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Inside the UK's New Attack on Brutalism

06:00 - 14 November, 2016
Inside the UK's New Attack on Brutalism, Royal National Theatre, London. Image © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
Royal National Theatre, London. Image © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner

UK transport minister John Hayes has declared war on Brutalist architecture, The Independent reports. Citing public distaste for the functional, modern designs characterized by exposed concrete and brick masonry, Hayes warned against a revival of the style, referring to it as "aesthetically worthless, simply because it is ugly." Meanwhile, Hayes named Boris Johnson's New Routemaster and the redeveloped St. Pancras, Blackfriars, and King's Cross stations as specimens of exemplary design. At the heart of this ire is a push to rebuild a Doric arch outside Euston station, which was demolished in 1962.

Pear Tree House / Edgley Design

05:00 - 14 November, 2016
Pear Tree House / Edgley Design, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

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  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Jake Edgley, Andrew Ingham
  • Area

    425.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Serie Architects Releases RCA Battersea Campus Proposal

08:00 - 13 November, 2016
Serie Architects Releases RCA Battersea Campus Proposal, Courtesy of Serie Architects
Courtesy of Serie Architects

Serie Architects has released its proposal for the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) campus in Battersea, London. Designed for the campus’ competition—which was won by Herzog & de Meuron—the 15,000-square-meter project would house the schools of architecture, material, and fine art, as well as specialist research centers and entrepreneurial incubators. 

In an effort to create a spatial model that encourages collaboration across academic disciplines, the proposal centers on the idea of stacked planes, or “tables,” each of which defines a particular space, but which is not enclosed. The resulting space, through the overlapping of tables and double- and triple-height ceilings, creates an open and highly visible environment.

Courtesy of Serie Architects Courtesy of Serie Architects Courtesy of Serie Architects Courtesy of Serie Architects +22

Tara Theatre / Aedas

05:00 - 13 November, 2016
Tara Theatre / Aedas, © Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

Herzog & de Meuron Wins Competition for Royal College of Art Center

11:15 - 10 November, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron Wins Competition for Royal College of Art Center, © 2016, Herzog & de Meuron
© 2016, Herzog & de Meuron

The Royal College of Art (RCA) has announced that Herzog & de Meuron has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a strategic approach for the center at its new £108m Battersea South campus.

Beating out runner-up practices Christian Kerez (Switzerland), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US), Lacaton & Vassal (France), Robbrecht en Daem architecten (Belgium), Serie Architects (UK/Singapore) and Studio Gang (US), the winning proposal was lauded for its “strong engagement with the existing College buildings and wider surroundings in Battersea.”

Leman Locke / Grzywinski+Pons

05:00 - 9 November, 2016
Leman Locke / Grzywinski+Pons, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

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Steven Holl on Combining Heritage and Modern Healthcare Design at His Maggie's Centre Barts

09:30 - 8 November, 2016
Steven Holl on Combining Heritage and Modern Healthcare Design at His Maggie's Centre Barts, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Q&A: Steven Holl."

For twenty years, Maggie's Centres have been providing cancer treatment to patients within thoughtful, beautiful spaces designed by renowned architects like Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid. Steven Holl's Maggie's Center Barts, located adjacent to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London, is slated to open at the end of this year. While the design has been somewhat controversial in the UK due to its contemporary nature, the cancer care facility incorporates innovative lighting, sustainable materials, and a compact structure in a way that is—according to the architect—entirely complementary to its historical neighbors. We spoke with the renowned architect to learn more about the project and what it has meant to him over the past four years.

Look Inside a Collection of London-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

03:30 - 7 November, 2016
Look Inside a Collection of London-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently shot the second collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – in London. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki), Goodwin has turned his lens to a broad collection of practices in the British capital, captured in just seven days. From Zaha Hadid Architects' former school to Foster + Partner's monumental studios on the banks of the River Thames, here are a series of surprising places that architectural offices call home.

JTP and Ed Barsley Win the Resilient Home for the Future Award

14:00 - 6 November, 2016
JTP and Ed Barsley Win the Resilient Home for the Future Award, Courtesy of JTP Architects
Courtesy of JTP Architects

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards has selected the recipient for its Resilient Home for the Future Award: "A Home for All Seasons" by JTP Architects and environmental design specialist Ed Barsley.  JTP and Ed Barsley's proposal was chosen from four other entries by means of a public vote. Competition requirements asked for designs to respond to potential flooding and overheating — two of climate change's impending variables.  

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2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Award Winners Announced

12:00 - 5 November, 2016
2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Award Winners Announced, © BCarchitects&studies
© BCarchitects&studies

The winners of the 2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Awards have recently been announced. Categories for this year’s competition were Community Engagement, New Building, Urban Design, and Emerging Talent. The awards were given during the INTBAU World Congress 2016, a biennial forum that brings together international participants to debate the most pressing global issues facing building, architecture, and urbanism.

"I join my jurors in applauding the considerable depth and breadth of this year's award submissions," said Anne Fairfax, President a Fairfax & Sammons Architects and jury chair of the Excellence Awards. "We found the projects to be thoughtful in leading by example in the use of traditional design but we were also pleased to see the positive social activism and environmental responsibility that characterized many of the projects, reaching deep into the values of the INTBAU mission."

The winners of the 2016 INTBAU World Congress Excellence Awards are:

Nex Architecture Unveils Design for New Royal Air Force Museum in London

06:00 - 2 November, 2016
Nex Architecture Unveils Design for New Royal Air Force Museum in London, © Hayes Davidson
© Hayes Davidson

London-based firm Nex—Architecture has unveiled its plans for a new Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum as a part of the RAF’s 2018 Centenary Program. The new project will revitalize an existing RAF museum in North London that was created in 1972, transforming it into a visitor facility and promoting the airfield heritage of the museum’s location. 

The new scheme will put emphasis on improving visitor experience by “establishing a clear route through the exhibition spaces.” A prominent new 40-meter-long entrance and visitor center will be placed inside the Hangar 1 building, acting as a welcome and orientation point.

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Forest Mews / Stolon Studio Ltd

11:00 - 26 October, 2016
Forest Mews / Stolon Studio Ltd, © Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

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Heathrow Illustrations Envision the Future of Sustainable Airports

08:00 - 25 October, 2016

Alongside designer Paul Tinker and developer Esteban Almiron, UK-based illustrator Sam Chivers has created a series of animations visualizing the sustainable development of airports for a recent Guardian piece. The animations, which describe the topics of transport, alternative energy, noise reduction, airport terminal design, biodiversity, and fuel efficiency, capture the passage of time from morning to evening in Heathrow Airport in London.

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AA Summer DLAB Program Applies Computational Design to Concrete

06:00 - 24 October, 2016

Update: We've added a video of the process to the article!

This year's Architectural Association (AA) Summer DLAB program culminated in Weave.X, the final working prototype of three-dimensionally interwoven concrete structures. Designed and fabricated by 21 participants from 11 countries in July and August, the prototype explores computational design, geometry rationalization, material behavior, and robotic fabrication as applied to concrete and robotic rod-bending techniques. The result is a network of self-supporting concrete branches that envelop an amorphous enclosure.

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Latymer Upper School Sports Centre / FaulknerBrowns Architects

13:00 - 21 October, 2016
Latymer Upper School Sports Centre / FaulknerBrowns Architects, © Guy Archard
© Guy Archard

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Apple Regent Street / Foster + Partners

09:00 - 21 October, 2016
Apple Regent Street  / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

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Harvey Road / Erbar Mattes

13:00 - 20 October, 2016
Harvey Road / Erbar Mattes, © Stale Eriksen
© Stale Eriksen

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Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren

06:00 - 20 October, 2016
Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren, St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/locosteve/8287719102'>Flickr user locosteve</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © Flickr user locosteve licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Sir Christopher Wren (20 October 1632 - 25 February 1723) is one the most significant architects in British history, and was a recognized astronomer, scholar, and physicist-mathematician. Wren was classically trained at University of Oxford in physics and engineering where he developed his interest in architecture. He is perhaps most famous for designing London's iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, however he is credited with the design of dozens of other churches, government buildings, and hospitals in England. Wren was knighted in 1673.