Archinect - Naturally inspired 2019-06-26T17:02:43-04:00 A brief look at 20th century garden design Jemma 2019-06-20T10:53:37-04:00 >2019-06-20T10:54:11-04:00 <p>Garden design is a fascinating area of culture and personal expression. From the Edwardian period to the end of the 20th Century, the British have worked and reworked their outdoor spaces to display wealth, create areas for relaxation or, quite simply, to grow food. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><em>Millboard's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brushed Basalt</a> in a contemporary setting</em></p></figure><p>The 20th century opened with strong influence from the Arts and Crafts movement. One Arts and Craft horticulturist in particular, Gertrude Jekyll, made an enormous impact with her Italianate grottos and subtle painterly arrangements, influenced by dreamy Impressionistic landscapes. Jekyll&rsquo;s eye for detail and sensitive compositions made her incredibly popular, and her gardens can still be seen today at some of the Country&rsquo;s greatest estates. Amongst her accomplishments are the grounds to Lindisfarne Castle, Hestercombe House and Upton Grey Manor House &ndash; all of which still display her colour-themed gardens punctuated with her signature borders.&nbsp; </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><em>Jekyll's Hestercombe Ho...</em></p></figure> Review of Millboard decking Jemma 2019-05-20T05:09:23-04:00 >2019-06-20T10:55:40-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>"....A natural look also distinguishes the robust solid floorboards from&nbsp;Millboard&nbsp;. The grain of the surface, modeled on real wood patterns, is hand-colored with bleach- and UV-resistant pigments, so that it preserves its color brilliance for many years.&nbsp;Millboard is dimensionally stable and resistant to warping, rotting and algae growth.&nbsp;Even direct weathering and intensive use, the floorboard resists permanently.&nbsp;The Lastane surface of the splinter-free, non-slip coating is highly resilient, virtually maintenance-free, stain resistant and easy to clean.&nbsp;A coordinated system of substructure and installation accessories completes the overall picture of the terrace and balcony flooring.&nbsp;The planks are screwed onto the substructure concealed because the Lastane surface of Millboard closes over the screw heads again."</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Originally posted as 'The Terrace Trends 2019' by , by Christian B&uuml;hring:&nbsp;<a href=",QUlEPTYxMzE3ODYmTUlEPTUwMjc4.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">,QUlEPTYxMzE3ODYmTUlEPTUwMjc4.html</a>&nbsp;</p>... Millboard London Design Hub to open in Clerkenwell @Millboard_UK @CDWfestival Jemma 2019-05-20T04:50:24-04:00 >2019-06-09T23:34:35-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a>Premium decking manufacturer Millboard is to open an exciting new design centre on Clerkenwell&rsquo;s Goswell Road. The luxury outdoor flooring business will be opening its doors on Tuesday 21st May.</p></figure><p>The Millboard London Design Hub will display the company&rsquo;s leading-edge range of decking and also host CPD training sessions, architect-focused events and design presentations. The space will provide ideas for how people can &lsquo;Live Life Outdoors&rsquo; &ndash; the company&rsquo;s motto.</p> <p>The design-led decking company chose Clerkenwell from a range of options owing to the area&rsquo;s rich design heritage. Clerkenwell&rsquo;s elegant and quirky streets are home to numerous studios of world class designers, and the area famously boasts more architects per square metre than anywhere else on the planet. Joining this creative community was a natural next-step for the British manufacturer.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a>Since 2007, Millboard have approached decking as a blank canvas, sidestepping traditional wood or composite board production. The company&rsquo;s m...</p></figure> Outdoor spaces: Basic Spring Maintenance Jemma 2019-03-25T07:49:16-04:00 >2019-06-20T10:55:49-04:00 <p><strong><strong></strong></strong><strong>With the longer evenings and the warming skies, summer will be upon us before we know it. Gardens can look a bit intimidating at this time of year but getting them shipshape doesn&rsquo;t have to be a chore. Here's my list of essential garden tasks to give your garden an April boost and to provide a good foundation for stunning summer displays.</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Cut back dogwood and willow</strong><strong>&nbsp; </strong>These beautiful plants are hard pruned to encourage their impressive coloured branches and late March to mid-April is considered the optimum time to do this. After cutting the specimen down to 60&ndash;90cm from the ground, pinch or thin side shoots to promote further branching before finishing with a generous layer of compost and mulch.</p> <p><strong>2. Plant summer-flowering bulbs&nbsp;</strong> Get your summer flowering bulbs, including gladioli, in the ground and in pots now for a beautiful display come July! To aid growth, the bulbs should be fed every seven to ten days with a high potassium fertiliser such as a tomato or squash feed.