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

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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

Emirates Air Line / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

01:00 - 29 June, 2012
Emirates Air Line / Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    A Royal Docks, 23 E Ham Manor Way, London, Greater London E6 5NA, UK
  • Project Director

    Oliver Tyler
  • Project Architect

    Alex Kyriakides
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Zaha Hadid places a bid on London's Design Museum

19:00 - 15 June, 2012
© Mark Barkaway
© Mark Barkaway

As reported on bdonline, Zaha Hadid is currently the preferred suitor for the London’s Design Museum. The Pritzker Prize winning architect has apparently wooed the sellers with her plans to turn the 1950s building into an architecture museum. She has reportedly teamed up with a private backer and is one of eight pursuers for the Design Museum, which will be relocating into a new home in 2014.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Fundraiser: Modernism London Style / Niels Lehmann

19:00 - 14 June, 2012
Modernism London Style: Battersea Power Station, London (1935) © Niels Lehmann
Modernism London Style: Battersea Power Station, London (1935) © Niels Lehmann

Like no other style, Art Deco represents a built manifestation of the interwar period’s enthusiasm and splendor. In London, buildings of this era reflect the elegance, progress and assertiveness that describe the modern metropolis age. Even today, these buildings have lost none of their aura and appeal, yet they lack any proper documentation.

Together, Niels Lehmann and Christoph Rauhut have worked tirelessly for the past three years researching and photographing London’s architectural Art Deco heritage. With your help, they will feature over 230 buildings with large-scaled photographs in the soon-to-be published book “Modernism London Style.” Follow this link to become a supporter and learn more.

Continue after the break to view more photos.

York Minster Abbey Goes Green - Literally

11:45 - 12 June, 2012
The Nave of York Minster Abbey covered in 1500 square meters of grass to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. © STANDALONE PHOTO
The Nave of York Minster Abbey covered in 1500 square meters of grass to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. © STANDALONE PHOTO

While many buildings try to go Green these days, few attempt to do so literally.

Last week, York Minster Abbey, one of the largest Gothic Cathedrals in Europe, was decked out with 1,500 square meters of – what else - grass. 

The occasion for the makeover, the York Minster Rose Dinner to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (which we marked with a post on Britain’s Built Legacy), hosted about 900 people to raise funds for the York Minster Fund. And with £150-a-head tickets, sold months in advance, perhaps we’ll start seeing other Gothic Cathedrals turn green too (and not just with envy).

Story via The Huffington Post UK. More photos after the break…

Video: London Design Festival 2011

19:30 - 8 June, 2012

Britain's Built Legacy: From "Carbuncles" to the Cutting-Edge

12:53 - 6 June, 2012
Photo of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Celebrations. Photo © LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages
Photo of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Celebrations. Photo © LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages

‘What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”

It’s easy to see why British Architects get their hackles raised when it comes to Prince Charles. The oft-quoted gem above, said in reference to a proposed extension to the National Gallery in 1984, is one of hundreds of such Architectural criticisms Prince Charles has made over the years. Which wouldn’t matter of course, if, like any average Architectural layman’s opinions, his words didn’t have much weight.

His do. They’ve resulted in the intervention, squelching, and/or redesign of at least 5 major plans over the last twenty years. But let’s not write off Charles just yet.

With the Queen’s Jubilee ceremoniously having finished yesterday, the conversation analyzing her legacy has begun. And while London’s towering, cutting-edge high rises (a la Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Zaha Hadid), will be the shining examples of Elizabeth’s reign – I’d like to suggest something, and raise a few hackles, myself…

Curious for more? Keep reading about Prince Charles’ unlikely influence on Architecture, after the break…

Video: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

11:31 - 1 June, 2012

Video: Rough Luxe Hotel / Rabih Hage

17:30 - 25 April, 2012

“Wimbledon 2020” Masterplan / Grimshaw Architects

08:57 - 25 January, 2012
aerial 01
aerial 01

Grimshaw Architects recently announced that they have been selected by the All England Lawn Tennis Club to design their “Wimbledon 2020” masterplan for future development requirements. After a competitive selection process, it was decided that they will design the new masterplan to continue the previous ‘Long Term Plan’, which was commissioned in 1993 and completed in June 2011.  Working with such a prestigious British and internationally renowned institution, Grimshaw will embrace Wimbledon’s unique history of tradition and innovation to enhance further its position as the pre-eminent tennis Grand Slam. Another image of their design can be viewed after the break.

Critical Territories / Groundlab and Plasma Studio

09:00 - 13 January, 2012

Opening tomorrow at the AA, Critical Territories will share the work of Groundlab and Plasma Studio -two interdisciplinary firms pushing the envelope of the relationship between and the expression of landscape design and architecture.   The installation will share the firms’ top projects, such as the Xian International Horticultural Expo which we having been covering extensively on AD,  by way of a site-specific grid arrangement of light boxes covered with technical drawings.  The organization of the installation will showcase the underlying themes of the practices, namely their systemic approach and preoccupation with grids, ground and context. The exhibit will be run through February 11.

V&A Christmas Tree / Studio Roso

07:00 - 15 December, 2011
Courtesy of Studio Roso
Courtesy of Studio Roso

To celebrate the festive period, the V&A has commissioned design duo Studio Roso to create a Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum until January 5th.  The handmade ‘tree’ is made up of 3.3 miles of elastic cord and will reach over 4 meters high. A total of 1500 individual strands have been combined to create the outline of a traditional Christmas Tree. Within these cords Studio Roso has created a number of geometric shapes, referencing both traditional Christmas ornaments and the crystalline structure of snowflakes and icicles, providing a decorative garland throughout the installation. The design for the tree was inspired by the intricate craft of bobbin lacing, a technique often used in traditional Christmas decorations. More images after the break.

ARCHIZINES Exhibition

11:00 - 3 December, 2011
© Sue Barr
© Sue Barr

From photo-copied and print-on-demand newsletters such as Another Pamphlet, Scapegoat and Preston is My Paris, to magazines such as Mark, Spam and PIN-UP – ARCHIZINES is a new exhibition curated by Elias Redstone for the Architectural Association School of Architecture that celebrates and promotes the recent resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing from around the world. The exhibition runs until 14 December 2011 at the AA School, 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Films: Mur Murs + Get Out of the Car at the Barbican

11:00 - 25 November, 2011
Mur Murs
Mur Murs

Located at the heart of the city of London, the Barbican will be featuring the upcoming screening of Mur Murs (1981) and Get Out of the Car (2010) as part of their Architecture on Film season on November 29th at 7pm. More information on the films after the break.