Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: Bristol, England
Project Team: Kris Eley, Rob Mitchell, Tinyue Liu
Client: The Governors, Badminton School
Structural Engineering: Hyder Consulting
Main Contractor: Carter Construction
Project Area: 1,909 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Edmund Sumner
London-based studio octopi shared with us their proposal for A Room for London Competition for the 2012 London Olympics. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The intervention proposed by architects António Miguel Gonçalves, based in London, Antoine Pascal, based in London and Anthony Thevenon, based in Lisbon is an idea for “A Room for London,” one which latches onto the roofs of existing buildings to provide views at London’s historic skyline. Its unconventional site and form is a result of the desire to be noticed, and to provoke potential users to explore the potential of the program.
More information and images on this project after the break.
Moderated by Joseph Grima (Domus), all are invited to the free Critical Futures event starting at 6:30pm on January 13th, which will focus on a debate on the future of architecture criticism followed by complimentary drinks and further discussion after the talk. Participants include Charles Holland (author, Fantastic Journal), Peter Kelly (Blueprint), Kieran Long (architecture critic, Evening Standard), Geoff Manaugh (author, BLDGBLOG), and Beatrice Galilee (writer, curator, DomusWeb, The Gopher Hole). The event is located at The Gopher Hole, 350-354 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NQ. More event description after the break.
Design Initiatives, an innovative, award-winning architecture practice based in Los Angeles, California and Sofia, Bulgaria, shared with us their proposal for A Room for London, a competition for a temporary demountable hotel room for up to two guests on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during the Olympic year of 2012. Designed as a boundary structure floating in space between ground and sky, their proposal employs the dialectical contrast of active OR passive. More images and architect’s description after the break.
London-based Robin Monotti Architects shared with us “White Cube for London”, their entry for the Living Architecture and Artangel “A Room for London” Competition, for a roof-top hospitality structure to be built in the year of the 2012 London Olympics. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The English design team, Arctic Associates has shared their proposal for 2012 Room for London, situated on the banks of the River Thames in London. A short narrative from the architects and additional images after the break.
Informal City of Century XXI & Measure of Man/Measure of Architecture Exhibitions / Austin-Smith:Lord
Following a resounding success at Aedes Gallery in Berlin, international design practice Austin-Smith:Lord is bringing the Informal City of Century XXI and Measure of Man/Measure of Architecture exhibitions to London, England starting with an invitation only conference on January 19th followed by their public exhibition open from January 20th to the 25th. The event will take place at The German Gymnasium, 26 Pancras Road, London N1C 4TB More images and event description after the break.
In Arthur Toth‘s, A Room for London competition entry, the main impetus for the use of computational geometry is the ease it introduces into computer-aided design and most importantly into manufacturing. This computational geometric algorithm leads to a balanced subdivision of the outer shell of the room and also to a matching coherent organization of the space inside. Planimetric issues also subscribe to this inner logic, as well as structural and detailing processes. More images and architect’s description after the break.
A few days ago, we shared Visiondivision’s Nature’s Choice – a series of vacation homes that attempt to blend into their unique site placement. The firm just shared their latest competition entry for a hotel room atop a cloud. Presented in a comic strip, the proposal delivers a temporary hotel room to accommodate visitors of the 2012 London Olympic games.
More about the hotel room after the break.
As the first anniversary of the start of building work at the Library of Birmingham approaches, new design images released today offer a first look inside the building.
With the main service cores of the building now in place and the lower floor structures beginning to take shape, the images, produced by architects Mecanoo, provide members of the public with a preview of what can be expected when the library opens its doors in 2013.
More images and press release after the break.
The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth, broadens not only the educational diversity of this active and historical part of London but also augments the built environment in a predominantly residential area. This Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community’s local urban regeneration process. The strategic location of the site within two main residential arteries naturally lends the built form to be coherent in formation. The building assumes a strong urban character and identity which is legible to both the local and neighboring zones.It offers a learning environment that is spatially reassuring thereby being able to engage the students actively. The design of the building to create a healthy atmosphere as a milieu for progressive teaching routines.
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Brixton, London, England
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Lars Teichmann
Project Architect: Matthew Hardcastle
Project Team: Lars Teichmann, Matthew Hardcastle, Bidisha Sinha, Henning Hansen, Lisamarie Villegas Ambia, Judith Wahle, Enrico Kleinke, Christine Chow, Guy Taylor, Patrick Bedarf, Sang Hilliges, Hoda Nobakhti
Project Manager: Capita Symonds
Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon
Landscape: Gross Max
Acoustic Consultant: Sandy Brown Associates
Main Contractor: Mace Plus
Main Contractor’s Architects: Bamber & Reddan
CDM Co-ord: Arup
FF&E: Favourite Cat
Planning Consultants: DTZ
Employer’s Agent: EC Harris
Catering Consultant: Winton Nightingale
Client: ARK Education and DCSF
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Luke Hayes
Tex-Fab recently announced their winning entry for this year’s Repeat Competition given to Vlad Tenu‘s, ‘Minimal Complexity’. A new resource for designers, fabricators and students seeking out the innovative application of digital technology to the physical environment, Tex-Fab chose this project for its structural robustness, material efficiency and an inherent logic of assembly. Along with its aesthetic beauty, technical superiority and elegance of detailing put this project above the other 72 entries from across the globe. More project description and photos after the break.
The Bio-mechanical Futuristic Water Competition, is the international call for serious ideas for the design of the biological mechanical village or urban quarter of the city, for the city of London. The competition seeks to apply a biological mechanical approach to the future environments of the city, applying the values of bioreef diversity.
The areas for expansion are either through the current high density processes, which begin to populate flood plains, or to move eastwards denseifying east London breaking through the green belt towards the Thames estuary, where a new second generation London could rise from the waves. The idea is not new, the Thames estuary has been the topic of intense debate through the possibility of building a floating island airport off the coast of Kent, and a nature reserve with a flood gate connecting Essex and Kent in its core via a high speed monorail. These radical approaches cannot be discarded without intense exploration, could the next east London generation be a floating one?
For more information please go to the competition’s official website.
Architects: ACME (Friedrich Ludewig, Stefano Dal Piva) with Karoline Markus, Nerea Calvillo, Chris Yoo
Location: Hunsett Mill, Chapel Field Road, Stalham, Norfolk, England
Contractor: Willow Builders
Structural Engineering: Adams Kara Taylor
Sustainability: Hoare Lea
Client: Catriona and John Dodsworth, Joanna and Jon Emery
Project Area: 213 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Cristobal Palma