Five Teams Shortlisted To Design Bristol Arena

Vision of the masterplan (commissioned in 2007). Image Courtesy of Bristol Temple Quarter

Five practices have been shortlisted to put forward designs for the Bristol Arena, a cultural and sporting hub which is set to have a 12,000 seating capacity and is due to open towards the end of 2017. The city’s Mayor, (who is himself an architect-turned-politician), has said that “we now have five very capable and talented design teams with a wealth of experience between them drawing up proposals” that will contribute to the regeneration of the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (a site close to Temple Meads Station). The five shortlisted multi-disciplinary design teams are consortiums experienced in delivering major cultural venues in the UK or overseas. A team led by Populous, who completed the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, are running in collaboration with Feilden Clegg Bradley, who were shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize. They are competing against teams led by Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre, who recently installed a cable-car across London’s Millennium Dome.

See details of the five teams after the break.

Maggie’s Oxford / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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

London Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant Scheme

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has ruled in favour of the controversial Mount Pleasant scheme in North at a public hearing held earlier today. The scheme was called in for a hearing at the request of the site’s owner Royal Mail who claimed that Islington and Camden councils (who are both responsible for parts of the huge site) were taking too long over the planning application, but has been criticized heavily by locals who feel that the scheme is not appropriate for the site, and by the councils who feel that the scheme’s 24% affordable housing is unacceptably low. However, Johnson drew criticism in June for apparently “compromising his neutrality” in advance of the hearing when he stated that the redeveloped Mount Pleasant “will be a wonderful place to live.”

Johnson approved the scheme after a heated hearing attended by over 100 members of the public and press, with many in attendance booing and heckling the mayor and representatives of the Royal Mail.

More on the hearing after the break

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

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Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of ’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

London Science Museum Selects Wilkinson Eyre to Design Medical Galleries

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London’s Science Museum has announced Wilkinson Eyre as the winner of its competition to design new medical galleries. Winning the project over a shortlist of six other architects – including Caruso St John, Amanda Levete Architects and Haworth Tompkins - Wilkinson Eyre’s £24 million galleries will occupy 3,000 square metres on the museum’s first floor, almost doubling the size of the museum’s existing galleries.

More on the Science Museum’s transformation after the break

Images Leaked of Major Development at Toronto’s Union Station

Looking Southeast toward the development. Image © Architects for Hines; via UrbanToronto.ca

Details have been leaked of a major new development on the Southern edge of downtown Toronto, just East of Union Station. The scheme, uncovered by UrbanToronto and its inquisitive users, involves the connection of sites on both sides of the railway tracks, and will include three towers and a pedestrian bridge featuring a park and retail space. It is understood that Wilkinson Eyre are the architects, after BD confirmed last week that they have recently won a major competition in Toronto.

Read on for more details of the project

Boris Johnson Speech Reignites Row Over Mount Pleasant Development

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The controversial Mount Pleasant development in London has sparked another row this week, as campaigners accused Mayor Boris Johnson of “compromising his neutrality” over the 681-home scheme which he has called in to review personally. Though he is supposed to remain neutral until the hearing, last week Johnson remarked in a speech that the development “will be a wonderful place to live.” However many have expressed concern over the design, including Thomas Heatherwick, who lives locally and called the scheme “empty, cynical and vacuous.” Read all the details at BD Online.

UK Museum of the Year Shortlist Announced

The main rotunda at the , by Caruso St John. Image © Helene Binet

The Art Fund recently announced the six museums on the UK’s 2014 Museum of the Year shortlist, its annual award for the outstanding museum of the year. The award celebrates every aspect of what makes a museum successful, but this year the list was highlighted by crucial work by architects, including renovations of the Tate Britain and the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, as well as the newly-constructed Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. The winner from the six museums will receive a £100,000 prize, and will be announced on July 9th.

Read on after the break for the complete shortlist

“Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay” Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

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The RIBA Lubetkin Prize, awarded annually to the architects of the best new building outside the European Union, was won this year by Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates for Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The prize, which was also awarded to Wilkinson Eyre in 2012 for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, is now in its 13th year.

