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15 May 2018
Issue 690
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Will Alsop 1947- 2018
Monday Morning brought with it the sad news that architecture has lost one of its most colourful characters. Will Alsop, the undisputed Enfant Terrible of architecture has died at the age
of 70 after a short illness. We have had the privilege of interviewing Will on many occasions. Most recently, in the summer of 2015 Michael Hammond met Will at his Battersea Beach, almost in the shadow of Foster’s HQ where, under the Heathrow flightpath, appropriately accompanied by construction noises of power-drills and adjacent scaffolding erection, he talks candidly about his life, his challenges and successes.
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Top stories this week
1 A new Railway Quarter lines up in Aarhus
In co-operation with the City of Aarhus, DSB, MT Højgaard and C.F. Møller Architects are preparing to realise the vision of a new Railway Quarter. This is a new, car-free urban quarter in Aarhus, which will develop the area and connect the surrounding neighbourhoods by covering the railway site from Bruuns Bro to Frederiks Bro. This will create a new, car-free urban quarter of Aarhus. The railway site extending from Bruuns Bro to Frederiks... read more
2 Hawkins\Brown complete 53 Great Suffolk Street
Hawkins\Brown has completed the refurbishment and extension of a 1890s Victorian warehouse in Southwark, London, incorporating a new build extension that reinterprets the language of the existing building in a bold, contemporary way to deliver 40,000 sq ft of office space. Seth Rutt, Partner at Hawkins\Brown, said: “Our approach to retain as much of the existing structure as possible stemmed from both a design... read more
3 Buchan Group set a
new benchmark
Thirty-six exclusively crafted apartments designed by award-winning architecture firm The Buchan Group are setting a benchmark for luxury living in Lutwyche, in Brisbane’s inner north. The $18m Felicity on Felix is now complete and is the latest luxury apartment development by boutique developers Sanchi Development. The Buchan Group was appointed to architecturally-design the five-storey development, which features... read more
4 PLP gets on track in Farringdon
Following appointment by Helical, PLP Architecture, which is acting as lead consultant on the East Ticket Hall new station development at Farringdon Crossrail Station, has unveiled images of the new office building above the station. The six-storey building will sit above the station's eastern ticket hall on Lindsey Street and offer 15,572 sq m of office space, with retail units on the ground floor. The OSD carefully integrates... read more
5 Atkins' innovation centre opens at the Uni of Edinburgh
Atkins is the designer behind a new animal science innovation centre and campus hub which was opened on 2.5.18 at the University of Edinburgh by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The £23m Charnock Bradley Building at the university’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies provides a place at the heart of the university campus for staff, students, and businesses to share ideas, innovations and research. It is part of the University... read more
A fruitful endeavour A unique window into the future of design
Neil Tomlinson Architects has been commissioned for a new stage of work at New Covent Garden Market in London’s Nine Elms, a scheme the practice has been involved with continually since its original masterplan for the market’s future development in 2011, which considered the 23ha site's many component parts and overall relationship to the surrounding area. The area is currently undergoing a raft of landmark developments, from the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the new Northern Line tube network... click here
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Most read story of the month
Zaha Hadid Architects redefine Milan
Generali Tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects is within the CityLife masterplan that has redeveloped Milan’s abandoned trade fair grounds following the fair’s relocation to Rho Pero in 2005. Located above the new Tre Torri station on Line 5 of the city’s metro system, CityLife opens the 90-acre site to year-round public use for the first time; providing new civic spaces, public parks and residential areas, in addition to shopping districts and corporate offices. When fully complete in 2020, CityLife will be the largest new civic space and public park created in the city since Parco Sempione opened 130 years ago; welcoming more than seven million visitors, workers and residents each year. CityLife will include 1,000 new homes, offices for more than 11,000 staff, the new 42-acre public park, piazzas and kindergarten. Aligned at ground level with three of the city’s primary axes that converge within CityLife, the 170m (44-storey) Generali Tower connects with its surrounding public piazzas and park; the curvilinear geometries of its podium defined by the perceived centripetal forces generated from the staggered intersection of these three city axes at the tower’s base. This vortex of centripetal forces at ground level is transferred vertically through the tower by realigning successive rhomboid-shaped floor plates to twist the tower about its vertical axis. This helical twist reduces incrementally with the height of each floor above street level, giving all floors a fractionally different relationship to the floors above and below... read more
Human-centric lighting comes to the UK Focusing on quality place-making
There have been several stories recently in the UK press about the possible negative effects of LED lighting, particularly street lights. Now a specialist in human-centric lighting solutions has developed LED solutions for varying environments that focus on a market that is ready to embrace healthy lighting. Lighting Science ® has launched international versions of its GoodDay ® A19, GoodNight ® A19, and Sleepy Baby ® LED bulbs, and the offering of these products in the UK market. These popular LED lighting products will be available for both consumer and commercial sale beginning in May 2018, through a partnership with the premier UK distributor, Target Holdings UK Ltd. For 30 years, Lighting Science has been pioneering... read more
Homes England and the Design Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that commits the organisations to a working partnership to promote quality place-making and contribute to the evidence that high-quality design in housing developments creates long-term benefits for society and the economy. Homes England’s Chief Executive Nick Walkley and the Design Council’s Chief Executive Sarah Weir will sign the partnership agreement at the Government’s Design Quality Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from the Government and industry to discuss achieving well-designed places. The Minister for Housing and Planning, Dominic Raab MP, will be joining the conference to give a keynote... read more
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