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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.

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.

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.”

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.

Heatherwick Studio's Olympia London Receives Planning Permission

06:30 - 1 February, 2019
Heatherwick Studio's Olympia London Receives Planning Permission, Olympia London. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Olympia London. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio has received planning approval to transform Olympia London, a 150-year old exhibition and event space in West Kensington. Working with SPPARC, the project will transform the 14-acre site into restaurants, hotels, performance venues and office space, as well as create 2.5 acres of new public space. The proposal aims to turn Olympia London into a world-class cultural hub in West London.

Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England

13:00 - 15 January, 2019
Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have released images of their proposed Mullin Automotive Park at Enstone Airfield, now submitted for planning permission. Intended as a “world-class automotive museum in the heart of the British countryside” the scheme will rehabilitate a disused airfield to support a growing community of classic automobile collectors.

The Electric Automated Cities of the Future, According to Jaguar and Barr Gazetas

09:00 - 21 December, 2018
The Electric Automated Cities of the Future, According to Jaguar and Barr Gazetas, © Barr Gazetas
© Barr Gazetas

Car manufacturer Jaguar has teamed up with architect Tom Barton of Barr Gazetas to imagine the consequences of an electrified automotive future on cities. Taking four case studies across the United Kingdom, the team speculated on existing infrastructural issues, and the opportunities for improvement made possible by the advent of electric cars.

What 6 British Cities Could Have Looked Like

09:00 - 7 December, 2018
What 6 British Cities Could Have Looked Like, Unbuilt London. Image © QuickQuid / Neomam
Unbuilt London. Image © QuickQuid / Neomam

A historic hotbed of architectural styles and a current architectural capital of the world, cities in the United Kingdom are awash with iconic buildings from the Georgian, Neoclassical, and contemporary era. Such buildings, from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol to the Southbank in London, have come to define the cities in which they stand, drawing the eyes of tourists and designers alike from around the world.

A First Look at Grimshaw's Next Eden Project

11:00 - 22 November, 2018
A First Look at Grimshaw's Next Eden Project, © Grimshaw Architects
© Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw has unveiled its vision for the Eden Project North, following on from its acclaimed domed megastructure in Cornwall, England. The new scheme is to be located in Morecambe, Lancashire, featuring “a series of pavilions inspired by mussels, which could house a variety of environments.”

Watch 6 Ruined British Castles Come Back to Life

11:00 - 20 November, 2018
Watch 6 Ruined British Castles Come Back to Life, © NeoMam Studios and Onward
© NeoMam Studios and Onward

The landscape of the United Kingdom is littered with historic castles reaching back centuries. Once proud structures commanding the surrounding countryside, many stately houses, castles, and churches have since collapsed into ruin. While the ruins evoke a sense of magic and curiosity in their own right, a study into how these castles looked in their heyday is a worthy venture.

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