Studio Octopi Proposes Floating Swimming Pool in the Thames

The latest iteration of the design proposed for Victoria Embankment. Image © / Picture Plane

A proposal to create a floating swimming pool in the Thames river will step up a gear tomorrow, as Studio Octopi will present their design for the Thames Baths at the Guardian’s World Cities Day Challenge. Originally created as part of the Architecture Foundation’s competition to design ways to reconnect Londoners with the river, the Thames Baths design has gained momentum over the last year, with a recent iteration of the design proposed for London‘s Victoria Embankment.

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House In Oxfordshire / Peter Feeny Architects

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Architects: Peter Feeny Architects
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Design Team: Peter Feeny, Matthias Thum, Ondrej Mundl, Richard Hood, David Max Phillips, Jose Soto
Year: 2012
Photographs: Rafael Dubreu

A Contemporary Renovation for a Classic Mayfair Office / Brady Mallalieu Architects

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Architects: Brady Mallalieu Architects
Location: Clifford Street, Mayfair, W1S, UK
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Jensen Photography

RIBA Launches Centenery Square Regeneration Competition for Birmingham

’s Centenary Square. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects have announced an international design competition to regenerate Centenary Square, one of Birmingham‘s largest public spaces, and neighbor to Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, the Old Rep Theatre, and the the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo which was shortlisted for the 2014 Stirling Prize.

Maggie’s Oxford / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: Oxford, Oxford,
Design Team: Chris Wilkinson, Andrew Walsh
Area: 225.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Julian Abrams

St John Bosco Art College / BDP

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Architects: BDP
Location: Croxteth, , , Merseyside L11, UK
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Area: 11000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Barbour

LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

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Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Location: Houghton Street, School of Economics and Political Science, WC2A 2AE,
Design Team: John Tuomey, Sheila O’Donnell, Willie Carey, Geoff Brouder, Laura Harty, Kirstie Smeaton, Gary Watkin, Anne-Louise Duignan, Ciara Reddy, Jitka Leonard, Iseult O’Cleary, Henrik Wolterstorff, Mark Grehan, Monika Hinz
Area: 6101.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alex Bland, Dennis Gilbert

63 Compton / Doone Silver Architects

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Architects: Doone Silver Architects
Location: , UK
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matt Bargery, Hurford Salvi Carr

Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio

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Architects: Heatherwick Studio
Location: , Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28, UK
Project Team: Thomas Heatherwick, Katerina Dionysopoulou, Eliot Postma, Alma Wang, Ville Saarikoski
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of

Merchant Square Footbridge / Knight Architects

Architects: Knight Architects
Location: Paddington, W2,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Edmund Sumner, Peter Cook, Courtesy of Knight Architects

Constellations Bar / H. Miller Bro

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Architects: H. Miller Bro
Location: 37-39 Greenland Street, , Merseyside L1 0BS,
Architects In Charge: Hugh Miller Furniture, Howard Miller Design Ltd.
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.

Gia Wolff Transforms the Tate Modern with Canopy of Ropes

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From the architect. What happens when a designer decides to turn a classic Herzog & de Meuron masterpiece into a carnival space? That’s precisely what happened when architect Gia Wolff was asked to create an installation – part of which doubled as a performance piece – for the show Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival in the Tate Modern‘s Turbine Hall. How did she approach transforming such a cultural icon? Three words: red-pink rope.

Leather Dressing / Simon Astridge

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Architects: Simon Astridge
Location: Paddington, W2, UK
Area: 272.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nicholas Worley

Plywood House / Simon Astridge

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Architects: Simon Astridge
Location: Balham, , UK
Area: 134.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicholas Worley

Dorset Road / Sam Tisdall Architects

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Architects: Sam Tisdall Architects
Location: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22 7AY, UK
Area: 76.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Chivers

Zaha Hadid Installs Ultra-Thin Shell Structure at London’s V&A

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Zaha Hadid Architects has constructed an experimental structure on the grounds of ’s V&A Museum, just in time for the London Design Festival. The temporary installation is the practice’s thinnest shell structure to date, testing new design and construction technologies for achieving minimal material thickness while “investigating the relationship between formal arrangement and structural performance.” 

Amazon to Occupy Stalled Foster Scheme

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Amazon has confirmed plans to move more than 5,000 of its London employees into a Foster + Partners-designed office building planned for Shoreditch High Street. On hold since January 2012, the £290 million mixed-use scheme will compete with Amazon’s Farringdon office to serve as the online retailer’s new headquarters.

A Temporary Setting for Performance in the Centre of Southampton

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The Playing Field, a 450-seat “high tech Tudor theatre” in the heart of the British city of Southampton, represented a major collaboration between the city’s arts organisations and was realised through a collaborative effort between engineers Structure Workshop and Assemble Studio, the London based practice known for innovative interventions within the public realm. Their Cineroleum, coupled with a bold renovation of a yardhouse, are part of a small canon of cultural buildings designed to temporarily reimagine the urban landscape on a small scale.