Video: The Lighthouse / Roots Design Workshop

The video above follows Roots Design Workshop, a group of young architects, as they embark on the tall task of constructing a lighthouse on the isle of , a beautiful remote Scottish island. This film, created by Martin Glegg, highlights the emerging gap between the world of digital design and getting one’s hands dirty and aims to inspire a new generation of architects to stop staring at their computer screens. Text Courtesy of Martin Glegg.

 

 

 

NORD announced as architect for Maggie’s Forth Valley

Forth Valley Royal Hospital © jamesnicoll

Maggie’s has proudly announced that the Glasgow architects of NORD have agreed to design the Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in . The principle funder from Walk the Walk is expecting a “beautiful, unique and ground breaking building” from the award winning practice who was established in 2002 and has become known for their distinctive projects that often draw inspiration from social and cultural issues. This news comes shortly after Norman Foster and Steven Holl were announced as the next architects of two new Maggie’s Centers in south Manchester at the Christie Hospital and in London at St. Barts.

Director of , Alan Pert said: “This is a fantastic way to celebrate 10 years of NORD and we look forward to working with the amazing team behind this network of centres.  At a recent visit to the Maggies London Headquarters we came across a collection of architectural models of the various centres built over the years including Richard Murphy’s first one from 1996. It is an incredible achievement that so many of these buildings have been realized and to contribute to this vision is a huge privilege.”

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Leith Walk ‘Green Bridge’ / biomorphis

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The ‘Green Bridge’ design by biomorphis in Leith Walk, one of the key thoroughfares in , Scotland, aims at bringing a lightweight structure with low embodied energy. Construction materials based on plant products represent the way forward in terms of diminishing our dependence on hydrocarbons. Leith Walk, which unfortunately acts as a major divider, needs a bridge which would link the East cycle paths to the West of the city. It would redirect the ever-growing flows of bikes and pedestrians and also become a landmark for the community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The first Red Road Tower Block has been Demolished

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Nearly 275 kilos of explosives brought down the first Red Road tower block this past weekend, marking the beginning of a controlled demolition process that will completely remove the infamous residential complex from the skyline by 2017. In a response to the post-war housing crisis, the Housing Association (GHA) flats were constructed between 1964 and 1969 in an effort to provide the ultimate modern community for almost 5000 residents.

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The Mill / Rural Design

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Architects: Rural Design
Location: , Scotland
Size: 375 sqm
Completion: June 2011
Photographs: Andrew Lee  

   

Riverside Museum Wins European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012 / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Attracting more than 1.4 million visitors since opening in June, the Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, recently won the European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012. Named the most innovative museum in the fields of technology, labor and social history, Riverside competed against museums in 12 other European countries to win the 17th annual award. More information on the award after the break.

The University of the West of Scotland / RMJM

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Architects: RMJM
Location: Ayr,
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Client: University of the West of Scotland
Size: 17,835 sqm GFA
Project Years: 2009 – 2011
Cost: £81 million
Photographer: Keith Hunter

Residents vote in favor of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro’s Aberdeen City Garden Redesign

View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards

The people of , Scotland have voted in favor of the £140m Aberdeen City Garden redevelopment proposal designed by the New York-based practice Diller, Scofidio & Renfro (DS+R), in collaboration with local architects Keppie Design and Philadelphia landscape architects OLIN.

DS+R plans to redevelop the nineteenth-century Union Terrace Gardens with a Granite Web that intends to “fuse nature and culture into a vital social network at the heart of the city” with an “elastic web of three-dimensional interconnections” that spans across the six-hectare site. Continue reading for more information.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected to transform the center of Aberdeen

View from Rosemount Viaduct - Rendering provided by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro submission boards

City Garden Trust has announced Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) as winner of the international design competition that will transform the center of Aberdeen. The New York City based firm will be working with the Scottish practice Keppie Design and Philadelphia landscape architects OLIN. The “rich and varied” shortlist included Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, Gustafson Porter, Mecanoo, Snøhetta & Hoskins and West 8. After an extended run-off between DS+R and Foster + Partners, the Aberdeen City Garden competition will be DS+R’s first major win in a European design competition.

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Pearce Street, Govan / Austin-Smith:Lord

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Architects: Austin-Smith:Lord
Location: 10 Pearce Street, Govan,
Client: Bield Housing Association
Contractors: CCG
Project Completed: 2010
Project Area: 2,500sqm
Photographs: Keith Hunter

   

Care Housing / Oliver Chapman Architects

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Architect: Oliver Chapman Architects
Location: , Berwickshire,
Date of completion:  2010
Gross internal floor area (sqm): 14 no. units at 70 sqm
Total cost: £1,400,000.00
Structural engineers: David Narro Associates
Photographs: Angus Bremner, Paul Zanre

St. Joseph’s Primary School / Paul Stallan Studio

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Architect: Paul Stallan Studio
Location: , South Lanarkshire,
Landscape Architect: Tennant Garmory
Client: South Lanarkshire Council
Completed: 2010
Size: 3100m2
Contract Value: £8m
Photographs:  Keith Hunter, Paul Stallan Studio

Anstruther Sea View Extension / Oliver Chapman Architects

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Architects: Oliver Chapman Architects
Location: , Fife, 49 John Street
Start on site date: January 2011
Date of completion: July 2011
Gross internal Floor area: 45 sqm
Total cost: £160,000.00
Structural Engineers: David Narro Associates
Photographs: Michael Collins

   

Stobhill Hospital Ward Extension / Reiach and Hall Architects

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Architects: Reiach and Hall Architects
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Structural Engineers: SKM
Quantity Surveyor: Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd
CDM Co-Ordinator: Capita Symonds
Landscape Architect: Horner + MacLennan
Acoustic Consultant: New Acoustics
M&E Engineer: DSSR
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6000 sqm
Photographs: Michael Wolchover

Grödians / Richard Gibson Architects

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Grödians, [a Special Mention for the RIAS/Andrew Doolan Best Building in Award 2011], is a new-build social housing development comprising a mix of 1, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings in flatted, semi detached and detached housing. It is the most recent of a staged housing development in the outskirts of Lerwick.

Architect: Richard Gibson Architects Ltd
Location: Lerwick, , Scotland
Client: Hjaltland Housing Association Ltd
Contractor: E&H Building Contractors Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: John Duguid Partnership
Structural Engineer: Mott Macdonald Ltd
CDM Coordinator: Michael Thomson Surveyor
Photographs: Phatsheep Photography and Richard Gibson Architects

The Houl / Simon Winstanley Architects

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The Houl, [a Recipient], is a contemporary single storey ‘long house’ which is recessive in the landscape, sustainable in its construction and achieves a ‘zero carbon’ rating by using very high levels of insulation, whole house heat recovery ventilation, air source heat pump and a wind turbine.

Architect: Simon Winstanley Architects
Location: Dalry, Castle Douglas. DG7 3UB, Scotland
Structural Engineer: Asher Associates
Main Contractor: 3b Construction Ltd.
Landscape Architect: Paterson Landscape
Project Area: 182 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Winstanley Architects, Andrew Lee

National Museum of Scotland / Gareth Hoskins Architects

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Architects: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Location: , Scotland
Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
Services Engineer: Max Fordham
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Lee

2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Project / Paul Stallan Studio

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Paul Stallan Studio’s Commonwealth Games project, led by architects Alistair Brand, Ian Harper and Paul Stallan, in collaboration with the City Legacy Development Consortium were approached by City Council to create a masterplan providing accommodation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid. The site is located in in the East End of the City an area in desperate need of investment and social regeneration. More images and architects’ description after the break.