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The new home of AS Roma has been unveiled with plans for a premier state-of-the-art football stadium, incorporating the industry's most sophisticated spectator technologies, security and fan amenities.   With an intimate seating bowl of 52,500 seats, natural grass pitch and a PTFE canopy covering 100% of the stadium seating, Woods Bagot design for Stadio della Roma is set to become a category-defining football and multi-purpose entertainment venue for Italy and Europe.   Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis, said: “The design draws visual cues from the world's most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum.    "For an architect who…
Monday the 3rd March, 2014 is the last day of registration for the International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture. So far, around 1,500 students or student teams signed up to compete for global recognition and a chance to win the prize of €30,000!   In its ten years’ of existence, the Award has gained momentum in the worldwide student community. In 2012, more than 3,200 students from 59 countries registered, and 986 teams sent in their projects for final evaluation by the international jury.    The award theme is 'Light of Tomorrow' that allows exploring much deeper what…
Campus Hoogvliet is located just outside of Rotterdam and composed of six separate buildings that together compose one academic and socially focused community catalyst   Campus Hoogvliet is a cluster of six buildings that together compose one academic and socially focused campus, located just outside of Rotterdam. These six new buildings–a sports center, an art studio, a safety academy, 100 residential units within one building, and two schools–have been plugged into a programmed tarmac that communicates the campus' boundary, and includes custom designed seating, a running track, and other place-making denotations.    The campus’ immediate surroundings are characterized by mid-twentieth…
Ecobuild and the organisers of Climate Week are delighted to announce that the official launch of this year’s Climate Week will be held on site at Ecobuild. It seemed only fitting that Ecobuild (4 – 6 March, ExCeL London), the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, would once again work with Climate Week, Britain’s biggest climate change campaign.   Climate Week 2014 will run from the 3rd to the 9th of March with the official launch taking place at in The North Arena at Ecobuild on Tuesday 4th at 1.30pm.   The campaign is endorsed…
Pantone, the global authority on colour, announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid as the colour of the year for 2014. Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.   Likewise, the vibrant colour is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergises almost any colour palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.  …
The winner of the 2013 Sleep ReardonSmith Student Award was revealed last month at the European Hotel Design Awards in London before an audience of some 900 people. James Young, a fourth-year student studying for his Masters in Architecture at the Canterbury School of Architecture, won the competition.  Open to all students undertaking a full-time architectural or interior design course in Europe, this year’s competition was given the brief to masterplan a new luxury hotel and residential marina development on the Southern Adriatic coast. The brief was intentionally left loose so that students could demonstrate their creative skills. However, certain…
A new theatre for The Arts Educational Schools, London (ArtsEd), designed by RHWL Arts Team, has been completed and opened in the presence of President and benefactor Lord Lloyd-Webber and with a performance of one of his most celebrated musicals Evita.  The 200 seat horseshoe theatre was created as part of a major programme of refurbishment made possible by a donation of £3.5 million from The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.  The theatre’s design was conceived by RHWL Arts Team who was appointed as architect to deliver a contemporary performance space enabling students of the school to more closely experience West…
The first raft of BDP designed projects in China is now starting to complete with two civic projects in Suzhou, one of the country’s most visited cities.  Earlier this summer saw the completion of the Suzhou Planning and Exhibition Hall. The building is an 8,000 sqm exhibition facility within the Science and Technology Smart City. The project showcases past, present and future developments of Suzhou District and sits on the edge of a new central parkland area, with great views of the surrounding landscape and hills. It houses a 1,000 sqm model of the new district, 3D viewing gallery, interactive…
Industrial Design Studio PearsonLloyd has received three coveted Focus Open awards in the Baden-Württemberg International Design Awards.  The Business Class Seat and Cabin project for Lufthansa was awarded the Focus Gold, Docklands for Bene received a Focus Silver and Bay chair for Bene received a Special Mention. Awarded by the Design Center Stuttgart, the Focus Open is considered as one of Germany’s top design accolades, attracting hundreds of entries from companies and designers across the world.   The studio, led by founding members Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd, were commissioned by Lufthansa to deliver the airline’s first fully flat bed…
Situated at the heart of London’s Canary Wharf, the two towers that make up the Landmark development comprise 804 prestige apartments and penthouses on 45 and 30 floors respectively, together with two lower-level buildings that are situated around a central courtyard.  Developed by CPL and designed by architects Squire and Partners, the apartments and penthouses are finished to the highest quality specification, offering residents stunning views across London and Canary Wharf.   The ground floor areas to all four blocks were completed in 2013 with Smart Architectural Aluminium’s MC Curtain Walling system installed by Avdon Bristol Limited, one of the…
The Sleep Event is less than a month away and is promising an impressive array of product innovations from new and established exhibitors alike.  This year’s Sleep exhibition includes a raft of stand-out features introduced for the first time, and is sure to be packed with ideas and inspiration aplenty for architects and designers, specifiers, hotel operators, owners and developers attending from across the globe.   A particularly exciting new addition to the exhibition is Tech Hub, a platform profiling the cutting-edge technology companies whose products and services are transforming the hotel experience. Boxbuild, the driving force behind Bloc Hotels,…
Slip House, a remarkable translucent glass house on a terraced street in Brixton, has won the RIBA prestigious Manser Medal 2013 for the best newly designed private house. The presentation of the award to the winning architects, Carl Turner Architects, took place at a special event at Central Saint Martins in London.  Built on a small patch of land in Brixton, the architects have made a simple and sculptural addition to a street of Victorian terraced houses. Slip House is made up of three ‘boxes’ which sit on top of one another, creating a studio work space downstairs, with living…
Fender Katsalidis Arney (FKA), a boutique global design firm, launched in London in September.  FKA’s services span architecture, interior design, consulting and masterplanning, with focus on three sectors - workplace, lifestyle and public. Taking an integrated approach to art, architecture and interiors, FKA focuses on design excellence and exceptional client service.  FKA has been created through the merger of the newly created London studio of Earle Arney, former Global Board Member and Company Director of Woods Bagot Europe, with the established partnership of Karl Fender and Nonda Katsalidis, whose FENDER KATSALIDIS practice has a quarter century of collective, award winning…
Last month saw world-renowned artists, architects and designers taking part in the 10x10 Drawing the City London weekend, helping to raise funds for the UK’s leading architectural and construction aid charity, Article 25.  A section of London was divided into a 10x10 grid with each of the 100 squares allocated to a prominent architect, designer or an artist. Entitled ‘Where the Bow Bells Chime’, after the notion that to be a true East Londoner you must be born within earshot of the Bow Bells in St-Mary-le-Bow church, this year’s 10×10 drawing weekend took in areas such as Hoxton, Shoreditch and the Barbican.  …
On the 11 November 2013, 20 of the world’s best contemporary architects and designers will present their version of a dolls’ house in an exhibition and auction at Bonhams in aid of KIDS.   The project has been curated by Cathedral Group Plc, an innovative and forward-thinking property developer and is inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1922 – using a very traditional children’s toy to display the very best of modern British architecture, craftsmanship, art and interior design.   Participating architects and designers include: Adjaye Associates, Allford Hall…
KSR Architects maintain their position as the preeminent architects working in exclusive St John’s Wood, North London where they currently have nine active projects. Westminster City Council recently granted planning permission for the redevelopment of a site opposite Lord’s Cricket Ground and next-door to KSR’s own award winning Pavilion Apartments.   The sensitive site on St John’s Wood Road has been released for development by UKPN and is one of the few remaining major residential development sites in Westminster and St John’s Wood. The site still includes some infrastructure relating to UKPN, which is carefully integrated into the proposals. KSR…
An award winning architect has been commissioned to design luxury homes on a prestigious new residential development overlooking one of the region’s top golf courses.   Craig Fitzakerly, MD of Fitz Architects said he was delighted to have been given the exciting challenge of creating several of the large 4-6 bedroom houses on the private development on land at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club.   “Each of the exclusive homes on the development will be individually designed and set in a unique countryside setting,” he said.“The homes we’ve created are contemporary designs and use only high-quality traditional materials such as…
Pollard Thomas Edwards architects (PTEa), working with client MacDonald Egan, have been granted planning for a new ‘urban quarter’ in the Blackhorse Lane Industrial area in Walthamstow. The mixed-use, residential-led regeneration will transform a declining industrial estate into a thriving community to include new homes, student accommodation, community and commercial space. Blackhorse Lane will be the first significant development of student accommodation in Waltham Forest.   Director Carl Vann said: "The existing site and edges have a unique industrial character which we felt shouldn’t be muted with a conventional suburban scale. Our approach has been to capture the charm of…
Architects and designers SHH have transformed ZSL London Zoo’s main restaurant (The Terrace Restaurant), by remodelling and extending the 1920s building as part of a three-year, £4.6m project. The restaurant’s capacity has nearly tripled as a result, from 240 to 700 covers (making it one of the UK’s largest day-visitor restaurants), whilst the building’s footprint has also increased by almost 1,000 sq m, to include two expansive terraces and a hugely-increased mezzanine floor area.   “SHH are honoured to join the long list of illustrious architects who have worked with ZSL London Zoo on the creation of new buildings and…
The new Appleton Academy in Bradford is the result of a transformation of two existing schools into one new all through 3-16 academy for 1,300 pupils. A full interdisciplinary BDP design team worked on the project which utilised BIM throughout the entire design process. The £22m academy opened in September 2012.   The design of the academy explores a radically different approach to the learning continuum from nursery to sixth form. It interlinks seamlessly three phases of learning; lower, middle and upper, in a single circular building around a naturally landscaped garden. Learners grow clockwise around the circle with the…
The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has announced the two winning international consortia who will oversee the design and construction of Riyadh’s new $22.5 billion metro system.   The contract awards are the next major step in the development of the largest public transport project in the world, the Riyadh Public Transport Project. Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants (“RMTC”), a joint venture between US firm Parsons and French firms Egis and Systra, has been awarded the first project and construction management contract. RMTC will be responsible for managing metro lines 1, 2 and 3. These lines will be designed and built by…
The Hive is Europe’s first joint university and public library, a unique academic, educational and learning centre for the City of Worcester and its University. The ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ project was designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with a distinctive and sustainable landscape design by Grant Associates.   Grant Associates’ landscape design brief was to create a high quality landscape environment that would become a distinctive and exciting visitor attraction,  a place which would capture a sense of history and place whilst reflecting on the contemporary themes of sustainability and technological innovation.   The landscape is based on a strong…
Making its UK debut at 100% Design 2013, Turkishceramics is collaborating with London-based architect and interior designer, Ferhan Azman, founder of Azman Architects, to design chockablock, a ceramic installation for the International Pavilion that will provide a bar, meeting areas, a private events space and a VIP area.   Turkishceramics is the lead sponsor of the new International Pavilion at this year’s event.   The word ‘chockablock’ derives from the Turkish word ‘Çok Kalabalık’ meaning a place that is full of people or things. Set to be the new social destination for 100% Design, the 58m long bar showcases the…
‘Site D’ is the ‘capstone’ of Europaallee, an emerging mixed-use district adjacent Zürich’s central train station, and consists of highly flexible office and retail space.   This new building is an integral component of Europaallee, a currently emerging district adjacent to Zürich’s central train station. A plinth of retail programming anchors the project to its site, while its upper volumes consist of flexible office spaces that, due to their shallow depth and efficient façade grid, can be occupied by several individual companies or a larger singular tenant. These dual programs posed the challenge of creating two unique lighting and spatial…
DWA Architects have announced the successful selection of their architectural master plan for a brand new facility providing Elderly Person Care and Specialist Assisted Living for 1024 residents in Shunde, Guangzhou in the Guangdong Province, China.   The award winning York based Architects Practice, partnered with Beijing based design consultancy TLD, were selected to enter the design competition, following a rigorous international selection process alongside Hong Kong and Danish based Architectural Practices.  The brief for the competition called for the design to take into account aspects of the Chinese culture, unique to the Guangdong Province, the service user specialist operational…
OMA’s New York office has been selected in an international design competition to masterplan 680 acres of mixed use development in Bogotá consisting of government offices, residences, educational facilities, cultural venues and retail. The design was led by partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu.   The Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) is positioned as a new civic centre, located at the midpoint of Calle 26 Avenue, the city’s main axis that has symbolically charted its growth from the historic downtown to the airport and the international gateway of Colombia. With a footprint as large as the National Mall in Washington DC, this new…
The Finnish Institute in London and The Architecture Foundation have announced talks during The London Design Festival to preview their exciting new project Viewpoint.   Commissioned by The Finnish Institute in London and The Architecture Foundation for London Wildlife Trust, Viewpoint is a unique urban island hideaway set to bring nature and architecture together on London‘s Regent’s Canal at Camley Street Natural Park.   With the structure due for completion in autumn 2013, this special series of talks at September’s London Design Festival allow emerging Finnish architects Erkko Aarti, Arto Ollila and Mikki Ristola to preview Viewpoint to a wide…
Leading practice of architects, Assael has recognised three of its architectural staff with promotion.   Assael‘s Senior Architects Tim Chapman-Cavanagh and Rory O’Hagan have both become Associate Directors and Liz Wilks becomes a Senior Architect with the practice.   Tim Chapman-Cavanagh has worked on a number of significant mixed-use and residential projects since joining Assael in 2007, including Hammersmith’s Queens Wharf riverside scheme, which has recently acquired planning, along with North Wharf Gardens the 1.5 acre site in Paddington Basin and the Osiers Gate scheme providing the largest tower in Wandsworth. His main area of expertise is taking the design…
  Assael Architecture has secured planning permission for 150 new homes on a landmark site on Shenley Road in Borehamwood for residential developer Heronslea.        The new, approved scheme consists of two prominent buildings and includes a 12- storey building which steps down to 7-storeys. It will provide 150 high-quality residential units of varying sizes ranging from one and two-bed units to larger three-bed family homes.  36 will be affordable (24%).      Situated on a prominent corner location on a large roundabout opposite the famous Elstree Film Studios, the scheme creates a striking landmark signalling the entrance to Boreham wood town centre…
An aspiring architectural designer will live and work in New York City after being awarded an international scholarship to explore his own innovative research proposal. Matthew Taylor (21), who is originally from Sudbury, Suffolk, and graduates this September with a first class degree from the University of Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Architecture programme, was awarded the John Roberts Travel Scholarship to support him through a nine-month internship with I Beam Design, an award-winning New York based architecture and design firm.   The scholarship was awarded by Lincoln-based John Roberts Architects through the Lincolnshire branch of the English Speaking Union, a charitable…
Hawkins\Brown, Mae, and Grant Associates have been appointed by London Borough of Camden to develop proposals in collaboration with residents for the potential redevelopment of the Agar Grove Estate, a major housing regeneration project for London with an estimated construction value of £55 million.      The project is part of the Council’s Community Investment Programme and aims to be an exemplar for the borough, with high sustainability standards and a ‘fabric-first’ approach to increase energy performance. 
 
   Located North East of Camden Town on a site adjacent to two railway lines, the original estate dates from 1966 and…
The now approved strategy and masterplan for the multi-million pound transformation of Moscow’s Gorky Park has been prepared by LDA Design, that won the international tender to redesign the historic 300 acre park.     Gorky Park was inaugurated in 1928 and is one of Moscow’s most important public spaces, a national icon for Russians and one of the world’s most famous parks. The UK-based practice responsible for the London 2012 Olympic Park and the landscape design for London’s Battersea Power Station redevelopment, set out a vision for Gorky Park, to create ‘a park for everyone, where culture meets nature’. Gorky…
English Cities Fund (ECf) has signed an agreement with Premier Inn to operate a 143-bed hotel and restaurant at the first phase of the New Bailey development – part of the £650 million Salford Central scheme. The hotel has been designed by RHWL Architects.       The £12.5 million hotel development will be built on a half-acre site at the corner of Irwell Street and Stanley Street facing south to the River Irwell. As well as 143 standard rooms, eight accessible rooms, the hotel will offer: Bar and restaurant facilities, lounge/TV/internet/café/public rest areas, management office, employee tea room and…
A new business initiative bringing together two of Leicester ’s most innovative organisations, is in the process of creating the city’s first ever Youth Arts and Heritage Centre.        The Endless Stair, landmark project for this year’s London Design Festival, will be sited on the lawn in front of the world‐renowned Tate Modern. Professor Alex de Rijke, director of dRMM, the architects leading the design for the structure, said, “Endless Stair is a temporary sculpture designed to be endlessly reconfigured. After initially considering a site at St Paul's Cathedral, the London Design Festival team has decided the best…
  A new business initiative bringing together two of Leicester ’s most innovative organisations, is in the process of creating the city’s first ever Youth Arts and Heritage Centre.       rg+p, the award-winning architect and project management practice, based on New Walk has been appointed Lead Consultant for the design and delivery of the centre by Soft Touch Arts, a local youth charity. The centre, when complete will house music studios, an exhibition and performance space, arts, crafts and furniture upcyling studios, a healthy eating kitchen with pop-up cafe and a digital arts and heritage activities space.    …
Award winning architects Coda Studios is powering its business to new heights with expansion to larger Sheffield city centre offices.     The practice, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is relocating to Cornish Place in the heart of the city's historic Kelham Island industrial quarter, after outgrowing its Mowbray Street premises.   The 21-strong business which delivers urban regeneration projects including the £2m plus Dun Fields scheme for 18 student houses on a brown field site in the Kelham island area, is projecting a 40 per cent team growth across the next 12 months after seeing turnover increase…
The Queensway Medical Centre by maber architects marries external security with internal tranquility.   On the site of a former burnt out pub in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, it is in a challenging residential area surrounded by roads and a low-rise shopping centre.   From the outside, the 250 sq m two-storey building is a robust, traditional cavity wall construction with Trespa rain screen cladding on the first floor yet it opens into a welcoming double height, glazed atrium that houses the entrance lobby and waiting area. These look onto an internal courtyard, which the designers created because of the lack of…
Suki Sehmbi, 21, was given the Gold Prize in the undergraduate category of RIBA Yorkshire's Student Awards 2013 for his design that sought to improve the economy, environment and architecture in the seaside town of Whitby.     His award-winning project looked at generating business and economic growth through the design of a regenerated site to encourage more fishing vessels to import and export through the area, with predicted profits making room for further developments.   The project would be based around the marina close to the mouth of the River Esk.     A judging panel of professional architects…
The refurbishment of Google’s new premises on Fragoklissias Street in the Marousi district of Athens in Greece has completed.    Designed by Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will working with local practice Fluid Architects, the 550 sq m space provides a versatile, vibrant workplace for up to 30 Googlers.   The brief was to create a ‘domestic industrial space’, a reference to Google’s inception in a garage.  This led to an interior design which is urban, raw, witty and functional, and which uses simple materials, but in innovative forms and combinations.  Exposed ceilings, mechanical ducts, suspended lights and cement floors are juxtaposed with…
Architect Richard Hawkes is committed to embracing the latest sustainable design solutions.   ‘The Arched Eco House’, an extraordinary green project situated in the heart of rural Kent, is one of Richard’s finest architectural achievements and boasts some of the most innovative carbon cutting technologies available.  Richard comments “Eco solutions were always something I was keen to include in the project, so I made it a personal mission to specify the latest and most effective green products when designing and building the development… Although not planned as a PassivHaus, after completing the build we found total annual kWh/m2 to be…
mæ was appointed in 2010 to design Hammond Court following a framework competition to design this 43 unit residential scheme comprising a mixed tenure – social rented and shared ownership units.   Hammond Court is an estate regeneration replacing a series of 1970s buildings. Built by housing association, East Thames Group, it provides new high quality affordable homes in Waltham Forest and has provided important regeneration for residents and the local community alike.   Following extensive consultation with the residents of the former housing estate, mæ’s architecture was specifically designed to create distinct buildings and generous well planned homes.  …
Leading, international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Hilson Moran, has been appointed as the MEP and energy consultant on the Royal Albert Docks masterplan, situated in the heart of the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, east of the City of London.     Owned by the Greater London Authority and developed by Advanced Business Parks (ABP), a successful Chinese commercial developer, the 35-acre site is set to be transformed into a mixed use scheme comprising office, leisure, retail and ancillary residential buildings, with a gross external area of 3 million sq ft.   John Deasy, Commercial Director at Hilson Moran, said: “With the…
Related Companies, New York’s premier residential developer, has announced that it has commissioned world renowned Zaha Hadid Architects to design a boutique condominium adjacent to the High Line at 520 West 28th Street in Chelsea just south of Hudson Yards.        The 11-story residential development will mark Hadid’s first commission in New York City, leaving an indelible mark on the High Line’s architecture map and continuing Related’s storied history of partnering with world-class architects and designers.   “We are proud to partner with Zaha Hadid Architects and to continue Related’s commitment to the very best in urban architecture,”…
Astley Castle has been short-listed for the 2013 RIBA Stirling prize for architecture.     Astley Castle, a 13th-century fortified manor house that was home to Elizabeth Woodville and two other English queens, was rescued from dereliction by the Landmark Trust in 2012 in a bold and original scheme blending old and new. The RIBA’s choice of a project in a historic building for its most prestigious prize is highly significant, and a real endorsement of an approach in which imaginative contemporary architecture has been woven into the fabric of an outstanding ruined building.   The scheme was devised by…
Award-winning practice HÛT Architecture have completed the transformation of a formerly derelict building on Pentonville Road, opposite King’s Cross Station in London, into a new mixed use development.    The 6,200 sq ft project for Dome Assets Ltd. - which has four floors of office space above two levels designed for a restaurant tenant – includes the addition of a striking glazed rooftop structure that announces the arrival of a new development in this thriving part of London.   The project is located on a triangular site where King’s Cross Road and Pentonville Road meet. The council, client and design…
OMA New York selected as masterplan designer and lead architect for Miami Beach Convention Center Redevelopment.   Miami, 19 July 2013 – The City of Miami Beach has announced that South Beach ACE – a team including OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management – is the winner of the Miami Beach Convention Center redevelopment competition. OMA’s design will transform Miami Beach’s convention center into a 21st century facility, adding an 800-room hotel, new ballroom and meeting facilities and a large public park, while reducing the overall footprint of the site and creating new connections with the urban fabric of Miami…
The British Council and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), on behalf of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, are inviting UK architects to be part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture by entering the Old Doha Prize, a week long design residency and competition in Doha from 17-24 November 2013. The Old Doha Prize is organised in association with the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in the UK, as well as the Doha Architecture Centre and Msheireb Properties in Qatar.   The Prize offers UK architects the unique opportunity to collaborate with…
One of the most rapidly expanding architectural practices, rg+p, has officially launched its London office at a reception ahead of the Venture Cup ‘Prologue’, the precursor to the world famous, offshore powerboat race. rg+p London opened its Shoreditch office as part of a major investment and expansion of the rg+p group, which has its head office in Leicester. The company currently employs four staff in London and 30 in Leicester.   Bill Smedley, Managing Director of rg+p London commented: "With a number of existing clients and projects in London and a healthy pipeline of work in the area, it was…
International architect Mick Pearce spoke at a unique cultural event at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham yesterday (11 July 2013). The Prince Claus Award winner’s sustainable vision has inspired the thesis of fellow Zimbabwean, Martha Thodhlana, who is studying MA Interior Design at UCA Farnham.   In honour of his visit, a day of inspiring talks about development and culture in southern Africa was organised for students and staff by Peter Waters, course leader for Interior Architecture & Design.   Peter said: “It was a privilege for our students to hear such detail from Mick about…
The Design Museum today announces the sale of its current home at Shad Thames to Zaha Hadid Architects.    The sale is the next step in the Design Museum’s journey to relocate to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street, west London, which is planned to open in late 2015. The Design Museum’s lease at Shad Thames belongs to the Conran Foundation who also paid for the museum’s original design and construction.  The Conran Foundation will gift the proceeds from the sale towards the construction of the new museum.   The Design Museum has occupied the current building…
  Construction has begun on the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR), a four-story, 13,000 square meter public library in the city of Caen. Completion is scheduled for early 2016.   Construction has begun on the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR), a four-story, 13,000 square meter public library in the city of Caen. Completion is scheduled for early 2016.   The building’s X-shaped layout -- arts to the northeast, and science and technology to the northwest, humanities to the southeast, literature to the southwest -- helps users to navigate the library’s 150,000 volumes. The ground floor lobby acts as…
The formal consultation process has started on the world’s first purpose built tidal lagoon for Swansea Bay, with public exhibitions taking place at 18 locations around the Swansea Bay area from 4th July to 5th August.     The proposed tidal lagoon will have a rated capacity of 240 Megawatts (MW), generating 400GWh net annual output. This is enough electricity for approximately 121,000 homes. In addition to generating electricity, the £650 million development will also provide visitor facilities and other amenities including art, education, mariculture and sporting/recreational facilities. The seawall is expected to be open to the public during daylight…
Winners of the Architect’s Eye 2013 Competition were announced on 12th June during a ceremony hosted by International Art Consultants and Roca London Gallery.   The Architect’s Eye is a biennial competition launched in 2007 by International Art Consultants to celebrate and encourage photography by architects. Entrants were asked to submit photography in two categories; Architecture and Place focusing on the aesthetics of a building and how it shapes the location and Architecture and People focusing on the interaction of people in relation to architecture.   David Kirkland, director at Kirkland Fraser Moor, prevailed in the Architecture and Place category…
Work is underway to build a new specialist badminton centre in Newcastle’s West End which could help to produce a new generation of Olympic stars on Tyneside. Designed by North East practice Gradon Architecture and built by STP construction, Tyneside Badminton Centre in Slatyford will be the largest of its kind to be built in the region and will host international competitions.   Constructed over 27,000 square feet and housing nine high-quality badminton courts, the £950,000 new centre will aim to help increase participation in the sport and look to promote health and fitness opportunities within the local community.  …
Leeds-based architects Farrell & Clark are back in the limelight with a win in the Best Sustainable Project category at the West Yorkshire LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence Awards for their design of the Sustainable Energy Centre at The University of Bradford. The University is now leading the way in the UK for sustainable, environmentally efficient development and refurbishments, with a commitment to creating the greenest university estate in the country.  

