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Update: The Shard / Renzo Piano

© Andy Spain Photography
© Andy Spain Photography

The 70-story mixed use tower even while under construction is the tallest building in London’s skyline. Adjacent to London Bridge Station, the building offers increased density to a major public transport node, a key to and suggestive of future London development. London based architectural photographer Andy Spain shared with us photographs he took a few weeks ago of The Shard under construction.  Be sure to take a look at our previous coverage of The Shard. More images after the break, including drawings and renderings from Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Adamson Associates Location: London, England Client: Sellar Property Group

Loft London Farm Tower Competition

INFORSTRUCTURE / MANIFESTO

Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.
Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.

New York based design firm, MANIFESTO, shared with Arch Daily the INFORSTRUCTURE which is the Stratford Information kiosk for the 2012 London Olympics is designed with an aim to provide the public with free and instant access to important information.

Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C. Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C. Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C. Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.

Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C. Location: Meridian Square, Stratford London, UK Client: LBN (London Borough of Newham), DfL (Design for London), London Development Agency Structural Engineer: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design P.C., Malishev Wilson Engineers Project Area: 240 sqm Renderings: Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.

Exhibition: Architectural Designs for V&A at Dundee

V&A at Dundee, housed in a landmark building on the bank of the River Tay, will be Scotland’s leading centre for design. This display will showcase the six outstanding designs shortlisted for the V&A at Dundee building, including the winning submission from Kengo Kuma and Associates. The exhibition will take place at the V&A Museum in London between April 1 and May 15. Admission is free. For more information click here.

Second Stage of South Kilburn Master Plan / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Alison Brooks Architects

Courtesy of Alison Brooks Architects
Courtesy of Alison Brooks Architects

A second stage of development for the South Kilburn Masterplan is underway as plans submitted by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) were approved last week. The developments span a 2.09 hectare site in the London suburb of South Kilburn, replacing three existing isolated estates with 144 new dwellings. More on the masterplan after the break.

Pedal Park / KGP Design Studio

Courtesy of KGP Design Studio
Courtesy of KGP Design Studio

KGP Design Studio shared with us their entry for the Bankside Bikeshed Competition. The competition asked for a modular, portable and secure cycle parking solution in downtown London on behalf of the Better Bankside Business Improvement District (BID). The issue of cycle parking has been high on the agenda of Better Bankside for the last few years. Discussion with member businesses has highlighted the problem of finding space for cycle parking, particularly when premises are leased or in older buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

London 2012 Olympic Games Information Pavilion Competition

London is the largest urban zone in the European Union with a cosmopolitan population of over 7.7 million residence. The London Games is being eagerly anticipated by millions of sporting fans around the world. The Games, which officially kicks off on the 27th July 2012 will see the arrival of world’s top athletes and their team officials representing various participating nations, international dignitaries, the Games officials and not to mention millions of supporters and fans.

Bankside Bikeshed / James Khamsi

Courtesy of James Khamsi
Courtesy of James Khamsi

The Bankside Bikeshed proposal is a prototype for a lightweight bicycle storage shelter that can be installed through London’s South Bank. The project is by James Khamsi, whose goal was to design a new “MICRON” for London, a ubiquitous and interwoven aspect of the city. More on this project after the break.

New gallery for the V&A shortlisted designs

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled the seven final projects that will compete to design the museum’s new underground gallery. The new gallery will take the place of Daniel Libeskind’s project, which was abandoned in 2004. Check all the designs after the break. Read the original article at The Guardian.

Design for London Receives Backing from Hadid, Gehry, Piano

Courtesy of Design for London
Courtesy of Design for London

With concerns rising about the future of Design for London, a lengthy list of high profile architects have assembled themselves submitting an open letter to the Mayor of London. “As architects from many countries, we want to encourage the Mayor to secure the survival of this remarkable team. We hope that he is aware of how widely admired the efforts are of this small group of talented designers. London should consider itself lucky to have a skilled, knowledgeable and creative organisation supporting efforts to make it a better city.” A projected growth by around one million people over the next twenty years, confirms that Design for London‘s survival is crucial as it is an influential player in steering designs and new developments towards an environmentally responsible city. The protection of London’s existing green spaces, character, heritage, and established unique neighborhoods will be essential as the city builds to accommodate its expected growth, and Design for London‘s collaborative efforts, on behalf of the Mayor of London, verify that projects are focused on these factors. Full public letter to the Mayor of London following the break.

In Progress: The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery / David Chipperfield

© Wojtek Gurak
© Wojtek Gurak

Wojtek Gurak recently shared these photographs of The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery designed by David Chipperfield. Still under construction the new art gallery will open May 21, 2011. Situated next to the River Calder, the state-of the-art facility has ten gallery spaces displaying historic and modern art as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary art making it one of the largest purpose-built galleries outside of London. The program also includes an auditorium, learning studios, garden, cafe and shop.

© Wojtek Gurak © Wojtek Gurak © Wojtek Gurak © Wojtek Gurak

A Room for London / David Kohn Architects + Fiona Banner

Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner
Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner

David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner have been selected to design A Room for London, a temporary installation that will sit on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre, London and be part of the London 2012 Festival. ArchDaily has been showcasing selected entries to the competition for months now and can be seen here. For more information pertaining to David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner‘s winning entry please follow after the break.

A Room for London proposal / studio octopi

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Courtesy of studio octopi

London-based studio octopi shared with us their proposal for A Room for London Competition for the 2012 London Olympics. More images and architect’s description after the break.

A Room for London / António Miguel Gonçalves, Antoine Pascal, and Anthony Thevenon

Courtesy of António Miguel Gonçalves, Antoine Pascal, and Anthony Thevenon
Courtesy of António Miguel Gonçalves, Antoine Pascal, and Anthony Thevenon

The intervention proposed by architects António Miguel Gonçalves, based in London, Antoine Pascal, based in London and Anthony Thevenon, based in Lisbon is an idea for “A Room for London,” one which latches onto the roofs of existing buildings to provide views at London’s historic skyline. Its unconventional site and form is a result of the desire to be noticed, and to provoke potential users to explore the potential of the program. More information and images on this project after the break.

Critical Futures Debate: A Domus Event in London

Courtesy of Domus
Courtesy of Domus

Moderated by Joseph Grima (Domus), all are invited to the free Critical Futures event starting at 6:30pm on January 13th, which will focus on a debate on the future of architecture criticism followed by complimentary drinks and further discussion after the talk. Participants include Charles Holland (author, Fantastic Journal), Peter Kelly (Blueprint), Kieran Long (architecture critic, Evening Standard), Geoff Manaugh (author, BLDGBLOG), and Beatrice Galilee (writer, curator, DomusWeb, The Gopher Hole). The event is located at The Gopher Hole, 350-354 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NQ. More event description after the break.

A Room for London proposal / LMTS Design

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Courtesy of LMTS Design

Bangkok-based architect Nontawat Jittrong (LMTS Design), shared with us his proposal for the competition A Room for London, for the 2012 London Olympics. More images and architect’s description after the break.

A Room for London Proposal / Design Initiatives

Courtesy of Design Initiatives
Courtesy of Design Initiatives

Design Initiatives, an innovative, award-winning architecture practice based in Los Angeles, California and Sofia, Bulgaria, shared with us their proposal for A Room for London, a competition for a temporary demountable hotel room for up to two guests on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during the Olympic year of 2012. Designed as a boundary structure floating in space between ground and sky, their proposal employs the dialectical contrast of active OR passive. More images and architect’s description after the break.