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UK's First "Naked House" Proposal Aims to Bring Affordability to London's Housing Market

12:45 - 24 April, 2017
Elevation. Image Courtesy of OMMX
Elevation. Image Courtesy of OMMX

The average cost of a home in London has now reached over £500,000 ($640,000), a figure far beyond the reach of the large majority of individuals or families on or below the average UK income (£34,473, or just under $45,000, per year). It’s a story which has been told time and again in recent years; the “housing crisis” of affordability continues to exacerbate the lives of a generation.

For Naked House, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “stripping affordable housing back to the bare essentials,” crisis necessitates a creative response. With support and funding from the GLA (Greater London Authority) and the incumbent Mayor of London, who has awarded a £500,000 grant to the development, they—in collaboration with OMMX—have now made an important step closer to realizing their vision.

Site model. Image Courtesy of OMMX Interior space. Image Courtesy of OMMX Sectional model. Image Courtesy of OMMX Perspective based on the urban typology of a "Mews". Image Courtesy of OMMX +5

Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year

14:00 - 22 April, 2017
Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year, © Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has released updates on four of its latest projects slated for completion this year. The projects, located in the United States and the United Kingdom, include two university arts buildings, a community library, and a cancer support center.

We are very excited about the intensity of the architecture for an unprecedented four Steven Holl Architects’ projects opening in 2017, said Steven Holl. Each ones serves as an inspiring ‘social condenser’ for their community.

Hunters Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University. Image © Steven Holl Architects Hunters Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects Institute for Contemporary Art – Virginia Commonwealth University. Image © Steven Holl Architects +15

GC House / YourArchitectLondon

15:00 - 19 April, 2017
GC House / YourArchitectLondon, © Adrián Vázquez
© Adrián Vázquez

© Adrián Vázquez  © Adrián Vázquez  © Adrián Vázquez  © Adrián Vázquez  +24

London Spa / Richard Bell Architecture

05:00 - 19 April, 2017
London Spa / Richard Bell Architecture, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet          © Hélène Binet          © Hélène Binet          © Hélène Binet          +10

Neo-Bankside Residents Launch Legal Bid Against Herzog & de Meuron's Tate Modern Extension

04:00 - 19 April, 2017
Neo-Bankside Residents Launch Legal Bid Against Herzog & de Meuron's Tate Modern Extension, The proximity of the two projects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The proximity of the two projects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Residents of London's Neo Bankside residential building—a luxury complex of apartments designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners—have launched a legal bid against the Tate Modern to close one side of a public viewing platform, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and completed in 2016, which overlooks their properties. As reported by the Architects' Journal, "the applicants say that their human rights are being breached due to ‘near constant surveillance’ from visitors to the neighbouring attraction." The claim goes as far to argue that visitors to the Southbank gallery "constantly view their flats through binoculars, and post photographs and film of their homes on social media sites."

Night Time is the Right Time

13:05 - 18 April, 2017
Night Time is the Right Time

The Built Environment Trust along with the Mayor of London are seeking ideas that could help cities work better at night. Built environment professionals and the public are encouraged to show policy makers and developers how we might think differently by entering Night Time is the Right Time ideas competition. £2,000 in prize money is on offer and the best entries will be featured in a major exhibition. Amy Lamé, the new Night Czar for London is amongst the high profile judging panel.

Shortlist Announced for 2017 RIBA London Awards

11:30 - 14 April, 2017
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

A total of 85 buildings from the British capital have been shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA London Awards, including projects from Wilkinson Eyre, AHMM, Allies and Morrison, Herzog & de Meuron, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. All 85  buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries, before the regional winners are selected in June of this year. Winning projects will continue on to compete for the RIBA Stirling Prize - the UK's highest honor for architecture.

See a complete list of shortlisted buildings after the break.

Nomadic Bookstore in Milan / AA Museum Lab & Lars Müller Publishers

12:30 - 13 April, 2017
Nomadic Bookstore in Milan / AA Museum Lab & Lars Müller Publishers, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Model. Image Courtesy of AA Museum Lab Pavilion under construction. Image Courtesy of AA Museum Lab Model. Image Courtesy of AA Museum Lab Drawing. Image Courtesy of AA Museum Lab +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Piazza S. Marco, 2, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Tutors

    Giulia Foscari, Harikleia Karamali (Architectural Association)
  • Client

    Lars Müller
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

This Interactive Map Shows How London Has Changed Over the Past 100 Years

16:00 - 12 April, 2017
This Interactive Map Shows How London Has Changed Over the Past 100 Years, Houses of Parliament – Then and Now. Image Courtesy of Expedia
Houses of Parliament – Then and Now. Image Courtesy of Expedia

Go on a virtual stroll through century-old London, with this new interactive map produced by Expedia. Named “Historic London,” the app takes you through 14 notable sites throughout the British capital, from Buckingham Palace to a view of St. Paul’s Cathedral from Fleet Street. Archival images of the sites from the late 1800s and early 1900s are overlayed onto the streetview of today, so you can easily compare what has and hasn’t changed over the last 100 years.

Check out the interactive map for yourself below:

The Singularity of the Skyscraper: Studies in Form and Façade

04:00 - 11 April, 2017
The Singularity of the Skyscraper: Studies in Form and Façade, New York. Image © Florian W. Mueller
New York. Image © Florian W. Mueller

Florian W. Mueller's Singularity series is, in the photographer's own words, "just the building – reduced to the max." These deceptively simple shots of the summits of skyscrapers from around Europe and North America, each set against in infinite gradient of sky, are symbols of architecture's effort to reach ever higher in evermore unique ways. For Mueller, who is based in Cologne, they are an attempt at abstraction. In isolation—and especially when viewed together—they are remarkably revealing as studies of form and façade.

Cologne. Image © Florian W. Mueller Hong Kong. Image © Florian W. Mueller Hamburg. Image © Florian W. Mueller London. Image © Florian W. Mueller +21

The Courtyard House / De Rosee Sa

03:00 - 10 April, 2017
The Courtyard House / De Rosee Sa, ©  Alexander James Photography
© Alexander James Photography

©  Alexander James Photography ©  Alexander James Photography ©  Alexander James Photography ©  Alexander James Photography +26

Garden Studio Gym in North London / EASTWEST ARCHITECTURE

09:00 - 9 April, 2017
Garden Studio Gym in North London / EASTWEST ARCHITECTURE, © Naaro photographers
© Naaro photographers

© Naaro photographers            © Naaro photographers            © Naaro photographers            © Naaro photographers            +10

Wembley National Stadium / Foster + Partners

15:00 - 5 April, 2017
Wembley National Stadium / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

© Nigel Young    © Nigel Young    © Nigel Young    © Nigel Young    +39

Arup Designs Prototype Building Based on Circular Economy Principles

06:00 - 30 March, 2017
Arup Designs Prototype Building Based on Circular Economy Principles, © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

In a prototype developed for the 2016 London Design Festival, Arup Associates designed The Circular Building, one of the first buildings in the UK built to satisfy Circular Economy principles, in which “all components need to be implemented and utilized to their full potential and to the duration of their life cycle, while creating a comfortable and aesthetic environment for the user.”

In order to achieve these goals, designers and engineers worked together to refine the application of prefabricated construction techniques, producing details that utilize finely tuned engineering rather than mechanical fixings. Through this methodology, the team was able to create a low-waste, self-supporting, and demountable structurally integrated panel (SIPs) wall system (which used cladding provided by Accoya) with reusable clamp connections between the wall and recycled steel frame elements, as well as sustainably sourced, heat treated timber for the cladding and decking.

Treves & Hyde / Grzywinski+Pons

05:00 - 29 March, 2017
Treves & Hyde / Grzywinski+Pons, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

© Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley +25

Understanding British Postmodernism (Hint: It’s Not What You Thought)

04:00 - 29 March, 2017
Understanding British Postmodernism (Hint: It’s Not What You Thought), Staff Accommodation block at St Paul’s Girl’s School, by John Melvin (1985), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin
Staff Accommodation block at St Paul’s Girl’s School, by John Melvin (1985), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin

In this essay by the British architect and academic Dr. Timothy Brittain-Catlin, the very notion of British postmodernism—today often referred to as intimately tied to the work of James Stirling and the the thinking of Charles Jencks—is held to the light. Its true origins, he argues, are more historically rooted.

I grew up in a beautiful late Victorian terrace with ornamental brickwork, shaped ‘Dutch’ gables and pretty arts and crafts stained glass windows – and so I didn’t think then, and I don’t think now, that I had much to learn from Las Vegas. It turns out that I wasn’t the only one. Of British architects who made their names as postmodernists in the 1980s, not a single one would say now that they owed much to Robert Venturi, the American architect widely considered to be a grandfather of movement.

Mercers’ House, Essex Road, Highbury, London, by John Melvin (1992), photographed by Martin Charles. Doctors’ Surgery frontage to Mitchison Road. Image © John Melvin Mercers’ House, Essex Road, Highbury, London, by John Melvin (1992), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin Epping Forest Civic Offices, by Richard Reid (1984-90). Axonometric by Richard Reid. Image © Richard Reid & Associates Mercers’ House, Essex Road, Highbury, London, by John Melvin (1992), photographed by Martin Charles. Image © John Melvin +6

These Statuettes of Architectural Landmarks Offer a Stylish Alternative to Typical Souvenirs

12:00 - 25 March, 2017
These Statuettes of Architectural Landmarks Offer a Stylish Alternative to Typical Souvenirs, Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov
Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov

Russian designer Konstantin Kolesov has created a collection of finely-crafted souvenirs celebrating iconic architectural landmarks from around the globe. The Jsouv Collection consists of 15 pieces, depicting landmarks from New York, London, Tokyo, Dubai and more. Crafted from solid aluminum, the souvenirs are accompanied by a natural walnut base engraved with a 2D emblem of the city in question. With the souvenirs currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, Jsouv is also offering a t-shirt collection with unique prints of each city and landmark.

Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov +14

Unique Brutalism - Celebrating 35 Years of the Barbican

12:00 - 19 March, 2017
Unique Brutalism - Celebrating 35 Years of the Barbican, Barbican Complex, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare
Barbican Complex, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare

The Barbican Centre in London is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of the Brutalist movement, the mixed-use development is home to 4,000 residents, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Located in the heart of London, the Barbican is just one example of how Brutalist architecture forms a central part of our cities. To celebrate this progressive, modernizing, sometimes controversial style, GoCompare has created an online gallery illustrating Brutalist icons from across the world.

Unite D'Habitation, Marseille, France. Image Courtesy of GoCompare De Rotterdam, Netherlands. Image Courtesy of GoCompare Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada. Image Courtesy of GoCompare The Balfron Tower, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare +9