Sto Werkstatt to Showcase World’s Best “Building Images”

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center / Hufton and Crow. Image © Hufton and Crow

Modern times have seen the rise and proliferation of architectural media, allowing people to remotely experience spaces and buildings without ever physically entering them. As such, the importance of the architectural image has never been greater.

Opening on January 15 at ’s Sto Werkstatt and organized in conjunction with Arcaid Images, Building Images celebrates the “power and impact of photography on the way we sense and experience spaces.” Described by co-founder Lynne Bryant as having “long been the means of communicating architecture,” photography is a medium that has grown inseparable from the notion and creation of the architectural image. Learn more and view selected images from the exhibition, after the break.

Rosa and John’s Residence / Zminkowska De Boise Architects

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Architects: Zminkowska De Boise Architects
Location: Muswell Hill, London N10,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Cronin, Courtesy of

Five Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan UCL’s New Campus in London’s Olympicopolis

London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid-_-s Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt

Five consortiums have been shortlisted to envision the ’s () new 125,000-square-meter campus on a key section of London’s Olympicopolis. Planned for the site’s cultural and educational district, nearby the future homes of Victoria & Albert Museum, University of the Arts London and Sadler’s Wells, the campus’ first phase will include the university’s first School of Design, a “Museum of the Future,” and the UCL Center for Experimental Engineering. 

The complete shortlist, including Aecom, Gehl Architects and Stanton Williams, after the break.

House of Vans London / Tim Greatrex

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Architects: Tim Greatrex
Location: , UK
Designer: Hellicar & Lewis
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Tim Greatrex

Architect Wanted to Revamp London’s National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum. Image © Flickr CC User Visit Greenwich

London’s National Maritime Museum is looking for an architect to revamp its West Central Wing building. As the Architects’ Journal first reported, the 1807 -designed structure will be given £2 million to upgrade its facilities and establish new galleries, as well as connect the West Central Wing to the museum’s BDP and Rick Mather-designed Neptune Court podium via a bridge. All requests to participate are due January 20, 2015. Find more details, here.

The Gables / Patalab Architecture

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Architects: Patalab Architecture
Location: , UK
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lyndon Douglas

2015 London Festival Of Architecture To Explore ‘Work In Progress’

A changing skyline. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

It has been revealed that the theme for the 2015 London Festival of Architecture (LFA) will centre around ‘Work In Progress’. The festival, which is comprised of a series of events in and around the UK capital, seeks to “highlight the key role architecture plays in social, urban and cultural development.” The annual celebration, which will run between the 1st and 30th June, will be jointly delivered by the Architecture Foundation, the British Council, New Architecture, and the RIBA’s branch. Last year’s 10th anniversary festival saw over 200 events ranging from walking tours and cycle rides, to exhibitions, talks, debates and films all addressing the theme of ’Capital’.

Herzog & de Meuron Considered for London’s Chelsea FC Stadium Expansion

Herzog & de Meuron’s “Bird Nest” in Beijing. Image © Flickr CC License / DPerstin

Herzog & de Meuron is said to be collaborating with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to explore options for expanding the Chelsea Club’s Stamford Bridge home stadium in west London. According to a report by the Architects’ Journal, news of the possible expansion first broke last June, after considerations of relocating the stadium were heavily criticized by the public.

The stadium, originally designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch and built in 1876, has already undergone several renovations. Chelsea FC hopes to increase its capacity from 41,837 to 60,000, as well as provide a new decking over the railway line on the east and north sides of the building.

More from Chelsea FC regarding the expansion, after the break.

Viñoly’s London Skyscraper “Bloated” and “Inelegant”

In a review of Rafael Viñoly Architects’ , which is also known as the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ or ‘Walkie Scorchie’ after it emerged that its façade created a heat-focusing ray strong enough to melt cars, Rowan Moore questions London’s preoccupation with iconic buildings and its money-driven planning schemes. Using 20 Fenchurch Street as a key example, Moore argues that not only does the building seem “to bear no meaningful relationship to its surroundings,” but its Sky Garden - a terrace at the top of the building which claims to be “the UK’s tallest public park” – is a symbol of a bewilderingly unbalanced economy.

Videos: The Best Architectural Firework Displays of New Year 2015

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As any self-respecting world city now knows, when the time comes to change the calenders, you’d better also have an iconic building from which to hang some fireworks. With people all over the world looking out for the most impressive New Year’s celebrations, we’ve picked the most impressive architecturally-focused displays. Not surprisingly, Dubai - the world capital of ”go big or go home” – probably had the most impressive show of the year, with a combined light-and-firework show to turn the Burj Khalifa into the world’s largest celebratory canvas. However, a special mention goes to Paris‘ Arc de Triomphe, where a tasteful 14-minute light mapping display paid homage to the city’s other great architectural works, from the Eiffel Tower to the Centre Pompidou, before moving onto stylized scenes of life to bring in the new year.

Continue after the break for all the videos of the world’s best New Year celebrations.

Oliver Wainwright’s 2015 Wish List for British Cities

The housing crisis facing London has now become the primary concern of the capital’s voters. Image © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak

In the UK, urban issues are starting to see something of a renaissance, with problems such as the nation’s housing shortage increasingly being subjected to scrutiny in ever more public arenas – in fact earlier this year housing overtook transport as the biggest concern among London voters. All of this means that 2015 will be “a golden opportunity to fix some of the worst city problems,” according to the Guardian , who have asked their architecture critic Oliver Wainwright to offer up a wishlist of positive changes that could benefit the nation’s urban centres. From councils building more council housing to a tax on empty homes, Wainwright’s four-point list offers straightforward policy advice that could truly transform the lives of British urbanites – and perhaps most promisingly, in three of these cases he explains how there are nascent movements already being made to bring his recommendations to fruition. You can read the full article here.

Stoke Newington School Sixth Form Centre / Jestico + Whiles

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Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: ,
Area: 589.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Crocker

1–6 Copper Lane N16 9NS / Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects

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Architects: Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects
Location: Stoke Newington, ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

LIKEarchitects’ “Frozen Trees” Installation Moves to London

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LIKEarchitects‘ Christmas installation, Frozen Trees, has found a new home in ’s Victory Park in East Village. Originally created by  in 2011 and displayed on Lisbon’s D. Pedro IV Square, the installation will now light up the holiday period in one of London’s newest public spaces, on the site of the former Olympic Village, as its 1,296 Rationell Variera plastic bag dispensers from IKEA gently glow through the night.

Phipp Street / Amin Taha Architects

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Architects: Amin Taha Architects
Location: 18 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4NU,
Area: 270.0 sqm
Photographs: Charles Hosea

Golden Lane / Amin Taha Architects

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Architects: Amin Taha Architects
Location: , UK
Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Engineers
Area: 186.0 sqm
Photographs: Tim Soar

Mies Meets Modesty in Joachim Brohm’s ‘Vernacular & Modern’ Exhibition

Mies Model Study IV, (Black & White), 2013 . Image © Joachim Brohm

On the surface, Mies van der Rohe‘s minimalist linear designs have little in common with the kitsch of vernacular architecture in the German countryside. Enter Joachim Brohm, who rose to prominence in the 1980s as one of the first European architecture photographers to work in colour, and now in a current  draws an unexpected parallel between van der Rohe’s designs for the unrealized Krefeld Golf Club in Germany and the rudimentary constructions of vernacular post-war architecture.

In “Vernacular & Modern,” the latest exhibition at London‘s Grimaldi Gavin gallery, two of Brohm’s photo series are juxtaposed to create a new narrative on architectural context. In Typology 1979, Brohm documents a series of vernacular houses in Ruhr, Germany; while in Mies Model Study, Brohm enters the temporary installation of van der Rohe’s unbuilt golf club through a life-size model. Together, the two series contrast the highly aestheticized minimalist world of Mies van der Rohe with highly functional buildings of necessity in the German countryside.

Find the connection between vernacular and van der Rohe after the break

King George III, an Aspiring Architect

George III, Sketch of a palace floor plan, 1785-9. British Library Maps 7.TAB.17. Image Courtesy of British Library

Not sure if “manic” can be classified as an architectural style, but that is what some are choosing to describe the newly discovered, hand-drawn floor plans of a grand place envisioned by King George III. According to the British Library, the King was “passionately interested” about architecture and drew plans for a future living quarters in Kew – now a district in West – during a time when he was suffering from severe mental illness in the late 1780s. Learn more about the King’s vision for a grand palace, here.