The annual Wallpaper* Architects Directory, now in its twelfth year, provides the ultimate little black book to the world’s most promising young practices. For this year’s Directory, Wallpaper* selected twenty studios from around the world. Each was given an open brief to design the ultimate rural retreat. These twenty houses were designed to be flexible and functional, but also formally and technically innovative, sitting on an isolated countryside site. The only sanction was the need for the homes to touch the ground lightly, with minimum disruption to the landscape.
This exhibition, in The Architecture Foundation’s Project Space, unites the featured architects, showcasing all twenty bespoke homes in a single show; a swirling, imaginary topography, designed by emerging UK-based practice Naja de Ostos, who conceived the installation as a blossoming abstracted landscape. Selected highlights of the Wallpaper* Architects Directory and the full list of twenty practices will be revealed in the magazine’s July 2011 issue, and featured in full on wallpaper.com from the exhibition’s opening day.
As part of the exhibition programme, Wallpaper* and The Architecture Foundation have invited a selection of the practices from the 2011 Directory to take part in a series of talks, using the theme of built/unbuilt to explore the relationship between real world commissions and the ideas and approaches that arose out of the open brief for the Directory commission.
The exhibition will run from June 9 to July 14. The talk dates are June 14 and July 5. For more information, including ticket, please click here.
Architects: Jestico + Whiles – Alex Gordon
Location: London, 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
Summer DLab experiments with digital design tools and rapid prototyping techniques as integrated systems of design development. Taking advantage of its unique location within the AA premises in the heart of the London, the workshop will create a vibrant atmosphere not only through its rigorous studio work, but also by its public lecture programme that will share the diverse expertise of professionals from London’s leading offices in the areas of digital design and fabrication techniques.
Experimentation with digital tools and physical assembly techniques will be demonstrated through projects that explore a workflow between computational software, engineering-related analysis and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. Participants will have full access to the AA Digital Prototyping Lab for the fabrication of prototypes and models in various mediums and materials, such as 2D milling (laser cutting), 3D milling (CNC), 3D printing and other forms of physical production.
The deadline for applications is 27 June. A late deadline of 11 July is also in effect, but this will incur a £50 surcharge. Application forms and additional information are available online at: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/d_lab.php and http://dlab.aaschool.ac.uk/. Applications can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Silvertree, designed by Studio RHE, is a landmark 24-storey ‘green’ apartment tower located in London’s Royal Docks. It has been granted planning approval and will commence construction in summer 2011. The mixed-use tower will house 161 high-quality 2-3 bedroom apartments, retail and office space and a cafe.
For more on this project, read on after the break.
Two typical 1940’s semis in a north London suburb have been restructured to create a 7,500 sqf house for an extended family of eleven people. The practice of combining dwellings in this fashion is commonplace in some communities in the UK, although largely on an ad hoc basis and seldom from an architectural standpoint. The house is shared by two brothers, their young families and their grandparents. Jonathan Woolf architects has been interested for some time in the way that UK construction methods rely on materials that are becoming thinner and thinner whilst at the same time striving to retain their surface material qualities. At the same time they have been studying paint as a material in and of itself. This is not a new phenomenon. The Georgians used paint meticulously to define a range of atmospheres that united several different materials within an ‘over-all’ (or ‘all over’) finish. The 1940’s semi is the perfect foil for these pre-occupations.
Architect: Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel
Location: London, England
Project Team: Jonathan Woolf, Bharat Patel, Ben Wright, Carlos Sanchez, Ben Wright, Tomoaki Saito, Verena Hoch, Mattia Donati
Structural Engineer: SVM Consulting Engineers
Building Contractor and Project Management: Heights (UK) Investments Ltd
Project Area: 7,500 sqf
Photographs: David Grandorge, Helene Binet
Tony Fretton Architects completed this hybrid development in central London. Located on the corner of Holland Grove and Vassall Road in Lambeth, South London the building has been commissioned by Future Living Space Ltd, a joint venture from private developers Baylight Properties and Servite Housing Association.
Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: 89 Vassall Road, Lambeth, London, England
Project Team: Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Michael Lee (Project Architect), Simon Jones, Annika Rabi, Sandy Rendel, Nina Lundvall, Matt Barton, Max Lacey
Structural Engineer: Jampel Davison & Bell
Services Engineer: Bailey Associates
Landscape Architect: Schoenaich Landscape Architects Ltd
Main Contractor: Concentra
Project Manager: Jim Green, Baylight Properties
Project Area: 1490 sqm
Photographs: Peter Cook
Millions are following in this precise moment one of the most important weddings of the last few years. Officially, Prince William and Kate Middleton are now husband and wife. Watching the Royal Wedding, I think many of you said: “What is that ugly old-fashioned Royal Carriage they are in? I think they need a new one”. Reza Esmaeeli, an architect and designer currently working at Zaha Hadid Architects in London, apparently thought so, and decided to design a new Royal Wedding Carriage that he shared with us! More images and architect’s description after the break.
Inspired by interwoven twigs of birds’ nests—a form that supports and steadies itself—Bing Thom Architects and Fast + Epp Structural Engineers joined forces to showcase a new and unexpected design innovation using wood from British Columbia. As part of the “Embassies Project” for the London Festival of Architecture (LFA), Canada House was transformed into a demonstration of Vancouver architectural and design expertise with an undulating, 30-foot-high wooden wall wrapped around the corner of the historic embassy building.
Architect: Bing Thom Architects
Location: London, England
Structural Engineer: Paul Fast & Gerry Epp, Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
Contractor: Angus Beattie & Brian Woudstra, StructureCraft Builders
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Morley von Sternberg
The V&A Exhibition Road design by Amanda Levete Architects in London, England strives to break down the boundary that exists between the V&A Museum and the street by taking the museum onto Exhibition Road and bringing Exhibition Road into the museum. It unlocks a the potential to bring new audiences into the museum by exposing it to passersby.
Read on for more information on this project.
The 70-story mixed use tower even while under construction is the tallest building in London’s skyline. Adjacent to London Bridge Station, the building offers increased density to a major public transport node, a key to and suggestive of future London development. London based architectural photographer Andy Spain shared with us photographs he took a few weeks ago of The Shard under construction. Be sure to take a look at our previous coverage of The Shard.
More images after the break, including drawings and renderings from Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
The population growth and the urban centralization lead to an increase of the demand in the real estate market and in the food. One possible solution is the vertical farming. For these reasons, AWR proposes the design of a new skyscraper on the Thames waterfront. The new tower will be inserted into the new city skyline.
The competition requires the design of a vertical farm with a residential use. In The city there is still a strong demand for housing and for public functions in downtown areas where the presence of public transportation makes the site extremely strategic.
The city offers the chance to build a real vertical city, which may include a public plaza, shopping areas, restaurants and residences. Londoners welcomes the macro-structures that allow them to experience the city as well as possible. At the same time this project allows people to do many activities both indoors and outdoors because of the weather. For more information go to the competition’s official website.
Pritzker Prize winning architect Peter Zumthor’s design for the 11th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was revealed today. A design that ‘aims to help its audience take the time to relax, to observe and then, perhaps, start to talk again – maybe not’, the materials are significant in aiding the design which emphasizes the role the senses and emotions play in our experience of architecture. The Pavilion will be Zumthor’s first completed building in the UK
Zumthor shared that ‘the concept for this year’s Pavilion is the hortus conclusus, a contemplative room, a garden within a garden. The building acts as a stage, a backdrop for the interior garden of flowers and light. Through blackness and shadow one enters the building from the lawn and begins the transition into the central garden, a place abstracted from the world of noise and traffic and the smells of London – an interior space within which to sit, to walk, to observe the flowers. This experience will be intense and memorable, as will the materials themselves – full of memory and time.’
Stay tuned to ArchDaily for more images and news on Zumthor’s design for the Pavilion. Our previous coverage of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion can be found here, including Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine Gallery of 2010, and SANAA’s 2009 Serpentine Gallery.
New York based design firm, MANIFESTO, shared with Arch Daily the INFORSTRUCTURE which is the Stratford Information kiosk for the 2012 London Olympics is designed with an aim to provide the public with free and instant access to important information.
Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.
Location: Meridian Square, Stratford London, UK
Client: LBN (London Borough of Newham), DfL (Design for London), London Development Agency
Structural Engineer: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design P.C., Malishev Wilson Engineers
Project Area: 240 sqm
Renderings: Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.
V&A at Dundee, housed in a landmark building on the bank of the River Tay, will be Scotland’s leading centre for design. This display will showcase the six outstanding designs shortlisted for the V&A at Dundee building, including the winning submission from Kengo Kuma and Associates.
In the summer of 2010, PizzaExpress commissioned London design agency Ab Rogers Design (ARD) to transform its Richmond restaurant into a ‘Living Lab’ combining experiential design, advanced developments in restaurant acoustics, and a reenergized approach to display and service. With an innate love of Italy and its inimitable food – not to mention the fond childhood memories of visiting his local branch of PizzaExpress with his Italian grandmother fresh in his mind – Rogers jumped at the chance.
Architect: Ab Rogers Design, in collaboration with DA. Studio
Location: Red Lion Street, London, TW9 1RE., England
Branding and Graphic Design: Graphic Thought Facility
Acoustic Consultant: Sergio Luzzi, Vie En.Ro.Se
Mural Artist: Enzo Apicella
AV and Interactive Consultant: Dominic Robson
Lighting Consultant: Liminaires
Project Management: The Richard Greenwood Partnership
Principle Contractor: Atlas
Photographs: Ab Rogers Design
Second Stage of South Kilburn Master Plan / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Alison Brooks Architects
A second stage of development for the South Kilburn Masterplan is underway as plans submitted by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) were approved last week. The developments span a 2.09 hectare site in the London suburb of South Kilburn, replacing three existing isolated estates with 144 new dwellings.
More on the masterplan after the break.