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Tin House / Henning Stummel Architects

03:00 - 26 April, 2019
Tin House / Henning Stummel Architects, © Gavriil Papadiotis
© Gavriil Papadiotis

© Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar + 17

UR London Flagship Store / DOMANI

00:00 - 22 April, 2019
© Ann Yu
© Ann Yu

© Ann Yu © Ann Yu © Ann Yu © Ann Yu + 45

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Ariel Way, White City, London W12 7GF, United Kingdom
  • Category

  • Interior Designer

    Ann Yu
  • Installation

    Ann Yu, A&V
  • Cooperative Design

    Rex
  • Area

    2500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Architecture on Stage: OFFICE KGDVS

10:56 - 15 April, 2019
Architecture on Stage:  OFFICE KGDVS, Solo House, photo by Bas Princen
Solo House, photo by Bas Princen

Belgium's renowned architectural practice OFFICE KGDVS joins The Architecture Foundation to discuss their recent projects and urbanist design.

LEGO's Next Architecture Set will be London's Trafalgar Square

11:00 - 11 April, 2019
LEGO's Next Architecture Set will be London's Trafalgar Square, © LEGO via Facebook
© LEGO via Facebook

LEGO has revealed the newest addition to its Architecture set. The "Trafalgar Square" set will feature London landmarks such as the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, and accessories such as micro-lion statues, fountains, and the city’s famous red double-decker buses.

Tower of London Competition 1890

07:30 - 11 April, 2019
© Descriptive illustrated catalogue of the sixty-eight competitive designs for the great tower for London compiled and edited by Fred. C. Lynde
© Descriptive illustrated catalogue of the sixty-eight competitive designs for the great tower for London compiled and edited by Fred. C. Lynde

While the Eiffel Tower was negatively received at first for its utilitarian appearance, it soon became a major attraction for Paris, France in the late 19th century. It represented structural ingenuity and innovation and soon became a major feat, rising to 300 meters of7,500 tons of steel and iron. Just three years after its unveiling, London sponsored a competition for its own version of the tower in 1890. The Tower Company, Limited collected 68 designs, all variations of the design of the Eiffel Tower. Proposals were submitted from the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Turkey and Australia. Many of the designs are bizarre interpretations of utilitarian structures, following the aesthetics of the Eiffel Tower, only bigger and taller.

Join us after the break for more on the story of the Tower of London.

The Painted Hall / Hugh Broughton Architects

02:00 - 8 April, 2019
The Painted Hall / Hugh Broughton Architects, © James Brittain
© James Brittain

© James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain + 18

Foster + Partners' Tulip Tower Gains Approval in London

11:00 - 3 April, 2019
Foster + Partners' Tulip Tower Gains Approval in London, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

The Foster + Partners-designed Tulip skyscraper in London just took a major step towards realization with an endorsement by planning officials. A report by the City Corporation’s chief planning officer had said that the scheme would give London “a new iconic building” with a “bold and striking” form. The 1000-foot-tall (305-meter-tall) scheme would sit adjacent to The Gherkin: one of Foster’s and London’s most iconic structures.

Officials were particularly convinced by the scheme’s proposed education facility, operated by building owners J. Safra Group giving 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children, and featuring “an unparalleled vantage point to view London from a height of around 300 meters.” Approving the scheme, the City of London Corporation's planning committee stated their belief that the scheme would boost the area's economy.

© DBOX for Foster + Partners © DBOX for Foster + Partners © DBOX for Foster + Partners © DBOX for Foster + Partners + 6

JTP Designs New Russian Eco-City District in Kazan

05:00 - 28 March, 2019
JTP Designs New Russian Eco-City District in Kazan, Kazan Eco-city District. Image Courtesy of JTP
Kazan Eco-city District. Image Courtesy of JTP

London-based practice JTP won the competition to create a 760ha masterplan for a new eco-city district in Kazan, Russia. Working with OXO Architects, Terra Scape and XTU Architects, the team proposed the development outside the regional capital of Tatarstan. Dubbed Ecopolis, the design centers on a series of "green fingers" that connect to a landscape ring around the district.

Kazan Eco-city District. Image Courtesy of JTP Kazan Eco-city District. Image Courtesy of JTP Kazan Eco-city District. Image Courtesy of JTP Kazan Eco-city District. Image Courtesy of JTP + 5

Maich Swift's Narrow Timber Tower Named 2019 Antepavilion

06:00 - 16 March, 2019
Maich Swift's Narrow Timber Tower Named 2019 Antepavilion, Potemkin Theatre. Image Courtesy of Maich Swift
Potemkin Theatre. Image Courtesy of Maich Swift

The Architecture Foundation has announced the winning design for Antepavilion, the annual installation program in London. Chosen from more than 200 entries and six finalists, Maich Swift Architects ‘Potemkin Theatre’ features “colorful panels of painted canvas, which will act as both a canalside theatre and a rooftop cinema.” The design perches on the rooftop of a warehouse along east London’s Regents Canal, creating a visible landmark in the low-scale neighbourhood.

Potemkin Theatre. Image Courtesy of Maich Swift Potemkin Theatre. Image Courtesy of Maich Swift Potemkin Theatre Potemkin Theatre + 7

The Architectural Fiction of an Underwater Coral Reef Sustained by Dead Bodies

09:00 - 12 March, 2019
The Architectural Fiction of an Underwater Coral Reef Sustained by Dead Bodies, © Yunil Nam
© Yunil Nam

London-based artist and architectural designer Yunil Nam has developed an illustrated project inspired by Jules Verne’s science fiction novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The project, titled “The Reef of Silence” explores a “funerary venue and coral cultivation facility within an underwater structure alongside an investigation into cultural and environmental issues in the Indian Ocean.”

The fictional scheme is designed to revitalize endangered vultures preying upon dead human bodies, alongside its religious function. The “Tectonic Vultures” burial process consists of new techniques in body decomposition such as freeze-drying and liquefaction, transforming the human body into nutrients in the form of powder or liquid.

© Yunil Nam © Yunil Nam © Yunil Nam © Yunil Nam + 12

The Signal House / Fraher Architects

23:00 - 9 March, 2019
The Signal House / Fraher Architects, © Adam Scott
© Adam Scott

© Adam Scott © Adam Scott © Adam Scott © Adam Scott + 19

2019 to be a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings in London

11:00 - 6 March, 2019
2019 to be a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings in London, 100 Leadenhall Street - SOM exterior view . Image © Cityscape Digital
100 Leadenhall Street - SOM exterior view . Image © Cityscape Digital

New London Architecture has published the results of their annual Tall Building Survey. Now in its sixth year, the report declares 2019 as “The Year of the Tall Building” with a record number of 76 tall buildings set to be completed in the UK capital in 2019.

Among the key findings from the report, it was revealed that the completion of tall buildings is set to be three times higher than in 2018. There are currently 541 tall buildings in the pipeline for the capital, with 22 out of London’s 33 boroughs containing tall buildings under construction. These tall buildings will offer more than 110,000 new homes for a city with chronic housing shortages.

London Skyline . Image © JasonHawkes 3 One Park Drive. Image © Herzog & de Meuron Exterior Mid-level Ravensbourne Wharf . Image © Craftworks Mapleton Crescent. Image © Metropolitan Workshop + Pocket Living - River View + 6

Boler Mountain Chalet Redevelopment / Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

16:00 - 4 March, 2019
Boler Mountain Chalet Redevelopment / Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson, © Jessica Ginzel
© Jessica Ginzel

© Jessica Ginzel © Jessica Ginzel © Jessica Ginzel © Jessica Ginzel + 32

Architecture on Stage: Sauter von Moos

03:30 - 28 February, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Sauter von Moos, © Rolf Frei
© Rolf Frei

Hear from Swiss architecture practice Sauter von Moos as they lecture on their practice's works.

London Development to Offer First Dedicated Drone Port in the UK

10:00 - 23 February, 2019
London Development to Offer First Dedicated Drone Port in the UK, Lyons Place. Image Courtesy of Lyons Place
Lyons Place. Image Courtesy of Lyons Place

We have seen rooftop helipads, restaurants, pools, and even gardens, but soon rooftops will be catering to a new service: drone delivery. Maida Vale’s Lyons Place, a residential complex designed by architect Sir Terry Farrell, will be the first in the UK to implement rooftop ‘vertiports’, encouraging drone delivery services.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Gains Approval for Hammersmith Town Hall Refurbishment in London

11:00 - 18 February, 2019
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Gains Approval for Hammersmith Town Hall Refurbishment in London, Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T
Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have gained planning permission for the proposed extension and full refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Hammersmith Town Hall in London. A joint venture with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and commercial partners a2Dominion, the scheme seeks to promote “the creation of a new high quality civic mixed-use development” derived from the historic structure.

Through the demolition of a 1970s extension, the scheme will create a new public square that enhances the setting of the existing protected Town Hall, reinstating its presence on Kings Street. The main alternations seek to enhance the existing building through a glass box rooftop extension containing council office space.

Visualisation of the interior of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T Visualisation of the north facade of the Town Hall extension. Image © 7-T Visualisation of the interior of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T © 7-T + 6

2019 Serpentine Pavilion to be Designed by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami

08:30 - 14 February, 2019
2019 Serpentine Pavilion to be Designed by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Exterior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates
Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Exterior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates

London's Serpentine Gallery has announced Japanese architect Junya Ishigami as the designer of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Ishigami, who at 44 is the second-youngest designer of the pavilion (after 2018 designer Frida Escobedo), is known for his light and ephemeral approach to design.

Ishigami's design for the pavilion takes the form of a slate sheet rising from the landscape of the park, held up by light pilotis that form an interior field reminiscent of a forest. The single-canopy space takes inspiration not just from natural canopies but from roofs - the essential structural element that defines and unites architecture. Within, the darkness of the slate roof will create a serene space for contemplation and relaxation. Ishigami explains that his design for the pavilion exemplifies his 'free space' philosophy in which he "seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist."

 Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Interior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates 2019 Serpentine Pavilion to be Designed by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami Junya Ishigami, Botanical Garden Art Biotop / Water Garden, Tochigi, Japan, 2018, © Junya Ishigami + Associates Junya Ishigami by Tasuko Amada + 6

Efforts for Gehry-Led Wimbledon Concert Venue in Wimbledon Gain Ground Weeks after London Centre for Music Announcement

05:00 - 11 February, 2019
Efforts for Gehry-Led Wimbledon Concert Venue in Wimbledon Gain Ground Weeks after London Centre for Music Announcement, Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal, completed in 2017.. Image © Volker Kreidler. © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal
Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal, completed in 2017.. Image © Volker Kreidler. © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal

It would seem that in London when it rains, it pours. Mere weeks after designs for the London Centre for Music were announced, efforts to bestow the city with another world-class concert venue have come to the fore. The Wimbledon Concert Hall, which currently has American architect Frank Gehry attached to the project, would add a 1,250-seat space for music and performance to the London suburb best known for tennis.