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Indications Suggest That Hundreds of Residential Towers in England Are Clad in Potentially Combustible "Reynobond PE"

10:30 - 22 June, 2017
Indications Suggest That Hundreds of Residential Towers in England Are Clad in Potentially Combustible "Reynobond PE", Grenfell Tower at 05.48 local time on the day of the indicent. Image © Selim Halulu
Grenfell Tower at 05.48 local time on the day of the indicent. Image © Selim Halulu

"As a precaution," the British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons today, "the [UK] Government has arranged to test cladding in all relevant tower blocks." This initial investigation ordered by the British Government following the devastating fire and loss of life at Grenfell House in London on June 14, have returned initial results which show that "three samples," according to the BBC, "are 'combustible'." Further results are expected to be made public over the course of the next 48 hours. The Prime Minister also declared that:

No stone will be left unturned. For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide.

Foster + Partners' New London HQ for Bloomberg Uses Ancient Roman Site Features to Inspire Interaction

12:10 - 21 June, 2017
Foster + Partners' New London HQ for Bloomberg Uses Ancient Roman Site Features to Inspire Interaction, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has revealed new renderings of their designs for Bloomberg’s new London headquarters as the project races toward anticipated completion this autumn. The first building worldwide to be wholly owned and constructed by Bloomberg, the design of the London HQ has been guided by principles of collaboration, innovation and productivity, resulting in a structure that enhance both the workplace environment and the public realm.

© Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners +5

Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion Opens in Sun-Drenched London – But Will Come Alive During Rain

10:30 - 20 June, 2017
Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion Opens in Sun-Drenched London – But Will Come Alive During Rain, Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan
Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan

The 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture), was unveiled today in London. Conceived as a micro cosmos—"a community structure within Kensington Gardens"—the pavilion has been designed to consciously fuse cultural references from Kéré's home town of Gando in Burkino Faso, with "experimental construction techniques." The architect hopes that the pavilion, as a social condenser, "will become a beacon of light, a symbol of storytelling and togetherness."

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan +4

As Central London Residential Tower is Subject to Devastating Fire and Loss of Life, Questions Raised About Recent Refurbishment

08:15 - 14 June, 2017
As Central London Residential Tower is Subject to Devastating Fire and Loss of Life, Questions Raised About Recent Refurbishment, Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, pluming smoke. Photograph taken at 06.15 BST on the 14th June 2017. Image © Selim Halulu
Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, pluming smoke. Photograph taken at 06.15 BST on the 14th June 2017. Image © Selim Halulu

A 24-storey residential tower—Grenfell House—in North Kensington, London, has been subject to a devastating fire and extensive subsequent loss of life. 200 firefighters in 45 fire engines attended the scene following reports of fire at around 0100 local time. The building, originally constructed in 1974, underwent a restoration by Studio E [at this time their website is not responding] "less than two years ago," reports the Architects' Journal.

The Dulwich Pavilion / IF_DO

09:00 - 3 June, 2017
The Dulwich Pavilion / IF_DO, © Joakim Boren
© Joakim Boren

© Joakim Boren            © Joakim Boren            © Joakim Boren            © Joakim Boren            +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Area

    192.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Google Unveils Images of its New BIG and Heatherwick-Designed London Campus

13:30 - 1 June, 2017
Google Unveils Images of its New BIG and Heatherwick-Designed London Campus, Courtesy of Google
Courtesy of Google

Google has submitted the design for its new London office to Camden Council for planning approval. Designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio, the 11-story "groundscraper" design will be located in King's Cross, and will combine with their existing office at 6 Pancras Square and a third, forthcoming building to create a campus for up to 7,000 Google employees.

Courtesy of Google Courtesy of Google Courtesy of Google Courtesy of Google +6

Southwark Town Hall & Theatre Peckham / Jestico + Whiles

09:00 - 24 May, 2017
Southwark Town Hall & Theatre Peckham / Jestico + Whiles, © Matt Clayton
© Matt Clayton

© Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton +30

High Kitchen / A-Zero Architects

15:00 - 23 May, 2017
High Kitchen / A-Zero Architects, © Adam Scott
© Adam Scott

© Adam Scott © Adam Scott © Adam Scott © Adam Scott +9

RIBA Announces 2017 London Regional Award Winners

12:00 - 23 May, 2017
RIBA Announces 2017 London Regional Award Winners, © Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia. ImageThe Design Museum and Holland Green / Allies and Morrison with OMA and John Pawson.
© Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia. ImageThe Design Museum and Holland Green / Allies and Morrison with OMA and John Pawson.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named 50 projects as winners of 2017 RIBA London Regional Awards, including the London Building of the Year, “Photography Studio for Juergen Teller” by 6a architects.

“The year has demonstrated once again the breadth of the capital’s architectural output at the very high level that the RIBA programme requires, and the juries took enormous pleasure in selecting a most exemplary set of schemes,” said Jury chair Matthew Lloyd.

Selected from a 85-strong shortlist, these 50 projects will now go on to compete in RIBA's National Awards program, the winners of which will create the shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize – the highest award for architecture in the UK.

© Iwan Baan. ImageTate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron © Jack Hobhouse. ImageThe Bartlett School of Architecture / Hawkins\Brown © Luke Hayes. ImageMathematics – The Winton Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects © Lawrence Carlos. ImageHome Studio, Kilburn Lane / Studio McLeod +51

London to Follow in New York’s Footsteps With Camden High Line

06:00 - 23 May, 2017
London to Follow in New York’s Footsteps With Camden High Line, via Camden Town Unlimited
via Camden Town Unlimited

The New York High Line is set to receive a new British sibling, in the form the Camden High Line – a conversion of the defunct railway line connecting Camden Town and King’s Cross, into an elevated public space and commuting route. The invited competition for the project was won by London-based practices Studio Weave and Architecture 00, whose proposal is one of three international designs that have followed the success of the High Line in New York, with the other two situated in Bangkok and Mexico City.

