center of the controversy, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">receiving much of the blame</a>. The schools have backed policies resulting in the harsh cuts, and may have also had an overly skewed input in the survey that lead to the decision.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Cambridge Defend Education Facebook page.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Cambridge Defend Education Facebook page.</figcaption></figure><p>Yesterday, in response to Cambridge's unique role in the dispute, a giant, 8ft red picket fence was chained to the gates of the school, blockading the Sena...</p> dRMM’s Stirling Prize-winning, revamped Hastings Pier is already for sale Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-21T17:47:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T17:48:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Property firm GVA said it was open to offers after being asked to find a buyer for the transformed Sussex coastal landmark. The charity behind dRMM&rsquo;s much-loved refurbishment of the pier went into administration last year. Now the administrators have appointed GVA to sell the asset.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The charity responsible for restoring and running <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hastings Pier</a>&mdash;the once derelict landmark whose &pound;14.2 million rebuild&nbsp;won this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize</a>&mdash;has been forced to put the property up for sell after experiencing some financial difficulties.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the&nbsp;Architects' Journal</a>,&nbsp;last year, the charity failed to&nbsp;agree a new three-year business plan with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council&nbsp;in order to become self-funding.</p> <p>Due to the charity's insolvency, administrators Smith &amp; Williamson were appointed back in November in hopes of ensuring the pier's future. They have now put the property firm GVA in charge of selling the 145-year old pier, which will remain open throughout 2018 with funds from HLF already allocated to the project.&nbsp;</p> London MSG concert venue confirmed; new Sphere designs unveiled for Las Vegas Alexander Walter 2018-02-09T16:08:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T16:13:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) confirmed on Friday that it wants to build the Sphere, a glazed orb with up to 18,000 seats and room for 5,000 standing, beside the Olympic Park in east London. Designs of a similar &ldquo;sphere&rdquo; planned for Las Vegas suggest that the vault of the roof will become a giant screen for vast projections, which could evoke the sensation of being underwater or in a forest.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rumors about a monumental <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sphere-shaped music venue proposal for London</a> seem to be gaining substance: <em>The Guardian</em> reports that the New York-based Madison Square Garden Company confirmed its plans to build a glazed orb &mdash; designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Populous</a> &mdash; for over 20,000 concert goers near the Olympic Park. <br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>This interior rendering of Sphere Las Vegas suggests the capabilities of the dome's projection screens. Image: The Madison Square Garden Company</figcaption></figure><p>MSG also just revealed designs for a similar venue in Las Vegas, called <em>Sphere</em>, which will already break ground later this near the Venetian and Palazzo complex. The surface of Sphere reportedly boasts 190,000 linear feet of LED lighting on the exterior and 180,000 square feet of high-resolution screens on the interior, turning it into a giant, domed 360-degree screen for image and video projections, depending on the needs for each event that is being hosted.<br></p> Herzog & de Meuron's $153 million Royal College of Art expansion receives council approval Alexander Walter 2018-01-30T16:16:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T13:37:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Royal College of Art&rsquo;s flagship new building, designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron, has been granted planning permission by Wandsworth Council. The building is part of a &pound;108m investment programme in the RCA &ndash; the most radical transformation of the institution&rsquo;s campus in its 181-year history.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RCA</a> Battersea South Campus expansion will be the new home of the school's&nbsp;Arts &amp; Humanities programs (Sculpture and Contemporary Art Practice), Design programs (Design Products, Fashion and Textiles), Global Innovation Design and Innovation Design Engineering (delivered jointly with Imperial College London), and new additional programs focusing on computer and material science, wearable technology, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and intelligent mobility.</p> <p>The College expects work on the site to commence in spring 2018 and reach completion in April 2020, just in time for the&nbsp;2020/21 academic year.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a> on Archinect.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure> Designs for a giant 'Golf Ball' concert venue in London emerge Alexander Walter 2018-01-24T14:50:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T14:56:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s suggestive skyline already boasts a Gherkin, a Walkie Talkie and a Cheesegrater. Soon they may be joined by the Golf Ball. According to plans seen by the Guardian, a giant glass sphere taller than St Paul&rsquo;s Cathedral could be built next to the Olympic park in east London. [...] One design visualisation shows that the lower half of the orb would be fitted with tiered seating, while the upper half would form a spectacular vaulted roof.