Farrell and Clark, who have a reputation for delivering quality architecture in the public and commercial sectors for over 28 years, were appointed by The University of…
The historic Bruce Building in Newcastle city centre is to be transformed into a £4m mixed-use development. The Bruce Building is one of the city’s most iconic historical buildings.  Located on Percy Street it was officially unveiled in 1900 by local architect Joseph Oswald as the headquarters for Newcastle Breweries.  Over a hundred years later, the Grade II listed building is still in partial use but will again be fully utilised following the new development. This landmark building is set over three storeys and has retained many of its striking original features and detailing. Bought by Kings College of Durham…
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, airport officials, business leaders, and the media previewed the completion of Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX recently.  Designed by Fentress Architects, the Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles. Its roofline, inspired by the overlapping waves of the Pacific Ocean, creates a new architectural signature for LAX. Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, Chairman, and Founder of Fentress Architects, was a featured speaker at the media event.    Mayor Villaraigosa and other dignitaries accompanied Mr. Fentress as they toured the south concourse, which features…
Architectural and interior design specialist, maber iD, is again working closely with Center Parcs to design a range of leisure facilities for the new £250 million forest village at Woburn Forest. The maber iD team, headed up by Chris Radcliffe, has worked with Center Parcs on a range of high profile projects at other holiday villages since 2008 and is immersed in the brand values and culture of the business.   Chris Radcliffe commented: “Conceptually maber iD is looking to take part in the team creating a Center Parcs for the 21st century. We have to focus on blending contemporary…
BDP has been appointed by the Westgate Oxford Alliance (Land Securities and The Crown Estate) to prepare and lead the masterplan for the retail led mixed use development of the Westgate Centre and adjacent land. BDP will be lead architect in the selected group of five architects through competition, and will submit an Outline Planning application in the summer of 2013.   The scheme will form a new quarter on 5.6 hectares to the south west of Oxford city centre. The masterplan responds to Oxford’s key characteristics notably; its heritage, by integrating the scheme into the urban fabric and providing…
Grant Associates has developed a holistic landscape framework and public realm strategy for the world’s most famous tennis club, Wimbledon, working alongside lead masterplanners, Grimshaw. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has unveiled the Wimbledon Master Plan, which sets out a vision and framework for the future guiding the development and enhancement of Wimbledon as the pre-eminent Grand Slam and the finest stage in world tennis.   Reinforcing the spirit of ‘playing tennis in an English garden’ the landscape strategy designed by Grant Associates seeks to define, connect and choreograph spaces throughout the Grounds.  The aim is to reinforce…
Ryder Architecture continues to celebrate its 60th birthday year with the successful launch of a Ryder retrospective exhibition at the Building Centre, London. The launch event on 6th June was a relaxed and lively evening, attended by senior figures from all areas of the built environment industry.   Peter Buchan, Senior Partner at Ryder commented, "It's a credit to all the people who have worked at Ryder in its 60 year history that we can put together an exhibition of such important projects across such a range of sectors."  The exhibition runs until the 27th June, and charts the challenges,…
Following a unanimous verdict from the judges, the winner of Vauxhall One’s international design competition has been announced. London based Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons will now work with Vauxhall One to re-design the public realm in the Vauxhall area of Nine Elms on the South Bank.  Over the last month the three shortlisted entries have had a chance to expand their initial ideas, along with a Green Infrastructure Audit from the Mayor’s Office, before presenting back to the judging panel. In winning the competition Erect Architecture have landed a five year programme of work in which they will work…
Westminster’s planning committee resolved to grant planning consent for Site 1 of Assael Architecture’s masterplan for North Wharf Gardens in Paddington.  The mixed-use scheme for Amwaj Property Limited, with a construction value of £70 million, will deliver 150 new residential apartments, including affordable housing as well as retail, business, social and community space and improved public realm.  This application is the first part of a wider masterplan for the former North Westminster Community School site covering 1.48 hectares in Paddington, Westminster. Site 1 will start on site later this year, with completion due in 2015.  The first phase includes the…
World-renowned Architect Will Alsop OBE RA has been appointed Professor of Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). Alsop, who has designed and built influential and inspirational buildings in the UK and around the world, will join the teaching staff at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture from September 2013 and will work with undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff on a variety of projects and initiatives.  In a career spanning 40 years, Will Alsop’s buildings have generated critical acclaim internationally and are characterised by a consistent desire to create moments of delight and colour in the city.  His most…
Special events have been held in Calgary this week to mark the official opening of The Bow, a 237-metre-high headquarters tower, the city’s tallest building and Canada’s tallest tower outside Toronto. A bold new landmark on the skyline, the project is equally significant in urban, social and environmental terms: the public base of the tower is filled with shops, restaurants and cafes and extends into a generous landscaped plaza, while the office floors are punctuated by three six storey sky gardens, which encourage natural ventilation and help to significantly reduce energy use.   The Bow is the first major development…
One of the region’s most progressive architectural practices rg+p, with offices in Leicester and London has announced the appointment of landscape architect Suzanne Clampin. Joining the firm to head a brand new landscape architecture division Suzanne, has over twenty years’ experience specialising in landscape design and has worked extensively throughout the UK and Ireland, covering such aspects as quarry restoration; business and retail development; parks and gardens together with highway schemes and residential projects. Born in Birmingham and educated in Northamptonshire, Suzanne began her career in horticulture and is a chartered member of the Landscape Institute.   Prior to joining…
The redevelopment of Raine’s Foundation School in Bethnal Green, East London, has reached a significant milestone with the completion of its brand new building which officially opened last week. The £22m school commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council, built by Bouygues UK, part of the Bouygues Construction group, and designed by Astudio, combines contemporary new build with the refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed Victorian school building.  Built under the former government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, the new school overcomes the constraints of a compact inner city site in a conservation area to design a vibrant yet sensitive…
The design of the new £27m Mary Rose Museum, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (architect and design team leader) and Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will (architect for the interior), is a story of collaboration, with the project team combining delicate conservation, contemporary architecture and specialist technical expertise. The result is a truly unique design that reveals the secrets of the famous Tudor ship, marking 30 years since the hull of the Mary Rose was raised from the Solent where she lay undiscovered for 437 years.  The design team has together created a building and interior that protects and showcases the Mary Rose. Designed…
