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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.

17-Ton Steel Sculpture Finds a New Home in London

05:00 - 8 February, 2019
17-Ton Steel Sculpture Finds a New Home in London, Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons
Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons

Artist Lee Simmons has unveiled a 17-ton, 50-foot sculpture in London’s Marylebone neighborhood. Titled Quadrilinear, the project is made of five layers of laser-cut steel standing four stories tall. The project is slotted through Schoen Clinic by ESA Architects, and was completed over a four-year period with Format Engineers. The stainless-steel column is based on deconstructed maps of historic Marylebone to engage the context, rhythm and fabric of the facade.

Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons + 10

Architecture on Stage: Hans van der Heijden

03:30 - 4 February, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Hans van der Heijden, © Courtesy of Hans van der Heijden, via the Barbican
© Courtesy of Hans van der Heijden, via the Barbican

The Dutch architect and urbanist Hans van der Heijden will speak about his recent projects and their engagement with the city and its streets.

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.

Olympia London. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Olympia London. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Olympia London. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Olympia London. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio + 5

Solutions to London's Mounting Affordable Housing Crisis Proposed in Bee Breeders' Latest

04:00 - 1 February, 2019
Solutions to London's Mounting Affordable Housing Crisis Proposed in Bee Breeders' Latest , Beyond the Shell . Image © Lianjie Wu, via BeeBreeders
Beyond the Shell . Image © Lianjie Wu, via BeeBreeders

Skyrocketing prices of London housing have become so unbearable that many have turned to less-than-ideal compromises. Large homes can be found but come with commutes of hours; places are still available in the city, but only for those with sky-high paychecks. Unable to balance their needs, people are resorting to workarounds that disrupt the existing urban fabric and dissatisfy all involved. Surely we can do better.

Beyond the Shell . Image © Lianjie Wu, via BeeBreeders Informal Intimacy. Image © Medina Dzonlic, Daniel Andersson, via BeeBreeders Wesley New Town // Chronotopia. Image © Yip Siu, via BeeBreeders Hedge House. Image © David Saand, Simone De Bergh, Björn Vestlund, Jay Williams, via BeeBreeders + 54

RIBA Announces a New Award for Housing in Memory of Neave Brown

07:30 - 31 January, 2019
RIBA Announces a New Award for Housing in Memory of Neave Brown, Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner
Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the foundation of a new award focused on recognizing work in housing in the UK. The award is named in memory of Neave Brown, the British architect, and designer famed for his many housing estates in London.

Alexandra Road Estate. Image © Flickr user Steve Cadman Dunboyne Road Estate. Image © Flickr user Steve Cadman The Alexandra Road Estate Dunboyne Road Estate. via Wikimedia + 5

Architecture on Stage: Christ & Gantenbein

03:30 - 31 January, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Christ & Gantenbein, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

The practice of acclaimed Swiss architect duo Christ and Gantenbein will join together on stage to discuss past and future projects.

Battersea Arts Centre / Haworth Tompkins

14:00 - 30 January, 2019
Battersea Arts Centre / Haworth Tompkins, © Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

© Fred Howarth © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile + 31

As London's Housing Crisis Deepens, a Provocative Proposal Suggests the Solution Rests with the Queen

07:00 - 30 January, 2019
As London's Housing Crisis Deepens, a Provocative Proposal Suggests the Solution Rests with the Queen, © Opposite Office
© Opposite Office

"The rooms are awash with sparkling candelabra, sumptuous carpets, marble columns, sculptures, and expensive artworks,” says Benedikt Hartl, co-founder of Opposite Office of Buckingham Palace. The 775-room, 79-bathroom, 828,821 square foot residence has been home to Britain’s royalty since the 1830s. And, if Opposite Office’s recent Affordable Palace proposal were to go through, could also be home to you.