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A roof over ruins

Friday, 23rd August 2013 at 5:02pm

ChurchChurchArchitect Ferran Vizoso faced a challenge: how to save the majestic, war-torn ruins of a crumbling Spanish church without ruining its beauty and architecture? And the answer was simple; he just installed a roof over it.

Severely damaged during the Spanish Civil war, the roofless church had become an open-air structure, its interior bathed in golden sun, but unshielded from more damaging elements. Vizoso wanted to protect the stone and plaster edifice from further deterioration but still keep one of its main elements: the open sky.

The architect used EFTE for the roof, which is a plastic composite. It is known of its strength, durability and light properties and creates a segmented roof over the church. The roof not only protects the church but it has also enabled it to become an enclosed meeting place.  

More images of this great project can be found here.


Tagged Spain, roof, ruins, Ferran Vizoso, Corbera d’Ebre, Etfe, architecture, design, innovative

The World Architecture Festival 2013 – a pure design inspiration

Wednesday, 21st August 2013 at 10:30am

World Architecture WorkThe World Architecture FestivalThe World Architecture Festival 2013 (WAF) gathers together the global architecture community to debate, learn and be inspired.

The festival takes place in Singapore between 2nd – 4th October 2013, attracting more than 1,750 architects from over 60 countries, and displays the best of architecture. 

The absorbing programme presents almost 300 projects that vary in terms of scale, type, context and culture creating a unique mix of inspiration. The 43 awards given at the WAF rank the most incredible creations in three main categories - completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects.

Hours of presentations, talks and debates highlight among many other industry leaders today’s most innovative and influential thinkers: Dietmar Eberle, Charles Jencks and Jeanne Gang.

Keep up to date of the architectural excellence from across the globe by following the WAF on Twitter @worldarchfest, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For further information and tickets, please visit the WFA website.

Tagged The World Architecture Festival, architecture, design, creative, interactive, Dietmar Eberle, Charles Jencks, Jeanne Gang

Museum made out of paint cans pops up in shopping mall

Tuesday, 13th August 2013 at 4:45pm

To celebrate the birthday of legendary American artist Andy Warhol, Portuguese LIKEarchitects constructed this temporary museum made out of empty paint cans in the center of a shopping mall in Lisbon.

The museum was erected to host the exhibition 'Andy Warhol - icons | psaier artworks and the factory', where it received over 100,000 visitors.

Aluminium paint cans were the chosen material for this project because 'they reflect on society's consumer culture and also pay reference to the subjects of the popular artist's work'.

See how it was constructed in the video below, or click here for more information on this interesting project.

Tagged Andy Warhol, LIKEarchitects, temporary museum, art, exhibition, design, interior, space, architecture

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced

Friday, 26th July 2013 at 10:30am

Bishop Edward King ChapelGiants Causeway Visitors CentreRIBA has announced a shortlist of six buildings nominated for their Stirling Prize Best Building of the Year award.

The Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the most significant contribution to British architecture in that year.

There is a refreshing feel to the candidates on RIBA's 2013 shortlist, because five out of the six practices responsible for the buildings are nominated on this list for the first time.

The favourite to win the award is an exceptionally crafted stone chapel by Niall McLaughlin Architects. The chapel is beautifully built from hand-cut clipsham limestone, which is laid to give a woven, drape-like effect up to a continuous clerestory window from which divine light resonates.

Another interesting candidate from this years shortlist is the Giants Causeway Visitor Centre, Heneghan Peng were the architects responsible for the design of this building. It strikes a difficult balance of being a geological presence in its own right, while also maintaining the designer aspect that makes it aesthetically pleasing for the visitors. 

Find out more infromation on this year's candidates here and let us know your winner!
Tagged RIBA, Stirling Prize, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Bishop Edward King Chapel, Heneghan Peng, Giants Causeway Visitor Centre, Architects, architecture, design

Climbing the walls with Design

Tuesday, 9th July 2013 at 12:01pm

Dalston HouseHave you ever wanted to clamber up the side of a building like Spiderman? Or abseil down but haven’t had the courage? Now Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich has made your superhero dreams come true by designing Dalston House, a public installation work featuring the façade of a late nineteenth-century Victorian terraced house in Dalston.

Leandro Erlich is renowned for his captivating three dimensional visual illusions and the artist is interested in the interactions that occur within functional spaces. A mirrored wall at a 45-degree angle is designed to create a fiction from the ordinary. His Dalston House is a brilliant art installation and cultural oddity that has to be experienced to be believed.

Dalston House is installed on a disused lot at 1-7 Ashwin Street that has largely remained vacant since being bombed in the Second World War. It is open to the public until 4th August and it is part of both the London Festival of Architecture and Beyond Barbican – an exciting programme of events taking place outside the walls of the arts centre that includes pop-ups, commissions and collaborations across East London.

