Location: Cardiff, Wales
Client: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
BFLS Team: Jason Flanagan, Paul Bavister, Jason Sandy, Anne Heucke, Kibwe Tavares, Armando Elias
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of BFLS
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.
Location: London, England
Structural/M & E Engineer: WSP Group
Acoustic Consultant: Acoustic Logic Consultancy
Environmental Advisor: URS Corporation Ltd
Construction Advisor: Brookfield Construction UK
Client: Brookfield Europe
Landscape Architect: Townshend Landscape Architects
Wind Engineer: RWDI‐Anemos Ltd
Wind Turbines: Norwin AS
Project Area: 306,000 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Will Pryce, James Brittain, Edmund Sumner, BFLS
BFLS won an international design competition in 2007 to design a new building for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Wales’ leading music and drama conservatoire. The new addition to the College’s professional training and performance facilities will comprise the 150‐seat Richard Burton Theatre, along with the 450‐seat Chamber Recital Hall, four Acting & Movement Studios and an Exhibition Gallery.
More images and architect’s description after the break.