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RIBA Design Ideas Competition: Great Fen Visitor Centre

07:00 - 31 October, 2012
Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA Competitions recently announced their two-stage design ideas competition for the Great Fen Visitor Centre in Cambridgeshire. Great Fen is an internationally acclaimed vision, one of sweeping scale and ambition. Over the next 50-100 years, more than 3,000ha of largely arable land will be transformed into a mosaic of habitat: open water, lakes, ponds and ditches; reedbed; fen, bog and marsh; wet grassland; dry grassland; woodland and scrub. The competition seeks to to create around and between a restored fenland landscape which provides a living landscape for wildlife and people. Registrations will close on December 19. The deadline for Stage 1 design submissions is 2pm on January 10. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Fumihiko Maki to design Cultural Center and University in London

15:00 - 15 October, 2012
Fumihiko Maki © Imogene Tudor
Fumihiko Maki © Imogene Tudor

Japanese modernist Fumihiko Maki has been chosen to design a cultural and university complex on a 67-acre Kings Cross development in London. As reported by the Evening Standard, the 84-year-old, Pritzker Prize-winning architect will design two buildings for the Aga Khan Development Network – an organization who leads the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims.

The two projects are among five, totaling a half million square feet, that are being commissioned by the Network at Kings Cross. It is unsaid of who will design the other three buildings. However, preliminary designs studies are under way and formal appointments will be announced shortly.

BE OPEN Sound Portal / Arup

04:00 - 4 October, 2012
Courtesy of Be Open
Courtesy of Be Open

Located in Trafalgar Square in London, the BE OPEN Sound Portal focuses on an experience that would be all about the sound. Designed by Arup, they thought it would be great if people could really concentrate on sound in Trafalgar Square, which would take people away form hustle and bustle into a space where they can concentrate and immerse themselves in sound. The original idea was that they would be able to take people away from London to another place, to hear the sound of a melting glacier or an acoustic model of the big bang. The plan is effectively two concentric circles: the inner circle for the sound and the outer circle forms the entrances. Both pieces mask the background noise. They are shells to shield the noise. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Duggan Morris to Design the New Floating Cinema

12:59 - 27 September, 2012
Duggan Morris Architects, Winning design for the Floating Cinema Competition, A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects, 2012
Duggan Morris Architects, Winning design for the Floating Cinema Competition, A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects, 2012

UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation has announced Duggan Morris Architects as winner of the Open Architecture Challenge to design the next phase of the acclaimed Floating Cinema project. This project has been commissioned by the Legacy List with corporate partner Bloomberg as part of the Bloomberg East series of artist-led programs to animate the waterways in East London working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Southend Pier Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Sprunt

22:00 - 21 September, 2012
© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

Architects: White Arkitekter + Sprunt Location: Southend Pier, United Kingdom Photographs: Luke Hayes

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes +15

BLOOM - A Crowd Sourced Garden / Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

04:00 - 5 September, 2012
Courtesy of Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez
Courtesy of Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

Commissioned by the Greater London Authority as part of the Wonder series to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, BLOOM, designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, is a crowd sourced garden. Designed in neon pink, which is the official Olympics color, BLOOM is conceptualised as an urban toy, a distributed social game and collective “gardening” experience that seeks the engagement of people in order to construct fuzzy BLOOM formations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Green Incubator / Plus Three Architecture

22:00 - 22 August, 2012
© Available Light Photographic Studios
© Available Light Photographic Studios

Architects: Plus Three Architecture Location: South Shields, UK Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Steve Mayes, Available Light Photographic Studios

© Steve Mayes © Available Light Photographic Studios © Steve Mayes © Steve Mayes +33

BMW Group Pavilion / Serie Architects

10:00 - 15 August, 2012
© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Architects: Serie Architects Location: London, UK Design Architects: Serie Architects Executive Architects: Franken Architekten Structural Engineering: AKT II Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +19

Olympic Park replica made from LEGOs

13:00 - 3 August, 2012
© Warren Elsmore
© Warren Elsmore

With a quarter million LEGO bricks and 300 hours of finger intensive labor, Warren Elsmore and his wife constructed a mini replica of the 2012 Olympic Park in London. As Gizmodo reports, the model weighs about 80kg and would cost around $300,000 to build for scratch!

The miniature world is complete with Anish Kapoor’s Orbit, Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics CentreWilkinson Eyre Architects’ Basketball Arena, Hopkins Architects’ Velodrome, and Populous’ Olympic Stadium.

Continue after the break for a time-lapse video and more images.

Aqua at Dover Street Market / Zaha Hadid Architects

13:00 - 2 August, 2012
© James Harris Photography
© James Harris Photography

Dover Street Market has commissioned Zaha Hadid to design this site-specific installation to showcase in their London store during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The concept behind “Aqua” references the formal language of Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre.

Zaha Hadid: “Designing for Dover Street Market is an exciting opportunity to install a piece inspired by the fluid geometries of the London Aquatics Centre: a wave of liquid, frozen in time, right in the heart of London.”

Continue after the break for more images.

Maggie’s Nottingham / CZWG Architects

14:00 - 18 July, 2012
Maggie’s Nottingham / CZWG Architects, © Martine Hamilton Knight
© Martine Hamilton Knight
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Hucknall Rd, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
  • Interior Design

    Paul Smith
  • Structural engineer

    Adams Kara Taylor
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Martine Hamilton Knight © Martine Hamilton Knight © Martine Hamilton Knight © Martine Hamilton Knight +18

Video: London Pleasure Garden

14:00 - 13 July, 2012

Video: New V&A Project / Amanda Levete

12:00 - 11 July, 2012

The Cube in London / Park Associati

07:00 - 7 July, 2012
© Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna

The Cube, a nomadic, stateless and cosmopolitan piece of architecture designed by Park Associati, is a pavilion designed to host a small, temporary restaurant. Originating from Electrolux’s concept of an itinerant restaurant, The Cube has been conceived and organized by the Belgian event agency Absolute Blue with the logo and texture design by Studio FM Milano. Their architectural project has been conceived as a module that can be assembled and disassembled relatively easily. The structure, which will be on exhibit in London until September 30, is suitable for all climatic conditions, even the most extreme, while always providing the maximum in living comfort with its refined aesthetics and use of high-quality materials. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Walsall Housing Group HQ / Bisset Adams

01:00 - 7 July, 2012
Walsall Housing Group HQ / Bisset Adams, Courtesy of Bisset Adams
Courtesy of Bisset Adams
  • Architects

  • Location

    Walsall, West Midlands, UK
  • Area

    3600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bisset Adams

Courtesy of Bisset Adams Courtesy of Bisset Adams Courtesy of Bisset Adams Courtesy of Bisset Adams +17

Videos: London Olympics 2012 Time Lapse

04:00 - 6 July, 2012

This post features time lapses of the construction of various venues that will be hosting the 2012 London Olympics. With the opening ceremony Friday, July 27, these construction time lapses give you an inside look to all of the effort put into the games. If you get a chance to watch the games, you will now have a new found appreciation for the amount of work it takes to hold a major event such as this. More videos after the break.

Video: Design Museum, Exclusive!

16:30 - 5 July, 2012

Video: W London Hotel

22:00 - 29 June, 2012