Get real time updates from Dalston House by following it on Twitter @dalstonhouse and after your visit post your picture with #dalstonhouse.

Watch the video below and get ready to do your own tricks on the walls.

Tagged Design, architecture, art, Barbican, London Festival of Architecture, Dalston House, Leandro Erlich

Stunning immersive multimedia displays

Tuesday, 9th July 2013 at 8:55am

TBITTBITA new international terminal has opened at Los Angeles International airport, and with the help of Moment Factory, have created the largest immersive multimedia system of any airport in the Americas.

The installation was built to create a unique experience for both those arriving into LAX as well as those departing. It includes a 72 ft tall clock tower covered in screens which display a mixture of different images, filmed in different continents across the globe. The images are from destinations visitors can fly to from the terminal.

Other features across the terminal are the Welcome Wall; an 80 ft wall displaying lively images to welcome those arriving on flights and the Bon Voyage Wall; displaying slow motion images inspired by photographer Philippe Halsman's Jumps Series. There are also two portals - one in the North concourse, the other in the South, which consist of 10 interactive 28 ft tall columns that constantly change visuals and sound effects to reflect departing flights and the movement of passengers. Finally, there is the Destination Board which provides a visual 'data cloud' of flight information, and the Story Board which displays narratives from Los Angeles and far corners of the world.

The  seven media features were designed by SardiDesign and MRA International, whilst the terminal itself is the work of Fentress Architects. 

More information can be found here or watch a video describing the project below.

Tagged Moment Factory, Interactive, design, architecture, Immersive, multimedia, LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal, TBIT, SardiDesign, MRA international, Fentress Architects

IFAC 2013 - Festival of Art and Construction

Friday, 5th July 2013 at 1:04pm

IFAC Banner

The International Festival of Art and Construction 2013 is due to take place next month between the 5th-14th August.

The event will see 250 people taking part in 20 different workshops in the Spanish village of Covarrubias.

IFAC has been created by a non-profit organisation Movimiento a la Autosuficiencia, with the goals for the event being to provide a practical education, creative freedom and collective enrichment.

The workshops also look to develop the participants through the sharing of ideas and knowledge.

There are still places available at the time of writing, click here for more information and to sign up.

A video outlining the concept is also shown below.

Tagged Architecture, Art, construction, design, IFAC, event, festival, 2013, workshops

See it, explore it, love it

Thursday, 27th June 2013 at 3:01pm

LFALFALFALondon Festival of Architecture will lift your eyes from the streets, raise them up to the roofs, and help you to fall in love with London’s unique and much admired architectural landscape.

London Festival of Architecture, first held in 2004, has become an annual event due its increasing popularity, celebrating London’s built-environment. It investigates the importance of architecture and design in London’s success and celebrates the city’s role as a global hub of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practise.

Open to public and professionals, the Festival aims to promote positive change and improvement in the city’s public realm revealing the potential latent within the city by increasing access and suggesting alternative uses for spaces.

During the last week of the Festival, you still have an exciting chance to explore architecture and the environment on a River Thames boat cruise from Kew Bridge to Hampton Court, listen to talks about Urban Exhibitionism and energy, participate in a tour at the London Transport Museum or walk at the Barbican and to visit ongoing exhibitions in various venues, including the Barbican Art Gallery and London Metropolitan University.  The Bartlett,  UCL's School of Architecture, Summer Show opened on the 21st June until 29th June as part of LFA 2013.

The London Festival of Architecture takes place until 30th June, with a rich and varied programme organised by individual practices and artists.  More information and the events calendar here or follow news on Twitter.
Tagged London festival of architecture, architecture, London, design, Barbican, art, The Bartlett, UCL, London Metropolitan University, Kew Bridge, Hampton Court

Making the Leadenhall Building

Friday, 21st June 2013 at 9:43am

Leadenhall BuildingThis video, condensing the first six months of the construction of the Leadenhall Building in London, has been in the press alot recently, so we felt that just in case you missed it we would share it with you.

It's a great time-lapse video highlighting the work on one of the new additions to London's skyline from Dan Lowe and Paul Raftery.

Watch it below.

Making The Leadenhall Building from Paul Raftery and Dan Lowe on Vimeo.

Tagged Architecture, design, construction, timelapse, video, vimeo, Dan Lowe, Paul Raftery, Leadenhall Building

RIBA awards 2013 winners announced

Thursday, 20th June 2013 at 3:42pm

Olympic MasterplanPierresvivesBishop Edward King ChapelThis year's winners for the Royal Institute of British Architects(RIBA) Awards have been announced, which includes 9 winners of the European Awards and 43 winners of the National awards, which form the basis for the Stirling Prize shortlist.

