Archinect - News 2018-05-22T08:09:26-04:00 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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <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>