London's Brutalist British Library Given 'Listed' Status

04:15 - 3 August, 2015
London's Brutalist British Library Given 'Listed' Status, Courtesy of The British Library
Courtesy of The British Library

The British Library in London's St. Pancras is often hailed as the only major public building to be built in Great Britain in the twentieth century. "No other project, since the building of St. Paul’s Cathedral over 400 years ago, took so long to construct or was surrounded by so much controversy." Begun in 1962, completed in 1997, and opened to the public in 1998, the Brutalist building is a world-class a repository of artistic, scholarly and literary treasures. It has now, along with seven other post-war libraries, been given Grade I Listed status for "its soaring and stimulating spaces" which, according to Historic England, have become "much-loved and well-used by scholars and members of the public alike."

Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie” Tower in London Leveled with Even More Complaints

08:00 - 1 August, 2015
Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie” Tower in London Leveled with Even More Complaints, © Flickr CC User Eugene Regis
© Flickr CC User Eugene Regis

Following the controversy over its curved façade, which focused the sun’s rays into dangerous beams, Rafael Viñoly Architects20 Fenchurch Street (dubbed the Walkie Talkie) has now been hit with more accusations -- this time of increasing the wind in the area, and of breaking agreements on its public sky garden, local press have reported

24 Savile Row / EPR Architects

15:00 - 31 July, 2015
24 Savile Row / EPR Architects, Courtesy of EPR Architects
Courtesy of EPR Architects
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    Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S, UK
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    2906.0 sqm
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    2015
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Conservationists Speak Out Against David Chipperfield's London House for Tracey Emin

12:19 - 30 July, 2015
Conservationists Speak Out Against David Chipperfield's London House for Tracey Emin, © David Chipperfield Architects via BD
© David Chipperfield Architects via BD

When news spread of Tracey Emin's plans to demolish a disused 1920s building in London's East End neighborhood, residents immediately objected. The artist, known for her conservation work in the area, has commissioned David Chipperfield to design a minimalist flat and studio on the site. However, despite the planning application's claim that the design will "greatly contribute to the character and appearance of the conservation area," the opposition isn't convinced.  

“Tracey Emin is at present the owner of a locally listed building that is part of a historic streetscape of variety and charm,” said Save Britain's Heritage director Clem Cecil, who labeled Chipperfield's design "angular and blank." “She has done great conservation work with her other buildings nearby and this building deserves the same treatment.

Selgascano's Serpentine and the ArchDaily Comments Section

09:30 - 30 July, 2015

Photographer Nikhilesh Haval of nikreations has shared with us this virtual tour of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion. Taking viewers through a series of 360-degree panoramas shot on a mercifully sunny day, the tour shows off the pavilion's striking colors to good effect and gives some indication of the complex and dynamic arrangement of the design's double skin.

For those won't get the opportunity to visit for themselves, Haval's virtual tour is a great way to experience SelgasCano's psychedelic space as it gives a reasonable impression of what it feels like to actually be there. I can say that with some authority because, since I last wrote about the pavilion, I got the chance to visit it myself - and what I found was completely different to the pavilion I might have expected had I been taking cues from our comments section. I'd like to talk to our readers about that directly, if I may.

2015 London Design Festival to Open in September

04:15 - 30 July, 2015
2015 London Design Festival to Open in September, Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival
Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival

The 2015 London Design Festival, an annual event held to celebrate and promote London as "the design capital of the world," will run this year between the 19th and 27th September. As a platform for some of the capital's major trade shows, the city-wide event aims to showcase exhibitors from across the world at a series of 'Design Destinations' — places at which established and emerging designers, manufacturers and brands can present their products and innovations.

London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Slide

12:27 - 29 July, 2015
London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Slide, © LLDC via Metro
© LLDC via Metro

Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London will soon host the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide. The 114-meter-tall tower, already the UK's tallest sculpture, was originally built for the 2012 London Olympics. As the Metro reports, the semi-transparent stainless steel tube slide will start its descent 80-meters above ground within the structure's infamous lattice work, spiraling five times before embarking on a final 50-meter drop. Rides will last 37 seconds and cost just £5 a ride. 

