National Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + Whiles

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Jestico + Whiles’ design for the new £61m National Graphene Institute at the University of has recently been granted planning consent. The new facility will be designed with the goal to be the world-leading research and incubator center dedicated to the development of graphene, helping the to remain at the forefront of the commercialization of this revolutionary material. The project will be housed within a compact 7,600m2 five-storey building, with the main cleanroom located on the lower ground floor to achieve best vibration performance.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Aloft London Excel / Jestico + Whiles

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Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: , England
Project Manager: GVA Second London Wall
Client: Excel London (part of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company)
Contractor:McAleer&Rushe
Photographs: Tim Crocker

Architecture City Guide: London

This week, with the help of our readers, our is headed to . This is our second stop in Europe, and once again I had to capitulate and double the number of buildings that we normally feature. We could not feature all of the suggestions, and will be adding to the list in the near future. We really appreciate those readers who offered their suggestions and the use of their pictures to make up this list.

Samuel Johnson famously said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” As home to a long tradition of kings and queens, the Royal Society, and the roots of the Industrial Revolution, it is not surprising that there is a rich tension and collaboration between the historic and contemporary architecture in London. This reflects a city and culture that has a strong history of celebrating the past while also moving forward. Conflicts often emerge, as the goals of one side clash with those of the other. This relationship, however, is why I find walking the streets of London so appealing - those beautiful moments when history and progress collide.

Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help. We encourage you to add more of your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: London list and corresponding map after the break.

W London Leicester Square / Jestico + Whiles

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Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: London,
Client: McAleer & Rushe Group
M&E Engineers: Caldwell Consulting
Building Contractor: McAleer & Rushe Group
Project Manager: McAleer & Rushe Group
QS/Cost Consultant: McAleer & Rushe Group
Structural Engineer: Ian Black Consulting
Façade Consultant: Billings Design Associates Ltd
Fire Engineer: Michael Slattery & Associates
Façade Artist: Jason Bruges Studio Ltd
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Jestico + Whiles

Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form / Jestico + Whiles

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Architects: Jestico + Whiles – Alex Gordon
Location: , England
Client: Media Arts and Science College
Structural engineer: Mouchel Parkman, Brian Bonnett
Landscaping: Place Design + Planning, Rupert Dehaene – Gold
Project manager: Mouchel Babcock Education, Thomas Baxter
Photographs: Tim Crocker