Park Hill / Hawkins Brown with Studio Egret West

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Architects: Hawkins Brown with Studio Egret West
Location: , England
Landscape Architects: Grant Associates
Main Contractor: Urban Splash Build Ltd (North)
Structural Engineer: Stockley
Services Engineer: Ashmount Consulting Engineers Limited
Project Area: 130,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson, Keith Collie and Peter Bennett

inmidtown Habitats New Design Competition

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The Architecture Foundation is pleased to be running a new open and international competition that calls on design teams to submit proposals for urban beehives, bird/bat-boxes and planters.

The competition is being organized by The AF on behalf of inmidtown, the business improvement district for the central areas of Holborn, Bloomsbury and St. Giles. The competition calls for submissions that offer distinctive yet functional designs that help enhance biodiversity in this urban context. It is envisaged that the winning proposals will be mass-produced and installed in a variety of sites across the inmidtown area. More information on the competition after the break.

Moonshine / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

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Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: , England
Main Contractor: Piers Taylor
Structural Engineer: Structures 1
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Mitchell Taylor Workshop

Kings College Library / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

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Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: Somerset,
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Buro Happold
Contractor: RG Spiller
Project Area: 800 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Mitchell Taylor Workshop

AD Classics: Balfron Tower / Erno Goldfinger

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The Balfron Tower by architect is an iconic Brutalist residential high rise located in London’s eastside Poplar borough. Designed in 1963 for the London County Council and completed in 1967 by the Greater London Council, this estate broke the traditions of typical residential architecture. Conceived as a solution to sprawling suburbia, Goldfinger embraced verticality as the cure. More details after the break.

28 Church Street / S. Porobic Associates

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Architect: S. Porobic Associates, Chartered Architects and Designers
Location: 28 Church Street, ,
Clients: Borough Council of Wellingborough
Project Area: 260 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of S. Porobic Associates, Chartered Architects and Designers

The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2011

Overall Winner: Milanofori Housing Complex by OBR / © Mariela Apollonio

The 9th Annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards recently announced the winning projects and proved to be a huge success attracting a whole host of recognizable faces from the architectural community. This spectacular evening took place in the stunning surroundings of the Landmark hotel which was admired by the many guests that attended. The 2011 shortlist included some of the world’s most iconic buildings and designs. More information on the lucky winners of the evening after the break.

‘Just the Flip Side of the Wall: Post Works at the AF’ Exhibition

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For their inaugural show, Just the Flip Side of the Wall, Melissa Appleton and Matthew Butcher (Post Works) will create a new environment within The Architecture Foundation’s Project Space that will act as a frame for a series of events that explore the relationship between architecture, the city and performance.

The exhibition, which takes place from September 30th to October 29th, will be an extension of Post Works’ recent works Stage City (part of The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition) and No Stop Statue Machine, a film that presents a world where buildings weep, infrastructures conduct people’s thoughts and staircases become machines for endless exercise, recently shown at the ICA, . More information on the exhibition after the break.

In Progress: Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo architecten

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Architect: Mecanoo architecten
Location: ,
Photographs: Paul Reynolds, Mecanoo architects

LOFT London Farm Tower Competition Awards

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AWR recently announced the winners of the LOFT London Farm Tower Competition. Population growth and urban centralization lead to increased demand for real estate market and for food. One possible solution is vertical farming. AWR therefore proposed the design of a new kind of skyscraper on the Thames waterfront, inserted into the new city skyline.

The goals to achieve were to meet the requirements of the World Green Building Council, determine which materials are best suited for the construction of a vertical farm, identify resistant, light, transparent and long-term materials and experiment with innovative materials. Information on the competition winners after the break.

A Room for London Public Bookings

A Room for London

Public bookings to spend a night above the Thames in A Room for London, opened today (for nights January to June 2012) more information about a second stage of bookings (for nights July to December 2012) can be found here.  The one-bedroom installation perched on the roof of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall was designed by David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner. The design competition for A Room for London initiated by Living Architecture, and Artangel, in association with Southbank Center attracted 500 architects and artists entries from across the world.

ArchDaily has previously showcased David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner‘s winning entry as well as selected entries from the design competition.

AD Classics: De La Warr Pavilion / Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff

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The persistence of design in the midst of even the severest persecution is one of the most remarkable aspects of classic mid-century European Architecture. Even under forceful Nazi discrimination during their rise to power between world wars, was able to design the De La Warr Pavilion with during his exodus to Britain before both ultimately fled to the United States.

    

BFI Acetate & Nitrate Film Stores / Edward Cullinan Architects

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Architects: Edward Cullinan Architects
Location: Warwickshire,
Client: BFI
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Edmund Sumner © BFI

AD Classics: Florey Building / James Stirling

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The Queen’s College Florey building is the third and last building of  “The Red Trilogy” (the Leicester Engineering Faculty building and the Cambridge History Faculty building being the first two) designed by , solidifying him as an irreplaceable facet in modern Architecture.

AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger

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The Trellick Tower is an iconic structure located in west , . It has gone through numerous phases of public perception, most notably its notorious nickname as the “Tower of Terror.” Designed as social housing for the local council, it features numerous unconventional design elements. Architect Erno Goldfinger, drew inspiration from the modernist principles of Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation for the tower’s dwelling units.  More details after the break.

Sandal Magna Community Primary School / Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

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Architects: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Locaiton: ,
Planning Supervisor: Nps North East
Main Contractor: Allenbuild North East
Structural Engineer: Techniker
Client: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and NPS North East
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,740 sqm
Photographs: Mark Hadden Photography

University of Oxford Mathematical Institute / RVA

Rafael Viñoly Architects have just announced the official groundbreaking of their Math Institute at the University of .  Prior to the project, ’s mathematics department was scattered across the University in different locations.  RVA was commissioned to provide a design solution that provided a centralized building for the entire department, to create a balanced environment for academics’ need for privacy with the increasing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.  

More about the design after the break.

The Alsop High School / 2020 Liverpool

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Alsop High School is a popular mixed comprehensive with nearly 1800 pupils, including over 300 in the sixth form. It is the largest secondary school in Liverpool. Prior to development, the arrangement and condition of the existing buildings were severely restricting the school’s progress. The school playground was mostly tarmac with no green space for student play or social interaction. The main school building was built in 1926 and had little flexibility for modern teaching and the curriculum. Temporary dining accommodation was in use and the school were using more than 30 ‘portacabin’ type classrooms which were in desperate need of repair. Unfortunately, these cabins were not only a poor setting for education, but also terrible eyesores for the immediate community of the Village conservation area who overlooked the site.

Architect: 2020 Liverpool
Location: Walton, Liverpool, England
Collaborators: Morgan Sindall
Project Area: Site area: 31,222 sqm, Gross Floor area: 5853 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of 2020 Liverpool