AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas’ demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as  - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas’ global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects’ Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London’s Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK’s capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas’ scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the ‘urban hub’ typology for London’s metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Singapore SportsHub / DPArchitects

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Architects: DP Architects and Arup Associates
Location: Sports Hub, 397718
Master Plan: DP Architects, Arup, AECOM
Architecture Sport Venues: Arup Associates, DP Architects
Architecture Office, Retail, Leisure : DP Architects
Engineering: Arup
Landscape: AECOM
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of DP Architects

Faber Avenue / Hyla Architects

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Architects: Hyla Architects
Location: Faber Avenue,
Architect In Charge: Han Loke Kwang, Nirun Thawornngamyingsakul, Nussara Sonsart
Area: 415 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

The Extended House / Formwerkz Architects

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Architects: Formwerkz Architects
Location:
Design Team: Alan Tay, Iskandar Idris, Ming Hui, Xue Zhen
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert Lim

65BTP-House / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

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Architects: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
Location:
Area: 1,447 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

AD Round Up: Architecture in Singapore

The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

BCI Asia recently released its top ten awards list for architecture firms in Singapore. In recognition of some of these firms, as well as the excellence of the built work across this sovereign city-state, we’ve collected some of our favorite projects from Singapore. In this round-up you’ll find a mall by Aedas, a house by Ong&Ong, and a theme park attraction by DP Architects - all firms that placed on BCI’s list. No less deserving of attention is this public library by LOOK Architects, a hospital by Broadway Malyan, an art school by WOHA. The Tangga House, Cluny House, and The Golden Box, designed by Neri & Hu, Guz Architects, and K2Ld respectively are also fabulous works. We hope you’ll enjoy these projects, as well as our full list of architecture in Singapore located here.

Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore

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London based Heatherwick Studio have won a competition to design a Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The construction of the Hub, part of a £360 million scheme, will be the first redevelopment of its campus in twenty years. Having already won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the Singaporean Government, the design seeks to redefine the aspiration of a university building. Within this new context the purpose of the university is to “foster togetherness and sociability” so that students can meet and learn in a space that encourages collaboration.

The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas

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Architects: Andrew Bromberg of Aedas
Location: 1 Vista Exchange Green,
Client: Rock Productions Pte Ltd and CapitaMalls Asia Limited
Area: 62000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

The Screened House / Brewin Design Office

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Architects: Brewin Design Office
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Area: 3500.0 ft2
Photographs: Darren Soh

Jalan Mat Jambol / Zarch Collaboratives

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Architects: Zarch Collaboratives
Location: Jalan Mat Jambol,
Project Team: Randy Chan
Area: 3700.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Albert Lim

Deadline Approaching: Submit Your Interior Design for an INSIDE Award

Do you think your project has what it takes to win an INSIDE award? The deadline (May 30th) is fast approaching, so make sure to submit your projects soon! Divided into 12 categories — which include Residential, Retail, Transport, Office and more — entries will be judged by distinguished designers (judges confirmed for 2014 include Fabio Novembre, Matteo Thun, Jaya Ibrahim, David Kohn, Joyce Wang, Voon Wong and Chris Lee). In October, architects and interior designers will meet in for the INSIDE Festival, which is held alongside the World Architecture Festival. During the festival, the category winners will compete for the ultimate prize: World Interior of the Year.

To find out more and submit your entry, click here!

Arena House / Prow Architects

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Architects: Teh Kan Wee Wagen, AIA, Prow Architects
Location:
Architect In Charge: Teh Kan Wee Wagen, AIA
Design Team: Teh Kan Wee Wagen, Portia Wijatno
Area: 373 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Prow Architects

Far Sight House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

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Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design
Location: Bukit Timah,
Area: 463.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Wallflower Architecture + Design

National Design Centre / SCDA Architects

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Architects: SCDA Architects
Location: National Design Centre,
Architect In Charge: Chan Soo Khian
Area: 7,900 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aaron Pocock, Courtesy of SCDA Architects

National Heart Centre / Broadway Malyan

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Architects: Broadway Malyan
Location:
Local Consultant: Ong & Ong
Area: 48000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

Image of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee Wins Sony World Photography Award

Third Place, , National Awards: Jalan Bukit Ho Swee. Image © , 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

This image, by photographer Daniel Chia, of the 1960s Jalan Bukit Ho Swee public housing block has placed third in Singapore for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. It was one of 24 images awarded from a selection of 70,000 entries. You can view all the stunning, award-winning photographs here.  

The Re-wrapped House / a-dlab

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Architects: a-dlab
Location: 67 Jalan Binchang,
Design Team: Warren Liu, Wu Yanling, Anna May Manrique, Najeeb Rahmat
Area: 496 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Edward Hendricks

International Summer Programme: Cities in Asia

Cities in Asia HKG-SHA-SIN is a four-week design and research studio organized by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture. Taught with daily learning activities by a diverse group of faculty members from the University of Hong Kong, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, this course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s most vibrant contexts.

This credit-bearing course will introduce participants to different architecture and building types that have emerged from the current state of rapid urbanization in Hong Kong, and . These urban building types are unique in the way they resist and subvert, or become mutated or subsumed by the prevailing socio-political and economic conditions of the three cities. Participants will learn about new architectural and urban theories and analytical methods that will broaden their knowledge of architecture and the city. The course will expose students to the inter-disciplinary nature of the subject, promoting more diverse attitudes towards difference and change, and encouraging greater confidence in applying the use of such knowledge to design and the broader society.

Registration deadline is April 16. To register, please go to the event’s official website.

Title: International Summer Programme: Cities in Asia
Website: http://fac.arch.hku.hk/summer/cities-in-asia/
From: Sun, 29 Jun 2014
Until: Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Venue: Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai