LIKEarchitects‘ Christmas installation, Frozen Trees, has found a new home in London’s Victory Park in East Village. Originally created by LIKEarchitects in 2011 and displayed on Lisbon’s D. Pedro IV Square, the installation will now light up the holiday period in one of London’s newest public spaces, on the site of the former Olympic Village, as its 1,296 Rationell Variera plastic bag dispensers from IKEA gently glow through the night.
Architects: AHR Architects
Location: Talbot Lodge, 376 Talbot Road, Blackpool, Blackpool FY3 7AT, UK
Architectural Team Members: Dominic Manfredi, Dan Barnes, Dan Lesser, Jon Wallis, Carl Fowler, Ben Rigby, Nick Barnes, Tom Locke, Geoff Goodman, Andrew Crompton, Pamela Griffin
Area: 12002.0 sqm
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson
As part of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne‘s Malmo Quay development masterplanned by URBED, AWP Office for Territorial Reconfiguration has designed a cycle hub and community hall with a gradually ascending ramp that leads to a lookout platform with views of the surrounding Newcastle Quayside and Ouseburn Valley. Though this distinctive ramp and lookout will be a landmark at a prominent location on the Tyne river, AWP states that “by revealing a new perspective of the city and the Valley, the cycle hub will become a landmark celebrated precisely for the view it creates,” rather than merely for its striking appearance above the roofline of the cycle hub below.
The Westminster City Council has granted planning permission to Sheppard Robson for a “dramatic” rooftop extension to London’s Aldwych House. The £15m project – situated within the Westminster Conservation Area – will add 8,500 square feet of high-quality office and reception space by installing a series of geometrical-folded forms on top of the landmark Midtown office building.
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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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.