RIBA also announced the winners of the Regional Awards and International Award as part of a simultaneous event. The winners of the International Award are considered for the Lubetkin Prize.

To be eligable for an award the project must be designed by a RIBA chartered architect and RIBA international fellows.

The projects awarded include 

Each of the National Award winning buildings are presented with a lead plaque and the winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced at an event on Tuesday 26th September at St. Martins, Kings Cross.

To see all the RIBA Award winners, click here.

Tagged Architecture, design, awards, RIBA, Allies and Morrison, Zaha Hadid, Niall McLaughlin, Foster + Partners, Tonkin Liu

Future in the mind – challenging the boundaries of materials

Wednesday, 19th June 2013 at 3:46pm

Latex ExposedProject BambiSmart by natureEngineered IllusionsExploring existing and at times underrated or discarded materials with a focus on the future can lead you in unexpected directions. 

Central Saint Martins' (University of the Arts London)  Textile Futures MA end of year show displays 17 futuristic scenarios drawing on materials such as minerals, latex, potatoes, technical components and even animals and sealife. 

The process and theory behind each project have been the driving force for each of the students to create something new and unseen. New life has been given to the discarded potato cell wall to create a biodegradable material that looks like and could be plastic (10% & More); the mineral feldspar has been transformed into a luxury jewellery item (Disquiet Luxurians), and discarded deer hides  to leather (Project Bambi). 

Limitations of materials have been broken -  latex micro-waved to create pieces of jewellery (Latex Exposed).   

Transformation and sensory experiences were also themes.  Smart by Nature looked at transformable surfaces while Engineered Illusions uses a study of visual optics to explore how textiles can enhance the female form. 

Scent-ography posed questions as to whether personal memories can be archived through captured scent, whilst Self-Medication cleverly combines the British love for tea with the preventative concept of traditional Chinese Medicine, drawing on textile craft techniques.

Get a preview of potential material trends and uses, plus many other architecture and design displays by visiting the Show Two at Central Saint Martins which is open to the public until 23rd June.

Further information can be found here. 

Our client Formica Group was a sponsor of the MA Textile Futures degree show, continuing its support for innovation and young designers in the field of design-related disciplines.

Tagged Materials, UAL, Formica, Textile, exhibition, design, architecture

Solid Poetry brings designs to concrete

Tuesday, 18th June 2013 at 10:37pm

Solid PoetryWhilst it is an important material for construction, concrete isn't normally very exciting. That notion has been changed thanks to designers Frederick Molenschot and Susanne Happle, and their new venture Solid Poetry.

Based in the Netherlands, they have come up with a form of concrete that when dry looks normal and plain, but when wet decorative designs appear.

The main benefits for this sort of idea would be bathrooms or wet rooms but could also be a nice way to brighten up the world on wet, rainy days.

To showcase the product they have produced several videos which are shown below.


Tagged Design, architecture, concrete, Solid Poetry, innovation, interiors, bathroom

£1bn business district for East London

Tuesday, 18th June 2013 at 1:09pm

Docklands developmentDocklands developmentPlans are in motion to regenerate London Docklands, more precisely the area around Royal Albert Dock.

The plans, which will see architects Farrells work with developers Stanhope and commercial developer ABP China (Holding), will create 3.2 million square feet of retail and leisure space and 2.5 million square feet of office space.

It already has interest in the first phase from Chinese companies, including some banks, with the first occupiers to move in from 2017.

The project will see a £1 billion investment into the 35 acre area currently owned by the Greater London Authority.

Tagged Docklands, London, Farrells, Stanhope, ABP China, investment, architecture, design, development

London preview of Close, Closer

Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 7:47pm

Close, CloserOn Thursday 13th June Building Design magazine is hosting a preview talk for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which is entitled Close, Closer.

The chief curator, Beatrice Galilee, will be joined by two of her co-curators Mariana Pestana and Liam Young to discuss the curatorial approach, challenges and ideas behind this year’s show, and it will be chaired by Jeremy Till, head of Central Saint Martin's and pro-vice chancellor of the University of the Arts London.

The talk will take place at the London offices of KPF at 7pm and places are free but limited.

To book your space email bdrsvp@ubm.com or visit here for more information.

Tagged Architecture, design, Building Design magazine, Close Closer, Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Celebrate under-valued architecture in London

Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 4:40pm

Crystal Palace SubwayCabman's ShelterOccidental Oil Refinery JettyThe Design Museum is holding a free exhibition called Lesser Known Architecture, which is a tie-in to the month long London Festival of Architecture.

The exhibition is a series of single colour offset prints of sites around London that display great architectural design, but tend to go unnoticed by the general public.

The ten sites were nominated by leading architecture critics and the prints will be displayed in the Museum Café and Tank from 4th June until 22nd July 2013.

The nominations include Crystal Palace Subway, Cabmen’s Shelters and Occidental Oil Refinery Jetty.

The installation was curated by Elias Redstone and designed by Ben Mclaughlin. All the photographs for the prints were taken by Theo Simpson.

Tagged Architecture, design, design museum, London Festival of Architecture, Lesser Known Architecture, Theo Simpson, Elias Redstone, Ben Mclaughlin

Serpentine pavilion opens for the summer

Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 9:36am

Serpentine Gallery pavilionThe 2013 Serpentine Gallery pavilion in Kensington Gardens opened last week. Designed by Sou Fujimoto the pavilion, which is said to resemble a cloud, will be open until 20th October 2013.

A geometric structure constructed using from metal beams, it strikes a delicate balance between man and nature, utilising natural daylight  and creating a closed off space, which still allows visitors to experience the nature around them.

Read more about the design in out previous blog post.
Tagged Serpentine gallery, pavilion, design, architecture, Sou Fujimoto, London

Riverside Museum wins award for engagement

Friday, 7th June 2013 at 1:49pm

Riverside MuseumRiverside museumThe Riverside Museum in Glasgow has won the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA).

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the museum which opened in June 2011, has received the award for it’s ability to “demonstrate brilliantly how a specialist transport collection can renew its relevance through active engagement with the wider social and universal issues.”

The museum, which has received over 2 million visitors in less than 2 years, was chosen out of 40 museums from 21 European Countries and fulfilled the EMYA's criteria of public quality at the highest level.

The Riverside Museum showcases Glasgow’s transport, shipbuilding and engineering heritage.
Tagged Awards, design, architecture, Zaha Hadid, Riverside Museum, EMYA, European Museum of the Year, Glasgow

Foster + Partners design two new London skyscrapers

Friday, 31st May 2013 at 1:27pm

250 City Road250 City RoadBritish architecture firm Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for two residential skyscrapers as part of the 250 City Road project, led by property developers Berkeley Group.

The skyscrapers will form part of a cluster of residential towers proposed for the City Road area in Islington, a redevelopment of a 1.9 hectare site currently occupied by a cluster of commercial buildings.

Other companies involved in the project include landscape architects Gillespies, Dutch firm UNStudio and US architects SOM.

Elsewhere in London, Foster + Partners recently received planning permission for three residential towers on the south side of the river Thames near Lambeth Bridge.

More about the 250 City Road project can be found here.
Tagged Design, architecture, London, Skyscrapers, Foster + Partners, Berkeley Group, 250 City Road, Islington

Watch the top of One World Trade Center spire be installed

Tuesday, 28th May 2013 at 1:01pm

One World Trade CenterAfter some delay the final piece was put in place on the One World Trade Center tower.

The spire for the building was installed, making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere and will stand as a focal point  in a group of buildings designed to replace the Twin Towers that were destroyed in the September 11th attacks.

To commemorate the topping off, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released a video of the spire's installation. Filmed using a GoPro camera which was attached to the spire itself, it gives a stunning glimpse at the height of the tower.

Watch it below, but be warned it can cause vertigo!

Tagged One world trade center, GoPro, video, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, One WTC, PANYNJ, architecture, design

Clerkenwell Design Week reviewed

Thursday, 23rd May 2013 at 9:16am

CDWCDWCDWIt's been a hub of activity near the office this week as Clerkenwell Design Week kicked off in great style. So far we’ve managed to take a look at what’s on display in the Farmiloe Building, which provides a fantastic backdrop for the exhibitors to showcase their designs, with four floors of the building filled. The vast colours and textures on display from international interior design and architecture suppliers provide a stunning contrast to the exposed brickwork and floorboards of the elegant Victorian former glassworks.  

A few stands caught our eye including James Burleigh’s classic furniture with a modern twist and splashes of colour.

Duffy London made us smile with playful yet beautiful designs such as the UP dining table and the swinging chairs.    

The trail of showrooms and fringe events creates a really fun atmosphere and luckily the weather has stayed dry encouraging visitors to spill onto the streets with chatter and inspiration. A scenic walk up to the House of Detention was peppered with installations in gardens and pop up shops. The House of Detention was really exciting as it was underground, there was an acoustic performance and all the stands were in the cells of the Victorian Prison – a huge contrast for those who had just been to ExCel May Design Series! Particular favourites were Foundation Rugs graffiti style soft decorations; Mirror Glow’s beautiful pieces which really lended themselves to the surroundings and Merve Kahraman’s genius and luxurious furniture.

Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival. The event finishes on Thursday 23rd May so there is still time to see what’s happening at any of the 60 showrooms taking part.
Tagged Clerkenwell Design week, design, architecture, James Burliegh, Merve Kahraman, Foundation Rugs, Mirror Glow

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