Buy a Piece of the Royal Academy’s Sensing Spaces Exhibition

Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Square Arch. Image © James Taylor-Foster

London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is selling off parts of their blockbuster architectural exhibition, Sensing Spaces. The Great Architecture Fair will see the seven practices behind the enormous installations select objects and materials from the exhibition to be repurposed as beautiful, unique items available to buy. In addition to these, the RA are offering members of the public the chance to experience the spaces out-of-hours “to give you your own exclusive moment in the exhibition.” 

Ranging from a top step from Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen’s gargantuan installation for £450, to a bag of pebbles (plus certificate) from Li Xiaodong’s Zen Garden for £10, slices of one of the world’s most accessible architecture exhibitions in recent years are up for grabs.

One Church Square / Paul Davis+Partners

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Architects: Paul Davis+Partners
Location: ,
Area: 2,400 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Parker

Foster and Gehry Reveal Designs for Battersea Power Station

“The Skyline” on “The Electric Boulevard” / Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station

As phase three of ’s Battersea Power Station regeneration, Foster + Partners has collaborated with Gehry Partners to design the 42-acre development’s primary entrance. Together, the duo has envisioned “The Electric Boulevard” – a massive gateway connecting the Northern Line Extension station to the Power Station, which will be formed by an undulating Foster-designed tower known as “The Skyline” and Gehry’s five-building “Prospect Place.”

Housing more than 1,300 homes and over 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, the boulevard is expected to become one of London’s most distinguished high streets.

Analog Folk / DH Liberty

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Architects: DH Liberty
Location: Warner Street, ,
Design Team: Dara Huang, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis and Lisa Hinderdael
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Quintin Lake

The Battle for the Skies Over London

Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

In response to the recent study by New London Architecture, which found that there are currently over 230 tall buildings either planned or under construction in London, an argument is brewing over the capital’s sudden, seemingly uncontrolled, growth.

The most vocal reaction to all of this has come from Rowan Moore, architecture critic for The Observer, who has teamed up with the Architects’ Journal to launch a campaign calling for more rigorous planning and public consultation when it comes to tall buildings. The campaign has support from 80 signatories, a list that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of British architecture, including architects, planners, politicians, developers and artists as well as a range of civic societies.

Read on for more reaction to ’s tall building boom.

The Herringbone House / Atelier Chanchan

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Architects: Atelier Chanchan
Location: Islington, N1,
Design Team: Zoe Chan, Joao Neves
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mike Tsang Photographs, Thomas Giddings

Call for Projects: London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture will be taking place from June 1 to June 30. Now in its 10th year, the Festival is initiated by The Architecture Foundation, British Council, New London Architecture and RIBA London to celebrate as a global hub of architectural practice, discussion and debate.

Leading cultural institutions including the Barbican, Design Museum, National Trust, Royal Academy of Arts, Serpentine Gallery and Sir John Soane Museum will be presenting activities across the city. Now, the Festival is presenting a call for associated projects by independent practices, designers, artists and curators to form part of the Festival in 2014.

Participants need to respond the 2014 Festival’s theme: Capital. They will need to explore the dynamism of London, including ts architecture and open space. More information can be found here.

We Need Better, Not Fewer, Buildings

Sight lines to St Paul’s Cathedral are the most fervently protected views in . Image Courtesy of Make Architects

In this intriguing article in the TelegraphStephen Bayley critiques protecting cities’ “traditional” view corridors out of nostalgia (or fear of bad architecture). On the premise that “not all development is bad” and that “the only cities that do not develop are dead ones”, Bayley argues forcefully for better, rather than less, city building. You can read the full argument here.

Hackney Townhouse / ZCD Architects

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Architects: ZCD Architects
Location: London,
Area: 158.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charles Hosea

London’s Impending Tall Building Boom

Central as it will look when all current projects are completed.. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

In a study of all development plans in London, the think tank New London Architecture has found that at least 236 buildings over 20 stories are currently either under construction, approved or awaiting approval in the capital – with over 80% of these projects yet to break ground.

The study, created to support an by NLA called “London’s Growing… Up!,” found that 80% of the new towers will be residential, and that the areas of greatest activity were in Central and Eastern areas of London, with 77% of these tall buildings in the City of London or the Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Greenwich, Newham and Southwark.

Read on for more results of, and reactions to, the study…

Bennetts Associates Unveil Plans for Latest Development in London’s King’s Cross

Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Bennetts Associates

Bennetts Associates has revealed plans for the latest development in ’s King’s Cross. Their proposal for a sensitive heritage conversion to “breath new life into a disused Victorian building” will house a new supermarket and cookery school, as well as an events and cultural space. As part of the ongoing transformation of one of London’s central districts which has recently seen the completion of John McAslan’s station concourse, Stanton William’s Central Saint Martins, and an office proposal from David Chipperfield, Bennetts Associates’ designs aim to reinvigorate the historic Midland Goods Shed.

Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?

The Guggenheim New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi. Images (clockwise from top left) © Flickr CC User Erik Drost, © Flickr CC User RonG8888, and Courtesy of . Image

As part of his strategy to solidify the “Olympic Legacy” of East London, Mayor Boris Johnson has recently been focusing on providing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a little more diversity in its buildings, placing an emphasis on bringing cultural institutions alongside the sports buildings. Now, alongside the V&A’s plans for new galleries and University College ’s proposed design school and cultural centre, The Art Newspaper reports that Johnson is out to grab a headline attraction: London’s own Guggenheim.

Read on after the break for more

Designs Unveiled for London’s Natural History Museum Urban Redevelopment

Team 1. Image Courtesy of Natural History Museum

Following the news last year that five teams had been shortlisted to redesign and reimagine the grounds of London’s iconic Natural History Museum (NHM), five anonymous concept images have been unveiled. The brief called for proposals to “reshape the Museum’s grounds and reinvigorate its public setting” with an aim to creating “an innovative exterior setting that matches Alfred Waterhouse’s Grade I listed building and the award-winning Darwin Centre for architectural excellence, whilst also improving access and engaging visitors.”

Read on to see the competing teams, including individual concept images from , Stanton Williams and Feilden Clegg Bradley.

Drake’s / Hawkins\Brown Architects

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Architects: Hawkins\Brown Architects
Location: 3 Haberdasher Street, , UK
Area: 4,320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Crocker

West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects

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Architects: Emrys Architects
Location: ,
Area: 3,720 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alan Williams

Bermondsey Warehouse Loft Apartment / FORM Design Architecture

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Architects: FORM Design Architecture
Location: , UK
Area: 104 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Charles Hosea, Mike Neale

Exhibition: Agnese Sanvito – Absorb/reflect/scatter

National Theatre, . 1976 / Denys Lasdun / 6:10pm, January 4, 2014

Architectural photographer Agnese Sanvito will be exhibiting a selection from her portfolio at The Building Centre in London. Her works, which include photographs of buildings by Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, Wilkinson Eyre, and Sou Fujimoto, focuses on the ways color shapes our sense of buildings.

The will run from March 17 to April 26, 2014.

Title: Exhibition: Agnese Sanvito – Absorb/reflect/scatter
Website: http://www.buildingcentre.co.uk/galleries/galleries_cafe.asp#Agnese
Organizers: The Building Centre
From: Mon, 17 Mar 2014
Until: Sat, 26 Apr 2014
Venue: The Bulding Centre
Address: 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT, UK

Six of Britain’s Best Shortlisted for Crystal Palace Project

Aerial view of site for rebuild. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group

After an open competition that sought to attract “the very best British architecture can offer,” six architects – including Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers – have been selected as the potential architects of the project to rebuild the Crystal Palace in south . See the full shortlist after the break.