22 Bishopsgate Set to be London's Tallest Skyscraper

06:00 - 29 July, 2015
22 Bishopsgate Set to be London's Tallest Skyscraper, Courtesy of PLP Architecture
Courtesy of PLP Architecture

PLP Architecture has released their new design for a skyscraper at 22 Bishopsgate. Set to be 278m tall, it will be the tallest building in the City of London, second only to the Shard in the UK. The site was originally home to the Pinnacle, a slightly taller proposal that stopped work in 2012 due to economic restraints. Located in the midst of the city’s cluster of tall buildings, the new design will pick up where the Pinnacle left off, reusing the already built foundations and basements. Read more about this new development in London after the break.

SelgasCano in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Smiljan Radić and Sou Fujimoto

04:30 - 28 July, 2015
SelgasCano in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Smiljan Radić and Sou Fujimoto, José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Image via COS
José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Image via COS

Last month, as part of their Park Nights event series, COS assembled Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano (SelgasCano) at their new pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park to discuss the concepts behind their design and the history of the Pavilion Commission with Serpentine directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist. They were joined by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, designer of the 2014 pavilion, and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, designer of 2013's, in an hour long conversation moderated by Sarah Ichioka.

Ampersand Building / Darling Associates

13:00 - 26 July, 2015
Ampersand Building / Darling Associates, © Peter Landers Photography
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Solstice Point / Nick Baker Architects

17:00 - 24 July, 2015
Solstice Point / Nick Baker Architects, © Hamish Park
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Kamvari Architects Design Mixed-Use Development for Tehran

06:00 - 22 July, 2015
Kamvari Architects Design Mixed-Use Development for Tehran, Courtesy of Kamvari Architects
Courtesy of Kamvari Architects

The winner of a competition for a mixed-use building scheme, London-based Kamvari Architects has unveiled the design for Zartosht, a 300,000 square-foot retail and office building in Tehran, Iran. The building's design is based largely on local cultural contexts, like the region’s reputation for renowned fabric and textile shops, and environmentalism, particularly with respect to solar energy.

These Detachable Pods Aim to Provide Shelter for Britain’s Homeless

06:00 - 21 July, 2015
These Detachable Pods Aim to Provide Shelter for Britain’s Homeless, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer

The 6th annual “Space for New Visions” competition has announced its winner: a project entitled “Homes for the Homeless,” by James Furzer of Spatial Design Architects. Hosted by FAKRO, a global manufacturer of roof windows and loft ladders, and A10 Magazine for European Architecture, the competition sought proposals that incorporated FAKRO products. With entries from around the world, projects were judged based on user comfort, environmental impact, functionality and natural light, among other things. Read about the winning entry after the break.

Alain de Botton: "London is Becoming a Bad Version of Dubai"

04:00 - 21 July, 2015

"London is on the verge of being ruined for all future generations," says Alain de Botton – a Swiss philosopher, notable author and founder of The School of Life and Living Architecture. "With a whopping 260 towers in the pipeline no area is safe, as planners, property developers and the mayor's office commit crimes against beauty to create fun buildings." In a film for The Guardian De Botton explains why he believes we're right to be nervous – and how we can stop this "clear desecration" of the UK's capital city.

Video: How London’s Sightlines Are Affecting its Architectural Design

08:00 - 17 July, 2015

The city of London has been growing rapidly in the past decade, and with the help of New London Architecture's large-scale urban model of the city, some strange and interesting trends can be seen. Since the advent of ever-taller buildings, London has put laws into place to prevent views to historically significant buildings like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Parliament Building from being blocked. As a result, strangely-shaped designs like the Leadenhall Building, endearingly referred to as the “cheese grater” by Londoners, have emerged as a way to work around the sightlines enforced by the city. Watch the video above for more on this interesting design dilemma.

Woodview Mews / Geraghty Taylor Architects

15:00 - 14 July, 2015

London's Royal Academy Launches 'Urban Jigsaw' Ideas Competition

04:15 - 14 July, 2015
London's Royal Academy Launches 'Urban Jigsaw' Ideas Competition, © James Bailey
© James Bailey

The Royal Academy of Arts in London have launched a new international ideas competition which aims "to refocus attention to the huge potential of the brownfield sites that still exist across London." 'Brownfield' sites, or those earmarked for potential building development that have had previous development on them, are plentiful in the UK capital. This competition seeks "speculative ideas [which] make the most of these missing pieces in London’s urban jigsaw."

Two Tabernacle Street / Piercy&Company

01:00 - 12 July, 2015
Two Tabernacle Street / Piercy&Company, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

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