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A Cruise from Lisbon to London

10:22 - 11 July, 2017
A Cruise from Lisbon to London, Panorama of Lisbon
Panorama of Lisbon

Discover the cultural and architectural heritage of coastal Europe on an exclusive ten-day tour with Architectural Adventures.

From the medieval architecture of Portugal and the cathedrals of northern Spain to the hallowed beaches of Normandy and London’s iconic Tower Bridge, a once-in-a-lifetime trip awaits you along Europe’s stunning Atlantic shores. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Oporto, Santiago de Compostela, and Mont-St-Michel, and enjoy touring the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and sailing past the white cliffs of Dover en route to the River Thames and London, all aboard the elegant five-star ship M.S. Le Boréal.

RIBA Releases Statement Addressing Grenfell Fire Tragedy

12:00 - 8 July, 2017
RIBA Releases Statement Addressing Grenfell Fire Tragedy, © Wikimedia User Stemoc (CC-BY-4.0)
© Wikimedia User Stemoc (CC-BY-4.0)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released an official statement on design for fire safety following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire on June 14. The causes and aftermath of the catastrophic fire, which ravaged 27 storeys of the council estate in the London borough of North Kensington are currently under investigation, with a team of 250+ working on operations including recovering and identifying victims (the death toll has risen to 80+) according to recent reports from the BBC and the Met Police. The aluminium-composite cladding Reynobond PE - identified as one of the main reasons for the fire’s spread up the building’s façade has sparked outrage over failed safety regulations and debate over the lack of responsibility behind the building’s (and many others) construction overall. Further fire safety tests revealed the cladding to be present in up to 60 similar council estates with more being urged to submit samples for testing.

For a quick summary, we’ve covered some key points from each of the 3 sections addressed RIBA's statement below:

Royal Academy of Arts Adds Permanent Architecture Gallery to Chipperfield Renovation Plans

14:00 - 7 July, 2017
Royal Academy of Arts Adds Permanent Architecture Gallery to Chipperfield Renovation Plans, The Royal Academy’s north-facing entrance, Burlington Gardens. Image © Hayes Davidson. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy’s north-facing entrance, Burlington Gardens. Image © Hayes Davidson. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts

London’s Royal Academy of Arts has announced plans for a new permanent architecture-specific gallery and the creation of two new international architecture awards as part of the RA’s mission to “garner a wider appreciation and understanding of architecture, bringing to the fore its vital relationship to culture and society.”

The new architecture space, along with a cafe, will be housed within the Dorfman Senate Rooms in Burlington Gardens, allowing the academy to show architectural exhibition year-round. The architecture rooms join wider renovation plans led by David Chipperfield Architects that will also include a new naturally-lit theater.

Cross-section of the Royal Academy’s site in 2018. Image © David Chipperfield Architects. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts Architecture Studio in 2018. Image © David Chipperfield Architects. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts The Dorfman Senate Rooms in 2018. Image © David Chipperfield Architects. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts © David Chipperfield Architects. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts + 10

V&A Museum / AL_A

03:00 - 4 July, 2017
© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Area

    6360.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Fulham Pavilion / Silver & Co.

05:00 - 1 July, 2017
Fulham Pavilion / Silver & Co., © Jason Taylor
© Jason Taylor

© Jason Taylor © Jason Taylor © Jason Taylor © Jason Taylor + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Lead Architect

    Satchel Tang
  • Area

    42.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

C.F. Møller to Lead Design of Project Replacing Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens

14:45 - 29 June, 2017
C.F. Møller to Lead Design of Project Replacing Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

The Swan Housing Association has announced the appointment of Danish firm C.F. Møller to join Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop in designing housing projects for the Blackwall Reach regeneration plan, a £300 million redevelopment effort which will replace Alison and Peter Smithson’s Brutalist east London estate, Robin Hood Gardens.

As leaders of Phase 3 of the plan, C.F. Møller will design housing for the eastern portion of the site. A total of 330 one- to five-bedroom residential units, half of which have been designated as affordable, will be located within a courtyard block complex at the edge of an existing garden mound – one of the few elements of the original estate that will be retained. The garden is planned to be replanted and renamed the “Millennium Green.” 

See Inside AL_A's Now-Open London V&A Museum Addition

14:10 - 28 June, 2017

I really believe that the role of the museum is to go beyond the boundaries of the building and to engage in contemporary life, so by creating a new public outdoor space – a new courtyard, a new place – we’ve renegotiated the relationship between street and museum

In this video from CNN Style, director Matthew Donaldson takes us inside the just completed courtyard entrance and extension of London’s V&A Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design. Designed by AL_A, the newly completed space features 11,840 square feet of flexible gallery space and the world’s first public courtyard constructed entirely of porcelain, paved with 11,000 tiles in 15 different patterns handcrafted by Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, the Netherlands' oldest registered company.

Featuring narration by Amanda Levete, founder of AL_A, the video offers an intimate look at the project’s above- and below-ground spaces, including the entry pavilion, sleek new stair and skylight-lit galleries.

The Sackler Courtyard and Cafe, V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow Descending staircase, the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow The Sainsbury Gallery, The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. Image © Hufton + Crow + 13

Richard and Su Rogers's Wimbledon House Photographed by Iwan Baan

10:15 - 28 June, 2017
Richard and Su Rogers's Wimbledon House Photographed by Iwan Baan, Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan
Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan

Following extensive renovations led by Philip Gumuchdjian and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, 'Wimbledon House'—formerly known as the Rogers House or '22 Parkside'—has reopened as the Harvard GSD's primary residence and London venue for the Richard Rogers Fellowship.

Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Image © Iwan Baan + 16

Salesian Community House / MSMR Architects

09:00 - 25 June, 2017
Salesian Community House / MSMR Architects, © JZA Photography
© JZA Photography

© Will Scott © JZA Photography © JZA Photography © JZA Photography + 23

Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

12:00 - 23 June, 2017
Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Following the opening of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed this year by Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture), photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to London. Designed to mimic a tree, or a canopy of trees, the wooden structure has been designed to fuse cultural references from Kéré's home town of Gando in Burkino Faso with more "experimental" construction techniques. His ambition is that the pavilion becomes a social condenser – "a symbol of storytelling and togetherness."

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 41

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

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