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National Graphene Institute / Jestico + Whiles

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow

Stoke Newington School Sixth Form Centre / Jestico + Whiles

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker

Villa Pruhonice / Jestico + Whiles

© Ales Jungmann © Ales Jungmann © Ales Jungmann © Ales Jungmann

National Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles’ design for the new £61m National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester has recently been granted planning consent. The new facility will be designed with the goal to be the world-leading research and incubator center dedicated to the development of graphene, helping the UK to remain at the forefront of the commercialization of this revolutionary material. The project will be housed within a compact 7,600m2 five-storey building, with the main cleanroom located on the lower ground floor to achieve best vibration performance.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Aloft London Excel / Jestico + Whiles

  • Architects: Jestico + Whiles
  • Location: London, England
  • Project Manager: GVA Second London Wall
  • Client: Excel London (part of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company)
  • Contractor: McAleer&Rushe
  • Photographs: Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker

Architecture City Guide: London

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Diliff
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Diliff

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to London. This is our second stop in Europe, and once again I had to capitulate and double the number of buildings that we normally feature. We could not feature all of the suggestions, and will be adding to the list in the near future. We really appreciate those readers who offered their suggestions and the use of their pictures to make up this list. Samuel Johnson famously said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” As home to a long tradition of kings and queens, the Royal Society, and the roots of the Industrial Revolution, it is not surprising that there is a rich tension and collaboration between the historic and contemporary architecture in London. This reflects a city and culture that has a strong history of celebrating the past while also moving forward. Conflicts often emerge, as the goals of one side clash with those of the other. This relationship, however, is why I find walking the streets of London so appealing - those beautiful moments when history and progress collide. Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help. We encourage you to add more of your favorites in the comment section below. The Architecture City Guide: London list and corresponding map after the break.

W London Leicester Square / Jestico + Whiles

  • Architects: Jestico + Whiles
  • Location: Westminster, City of Westminster, London, UK
  • Architects: Jestico + Whiles
  • M&E Engineers: Caldwell Consulting
  • Project Manager: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Qs/Cost Consultant: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Structural Engineer: Ian Black Consulting
  • Fire Engineer: Michael Slattery & Associates
  • Façade Consultant: Billings Design Associates Ltd
  • Client: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Building Contractor: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of jestico + whiles

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Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form / Jestico + Whiles

  • Architects: Jestico + Whiles
  • Location: Westminster, London, UK
  • Architects: Jestico + Whiles - Alex Gordon
  • Structural Engineer: Mouchel Parkman, Brian Bonnett
  • Landscaping: Place Design + Planning, Rupert Dehaene - Gold
  • Project Manager: Mouchel Babcock Education, Thomas Baxter
  • Client: Media Arts and Science College
  • Photographs: Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker