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Friday, 23rd August 2013 at 5:02pm
Architect 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.
Wednesday, 21st August 2013 at 10:30am
The 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.
Tuesday, 13th August 2013 at 4:45pm
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.
Friday, 26th July 2013 at 10:30am
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!
Tuesday, 9th July 2013 at 12:01pm
Have 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.
Tuesday, 9th July 2013 at 8:55am
A 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.
Friday, 5th July 2013 at 1:04pm
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.
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.
Thursday, 27th June 2013 at 3:01pm
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.
Friday, 21st June 2013 at 9:43am
This 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.
Thursday, 20th June 2013 at 3:42pm
This 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
- Olympic Masterplan, E20 by Allies and Morrison (National Award)
- Pierresvives, Montpellier, France by Zaha Hadid Architects (European Award)
- Bishop Edward King Chapel, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin (National Award)
- Central Market Souk, Abu Dhabi by Foster + Partners (International Award)
- Rainbow Gate Burnley by Tonkin Liu (North West Regional Award)
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.
Wednesday, 19th June 2013 at 3:46pm
Exploring 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.
Tuesday, 18th June 2013 at 10:37pm
Whilst 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.
Tuesday, 18th June 2013 at 1:09pm
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.
Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 7:47pm
On 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 email@example.com or visit here for more information.
Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 4:40pm
The 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.
Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 9:36am
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.
Friday, 7th June 2013 at 1:49pm
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.
Friday, 31st May 2013 at 1:27pm
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.
Tuesday, 28th May 2013 at 1:01pm
After 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!
Thursday, 23rd May 2013 at 9:16am
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.