The Arriyadh Development Authority [ADA] has selected the winning designs for Riyadh Metro’s three main stations.   These iconic stations will transform Riyadh streets as they become the most visible elements of the city’s new world-class public transport system. By providing tranquil oases for travel, shopping and dining, these stations will place Riyadh Metro at the heart of city life.  The winning designs and architecture consultancies are:  · Gerber Architekten from Germany for Olaya Metro Station· Snohetta from Norway for Downtown Metro Station (Qasr Al Hokm)· Zaha Hadid from the United Kingdom for King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station  The…
Due to popular demand the deadline for this year’s Wood Awards has been extended to Friday 31st May.   As the timber industry’s premier award scheme for excellence in architecture and furniture with wood, The Wood Awards recognise outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation, as well as promoting timber as a sustainable building material.  Anyone associated with an eligible project, architects, designers, manufacturers, engineers, timber suppliers, consultants or even the client themselves can enter. For professionals it’s an opportunity to showcase work they’re proud of, get recognition for their achievements, demonstrate expertise in their field and raise awareness of their company.…
Architects ColladoCollins have secured a resolution to grant consent for a substantial mixed-use development in Romford, London.   Acting on behalf of the site’s developers, Kenham Developments, ColladoCollins’ designs feature a 81,000 sq ft Morrisons superstore with extensive car-parking facilities, a petrol station and 71 residential units.   The designs for the retail section of the development feature an undulating roof, which effectively ‘shrink wraps’ the volumes of the store to improve energy efficiency and help reduce running costs. The glazed east façade affords views into the market place inside the store and is protected from solar gain by the…
The Saint Louis Art Museum has announced that it will celebrate the grand opening of its new East Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday 29th June.   The Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, offering extended hours for viewing the collections and participating in a range of celebratory art projects, performances and programs. Consistent with the inscription carved in stone above the Main Entrance, “Dedicated to Art and Free to All”, all grand opening events are presented without charge.…
The ArRiyadh Development Authority has announced that Zaha Hadid Architects will build the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With over 5 million residents, Riyadh’s population has more than doubled since 1990. To serve its fast-growing population, the city will build a new public transport system.   The 20,434 sq. m. King Abdullah Financial Disctrict Metro Station will serve as a key interchange on the network for Line 1, as well as the terminus of Line 4 (for passengers to the airport) and Line 6 of the new Riyadh Metro. The local monorail can…
Construction begins today on the OMA-designed Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 27,000m² mixed-use project will accommodate a new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC). The building will act as the missing link between the city centre, the historic waterfront and the culturally rich Slotsholmen district of Copenhagen.   OMA Partner-in-charge Ellen van Loon explained: “Instead of stacking a mixed-use program in a traditional way, we positioned the DAC in the centre of the volume, surrounded by and embedded within its objects of study: housing, offices and parking. The urban routes reach into the heart of the building and create…
Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, the London-based interior architect and workspace design and planning specialist, has won its second British Council for Offices (BCO), South West Fit-out of Workplace Award for its work with Microsoft UK. The award, presented on 25 April, was given to Microsoft UK’s Reading HQ offices.  The BCO Awards highlight excellence in office space design and functionality, acting as a benchmark for excellence in workplaces. Having won the South West Award, the project will automatically be entered for the national awards, which take place in October.  Microsoft UK occupies five buildings at Thames Valley Park near Reading and…
Architects ColladoCollins have secured planning consent for a striking redevelopment of the Grade II listed former Ford Motor Company garage and showroom at 184 Shepherd’s Bush Road, Hammersmith, London W6. Acting on behalf of the building’s owners, Access Self Storage Ltd, ColladoCollins’ designs comprise over 115,000 sq ft of office space across six floors, including the adding of three new floors to the existing three-storey building. These new floors will be housed in an innovative glass dome covering the entire roof space of the existing building.  The designs propose the creation of unique, high quality office space that incorporates contemporary…
Plans have been submitted for the £20 million regeneration of the Tybalds Estate in Holborn, Central London, to bring new affordable and private homes to the area. The plans hope to increase the supply of family housing and improve the surrounding public realm and community space. The new housing will be developed directly by Camden Council. Under the broader regeneration objectives jointly led by Kim Sangster Associates Ltd, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design is leading the team and handling the masterplanning and planning. The scheme includes buildings by three architecture practices: Avanti Architects, Duggan Morris Architects and Mæ Architects. The landscape…
Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, the London-based interior architect and workspace design and planning specialist, has won the British Council for Offices (BCO), London and South East  best ‘Fit-out of Workplace’ Award for its work with Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. (APEL), the European Headquarters of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc.(“Astellas”). The award, presented on 30 April, was given for work at APEL’s offices at 2000 Hillswood Drive, Chertsey in Surrey.  The BCO Award highlights excellence in office space design and functionality, acting as a benchmark for best practice in workplaces.  Having won the London and South East Award, the project will automatically be…
Arup has been instrumental in bringing to life the ZINARA (Zimbabwe National Roads Agency) Toll Plaza near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, a completely off-grid toll plaza. The project is part of Arup’s appointment with Group Five International – Zimbabwe Branch, for the 822km Plumtree to Mutare roads upgrade. Group Five, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, has operations in Africa, Indian Ocean Islands and selected Eastern Europe countries.  The Toll Plaza’s only source of power is derived from solar panels installed on the roof over the plaza lanes and collection booths. The project is part of the Zimbabwe government’s initiative to…
Architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison has been appointed by Canary Wharf Group plc to help create the masterplan for the proposed development of Wood Wharf, a new 20 acre site immediately east of Canary Wharf in central London. The practice will lead on the design of the masterplan for the mixed-use site, with Terry Farrell and Partners consulting on the scheme as it moves towards a planning application later this year. They will complete an impressive list of architects working on Wood Wharf’s design, including Herzog & de Meuron and Stanton Williams working on individual residential buildings.…
BDP has won the design competition for a new cancer treatment centre for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 36 architect-led teams entered the competition process from which six were shortlisted including Hopkins, Stantec Anshen & Allen, John Cooper, HLM and Steffian Bradley.   Nick Fairham, Architect Director said: “BDP is delighted to have been selected to work with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop their vision for the new cancer treatment centre. Our design focuses on the needs of the patients, families and staff to provide a truly supportive and flexible environment while offering state of the art clinical services.…
Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, the London-based interior architect and workspace design and planning specialist, completed the interior design and fit out of Microsoft Research’s new Research Laboratory at 21 Station Road in Cambridge. Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will was chosen by Microsoft Research to assist in selecting a new location and building for its relocation and expansion. They were also chosen to develop a strategic brief, concept and design for the 83,500 st ft space, in addition to working with the developer to adjust the shell and core to Microsoft Research’s requirements. Hilson Moran, worked for Brookgate to develop the building for Microsoft,…
ADP has won a RICS North East Renaissance Award in the ‘Community Benefit’ category for the design of Jesmond Gardens Primary School. The project has been recognised for its positive impact on pupil behaviour and increased interest and engagement from parents in supporting in their child’s education.   The 315 place school in Hartlepool is designed around principles of transformational learning, which encourages the use of personalised, independent learning approaches that reflect a child’s stage, rather than age. Hartlepool is in the top 10 per cent most deprived areas nationally, and the council saw the ‘stage not age’ philosophy as a…
Plans for a new £4 million public square on the site of an existing car park in the centre of Leicester have been approved by Leicester City Council’s planning committee. The proposals would see the car park replaced by a new civic square complete with lawns, hard landscaped events area and a sculptural boundary with perforated lighting panels.   Working for the council, independent design, environment and energy consultancy LDA Design, has developed its concept design from inception to a full construction package for delivery on site during the summer.   The scheme, to be called Jubilee Square, would create…
Three new products have been launched by Foster + partners at Milan Furniture Fair. Teso Table for Molteni & C The low Teso Table is the successor to the award-winning Arc table and shares a similarly experimental approach to materials and production methods. The table’s base is formed by a robotic arm, which is used to press and twist a perforated disc of steel into a tough, tapered cylinder. The design team tested different perforations to the flat metal sheet that would give the base strength, while creating a distinctive geometric patterned mesh – the resulting filigree texture is visible…
CSA Architects have secured planning consent for a spectacular new dwelling at Tintagel. Now derelict, Castle Minor was owned for ten years by actress Kate Winslet after which it was gutted by fire last year.  Inspired by the culture and myths of this fabled area, CSA have incorporated stone buttresses which appear to emerge from the landscape.  Similar to a small Iron Age settlement, the curve of the building will create a protected ‘keep’ at the centre of the home. In playful reference to the fabled Tintagel Castle opposite, the new design also includes a moat and drawbridge.  The site,…
On 13 April the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was reopened by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands. The reopening marks the completion of a 10-year renovation project that has transformed the national museum, which is home to paintings, sculptures and works by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and Frans Hals.  Architects, Cruz and Ortiz, led the design team responsible for the refurbishment and modification of the Rijksmuseum. Arup worked in joint venture with Royal Haskoning / Van Heugten and DGMR on the building services and other elements of the complex renovation project, including the lighting design of the iconic…
The new £70 million Cynon Valley Hospital in South Wales has been shortlisted for the RIBA Welsh Architecture Awards. It was designed by architecture, landscape and urban design, interiors and environment firm, HLM. Cynon Valley Hospital provides local primary care support for the residents of the Cynon Valley and local communities. The 18,500 sq m, two-storey building occupies 6.5 hectares (16.1 acres) and features 128 rehabilitation and intermediate care beds, children’s services, a large supporting therapies unit, outpatient clinics, community dental services and a mental health unit for community out-patient and elderly in-patient care.  Jonathan Jones, Associate Director at HLM…
Stubbs Rich Architects has begun work on Phase 2 of a £15 million project at Milton Park in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The first two of four three-storey office buildings at Milton Park, which is owned by MEPC, were quickly let and are now fully occupied.  Phase 2, the next two buildings, is thought to be the first speculative office development to be built in the Thames Valley since 2008. The development is located within the Government’s Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone.   Bath based Stubbs Rich specialise in designing workplace accommodation in which knowledge-based businesses can thrive: adaptable, contemporary and inspiring. …
The first image of a new business centre for the government of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, has been released by Robin Monotti Architects. The design has been approved by all departments of the local government of Tbilisi. The design is a direct response to its neighbouring building, one of the most important examples of Soviet architecture.  Robin Monotti’s design for the 16,000 sqm Tbilisi Business Centre proposes a glass building that contrasts with the solidity of its concrete neighbour, home to the Bank of Georgia, and adopts a circular plan that avoids competing with its box like cantilevers. A…
A design exhibition is set to showcase shortlisted entries to RIBA and the Landscape Institute’s design competition to create a striking new identity for the area in and around Vauxhall. The current area is a stretch of land dubbed the ‘Missing Link’ between the new US Embassy and London’s South Bank. It will bring together concepts and visualisations from professional architects, landscape designers and students worldwide and be held at the Garden Museum in Lambeth, 8th – 19th April.  Entrants were required to take inspiration from the ‘everyday experiences that our city provides to people passing though’, creating clear and dynamic…
BDP was chosen from a shortlist of five architectural practices by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) to develop design proposals for Category A-listed building, Aberdeen Music Hall. The project will make this much loved concert hall more flexible, accessible, attractive and sustainable, providing greater audience comfort and improved facilities for performers. The revitalised Music Hall will play an important role in Aberdeen's vision to be a vibrant, creative and ambitious city with a strong cultural identity, a centre of artistic excellence and a cultural tourism destination.   BDP was selected for its track record in multi-award winning arts projects such as…
Nestlé has officially unveiled a new £35 million state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in Buxton, designed by Manchester-based architects, Fletcher-Rae UK Ltd. The facility is one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities and, for the first time, combines the bottling plant with warehouse capability. The new production lines have enabled Nestlé Waters to significantly reduce its total energy output, as well as reduce the packaging used in its bottles of Buxton Natural Mineral Water and Nestlé Pure Life Spring Water by an average of 25 per cent across the range, making them one of the lightest bottles in the…
Construction has started on a new £12.3m residential scheme, designed by Assael Architecture, on the site of the former Alfa Laval office on the Great West Road in Brentford, west London – the historic ‘Golden Mile’ of British industry. Assael Architecture has designed the mixed-use scheme which includes private and affordable residential housing with a mix of one, two and three-bed apartments, three-bed duplex apartments and four-bed houses. A second phase will incorporate hotels, commercial office space, a car showroom and additional residential and community facilities.    Phase one of the scheme has been designed to link and compliment the…
Jesmond Gardens Primary School in Hartlepool, designed by ADP, has received a Civic Trust Commendation.  ADP designed the 315-place school as part of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Primary Capital Programme. The school breaks away from the traditional ‘cells and bells’ approach and is designed around the principles of transformational learning. The approach encourages the use of personalised, independent learning techniques that reflect a child’s stage, rather than age. The design combines intuitive flexible spaces, agile furniture strategies, and state-of-the-art technology to enable pupils to grow in their own way.  The new school represents a shift, too, in local perception, bringing a…
The Royal BC Museum has appointed the international award-winning lead architect John McAslan + Partners to create a master site plan which will lay the foundation for the renewal of British Columbia’s museum and archives. With local support from Merrick Architecture (Victoria, BC), the master site plan is expected to set the framework for a realistic, functional and affordable future development given today’s economic climate.  Future development of the Royal BC Museum site will be guided by the master site plan, which will identify opportunities inherent within the site and its surroundings. The ideas formulated by the plan will capture…
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honoured Mortenson Construction and Fentress Architects with its national Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Information Model (BIM) Award, the highest award for a project team that has integrated building information technology into their project. The AIA TAP BIM Award competition has been an annual event since 2005, and showcases award-winning case studies from the profession that harness Building Information Technology and processes that further design, construction, and project excellence. Winners will be acknowledged during the AIA National Convention in Denver on June 19th.    The team’s award submittal highlighted documented metrics, which…
Foster + Partners has completed its first project in Latin America with the opening of the Faena Aleph Residences in Buenos Aires, Argentina, part of the reinvention of the former docks of Puerto Madero as a dynamic new urban quarter. Drawing on local architectural traditions, its apartments feature vaulted living spaces and deep, sheltered terraces that exploit the wonderful local climate and maximise views towards the city and Rio de la Plata.   The Faena District combines new construction and refurbished historic buildings, with places to live and work, alongside new civic spaces, leisure and arts venues. The nine-storey Aleph…
The London 2012 Olympic Parklands and Public Realm project, designed by LDA Design and Hargreaves Associates, was given a special award in 'Recognition of Excellence in the Built Environment' at the Civic Trust Awards on 9 March 2013. The Olympic Park formed the centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the most sustainable games to date.  It is the largest new urban park in the capital since the Victorian era and will act as a catalyst for major regeneration in East London.  The judges noted the challenging objectives that went beyond the usual, to include more far reaching…
The remodelled Lenbachhaus Museum in Munich is to open to the public on 8 May. The first works of art are now being installed, and a press preview was held last week to reveal progress so far and to introduce Foster + Partners' design, which will transform the experience for visitors.   The Museum’s historic buildings have been carefully restored and the exhibition spaces augmented by a spectacular new wing, with an entire new floor of state-of-the-art galleries. These provide an ideal environment for viewing the magnificent ‘Blue Rider’ collection and incorporate a pioneering new LED lighting solution. As well…
After winning an international competition, OMA has been announced as masterplanners for Airport City, a new 10km2 development where 200,000 people will live and work, linking the new Hamad International Airport with the city of Doha, Qatar. OMA’s masterplan is a series of four circular districts along a spine parallel to the HIA runways, intended to create a strong visual identity and districts with unique identities. Phase One of the 30year masterplan, which links airside and landside developments for business, logistics, retail, hotels, and residences, will be mostly complete in time for the 2022 World Cup, hosted by Qatar. The competition…
Finalists for the 41st Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2013 were announced recently, bringing together shining examples of female entrepreneurship and business success. This year’s finalists span a wide range of sectors, including architecture and design, beauty and retail as well as renewable energy, demonstrating far reaching female success is in the UK.  The finalists are, Thea Greene, Founder, Nails Inc, Zaha Hadid, Founder, Zaha Hadid and Dorothy Thompson, CEO, Drax.  Regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of female entrepreneurs and business leaders, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, now in its 41st year, celebrates entrepreneurial women who have made a significant…
‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’ is being staged at Galeri PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur until 12 May 2013. The exhibition is the first major survey of the studio’s work to be held in South East Asia and follows critically acclaimed recent shows in Hong Kong and Shanghai.   Arranged around the themes of infrastructure, high-rise, urban design, history and culture – all within the context of a sustainable agenda – the works on display highlight the incredible diversity of the practice’s work. Details of a number of new projects underway in Malaysia will be revealed, including Arcoris Mont’Kiara and…
Holder Mathias has recently secured planning consent for the sensitive site in Swansea’s historic city centre. At £8 million the scheme will transform the historic heart of Swansea. Working on behalf of client Coastal Housing Group, planning permission has been secured for Castle Quarter - a mixed-use development overlooking Swansea Castle. It will consist of 26 affordable apartments and four duplex private apartments, together with 8,000 sq ft for use as restaurants and cafes.   Castle Quarter follows on from the £30 million Urban Village development on High Street and the Strand, also led by Coastal Housing Group and designed…
BDP has won the competition to design the 16,000 sq m Cardiff City Centre Community Campus for Cardiff and Vale College. The college is one of the largest in Wales serving Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and this project brings together many of its activities onto a single campus in the heart of the city. The design will create a real life environment for skills training. Open and welcoming faculty clusters are set around a public route through the heart of the college. The building’s distinctive wedge shape means interior spaces are connected to south facing terraces with views…
Southwark-based architectural designers MoreySmith have started work on-site with online fashion retailer ASOS’s expanded headquarters at Greater London House. The extensive 100,000sqft refurbishment will more than double the space ASOS currently occupies in the building.   MoreySmith’s plans include a flexible events space, a showcase/press area, fashion-themed meeting rooms, open-plan offices and a tour route for visitors where they can follow the full journey of a garment from inception to completion, showcasing the innovative fashion and technology-led business.   MoreySmith aims to create a space that will act as a window to the ASOS brand, taking inspiration from ASOS’s company…
AN INDIAN YMCA complex designed by UK based architecture firm Lewis and Hickey has won a major industry award. The YMCA building in Ahmedabad was picked as the Project of the Year within the Mixed Use Project category by the editorial board of the Architect and Interiors India Magazine.   The awards, held in Mumbai, recognise the best building projects and designs in India and receive entrants from all over the country.   Lewis and Hickey, who has offices across the UK and an international office in Mumbai, worked closely with the YMCA management team to design the building, which…
Gabrielle Omar, best known as the first architect to appear on BBC1’s hit TV show The Apprentice, is launching a new campaign, ‘Tea With An Architect’ to integrate communities with their local architect. Director of architectural practice 'Gabrielle Omar and Associates', Gabrielle left The Apprentice hailing for a brand overhaul in the architecture profession. Following her increased interaction with the public after the show, Gabrielle has realised that the large, iconic buildings springing up in the City, and their association with ‘star architects’, overshadow the general public’s knowledge of what an architect’s role really involves. Her new campaign intends to…
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