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World's tallest building to be built in just 90 days!

Wednesday, 27th November 2013 at 1:48pm

Work is set to begin next month on what will become the world's tallest building, and its constructors say it will be completed in just 90 days.

China's Broad Group will be constructing the building, which they say will be built at a rate of five storeys a day.

On completion the building entitled the 'Sky City' tower will include schools, a hospital, 17 helipads and apartments for more than 30,000 people.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if you are a fan of this architecture. 

Tagged Broad Group, Sky City, architecture, design, creative, installation, innovation, architect, construction, architects

NEXT Architects win Chinese bridge competition

Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at 11:30pm

Dutch studio NEXT Architects has won a competition to design a pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China.

The design of this sinuous structure reflects traditional Chinese crafts such as the Chinese knot.

The 150-metre bridge will create three different pedestrian routes across the Dragon King Harbour River.

Work on this stylish bridge is expected to start in 2014.

Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you like this design.

Tagged Next Architects, Changsha, architecture, architect, design, creative, innovative

Inaba designs stunning 'Skylight'

Thursday, 21st November 2013 at 9:56am

Skylight is a permanent installation designed by Inaba for the New Concert Hall in Stavanger, Norway.

The 38 foot long installation is based on a simple cylindrical design, with areas along the surface removed to enable views from the building into the city.

Skylight hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall, and is sure to make an impression with its stylish design.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if you a fan of this piece.

Tagged Skylight, Inaba, New Concert Hall, installation, creative, design, architecture

Thomas Heatherwick designs a garden bridge across the River Thames

Friday, 15th November 2013 at 11:44am

Thomas Heatherwick has designed a scenic pedestrian bridge to be installed over the River Thames.

Heatherwick Studio is working alongside engineers Arup and landscape designer Dan Pearson on the £150 million plans, proposing the 367 metre pedestrian bridge.

The bridge will be covered in trees and shrubs which will provide a more scenic view against the busy London environment.

This design derives from a concept by actress Joanna Lumley for a new park in central London.

The bridge is scheduled for completion by 2017.

You can take a closer look at the designs here.

Tagged Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio, Arup, Dan Pearson, architecture, design, clever, innovative, installation

Paul Cocksedge Studio showcases its 'living staircase'

Wednesday, 13th November 2013 at 1:31pm

London-based Paul Cocksedge Studio has created a staircase that also functions as a garden.

The plants grow along the balustrade and certainly offer a more scenic view, you can even pick some fresh mint for your afternoon tea! 

The central column of the staircase can be removed and replaced by platforms, which can then be used for reading, socialising or just taking a break.

The living staircase was designed for the Ampersand Building that is to be opened in London, Soho in autumn 2014.

Take a look at the staircase here, and tell us if you think your staircases could do with a plant or two.

Tagged Paul Cocksedge Studio, architecture, architect, design, creative, innovative, living staircase

The Think Tank attends the 10x10 Drawing the City London artwork preview

Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at 3:43pm

This year, The Think Tank is the media partner for Article 25’s flagship event,10x10 Drawing the City London. Organised by architectural and construction aid charity Article 25, 10x10 Drawing the City London brings together world-renowned architects, artists and designers to create artwork of a chosen area of London.

Participants of this year’s 10x10 Drawing the City London were on hand at a preview event held at Paul Davis + Partners' offices on 30th October to discuss the inspiration behind their work. Charity Founder Maxwell Hutchinson, broadcaster, architect and former past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, was on hand at the preview to quiz the participants in an informal ‘show & tell’. Rydal Hanbury, Giles Carlton, Christian Spencer Davies as well as well as Peter Heath, Morley von Sternberg, Simon Haddock, Simon Gazzard, Dominic Chung and Soham De provided a further insight into the inspiration behind their work.

It was fascinating to hear the personal stories linked to each of the artworks, and to see the different interpretations of this vibrant and multicultural part of London - the auction looks set to be a thrilling evening!

The artwork created is due to go on display to the public from 21st to 28th November at the Crossing, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA. Visitors will then have the opportunity to bid for selected pieces by attending a special charity live auction event on the 28 November. Preliminary bids can also be made here. To attend the auction register online here.

The 10x10 charity auction helps to raise funds for Article 25. All proceeds of the sale of the artwork will go to Article 25 building Street Children Centres.


Tagged Article 25, 10x10 Drawing the City London, art, design, architecture, fun, auction

Renowned architects create fantastic designs using LEGO

Tuesday, 5th November 2013 at 10:44am

Three world-renowned architecture firms were given sets off LEGO and tasked to use their imaginations to design something new.

This year LEGO introduced 'LEGO Architecture Studio' - a LEGO set designed exclusively for adults - and gave the architecture firms a set each.

The firms included in this were SHoP ArchitectsSnøhetta and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

The architect's designs certainly didn't disappoint, with designs ranging from ice sculptures and even entire cityscapes.

Take a look at the rest of the designs here, and tell us if you think you could do better. 

Tagged LEGO, creative, design, architecture, architects, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, fun

Spectacular suspended bridge just for cyclists

Wednesday, 30th October 2013 at 3:28pm

This spectacular bridge enables the cyclists of Netherlands easier mobility without using roads!

Designed by Dutch design company IPV Delft, the 'Hovenring' is a circular bridge 236 feet in diameter.

The bridge is suspended above the road and held in place with steel cables anchored by a central pylon.

Take a closer look in the video below, or find out more about this bridge here, and tell us if this would persuade you to get on your bike! 

Tagged IPV Delft, Hovenring, architecture, innovative, installation, creative, clever, construction

Ancient church revived by David Closes

Tuesday, 29th October 2013 at 11:54am

This 18th century church built for the Sant Francesc convent has been revived by David Closes.

The church's ancient architecture has been preserved in this new design, whilst also reinventing the building in a contemporary way.

The project aimed to convert the unused church into an auditorium and general cultural facility for the local Catalan area.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if you think a church near you could do with some of this architectural inspiration.

Tagged David Closes, architect, architecture, interiors, design, installation

Apple's new campus

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at 12:46pm

Apple has unveiled their plans for a new campus, which is set to be completed by 2016.

British firm Foster + Partners were commissioned to conceive this design, which is predicted to cost Apple 5 billion dollars.

The 260,000-square-metre campus will provide for 13,000 employees and will include; a company fitness centre, a 1000-seat auditorium, a private park and much more!

Take a closer look at these designs here, and tell us if this workplace would inspire you.

Tagged Foster + Partners, Apple, architecture, design, innovative, architect

The Architect@Work trade fair comes to Paris

Thursday, 17th October 2013 at 12:21pm

Last week we visited the sixth edition of Architect@Work, a trade fair aimed at architects and interior designers, which took place on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October in Paris.

The exhibition emphasizes innovation, quality, knowledge and design in the built environment. This year's main theme was 'The Sensory Architecture'.

Visitors could discover a selection of innovative materials and technologies which, by employing our sense of touch, sight, smell and sound, can increase the perceived sensory quality of spaces and products that surround us.

The fair was also home to the 'SENS UNIK, sensory experiences' exhibition by the Innovathèque / FCBA, the French resource centre for innovative materials established to meet the needs of architects and interior designers.

Our client Formica Group was present at the fair, celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary while showcasing their Anniversary Laminate Collection. The fair also saw the preview of the new Formica® – Unilin MFC Collection, introducing exclusive designs inspired by the latest trends.

Architect@Work is a great fair and we definitely enjoyed the continuous supply of free catering throughout the day, especially the small éclairs au chocolat and apple tarts for the afternoon snack!

You can find out more about this trade fair here.


Tagged Architect@Work, exhibition, trade fair, architecture, architects, fun, Formica Group

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013

Friday, 11th October 2013 at 2:05pm

This year's awards ceremony for the best designed restaurants and bars in the world has recently taken place in London.

The ceremony included a unique pop-up bar and restaurant concept called 'The Box Project', featuring five different themed bar areas created by 'Best Restaurant/Bar' winners of the past. 

The overall Best Bar Award was won by Atrium Champagne Bar in London - designed by Foster + Partners, and the overall Best Restaurant Award was won by Höst in Denmark - designed by NORM Architects.

Take a look at the other winners and shortlisted entries here, and tell us if you fancy visiting one of these award-winning bars and restaurants.

Tagged Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, design, awards, architects, architecture, Atrium Champagne Bar, Foster + Partners, Höst, NORM Architects

Weston Williamson wins Brasilia Stadium Competition

Friday, 11th October 2013 at 11:47am

London studio Weston Williamson has won the Brasilia Athletics Stadium Competition, which called for designers to envision a 70,000 seater stadium in the nations capital.

The competition challenged designers to feel 'free from constraints' and 'push the boundaries of what is possible with design'.

This design featured a roof made up of petal-like sections, each able to move independently and respond to weather and light conditions.

The structure of the stadium is modeled after a bird in flight, and reflects the utopian spirit of Brasilia itself.

You can take a closer look at this award-winning project here, and tell us if you plan on paying it a visit.

Tagged Weston Williamson, Brasilia Athletics Stadium Competition, Brasilia, design, architect, architecture, awards, creative, innovative

A house fit for Lionel Messi

Thursday, 10th October 2013 at 3:55pm

Architect Luis de Garrido has designed a fantasy home for his ideal client - Lionel Messi.

Named the 'One-Zero Eco-House', the themes of the architecture are designed to fit the lifestyle requirements of Lionel Messi.

Luis de Garrido is renowned for working with 'sustainable architecture' and there are elements of that in this design, most obviously in the fact that half of the roof would be covered in grass.

Other notable features are in the shape of the design - which is that of a football, and also the giant swimming pool located to the rear of the building.

You can see more of this project here, and tell us if this is the sort of house you could live in.

Tagged Lionel Messi, innovative, architect, architecture, design, clever, Luis de Garrido

Live between buildings

Friday, 4th October 2013 at 11:21am

This innovative idea has opened up the possibility of a new range of housing in urbanised areas - by utilising the space between buildings!

The two Danish architects who are responsible for this idea, Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann, have named the concept the 'Live Between Buildings project'. 

This new range of housing would literally be lofts constructed in the gaps between large buildings in cities, built mostly using window technology to ensure they remained well lit.

This idea recently won the annual New Vision of the Loft 2 design award, and there have even been brief designs to show how the idea would work in densely populated cities like London or New York.

Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you could see yourself one day living between buildings.



Tagged Architecture, innovation, innovative, creative, clever, design, award, Mateusz Mastalski, Ole Robin Storjohann

Architectural vision of a 'Never Ending Line' comes true

Tuesday, 1st October 2013 at 4:56pm

After winning a local architectural competition, a fine art student was rewarded with the facilitation of his ambitions - a project called 'Never Ending Line'.

The Romanian born student called Andrei Costache of University Campus Suffolk said that he hoped his project would "express the connection between place and people."

The piece consisted of a number of coloured posts fixed into the ground at differing angles, these posts lead the way into a vibrant new retail destination called Futura Park.

The project was commissioned by AquiGen, and manufactured and installed by Claydon Architectural Metalwork.

Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you are a fan of this work.

Tagged Architecture, AquiGen, Claydon Architectural Metalwork, design, award, innovative, installation, architect

Campaign for a shape-shifting storefront

Monday, 30th September 2013 at 2:05pm

The miLES Storefront Transformer, designed by Architecture Commons, is a versatile set of amenities and furnishings ready to transform any vacant storefront.

The Kickstarter Campaign hopes to use this to transform a vacant storefront this winter - if they can raise the funds required.

The miLES Storefront Transformer is a 6ft cube designed to “program any storefront,” when unfolded it provides functional elements such as; shelving, partitions, tables, seats, a stage, as well as infrastructure such as; WIFI, speakers and more! 

The flexibility of the design will be utilised to showcase seven different themes: Show, Play, Share, Learn, Make, Shop, and Eat.

The Kickstarter Campaign will run this winter from September the 19th to October 19th, if they can raise the $32,000 needed to fund the project.

You can find more information about this here, and let us know if you would like to see your local stores change shape overnight.

Tagged project, architecture, art, design, pop up, functionality, New York, the miLes Storefront Transformer, Architecture Commons, experiential, interactive

RIBA choose Astley Castle as their winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize

Friday, 27th September 2013 at 12:26pm

Stirling Prize WinnerThe Royal Institute of British Architects has announced their winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize, which was awarded to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for Astley Castle.

This beautiful and sympathetic scheme placed a new building at the heart of the old, bringing new life to features that were once dying away. 

Astley Castle is a 12th century fortified manor that was damaged by fire in 1978. Witherford Watson Mann Architects has designed a new house that allows visitors to experience life in a centuries old castle whilst still enjoying all the 21st century modern conveniences.

RIBA comments, “Astley Castle demonstrates that working within sensitive historic contexts requires far more than the specialist skills of the conservation architect: this is an important piece of architecture, beautifully detailed and crafted. The decision to put the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the communal spaces above makes the experience of the house very special as perhaps the most impressive spaces are the outdoor Tudor and Jacobean ruins.”

Astley Caste - Stirling Prize WinnerWatch a film about this fantastic building below or visit RIBA  to find out more about this outstanding project and the other shortlisted entries.

Images © Helen Binet


Tagged Stirling Prize, 2013, RIBA, Architects, Winner, Architecture, Astley Castle, design, creative

100% Design opens its doors!

Thursday, 19th September 2013 at 10:36am

Formica Group100% Design, the UK’s largest contemporary design trade event, opened its doors on September 18th to the trade and press for four days and will be open to the public on Saturday 21st.

100% Design includes six colour-coded areas: Interiors, Office, Kitchen & Bathrooms, Eco, Design & Build, International Pavillons and Emerging Brands. The event attracts leading UK and international brands such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Young & Norgate, Deadgood and many more.  

Our client, Formica Group, worked with design resource studio Material Lab to create a unique 'deconstructed' interior environment showcasing essential surfaces in their
natural light.

At ther stand, decors and textures are being featured from the DecoMetal® by Formica Group range, including the red dot award-winning Plex texture, AR Plus® High Gloss laminate, solid through-colour ColorCore® as well as on-trend decors from the Formica® Colors range.

Throughout the exhibition there were a number of great products that caught our eye;

A living room table by Picchio, constructed from cork cylinders of various lengths, resting on a copper footing, creating a fascinating contrast between the refined materials of copper, cork and glass.     

Some of the most luxurious baths in the world were also on display. Curated by Designer Kitchen & Bathroom magazine, the Bath Boulevard exhibition features stunning bathtubs, from traditional classics to ultra-modern style. 

You can find more information and register for this event here. Let us know which is your favourite part.


Tagged design, 100% design, architecture, interior, products, Formica Group, Knoll, Herman Miller, Young & Norgate, Deadgood, architect, designer, contemporary

Iconic European buildings photographed from the air

Tuesday, 17th September 2013 at 1:04pm

To prove Europe's most iconic buildings can be even more breathtaking when viewed from the air, Russian photographers and daredevils Vadim Mahora and Vitaly Raskalovym travel Europe with one purpose: to illegally climb to the highest point of the city’s main attraction, hang off its edge and capture the view from the air.

Their latest destinations have included the Sagrada Família in Barcelona (first image), Cologne Cathedral in Germany (second image), the Eiffel Tower in France and many others in 12 different European cities.  

Take a look at the rest of their photos here and tell us would you be brave enough to climb that high?



Tagged Vadim Mahora, design, photography, travel, tourism, creative, interactive, architecture, Vitaly Raskalovym, clever

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