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Chinese Developer Plans to Build Crystal Palace Replica

Shanghai-based developer ZhongRong Holdings is working with Arup on an ambitious proposal to reconstruct Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace in London. Originally built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, the 80,000 square-meter cast iron and glass structure was relocated from Hyde Park to south-east London in 1854 where it was ultimately destroyed by fire in 1936. 

RIBA Shortlist for Stirling Prize Announced

UPDATED: Out of 52 exemplars of UK architecture, RIBA has chosen the six buildings that will compete for the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize (awarded to the building that makes the greatest contribution to British architecture that year). See the six contenders, including a video of each, after the break...

Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University

Daniel Libeskind has been selected to design a new “landmark” building for Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in England. The state-of-the-art facility, which will house the industry-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology and Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, is expected to “complement” the traditional buildings that surround it while serving as an exemplar for sustainable design. Completion is planned for December 2015, depending on planning permission. 

Dabbous / Brinkworth

  • Architects: Brinkworth
  • Location: 39 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2SF, UK
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Louise Melchior

© Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior

BBC New Broadcasting House / HOK & MacCormac Jamieson Prichard + Sheppard Robson



In Progress: The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ Leadenhall Building became the tallest building in the City of London when it topped out on June 18th. The 50 story tower opposite Lloyd’s of London rises to a height of 224.5 meters 802 feet), its slender form creating its own distinctive profile within an emerging cluster London. The building’s tapering profile is prompted by a requirement to respect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, in particular from Fleet Street. The building comprises a number of distinct architectural elements that provide clarity to the composition both as a whole and as a legible expression of its constituent parts. These elements include the primary stability structure, the ladder frame, the office floor plates, the northern support core, the external envelope and the public realm.

More images and video of The Leadenhall Building after the break...

Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition

Canterbury Cathedral is delighted to announce a design competition to find an outstanding team to revitalise the landscape immediately in front of the main Cathedral entrance. The competition is an opportunity for designers to reconsider the way visitors first encounter England’s leading Cathedral and Mother Church.

Peace Pavilion / Atelier Zündel Cristea

  • Architects: Atelier Zündel Cristea
  • Location: Museum Gardens, London E2, UK
  • Constructor: TP Arquitectura i Construccio Tèxtil
  • Exhibition Period: May/June 2013
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

BskyB Sky Studios / Arup Associates

  • Architects: Arup Associates
  • Location: London, England, UK
  • Client: BSkyB and Stanhope
  • Engineering: Arup Associates
  • Developer: Stanhope PLC
  • Landscape Design: Charles Funke Associates
  • Client’s QS: Gleeds
  • Developer’s QS: Davis Langdon
  • Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

St. Alphege Learning & Teaching Building / Design Engine Architects Ltd

Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd
Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd
  • Architects: Design Engine Architects Ltd
  • Location: The University of Winchester, Sparkford Rd, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR, UK
  • Architect in Charge: Design Engine Architects Ltd
  • Principal Contractor: Geoffrey Osbourne Ltd
  • Structural Engineers: Heyne Tillet Steel
  • Area: 1570.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd

Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd

Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow
  • Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Location: Main Rd, Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3PY, UK
  • Architect for the interior: Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will
  • Exhibition design: Land Design Studio
  • Photographs: Hufton+Crow

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Richard Rogers Joins Preservation Efforts for Preston Bus Station

As reported by BDOnline, Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has announced his support in the long-standing battle to save England’s Preston Bus Station from demolition. In a letter to the English Heritage, Rogers described the 1969 brutalist landmark as “truly a major modern building and an outstanding piece of 20th century architecture” that is in dire need of refurbishment. 

“Preston Bus Station is not only admired internationally, but it also continues to be fully functioning. It is a critical transport hub,” he stated. “I would encourage you to consider listing the bus station and support a much-needed refurbishment.”

Michael Baker Boathouse / Associated Architects

  • Architects: Associated Architects
  • Location: Hostel House, Kings Worcester, 5 College Green, Worcester, Worcester WR1 2LL, UK
  • Area: 772.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Martine Hamilton Knight

© Martine Hamilton Knight © Martine Hamilton Knight © Martine Hamilton Knight © Martine Hamilton Knight

Foster + Partners Approved for Mixed-Use Development on London’s Albert Embankment

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have received the green light from the Lambeth Council for three mixed use towers on the 20-21 Albert Embankment in London. Ranging from 15 to 27 stories, the curved steel and glass structures will provide the area with 253 apartments, including affordable homes for senior living, along with offices, restaurants and a residents’ bar, gym, pool and spa.

Grant Brooker, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners: “We are absolutely delighted that 20-21 Albert Embankment has received planning permission – working alongside our clients at St. James and with great support from Lambeth and the GLA, we hope to transform this important and highly visible site into a vibrant riverside community that sets a benchmark for the regeneration of this part of the river.”

More after the break...

Businessman Offers to Save Brutalist Landmark From Demolition

Divisive concrete behemoth Preston Bus Station may yet be saved from its planned demolition. On the heels of a well co-ordinated campaign to save the brutalist monument, local businessman Simon Rigby has stepped in and offered to relieve the council of the building planning refurbish and operate the bus station himself.

Read more about the controversy and Rigby's plan after the break...

The Shard Opens to the Public

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© Getty Images

Today, six months after the laser light extravaganza that marked the completion of The Shard in London, the controversial glass tower celebrated its official opening to the public. Architecture enthusiasts and residents were welcomed to join the mayor of London 244 meters above the capital on the 72 floor observation deck for the official ribbon cutting. 

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the 310 meter needle-point structure is currently the tallest in Western Europe. The two million square meter mixed-use development offers ample office space, restaurants, a five-star shangri-la hotel and residences.

Video: Rob Montgomery & Pernilla Ohrstedt, The Hot Seat

Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre Listed

© Xavier de Jauréguiberry
© Xavier de Jauréguiberry

On the advice of English Heritage, architecture minister Ed Vaizey has listed Norman Foster’s first major public building: the 1977 Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in the United Kingdom. According to BDOnline, the popular public art museum, which houses the collection of Lord and Lady Sainsbury, was granted grade II* protection for its innovative engineering, fine design, historic association, flexibility and group value. Its revolutionary design features an innovative, prefabricated modular structure that is cleverly designed to allow for subsequent extension.

Vaizey described: “Norman Foster’s design for the Sainsbury Centre is recognized around the world as a high point of the British ‘high-tech’ movement and, by any standards, a modern classic.”

Read Foster’s response after the break.