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
Check out this project by London based firm, Haworth Tompkins. The firm renovated a dilapidated old building situated on the Dovecote Studio campus – an internationally renowned music campus at Snape Maltings, founded by Benjamin Britten which is currently undergoing an expansion. Nestleed within the shell of an abandoned building, the firm responded to the existing conditions with a touch of sensitivity, uniting the old structure with the new aesthetic.
More about the project, including more images after the break.
One New Change, Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects’ mixed use facility, has just opened in Cheapside, London. The project includes over 340,000 ft of office space and an additional 220,000 sqf for commercial use. It is set to become London’s newest shopping destination and bring life to the area, “all set overlooking London’s most famous landmark, St. Paul’s Cathedral.” The project has sparked controversy as Sian Disson shared, “…staunch traditionalist Prince Charles made his feelings towards the glass and steel hulk clear from an early stage, attempting to have Nouvel thrown off the project when he learnt of the architect’s appointment.” Contrastly, as we reported earlier this year, the project was awarded by the MIPIM with the jury noting that the project will transform the area bringing a refreshing contrast. While the public voiced their opinion about the color selection, Nouvel’s use of glass provides blurred reflections of the Cathedral to be seen in its facade, gently referencing the historic landmark within its contemporary presence. Which side are you on?
More images after the break.
To promote their Power Smart month of October, BC Hydro has launched an interesting public campaign for energy efficiency by converting two shipping containers into live experimental spaces in Vancouver. For fours day, actors will live in the 3×6 meter containers “to showcase how – and how not – to live and work in an energy-efficient manner.” The two containers are meant to depict the extreme opposites of energy consumption and show the simple steps people can take to increase their efficiency. As the containers are fully glazed on one side, passersby can see how the actors go about their daily routines – one completely wasteful with a constantly blasting television and all the lights on, while the other actor uses natural daylight for illumination and adds extra layers of clothing for warmth. Displays are fixed to the exterior of each container to provide simulated consumption readings, allowing the public to see the difference in the energy use when comparing energy-efficient living to inefficient and wasteful behavior.
More about the experiment after the break.
Yesterday, it was announced that Daniel Libeskind will design a landmark building for the UK that will house the new Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution. As part of the University of Essex, the UK’s highest ranked university for social science research, this new building seeks to become an “international beacon for democracy” as it will build upon the university’s 40 years of practical and academic expertise in the field of human rights, justice and governance. Libeskind commented, “I consider it an honor to be involved in a project with such visionary humanitarian objectives. I have always believed that democratic openness and conflict resolution is critical not only in the political sphere but in the making of architectural space.”
More about the project after the break.