Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University

00:00 - 16 July, 2013
Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University , Durham University Castle Entrance © Flickr User Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier
Durham University Castle Entrance © Flickr User Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier

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

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
Dabbous / Brinkworth, © Louise Melchior
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  • Architects

  • Location

    39 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2SF, UK
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
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© HOK

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

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
In Progress: The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Courtesy of 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

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition, Site Plan
Site Plan

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

01:00 - 16 June, 2013
Peace Pavilion / Atelier Zündel Cristea, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Museum Gardens, London E2, UK
  • Constructor

    TP Arquitectura i Construccio Tèxtil
  • Exhibition Period

    May/June 2013
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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BskyB Sky Studios / Arup Associates

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
BskyB Sky Studios / Arup Associates, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • 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

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

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd
Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd
  • Architects

  • 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

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Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
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© Hufton+Crow
  • Architects

  • Location

    Main Rd, Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3PY, UK
  • Architect for the interior

    Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will
  • Exhibition design

    Land Design Studio
  • Photographs

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Richard Rogers Joins Preservation Efforts for Preston Bus Station

00:00 - 3 June, 2013
Richard Rogers Joins Preservation Efforts for Preston Bus Station, © Wikimedia Commons
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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

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
Michael Baker Boathouse / Associated Architects, © Martine Hamilton Knight
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Foster + Partners Approved for Mixed-Use Development on London’s Albert Embankment

00:00 - 20 March, 2013
© 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

00:00 - 16 March, 2013
Businessman Offers to Save Brutalist Landmark From Demolition, © Wikimedia Commons
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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

00:00 - 1 February, 2013
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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

00:00 - 30 January, 2013

Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre Listed

13:00 - 27 December, 2012
© 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.

Video: Tom Dixon, Designer Profile

11:30 - 26 December, 2012

8 New Towers Proposed for London's South Bank

00:00 - 14 December, 2012
Building 1 – office use; Squire and Partners. Image courtesy of The Canary Wharf Group.
Building 1 – office use; Squire and Partners. Image courtesy of The Canary Wharf Group.

Images of the transformation of the Shell Centre Campus, which include 8 towers to be designed by six different architects in London's South Bank, have been released and submitted for approval by the local authority, Lambeth Council.

The project, under a  Masterplan by Squire and Partners and co-developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, is a 5.25-acre mixed-use scheme between Waterloo Station and Hungerford Bridge. While the famous 27-story Shell Tower will be preserved, the plans show eight new residential and office buildings will be constructed by six architectural firms: an office and two residential towers by Squire and Partners, one office tower by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF); a residential block by Patel Taylor; another by Stanton Williams; and two more residential towers by GRID Architecture.

In total, about 800,000 sq ft of office space, 800,000 sq ft of residential space (translating to 790 new homes, including affordable housing), and 80,000 sq ft of new retail units/restaurants/cafés will be created. As Michael Squire of Squire and Partners told The Architect's Journal: "We make no apology, this is a dense development, it sits next to one of the busiest train stations in Europe. This is a massive sustainable move that will allow people to live and work in the same area."

More on the proposed plan for London's South Bank, after the break...