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Hanging Gardens of Babylon-Inspired Residential Units Proposed for Birmingham

06:00 - 12 April, 2017
Hanging Gardens of Babylon-Inspired Residential Units Proposed for Birmingham, Courtesy of Architects of Invention
Courtesy of Architects of Invention

A new housing complex in the form of 500 terraced units has been proposed by London practice Architects of Invention for the city of Birmingham, in response to its growing multicultural population. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Garden Hill’s formal composition is that of two staggered 25-storey towers, with private and communal gardens on each level of terraces.

With the project's swooping mass, the residences aim to offer panoramic views of Birmingham, given its central location in the Digbeth area, a 10-minute walk from the city center. Additionally, the staggered towers capture ample daylighting over the course of the day, with the south end benefitting from the morning sun and the north end in the evening.

Courtesy of Architects of Invention Courtesy of Architects of Invention Courtesy of Architects of Invention Courtesy of Architects of Invention +22

The Courtyard House / De Rosee Sa

03:00 - 10 April, 2017
The Courtyard House / De Rosee Sa, ©  Alexander James Photography
© Alexander James Photography

©  Alexander James Photography ©  Alexander James Photography ©  Alexander James Photography ©  Alexander James Photography +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Edward Martin
  • Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Garden Studio Gym in North London / EASTWEST ARCHITECTURE

09:00 - 9 April, 2017
Garden Studio Gym in North London / EASTWEST ARCHITECTURE, © Naaro photographers
© Naaro photographers

© Naaro photographers            © Naaro photographers            © Naaro photographers            © Naaro photographers            +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Dean Smith
  • Area

    100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England

12:30 - 6 April, 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England, Courtesy of Ecotricity
Courtesy of Ecotricity

British green energy company Ecotricity has revealed plans for a new Zaha Hadid Architects-designed green technology hub in Stroud, England. The project, known as the “Gateway to Stroud,” will consist of several greenhouse-like buildings and a wooden footbridge that will connect the campus to the future all-wood stadium for the Forest Green Rovers football club, also designed by ZHA and revealed late last year.

Planned as a center for local sports and sports science, the ECO park will provide state-of-the-art office space for environmentally-focused companies as well as public access to a wide range of health and leisure activities.

Courtesy of Ecotricity Courtesy of Ecotricity © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA +9

Wembley National Stadium / Foster + Partners

15:00 - 5 April, 2017
Wembley National Stadium / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

© Nigel Young    © Nigel Young    © Nigel Young    © Nigel Young    +39

Treves & Hyde / Grzywinski+Pons

05:00 - 29 March, 2017
Treves & Hyde / Grzywinski+Pons, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

© Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley +25

Understanding British Postmodernism (Hint: It’s Not What You Thought)

04:00 - 29 March, 2017
Understanding British Postmodernism (Hint: It’s Not What You Thought), Staff Accommodation block at St Paul’s Girl’s School, by John Melvin (1985), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin
Staff Accommodation block at St Paul’s Girl’s School, by John Melvin (1985), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin

In this essay by the British architect and academic Dr. Timothy Brittain-Catlin, the very notion of British postmodernism—today often referred to as intimately tied to the work of James Stirling and the the thinking of Charles Jencks—is held to the light. Its true origins, he argues, are more historically rooted.

I grew up in a beautiful late Victorian terrace with ornamental brickwork, shaped ‘Dutch’ gables and pretty arts and crafts stained glass windows – and so I didn’t think then, and I don’t think now, that I had much to learn from Las Vegas. It turns out that I wasn’t the only one. Of British architects who made their names as postmodernists in the 1980s, not a single one would say now that they owed much to Robert Venturi, the American architect widely considered to be a grandfather of movement.

Mercers’ House, Essex Road, Highbury, London, by John Melvin (1992), photographed by Martin Charles. Doctors’ Surgery frontage to Mitchison Road. Image © John Melvin Mercers’ House, Essex Road, Highbury, London, by John Melvin (1992), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin Epping Forest Civic Offices, by Richard Reid (1984-90). Axonometric by Richard Reid. Image © Richard Reid & Associates Mercers’ House, Essex Road, Highbury, London, by John Melvin (1992), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin +6

Foster + Partners Wins Ipswich River Crossings Competition

12:00 - 13 March, 2017
Foster + Partners Wins Ipswich River Crossings Competition, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions has announced that Foster + Partners has been selected as the winners of the Ipswich River Crossings competition, beating out proposals from a shortlist including Adamson Associates, Knight Architects, Marc Mimram and Wilkinson Eyre. The competition sought designs for three bridges crossing the Upper Orwell River that could reinvigorate and increase connectivity within Ipswich’s waterfront district.

© Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners +6

Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards

06:00 - 10 March, 2017
Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards, The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes

The City of Westminster, England has announced the shortlist for its first People’s Choice Award for the city’s best building from the past decade.

In an effort to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building, the Westminster City Council asked a panel of architects, developers, councilors, and planners to shortlist 12 designs to be voted on by people who live and work in the city, as well as by visitors. Buildings for the shortlist were chosen based on its use of materials, purpose, and impact on the surrounding space.

"Brilliant architectural design should be recognized for all the fantastic benefits it can have in terms of health and wellbeing, sustainability, and the simple pleasure we all take from having such striking buildings lining our routes home, to shop and to work," said Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council. "The best people to ask about the impact these buildings have are those who see them day in, day out, and so I am delighted that we have been able to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building and to promote design excellence."

The 12 shortlisted projects for the Westminster People’s Choice Awards are:

10 Hills Place / Amanda Levete Architects. Image © Gidon Fuehrer LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects. Image © Alex Bland South Molton Street Building / DSDHA. Image Courtesy of DSDHA St. James’s Market Development / Make Architects. Image Courtesy of Make Architects +7

Clock House Gardens / Stockwool

03:00 - 1 March, 2017
Clock House Gardens / Stockwool, © Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

© Morley von Sternberg © Morley von Sternberg © Morley von Sternberg © Morley von Sternberg +14

New Boarding Accommodation at The King’s School / Walters & Cohen

05:00 - 22 February, 2017
New Boarding Accommodation at The King’s School  / Walters & Cohen, © Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +27

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Wins Competition for University of Warwick Arts Hub

12:00 - 21 February, 2017
Courtesy of RIBA Competitions
Courtesy of RIBA Competitions

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has been selected as the winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition to design the new Faculty of Arts Building at the University of Warwick, in Coventry, England. Lauded for its flexibility and collaboration-fostering design, the winning proposal was selected over finalist entries from Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, White Arkitekter and Wilkinson Eyre.

PLP Architecture’s Proposed Office Building Responds to London’s Historic Urban Identity

14:00 - 5 February, 2017
PLP Architecture’s Proposed Office Building Responds to London’s Historic Urban Identity , © Luxigon
© Luxigon

Amongst the rapid materializing of telecoms, media and tech companies within the Blackfriar’s Southbank region, PLP Architecture has been chosen for the design of a new office building with the challenge of successfully integrating into the ever-changing local fabric.

“Our proposal speculates on the nature of the contemporary office tower,” explained the firm. “What is the architectural expression of today’s high-density workplace? How does the building acquire an identity specific to its media/tech occupiers and how is that identity conveyed to the city?”

Architecture Initiative Transforms Derelict Brutalist Northampton Landmark into Mixed-Use Academy

08:00 - 5 February, 2017
Architecture Initiative Transforms Derelict Brutalist Northampton Landmark into Mixed-Use Academy, Proposed public plaza at night. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative
Proposed public plaza at night. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative

London-based firm Architecture Initiative has released updates of their mixed-use scheme set to transform a neglected brutalist building in Northampton, England. The Northampton International Academy, currently an abandoned Royal Mail sorting office, will be centered around educational, commercial, and community use. The scheme aims to address a need for school places in a manner which contributes to the economic regeneration of the local area.

Public plaza and facilities. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Voids allow natural light deep into the building. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Existing concrete structure is retained. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Work began on site in September 2016. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative +22

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain / Gustafson Porter + Bowman

05:00 - 1 February, 2017
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain  / Gustafson Porter + Bowman, © Jason Hawkes
© Jason Hawkes

© Peter Guenzel © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet +13

The Quest / Strom Architects

03:00 - 30 January, 2017
The Quest / Strom Architects, © Martin Gardner
© Martin Gardner

© Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Swanage, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Magnus Strom
  • Area

    235.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Bird & Bird London / MCM Architecture

22:00 - 27 January, 2017
Bird & Bird London / MCM Architecture, Courtesy of MCM Architecture
Courtesy of MCM Architecture

Courtesy of MCM Architecture        Courtesy of MCM Architecture        Courtesy of MCM Architecture        Courtesy of MCM Architecture        +44

  • Architects

    Doone Silver Architects / Flanagan Lawrence
  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Area

    140000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016

Open House / Robert Hirschfield Architects

15:00 - 27 January, 2017
Open House / Robert Hirschfield Architects, © Matt Clayton
© Matt Clayton

© Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton +12