School of Engineering at Lancaster University / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: Lancaster University, , Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YW,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nick Gutteridge

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA North West Awards

Shortlisted: The Whitworth, Manchester / MUMA. Image © Alan Williams

A total of 15 projects have been shortlisted for RIBA North West 2015 , featuring buildings by John McAslan + Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, MUMA and Carmody Groake. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize. The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize was won by Haworth Tompkins for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, a project which was shortlisted by this branch of the RIBA. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios‘ Manchester School of Art also made it to the national finals.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA London Awards

Shortlisted: Great James Street / Emrys Architects. Image © Alan Williams

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for London 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by AHMM, dRMM, John McAslan + Partners and Grimshaw, to Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. Winning projects from last year included three Stirling Prize shortlisted projects, as well as another by Haworth Tompkins who ultimately took the prize in 2014 for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Five Practices Shortlisted To Restore Mackintosh’s Glasgow School Of Art

(before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer

Five practices are the running to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s celebrated school of art in Glasgow. UK based John McAslan + Partners (who restored Mackintosh’s last major commission), Scottish practice Page \ Park, and London and Hong-Kong based architects Purcell are all in the frame to lead the restoration of the Mackintosh Building amid a debate over how best to approach the rebuilding of the library and the areas of the building that were devastated by fire in May of last year. The selection of Avanti Architects and LDN Architects complete the rostra.

When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?

‘Lost View’ – photograph of ’s library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor

 

Following the unfortunate series of events that saw the Glasgow School of Art’s (GSA) iconic Mackintosh Library devastated in a fire in May of last year, a leading Scottish architect has stated that he is “seriously against the idea of remaking the library” as a replica of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s original acclaimed design. Talking to the Scottish Herald, Professor Alan Dunlop has stated that “there is actually no way you can replace it as it was [as] there was 100 years of age and patina that you would have to replicate.” Furthermore, he believes that it would not be something that “Mackintosh would do,” citing the expansion of “his work in the years between each part of the Mackintosh Building being built [in 1899 and 1909]” as justification. It is his feeling that “the former library had essentially become a museum [and] not a viable working room for students and staff.”

John McAslan + Partners Selected for Chinese Biodome

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John McAslan + Partners has been selected to design a Botanical Gardens and Research Center in Dongguan, China. The scheme features a large gridshell biodome which engages with landscaped mounds both inside and outside the structure. Around the base of the roof structure, a ribbon of glass will provide views which connect these interior and exterior landscapes.

Read on for more detail on the design

John McAslan: Community Design, From Haiti to Tottenham

Tottenham High Road, Where plan to open their new office. Image © Flickr CC User Alan Stanton

John McAslan + Partners, already known for their involvement in humanitarian issues thanks to their work in Haiti, are now turning their attention to Tottenham in London, as reported by The Guardian. The practice hopes that by opening a new office on the high street of Tottenham, the area notorious as the crucible of the riots that spread across the UK in August 2011, and by engaging with the community, they can help to make a change. Read the full story here.

Wellington House / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: Petty France, London, England
Artist: Georgia Russell
Area: 8500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton + Crow, Miller Hare

Stanislavsky Factory / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: , Russian Federation
Interior Hall Design: Casson Mann Architects
Area: 60000.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hufton + Crow

Iron Market Reconstruction / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: Port-au-Prince, Département de l’Ouest,
Architect In Charge: John McAslan
Area: 4,645 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton+ Crow, Roger Leymone

Olympic Energy Centres / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: Borough of Hackney,
Architect In Charge: John McAslan + Partners
Area: 7,500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton + Crow

Discover Haiti Exhibition

at Discover Exhibition © Daniel Portilla

The exhibition is opened from last Wednesday July 25th and will run until August 15th. Curated by Urban Zen & Nomad Two Worlds, ‘Discover Haiti’ features art, accessories, clothing and home furnishings designed and produced in Haiti.

The collection comprises the work of craftsmen in small objects, pictures, and also the projects of refurbishment and reconstruction of buildings destroyed by the last 2010 earthquake.

Video: King’s Cross Western Concourse Lighting Design

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In the video above, Simon King, lead MEP engineer for the King’s Cross Station Redevelopment by John McAslan + Partners, discusses the background and challenges that shaped Arup‘s unique lighting design for the new western concourse of this famous London railway station. The transformation of the station represents a compelling piece of place-making for the city of London.

King’s Cross Station / John McAslan + Partners

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Architect: John McAslan + Partners
Location: London, England
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton and Crow, John Sturrock, Phil Adams

In Progress: King’s Cross Station / John McAslan + Partners

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“It’s incredible to watch the reinvention of the station taking shape into a compelling piece of place-making for London. You can already see how the Western Concourse – Europe’s largest single span station structure and the heart of the development – reconnects this much-loved Victorian terminus to its context. It’s immensely satisfying to see the project move forward at such pace and we look forward to celebrating the project’s completion in 2012 for the London Olympics.”-John McAslan, Chairman

Architect: John McAslan + Partners
Location: London,
Photographs: Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners, Hufton Crow, John Sturrock