After many years spent fighting to preserve the famous Robin Hood Gardens social housing complex in East London, the architecture community mourns another loss. Tower Hamlets Council and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporations have approved the demolition of the 1960s Brutalist complex in an effort to make way for a new £500 million sustainable development comprised of energy efficient, mixed-tenure homes and an enlarged central park. The historic building was built by modernist architects Alison and Peter Smithson and remains an important piece to Great Britain’s architectural history. Continue reading for more.
Architects: Topos Design Studio – Alan Fan, Lim Hong Kian
Location: Bukit Timah, Singapore
Main Contractor: Millard Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Barton Associates Pte Ltd
Civil and Structural Engineer: First Engineer Consultants
Site: 950 sqm
Floor Area: 590 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell
Architects: ARM Architecture, CCN
Location: Perth WA 6000 Australia
Project Director: Stephen Ashton
Jv Director: Dominic Snellgrove
Design Director: Howard Raggatt
Project Architects: Stephen Davies, Peter Keleman
Senior Team Leader: Steve Christie
Area: 28300.0 sqm
Photographs: Greg Hocking, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings
In a single photograph, French photographer Franck Bohbot exposes the essence of each unique architectural masterpiece in a series entitled Respect the Architect that captures a telling moment within a variety of locations throughout Europe. Stylistically, the series embodies a homogeneous composition throughout while simultaneously revealing the unique story of each space. Bohbot embraces quasiperfect symmetry, creating a surreal quality and invoking a sense of curiosity with each image.
Continue after the break for more images. In case you missed it, be sure to check out this series: Parisian Theaters by Franck Bohbot.
The Envision Energy Headquarters, designed by AECOM, is located in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China. Envision Energy is the leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer that emphasizes in research, development, manufacturing, sales and maintenance. The new 3-story 3,000 square meter facility is a mixed use, multi-layered space which includes program of offices, dining facilities, galleries and exhibition spaces, an employee recreation lounge with karaoke room, theater, gym, massage room and game room. The facility supports all employees from skilled laborers to executive directors and encompasses the attitiude of the company, celebrating wind energy as the fastest growing clean alternative energy solution. The architects were asked to design the facility to express this technology.
Read on for more on the design after the break.
Designed by Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan… to be a city landmark, their proposal for the Amsterdam Pedestrian Bridge is made not only for crossing, but for the city’s life. The tulip, symbol of the Netherlands, turns out to be
Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Lead Architect: Julia Roberts
Area: 6,480 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Hawkins\Brown
Last week, we shared a great series of modular summer residences by Visiondivision that ranged from a small cabin to a massive castle. In the meantime, the firm has also been working on a competition proposal to replace a church in Våler, a small Norwegian town, after a devastating fire. For a firm that typically takes a standard design approach and then reinvents it or inverts it to form a completely new paradigm, we were impressed by their ability to bring a simplistic elegance to this religious structure.
More about the church after the break.
Located in natural surroundings close to the mountain, river, and wetland in the west south suburb of Beijing, Atelier 11…’s proposal for the main pavilion of the Expo aims to create an artificial landscape. Rather than a manmade construction,