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16 Feb 2018
Architectural Association AA Director Shortlist

The AA School of Architecture Search Committee announce that the following candidates for AA Director:

– Pippo Ciorra
– Eva Franch i Gilabert
– Robert Mull

The Architectural Association News

Old Street Roundabout Competition
A total of 39 Old Street Roundabout longlisted design concepts shortlisted for the £1 million transformation.

design proposal by shedkm Uniform and BCA Landscape
Old Street Roundabout Competition by shedkm Uniform and BCA Landscape

Give your feedback on the longlisted entries from the Old Street Iconic Gateway ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’

Old Street Roundabout is changing. The existing roundabout will be removed and a two-way traffic system reintroduced, leading to the creation of a new pedestrianised public space.

proposal by Nicholas Hare Architects:
Old Street Roundabout Competition proposal by Nicholas Hare Architects

In December 2017, Islington Council, together with the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council, issued an ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’ to create an iconic gateway at Old Street. The purpose of this open call was to seek creative and innovative design ideas from a range of disciplines and partnerships, including design, architecture, art, planning and technology in the redesign of this space.

design by Hawkins\Brown:
Old Street Roundabout Competition design by Hawkins/Brown

Public exhibition at 2- 4 Old Street Yard, First Floor, Building 3, London EC1Y 8AF, 12pm – 6pm from 12 February – Friday 2 March (excluding weekends).

design proposal by EPR Architects:
Old Street Roundabout Contest design proposal by EPR Architects, London

Complete the survey, it will close at 11:59pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

14 Feb 2018
Royal Academy of Arts Coin

13 Feb 2018
11 Hanover Square Building

9 Feb 2018
The Waterman Greenwich Peninsula
Architects: Pilbrow & Partners
The Waterman
photo © Justin Piperger

The Waterman on Greenwich Peninsula
Pilbrow & Partners has completed the first building as part of the Greenwich Peninsula masterplan for Knight Dragon. The Waterman will deliver 269 new homes and a public square at the heart of the new urban district.

6 Feb 2018
Qantas Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3

6 Feb 2018
Oxford Street Christmas Lights Competition

6 Feb 2018
Resource centre for adults with learning disabilities

5 Feb 2018
Whiteleys Building Development

5 Feb 2018
HS2 Station Designs

31 Jan
Triumph Architectural Treehouse Award 2018

31 Jan 2018
Harrow View East, Wealdstone, London Borough of Harrow
Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards
Harrow View East Homes
image from architect

Harrow View East Hoosing
This first phase is part of wider regeneration proposals to transform the Kodak Site in Harrow into a new residential neighbourhood.

29 Jan
Etch House, Honor Oak Home Extension

26 Jan
Sun Rain Rooms, Islington
Design: Tonkin Liu Architects
Sun Rain Rooms, Finsbury home interior
photo : Edmund Sumner

Sun Rain Rooms Home Extension
‘Sun Rain Rooms’ has been crowned London’s best and most innovative home extension as overall winner of New London Architecture’s (NLA) annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition.

20 Jan
Dukes Meadows Bridge, under Barnes Railway Bridge, Chiswick, West London
Moxon Architects / CampbellReith consulting engineers
Dukes Meadows Bridge in Chiswick
render © Moxon Architects

Dukes Meadows Bridge in West London
The proposal responds to a call from the council to build a new public pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the Thames Path, incorporating landscaped landings at either end.

15 Jan
Aparthotel Wembley Building News
Elm Road Wembley LHG Aparthotel London by Dexter Moren Associates
image courtesy of Dexter Moren Associates, architects
LHG Aparthotel in Wembley Building by Dexter Moren Associates

Planners green-light proposals to transform a faded hotel in Elm Road with a new lease of life.

Brent Council has given planning permission to LHG (London Hotel Group), with the new hotel being designed by award-winning hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates.

The scheme includes 128 suite-style guest apartments, a restaurant, a leisure centre, high quality services, and the hotel’s own service bay to avoid traffic disruption during deliveries.

9 Jan 2018
Walcot Square wins planning approval, Kennington

Planning Consent has just been granted for this brownfield residential development in the Kennington Conservation area, providing six new houses for rent for historic local Lambeth charity the Walcot Foundation.

Walcot Square Kennington property

picture © FORMstudio

Malcolm Crayton, Director at FORMstudio, comments: “The approval for this wellmannered,
low-density development, despite the considerable orchestrated opposition
from its immediate neighbours, was ultimately a victory for common sense. Although
it is widely recognised that the urgent need for new housing involves inevitable
densification and the redevelopment of smaller brownfield sites such as this, the ‘not in
my back yard’ factor can still be a major hurdle to overcome.”

Sandwiched between the long rear gardens of a grand listed Georgian terrace on
Kennington Road to the west and the listed Victorian terraces of Walcot Square to
the east, the scheme was described by Lambeth Planning at Pre-App as “an innovative
design solution, which responds to its context and, should integrate comfortably with
existing development.” It comprises a terrace of ingeniously planned two storey +
basement split-level houses and a detached ‘garden house’.

The houses are located down the centre of the site at the greatest back-to-back
distance from their neighbours, with west-facing sunken gardens and a hard landscaped
mews to the east, while the garden house terminates the mews to the north and
benefits from its own walled garden. Conceived as a pavilion, the garden house will sit
amongst retained mature trees, with an upper storey clad in bronze-finish panels lasercut,
a reference to the dappled light filtering through the tree canopy.

8 Jan 2018
38-44 Rye Lane, Peckham
Design: Keith Williams Architects
38-44 Rye Lane, Peckham Building
image from architecture practice

38-44 Rye Lane Building
Set within the Rye Lane Conservation Area, the new building transitions in scale from the two storey C19th housing on Highshore Road, to a height of six storeys as the building.

20 Dec 2017
Cambridge House Hotel and Residences, Mayfair, West End
Design: PDP London
Cambridge House Hotel and Residences, Mayfair
photo courtesy of architects office

Cambridge House Hotel and Residences, Mayfair – 20 Dec 2017
PDP London Architects achieve Planning Consent for Luxury Hotel and Residences at the former In & Out Club on Piccadilly. Heritage driven scheme approved at Westminster City Council committee paving way for 102 key five star hotel and 7 apartments on site of the former In & Out Club and adjacent properties.

16 Dec
Second Home new Spitalfields rooftop space
Design: architects SelgasCano
Second Home Spitalfields Rooftop Space
photo : Iwan Baan

Second Home Rooftop Space in East London
Second Home opens a new 15,000 sq ft rooftop space in its critically-acclaimed building in Spitalfields, East London, designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano.
The new rooftop space, surrounded by pools filled with aquatic plants on every side and featuring over 800 tropical trees and plants, extends the work of Selgascano on the original Spitalfields building, which opened in November 2014.

11 Dec
Dollar Bay, Isle of Dogs
Dollar Bay London Docklands Tower
photo © Hufton+Crow
Dollar Bay Building
A new 31 storey residential tower in London Docklands, commissioned by a joint venture between developer Mount Anvil and Citystyle (part of One Housing).

8 Dec
Ailsa Wharf Development – Poplar Riverside Housing
Design: Stockwool Architects
Ailsa Wharf Poplar Riverside Housing
images courtesy of architects

Ailsa Wharf Buildings
Tower Hamlets approves plans by Stockwool for a 785-home regeneration scheme – the first major project to come forward as part of the Mayor of London’s Poplar Riverside Housing Zone.

6 Dec 2017
One Tower Bridge

One Tower Bridge for Berkeley Group was designed by Murdoch Wickham and led by main contractor Maylim
Scotscape carried out the soft landscaping on this prestigious flagship Berkeley Development project over a 27 month period.

One Tower Bridge development London
image courtesy of Scotscape

The BALI Grand Award Winning Landscape Scheme at One Tower Bridge was led by Maylim with soft landscaping, tree planting and living walls installed by Scotscape.

The project was multi-phased and logistically challenging as cranes were required to lift all materials and trees onto the podiums and tight schedules had to be followed, whist coordinating with the hard landscape teams.

6 Dec
LHG Aparthotel in Wembley
Elm Road Wembley LHG Aparthotel London by Dexter Moren Associates
image courtesy of Dexter Moren Associates, architects
Elm Road Wembley Building – Dexter Moren Associates
Planners green-light proposals for LHG (London Hotel Group) to transform a faded hotel in Elm Road with a new lease of life.
The design by award-winning hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates includes 128 suite-style guest apartments, a restaurant and a leisure centre.

1 Dec
House Extension Contest Winners
Don’t Move, Improve! 2017

London Festival of Architecture in 2018 News
LFA update:
London Festival of Architecture 2018 News

21 Nov
Norton Folgate City Continuity Community in Spitalfields, North East London
Design: Burrell Foley Fischer Architects
Norton Folgate: City Continuity Community Spitalfields
image courtesy of architects

Norton Folgate Spitalfields Buildings
2017 IMCL Honor Award, Proposed Project – City Continuity Community

20 Nov
Millbrook Park Master Plan, Barnet / Mill Hill, NW7
Design: 3DReid, Architects
Millbrook Park flats in Mill Hill, Barnet, NW7
image courtesy of architects

Millbrook Park Properties
Millbrook Park master plan phase 5 designs, overlooking the newly created Panoramic Park and Officers’ Mess Gardens, with 111, 1 and 2 bed apartments and 33 townhouses for Joseph Homes. The scheme gained reserved matters approval from the London Borough of Barnet Planning Committee on 19th September 2017.

14 Nov
The London Animal Hospital Completed

Alma-nac have recently completed the The London Animal Hospital (TLAH); the first of its kind in central London offering around the clock care and emergency services to all pets. Alma-nac were commissioned by the TLAH to create a sector leading facility that would provide the best possible care for its patients while creating a relaxing environment for the owners and exemplar facilities for the staff.

Alma-nac (working with Constant SD) have won an open competition to design a playhouse for a new Berkeley Development. The competition organised by the Architects Journal, James Hardie and Berkeley asked for an innovative colourful playhouse for children. Alma-nac’s response was to create an upside down house referencing some of the surreal worlds created in children’s stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Pixar film Up. Its simple concept gives rise to a whole new world. The floor becomes the sky, the roof becomes the floor, enter through the chimney and slide out the door.

Alma-nac is an award winning RIBA Chartered architecture and design studio, based in central London. Set up by 3 partners in 2009, Alma-nac uses a design process that facilitates innovative, high quality, contextual design across any sector. Specialising in PRS, residential, retrofit, mixed use and arts projects, Alma-nac has worked in 19 London boroughs and across the UK.

8 Nov
New Hospitality Hub in Croydon
Design: Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) Architects
585-603 London Road Hospitality Hub, Croydon
image courtesy of architects

New Hospitality Hub in Croydon
The site for a new £90 million hospitality hub in Croydon, developed by LHG (London Hotel Group) and designed by award-winning hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates, was included as one of the strategic projects in a study tour organised by New London Architecture.

8 Nov
Learning Campus Thamesmead
Architects: Keppie Design
Place & Making Institute Thamesmead
image courtesy of architects

Learning Campus Thamesmead Building
Keppie Design have unveiled visionary proposals for a state of the art Learning Campus at Thamesmead for the London Borough of Bexley and their partners Peabody and London South East Colleges. The proposals – known as The Place & Making Institute – will be located at the centre of one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects.

6 Nov
Canaletto Tower, 257 City Road, Islington
Design: UNStudio, architects
Canaletto Tower London Building design by UNStudio
photography © Hufton+Crow, © EvaBloem

Canaletto Tower Building
Outside of the privacy afforded by the 190 individual living units, the Canaletto tower caters for a variety of collective leisure activities by way of shared amenities where the residents can enjoy healthy leisure pursuits or relax in areas designed for gathering and socialising.

6 Nov
Ashburnham Primary School Playground, West London
Design: Foster + Partners
Ashburnham Primary School-playground in London
photograph : Aaron Hargreaves / Foster + Partners

Ashburnham Primary School Playground
The opening of the new children’s playground at Ashburnham Community School in West London was met with shrieks of delight, as the children got a first taste of the recently transformed school grounds.

27 Oct 2017
S1 Building Kings Cross
Design: Mossessian Architecture
S1 King’s Cross Building
image courtesy of architects

S1 Building Kings Cross
This new 11-storey office building has had planning permission granted by Camden Council. Known as S1 it forms an architectural pair with neighbouring S2, which was also designed by Mossessian Architecture and is home to Google. Both are located on the new Handyside Street, by Lewis Cubitt Park.

16 Oct 2017
London Festival of Architecture in 2018
The London Festival of Architecture has announced that its theme for 2018 will be ‘identity’. The theme will be explored and celebrated through a lively and diverse programme of public events across the capital.

9 Oct
Glaziers Hall
The reopening of Glaziers Hall takes place later this month.

A £2.5m investment has transformed the 200-year-old, Grade II listed building situated on London’s Southbank. It includes stunning new riverside rooms, a new basement level and bespoke wine cellar which showcases three restored Georgian brick arches.

9 Oct
Hallmark Building in London

8 Oct
Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury

7 Oct
Vyn Yard Apartments, Vyner Street, Bethnal Green, East London
Design: Stockwool Architects
Vyn Yard, Bethnal Green Apartments
photo : Morley von Sternberg

Vyn Yard Apartment Building
Vyn Yard apartments are located on a regenerated brownfield site on a thriving artistic street in the Regents Canal conservation area. It is a mixed-use scheme of 23 apartments and commercial space.

4 Oct
White City Living London Development

4 Oct
Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters in London

2 Oct
Velehrad Organisation Building in Barnes

15 Sep
Nautilus Spiral Staircase
Architect: Hassan Nourbakhsh (Borheh)
Staircase Wood Interior London design
photo courtesy of Wood Awards

Spiral Staircase
European birch spiral staircase on new dynamic residential refurbishment. The minimalist hollow stair is formed from 180 unique pieces of ply, CNC cut and assembled on site with no visible connections.

14 Sep
Royal London Asset Management Office, 25 Wilton Road, Victoria
Design: MAX Architects
Royal London Asset Management Office
image courtesy of architects

Royal London Asset Management Office in Victoria
£35m, 150,000 sqft mixed-use redevelopment of 25 Wilton Road for Royal London Asset Management: an inventive refurbishment, infill and extension built by Kier in the south west of the UK capital city.

14 Sep
Snowdon Aviary Refurbishment, Regent’s Park
Design: Foster + Partners
Snowdon Aviary
photo © Tom Miller

Snowdon Aviary Building Renewal
Preservation of listed zoo building + new education and community space

13 Sep
The London Cat Clinic, Bermondsey, Southwark
Architect: Gort Scott
London Cat Clinic Building
photograph : Jim Stephenson

London Cat Clinic
This Dalston-based architectural practice completes a characterful and high quality feline veterinary practice in Bermondsey.

11 Sep
Central Foundation Boys School, Old Street, Islington
Design: Hawkins\Brown Architects
Central Foundation Boys School 3
image from architects

Central Foundation Boys School
Detailed plans for sensitive refurbishment and new buildings approved by Islington Council Hawkins\Brown has won planning consent on behalf of Central Foundation Boys’ School for the transformation of the school’s collection of buildings in Old Street. When the project completes in 2021/22 the school will occupy 13,000 sq/m of accommodation on the site it has occupied for over 150 years.

11 Sep
Mixed-Use Development in Midtown at Chancery Lane

8 Sep
Winton Gallery at the Science Museum in London

1 Sep
designjunction 2017 in Kings Cross

30 Aug 2017
Silver Building in the Royal Docks

30 Aug
Battersea Power Station Chimneys

27 Aug
Lanesborough Hotel & Spa, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia
Architecture: Filer & Cox ; Interiors: 1508
Lanesborough Hotel & Spa London Club
image from architects

Lanesborough Hotel & Spa in South West London
This building is situated between Mayfair and Belgravia. The sumptuous interiors reflect the elegant architecture of the original grand Regency-period building.

14 Aug 2017
Garden Bridge Trust Winds Up Flawed Project
The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity established to build and run the proposed Garden Bridge in central London, today announced that it will be winding up the controversial project designed by Thomas Heatherwick, after £37m of public money was spent.

London Garden Bridge Scrapped

Feilden Fowles Studio, Waterloo
Architects: Feilden Fowles Studio
Feilden Fowles Studio Waterloo
photos © Edmund Fowles

Feilden Fowles Studio Building
This architecture office master-planned Waterloo City Farm from the design of animal pens, sheltered outdoor classroom and barn, to their new architects studio which was offered in exchange for their design services.

Belarusian Memorial Chapel
Design: Spheron Architects
Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London
photo © Joakim Boren

Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London Building
This 70sqm project is the first wooden chapel to be built in the British capital since the Great Fire. The tiny wooden building is dedicated to the memory of victims of the Chernobyl disaster.

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5 Sep 2016
Spire London Docklands Tower
Design: HOK, Architects
Spire London Docklands skyscraper building
image from architect

Spire London Docklands Tower
News about the tallest resi-tower building in Western Europe

60-70 St Mary Axe – 28 Dec 2015
Design: Foggo Associates Architects
60-70 St Mary Axe Skyscraper
image courtesy of the architects

1 Undershaft Tower – 9 + 8 Dec 2015
Design: Eric Parry Architects
1 Undershaft Skyscraper in London by Eric Parry
image : DBOX, courtesy Eric Parry Architects

The Scalpel City of London Skyscraper
Design: Kohn Pederson Fox – KPF
The Scalpel Tower Lime Street
image courtesy of the architects

Ludgate House & Sampson Houses Building Development – 9 Oct 2013
Architect: PLP Architecture
Ludgate House and Sampson House
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