Upon announcing the news, RIBA President Stephen Hodder stated: 

Three Projects Shortlisted for 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

The RIBA has announced three projects—two located in Asia and one in the United States—for the shortlist of the RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize. Named for Berthold Lubetkin, a Georgian-born architect, the prize celebrates the work of RIBA members building outside of the UK. Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, Grimshaw’s Via Verde and Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories will face off for the honor; the winner of this year’s Lubetkin Prize will be announced (along with the winner of the prestigious Stirling Prize) on September 26th in .

Angela Brady, RIBA President, said:

“The 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist features three exceptionally innovative projects that meet three very different urban challenges. From the blueprint for New York affordable housing and the creation of an impressive new shopping district in central Beijing to ’s new sustainable gardens, these are all extremely clever solutions. These cutting-edge schemes show the leading role that architects play in delivering visionary new thinking about urban issues, and illustrate why UK creative talent has such recognition around the world.”

More on the shortlisted projects after the break…

Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: , England
Architect For The Interior: Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will
Exhibition Design: Land Design Studio
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Wilkinson Eyre Wins Crown Sydney Hotel Resort Competition

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Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won an international competition to design “Sydney’s next masterpiece.” Selected over three other shortlisted firms – Renzo Piano, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, and KPF – the -based practice will now be responsible for the design of a $1.5 billion sculptural icon to host a six-star Crown Sydney resort on a 6000-square-meter site in the inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo.

IFC Guangzhou / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: Guangzhou, China
Structural Engineers: Arup
Hotel Operator: Four Seasons
Hotel Fit Out Designer: Hirsch Bedner Associates
Area: 448.371 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Will Pryce

AD Interviews: Chris Wilkinson & Jim Eyre / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

During the 2012 World Architecture Festival, we had the opportunity to interview Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre, the directors of the firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects who received the World Building of the Year Award for their Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay.

Chris Wilkinson founded the firm in 1983, partnering with Jim Eyre in 1987. Since then, the practice has displayed their innovation through the informed use of technology and materials, applied to projects in areas as diverse as transportation, the arts, infrastructure, masterplanning, as well as commercial, industrial, retail, leisure, educational, cultural and residential buildings. The firm has also developed a tremendous expertise in bridge design, with more than 30 projects of this type.

A good example of their applied innovation is the Cooled Conservatories, where climate control for 20,000 sqm in a complex environment posed a tremendous challenge. The sustainable cooling strategy lead to the reduction of, with air conditioning, would have been an otherwise big carbon foot print. 

For the 2012 Olympic Games, the firm designed the Basketball Arena, one of the biggest temporary venues erected for any Olympics, an iconic building that was the result of a tight budget and the requirement to recycle two thirds of the structure after the games.

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Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: Gardens by the Bay,
Masterplanners & Landscape Architects:
Client: National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore
Structural Engineers: Atelier One
Area: 20,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Sea City Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: Southampton, England,
Engineer And Cdm Advisor: Gifford (now Rambøll)
Project Management: Focus Consultants
Base Build Contractor: Kier
Area: 2981.4 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luke Hayes

Guangzhou International Finance Centre wins 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

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Now in it’s sixth year, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) 2012 Lubetkin Prize has been awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for their Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China. This annual award is presented to the “best new building outside the European Union”.

RIBA President and judge, Angela Brady commented: “With exceptional vision and skill, Architects have given their clients and the city of Guangzhou an outstanding new 103 storey landmark. The tower’s diamond shaped structure, exposed throughout the offices, atrium and hotel, looks simple but is the hugely complex key to the success of this building. It not only allows the dramatic tapering atrium and raked floors but brings environmental benefits by using 20% less steel than similar buildings. Guangzhou International Finance Centre is a worthy winner of this important prize.”

The Crystal / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: , United Kingdom
Design Team: Alex Kyriakides
Project Year:
Photographs: Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects