UK Exhibition: Prototyping Architecture

Photocell Mesh / Philip Beesley; Courtesy of The Building Center

Merging the work of architects, engineers, manufacturers, product designers, academics and artists, Prototyping Architecture explores the importance of prototypes in the delivery of high quality contemporary design. The exhibition, which runs at The Building Centre from January 11 to March 20, places an emphasis on research and experimentation to illustrate how trial assemblies can inform architecture with maquettes, models and full-scale sample productions on show from around the world.

Professor Michael Stacey, Director of Architecture at the University of stated: “Prototyping Architecture celebrates vital methods of design development with new technologies that potentially herald the beginning of a second industrial revolution. The exhibition forms a bridge between architecture, engineering and art – with exhibits that are truly beautiful.”

More on Prototyping Architecture after the break.

Trent Bank Proposal / Eric Chancellor, Christopher Matthews, Jordan Lloyd

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Recently shortlisted into the top 8 for the sector and awarded a commendation for its creative and imaginative solution to housing in the , the Trent Bank proposal is a design-led framework that centers on self-provision as a sustainable development and procurement model for new neighborhoods. As a competition entry for the Isover Multi-Comfort House and designed by Eric Chancellor, Jordan Lloyd, and Chris Matthews, The development allows for a low density, but high intensity program of start-up businesses and community amenities, with transient commercial use – taking advantage of a piece of planning legislation called a Local Development Order (LDO). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Isover Multi-Comfort House Proposal / Evgeni Leonov Architects

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With a challenge of creating regeneration and community development in Trent Basin, , , which meets passive house requirements, the first stage winning proposal for Isover Multi-Comfort House competition focuses on the minimization of the A/V ratio of the building. Designed by Evgeni Leonov Architects, the egg shape is used as inspiration to this project since the egg is known as one of the most energy-efficient forms of nature. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maggie’s Nottingham / CZWG Architects

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Architects: CZWG Architects
Location: ,
Interior Design: Paul Smith
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 360 sqm
Photographs: Martine Hamilton Knight

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

The University of Nottingham – The Gateway Building / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: ,
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