Archinect - News 2017-09-25T09:42:17-04:00 Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy Abigail Banfield 2016-09-14T05:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T23:26:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Following the Olympics&rsquo; closing ceremony, and as September&rsquo;s Paralympic Games continue, international attention has begun to shift to the future of Rio de Janeiro&rsquo;s Olympic sites. These buildings must be built to evolve to accommodate Paralympic and future athletes, and the success of this change will set the precedent for Rio&rsquo;s regeneration in the long term.</p><p>I spoke to Sam Wright of WilkinsonEyre, lead of their sports architecture team, about the firm&rsquo;s Areanas Cariocas project: an incredible 400m long space for 3 venues and 36,000 spectators, making it the largest stadium at the Rio site. Having utilised his knowledge from the firm&rsquo;s creation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London&rsquo;s 2012 Olympic</a> basketball arena, Wright spoke to me about the pressures and privileges of designing this colossal building, and to have, consequently, a huge involvement in the planning of Rio 2016 writ large and the city&rsquo;s regeneration plan overall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>What have you learned from your involvement in the London 2012 Legacy that has inform...</strong></p> RIBA 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist announced: includes Herzog & de Meuron, Wilkinson Eyre Abigail Banfield 2016-07-13T19:02:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:19:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>What does it take for a project to transcend from merely eye-catching architecture to a lasting, inspirational, nationally acclaimed building? The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize</a>, which awards the UK's best new building each year, has narrowed 2016's contenders down to a shortlist of six (two of which, the Weston Library by Wilkinson Eyre and Loyn &amp; Co's Inside Outside House, were&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">predicted for this list by Archinect's Ellen Hancock</a>), which it announced today.</p><p>The list follows the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Awards</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Awards</a> earlier this year, and comprises of some &ldquo;usual suspects&rdquo; shortlisted in previous years, as well as some newcomers; including previous winners Wilkinson Eyre and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, and returning nominees Reiach and Hall, Caruso St John, and dRMM.</p><p>Nominees Michael Laird Architects and Loyn &amp; Co Architects are relative newcomers, bringing (respectively) an education project and a private residence to the shortlist&mdash;the first private home to be nominated in 15 years. This year&rsquo;s shortlist ...</p> Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees Ellen Hancock 2016-07-13T03:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:23:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&hellip;On Thursday 14th July the nominees for this years Stirling Prize will be announced. For anyone who doesn&rsquo;t know the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious award, it was founded in 1996 and recognises &ldquo;the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.&rdquo;</p><p>Although the future of the industry is somewhat uncertain following the EU referendum a few weeks ago, firms have been optimistic; confident in their innovative skill and entrepreneurial ability to tackle the potential problems ahead.</p><p>Looking back over completed projects from the last year, it is clear to see why. It has been a particularly impressive year for UK projects - it was no mean feat selecting our predictions for the six nominations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>AHMM - 61 Oxford Street</strong><br>Last year AHMM took first place for Burntwood School in Wandsworth. This year we think they may have a chance with 61 Oxford Street, a distinctive and contemporary landmark that takes inspirati...</p> Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations Ellen Hancock 2016-05-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-01T04:46:15-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Elizabeth line will link London and the South East from Reading to Heathrow with 10 new stations and upgrades to 30 existing stations.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently Europe's largest infrastructure project the &pound;14.8 billion scheme began in Canary Wharf in 2009 and is now 75% complete. Services will begin in 2018.</p><p>Although the stations will have recognisable features uniting them; Crossrail have said that each station will have it's own distinctive character that reflects the heritage and local culture of the area.&nbsp;</p><p>The stations have been specifically designed to make travel as easy as possible with accessibility, comfort and safety in mind.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mike Brown MVO, London's Transport Commissioner, said:&nbsp;</strong><em>&ldquo;The TfL-run Elizabeth line will transform travel across London, reducing journey times, relieving congestion on the Tube network, and radically improving step-free access with brand new accessible stations.&nbsp; This exhibition will enable customers to really start to see what their new stations will look like whe...</em></p> Introducing the 2016 AZ Awards jury members Archinect 2016-02-19T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T00:40:09-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Leading Canadian contemporary architecture publication&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Azure Magazine</a>&nbsp;is gearing up for another year of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AZ Awards.</a>&nbsp;The annual awards give today's architects, practices, manufacturers, and students a chance to get their best work widely recognized. All designers of all design disciplines are invited to compete &mdash; you never know, you might win an award! If you didn't already submit, you have until next Friday, February 26 (the new extended deadline).</p><p>Recently, Azure Magazine revealed the five jury members you'll have to impress for the 2016 competition.&nbsp;They are:</p><ul><li><strong>Chris Wilkinson</strong>, founding principal of Wilkinson Eyre</li><li><strong>Anna Simone</strong>, co-founder and partner of Cecconi Simone</li><li><strong>Thomas L. Woltz</strong>, principal of&nbsp;Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects</li><li><strong>John Tong</strong>, founder and lead designer of +tongtong, formerly of 3rd Uncle Design</li><li><strong>Omer Arbel</strong>, creative director of Bocci</li></ul><p>Read more about the jury&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. To submit and find out more about the AZ Awards, visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p>... Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened Justine Testado 2015-03-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T08:49:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>