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 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 UK 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.

The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Location: 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4QT, UK
Partners In Charge: Andrew Morris, Graham Stirk, Richard Rogers
Client: The British Land Company plc and Oxford
Area: 84424.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties, Lee Mawdsley, Paul Raftery

Broombank / SOUP Architects

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Architects: SOUP Architects
Location: , Suffolk,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andy Matthews

Private Family Home / LA Hally Architect

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Architects: LA Hally Architect
Location: Hiltingbury Road, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joel Knight

Cliff House / Hyde + Hyde Architects

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Architects: Hyde + Hyde Architects
Location: Gower Peninsula,
Area: 147.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects

Capco and Bold Rocket offices / D+DS architecture office

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Architects: D+DS architecture office
Location: London,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tom Fallon

Beefeater Gin Visitor Centre / Lee Boyd

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Architects: Lee Boyd
Location: SE11 5DE,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Riddle

Make Architects Win Planning For First Building in Birmingham’s Arena Central

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City Council has approved Make Architects‘ designs for the first commercial building of the city’s Arena Central masterplan. Located on Broad Street and overlooking the historic Centenary Square, 1 Arena Central is set to be the first step in the master plan for the 9.2 acre site at the heart of Birmingham City Center Enterprise Zone. The eight story building, which will feature 135,000 square feet of Grade A office space, with 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, is emblematic of the flagship development of the overall master plan.

Mint Street Peabody Housing / Pitman Tozer Architects

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Architects: Pitman Tozer Architects
Location: Mint Street, London E2,
Project Architect:: Nikki Cutler
Area: 4702.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kilian O’Sullivan, Nedko Dimitrov, Nick Kane

The Bluecoat / Hans van der Heijden Architect

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Architects: Hans van der Heijden Architect
Location: School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside L31,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Theo van de Beek, Marjolein van Eig, Hans van der Heijden, Helen Webster, Rick Wessels
Year: 2008
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Make Architects Reveal Big Data Institute for University of Oxford

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Make Architects have just received planning permission to build a world-class institute devoted to research and processing of health-related data on Oxford University’s Old Road Campus. The Big Data Institute (BDI) will be built adjacent to two other Make-designed buildings: The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the NDM Research Building. The BDI will be London-based Make Architects‘ fifth building on ’s Old Road Campus.

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North London Hospice / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

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Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Location: North Hospice, 71 Chase Side, N14 5BQ, UK
Area: 8000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Timothy Soar

Acoustic Shells / Flanagan Lawrence

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Architects: Flanagan Lawrence
Location: , West Sussex, UK
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence

The Workshop / Guy Hollaway Architects

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Architects: Guy Hollaway Architects
Location: , UK
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charles Hosea

Dalston Studio / Cassion Castle Architects

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Architects: Cassion Castle Architects
Location: Dalston, E8,
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kilian O’Sullivan

OPSO / K-Studio

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Architects: K-Studio
Location: 10 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 5QL, UK
Photographs: Tom Gildon