Archinect - News 2018-08-20T13:08:24-04:00 Scrapped London Garden Bridge stirs up legal questions over $60m public funds spent Alexander Walter 2018-08-01T14:01:00-04:00 >2018-08-01T16:52:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The trustees of London&rsquo;s garden bridge, including actor Joanna Lumley and the former Labour minister Lord Davies, could have breached their legal duties over the failed project, that cost taxpayers more than &pound;40m, according to a leading lawyer. The legal opinion comes as pressure mounts for a formal investigation into how the charity behind the abandoned scheme spent so much money without construction work even beginning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The decision to press on with the construction contract led to public losses, initially capped at &pound;16m, increasing to an estimated total of &pound;46m by the time the scheme was cancelled in 2017," <em>The Guardian</em> reports. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The project</a>, championed by then London mayor, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson</a>, was intended to be majority-funded by private donations. However, the bulk of the money spent came from the &pound;60m in public funds handed to the project."<br></p> Facebook to double its London presence with new King's Cross buildings by AHMM and Bennetts Alexander Walter 2018-07-25T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-07-25T13:58:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facebook is doubling its presence in London by acquiring office space across two buildings in King's Cross. The 600,000 square feet (56,000 square meters) of office space will be enough for more than 6,000 workstations. [...] The expansion follows the 2017 opening of its site at Rathbone Place, which added 800 jobs and opened its first in-house incubator program for startup businesses. It also has a location on Brock Street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Considerably ramping up its workplace capacity by 611,000 sq ft in soon-to-be post-Brexit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, Facebook will be moving into new buildings at King's Cross: 11 and 21 Canal Reach, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bennetts Associates</a>, the ten and twelve-story-buildings already have detailed planning permission, as well as the nine-story-structure P2 by 2015 Stirling-Prize winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)</a> with a pending reserved matters planning application.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>11 and 21 Canal Reach by Bennetts Associates. Image: King's Cross.</figcaption></figure><p>"The deal comes just weeks after Samsung Electronics announced an agreement to open &lsquo;Samsung KX LDN&rsquo;, a 20,000 sq ft showcase space at Coal Drops Yard, the new Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping and lifestyle district in King&rsquo;s Cross, in October," reads a King's Cross <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a>.<br></p> <p>The new offices are expected to open in 2021.<br></p> 'Cheesegrater 2' skyscraper approved for City of London Alexander Walter 2018-07-11T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:28:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 56-storey tower called The Diamond is set to join the growing cluster of skyscrapers in the City of London and will be the financial district&rsquo;s third-tallest building when completed. The planned 263.4m tower at 100 Leadenhall Street will rank behind 1 Undershaft at 290m, nicknamed the Trellis, where work is yet to start, and 22 Bishopsgate, the reworked Pinnacle at 278m, which is under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Diamond.</figcaption></figure><p>The City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s third-tallest building has just received planning permission, and it will be somewhat of a d&eacute;j&agrave; vu: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>-designed, wedge-shaped 56-story tower, officially called The Diamond, is going to sit right next to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Roger</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&mdash;London's OG wedge.<br></p> Sam Jacob Studio to design the Cartoon Museum's new London home Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-06T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:40:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Jacob Studio</a> has been commissioned to design the new home of Britain&rsquo;s Cartoon Museum. Known for their avant-garde approach to design, the studio will help the museum expand its programming and bring a "real sense of fun and vibrancy to the visitor experience," says museum chair, Oliver Preston.</p> <p>Founded in 2006 by a dedicated cadre of cartoonists, comic artists and collectors, the Museum has been operating out of an old London dairy. But, wanting a new permanent home that will help it develop to its full potential, the museum&nbsp;has accepted a&nbsp;25-year lease at 55 Wells Street, located&nbsp;near Oxford Circus.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Proposed Book Shop at The Cartoon Museum &copy; Sam Jacob Studio</figcaption></figure><p>Their archive holds over 5,000 books, 4,000 comics and 1,700 original strips, graphic novels, animation and caricatures,&nbsp;ranging from the 18th century to the present day.&nbsp;Scheduled to open early 2019, the new space will create permanent and temporary exhibition spaces to give the Museum greater flexibility in displaying its...</p> Grenfell Tower inquiry: expert architectural witness fired because he was not a registered architect Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T13:28:00-04:00 >2018-06-25T15:57:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster has sacked its expert architectural witness after it emerged he was not a registered architect. John Priestley, who was appointed on Wednesday to produce a report into the architectural design of the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, was sacked on Friday. [...] According to the inquiry, before he was instructed, Priestley told officials he was a UK registered and chartered architect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> With a new exhibition in London, Sou Fujimoto chats with Oliver Wainwright about his iconic works Justine Testado 2018-06-21T20:29:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T20:29:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Something of an outsider architect, Fujimoto has never worked for another practice, which perhaps explains his firmly original approach. &ldquo;I was scared of being rejected,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;And if I had gone to work for another architect, they might have overpowered me because I was so easily influenced.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this review of the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future&rdquo;</a> exhibition opening tomorrow at the Japan House, London,&nbsp;The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright chats with the now-46-year-old Fujimoto about his career and work &mdash; like his long-time interest in testing the limits of privacy and exposure, his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 Serpentine Pavilion</a> that brought him into the global spotlight, those <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">potato chips</a>, and more.</p> Foster + Partners hints at possibility of leaving London over Brexit Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-06-19T14:52:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The UK&rsquo;s largest practice, Foster + Partners, says it would consider moving its headquarters from London if Brexit meant it could no longer attract the world&rsquo;s best architects [...] Less than a quarter of the architects based at Foster + Partners&rsquo; huge Battersea head office are UK nationals &ndash; with around a half from EU countries. In total, the firm employs 1,061 staff in the UK including 353 architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an interview with <em>The Architects' Journal</em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> managing partner Matthew Streets didn't rule out leaving London if attracting and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">employing</a> "the globe&rsquo;s brightest stars to maintain its position as world leaders"&nbsp;in a United Kingdom outside of the European Union became impossible.</p><p>The <em>AJ</em> also reports about similar <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a>-related workforce concerns from another UK architecture powerhouse, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>.</p> David Chipperfield designs monolith for rotating art program at London department store Alexander Walter 2018-06-05T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-06-05T15:13:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Selfridges department store in London has teamed up with Yorkshire Sculpture park on a new contemporary sculpture initiative. New works will be unveiled every six months on a marble and steel monolith designed by the UK architect David Chipperfield as part of his commission to create Selfridges&rsquo; new accessories hall. The joint project, known as the Art Block, has been dubbed Selfridges&rsquo; version of the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New gothic tower added to Westminster Abbey by architect Ptolemy Dean Hope Daley 2018-05-30T15:40:00-04:00 >2018-05-30T15:40:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nestled into an armpit of Westminster Abbey, hidden behind a flying buttress that leaps up to the chapterhouse, stands what appears to be a gothic space rocket. Sinuous bronze tracery loops its way up the faceted shaft, framing crystalline windows between bands of lead arrowheads, like go-faster stripes shooting towards the heavens.</p></em><br /><br /><p>British architect Ptolemy Dean's new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">addition</a> to&nbsp;Westminster Abbey, The Weston Tower, is the first significant addition to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gothic</a> structure since 1745. This new $30m tower provides the first public access to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">church</a>'s triforium space above nave. Here visitors can climb to the attic and visit&nbsp;the Queen&rsquo;s Diamond Jubilee Galleries housing royal and religious artifacts dating back thousands of years.</p> New findings state Grenfell Tower insulation never passed fire safety test Hope Daley 2018-05-23T14:58:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T17:43:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The insulation that burned out of control on Grenfell Tower had never passed the required safety test and should never have been on the building, a BBC investigation has discovered. Panorama understands the manufacturer, Celotex, used extra fire retardant in the product that qualified for the safety certificate. A more flammable version was then sold for public use, the programme believes. Celotex said it is co-operating with the police investigation and inquiry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last June the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower</a> fire in London killed 72 people prompting ongoing investigations. It has been found that the&nbsp;RS5000 insulation used in the building's refurbishment gives off toxic fumes containing cyanide when burned. Almost all who perished in the fire were killed by smoke.&nbsp;</p> <p>The manufacturer Celotex has been accused of&nbsp;misleading marketing, selling their insulation as compatible with other cladding panels and tower block refurbishment&mdash;both of which are false. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safety</a> was neglected as the cladding panels and insulation in Grenfell Tower were never tested together. This could result in corporate manslaughter for Celotex.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The same toxic insulation is found to have been&nbsp;used on hundreds of other buildings across England.</p> First photos of David Chipperfield's new Royal Academy of Arts campus opening this weekend Alexander Walter 2018-05-17T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T13:31:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts</a> in London is in extraordinary party mode: to celebrate the institution's 250th anniversary, the RA will host a weekend-long art festival on May 19 and 20 with plenty of events, tours, performances, tours, displays, and DJ sets. <br></p> <p>At the heart of the festivities is the grand opening of the new RA campus, a major redevelopment designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield Architects</a> which will dramatically increase available spaces to present to the public historic pieces from its vast collection, work of its Royal Academicians and the RA schools as well as hosting events and exhibitions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge and The Lovelace Courtyard. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair," the RA project outline explains. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Weston Bridge. Credit: Simon Menges.</figcaption></figure><p>"The unified campus provides 70% more public space tha...</p> Six stories of interdisciplinary space aka "This is not about shopping" Nam Henderson 2018-05-09T21:44:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T12:26:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>the facade of the recently opened Blue Mountain School is impossible to miss. The six-level brick townhouse, on the corner of Redchurch and Chance Streets, has been painted in a sleek and surprising silver. Inside, the multipurpose space defies easy categorization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Natalia Rachlin highlights the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Mountain School</a>. The latest project by James Brown and his partner, Christie Fels, with architecting from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6a Architects</a>, this corner of Shoreditch is a kind of <em><strong>Gesamtkunstwerk</strong></em>!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AD</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wallpaper</a><br></p> Cube Haus commissions top architects to design modular, affordable homes Hope Daley 2018-05-08T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T18:25:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What if buying a house were more like buying a car? Could the process of choosing between a Ford, Volkswagen or Nissan ever translate into picking between an Adjaye, Rogers or Assemble? Beyond the dream of ever being able to buy a house, the prospect of commissioning an architect-designed home is an impossibly remote prospect for most of us, a luxury confined to the glossy pages of Sunday supplements and Grand Designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cube Haus</a> have commissioned well known architects such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skene Catling de la Pe&ntilde;a</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a> to design <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modular homes</a>&nbsp;at affordable prices. Targeting infill and backland sites in the London area, Cube Haus is looking to fill a small housing niche with well-crafted, off-plan new properties.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Off-site production and lower margins allow the company to produce houses&nbsp;10%-15% cheaper than equivalent properties in a given area. The trick is to come up with modular designs that can properly adapt to different, awkward sites. Cube Haus aims to create a portfolio of building types that can be scaled up for larger number unit sites&mdash;creating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> designed by some of the top names in architecture.&nbsp;</p> London man jailed for forcing 15 construction workers into slavery Alexander Walter 2018-04-24T14:13:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:13:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A Romanian man who used threats of violence and indebtedness to keep a group of his countrymen as slaves while he pocketed their wages from a London construction site has been sentenced to seven years in jail.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Lupu, a 29-year-old Romanian, was found guilty of holding 15 of his countrymen in&nbsp;slavery or servitude in two small one-bedroom apartments in East London and sentenced to seven years in jail.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lupu had lured the men to work as demolition workers in the UK, falsely promising a wage of &pound;50 a day for work and a good standard of living accommodation, however took away the victims' ID cards upon arrival and threatened that they had to pay hundreds of pounds for permits and certificates to work in the UK. When Lupu failed to pay them after one month of work, they confronted him, and, according to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Metropolitan Police report</a>, "his response was to threaten to beat them to death."</p> <p>Two victims managed to escape when Lupu traveled to Romania and reported him to the police.</p> Construction begins on 2018 Serpentine Pavilion Justine Testado 2018-04-23T19:19:00-04:00 >2018-04-23T19:19:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Construction is now underway for the 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a>, which is scheduled to open in June in time for summer outdoor festivities at the Serpentine Galleries in London. Mexican architect Frida Escobedo &mdash; who was commissioned to design the 2018 pavilion&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in February</a> &mdash; is working with&nbsp;AECOM, contractor Stage One Creative Services, and the Serpentine Galleries to bring the anticipated installation to life.</p> <p>Escobedo's design fuses elements of Mexican domestic architecture and British materials and history, while playfully integrating light, water, and geometry.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpentine Pavilion 2018 Designed by Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Design Rendering, Interior View &copy; Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atm&oacute;sfera.</figcaption></figure><p>The pavilion comprises&nbsp;two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle to form an enclosed courtyard &mdash; a common feature of Mexican domestic architecture. The courtyard's axis will be directed to the north, in reference to the Prime Meridian that was est...</p> Grenfell-style cladding causes value of upscale London apartments to drop by 90% Alexander Walter 2018-04-16T16:21:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T16:21:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A homeowner in a housing complex in London with Grenfell-type cladding has been told the value of her &pound;475,000 home has collapsed and is now just &pound;50,000. Galliard Homes, the developer of the 11-block complex in New Capital Quay in south-east London, is facing a &pound;30m-&pound;40m bill to replace the cladding and is locked in a legal dispute over who should pay.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New Capital Quay development&mdash;home to about 2,000 residents&mdash;is believed to be the largest private development to have flammable cladding after the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Grenfell fire tragedy</a> that killed 71 people, <em>The Guardian </em>reports. The apartments are now considered unsellable.<br></p> Christo comes to London Alexander Walter 2018-04-11T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T16:12:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>And now he&rsquo;s going to float a 150-tonne sculpture on a lake on London. Is it an allegory of the west&rsquo;s oil dependency, an indictment of how we&rsquo;re polluting the planet, or both? Christo shakes his locks and smiles. &ldquo;I have no reason to justify myself as an artist. I cannot explain my art. Everything I do professionally is irrational and useless.&rdquo; This, he thinks, is exactly as it should be. &ldquo;I make things that have no function &ndash; except maybe to make pleasure.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christo</a> chats about his new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mastaba sculpture</a> coming to London this summer: a giant trapezoidal prism of 7,506 stacked steel barrels to float on the Serpentine Lake. It will be his first large artwork in Britain.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Christo, The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), Collage 2017 Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz, technical data and tape on brown board, 21.5 x 28 cm, Private collection, Switzerland. Photo: Andr&eacute; Grossmann &copy; 2017 Christo</figcaption></figure><p>Plans for a much bigger Mastaba with 410,000 barrels outside of Abu Dhabi <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first appeared</a> several years ago but were never realized.</p> <p>The accompanying exhibition <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba (1958&ndash;2018)</a></em> will be on view from June 19 through September 9 at the nearby Serpentine Gallery.<br></p> Smithsonian London outpost confirmed Alexander Walter 2018-04-10T14:16:00-04:00 >2018-04-10T14:17:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Smithsonian Institution has confirmed that it will work with the Victoria and Albert Museum to set up a joint gallery and exhibition programme in East London, on the former Olympic site. Yesterday (9 April) the Smithsonian&rsquo;s regents (trustees) gave formal approval for their first base outside the US.</p></em><br /><br /><p><u></u>We <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first reported</a> about the&nbsp;Smithsonian Institution's interest in setting up its first-ever satellite gallery outside of the U.S. back in 2015. A lot has changed since then, and evolved, scaled-back plans now foresee a&nbsp;collaboration with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A</a>.</p> Forensic Architecture pieces together the Grenfell Tower fire Hope Daley 2018-03-26T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T14:33:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Over the last few months, the team at Forensic Architecture, housed at London&rsquo;s Goldsmiths University in Lewisham, has been working to piece together data and footage from the event using a mixture of video and imagery from Youtube, Periscope and other forms of social media, as well as footage from Sky News, which is a partner on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In June of 2017 the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower fire</a> killed 71 in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> public housing block. Criminal investigations are still ongoing with no one yet held accountable. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forensic Architecture</a> has taken on the case in order to piece together how the fire spread within minutes throughout the building.&nbsp;</p> <p>By creating a public database from various sources of video footage, the agency's approach is an open-ended investigation where anyone with information can participate. Forensic Architecture is creating a 12 hour video sequence mapping footage onto a model of the building. Initially named "Grenfell Media Archive", the team hopes to eventually be able to share it externally as an interactive archive.&nbsp;</p> <p>Through their new methods of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">data visualization</a>, Forensic Architecture hopes to fully uncover how this incident happened.&nbsp;</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> V&A's three-story chunk of demolished housing to be shown at Venice Architecture Biennale Hope Daley 2018-03-07T16:14:00-05:00 >2018-03-07T16:14:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The V&amp;A will transport a recently demolished concrete section from Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, east London, to the Venice Architecture Biennale. It will be delivered by barge to the biennale&rsquo;s Arsenale site, where it will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold, allowing visitors to stand on an original &ldquo;street in the sky&rdquo; &ndash; the elevated deck that was optimistically meant to foster healthy interaction between neighbours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The demolition of east <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s Robin Hood Gardens has been ongoing since last year, which is why the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A moved to acquire a three-story section</a>&nbsp;of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> icon. The museum's section will now be displayed in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale in order to revisit its original vision and what it has to teach us about social housing moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>50 years after its construction, this preserved section will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold where visitors can experience the intended interaction with the building.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse</a> will be exhibited&nbsp;at the Venice Architecture Biennale from 26 May to 25 November.&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> 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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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>