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Monocle 24 Explores Creative Uses of Wood in Contemporary Architecture and Design

04:00 - 10 October, 2016

In this edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the show explores how wood is being used creatively at every scale by designers and architects today. From the "timber terrazzo" of London-based designer Conor Taylor, to the four protected (yet threatened) wooden escalators at Sydney's Wynyard Railway Station, the episode questions how innovative designers are, or need to be, with this age-old tried and tested material. Finally, the show visits Folkhem in Sweden – a construction company who believe wood "to be superior to conventional alternatives in almost every respect, from construction time to acoustic properties."

Mews House / Russell Jones

03:00 - 7 October, 2016
Mews House / Russell Jones, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner +32

Dulwich College Laboratory / Grimshaw

09:00 - 6 October, 2016
Dulwich College Laboratory / Grimshaw, © Daniel Shearing
© Daniel Shearing

© Daniel Shearing © Daniel Shearing © Daniel Shearing © Daniel Shearing +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Area

    4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Daniel Shearing, Courtesy of Unknown

Sea Containers / BDG architecture + design and Matheson Whiteley

05:00 - 2 October, 2016
Sea Containers / BDG architecture + design and Matheson Whiteley, © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

© Maris Mezulis Studio © Gareth Gardner © Maris Mezulis Studio © Gareth Gardner +43

Barretts Grove / GROUPWORK

09:00 - 29 September, 2016
Barretts Grove  / GROUPWORK, Courtesy of GROUPWORK
Courtesy of GROUPWORK

Courtesy of GROUPWORK Courtesy of GROUPWORK Courtesy of GROUPWORK Courtesy of GROUPWORK +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Dale Elliott
  • Assistant Architects

    Sam Douek, Nerissa Yeung
  • Senior Architect

    Amin Taha
  • Area

    635.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of GROUPWORK

Apple To Create New London Campus at Battersea Power Station

04:00 - 29 September, 2016
Apple To Create New London Campus at Battersea Power Station, Visualization of the Battersea development, with the Grade II* Listed former power station at its heart. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Development
Visualization of the Battersea development, with the Grade II* Listed former power station at its heart. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Development

US tech-giant Apple Inc. have revealed that they will consolidate their UK operations to "a new Apple campus" in London's Battersea, at the heart of a site formerly occupied by the derelict Grade II* Listed Battersea Power Station. The 42-acre complex, which is currently undergoing major redevelopment (and is soon to have a public square designed by BIG connecting to the Electric Boulevard development designed by Norman Foster and Frank Gehry), will provide a mix of commercial space and residential zones. According to the London Evening Standard, Apple will be relocating around 1,400 staff from eight sites around the British capital to the former power station, occupying all six floors of the restored building's extensive new office space. They will be the site's single largest single tenant.

How 'Little Architect' is Connecting Children With the Future of Their Cities

06:00 - 26 September, 2016
How 'Little Architect' is Connecting Children With the Future of Their Cities, Courtesy of Little Architect
Courtesy of Little Architect

Little Architect is a program at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Created in 2013, the program is focused on teaching architecture to primary school age children, obtaining amazing results with more than 2,400 children from different backgrounds receiving architectural lessons. They are especially focused on running their program in low-income areas and state schools in London.

"Our responsibility as architects is not just to design but also to bring architecture to society and to create an awareness about urban issues and contemporary architecture within the people who inhabit it," says Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido, author and director of the program. 

Courtesy of Little Architect Courtesy of Capco Capital and Counties Courtesy of Little Architect Courtesy of Little Architect +21

Barber and Osgerby's Installation Throws Caution to the Wind for The London Design Biennale

08:00 - 25 September, 2016

In this video from CNN Style, London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby discuss Forecast, a wind-powered installation they created in collaboration with V&A Museum for the first London Design Biennale. With the intent to help city residents find their way “at a time of turbulence,” the installation responds to the Biennale's theme "Utopia by Design." 

Courtesy of Barber & Osgerby Courtesy of Barber & Osgerby Courtesy of Barber & Osgerby © Ed Reeve +7

Sam Jacob Studio "Resurrects" Unrealized Adolf Loos Mausoleum in London Cemetery

14:00 - 24 September, 2016
Sam Jacob Studio "Resurrects" Unrealized Adolf Loos Mausoleum in London Cemetery , © Sarah Duncan
© Sarah Duncan

Sam Jacob Studio has created a replica of Adolf Loos’ unrealized 1921 mausoleum in Highgate Cemetary, London, which is home to the graves of Karl Marx and Malcolm McLaren, amongst other notable figures.

© Harry Mitchell © Sarah Duncan © Sarah Duncan © Harry Mitchell +6

14 Mowbray Road / Walker Bushe Architects

15:00 - 19 September, 2016
14 Mowbray Road / Walker Bushe Architects, © Antonio Visceglia
© Antonio Visceglia

© Antonio Visceglia © Antonio Visceglia © Antonio Visceglia © Antonio Visceglia +19

Malcolm Reading Consultants Announces UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition

14:00 - 14 September, 2016
Malcolm Reading Consultants Announces UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition, via Malcolm Reading Consultants
via Malcolm Reading Consultants

The UK Government and Malcolm Reading Consultants have announced today an international competition for the design of a new National Memorial to commemorate the events of the Holocaust.

To be located next to Parliament in Victoria Tower Gardens in London, the new national landmark will "demonstrate the UK’s commitment to honouring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, providing a place for quiet reflection as well as large-scale national commemorations." The competition brief also calls for the design of a potential below-ground learning center to accompany the memorial, which would provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Holocaust and the context of the memorial itself.

London II / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

13:00 - 14 September, 2016
London II  / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +23

OMA/Shohei Shigematsu-Designed Installation for "An Occupation of Loss" Opens Today at Park Avenue Armory

16:10 - 13 September, 2016
OMA/Shohei Shigematsu-Designed Installation for "An Occupation of Loss" Opens Today at Park Avenue Armory, An Occupation of Loss / Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu. Image courtesy OMA. Image © Naho Kubota
An Occupation of Loss / Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu. Image courtesy OMA. Image © Naho Kubota

Artist Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu has designed An Occupation of Loss, a major new performance work choreographed around an OMA-designed monumental sculptural setting consisting of 11 concrete wells. Located at Park Avenue Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall, and co-commissioned by the Armory and Artangel, London, the performance piece focuses on “the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems that we devise to contend with the irrationality of the universe.”

An Occupation of Loss / Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu. Image courtesy OMA. Image © Naho Kubota An Occupation of Loss / Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu. Image courtesy OMA. Image © Naho Kubota An Occupation of Loss / Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu. Image courtesy OMA. Image © Naho Kubota An Occupation of Loss / Taryn Simon in collaboration with OMA/Shohei Shigematsu. Image courtesy OMA. Image © Naho Kubota +11

Peel Place / Dexter Moren Associates

09:00 - 10 September, 2016
Peel Place / Dexter Moren Associates, © Andy Stagg Photography
© Andy Stagg Photography

© Andy Stagg Photography © Andy Stagg Photography © Andy Stagg Photography © Andy Stagg Photography +27

Walthamstow Central Parade / Gort Scott

20:00 - 9 September, 2016
Walthamstow Central Parade / Gort Scott, © Dirk Lindner
© Dirk Lindner

© Dirk Lindner © Dirk Lindner © Dirk Lindner © Dirk Lindner +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Walthamstow Central, Walthamstow Central Station BR Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 7LP, UK
  • Design Team

    Susie Hyden, Joe Mac Mahon, Alice Shepherd, Nadine Coetzee
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Adjaye Associates Among Firms Shortlisted for London’s Illuminated River Competition

12:00 - 5 September, 2016
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Adjaye Associates Among Firms Shortlisted for London’s Illuminated River Competition, via Malcolm Reading Consultants
via Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Illuminated River Foundation has announced a shortlist of six firms that will compete to design a new permanent light installation along the Thames River in London. From a pool of 105 teams (made up of 346 different firms), the winners were selected based on experience, past projects and team composition. The six finalists will now continue on to develop lighting schemes for the Westminster, Waterloo, London and Chelsea Bridges, as well as a design masterplan for the 17 iconic London bridges between Albert and Tower.

Continue reading to see the list of six finalists.

Florida Street / Paper House Project

05:00 - 5 September, 2016
Florida Street / Paper House Project, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner +23

Herzog & de Meuron, OMA, MAD Among 13 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2016”

08:05 - 2 September, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron, OMA, MAD Among 13 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2016”

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist of 13 architecture projects being considered for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award. From Tatiana Bilbao’s Sustainable Housing Prototype to MAD Architects’ Harbin Opera House, the list features projects from a wide variety of scales and programs, celebrating some of architecture’s most significant achievements from the past year.

The award, now in its ninth year, “celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.” Nominees are selected in six categories, including Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. An exhibition on the projects will be on display from 24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017.

Last year, the overall architecture prize was awarded to Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center for the building’s ability to be “permeable – visually, socially and climatically with its environment."

View all of the shortlisted buildings, after the break.