Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London’s King’s Cross

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A new pool has just opened in the heart of ’s King’s Cross. In the centre of one of the city’s largest mixed-use development projects Ooze Architects, in collaboration with artist , have developed and realised “the UK’s first man-made fresh water public bathing pond” as a piece of and art. The oblong pool is forty metres long, built two metres above ground level, and is surrounded by “pioneer plants, wild flowers grasses, and bushes so that the environment evolves as the seasons change.” It will be purified through “a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean and clear water.”

Sheffield University Student Wins 9th RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship

Charles Palmer’s Cycling Megacities proposal. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Sheffield University School of Architecture student, Charles Palmer, has been announced as the winner of the 2015 RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship for his proposal Cycling Megacities. Palmer will use his £6,000 scholarship to fund a study tour of four “megacities” in developing countries: Mexico City, Mexico; Lagos, Nigeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Shenzhen, China. Focusing primarily on bicycle advocacy and urban design, the tour will examine the manner in which socio-political forces impact urban public space, and explore the bicycle as a means of transportation accessible to all social classes.

Hall McKnight To Open A Temporary Pavilion In London’s King’s Cross

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Belfast-based Hall McKnight are set to open a pop-up pavilion in ’s King’s Cross as part of the 2015 Festival of Architecture. Located in Cubitt Square, the project forms part of the New Horizon’s initiative, supported by the and ID15 (the year of Irish Design 2015). The structure, built from a collection of cut boards, “explores how the phenomenon of the city is assembled from individual pieces.” The interior spaces will feature an installation of bricks reclaimed from a street of row houses in Belfast.

London’s Soane’s Museum Unveil A Series Of New Spaces

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In an article for The Observer, Rowan Moore dives into a set of newly recreated rooms in London’s Soane’s Museum, a gallery dedicated to ’s collection of architectural curiosities set within his eccentric former home. The experience, according to Moore, ”of an internal world of unknown boundaries” has just become more extensive. Visitors will now be afforded the opportunity to visit a series of private spaces that give “a view into Soane’s bizarre mind,” following extensive restoration work led by Julian Harrap.

Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London’s Olympicopolis

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Allies and Morrison, together with O’Donnell + Tuomey and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, has been chosen ahead of David ChipperfieldFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios and three other teams to design ’s Olympicopolis culture and education quarter. The major commission, which will be sited at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along the Stratford waterfront, will include new buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion, and potentially the Smithsonian Institute’s first permanent museum outside the US.

Call For Entries: RIBA President’s Awards For Research

Stephen Gage: Winner – 2014 President’s Award for the Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis. Image Courtesy of

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced a call for entries for the 2015 President’s Awards for Research. For the first time this year will see the introduction of the President’s Research Medal, which will be awarded to the best work judged from across all four categories of research. RIBA President, , has said that “this award will help to give recognition to the ever increasing importance of research to architecture and our industry.”

Stay In Airbnb’s Floating Cottage On London’s River Thames

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Have you ever dreamed of dozing off as you sail along one of the UK’s busiest water highways in an eclectic bright blue cottage replete with a lawn, wisteria over the door and an apple tree? For five days and nights, between the 18th and 23rd May, this dream will come to life in the shape of Nick and Steve Tidball’s floating residence for Airbnb.

Chipperfield Unveils Plans To Reimagine London’s Royal Academy of Arts

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David Chipperfield Architects have revealed plans to connect the two Grade II*-listed bases of ’s Royal Academy of Arts – the 17th century Burlington House and the 19th century 6 Burlington Gardens – as part of a £50million ($80million) masterplan of “subtle interventions.” According to the Architects’ Journal, the two structures will be linked by a concrete bridge which will span fifteen metres across a service area and courtyard, and will see the creation of a number of new exhibition spaces, a lecture theatre, and a new space for the Royal Academy’s world-renowned schools of art and architecture. A series of roof extensions and terraces will allow for new views over central London.

London Collective Assemble Shortlisted For The Turner Prize

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Assemble, a collective of artists, designers and architects based in London, have been shortlisted for the – the UK’s foremost annual award for British visual artists. Much to the delight and surprise of members of the profession, this young collaborative team are the first spatial designers to be recognised by this prize in its three decade history, leading Sam Jacob to assert that they “represent something different: a validation of the belief that there are other ways of doing things.” The four nominees for the award also include London artist Bonnie Camplin and German-born Nicole Wermers.

London’s V&A Appoints New Director Of Design & Exhibitions

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London’s Victoria & Albert Museum have announced that David Bickle, formerly a partner at Hawkins\Brown, has been appointed as the new Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan. In this role Bickle will be responsible for the care and future development of the V&A’s buildings, as well as the presentation of all of the museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions. With the construction of Amanda Levete Architects’ new addition on Exhibition Road underway – coupled with the V&A’s plans for new exhibition spaces in Dundee, Scotland, and in East Stratford on the former site of the 2012 London Olympic Games – the museum is also in the process of helping to establishing a collection in Shenzhen.

‘The Listeners Project’ Create Four Short Films In London’s Former BBC Television Centre

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The Listeners Project, a small -based initiative that works with young filmmakers in unique architectural spaces to develop and create short films, have taken residence in the former BBC Television Centre. The building, designed by Graham Dawbarn of Norman & Dawbarn in the late 1940s, has an iconic plan that resembles a question mark. The centre, which was once the beating heart of the majority of the British Broadcasting Company’s television production, was listed in 2009 before it was finally vacated in 2013.

Explore Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower Through A New Online Archive

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Balfron Tower: a building archive, created by London-based PhD student David Roberts and graphic designer Duarte Carrilho da Graça, is an online archive that brings together public documents related to Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower. Shining a light on all of the research material which Roberts has gathered over the course of his studies, archival documents from during the tower’s design phase to the most recent press articles are presented in the form of a timeline. You are also allowed the option of downloading these documents in full.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals A “Healthy Uplift”

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for March 2015 has ”bounced back strongly” in comparison to February, as the workload index rose to +36 from +26 last month. Private housing and the commercial sector remains strong, while uncertainty still surrounds forecasts in the public sector. Workload forecast balance figures have remained high, the highest numbers being reported from practices in  (+42) and in the south of England (+39). In addition, large and medium sized practices have reported confidence about staffing levels, while small practices remain “more circumspect.”

New London Architecture Unveils Updated 1:2000 Scale Model Of The UK Capital

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(NLA), an independent resource and forum for debate about the city’s built environment, have unveiled a new, large-scale interactive model of the capital. Designed to provide a visual history of the city, NLA also intend for it to spark questions about its future. This model replaces an earlier one, which was revealed on the day that it was announced that London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games has been successful. Now, a decade later, the present projection of the city’s built future has been mapped across the model, highlighting the locations of the 263 tall buildings planned or under construction. Visitors are also able to track the route and impact of new transport links, such as HS2 and Crossrail.

172-Year-Old Tunnel Project to Become London’s Newest Performance Venue

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Nearly two hundred years after construction first began, and 150 years after being formally closed to the public, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Rotherhithe shaft in the Thames Tunnel is slated to become London’s newest performance space.

Thanks to a cantilevered staircase by local firm Tate Harmer, members of the public will be granted access to one of ’s best-kept pieces of engineering history.

Learn more about the project after the break.

Spotlight: James Stirling

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British architect and Pritzker Laureate Sir James Stirling (22 April 1926 – 25 June 1992) grew up in Liverpool, one of the two industrial powerhouses of the British North West, and began his career subverting the compositional and theoretical ideas behind the Modern Movement. Citing a wide-range of influences – from Colin Rowe, a forefather of Contextualism, to Le Corbusier, from architects of the Italian Renaissance to the Russian Constructivist movement – Stirling forged a unique set of architectural beliefs that manifest themselves in his works. Indeed, his architecture, commonly described as “non-comformist”, consistently caused annoyance in conventional circles.

Norman Foster’s Manchester Maggie’s Centre Breaks Ground

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After being granted planning permission last yearNorman Foster’s new ’s Cancer Centre in his hometown of  has broken ground. The project is being built at The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and the largest single-site centre in Europe. According to Foster + Partners, the new centre will ”provide free practical, emotional and social support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends.” Surrounded by the Centre’s existing, lush gardens designed by Dan Pearson, Foster’s proposed structure aims to tap into the therapeutic qualities of nature by engaging the outdoors.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Awards

Shortlisted: Abode, Great Kneighton / Proctor & Matthews. Image © Tim Crocker

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for RIBA East 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Hawkins\Brown, Proctor & Matthews, Allies & Morrison, and AHMM. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.