Archinect - News 2018-11-17T04:34:35-05:00 Disappear Here: architecture and video games Alexander Walter 2018-11-13T13:24:00-05:00 >2018-11-13T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>North London video game developer, Shedworks, have developed a specially commissioned film for our exhibition Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space, in collaboration with Sam Jacob Studio. We spoke to Greg Kythreotis, co-founder of Shedworks, to find out more about how the video came about and the processes behind it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>RIBA interviews&nbsp;Greg Kythreotis, co-founder of&nbsp;video game studio Shedworks; talking about his involvement in the current&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space</em></a> exhibition at the RIBA Architecture Gallery in London, the collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Jacob Studio</a>, and potential overlaps between architecture and video games in respect of the 'perspective' theme.&nbsp;</p><p>"Whilst the history of perspective and architecture are incredibly intertwined,"&nbsp;Kythreotis explains, "I also think that, by virtue of historically being rendered on a screen, video games also have an incredibly rich history of exploring perspective. Whether orthographic, more realistic renderings or complete distortions and warpings of perspective, I would love to see the overlaps between mediums be explored in even more depth."</p> Gianni Botsford Architects raises the roof in London's Notting Hill Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-02T19:23:00-04:00 >2018-11-05T13:35:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> Notting Hill lies a contemporary residential home hidden within the back row of Victorian style villas. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gianni Botsford Architects</a> used the limited space and urban landscape to their advantage when constructing&nbsp;<em>House in a Garden</em>. The&nbsp;2659 square foot home, originally a dilapidated bungalow built in the 1960's features eye-catching structural details.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view Image &copy; Gianni Botsford Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Due to limited space, the team at Gianni Botsford investigated the possible <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">geometric forms</a> that could be used to create this residential home. Cautious with its construction, the architectural team made it a point not to obstruct the surrounding areas whilst ensuring the home featured enough natural light and space. The decision became clear that to ensure the functional renovation of the home making space started below ground.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ground floor side patio view Image &copy; Edmund Sumner</figcaption></figure><p>On the ground floor the home's defining feature is its copper clad <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roof</a>. Constructed out of g...</p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro and O'Donnell + Tuomey unveil designs for V&A East project Justine Testado 2018-11-02T16:43:00-04:00 >2018-11-05T23:56:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria &amp; Albert Museum</a> unveiled the anticipated design plans for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A East</a> project in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Scheduled to open in 2023 as part of the &pound;1.1 billion East Bank development, the project comprises of two interconnected sites: a new 5-story museum at Stratford Waterfront designed by Dublin-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Donnell +&nbsp;Tuomey Architects</a>, and the new Here East collection and research center designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio +&nbsp;Renfro</a>, with support from British architecture firm Austin-Smith:Lord.</p> <p><strong>V&amp;A&nbsp;collection and research center&nbsp;at Here East</strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior rendering of the new V&amp;A collection and research center at Here East, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Pictured above is a marquetry ceiling from the now-destroyed Altamira Palace near Toledo, Spain, c.1490. &copy; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2018.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Flexible display space in the new V&amp;A collection and research center at Here East, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. &copy; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2018.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of Edgar J. Kaufm...</figcaption></figure> The Bjarke Ingels-designed 2016 Serpentine Pavilion makes an appearance in Toronto before traveling further Alexander Walter 2018-10-17T18:01:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T18:20:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] the 2016 Unzipped pavilion by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was acquired by a wealthy collector: the Canadian developer Ian Gillespie, whose company Westbank was a sponsor of the London presentation. Last month, the shape-shifting 14-metre-high, 27-metre-long installation made the move to inner city Toronto, where it was unveiled on the site of the architect&rsquo;s next commission for Westbank, a massively ambitious housing complex on King Street West.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another member of the growing family of the Serpentine Galleries' annual summer pavilions has found a new home: the&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels-designed<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Unzipped</em> pavilion</a> &mdash; famously praised&nbsp;by&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">possibly the Serpentine&rsquo;s most impressive pavilion yet</a>"&nbsp;when it opened in June 2016 &mdash; was recently unveiled to the public on a site&nbsp;in Toronto where <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mountain-shaped King Street condo building</a> will rise soon. <br></p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open till midnight tonight with live music. . . . . #unzippedtoronto #nbTO18 #architecture #toronto #exhibition #design</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Westbank</a> (@westbankcorp) on Sep 29, 2018 at 9:48am PDT<br><p>The pavilion won't stick around for too long though and is scheduled to travel to other international cities before reaching its final, permanent site in Vancouver.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A rendering of the pavilion's final destination in Vancouver. Credit: Westbank.</figcaption></figure><p>Earlier this month, it was reported that the 2018 Serpentine Pav...