2012 London Festival of Architecture

The Festival of Architecture is a city-wide celebration of architecture and architectural talent in the UK capital. It brings architects and communities together to examine how we make a better place. The theme of the 2012 Festival – ‘The Playful City’ – responds to the presence in of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Everyone is invited to join the Festival; both Londoners and visitors are encouraged to be active participants in the city. From reinterpreting familiar places through new installations and animations, redesigning public spaces to encourage physical fitness in the spirit of the Olympic Games, to testing interactive forms of consultation and planning for future urban development, festival participants will be encouraged to play in, and play with, the city around them.

Curated by RIBA London, the Architecture Foundation, New London Architecture and the British Council, LFA2012 takes place over three weekends across three London hubs:

  • City of London, Southwark and London Pleasure Gardens (23rd /24th June)
  • Fitzrovia and Victoria (30th June / 1 July)
  • King’s Cross and Hoxton (7th/8th July)

You won’t want to miss it! Find more information on the festival’s official website.

House Ijburg / Rocha Tombal Architects

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Architect: Rocha Tombal Architects - Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal
Location: ,
Project Team: Enrique Otero Neira, Iwona Wozniakowska, Tjerk Boom, Anne Dessing, Volker Goldstein
Client: Hester Molenaar en Maurice Winkel
Construction: Aronsohn bv Rotterdam
Completion: 2008
Floor Area: 264 sqm (incl. balcony)
Building costs: € 330.000,– excl. ground, kitchen, garden
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocha Tombal Architects

Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company
Student Center EUR - Courtesy of Powerhouse Company

Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012 Awarded to Powerhouse Company

Powerhouse Company…, an office that focuses on the fields of architecture, urban design and research, was recently awarded the Nykredit Motivation Prize 2012. The prize of over 13.000 euros was handed out by the Danish Minister for Culture, Uffe

Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

nycobaNOMA Networking Event

Hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and sponsored by Urban Office and GGI,  this summer event involves a fun evening of networking, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. You will have the opportunity to follow…

Architecture at Zero 2012 Competition

Courtesy of AIA San Francisco, PG&E, ZNE Pilot Program, and UC

Open to students and professionals worldwide in architecture, planning and urban design studios, the Architecture at Zero 2012 challenges participants to design a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative office building design for the University of Merced in Merced, . As part of the challenge, entrants will also be asked to create a diagrammatic district energy plan for the Bellevue Gateway development. Organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco chapter and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program, in partnership with the University of California, Merced, this unique event explores the cutting edge of energy efficient design. The deadline for submissions is October 1. For more information, please visit here.

Kurt Brunner / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

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Architects: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
Location: ,
Architecture Collaborators: Edoardo de Cicco, Jürgen Prosch, Ana Soares
Planning of Structural Framework: Paul Schmidt
Art on the Construction: Franziska Weinberger, Lois Weinberger, Lies Bielowski
Client: Kurt Brunner
Completion: 2011
Photographers: Günter Richard Wett


Foss Waterway Seaport / Olson Kundig Architects

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Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sounds premier maritime heritage, education and recreation center began undergoing historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. When building rehabilitation is completed, the new 45,000 square foot public facility will feature an expansive maritime heritage museum, compelling indoor program spaces (including a K-16 marine science and environmental education center), a heritage boat building shop and the “Discovery Wharf” childrens learning center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

H2 / 314 Architecture Studio

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Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio


Extension of the Building Academy Salzburg / soma

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In less than two weeks, Austrian practice soma will be celebrating the grand opening of their new extension to the Building Academy in . The extension will serve as a new foyer that acts as the school lobby and as a public space for various cultural events. Using a strategy of a “viscous” affiliation, the new atmosphere is generated through a simulation of viscosity that blends with the existing building geometry yet develops its own presence.

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TED Talk: Robots That Fly… and cooperate / Vijay Kumar

In continuing with our coverage of the research of the GRASP Lab based out of the , this recent TEDTalk 2012 outlines some of the unique opportunities that can be explored and possibly implemented in the near future with robots that fly. From an architectural and construction perspective, a wide variety of tasks can be accomplished. While still only on a small scale, the demonstrations in the video showcase a myriad of diverse abilities that are achievable.  The quad rotor robots are able to navigate complex geometry through the use of onboard laser scanners and cameras. The video also demonstrates the ability of these robots to work together in swarms for tasks such as assembling a scale building based on a programmable blueprint. Watch the video to see what the future may hold for a fully automated construction site.

See our previous coverage on related topics here and here.

Sint-Martinus / Lensass Architects

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Architects: Lensass Architects
Location: Sint-Truiden,
Photographs: Andri Haflidason, Courtesy of Lensass Architects

Spruce Art Center / LYCS Architecture

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Designed by LYCS Architecture, the Spruce Art Center recently commenced construction in Hangzhou, , China. Flush with mature spruce trees and a pre-existing one story abandoned structure, the design is a mixture of two fundamental challenges in architecture: to evoke new spatial meaning while reconciling an existing structure, and to produce a formal language that can be dynamic and strong, yet carefully caress spruce trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, Alexey Bychkov

‘Water Memory’ – Rethinking Shanghai Competition Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, Alexey Bychkov

‘Water Memory’, a proposal by Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, and Alexey Bychkov… for the Rethinking Shanghai competition, focused on a strategic vision to manifest the undeletable importance of Suzhou creek waterfront to Shanghai. Using existing bridges as the

Video: New Careggi Entrance / Ipostudio

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The above video, filmed and edited by DUOSEGNO Visual Design, features a look into the new Careggi entrance in , designed by Ipostudio which becomes the ‘gateway’ to the hospital campus as it acts as both an urban junction as well as an architectural presence. The new entrance does not just function as a door to get inside, but is an area for strolling, for spontaneous interaction, and a place which represents the intricacy of the largest hospital development in all of central . Through a new ‘square’, a new archway for Florence, this covered plaza, which draws inspiration from the grand urban traditions of the Florentine porticos, allows for this to happen.

Chatham-Kent YMCA / Tillmann Ruth Robinson Architects

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Architects: Tillmann Ruth Robinson Architects
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Principal-in-Charge: Scott Robinson
Design Architect: Scott Robinson
General Contractors: Norlon Builders; Van Boxmeer & Stranges Structural Engineers; Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon (VRM) Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
Client: YMCA Chatham-Kent
Completion: September 2011
Project Size: 50,000 sqm
Cost: $11,600,000
Photographs: Lisa Logan


Fertile House / MU Architects

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Architects: MU Architecture
Location: ,
Completion: 2010
Area: 210 sqm
Photographs: Mayuco Sakai, Sophie Carles, Courtesy of MU Architecture


Guangzhou Daily Group Culture Center / IAPA

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IAPA shared with us their proposal for the Daily Group of Culture Center, a large multi-purpose building complex, which recently won the excellence award in the International Architecture Design Competition. The center, which includes office, exhibition, commercial, hotel, culture, and service space, creates a building complex with a vivid image, unique content and regional cultural features. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Coeur Bastide / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture

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Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture
Location: ,
Client: SCICV JLG Cristal
Surface Area: 12,000 sqm
Cost of Works: 19,000,000 euros HT
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura