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New Rules for London's Skyscrapers Favor Pedestrians

09:00 - 22 August, 2019
New Rules for London's Skyscrapers Favor Pedestrians, © IR Stone/ Shutterstock
© IR Stone/ Shutterstock

With a very bold and pioneering move, the UK for the first time is prioritizing cyclists and pedestrians. The city is making pressures on skyscrapers by issuing new rules on the design of the high-rises in order to prevent the creation of wind tunnels.

GROUPWORK + Amin Taha Architects Win Motion Against Demolishing 15 Clerkenwell Close

13:39 - 15 August, 2019
GROUPWORK + Amin Taha Architects Win Motion Against Demolishing 15 Clerkenwell Close, 15 Clerkenwell Close / GROUPWORK + Amin Taha Architects. Image © Timothy Soar
15 Clerkenwell Close / GROUPWORK + Amin Taha Architects. Image © Timothy Soar

After a 2-year trial, GROUPWORK and Amin Taha Architects won the motion against demolishing the 15 Clerkenwell Close building.

The architects behind the RIBA award-winning project have been in an ongoing battle with local planning authorities over attempts of demolishing the 7-storey building in the city of Clerkenwell, UK. Taha has also received an enforcement notice last year, claiming that "the structure does not reflect the building that was granted planning permission and conservation area consent in 2013".

However, a planning inspector overturned the council’s demolition request, granting the architects planning permission regardless of the differences between what was proposed and what is developed.  

8 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2019 London Design Festival

05:00 - 12 August, 2019
8 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2019 London Design Festival, Courtesy of Sam Jacob Studio
Courtesy of Sam Jacob Studio

Courtesy of Camille Walala Courtesy of Sony Design Courtesy of PATTERNITY Courtesy of Dan Tobin Smith + The Experience Machine + 9

The 2019 London Design Festival opens next month with highlights including projects at the V&A by Sam Jacob and Kengo Kuma. Running from September 14th to the 22nd, the festival will include large-scale installations by Paul Cocksedge, Martino Gamper, PATTERNITY, Dan Tobin Smith and Camille Walala. Returning for its 17th year, the festival will celebrate design across London.

School Children Design and Build London's First Mega Maker Lab in Former Fire Station

13:00 - 9 August, 2019
School Children Design and Build London's First Mega Maker Lab in Former Fire Station, © French & Tye
© French & Tye

© Peter Savage © French & Tye © French & Tye © Peter Savage + 13

Over 100 local primary school children have designed and built London's first Mega Maker Lab in a former fire-engine-fixing hall. Sited in South London, the project is made to be a hub of activity instigated by the Institute of Imagination (iOi) and architectural educationalists, MATT+FIONA with designers Jestico + Whiles. The children came up with the idea that the design should encapsulates a journey to spark imagination in young makers.

Architect Designs Giant Steel Rolling Bridge for the Overlooked Area of Cody Dock

12:30 - 7 August, 2019
Architect Designs Giant Steel Rolling Bridge for the Overlooked Area of Cody Dock, Courtesy of Thomas Randall-Page
Courtesy of Thomas Randall-Page

In east London, on the bank of the Lea River, Thomas Randall-Page imagines a project that reboots an under-used and forgotten area through the construction of a rotating bridge. The manually rolling system will allow boats to pass, and will also act as a pedestrian bridge and grant full public access to the Lea River Park.

Antepavilion 2019 by Maich Swift Architects Opens to the Public

06:30 - 5 August, 2019
Antepavilion 2019 by Maich Swift Architects Opens to the Public, © David Grandorge Photographs
© David Grandorge Photographs

© David Grandorge Photographs © David Grandorge Photographs © David Grandorge Photographs © David Grandorge Photographs + 18

The third Antepavilion is set to open this week in east London — designed by young architecture firm Maich Swift Architects, the canalside wooden rooftop theater built in Haggerston, London, is inspired by Monsieur Hulot in Jacques Tati’s 1958 film "Mon Oncle". "Potemkin theatre" was chosen from almost 200 entries in an open competition launched by the Architecture Foundation and Shiva Ltd.

A Brutalist Landmark and Skateboarding Mecca in London Is Restored

04:00 - 4 August, 2019
Courtesy of Richard Battye/FCBStudios
Courtesy of Richard Battye/FCBStudios

The Southbank Centre's famous Undercroft was a global destination for skateboarders, though it was threatened by closure and decay.

On the morning of Saturday, July 20, a wall of temporary construction fencing on the south bank of the River Thames was torn down, unveiling a 4,300-square-foot landscape of virgin concrete flooring. The space slopes in sections, culminating in L-shaped barriers and a white plywood wall, which, by the end of the 20th century, was covered in triumphant graffiti. This is the Undercroft, the open-ended subterranean space of the Brutalist Southbank Centre. It’s also the oldest, and among the most famous, consistently skateboarded space in the world.