</p> Starchitects and emerging designers make it on the 2018 list of London's most influential people Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T19:46:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:40:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 2018 edition of the annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Progress 1000: London's most influential people</a> list has been released, and among the myriad of categories from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, philanthropy, sports, technology, or science, there is (<em>phew</em>) also a list of architects who made the most significant impact on London. <br></p> <p>Donning the cover pic, and listed first, is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eva Franch i Gilabert</a>, the new, and first female, director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> School of Architecture, immediately followed by some of the (expected) biggest names in British architecture, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amanda Levete</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>. <br></p> <p>Refreshing to see are names of architects who have been consistently putting out solid work and are now getting the wider recognition they deserve, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frida Escobedo</a>, the youngest architect yet to be invited to design the Serpentine Gallery&rsquo;s summer pavilion, Deborah Saunt and David ...</p> Peter Barber: reinventing affordable housing in London Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T15:51:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Peter Barber, one of the most original architects working today. Over the past decade he has built a reputation for his ingenious reinventions of traditional house types and his ability to craft characterful chunks of city out of unpromising sites. [...] He is a master of humane high-density, designing that rare thing: new housing that feels in tune with the grain of London, in the form of neither alienating slabs nor tacky towers, without resorting to pastiche.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, has nothing but praise for the award-winning firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Barber Architects</a>, a small practice that seeks to integrate social activism ideals when designing better, and more humane, housing for London. <br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Holmes Road Studio, a whimsical housing project for homeless people, was the overall winner of the New London Awards in 2016. Photo: Peter Barber Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"When you visit one of Barber&rsquo;s projects, you get a sense that it is a fragment of a much bigger urban idea," writes Wainwright. "There is an indication that housing, as the physical stuff that makes streets, might offer more than just private shelter behind the front door."<br></p> Pedestrian killed by glass window pane falling from luxury residential tower in London Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T16:21:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T19:10:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A man has died after reportedly being hit by a windowpane that fell around 250ft from the top of a block of flats in central London. [...] An image taken from The Corniche on the south bank of the River Thames by a resident showed&nbsp;a large window unit, complete with metal frame containing glass, on top of a male figure. [...] An image showed a window missing from near the top of the 27-storey tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Corniche, a luxury residential high-rise complex at&nbsp;21 Albert Embankment, was designed by Foster + Partners and completed last year. The property's developer, St James, is working with the police to investigate the incident.&nbsp;</p> London's Royal Opera House reopens after three-year transformation Alexander Walter 2018-09-19T18:49:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T18:51:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Following a three-year, &pound;50.7m programme of works, dubbed the &ldquo;Open Up&rdquo; project, the ROH hopes to have a more visible, welcoming presence. Its motivations have not only been to shed its rarefied reputation, but also to improve crowd flow inside the constricted corridors, inject daytime activity and transform its secondary studio, the Linbury, into a new world-class theatre. Walls have been bulldozed, spaces excavated, and restaurants extended [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Oliver Wainwright reviews the result of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanton Williams</a>'s extensive $66m 'Open Up' revamp of the Royal Opera House in London.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Luke Hayes</figcaption></figure> New carpet collection by Zaha Hadid Design on display for London Design Festival Hope Daley 2018-09-19T13:35:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T15:46:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">carpet</a> collection by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> Design&nbsp;will be displayed in the studio's London gallery&nbsp;during this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>. Created&nbsp;for Royal Thai, the&nbsp;<em>RE/Form</em> carpet collection consists of 22 designs inspired by four prominent themes&nbsp;in the studio's work: striated lines, ribbonlike projections, pixelated landscapes, and organic cellular shapes.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, pixel design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The designs introduce custom new colors for Royal Thai commercial carpets, with hues of turquoise, red and green in their color palettes.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, cellular design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, cellular design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Translated into Axminster-loomed and hand-tufted designs, each design represents reconfiguration and transformation&mdash;the theme itself a reflection of Royal Thai&rsquo;s recent reformation.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, ribbon design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architec...</figcaption></figure> designjunction presents DESIGN EVERY – a stellar Talks Program celebrating inclusivity and diversity in design Sponsor 2018-09-18T05:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T17:58:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";bg=FFFFFF&amp;auto=compress&amp;format&amp;w=1028&amp;h=60"></a></p></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a></em></strong></p> <p><strong>designjunction</strong>&nbsp;presents a stellar <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">talks program</a>&nbsp;</strong>taking place at the iconic Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf this London Design Festival. 50 world-class speakers will take to the stage between Thursday 20 - Friday 21 September.</p> <p>Moving away from standardized names of the design and architecture industries, the show proudly breaks the mould of the ego-driven talks program by hosting discussions about what truly matters. With one of the keynotes from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the other from Benjamin Hubert, DESIGNEVERY celebrates inclusivity whilst exploring the crucial issues which the design industry faces.</p> <p>Join some of the most important discussions in design for just &pound;4 <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.&nbsp;Tickets: &pound;8 per talk &ndash; Archinect readers get 50% off using&nbsp;<strong>TALK500.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Thursday 20 September</strong></p> <p><strong>DESIGNEVERY EXPERIENCE: The Omnipresent Design Thinking<br></strong>11:00 &ndash; 11:50</p> <p>Speaker: Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER. Industrial designer Benjamin Hubert provides an ins...</p> David Chipperfield Architects completes unifying renovation for Selfridges department store in London Hope Daley 2018-09-12T13:24:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T12:35:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield Architects</a> recently completed Selfridges Duke Street, a new entrance building and accessories hall for the Selfridges department store in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The new Duke Street entrance by David Chipperfield Architects, located in London. &copy; Simon Menges</figcaption></figure><p>The department store is housed in a&nbsp;beaux-arts style building on Oxford Street completed in 1929.&nbsp;Selfridges eventually expanded into a new art deco style building to the north, and developed into a hodgepodge of styles mixed together.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The accessories hall in the original Selfridges building facing Oxford Street by David Chipperfield Architects, located in London. &copy; Simon Menges</figcaption></figure><p>The firm's goal is part of a larger <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a> plan for Selfridges to establish architectural continuity and fluidity throughout the entire complex.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The accessories hall in the original Selfridges building facing Oxford Street by David Chipperfield Architects, located in London. &copy; Simon Menges</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The accessories hall, looking south towards the link bu...</figcaption></figure> Assemble completes new Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, opening September 8 Justine Testado 2018-09-06T20:44:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T15:44:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It is an inventive fusion of the industrial and the crafted that runs throughout the project&#8203; [...] Throughout, there are details that show the architects&rsquo; interest in how the building has been made and altered over time, and an awareness that their interventions are part of the ongoing life of the place, forming a richly layered canvas for artists to add to in turn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright gives a first look into the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art</a>, which opens September 8. The project is the first permanent building of the young <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize-winning</a> collective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>, who won the competition in 2014 to transform the former Victorian-era bath house into a new art gallery complex.&nbsp;&ldquo;It was a brave choice from Goldsmiths, but the risk has paid off,&rdquo; Wainwright writes.</p> Zaha Hadid Architects transforms the classic billboard into public art Hope Daley 2018-09-04T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-11T12:05:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>JCDecaux has taken the wraps off a unique piece of out-of-home inventory in London designed by Zaha Hadid Design. The agency briefed the agency to redefine 'the design language of billboards'. It ditched the conventional shapes and frames that have steered the industry to date. Dubbed 'The Kensington', and located on the road from London to Heathrow, the structure takes the shape of a curved double-ribbon.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>&nbsp;has created a new design for street advertising with&nbsp;JCDecaux Group, a&nbsp;multinational corporation known for its bus-stop advertising systems and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">billboards</a>. Creating a sculptural advertising approach, the firm's design reinvents the classic billboard into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public art</a>. Brands have been invited to bid for placement on the 85 by 20 foot screen structure. So far Audi and Coty are the first to sign up.&nbsp;</p> A criticism of London's museum effect and the survival of everyday spaces Hope Daley 2018-08-31T14:39:00-04:00 >2018-08-31T14:39:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>London is pure object in these images and likewise in those taken from the other aforementioned viewing points. Like visitors to a museum, we wander the corridors atop the Switch House and observe the artefacts curated for our all-consuming gaze: a shard, a walkie-talkie, a gherkin, etc. Like Tower Bridge, the new Museum of London, Battersea Power Station and the Tate Modern, the skyline of the city is presented as a display &ndash; complete with its own exhibition gift shop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Kafka argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> trend in preservation and commemoration in the built environment is directly related to the decline of small-scale spaces and small businesses centered around everyday life.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kafka cites recent developments in London's built environment over the past few years: the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A preserving a of a section of&nbsp;Robin Hood Gardens</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of London moving into Smithfield Market</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Modern's viewing platform extension</a>.<br></p> <p>He does not necessarily argue against cultural preservation and commemoration, but rather aims to draw attention to a trend in "objective gaze prioritized over subjective experience" and the effect this has on the survival of small, everyday spaces.&nbsp;</p> 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>