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Baylis Old School / Conran and Partners

05:00 - 30 August, 2016
Baylis Old School / Conran and Partners, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

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Could Development Hoardings Be the New “Canvas for London”?

09:30 - 26 August, 2016
Could Development Hoardings Be the New “Canvas for London”?, Courtesy of Primebuild
Courtesy of Primebuild

Walking next to a construction site is anything but enjoyable. Unavoidable noise (and sometimes air) pollution is partly responsible, but development hoardings also contribute to the unpleasant feeling. In most cases you walk alongside blank canvases, made from OSB or poorly built plywood boxes, and covered with a concrete grey or navy blue Dulux paint. If you’re lucky enough to pass by a development for luxury apartments, you’ll find some lavish advertising for the homes which, of course, you couldn’t afford anyway. With her blog “Development Aesthetics,” Crystal Bennes gives credit to the visual importance of hoardings, showcasing London’s latest construction sites and commentating on the inadequacy and often absurdity of the advertising on their hoardings. As apartment blocks mushroom around the British capital, the issue increasingly affects inhabitants’ use and understanding of public spaces.

Hoping to turn this trend around, the UK-based construction, architectural and engineering firm Primebuild has launched its "Canvas for London" Initiative, using construction site hoardings as platforms for artists to display their work.

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Chipperfield’s Plans for Saarinen’s US Embassy Building in London Under Fire from Preservationists

14:30 - 22 August, 2016
Chipperfield’s Plans for Saarinen’s US Embassy Building in London Under Fire from Preservationists, © DBOX for Qatari Diar
© DBOX for Qatari Diar

British preservation group Twentieth Century Society has publicly denounced plans by David Chipperfield Architects to convert the Eero Saarinen-designed, soon-to-be former US Embassy near London's Grosvenor Square into a "world-class" 137-room hotel. Central to Chipperfield’s plan is an enlargement of the sixth floor to make room for a double-height event space, a move Twenieth Century Society believes will “cause significant and substantial harm to the character of the building.”

Salters' Hall Renovation / dMFK

05:00 - 20 August, 2016
Salters' Hall Renovation / dMFK, © Jack Hobhouse
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  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Fore St, London EC2Y 5DE, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Step Into BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion with This 360° Panorama

12:00 - 19 August, 2016

Following the success of last year’s virtual tour of Selgascano’s 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, Photographer Nikhilesh Haval of nikreations has shared with us his virtual tour of BIG’s 2016 Pavilion entry. Hosted this year on Google Street View, the tour allows you to move through and around the “unzipped wall” design, giving you the ability to perceive how sunlight interacts with the structure. Check out how visitors are using the pavilion as an escape from the sunny park or sipping on drinks ordered at the pavilion bar – and don’t forget to look up, where it’s easy to get lost in the sea of interlocking fiberglass bricks.

Lightwell House / Emergent Design Studios

22:00 - 16 August, 2016
Lightwell House / Emergent Design Studios, © NAARO
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Sweetdram Workshop / SODA

13:00 - 16 August, 2016
Sweetdram Workshop / SODA, © Ruth Ward
© Ruth Ward

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dalston, London E8, United Kingdom
  • Interior Furniture

    David Vivian
  • Area

    936.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

AA School of Architecture Designs Adaptable Structural Plastic 3D Printing Method

06:00 - 15 August, 2016
AA School of Architecture Designs Adaptable Structural Plastic 3D Printing Method, Courtesy of The AA School of Architecture
Courtesy of The AA School of Architecture

The AA School of Architecture’s DRL Masters Program has developed a thesis project, entitled Growing Systems, which explores adaptable building systems using methods of robotic fabrication and generative special printing within the context of housing.

Centered on a new method of structural 3D vertical extrusion, the project combines the precision of prefabricated elements with the adaptability of on-site fabrication, in response to the flux and dynamism of cities. The method becomes a system of elasticity that can accommodate site parameters, as well as future adjustments.

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Ely Court / Alison Brooks Architects

05:00 - 12 August, 2016
Ely Court / Alison Brooks Architects, © Paul Riddle
© Paul Riddle

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Kerez, Herzog & de Meuron and Studio Gang Shortlisted to Design London's Royal College of Art's Battersea Campus

04:15 - 10 August, 2016
Kerez, Herzog & de Meuron and Studio Gang Shortlisted to Design London's Royal College of Art's Battersea Campus, via Royal College of Art
via Royal College of Art

London's Royal College of Art (RCA) have revealed seven invited shortlisted practices for its new state-of-the-art £108million Battersea South campus. Featuring a smattering of architects from Europe, including Herzog & de Meuron and Lacaton & Vassal, and from the USA, such as Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Studio Gang, the organisation intends to announce the winning scheme in October 2016.

Valhalla / Denizen Works

22:00 - 9 August, 2016
Valhalla / Denizen Works, © Ben Blossom
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  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, London, UK
  • Design Team

    Thomas Latjes, Murray Kerr, Andrew Ingham
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Stanton Williams & Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Selected to Design UCL’s Olympic Park Campus

12:00 - 9 August, 2016
Stanton Williams & Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Selected to Design UCL’s Olympic Park Campus, Initial study for internal street. Image Courtesy of Stanton Williams
Initial study for internal street. Image Courtesy of Stanton Williams

University College London (UCL) has selected Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to design buildings for two sites as part of the first phase of the new UCL East campus. The campus will be constructed at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, adjacent to the London Olympics Stadium, Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Center and the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower by Anish Kapoor, and is anticipated to contain facilities for a major new school of design.

Courtesy of Stanton Williams Study model: building form and cast of social spaces. Image Courtesy of Stanton Williams Courtesy of Stanton Williams Courtesy of Stanton Williams +5

Google's King Kross HQ / AHMM

03:00 - 8 August, 2016
Google's King Kross HQ / AHMM, © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar

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  • Architects

  • Location

    6 Pancras Square, 6 King's Blvd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG, United Kingdom
  • Area

    371000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

These Everyday Household Items Convert Light Into Energy

08:00 - 7 August, 2016
These Everyday Household Items Convert Light Into Energy, Courtesy of Caventou
Courtesy of Caventou

London-based design firm Caventou has designed a series of “stained glass” everyday objects that turn daylight into electricity, even indoors.

Integrated with solar cells, Current Table and Current Window are both independent, intelligent power sources that function normally as household items.

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British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK

10:05 - 5 August, 2016
British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK, British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air
British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air

UPDATE: We have added new night photos of the i360 as the ‘breathing’ lighting has been switched on for the first time. The lights were designed by Do-Architecture and can be programmed to display a range of color and pattern options.

David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects, explains, “The concept for the lighting at the top of the tower is that it ‘breathes’, gently increasing and decreasing in intensity at the average rate of a human being breathing at rest.”

The world’s tallest moving observation tower, British Airways i360, will open to the public this Thursday, August 4th. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the firm behind the iconic London Eye, the i360 tower will transport 200 visitors at a time up 138 meters to take in views of the city of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel. With a height to width ratio of more than 40:1, the structure was also designated as the most slender tower in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records after topping out in February.

‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 +55

Bakery Place / Jo Cowen Architects

09:00 - 3 August, 2016
Bakery Place  / Jo Cowen Architects, © David Butler
© David Butler

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Stanton Williams and Asif Khan Selected to Design Future Home for the Museum of London

09:35 - 28 July, 2016
Stanton Williams and Asif Khan Selected to Design Future Home for the Museum of London, © Stanton Williams Architects
© Stanton Williams Architects

Stanton Williams and Asif Khan have been announced as the winners of the competition to design the new Museum of London at West Smithfield. Beating out 70 entries from top firms and a shortlist including BIG, Caruso St. John and Lacaton & Vassal, the winning proposal was selected for its “innovative thinking, sensitivity to the heritage of existing market buildings and understanding of practicalities of creating a great museum experience.”

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The Milkshake Tree / pH+

09:00 - 23 July, 2016
The Milkshake Tree  / pH+, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

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  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0ES, UK
  • Area

    35.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs