Archinect - News 2018-02-22T03:43:27-05:00 Gehry reportedly tapped for new Facebook London HQ in King’s Cross Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T13:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T13:44:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facebook is close to signing a deal for a new British headquarters at the King&rsquo;s Cross redevelopment in London. The social media giant is understood to be finalising outline terms with King&rsquo;s Cross Central, which is majority-owned by the AustralianSuper pension fund. Facebook is expected to take four buildings covering more than 700,000 sq ft, tripling the size of its footprint in the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><p>King's Cross is further strengthening its position as London's emerging tech hub, following previous proposed developments like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's mega&nbsp; "landscraper" HQ</a>, designed jointly by Heatherwick Studio and BIG.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Times</a></em> and <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect's Journal</a></em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Partners</a> is considered as architect for the new Facebook London base. Gehry and Zuckerberg go way back and have already collaborated on Facebook's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dublin, and other London</a> offices.</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> ACME-designed Canopy Hotel to tell the story of East London's Aldgate neighborhood Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-31T15:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T15:36:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Canopy London is the latest venture from the Hilton group's new "lifestyle brand," Canopy by Hilton, that caters to a younger, more tech-savvy traveler with a strong emphasis on local design. Guests are gifted local goodies&mdash;like Garrett's Popcorn if you're spending the evening in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, or some Rocky Mountain treats when in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver</a>. The swanky hotel bars host daily happy hours slinging out local craft beers and the guest rooms are decorated with a focus on regional design.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Courtesy of ACME.</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of ACME.</figcaption></figure><p>Expected to open later this year, Canopy London will tap into the story of the city's Aldgate neighborhood, where it will be located. The area dates back to Roman settlements and was followed by successive waves of immigrants, e.g. 18th century Huguenots, 19th century Jews and 20th century Bangladeshis. In the 1880s, Jack the Ripper roamed its streets. Today, the district is a mixture of centuries-old buildings as well as modern office towers.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of ACME.</figcaption></figure><p>Headed by the firm...</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> 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> Rachel Whiteread brings American Suburbia to London Anthony Morey 2018-01-16T13:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T13:06:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A major new public art work by Rachel Whiteread modelled on a suburban US house will be unveiled next week at the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, south London. The wall sculpture, titled US Embassy (Flat pack house; 2013-1015), will greet embassy visitors as they enter into the lobby through the consular court. The work was commissioned by Art in Embassies, a US governmental body.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Whiteread's</a> name&nbsp;has become synonymous with the production of architectural interventions, invention and material playfulness through her large-scale artist sculptures, specifically her casts of the interiors of buildings. Her newest addition, installed in the US Embassy titled, US Embassy (Flat pack house; 2013-1015) in London is no exception.</p> <p>The large-scale sculpture will be on display at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US Embassy in London</a> and consists of a collection of concrete interior casts of a traditional American suburban home, interiors of a traditional mid-century suburban home from America. Each nuance, crack, crevice and plethora of formal elements are frozen in time within the casts and subsequently hung vertically on embassy walls.</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> Winter chill grips UK architecture job outlook as 2017 ends Hope Daley 2017-12-20T14:08:00-05:00 >2017-12-20T14:08:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Confidence in the future prospects of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> architects falls as 2017 comes to a close. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)</a> released their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Trends</a> Workload and Staffing Indexes for the end of 2017 and the numbers are not looking good. The Workload numbers dropped dramatically just over one month from +17 in October to -1 in November, while the Staffing number entered the negatives for the first time this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile in the US, the architecture and construction industry has further gained strength in November according to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest ABI report announced this morning</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The RIBA press release stated, &ldquo;However, we shouldn&rsquo;t read too much into a single month&rsquo;s data and these returns pre-date the decision that the Brexit talks can move to phase 2. My biggest concern is the drop in the private housing forecast. RIBA will need to keep a close eye on that in the New Year.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>A full analysis breakdown can be found&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</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> The Geffrye Museum has created an interactive tour of iconic London home design Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-29T16:07:00-05:00 >2017-11-29T16:08:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hackney's Museum of the Home, Geffrye, has teamed up with Go Compare to offer an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interactive tour</a> through over 400 years of English urban homes. The museum, which will close in January 2018 for a two-year refurbishment, is set in an 18th century Grade I listed almshouse and explores home and home life from the 1600s to present. Inside, the museum features detailed displays of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, middle-class living rooms and gardens that are made available for the first time through their virtual tour to 'visitors' outside of London.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A living room in 1965. Photo by Chris Ridley.</figcaption></figure><p>The interactive allows one to explore the radically changing interior design tastes of&nbsp;Londoners&nbsp;from before The Great Fire of London up until the turn of the millennium. Some of the rooms on display include a a&nbsp;typical eighteenth century parlour from a Covent Garden townhouse, an Edwardian suburban drawing room, and a&nbsp;modernist townhouse living room among others. Going from room to room, one can see firsthand how Lond...</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> UNStudio's Canaletto Tower along nine-acre City Road canal basin completes Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-08T17:19:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Named after the 18th century Italian painter whose most famous works depict lavish celebrations on the canals of his native Venice, Canaletto&mdash;the 31-story tower designed by Amsterdam's UNStudio&mdash;offers luxury, waterside living next to City Road canal basin in central London.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=""><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The basin is part of the Regent's Canal in London, which has recently undergone a wave of redevelopment as&nbsp;industrial-age structures are transformed into new homes and&nbsp;waterfront apartments and loft-style workspaces begin to spring up. Marginally cheaper than a view of the Thames, the nine-acre City Road Basin, in particular, is regenerating into a&nbsp;landscaped new quarter with businesses, leisure space, marina and boat club, and 900 homes, of which Canaletto will be providing 190.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Eva Bloem.</figcaption></figure><p>Units in the recently completed tower range in price from &pound;475,000 for studios to &pound;660,000 for one-bedroom units and &pound;790,000 for two-bedroom units. 3 bedroom apartments start at&nbsp;&pound;3.2 million and ...</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> 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> David Marks, architect behind London Eye, passes away at age 64 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-09T16:51:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T16:52:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>David Marks, who suffered a long battle with cancer, passed away Friday morning at the age of 64. The Jewish architect was the innovative visionary behind fanciful projects such as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Eye</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British Airways i360</a> observation tower, the Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens, and the University of Cambridge Primary School among others.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>British Airways i360 at Brighton. Image courtesy of 2017 Structural Awards</figcaption></figure><p>Born in Stockholm in 1952, Marks grew up in Geneva and moved to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association School (AA). There he met Julia Barfield, whom he married in 1981. Following a stint working for Richard Rogers, the couple formed their own practice&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marks Barfield Architects</a>&mdash;in 1989.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>London Eye. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.</figcaption></figure><p>Marks was known for his entrepreneurial spirit. After winning a competition entry that came to nothing for his and Barfield's Ferris Wheel design, the two famously remortgaged their home and spent six patient years gathering support...</p> Foster + Partners' new Bloomberg European HQ achieves 98.5 percent BREEAM score Justine Testado 2017-10-04T19:04:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, Bloomberg L.P.'s new European headquarters in London has been dubbed as the &ldquo;world's most sustainable office building&rdquo;, the architecture firm announced. Housing Bloomberg's 4,000 London employees, the office building was rated as &ldquo;Outstanding&rdquo; in the BREEAM sustainability assessment method with a whopping 98.5 percent &mdash; the highest design-stage score achieved by a major office development.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cannon Street Entrance. Photo courtesy of Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>Occupying a 3.2-acre site, the nine-story building is designed to use waste products and is equipped with unique, adaptive solutions that respond to the building's external environment and its occupancy patterns throughout any given day. Compared to the average office building, the Bloomberg HQ delivers a 73 percent savings in water consumption, and has 35 percent savings in energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The &lsquo;living wall&rsquo; in the Bloomberg &ldquo;pantry&rdquo;, a sp...</figcaption></figure> London buildings are not what they used to be Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-04T15:33:00-04:00 >2017-10-04T17:45:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Today, London&rsquo;s civic spaces are the byproduct of commercial development, the results of promises made by developers to create public amenity as a condition of planning consent. Ironically, Paris, which once imported its radical architecture from London in the form of the Pompidou Centre, now has a much more visionary approach to building, (...) it is much more of a nexus for interesting architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>London's contemporary architecture seems to have lost the radical qualities of British Architecture of the 1960s and 1970s.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> The stalled refurbishment of The Palace of Westminster Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-10-02T04:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T13:14:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The move would raise fascinating questions about the need to replicate habits that are tied to the layout of the current chamber &ndash; voting by trooping through &ldquo;aye&rdquo; and &ldquo;no&rdquo; lobbies, for example. Archaic linguistic protocols might seem doubly peculiar when expressed in a more modern setting. People&rsquo;s behaviour is shaped by their environment and it is unlikely that parliamentary culture could be unaffected by transplant to a space unlike the unique one in which it has been nurtured.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Palace of Westminster has been in a state of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">advanced disrepair</a> for many years now. Though a plan for the building's massive &pound;3.5bn <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">refurbishment</a>&nbsp;headed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BDP</a>&nbsp;<strong></strong>was announced last year, the government has avoided taking the decision to proceed.&nbsp;</p> <p>The main reason for the delay in action on the crumbling Palace is financial. Yet as the the Guardian notes, the spending is necessary and justified since operational facilities are crucial in ensuing "the effective functioning of the democracy" and the structure's heritage value is hard to overestimate. While traditionalists and modernists argue over restoration and the observers contemplate the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">impact various spaces might have</a> on the functioning of the parliament,&nbsp;prompt relocation might be the best next move since&nbsp;the delay is only driving costs upwards.</p> UK's second tallest tower's resemblance to a sex toy raises controversy Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-28T13:56:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Peaking at 236 metres high, One Lansdowne will be taller than any Canary Wharf tower block and only eclipsed by The Shard, which is 95 floors and 310 metres.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The British are notorious for giving funny nicknames to their buildings. The construction of the One Lansdowne has not yet started, but <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Londoners have already noticed</a> the tower's resemblance to a Rampant Rabbit sex toy.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Platinum Rampant Rabbit Vibrator</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image CZWG Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The asymmetrical horse-shoe shaped complex is composed of two towers of 68 and 41 stories, linked by an 11-story podium. The towers will host affordable housing units, apartments, a hotel, a gym, commerces and office spaces. At 775 feet high, it would be the second tallest building in the UK.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image CZWG Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Croydon approved the design but the plans need to be approved by the mayor of London before construction starts.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image CZWG Architects</figcaption></figure> New Design District Announced for Greenwich Peninsula Abigail Banfield 2017-09-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2017-09-28T13:46:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Today, Knight Dragon, the developers delivering London&rsquo;s largest single regeneration project, Greenwich Peninsula, have announced a new one-hectare district which will be the first purpose-built district for creatives. The Design District is the next phase in Knight Dragon&rsquo;s 20-year, &pound;8.4billion plan for the area, and promises to bring culture and community to the area with a central public realm.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Knight Dragon</figcaption></figure><p>Open workshops and studios surround courtyards in this new creative hub formed of 16 buildings, to be situated in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula, for the use of over 1800 people. The project, designed by 8 practices, is from the outset a diverse project; each of the human-scaled workplaces were designed without conference between the practices. The result is a huge variety in form, colour, and style, with excellent transport links, thanks to the proposed new &pound;1million&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tube station.</a> </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Knight Dragon</figcaption></figure><p>Affordability is at the heart of this scheme, with prices start...</p>