“We think the re-use of this railway line for the Camden High Line outweighs the benefits and costs of leaving it vacant,” said Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive at Camden Town Unlimited. “This new transport link can reduce overcrowding and journey times on the existing, cycling and pedestrian routes nearby like Regent’s Canal.” 

via Camden Town Unlimited via Camden Town Unlimited via Camden Town Unlimited via Camden Town Unlimited +6

ArchFilmFest: London’s First Festival of Architectural Film

09:00 - 22 May, 2017
ArchFilmFest: London’s First Festival of Architectural Film, ArchFilmFest takes place during The London Festival of Architecture which runs 1-30 June 2017.
ArchFilmFest takes place during The London Festival of Architecture which runs 1-30 June 2017.

Architecture and film are interlocked: both unfold narrative ideas through space and time, taking us to real and virtual worlds; both start with the imagination, and then take on their own reality. Films are set in cities, landscapes and buildings where architecture is a visual shorthand, telling us about characters and plot in an instant. Yet a dedicated festival that brings architecture and film together has never before been held in this country.

OMA-Alumni NEUBAU Greenlighted for Pixelated Mixed-Use Complex in London

17:03 - 17 May, 2017
Courtesy of NEUBAU
Courtesy of NEUBAU

Emerging practice NEUBAU has received planning permission to begin construction on Tower Station, a mixed-use residential building located on Fincheley Road in London. Commissioned by County Tower Properties, the ‘pixelated’ building will be located on the site of a former gas station and clock tower, replacing the previous use with a new mechanical clock at the building’s peak, creating a new local landmark that echos the site’s history.

This is the largest commission to date for NEUBAU, founded in 2014 by former OMA architects Brigitta Lenz and Alexander Giarlis.

Courtesy of NEUBAU Courtesy of NEUBAU Courtesy of NEUBAU Courtesy of NEUBAU +9

Olive + Squash / Neiheiser Argyros

15:00 - 17 May, 2017
Olive + Squash / Neiheiser Argyros, Courtesy of Neiheiser Argyros
Courtesy of Neiheiser Argyros

Courtesy of Neiheiser Argyros Courtesy of Neiheiser Argyros Courtesy of Neiheiser Argyros Courtesy of Neiheiser Argyros +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    City of London, London, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Ryan Neiheiser, Xristina Argyros
  • Area

    109.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

The Layered Gallery / Gianni Botsford Architects

15:00 - 10 May, 2017
The Layered Gallery / Gianni Botsford Architects, © Luigi Parise
© Luigi Parise

© Luigi Parise © Luigi Parise © Luigi Parise © Luigi Parise +24

Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets

06:00 - 10 May, 2017
Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets, via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran.
via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran.

Cities have a wealth of experiences, landmarks and sights to offer the eager traveller, who despite their ambitions, may begin to feel overwhelmed under the weight of culture and geography that saturates their travels. It is easy to get lost not only during pilgrimages to iconic locations, but also in the number of places to go and things to see, guided on overpriced tours and by consumerist maps. But worry not, for a new Kickstarter campaign has been launched for the Architectour Guide – a hardcover curated compendium of key spots that’s got you covered during your next urban crawl.

“The guide is made for the urban explorer, an individual who loves discovering cities in a different way,” explains Virginia Duran, the London-based architect and urban planner responsible for the campaign. “Architectour Guide collects the best spaces of a city inspiring travelers to craft their trips in a unique way, making it easier for us to visit, understand and photograph each of these places. As a consequence, we travelers will be helping to keep buildings alive.”

via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. +8

4 Architectural Landmarks and Their Identical Twins

08:00 - 4 May, 2017
4 Architectural Landmarks and Their Identical Twins, A replica Tower Bridge at the Window of the World Theme Park, Shenzhen, China © Flickr user volvob12b. Licensed under CC0 1.0
A replica Tower Bridge at the Window of the World Theme Park, Shenzhen, China © Flickr user volvob12b. Licensed under CC0 1.0

Architectural landmarks can define a city. A mention of Paris conjures images of the Eiffel Tower, whilst no description of Sydney is complete without mentioning its inspiring Opera House. How disorientating it must be, therefore, to encounter a familiar architectural wonder far removed from the city, or country to which it belongs. As it happens, many of our most famous structures have their own "twins," heavily-inspired by their originals, that you may not have been aware of.

The Colosseum's identical twin in Macau, China © Flickr user 11020833@N02. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 The original Colosseum in Rome © Flickr user mattkieffer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 The original Big Ben in London © Flickr user htakashi. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Big Ben's identical twin in Kolkata, India © Flickr user trekpedition. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 +11

Open Call: Imagine London as a National Park City

19:30 - 3 May, 2017
Open Call: Imagine London as a National Park City, Imagine London as a National Park City
Imagine London as a National Park City

Imagine that London becomes the world’s first National Park City. This large-scale and long-term vision has the potential to transform how Londoners live and how the city works. But what would London look like?

Royal College of Art Launches Two New Inspiring Architecture Master's Programs

08:19 - 1 May, 2017
Royal College of Art Launches Two New Inspiring Architecture Master's Programs, Courtesy of The Royal College of Art School of Architecture
Courtesy of The Royal College of Art School of Architecture

Royal College of Art launches two new inspiring architecture Master's programs: City Design and Environmental Architecture.