ONE Putney Residential Building / PHASE3

10:00 - 29 July, 2019
ONE Putney Residential Building / PHASE3, © NAARO Architectural Photography
© NAARO Architectural Photography

© NAARO Architectural Photography © NAARO Architectural Photography © NAARO Architectural Photography © NAARO Architectural Photography + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Tyen Masten, Johannes Schick, Theo Petrides, Kira Sciberras, Michael Hasslacher, Maud Sanciaume, John Ng
  • Area

    2500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019
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Royal Opera House / Stanton Williams

03:00 - 29 July, 2019
Royal Opera House / Stanton Williams, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow + 29

Makr Shakr Opens Robotic Bars in Milan and London

05:00 - 26 July, 2019
Makr Shakr Opens Robotic Bars in Milan and London, The View. Image Courtesy of TownHouse Duomo, © Marco Beck Peccoz
The View. Image Courtesy of TownHouse Duomo, © Marco Beck Peccoz

Bar producer Makr Shakr has unveiled new rooftop robotic bars in Milan and London. Founded by MIT professor Carlo Ratti, the company's new projects are made to engage with the city and explore the potential of technology. In Milan, the project is the city's first robotic bar, while the London bar is on display at the Barbican as part of its AI: More than Human exhibition. Makr Shakr's bars aim to combine barman roots with food tech around the future of human-machine collaboration.

The View. Image © Krishanti The View. Image Courtesy of TownHouse Duomo, © Marco Beck Peccoz The View. Image Courtesy of TownHouse Duomo, © Marco Beck Peccoz The View. Image © Krishanti + 6

Foster's Tulip Rejected by London Mayor

08:40 - 16 July, 2019
Foster's Tulip Rejected by London Mayor, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has advised planners to reject the Foster + Partners-designed Tulip Tower. As reported by the BBC, the mayor has highlighted a number of concerns raised in a London Review Panel report, and advised City of London Corporation (CLC) planners to reject permission, despite a previous endorsement of the scheme by the CLC’s chief planning officer.

Bauchplan Designs London High Line with Aquaponics and Swimming Pools

13:00 - 15 July, 2019
Bauchplan Designs London High Line with Aquaponics and Swimming Pools, Fish n’Chips. Image Courtesy of bauchplan ).(
Fish n’Chips. Image Courtesy of bauchplan ).(

Architectural firm bauchplan has won first prize in the competition to revitalize a disused viaduct in London. Dubbed Fish n’Chips, their proposal includes a series of green houses, aquaponics and swimming pools to create a new High Line for the city. Sited in Hammersmith, the design was made to become a blue & green living room, with a recreation area and island of retreat for the neighborhood. The project aims to bring awareness to processes of waste management and urban food production in London.

London Launches Open Source App for Homebuilding

07:20 - 12 July, 2019
London Launches Open Source App for Homebuilding, Courtesy of Bryden Wood
Courtesy of Bryden Wood

Bryden Wood, Cast, and the Mayor of London have launched a new app to speed up the capital’s home building. The freely-available app, titled PRISM, is aimed at the design and construction of high-quality, factory-built homes to address the current demand of 50,000+ houses per year.

DS+R and Neiheiser Argyros Design New Linear London Park

09:00 - 10 July, 2019
DS+R and Neiheiser Argyros Design New Linear London Park, The Tide. Image © Jeff Moore
The Tide. Image © Jeff Moore

The initial phase of London’s first linear culture park has opened to the public along the Thames. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Neiheiser Argyros, the project is sited on the Greenwich Peninsula as a new outdoor destination for the city. Called The Tide, the park offers free-to-view public art by emerging and world-renowned artists and includes a landscaped route for running, walking and meditation that is freely accessible to all.

The Tide. Image © Charles Emerson The Tide. Image © Jeff Moore The Tide. Image © Charles Emerson The Tide. Image © Jeff Moore + 8

The Hill House Box / Carmody Groarke

03:00 - 9 July, 2019
The Hill House Box / Carmody Groarke, © Johan Dehlin
© Johan Dehlin

© Johan Dehlin © Johan Dehlin © Johan Dehlin © Johan Dehlin + 19

Stratford Skyscraper / SOM

16:00 - 3 July, 2019
Stratford Skyscraper / SOM, © Alex Upton, courtesy MLC
© Alex Upton, courtesy MLC

© Ed Reeve, courtesy MLC © Luke Hayes, courtesy MLC © Rory Gardiner, courtesy MLC © Oliver Douglas, courtesy MLC + 23

Step Inside a 360° Virtual Tour of the 2019 Dulwich Pavilion

13:00 - 3 July, 2019
Step Inside a 360° Virtual Tour of the 2019 Dulwich Pavilion, 2019 Dulwich Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori
2019 Dulwich Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori

The 2019 Dulwich Pavilion by Pricegore and Yinka Ilori has opened in London this June. Dubbed the “The Colour Palace”, the project was made for the Dulwich Picture Gallery as a a celebration of color, pattern, and light, drawing from European and African cultural traditions. Now you can step inside the pavilion with a 360° virtual tour by Nikhilesh Haval.

2019 Dulwich Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori 2019 Dulwich Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori 2019 Dulwich Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori 2019 Dulwich Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori + 9

Museum of London Unveils Expansion into Historic Farringdon Buildings

11:00 - 2 July, 2019
Museum of London Unveils Expansion into Historic Farringdon Buildings, © Forbes Massie
© Forbes Massie

The Museum of London has unveiled the design for their new West Smithfield home. Designed by Stanton Williams, Asif Khan, and Julian Harrap Architects, the plans showcase the transformation of a campus of beautiful yet dilapidated market buildings into a 24-hour cultural destination. The scheme celebrates the historic buildings of West Smithfield, while creating a unique, memorable visitor experience.

© Asif Khan © Asif Khan © Forbes Massie © Forbes Massie + 12