</p> <p><img src="*LqEQrE7qBCt-2gDDXPmwSg.png"></p> ... A breathtaking outdoor urban room! Jemma 2019-02-25T06:58:41-05:00 >2019-05-15T02:31:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>This stunning Redcliffe residence in Chelsea, London, is a prime example of maximised outdoor space. Ensconced in an exclusive square, the owners have embraced luxe finishes and high spec features to create an enduring and lavish retreat. </p><p><br></p> <p>The terrace includes a firepit, infrared heating, show lights, fountains, foliage, waterproof Sonos speakers and Millboard decking. The ensemble creates a spectacular piazza that harmonises Mediterranean warmth with heritage grandeur. </p><p><br></p> <p>Cleverly, the muted palette allows for the eye to wander to the pleasing archways of the windows, lit and dressed with trailing ivy &ndash; simply perfect for the coming balmy summer evenings. </p><p><br></p></figure> Pro Landscaper Magazine’s Business Award shortlist announced! Jemma 2019-02-05T10:35:18-05:00 >2019-05-22T10:16:04-04:00 <p></p> <p>Pro Landscaper Magazine, the leading news source for the landscaping community, has released its 2019 shortlist for its prestigious annual award ceremony. The awards celebrate the excellent standards set across the industry in design, manufacture and supply.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The ceremony will take place on Friday 8th&nbsp;February at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf and will be attended by the most dynamic and prestigious members of the UK landscaping business community.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The full list of shortlistees is an exciting mixture of established industry heavyweights and newcomers - good luck to everybody who made the cut! </p> <p><strong>The shortlist</strong> </p> <p><strong>GARDEN DESIGNER Sponsored by Global Stone Paving</strong> &bull; Rachel Bailey &bull; Rosemary Coldstream &bull; Louise Harrison-Holland &bull; Katja Gri_ ths &bull; Martha Krempel </p> <p> <strong>GARDEN DESIGN PRACTICE Sponsored by Butterworth Horticulture</strong> &bull; Bowles &amp; Wyer Ltd &bull; Butter Wakefield Garden Design Ltd &bull; Cube 1994 Ltd </p> <p><strong>SUPPLIER Sponsored by Adtrak</strong> &bull; ArborForest Products &bull; GreenBlue Urban Ltd. &bull; Makita UK &bull; Millboa...</p> MVRDV announce plans to convert office complex in Amsterdam into stunning nature-inspired neighbourhood Jemma 2019-01-23T10:49:06-05:00 >2019-05-22T10:16:04-04:00 <p></p> <p><strong></strong>MVRDV&rsquo;s company approach is to &lsquo;enable cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future&rsquo; and their latest Amsterdam-based project fully embraces this ethos.</p> <p>Their plans to convert an isolated office complex into a lively residential neighbourhood containing 750 homes, will breathe life and balance into Brettenzone&rsquo;s waterfront. Directly opposite the city&rsquo;s Westerpark, the plan includes 12 buildings, five of which have been designed by MVRDV. The team&rsquo;s emphasis on green space enables eco and housing sustainability, right in the heart of the Dutch capital.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> <p>Natalie de Vries, MVRDV&rsquo;s co-founder writes that,<em> &lsquo;</em><em>Amsterdam urgently needs housing in all sorts of sizes and price ranges, for both purchase and rental. G</em><em>iven the large number of homes that this project adds to Amsterdam-west, we have focused entirely on architectural diversity. the public space will be green and closely connect with the Westerpark. the combination of park and urbanity is unique to Amsterdam. where else c...</em></p> The most inspiring workplaces that incorporate nature Jemma 2018-12-21T06:19:38-05:00 >2019-01-23T10:44:21-05:00 <p>The phrase &lsquo;the office&rsquo; used to be synonymous with broken photocopiers, magnolia walls and neglected spider plants but over the past two decades, architects have re-imagined the potential of these commercial hubs. From Air BnB&rsquo;s &lsquo;Irish Bar&rsquo; layout, to Cisco System&rsquo;s on-site health suite, design concepts have shifted to foreground office culture and to prioritise the office worker and their well-being. </p> <p>The next generation of office design is dominated by &lsquo;biophilic&rsquo; concepts - workspaces that embrace nature to promote greater health and happiness in these predominantly metropolitan buildings. The following list demonstrates how diverse the results can be!</p> <p> <strong><em>SelgasCano Architectural Office, Madrid</em></strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&copy;</p> <p><em>This incredible tube-shaped office dug into the Spanish countryside was designed by Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano. The office space integrates beautifully into its surroundings and gives all employees an eye-level view of the forest. The perspex, glass and fibreglass structure ...</em></p>