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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

Man-Made Tornado in a Museum

Wednesday, 1st May 2013 at 12:02pm

Man-made tornadoMercedes Benz MuseumThe Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart has a bit of an unusual attraction.

The building has the world's most powerful man-made tornado, and whilst this does attract visitors, this is not the reason for its existence.

Created from 144 jets spewing 28 tons of smoke in a 112-foot-high column, the idea of a tornado in a showroom containing over 150 luxury vehicles may seem like an odd one, but it is actually a clever fire-safety mechanism.

The building is made from a steel structure based on a double-helix, featuring a massive central atrium viewable from the floors that spiral around it. All rooms are open, all walls are curved and each of the 1800 triangular window panes on the exterior walls is unique. This however means that there are no fire zones within the building so by creating this tornado they are able to expel smoke emissions from within the building. It is said to take about 7 minutes for the jets that line the interior walls to get the smoke to whirl into a tornado and escape through vents in the roof.

Watch a video of the tornado in action below.

Tagged Tornado, man-made, Mercedes-Benz, Museum, classic cars, architecture, design, innovation

Clerkenwell Design Week

Sunday, 28th April 2013 at 10:59am

Clerkenwell Design weekClerkenwell design weekclerkenwell design weekMay will see the return of the Clerkenwell Design Week. The event is a showcase of architecture and design works from across the globe, with a focus on British designs.

Held in a variety of locations in the historic Central London area, it will see show regulars returning as well as some new faces such as ArperPlumen and Foscarini.

Brands returning to the festival include Vitra, Knoll, Boss Design, Domus Tiles, Deadgood, Dare Studio, Jennifer Newman, Muuto, Magis, Zanotta, Johnson Tiles, and Dezeen.

The event takes place across 50 furniture showrooms and several special locations. The Farmiloe Building, a former Victorian merchants warehouse, will play host to high-profile international brands; The House of Detention, a subterranean Victorian prison, will form the festival’s hotspot for new designers, and the 12th century crypt and charming garden of the Priory of the Order of St John, will act as the hub for interior decoration trends.

Taking place on the 21st to 23rd May 2013, it is the fourth time the event has taken over the area, being spread out over several different sites, and will offer talks, debates and parties throughout its course.

To register for the event click here.

Tagged Design, architecture, interior design, Arper, Plumen, Foscarini Vitra, Knoll, Boss, Domus Tiles, Deadgood, Dare Studio, Jennifer Newman, Muuto, Magis, Zanotta, Johnson Tiles, Dezeen, Clerkenwell Design Week

Regent Street windows

Friday, 26th April 2013 at 12:53pm

Topshop WindowKaren Millen windowFerrari WindowHave you popped down to Regent Street recently? Well if you can handle the crowds you should, as this year's RIBA Window Project is currently in place.

The project includes six architecture studios working with shops along the famous road, creating unique displays in six of the most iconic stores.

Supported by RIBA and the Regent Street Association, the project is in its fourth year and runs until 6th May 2013.

Topshop has a rotating wheel of mannequins designed by George King and Mark Nixon from Neon, which will allow for different outfits to be displayed throughout the day.

The installation at Karen Millen is made of sports fabric and cable ties, and spans the 30-metre length of the window. It is the creation of Mamou-Mani.

John Tollitt and his team at Gensler drew on the emotional response one may feel driving one of their cars for their display for the flagship store of Ferrari.

The atrium of Espirit's store was transformed by naganJohnson into a beach scene, complete with a wave of chestnut paling fencing.

Carl Turner Architects referenced American artist Gordon Matta Clark's images of cut-out buildings at Jack Spade's Brewer Street store, just off Regent Street, creating fantasy New York streetscapes on the facade, in the windows and on blackboard illustrations.

Finally, interlocking panels to form freestanding screens at Moss Bros, creating a three-dimensional herringbone effect was the idea of AY Architects.

Find out more information and see more images here.

Photographs are by Agnese Sanvito.
Tagged Regent Street, design, architecture, window displays, Topshop, Karen Millen, Ferrari, Jack Spade, Espirit, Moss Bros, Neon, RIBA, Mamou-Mani, Gensler, naganJohnson, Carl Turner architects, Gordon Matta Clark, AY Architects

Elevated bike path for Regents Canal

Tuesday, 23rd April 2013 at 11:00am

Regents Canal Bike PathRegents canal bike pathThe paths along the Regents canal in London are incredibly busy with cyclists and pedestrians, especially under bridges.

To offer a solution for this problem, Anthony Nelson, a landscape architect from Design International, has offered up a design for an elevated path for cyclists. The proposal, which is still being worked on, would see a steel pathway constructed that would hug the canal and it above the current path. 

The new path will offer more than a safe route for the 500 cyclists that use the canal each hour as it will provide retail opportunities at off ramps. The only issue yet to dealt with is how to accommodate the larger boats that use the canal. Nelson will be working on the plans further before presenting them to the city in Autumn.
Tagged Architecture, design, Regents canal, Design International, Landscape, urban, innovative, space

Design of the Year award winner unveiled

Friday, 19th April 2013 at 1:07pm

gov.uk website Morth WheelKit yamoyoThe Design Museum in London has announced the  winner of the 2013 Design of the Year Award, the Gov.uk website!

The website, which won by a unanimous vote, was chosen for its simplicity and ease of use, being built to allow visitors to quickly find the services they are looking for.

Chosen from a shortlist of seven category winners,  which were unveiled on Wednesday 10th April, the overall winner was announced on the evening of 16th April.

The category winners include a folding wheel for wheelchairs, the Medici chair and a medicine packaging designed to fit between bottles of coke.

The Category winners are as follows:
Designed by Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

Designed by Government DigitalService

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi

Designed by John Morgan Studio

Products: KIT YAMOYO
Designed by ColaLife and PI Global

Designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc.

Previous winners of the award include the Olympic Torch by BarberOsgerby and the Plumen 001 light bulb by Hulger and Samuel Wilkinson.

The exihibition will remain open until the 7th July 2013, further information can be found on a previous blog post here.

Tagged Design, architecture, design of the year, 2013, gov.uk, morph, London

Photographer captures artistic design of airports

Thursday, 11th April 2013 at 9:47pm

Newark Liberty AiportNewark Liberty AirportJFK international airportNew York based photographer Jeffrey Milstein has captured the design of two well known airports from above. In his series entitled 'flying' he has captured scenes of Newark Liberty Airport and JFK International Airport as well as a couple of shots of the city.

The images allow us to see the true artistic design of airports, which at ground level can seem sterile and daunting. Seeing them from above grasps the true nature of the design.

Milstein was inspired from his childhood, which was spent filming planes at LAX, and he is now renowned for his images of the underbellies of planes.

Milstein’s work was on display at the AIPAD Photo Show New York between April 4-7, 2013. View the full portfolio for 'flying' here.
Tagged LAX, JFK, Newark, Airports, architecture, design, photography, Jeffrey Milstein

Sunken platform gives different view of lake

Wednesday, 10th April 2013 at 4:01pm

Observation platformObservation platformObservation platformAn observation platform in Vöcklabruck, Austria is giving visitors a new perspective over a picturesque scene.

The platform is set below the water level in the middle of a lake, giving those from the shore the impression that people are below the water line.

The platform is a huge attraction for visitors to the region and consists of a ramp from the shore down to the cirlular enclosure which has seating provided for tourists to sit and enjoy the beautiful views. 

Tagged Observation platform, architecture, design, Vöcklabruck, Austria, innovation, creativity, tourism

The Shed at the National Theatre

Tuesday, 9th April 2013 at 9:44am

The ShedThe Shed The ShedA new temporary venue has been built on an unused plaza  of the National Theatre in London.

Called 'The Shed', the venue will show new productions that it deems "adventurous, ambitious and unexpected".

Open for a year from April, The Shed provides a new way to watch theatre, offering seats from £12 up to £20, with special days planned, including talks before or after shows. 

Seats are either located at stage level or in a gallery providing patrons with an intimate view of the productions.

The building was designed and built by Haworth Tompkins, who are also incharge of the current redesign materplan for the artistic hub, and the design would seem to match the type of productiosn they plan to put on, with its vibrant colour and shape.

To find out more watch a video of lead architect Paddy Dillon talking about the design below.

haworth tompkins: the shed at the national theater, london from designboom on Vimeo.

Tagged National Theatre, The Shed, architecture, design, art, Haworth Tompkins, theatre, creative, pop-up, installation

10 of the most unusual homes in the world

Wednesday, 3rd April 2013 at 5:15pm

slimmest housetransparent houseFlintstone housesquare metre houseDelightfull, a lighting company, has compiled a list of 10 homes that have an unusual characteristic. From the world's slimmest house to a replica Flintstones' house, it has them all.

The collection is a series of 'homes' that have been designed and built with a unique idea behind them, including a 1sq.m house (not sure how you could really live in there),  a fully transparent house and our favourite, a house with a giant slide.

Take a look at the full list here.
Tagged architecture, design, unusual homes, Creative, Space, Top 10

PuLSaTe pop-up installation

Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 9:02am

pulsatepulsatepulsateArchitects Lily Jencks and Nathanael Dorent have been commissioned by Capitol Designer Studio to design a unique pop-up installation in London called PuLSaTe.

Using Marazzi’s SistemN tiles, from a range stocked by Capitol, they fitted out a showroom in Primrose Hill to create PuLSaTe, a pop-up installation that will not only show off the uses and colours of the tiles but also provide a cultural hub.

The zig-zag design, along with sloped floors, plays with your perception. Benches built into the walls of the installation become a consumer experience like no other. The pop-up installation on Chalcot Road, opened on the 21st March and will remain open, running a variety events including workshops, until 27th October 2013.

Take a look at a video about the project below.

Pulsate from STRIPE on Vimeo.

Tagged Lily Jencks, Nathanael Dorent, PuLSaTe, Capitol Designer Studio, Marazzi, SistemN, Pop-up, installation, architecture, design, tiles, interiors, creative

British architects to work on stadiums for Rio 2016

Thursday, 28th March 2013 at 8:45am

rio2016rio2016rio2016Two British architecture firms who worked on projects for London 2012 have successfully been chosen to design stadia for the next Olympic Games.

3DReid and AndArchitects have been chosen to work with local companies to design and build venues.

3DReid has recently been working on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games arenas, whilst AndAchitects has a long list of work with lower league football clubs.

Whilst the games will take place across 4 different areas of Rio, the companies will be focused on one area, which is the master plan of international firm AECOM. This section is vital for the games legacy as it will be be transformed in the years after the games into athletic training centres and a mix of public spaces and buildings for residential, commercial and office use. 

Watch the outline for the plans in the video below.

Rio 2016 Olympics from James Shaw on Vimeo.

Tagged London 2012, Rio 2016, Olympic Games, Architecture, design, legacy, AECOM, 3DReid, AndArchitects, Glasgow 2014, Commonwealth Games

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