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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

AD Classics: Park Hill Estate / Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith

04:00 - 27 January, 2017
AD Classics: Park Hill Estate / Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith, © Wikimedia user/Flickr user Paolo Margari (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
© Wikimedia user/Flickr user Paolo Margari (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

From its hilltop vantage point in the east end of Sheffield, UK, the Park Hill Estate surveys the post-industrial city which sprawls westwards. Its prominent location makes the estate highly visible and it has, over time, become engrained in the popular consciousness – a part of the fabric of the city. Although today it divides opinion, following its completion in 1961 it was hailed as an exemplary model for social housing. Designed by architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith under the supervision of Sheffield’s visionary City Architect John Lewis Womersley, the estate now stands as testament to an era when young British architects were revolutionizing the field of residential architecture with radical housing programs.

The Park Hill Estate was part of Womersley’s strategy to introduce more high-density housing to Sheffield, which he believed would foster a stronger sense of community than the ubiquitous back-to-back terraces.[1] This policy went hand in hand with an urgent need for slum clearance; The Park, a slum so notorious for its high crime rate that it was known locally as ‘Little Chicago,’ was demolished to make way for the estate.

After renovation. Image © Paul Dobraszczyk © Paul Dobraszczyk © Paul Dobraszczyk © Paul Dobraszczyk +17

AD Classics: Millennium Dome / Richard Rogers (RSHP)

06:00 - 24 January, 2017
AD Classics: Millennium Dome / Richard Rogers (RSHP), Millennium Dome (licensed under CC-BY-2.0)
Millennium Dome (licensed under CC-BY-2.0)

In 1994, with the third millennium fast approaching, the British announced a national festival to mark the year 2000. Amid a new sense of optimism, the year-long festival, which became known as the Millennium Experience, would take the form of an exhibition celebrating “who we are, what we do, and where we live.” Under the project direction of Mike Davies, a partner of Richard Rogers’ practice (known today as RSHP) designed the Millennium Dome to house this exhibition.

In an extraordinary feat of architecture and engineering, the vast dome, whose canopy encompasses a volume of 2.2million cubic meters, sped from initial concept design to topping out in only two years. Although the Millennium Experience closed its doors as the year 2000, the building which housed it has since been put to a variety of uses, its durability largely due to Richard Rogers’ characteristically flexible design.

An elevated walkway inside the dome  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) A steel strut pierces the canopy of the dome  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) Two cyclindrical service towers stand adjacent to the dome  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) The 'Body Zone'  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) +8

OMA's £110 million Arts Center in Manchester Receives Planning Approval

14:00 - 16 January, 2017
OMA's £110 million Arts Center in Manchester Receives Planning Approval, Courtesy of Factory Manchester
Courtesy of Factory Manchester

OMA’s first major public building in the UK has been granted planning approval. Known as “Factory,” the groundbreaking new cultural center will serve as a the new home of the Manchester International Festival (MIF) and as a year-round concert and arts venue.

Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester +9

Sunbeams Music Centre / MawsonKerr Architects

03:00 - 16 January, 2017
Sunbeams Music Centre  / MawsonKerr Architects, © Simon Kennedy Photography
© Simon Kennedy Photography

© Simon Kennedy Photography © Simon Kennedy Photography © Simon Kennedy Photography © Simon Kennedy Photography +24

Gallery House / Neil Dusheiko Architects

09:00 - 10 January, 2017
Gallery House / Neil Dusheiko Architects, © Agnese Sanvito
© Agnese Sanvito

© Agnese Sanvito © Agnese Sanvito © Tim Crocker              © Tim Crocker              +37

The Word – National Centre for the Written Word / FaulknerBrowns Architects

09:00 - 9 January, 2017
The Word – National Centre for the Written Word / FaulknerBrowns Architects, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    South Shields, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Stephen McIntyre, Nick Heyward, Steve Dickson
  • Area

    4115.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

St Mary at the Quay / Molyneux Kerr Architects

05:00 - 8 January, 2017
St Mary at the Quay / Molyneux Kerr Architects, © Andy Marshall
© Andy Marshall

© Andy Marshall © Andy Marshall © Andy Marshall © Andy Marshall +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ipswich, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Richard Molyneux, Colin Kerr, Edward Eastham
  • Area

    675.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Hill House / AR Design Studio

05:00 - 23 December, 2016
The Hill House / AR Design Studio, ©  Martin Gardner
© Martin Gardner

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Winchester, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Andy Ramus, Nigel Dakin
  • Area

    268.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Brackenbury House / Neil Dusheiko Architects

11:00 - 20 December, 2016
 Brackenbury House / Neil Dusheiko Architects, © Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker              © Tim Crocker              © Tim Crocker              © Tim Crocker              +23

The Zig Zag Building / Lynch Architects

05:00 - 19 December, 2016
The Zig Zag Building / Lynch Architects, © Hufton and Crow
© Hufton and Crow

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © Tim Soar © Sue Barr +81

Grimshaw Designs Masterplan and Start-up Incubator in Bristol

16:10 - 14 December, 2016
Grimshaw Designs Masterplan and Start-up Incubator in Bristol, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

Working with developer Skanska, Grimshaw has designed a master plan for Bristol Temple Square in Bristol, England, that will contain a new start-up incubator and co-working space known as Engine Shed 02. The development will serve as an activated public area linking the Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and the city center.

The masterplan unlocks a previously isolated site adjacent to the Temple Circus roundabout by creating a new walkway, the Brunel Mile, which prioritizes pedestrian and cyclist circulation through the area. A new public square along the path will also contribute to reinvigorating the neighborhood.

The Point / Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

06:00 - 14 December, 2016
The Point / Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow +23