Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition

00:00 - 24 September, 2013
Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

Following news last week that four post-war buildings had been listed in the UK, the campaign to Save Preston Bus Station reached a victory today when it was announced that Ed Vaizey (Architecture and Heritage Minister) has listed the Brutalist icon, removing the threat of demolition. The campaign, which has garnered words of support from the likes of Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas, has been been underpinned by support from Angela Brady PRIBA, former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Montpelier Community Nursery / AY Architects

00:00 - 24 September, 2013
© Daniel Stier
© Daniel Stier

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London's Largest "Living Wall" / Gary Grant

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
London's Largest "Living Wall" / Gary Grant, Courtesy of Green Roof Consultancy and Treebox
Courtesy of Green Roof Consultancy and Treebox

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, London, has unveiled the city's largest "living wall" - a vertical landscape, composed of 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants, designed to reduce urban flooding. Taking two months to construct and covering a 350 square foot area, the 21 meter high wall will beautify the cityscape year round with seasonal flowers such as strawberries, butter cups and winter geraniums.

Because of the lack of absorbent surfaces in the Victoria area of London, the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) decided to step in with the design of this incredible wall that combats urban flooding with special water storage tanks. Designed by Gary Grant of Green Roof Consultancy, these tanks can store up to 10,000 liters of water that are then channeled back through the wall to nourish the plants. Not only will the wall do a great job of keeping the surrounding streets flood-free, it boosts the area's green appeal and attracts wildlife into the dense urban environment.

River Hull Footbridge / McDowell + Benedetti

00:00 - 19 August, 2013
River Hull Footbridge / McDowell + Benedetti, © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hull, UK
  • Main Contractor

    Qualter Hall
  • Structural Consultants

    Alan Baxter Associates
  • M&E Engineer

    Qualter Hall
  • Lighting Consultant

    Sutton Vane Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Grontmij
  • Public Art/Sound

    Nayan Kulkarni, NK Projects (UK) Ltd
  • Civil Design

    HBPW LLP
  • Civils - Bridge

    A Torn Construction
  • Civils - Landscaping

    Jackson Civil Engineering
  • Photographs

© Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar +33

Maggie’s Newcastle / Cullinan Studio

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Maggie’s Newcastle / Cullinan Studio, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery
  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK
  • Project Directors

    Ted Cullinan, Johnny Winter
  • Project Architects

    Lucy Brittain, Tim Francis
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery +15

Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects, Serpentine Sackler Gallery © Zaha Hadid Architects
Serpentine Sackler Gallery © Zaha Hadid Architects

On September 28, 2013, Zaha Hadid Architects will be celebrating the completion of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. An extension to London’s famous Serpentine Gallery, the new innovative arts venue will be housed in a 208-year-old, Grade II-listed building, formerly known as The Magazine, in Kensington Gardens just north of the main gallery. 

This project will be Zaha Hadid’s first permanent structure in central London and second commission from the Gallery, as she designed the inaugural Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2000.

Five London Firms Shortlisted for Met Police HQ

01:00 - 30 July, 2013
Five London Firms Shortlisted for Met Police HQ, Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters; Courtesy of RIBA Competitions
Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters; Courtesy of RIBA Competitions

Five London-based firms - AHMMAllies & MorrisonFoster & PartnersKeith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands - have been selected to compete for the “Scotland Yard” redevelopment of the abandoned Curtis Green MPS building on the Victoria Embankment. As reported by BDOnline, the shortlisted firms will each propose a “landmark building for London” that will provide a “modern and efficient working environment” for the new Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters. The judging panel, spearheaded by architect Bill Taylor and RIBA Adviser Taylor Snell, will review the proposals in September. 

Chinese Developer Plans to Build Crystal Palace Replica

00:00 - 29 July, 2013
Chinese Developer Plans to Build Crystal Palace Replica, The Crystal Palace at Sydenham Hill, 1854. Photo by Philip Henry Delamotte © Wikimedia Commons
The Crystal Palace at Sydenham Hill, 1854. Photo by Philip Henry Delamotte © Wikimedia Commons

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

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
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

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
© Louise Melchior
  • Architects

  • Location

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

    2012
  • Photographs

© Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior +10

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

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
© HOK
© 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

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +13

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

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +20

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

Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd +33

Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
© Hufton+Crow
© 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

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow +6