Trailer for Ballard-Inspired "High Rise" Film Shows Life Inside a Brutalist Megastructure

06:00 - 22 December, 2015

“Ever wanted something more?” asks Robert Laing, the character played by Tom Hiddleston in the new trailer for “High Rise” - an upcoming film based off of the 1975 novel by new wave science fiction author J.G. Ballard. Filmed as a advertisement for the brutalist tower, the complex boasts that with its numerous amenities, “there is almost no reason to leave,” prefiguring the story's unsettling premise.

Befitting the architecturally-inspired tale, the architecture seen in the snapshots shows off a concrete megastructure, with beautiful board-formed concrete walls elegantly highlighting and contrasting with the modernist furniture and shag surfaces of the interiors. Not unlike the real-life brutalist residential megastructure The Barbican, the High Rise features a supermarket, gym, swimming pool, spa, and school. Perhaps that is why Laing describes the film’s setting as “distinctly and definitively British.” Watch the video for a first look at film, to be released in theaters in 2016, and find out more at the tongue-in-cheek website for the building's fictional designer, anthonyroyalarchitecture.co.uk.

Dean of 'The Cass' in London Resigns Over Proposed Relocation Plans

04:00 - 22 December, 2015
Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Image © David Grandorge
Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Image © David Grandorge

Robert Mull, former Dean of London Metropolitan University's Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design—also known as 'The Cass'—has resigned over a dispute about proposed relocation plans for the school's campus in Aldgate, East London. As reported in The Independentcampaigners argue that the move, which was first announced in October 2015 by the university's Vice Chancellor John Raftery, would cause courses and jobs to be unnecessarily cut. The university's vision, named 'One Campus, One Community', aims to invest £125million ($185million) to create "a new, single campus in Islington, north London, bringing all of the [university's] faculties together on one site for the first time in the institution’s 170-year history."

Hello Wood Creates Three Christmas Trees in Budapest, London and Manchester

04:00 - 21 December, 2015
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry

For the third consecutive year, Hello Wood—an international educational platform of design and architecture based in Hungary—have "rethought the Christmas Tree." Their three festive installations, in London, Manchester and Budapest, have been designed to live beyond the holiday season and will be recycled into new structures to help different causes in the New Year. "The role of architecture has changed a lot in the last few years," says Peter Pozsar, co-founder of Hello Wood. "Hello Wood represents this socially responsive architecture."

View the three projects after the break.

C-Space / BuckleyGrayYeoman

05:00 - 19 December, 2015
© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow +14

Heatherwick to Transform Historic Coal Drop Buildings into New King's Cross Shopping Area

14:00 - 18 December, 2015
© ForbesMassie
© ForbesMassie

Heatherwick Studio has received approval to realize a new shopping area at King's Cross in London. By 2018, the practice will transform the city's 1850 historic Coal Drops Yard buildings into an "eclectic mix" of 65 boutique and destination shops and restaurants.

"Over a two-year restoration and build process, Londoners will see the existing Victorian buildings – the East and West Coal Drops and Wharf Road Arches – refurbished and re-purposed in a way that creates a stunning new upper level and improves connectivity, whilst allowing the original forms and functions to be read," says the architects. 

Oliver Wainwright on London's "Tortured Heap of Towers"

12:15 - 14 December, 2015
© The Guardian
© The Guardian

The Guardian's latest, Oliver Wainwright and Monica Ulmanu discuss London's controversial skyline and the forces that shape it. "Perhaps the tortured heap of towers that seem to be the future of London’s skyline (some thrilling, some monstrous, all very large) is inevitable," says Wainwright. "It is a vertical expression of the Square Mile’s medieval street pattern, forced skywards by global finance and massaged by reactive planning – the chaotic cocktail of invisible forces shaping the city." Read the whole article, here

4 Shortlisted to Revamp Palace of Westminster

12:00 - 10 December, 2015
Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament). Image © David Hunt
Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament). Image © David Hunt

Foster + Partners, HOK, BDP and Allies and Morrison have been shortlisted in a bid to "restore and renew" London's Palace of Westminster. As BD reports, the massive project is estimated to cost at least £3.5 billion and last more than six years (possibly up to 32 years). A team will be selected next year. Work will begin in 2020. 

A Vision for Future London Underground Stations

04:00 - 9 December, 2015
© Studio Egret West
© Studio Egret West

London-based practice Studio Egret West have developed designs for future London Underground stations which centre on a holistic approach to infrastructure design. The so-called 'Station Design Idiom' is, according to the designers, "deliberately wide-ranging." As a manifesto, it "covers small interventions, like repainting, through to full station refurbishments and new builds" and "complements existing London Underground standards and guidance and is the first port of call for all design decision-making on the network."

The Archive Studio / Jonathan Tuckey Design

15:00 - 7 December, 2015
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© DirkL indner

© DirkL indner © DirkL indner © DirkL indner © DirkL indner +20

Eric Parry Architects Unveil 73-Storey Tower for London's Financial District

04:00 - 7 December, 2015
1 Undershaft / Eric Parry Architects. Image © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects
1 Undershaft / Eric Parry Architects. Image © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects

London-based Eric Parry Architects have unveiled a design proposal for a 73-storey office tower in the heart of London's financial district. Named '1 Undershaft', after its street address, the building will be one of the tallest in the city (standing at 294.6m) competing only with Piano's Shard (306m). Having been commissioned by Aroland Holdings (Singapore), the tower will contain 90,000sqm of internal space and feature "a new public square at its base" and "the capital's tallest free public viewing gallery at the top," according to Parry. It will stand in place of the existing 'Aviva Tower'.

Bone-Like Plastic Structures Form Biodegradeable Temporary Pavilions With "Osteobotics"

09:30 - 6 December, 2015
Courtesy of AADRL, AA School, London, UK.
Courtesy of AADRL, AA School, London, UK.

Architecture can be built with compressive elements and with tensile elements, but few materials have the ability to be stretched and also retain compressive strength. In a new project from Architectural Association DRL students Soulaf Aburas, Maria Velasquez, Giannis Nikas, and Mattia Santi, one of those materials, Polycaprolactone, a biodegradable polyester, is used to create framework from temporary pavilions and installations. Constructed using programmable robotic arms, the resulting product is a joint-less, self-supporting mono-material that shares a visual similarity to the structure of bones - giving the project its name, Osteobotics.

Courtesy of AADRL, AA School, London, UK. Courtesy of AADRL, AA School, London, UK. Courtesy of AADRL, AA School, London, UK. Courtesy of AADRL, AA School, London, UK. +21

Create Your Own Holiday Scenes With Rich McCor's Paper Cutouts

08:00 - 6 December, 2015
© Rich McCor
© Rich McCor

After reimagining famous landmarks with paper cutouts, photographer Rich McCor is back, this time with holiday-themed scenes based in London’s Covent Garden.

2015 RIBA President's Medals Winners Announced

07:00 - 4 December, 2015
'The Heteroglossic City' (RIBA Silver Medal: Finn Wilkie, Mackintosh School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA
'The Heteroglossic City' (RIBA Silver Medal: Finn Wilkie, Mackintosh School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the President’s Medals Student Awards at a special event yesterday in London. The awards, recognised as the world’s most prestigious in architectural education, were inaugurated in 1836 (making them, including the RIBA Gold Medal, the institute's oldest award). Three medals in particular – the Bronze for a Part I student (Bachelor level), the Silver for a Part II student (Master level), and the Dissertation Medal – are awarded to “promote excellence in the study of architecture [and] to reward talent and to encourage architectural debate worldwide.” In addition to these, the winners of the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing and the inaugural RIBA Research Medal alongside a rostra of commendations have also been announced.

See the winning projects and a full list of commendations after the break.

3. Serjeant Award (Part 2): Benjamin Ferns (Bartlett School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA 1. RIBA Bronze Medal: Boon Yik Chung (Bartlett School of Architecture). Image Courtesy of RIBA RIBA Dissertation Medal: Marie Price (University of Westminster). Image Courtesy of RIBA 4. Serjeant Award (Part 1): Andrew Chard (Oxford Brookes). Image Courtesy of RIBA +43

5 Shortlisted to Redesign the Entrance of London's Science Museum

16:00 - 2 December, 2015
© Flickr CC User Science Museum London
© Flickr CC User Science Museum London

Farshid Moussavi and HAT Projects are among five shortlisted to redesign the entrance of London's Science Museum. The project, slated to complete in 2019, calls for a "new, generous and contemporary entrance" as part of an overall masterplan that seeks to transform a third of the museum over the next five years. 

“The profile and breadth of the shortlisted practices reflect the level of interest generated for this appointment and the ambition of the Science Museum’s masterplan,” said a museum spokesperson. 

The full shortlist includes: 

Herzog & de Meuron Release Updated Images of the New Chelsea FC Stadium in London

07:30 - 2 December, 2015
© Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Following the announcement earlier this year that Herzog & de Meuron were developing designs for a new £500million stadium for Chelsea Football Club, the Swiss practice have released a series of official images which narrate the project's design intentions and contextual implications. The new stadium, which will be built in place of the football club's existing stadium at Stamford Bridge, will contain a "three-tier, four-stand, bowl with a capacity of 60,000 supporters" (compared to the current 41,837 capacity) and have around 60,000sqm of facilities housed within its ribbed shell.

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aLL Design Reveals Plans for Residential Tower in South London

06:00 - 1 December, 2015
© aLL Design
© aLL Design

Will Alsop’s practice aLL Design has revealed the plans for its new 15-story residential tower in Vauxhall’s new arts district on Newport Street in south London. The project, called The Beacon, was commissioned by Newport Street Projects (NSP), which was formed solely for the development of the up-and-coming area.

The Beacon will be 1,735 square meters, with a narrowed footprint at the ground level, giving back 38% of street-level space to be used as public seating, landscaping, and permanent art installations.

Royal College of Art Woo Building / Haworth Tompkins

05:00 - 1 December, 2015
Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins
Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins

Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins Courtesy of Haworth Tompkins +38

Five New Partners Appointed in Rogers Stirk Harbour as Mike Davies Steps Down

04:00 - 18 November, 2015
Pompidou Centre, Paris / Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. Image via incollect
Pompidou Centre, Paris / Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. Image via incollect

London-based practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have announced the elevation of five associates to partner level while Mike Davies CBE, who has worked alongside Lord Rogers for more than forty years, will be reducing his roles. Davies has been involved in some of the practice's most significant projects including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Lloyd's of London, the Millennium Dome, and Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport. As a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Davies is currently the project director for Grand Paris, the masterplan for Greater Paris 2025 which was commissioned by former President Nicolas Sarkozy. According to RSHP, Davies "will remain employed in a part-time role."