Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben to Undergo Renovations

12:00 - 1 May, 2016
Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben to Undergo Renovations, © Flickr CC User Alun Salt, Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© Flickr CC User Alun Salt, Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has announced a series of renovations that will take place on Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben in London, starting in early 2017. During the renovation period, the tower and clock will be partially covered with scaffolding, which will be removed as the work progresses. Moreover, the clock mechanism will be stopped for several months, during which there will be no chiming or striking of the iconic bells. 

Event: Interior and Experience Design

18:00 - 30 April, 2016
Event: Interior and Experience Design

Do you want to observe directly how leading professionals use materials, technology, visual communication and storytelling to design memorable user experiences through the immersive built environment? This course will cover the areas of residential, retail and workspace design and provide methods to apply for interior projects in a variety of contexts. In one week you will participate in a rich mix of lectures and hands on workshops that Future London Academy curated for you by partnering with successful design, consultancy and media practices. The program matches the understanding of space from both the designer's and the user's perspective to equip you with both a technical and strategic angle for your future projects. The experiential approach of this course consists of technical, cultural and social activities that together enable you to tailor your own design practice.

Will A UK Power Station Become the Most Expensive Thing Ever Built?

16:20 - 29 April, 2016
Will A UK Power Station Become the Most Expensive Thing Ever Built?, Existing Nuclear Power Station at Hinkley Point. Image © Image Courtesy of Wikipedia User: Richard Baker licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Existing Nuclear Power Station at Hinkley Point. Image © Image Courtesy of Wikipedia User: Richard Baker licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

"What is the most expensive object on Earth?" posits an article by Ed Davey published by the BBC. A new nuclear power station being being in the south west of the United Kingdom may well end up holding the title. At £24 billion ($35 billion) Davey estimates, "you could build a small forest of Burj Khalifas - the world's tallest building, in Dubai, cost a piffling £1bn ($1.5bn)." The article later compares the construction to other projects like bridges and particle accelerators, as well as historic precedents like the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Wall of China, Hong Kong International Airport, or the International Space Station – the last of which cost a whopping $110 billion. But comparing monumental building and engineering projects comes with some caveats, such as: “what is strictly an individual object?” “Is cost measured by today’s values or those at the time of construction?” “Are we talking about modern methods or those used historically?” Read the full article here.

Maggie's Cancer Centre Manchester / Foster + Partners

11:00 - 27 April, 2016
Maggie's Cancer Centre Manchester / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners +8

Anish Kapoor Studio I / Caseyfierro Architects

22:00 - 26 April, 2016
Anish Kapoor Studio I  / Caseyfierro Architects, © Ben Blossom
© Ben Blossom

© Ben Blossom © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © CFA +17

Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World

18:00 - 25 April, 2016
Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World, Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World by Christopher Beanland.  Published by Taylor & Francis
Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World by Christopher Beanland. Published by Taylor & Francis

Author of "ConcreteConcept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World" Christopher Beanland will take us on a journey through some of the most iconic as well as some of the unknown treasures of Brutalist architecture around the world. Why were they built, what do they mean and how are they seen today? Are some of the things we'll get to find out about some of the Brutalist Beasts featured inside Beanland's new book. 

The Tailored House / Liddicoat & Goldhill

13:00 - 16 April, 2016
The Tailored House / Liddicoat & Goldhill, © Will Scott
© Will Scott
  • Architects

  • Location

    121 Milson Rd, London W14, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineers

    Lyons O’Neill
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Will Scott, Courtesy of Liddicoat - Goldhill

Courtesy of Liddicoat - Goldhill © Will Scott © Will Scott © Will Scott +19

Wolfson Tree Management Centre Mess Building / Invisible Studio

11:00 - 13 April, 2016
Wolfson Tree Management Centre Mess Building  / Invisible Studio, Courtesy of Invisible Studio
Courtesy of Invisible Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS, UK
  • Engineer

  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Invisible Studio

Courtesy of Invisible Studio Courtesy of Invisible Studio Courtesy of Invisible Studio Courtesy of Invisible Studio +54

Drawing Studio / CRAB studio

03:00 - 7 April, 2016
  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Dorset, Poole
  • Architect in Charge

    Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham
  • Design Team

    Prof. Sir Peter Cook, Gavin Robotham, Jenna Al-Ali
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Drawing Studio  / CRAB studio Drawing Studio  / CRAB studio Drawing Studio  / CRAB studio Drawing Studio  / CRAB studio +9

Gallery House / Studio Octopi

05:00 - 6 April, 2016
Gallery House  / Studio Octopi, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse +16

David Chipperfield Selected to Overhaul Saarinen's US Embassy in London

12:00 - 5 April, 2016
David Chipperfield Selected to Overhaul Saarinen's US Embassy in London, Entrance. Image © DBOX
Entrance. Image © DBOX

UPDATE: The news has now been confirmed. David Chipperfield Architects has been officially selected to convert the US Embassy near London's Grosvenor Square into a "world-class" 137-room hotel, after the building's current occupants relocate. According to a new report from AJ, restaurants, retail, a spa and a 1000-person ballroom will also be included in the design. The first images of the project have now been released. 

As reported by the Architects' Journal, David Chipperfield Architects has been selected in an invited competition to remodel the US Embassy in London, once the building's current occupants move into the new embassy building currently being constructed in the Nine Elms. The existing building, a Grade-II listed design by Eero Saarinen dating back to 1960, is set to become a hotel after developers Qatari Diar purchased it in 2009.

NBBJ Begins Construction on Quadram Institute for Food and Health Research

12:00 - 3 April, 2016
NBBJ Begins Construction on Quadram Institute for Food and Health Research , Courtesy of NBBJ
Courtesy of NBBJ

Construction has begun on the Quadram Institute, a new innovation hub for the advancement of food and heath research in Norfolk, in the United Kingdom. Designed by the London office of NBBJ, the 13,900 square meter center will bring scientists, clinical researchers, and a healthcare clinic together under one roof.

Construct the Future

18:53 - 1 April, 2016
Construct the Future, Image credit: Will Hurt who will be exhibiting
Image credit: Will Hurt who will be exhibiting

Construct the Future asks how we can apply new perspectives and transform existing structures to provide living alternatives. The exhibition will be across three days in Shoreditch and is hosted by new affordable housing company Native.

Open to the public from the 8th-10th April 2016, Construct the Future will bring together interdisciplinary practitioners from around the world, including established and emerging artists and architects who have something to contribute to the ongoing discourse around alternative living. Exhibited work includes: a wearable refugee shelter; a sustainable living tower inhabited with edible plants and fish; a digitised 3D model that envisions new spatial possibilities; an interactive musical installation for the London Underground; as well as zines, poems, essays, films and illustrations. 

Building on the Built

18:39 - 1 April, 2016
Building on the Built, Image above features: Alpheton Recording Studio and Norsehaus, Switzerland
Image above features: Alpheton Recording Studio and Norsehaus, Switzerland

Jonathan Tuckey Design’s work will be exhibited at 6-8 Stable Street, N1 in the heart of London’s King’s Cross redevelopment where the practice is currently designing the interiors of The Gasholders apartments.

The exhibition will look at over a decade of work within the context of opposing approaches to the restoration of buildings as exemplified in the writings and works of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and John Ruskin.

International Competitions Conference

18:32 - 1 April, 2016
International Competitions Conference, Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Beckett University

The Sixth International Conference on Competitions launches, looking at the concept of experimentation within architectural competitions.

The Sixth International Conference on Competitions (ICC) has launched with support from the RIBA and the UIA and will take place at Leeds Beckett University from 27 to 29 October 2016. This year will be the first time that the ICC is to be held in the UK.

Apartment Filippo / Studio Alexander Fehre

15:00 - 31 March, 2016
 Apartment Filippo / Studio Alexander Fehre, © Studio Alexander Fehre
© Studio Alexander Fehre

© Studio Alexander Fehre © Studio Alexander Fehre © Studio Alexander Fehre © Studio Alexander Fehre +17

Royal Court Theatre / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

11:00 - 31 March, 2016
Royal Court Theatre / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris , © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar

© Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar +24

Architectural Photography Short Course by NAARO

09:59 - 29 March, 2016
Architectural Photography Short Course by NAARO, Images ©NAARO
Images ©NAARO

This course is a thorough introduction to architectural photography through theory and practice, by professional architectural photographers. It will give you the essential conceptual and technical tools that will enable you to develop your practice, whether for a hobby or for business.

Photographs increasingly influence the way in which buildings are perceived around the world. It is said that today the photograph of a building –as opposed to the building itself- is its most widely consumed image. As architects understand the power of architectural photography, they become more and more interested in working closely with photographers. Simultaneously, an ever-growing number of photographers chooses architecture as an area within which to develop a personal artistic language as well as a business.