Make Architects Win Planning For First Building in Birmingham’s Arena Central

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City Council has approved Make Architects‘ designs for the first commercial building of the city’s Arena Central masterplan. Located on Broad Street and overlooking the historic Centenary Square, 1 Arena Central is set to be the first step in the master plan for the 9.2 acre site at the heart of Birmingham City Center Enterprise Zone. The eight story building, which will feature 135,000 square feet of Grade A office space, with 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, is emblematic of the flagship development of the overall master plan.

Make Architects Reveal Big Data Institute for University of Oxford

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Make Architects have just received planning permission to build a world-class institute devoted to research and processing of health-related data on Oxford University’s Old Road Campus. The Big Data Institute (BDI) will be built adjacent to two other Make-designed buildings: The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the NDM Research Building. The BDI will be London-based Make Architects‘ fifth building on ’s Old Road Campus.

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Make Architects Picked for Sydney’s Wynyard Station Overhaul

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Make Architects have been selected from a shortlist of five practices to renovate the area around Sydney‘s Wynyard Station, beating SOM, Grimshaw, Bates Smart and Ingenhoven to the $1 billion project.

The scheme, called One Carrington Street, involves the renovation of the historic Shell House, creation of a new 27-story, 58,000 square metre office tower, a new eastern transit hall for Wynyard Station including 5,000 square metres of retail space, and a new grand entrance to Wynyard Station from George and Carrington Streets.

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Lloyd’s Set to Leave Richard Rogers-Designed Headquarters

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Insurance firm Lloyd’s of London has indicated that it plans to leave its famous Richard Rogers-designed headquarters, which it has occupied since construction ended in 1986. Lloyd’s has recently been involved in talks with Henderson, the developer of Make Architects‘ Gotham City project which earlier this year gained planning permission for a site adjacent to their current headquarters.

More on the building’s uncertain future after the break

Kiosk / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: London,
Year: 2014
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University Square Stratford / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: Malet Street, ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Simon Kennedy, Courtesy of Make Architects

20 Architects Design a Dolls’ House for KIDS

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Inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922, twenty British practices are each designing a contemporary dolls’ house in aid of the disabled childrens’ charity KIDS. Each version will sit on a 750mm square plinth to be exhibited during this year’s London Design Festival (14th – 21st September, 2013) before being auctioned. Each design must contain “a unique feature to make life easier for a child who is disabled.”

Stansted Airport Proposal / Make Architects

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As part of the on-going debate surrounding the ’s future aviation strategy, Make Architects just unveiled further studies to support its proposals for an expansion of Stansted Airport as a viable option. Building on existing infrastructure, the architects strongly believe that Stansted can connect with central within 25 minutes, thereby making it one of the most deliverable and affordable solutions currently on the table, costing £18billion to deliver and providing up to £100billion in investment for the east of the country. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Luxury Resort Proposal / Make Architects

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Make Architects recently received planning approval for their luxury resort design in , Malta. With a total area of 84,000m2, the high quality resort will be the most sustainable on the island with a low density footprint and a number of passive design features incorporated. This highly exclusive tourist destination, stretching Malta’s coastline, houses 216 spacious one, two and three bedroom suites with a further 12 luxury, family pavilions set in the middle of the central landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

St. James Market Developement Proposal Granted Planning Permission / Make Architects

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Make Architects was just granted planning permission by the Crown Estate for the £450million St. James Market development plan located in the heart of Westminster, . Also given the go ahead by Westminster Council, their plan also includes three associated residential developments, hinging around the creation of a new public square and two new buildings. One building sits on Regent Street and retains an historic facade while the other presents a completely new facade to Haymarket. More images and architects’ description after the break.

St. James’s Market Development / Make Architects

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The St. James’s Market development, designed by Make Architects, is a key area in central that will be reinvigorated if the plans, on behalf of The Crown Estate, are approved. As one of The Crown Estate’s flagship sites, the St. James’s Market project entails the redevelopment of six buildings to the south of Piccadilly Circus bounded by Jermyn Street, Haymarket and Regent Street. With much of the newly configured site being ‘traffic free’, the site will be divided around significant public realm improvements to include a new public square. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pinnacle One Office Building / Make Architects

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Located in Chengdu’s prosperous and rapidly expanding business district, the innovative office building design for Pinncale One by Make Architects will be an impressive addition to the growing urban landscape, known as the financial hub of Western . Currently under construction, the new international Grade-A office tower forms part of the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex, a mixed-use development by Sino-Ocean Land and Swire Properties. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Exhibition: “Design Stories – The Architecture behind 2012″

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As the world turns its eyes to in 2012, Design Stories examines the architecture and engineering behind the 2012 sporting venues. It provides a unique Olympic experience – a place where people can explore and view drawings, images, videos and amazingly detailed models of London’s key new sporting venues.

Weihai Pavilion / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , Shandong,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He

55 Baker Street / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , England
Client: London and Regional Properties Ltd
Collaborators: Arup, Blyth & Blyth, DP9, Expedition Engineering, Hann Tucker, HBG, Indigo Lighting, Jason Bruges Studio, Safe Consulting Ltd, Tweeds Construction Consultancy
Project Area: 75,000 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects

The University of Nottingham – Jubilee Campus Extension / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , UK
Client: The University of Nottingham
Completed: 2008
Collaborators: Rok Sol Construction, Adams Kara Taylor, AECOM, Faber Maunsell, Craft Pegg Landscape Architects, Davis Langdon, Gardiner & Theobald
Area: 12,000 sqm
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects

City of London Information Centre / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , UK
Client: City of London
Collaborators: Arup, Davis Langdon
Project Area: 135 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects 

The University of Nottingham – The Gateway Building / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , UK
Client: The University of Nottingham
Collaborators: Couch Perry & Wilkes, Herbert Baggaley Construction Ltd, Price & Myers, Sand Project Management
Strawbale specialists: Eurban
Project Area: 3,100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects