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Allies and Morrison Propose Alternative to Contested Garden Bridge

16:00 - 15 June, 2016
Allies and Morrison Propose Alternative to Contested Garden Bridge, Courtesy of Allies and Morrison
Courtesy of Allies and Morrison

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project has been under fire since plans were announced in 2013, drawing skepticism of the fairness of the competition process, and even being called “nothing but a wasteful blight.” Last month, London's new mayor Sadiq Khan gave a lukewarm endorsement of the project, noting that since £37.7m of the £60m allocated by the government has already been spent, scrapping the project now would end up costing taxpayers more than going forward with it.

The current predicament has inspired architects Allies and Morrison to design an alternative option – one that could both save the taxpayers money and create a new greenway spanning the Thames. Many of the complaints directed toward the original design have been associated with the cost of building a new bridge that would serve limited transportation needs; Allies and Morrison eliminate this issue by simply placing a garden pathway onto an existing piece of infrastructure, the nearby Blackfriars Bridge.

OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf on the Social Dimension of Luxury Housing at Holland Green

16:50 - 12 May, 2016
OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf on the Social Dimension of Luxury Housing at Holland Green, © Nick Gutteridge
© Nick Gutteridge

This week, OMA has unveiled their latest project in London, Holland Green. Working alongside Allies & Morrison, the firm has created three new luxury residential buildings on a site of significant cultural importance: the former home of the Commonwealth Institute, designed by Sir Robert Matthew, one of the founding partners of RMJM. As a result, OMA and Allies & Morrison’s Holland Green project involved much more than just adding fuel to the fire of London’s booming luxury residential market—it also involved an extensive conversion to the original 1962 Commonwealth Institute exhibition hall, funded through the scheme’s profitable residential offering, to prepare the heritage building for its new tenants the Design Museum.

ArchDaily spoke with Reinier de Graaf, the partner in charge of the project at OMA, to discuss the development’s social aspirations, the challenges of the London context, and the story behind the project.

© Philip Vile © Sebastian van Damme © Philip Vile © Sebastian van Damme +12

Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA London Awards

06:00 - 10 March, 2016
Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA London Awards, Gasholder Park / Bell Phillips Architects. Image © John Sturrock
Gasholder Park / Bell Phillips Architects. Image © John Sturrock

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA London Awards, including projects from John McAslan + PartnersdRMM Architects, Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour. All shortlisted buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries, and regional winners will be considered for a RIBA National Award. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize - given to the UK's best building of this year - will be composed of the winners of the RIBA National Award. 

See a complete list of shortlisted buildings after the break.

Populous Designs Tottenham Hotspur's New Stadium in London

14:43 - 8 July, 2015
Populous Designs Tottenham Hotspur's New Stadium in London, © Populous
© Populous

British football club Tottenham Hotspur has released plans for a new stadium designed by Populous. Planned to be built in the London borough of Haringey, the "visually dramatic" 61,000-seat proposal is designed to host both English and American football. If approved, it will feature a state-of-the-art retractable pitch and a 17,000 capacity single tier end stand that will be the UK's largest.

Beyond the field, the new stadium will feature a permanent visitors center and arrivals hub with an interactive museum to celebrate club history and local heritage, a cinema, the club megastore, ticket office and café. At the top of the stadium will be a "Sky Walk" showcasing vistas of London. 

Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London's Olympicopolis

13:14 - 20 May, 2015
Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London's Olympicopolis, © Allies and Morrison
© Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison, together with O’Donnell + Tuomey and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, has been chosen ahead of David ChipperfieldFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios and three other teams to design London's Olympicopolis culture and education quarter. The major commission, which will be sited at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along the Stratford waterfront, will include new buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion, and potentially the Smithsonian Institute's first permanent museum outside the US

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Awards

05:00 - 17 April, 2015
Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Awards, Shortlisted: Abode, Great Kneighton / Proctor & Matthews. Image © Tim Crocker
Shortlisted: Abode, Great Kneighton / Proctor & Matthews. Image © Tim Crocker

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for RIBA East 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Hawkins\Brown, Proctor & Matthews, Allies & Morrison, and AHMM. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA London Awards

05:00 - 6 March, 2015
Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA London Awards, Shortlisted: Great James Street / Emrys Architects. Image © Alan Williams
Shortlisted: Great James Street / Emrys Architects. Image © Alan Williams

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA London 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by AHMM, dRMM, John McAslan + Partners and Grimshaw, to Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. Winning projects from last year included three Stirling Prize shortlisted projects, as well as another by Haworth Tompkins who ultimately took the prize in 2014 for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Ben Blossom © Jack Hobhouse +69

AJ’s Shortlisted Women Architects of the Year Share Advice for Aspiring Females

00:00 - 22 January, 2015
© Pollard Thomas Edwards
© Pollard Thomas Edwards

Architects’ Journal has released the shortlist of their annual Women in Architecture awards, naming 17 established and emerging practitioners who have raised the profile of women architects “in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination.” In honor of their selection, the nominees have shared their advice for aspiring female architects. 

See who was shortlisted and find out what they believe takes for women to succeed in the profession of architecture, after the break. 

Courtesy of vPPR © Williamson Chong Architects © Emre Arolat Architects © Foster + Partners +16

Allies and Morrison to Masterplan New City District in Oman

01:00 - 15 January, 2015
Allies and Morrison to Masterplan New City District in Oman, Wadi Kabir, Muscat. Image © Flickr User MOHAMMED RAFIQUE2011
Wadi Kabir, Muscat. Image © Flickr User MOHAMMED RAFIQUE2011

The competition to masterplan MuscatOman’s new district, Al-Irfan, is over. Organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), five teams were chosen to submit proposals for the development project. Of those five, international firm Allies and Morrison has been selected to oversee the design process. The firm will be working in with the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) to develop a site of over 7.4 million square meters into a thriving urban center that will provide business and residential opportunities for the people of Oman.

London Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant Scheme

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
London Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant Scheme, Courtesy of Cityscape
Courtesy of Cityscape

London Mayor Boris Johnson has ruled in favour of the controversial Mount Pleasant scheme in North London at a public hearing held earlier today. The scheme was called in for a hearing at the request of the site's owner Royal Mail who claimed that Islington and Camden councils (who are both responsible for parts of the huge site) were taking too long over the planning application, but has been criticized heavily by locals who feel that the scheme is not appropriate for the site, and by the councils who feel that the scheme's 24% affordable housing is unacceptably low. However, Johnson drew criticism in June for apparently “compromising his neutrality” in advance of the hearing when he stated that the redeveloped Mount Pleasant “will be a wonderful place to live.”

Johnson approved the scheme after a heated hearing attended by over 100 members of the public and press, with many in attendance booing and heckling the mayor and representatives of the Royal Mail.

More on the hearing after the break

Canary Wharf Development Including Herzog & de Meuron Tower Wins Planning Approval

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Canary Wharf Development Including Herzog & de Meuron Tower Wins Planning Approval, Herzog & de Meuron's Residential Tower. Image Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc
Herzog & de Meuron's Residential Tower. Image Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc

A significant development at Canary Wharf has been approved by planners in London. The scheme, dubbed 'Wood Wharf' and consisting of 30 new buildings, was masterplanned by Allies and Morrison and includes a cylindrical residential tower by Herzog & de Meuron, and will provide 3,100 homes, 240,000 square metres of office space, a primary school, a medical centre, a community centre, a hotel, and around 100 retail outlets. Connecting the space will be a 3.6 hectare network of public spaces.

Read on for more on the development

Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc © DBOX for Canary Wharf Group Herzog & de Meuron's Residential Tower. Image Courtesy of Canary Wharf Group plc +7

Boris Johnson Speech Reignites Row Over Mount Pleasant Development

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Boris Johnson Speech Reignites Row Over Mount Pleasant Development , Courtesy of Cityscape
Courtesy of Cityscape

The controversial Mount Pleasant development in London has sparked another row this week, as campaigners accused Mayor Boris Johnson of "compromising his neutrality" over the 681-home scheme which he has called in to review personally. Though he is supposed to remain neutral until the hearing, last week Johnson remarked in a speech that the development "will be a wonderful place to live." However many have expressed concern over the design, including Thomas Heatherwick, who lives locally and called the scheme "empty, cynical and vacuous." Read all the details at BD Online.

AJ Ranks the UK's 100 Top Architecture Practices

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
AJ Ranks the UK's 100 Top Architecture Practices, © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been named the UK's biggest architecture practice for the third year running in the annual AJ100 run by the Architects' Journal. The list of the top 100 architecture practices in the UK, based on the number of fully qualified architects employed, was announced at an awards ceremony last night in London.

In the past year Foster + Partners has almost doubled its lead at the top of the list, with its 290 architects putting it 87 ahead of second-place rival BDP, showing how the practice dominates the architecture world not just culturally, but also in terms of business size.

See the top 10 UK practices, as well as the results of the accompanying AJ100 Awards, after the break

Shortlist Unveiled for London's new Scotland Yard

01:00 - 25 September, 2013
Shortlist Unveiled for London's new Scotland Yard, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image Courtesy of Greater London Authority (GLA)
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image Courtesy of Greater London Authority (GLA)

The RIBA and the Mayor of London's Office has revealed the five shortlisted designs for the new Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) headquarters, set for completion in 2015. The proposed designs, attracting submissions from Foster + Partners, Allies & Morrison, Keith Williams Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, will be located in the Whitehall Conservation Area and be renamed back to 'Scotland Yard'.

Read more after the break...

Five London Firms Shortlisted for Met Police HQ

01:00 - 30 July, 2013
Five London Firms Shortlisted for Met Police HQ, Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters; Courtesy of RIBA Competitions
Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters; Courtesy of RIBA Competitions

Five London-based firms - AHMMAllies & MorrisonFoster & PartnersKeith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands - have been selected to compete for the “Scotland Yard” redevelopment of the abandoned Curtis Green MPS building on the Victoria Embankment. As reported by BDOnline, the shortlisted firms will each propose a “landmark building for London” that will provide a “modern and efficient working environment” for the new Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters. The judging panel, spearheaded by architect Bill Taylor and RIBA Adviser Taylor Snell, will review the proposals in September. 

Architecture City Guide: London

15:00 - 6 July, 2011
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.