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em> has published a rendering of a new proposed concert venue resembling a giant glass sphere that could even dwarf St Paul's Cathedral. In typical London fashion, the project near the Olympic Park has already been dubbed "the Golf Ball," however the design's fate and origins remain unconfirmed. According to the paper's sources, the scheme was commissioned by the NY-based Madison Square Garden Company with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Populous</a> as the architect.<br></p> Which architect would be best suited to design Boris Johnson's proposed Channel bridge? Alexander Walter 2018-01-22T14:20:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The clown king of novelty infrastructure fantasies has once again stolen the limelight with his preposterous plan for a 22-mile bridge across the Channel. [...] But none of this matters. In a world where Johnson got as far as flushing &pound;37m of public money into the Thames on another fantasy project, the Garden Bridge, a great Channel crossing could easily be conjured into being.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, responds to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">former London Mayor</a>'s suggestion to build a 22-mile <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridge</a> across the Channel and physically connect the European Union with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brexiting</a> island kingdom (on top of the already existing 31.35-mile Channel tunnel). <br></p> <p>Let's just say, Wainwright isn't a fan and pens an angry roundup of prominent architects that either have designed other Johnson mega-visions, like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thames Garden Bridge</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Foster</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thames Hub</a>, or have a history of going over the initially proposed project budget a tad or a thousand.<br></p> Zaha Hadid Architects director defends criticisms of the London tower design Hope Daley 2018-01-22T14:17:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has defended proposals for a high-rise, mixed-use scheme in London &ndash; described as a &lsquo;breakthrough project&rsquo; for the practice &ndash; following criticism over its size and location. Shortly before Christmas, the firm submitted plans to Lambeth Council [...] The scheme, the practice&rsquo;s first major mixed-use residential and commercial development in the UK, has been dubbed a &lsquo;two-fingered salute&rsquo; by opponents, who claim the proposals are too big for the site.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> combatted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism</a> of their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposal for the Vauxhall Cross Island site</a>&nbsp;in London. Critiques of ZHA's plan claim the design overcrowds the area with towers that are too tall overshadowing the surrounding area and creating traffic congestion.&nbsp;</p> <p>ZHA director Jim Heverin responded to the criticisms dismissing claims of congestion stating the design fits within a masterplan overseen by Transport for London (TfL). Heverin justifies ZHA plans asserting the design does not create more overshadowing than what is already permitted in surrounding development plans.&nbsp;</p> <p>Heverin revealed the importance of this project for the firm stating, "We had been keen to show that we can do this type of project and how the office is moving in this direction."<br></p> Zaha Hadid Architects proposal for London's Vauxhall Cross Island Hope Daley 2018-01-22T13:27:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> designed a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposal</a> for the Vauxhall Cross Island site in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. Located adjacent to&nbsp;Vauxhall Station, the proposal focuses on creating a Vauxhall district center by providing a mixed-use space to generate employment opportunities and a new public square to accommodate Transport for London's (TfL) emerging bus station plans.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vauxhall Cross Island proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects. Render by Slashcube. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vauxhall Cross Island proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects. Render by Slashcube. </figcaption></figure><p>The London borough is undergoing a transformation with several other significant developments under construction or planned in the area. ZHA's design works with the height of the other proposed buildings in the area through its rectilinear form, grid-based fa&ccedil;ade, and materials.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vauxhall Cross Island proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects. Render by Slashcube. </figcaption></figure><p>The new proposal includes two tall buildings with a low-level podium building to create a defined public square.&nbsp;The arrangement p...</p> Collapse of UK's second largest construction firm, Carillion Hope Daley 2018-01-16T15:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T15:22:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A major British construction company is going into liquidation after failing to secure a financial lifeline. Carillion (CIOIF), which employs 43,000 people around the world, said in a statement Monday that rescue talks with stakeholders including the British government had collapsed. "We have been unable to secure the funding to support our business plan, and it is therefore with the deepest regret that we have arrived at this decision," Carillion Chairman Philip Green said in the statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With thousands of workers in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canada</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> company also builds high speed rail <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>, is involved in power distribution projects, and performs road maintenance, hospital management and other government services.&nbsp;</p> <p>Carillion has hundreds of contracts with the UK government. It was reported to BBC that the government was working on a contingency plan since last year in preparation of Carillion's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">failure</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fiona Cincotta, senior market analyst at City Index, commented, "It has been more than surprising, possibly even negligent, that the U.K. government continued to dish out contracts to Carillion even though their future has looked uncertain for some time."&nbsp;<br></p> "Calm and reasonable and a bit boring": Rowan Moore reviews London's new U.S. embassy Alexander Walter 2018-01-12T19:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-12T19:48:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s new US embassy may be just a glass cube with disguised fortifications, but it is also restrained, efficient, green&hellip; the antithesis of Donald Trump [...] It&rsquo;s a fortress, of course it is. As the embassy of the Great Satan to the Little Satan &ndash; as the unlamented Ayatollah Khomeini would have put it &ndash; it couldn&rsquo;t not be a target and defended accordingly. The architects therefore decided to make it as nice a fortress as possible [...].</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The new embassy in Battersea Nine Elms seen from across the river Thames. Image via Wikipedia.</figcaption></figure><p>Only a few more days until the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Embassy &amp; Consulates in the United Kingdom</a> move into the new digs (designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake</a>) in Nine Elms on January 16. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sans Trump</a>.<br></p> Architectural historian to manage Queen of England's vast art collection Alexander Walter 2017-12-22T13:56:00-05:00 >2017-12-22T14:03:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Queen has appointed Tim Knox, 55, the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to be the new director of the Royal Collection Trust. He has been the museum&rsquo;s director since 2013 and is an architectural historian and country house curator. [...] His early career was spent at the Royal Institution of British Architects. He then served as the head curator of the National Trust (2002-05), from which he went on to be the director of the Sir John Soane&rsquo;s Museum (2005-13).</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The Royal Collection is one of the world&rsquo;s greatest, comprising more than a million objects from all aspects of fine and decorative art," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes. "It is not the personal property of The Queen, but is held in trust by Her Majesty for her successors and the nation."</p> Gingerbread City: Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and others reveal their sweetest designs Alexander Walter 2017-12-19T17:30:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's biggest architecture firms have been competing for plots in this winter's tastiest property market -- the Gingerbread City. Recently opened at the Museum of Architecture in London, the miniature metropolis is brimming with contemporary -- and almost entirely edible -- buildings. Around 50 companies specializing in architecture, engineering and landscaping have baked and built structures for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Luke Hayes.</figcaption></figure><p>If you're in London this week, make sure to get into the holiday spirit the architectural way and stop by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Architecture</a>'s <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gingerbread City</a></em> before it closes this Friday &mdash; and nothing but cookie crumbs will remain.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Competing gingerbread bridges (gingerbreadges?) by Periscope, Hopkins, and reForm Architects. Photo: Luke Hayes.</figcaption></figure><p>The roster of around 50 participating architecture, engineering, and landscaping firms includes some recognizable names like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pitman Tozer</a>, among others.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>An edible "mixed-used" building by Cooke Fawcett Architects. Photo: Luke Hayes.</figcaption></figure><p><em>All images courtesy of the Museum of Architecture.</em></p> Project Profile: 'Pitch Perfect' Abigail Banfield 2017-12-15T18:34:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Each year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NLA (New London Architecture)</a> runs a competition celebrating the best in home extensions and improvements. &nbsp;Now in its seventh year, the 2018 shortlist shows more than ever the value of good design in home improvements, and how architects can work with tight constraints to create an intrinsically unique solution to a family situation.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Anna+Tam &copy; nimtim architects ltd</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nimtim</a>&rsquo;s shortlisted project is no exception; a young family needing extra space, privacy, and addressing this on a multi-levelled site. The result is a modern, sleek echo of the adjoining terraced roofscape, and a considered approach to lighting and heating within this elegant design.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Anna+Tam &copy; nimtim architects ltd</figcaption></figure><p>The use of timber on both the external and the internal creates a cohesion throughout the project, and the way in which the existing ground floor layout of the home has been addressed, gives the impression on the interior that this is not an addition but a natural evolution of t...</p> Steven Holl Architects' Maggie's Centre at Barts is now open Justine Testado 2017-12-14T19:27:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over two years after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the groundbreaking</a>, the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maggie's Centre</a>&nbsp;Barts in Central London finally opened earlier this week. Located throughout the UK, Maggie's Centres&nbsp;offer free practical and emotional support for people who live with cancer and their loved ones.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>, along with UK firm jmarchitects, designed the 3-story building as a &ldquo;vessel within a vessel within a vessel&rdquo;.&nbsp;The new Maggie's Centre replaces a 1960s brick structure, adjacent to a 17th-century stone structure by James Gibbs.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>Built next to St. Bartholomew&rsquo;s Hospital (London's oldest hospital), the Centre's exterior shows off a translucent glass facade that gives the structure a glowing appearance. The facade has colored glass fragments arranged in horizontal bands like a musical staff, in reference to the &ldquo;neume notation&rdquo; of 13-century Medieval music, SHA describes.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>The building's translucent facade allows the interior to be filled with natural lig...</p> The new billion-dollar U.S. embassy in London doesn't want to look like a fortress Alexander Walter 2017-12-14T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-12-14T14:38:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At $1 billion, it is the most expensive embassy ever constructed. But its designers say the new American chancery on the Thames River marks a paradigm shift: The U.S. Embassy here will exude openness while hiding all the clever ways it defends itself from attack. After decades of building American embassies that look brutalist or bland, like obvious fortresses, the soon-to-be-opened chancery in London is a crystalline cube, plopped down in the middle of a public park, without visible walls.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via the U.S. Embassy in London's Twitter</figcaption></figure><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Embassy in London</a> is preparing for its grand opening on January 16, and the building pleasantly departs from the increasingly common drab 'fortress' chic that American chanceries in cities with heightened risk of terror attacks have adopted.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via the U.S. Embassy in London's Twitter</figcaption></figure><p>Pulling off a seemingly transparent and welcoming look while still employing state-of-the-art defensive strategies and gadgetry (it even has a pseudo-moat) isn't cheap though &mdash; the crystalline 'sugar cube' comes with a hefty $1-billion price tag and takes the title of the most expensive embassy ever built.</p> New Royal Academy of Arts' transformative redevelopment set to open in May 2018 Abigail Banfield 2017-12-13T14:23:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T14:23:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Celebrating its upcoming 250th anniversary year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts</a> will open a new campus to the public in May 2018. The design for the redevelopment is by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sir David Chipperfield</a> CBE RA, and will bring new (and free) collections to the public with 70% more space than the current footprint. The development will also join Burlington House and Burlington Gardens to unify the two-acre campus.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Architecture Studio in 2018 &copy; Hayes Davidson</figcaption></figure><p>Exciting tours and exhibitions are planned, celebrating both the history of the institution and works from students in the RA schools. This mix, and the promise of free entry to collections is certain to bring more people to the institution. The artist and architect-led RA will also encourage public involvement with the new Architecture Studio, set in The Dorfman Senate Rooms.&nbsp; These creative spaces invite not only engagement, but the opportunity for the public to become part of this interaction of art and architecture.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hayes Davidson</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hayes Davi...</figcaption></figure> Four out of five Grenfell Tower families still need permanent housing, according to local support group Justine Testado 2017-12-07T14:50:00-05:00 >2017-12-07T14:50:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Out of the 208 households that needed rehousing after the fire, 118 will still be in emergency accommodation or with friends over the holiday period, including 29 families with children. A further 48 households have accepted permanent housing offers, but have not yet moved in and are currently still in temporary homes, [support group] Grenfell United said. Days after the fire the prime minister, Theresa May, promised that families would be rehoused within three weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the aftermath of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower fire</a>,&nbsp;progress has been painfully slow to permanently rehouse all the families who lived in the west London tower block. &ldquo;Only 42 families have moved into new permanent homes, leaving 166 households still in temporary housing,&rdquo; The Guardian reports. According to Elizabeth Campbell, the leader of the Kensington and Chelsea council, residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk will have new homes by June 2018.</p> WeWork is taking over London's postmodern icon One Poultry Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-21T19:20:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This year, the group has expanded aggressively into the City of London, snapping up floor space usually reserved for large corporates over the year to date, including large offices in Moorgate &mdash; its largest site globally &mdash; and at One Poultry, a Grade II listed building directly opposite the Bank of England.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The start up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork</a> has acquired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Poultry</a>, the Grade II post-modern icon designed by James Stirling and completed in 1998. After a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">heavily contested designation</a>, the building is currently in the process of undergoing an extensive refurbishment headed by Architects BuckleyGreyYeomen and expected for completion in spring 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>WeWork will replace the former tenants, the British insurance company Aviva, who moved out of the building earlier this year. According to the&nbsp;<em>Financial Times</em>, the co-working giant is seeking to capitalize on Brexit uncertainties by offering flexible office space in London to anxious global banks. The company has been aggressively expanding into the city, nearly doubling its city footprint in the past year, and is in talks to buy a 12-building campus near Liverpool Street railway station.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Three-story segment of Robin Hood Gardens acquired by V&A Museum ahead of demolition Alexander Walter 2017-11-09T15:38:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:41:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A three-storey chunk of an east London council estate that is venerated and despised in almost equal measures has been acquired by the V&amp;A. The museum announced it had made one of the most unusual property deals in its history: rescuing an enormous chunk of the Robin Hood Gardens estate, complete with walkway and maisonette interiors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Completed in 1972 and considered an icon of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist architecture</a> &mdash; representing the good and the bad traits of the movement, depending on the perspective &mdash; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tower Hamlets "Robin Hood Gardens" council estate</a> is being <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">demolished</a>. By salvaging an intact piece of the building designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, the V&amp;A seeks to preserve a significant moment in history. <br></p> Royal College of Art submits Herzog & de Meuron's designs for its new Battersea South Campus to London city council Alexander Walter 2017-11-03T13:43:00-04:00 >2017-11-03T13:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Royal College of Art (RCA) has submitted proposals to Wandsworth Council for a &pound;108 million state-of-the art building for postgraduate students and entrepreneurs, which will secure the RCA&rsquo;s future in Battersea and deliver new studios, workshops and incubator units required to support its future growth.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exactly one year ago,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a> was announced as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition-winning architects</a> for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal College of Art</a>'s new &pound;108 million Battersea South campus. The project, sitting adjacent to RCA's&nbsp;existing Dyson, Woo and Sackler Buildings, reached another milestone this week with the College submitting the proposed designs to Wandsworth Council.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron</figcaption></figure> Fotografiska London to launch in Whitechapel Abigail Banfield 2017-11-03T11:33:00-04:00 >2018-01-08T13:42:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Opening November 2018 will be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>&rsquo;s largest permanent home for photography, <em>Fotografiska London</em>. The 89,000 sq ft gallery will have ticketed entry, but since it can show up to seven separate exhibitions, this ticket will get you far. This new home for photography follows Fotografiska&rsquo;s successful gallery in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm</a> which features new talent alongside the world&rsquo;s most celebrated photographers, and has become a major visitor attraction in the seven years since opening. Londoners can expect solo exhibitions, themed shows, and charity collaborations &ndash; all of which will be highly interactive with app and social media integration.</p> <p>The project, which benefits from its accessible location in Whitechapel will include a bar, caf&eacute;, and two restaurants serving sustainable cuisine. Fotografiska's hope is to follow the successful self-set example of their Stockholm gallery's recently awarded '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Restaurant</a> of the Year'. To attract product launches and events, the building will also house a conf...</p> Vitsœ applies Dieter Rams' design philosophy to its stunning new HQ and production building Alexander Walter 2017-10-19T20:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-19T20:04:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Who said that factory buildings had to be drab, dingy halls devoid of beauty? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vits&oelig;</a>, the UK-based maker of Dieter Rams-designed furniture systems, opened its new HQ and production building this week, and it's a real stunner.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Dirk Lindner</figcaption></figure><p>Located in the small town of Royal Leamington Spa in central England, the new company building has been realized by an in-house Vits&oelig; team in close collaboration with Yacht designer Martin Francis, architects and fabricators specialized in engineered timber, landscape architects, engineers in their respective fields as well as industrial-sustainability academics.</p> <p>Sustainability, adaptability, and workplace health were key motives in the design process for the 135-meter-long building that is naturally ventilated and naturally lit during daylight hours, offering employees big windows to connect with nature and the surrounding landscape.<br></p> <p>Read on for more images and a project description we've received.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Dirk Lindner</figcaption></figure><p>"Like the company&rsquo;s renowned 606 Un...</p> RIBA submits evidence and recommendations to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-19T13:57:00-04:00 >2017-10-19T13:57:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Following the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower tragedy</a>, the British government put out a call for evidence for the independent review of building regulations and fire safety. Led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the review&nbsp;will make recommendations to ensure there is a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future, examining building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement with a focus on multi-occupancy high rise residential buildings.</p> <p>Today,&nbsp;the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a> has submitted its response and recommendations to the call. &ldquo;The RIBA welcomes Dame Judith Hackett&rsquo;s review but we believe it must be more comprehensive, addressing the details of Building Regulations guidance as well as the broader regulatory system. The Review should cover all building types and construction methods not just those relating to high-rise, multiple occupancy residential buildings. In addition to submitting evidence, the RIBA has also proposed a number of significant recommendations to the Review, to enhance the ...</p> Kengo Kuma visits his ship-like V&A Dundee museum as exterior nears completion Alexander Walter 2017-10-18T16:09:00-04:00 >2017-10-18T17:13:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ten years after a Dundee V&amp;A museum was first considered, the finishing touches are being applied to the exterior of the &pound;80.1m building ahead of its opening next summer. [...] No amount of artist's impressions and computer-generated fly-throughs could have prepared the city for the true size and scale of the imposing design of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who will inspect the building on Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a> was in Scotland today to inspect construction progress on the impressive V&amp;A Museum of Design Dundee he designed. <br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Video via V&amp;A Dundee on YouTube<br></p> <p>He seemed very pleased, stating: "As an architect, seeing a completed building can be stressful, as some times the quality isn&rsquo;t satisfactory. But in this case the quality, and the attention to detail has given me great satisfaction to see. I was so impressed when I saw how the building works together with the River Tay. Some museums are just boxes &ndash; this isn&rsquo;t just a box, it is linked to nature."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Closeup of the exterior walls. Image via V&amp;A Dundee on Facebook.</figcaption></figure><p>The project is making significant strides, having just completed the exterior walls with its 2,500 cast stone panels that wrap the volume like planks on a sailing ship. Construction crews also recently dismantled the temporary cofferdam that separated the structure from the River Tay.</p> <p>The building is scheduled to open in 2018.<br></p> Win “New Architects 3: Britain's Best Emerging Practices”! Justine Testado 2017-10-03T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T20:04:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Want to brush up on the emerging talent from British architecture? Archinect readers now have a chance to win a copy of the latest volume of &ldquo;New Architects: Britain's Best Emerging Practices&rdquo;, thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Merrell Publishers</a>.</p> <p><img src=""></p> <figcaption>Cover of &ldquo;New Architects 3&rdquo;</figcaption><p>Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Foundation</a> began the &ldquo;New Architects&rdquo; series in 1998, the third edition continues the series' tradition of showcasing new generations of architects. Bounded in a shiny hardcover, &ldquo;New Architects 3&rdquo; is a 320-page guide to over 85 young, up-and-coming architecture practices that were selected by a jury of architectural professionals.</p> <p><img src=""></p> <figcaption>Platform 5 Architects, Lewisham Southwark College Business Centre atrium. Photo courtesy of Merrell Publishers.</figcaption><p><img src=""></p> <figcaption>Invisible Studio. Photo: Andy Matthews, courtesy of Merrell Publishers.</figcaption><p>The book presents a comprehensive expert assessment of each featured practice, along with a total of 450 color illustrations of the firms' recent projects and contact details. It also offers an overview o...</p>