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

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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
Videos: London Olympics 2012 Time Lapse

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