This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

This week, plunge yourself into the art world with opening shows, private views and controversial subjects all on offer in London. Works on display throughout the exhibitions seek to challenge the viewer, and in the case of Guerrilla Girls, bring about big, tangible change through art.  Additionally, this week is one of the last chances to visit the incredible Serpentine Pavilion by BIG, if you haven't already, ahead of its closure on the 9th October. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Silhouettes and Shadows: David Bowie Remembered | Open now until 26 October Bowie on the album cover of "Heroes", image: Masayoshi Sukita David Bowie has been celebrated widely in London since his death at the beginning of this year. This exhibition remembers the star through photographs and accompanying stories from the photographers who knew and worked with him over the years. Including previously unseen prints, this exhibition seeks to...

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

This week’s picks come with an energy and collaborative passion which is so characteristic of this time of  year. With the London Design Festival raging on and the anticipation of a new season hanging thick in the air, it seems as though London has started afresh, seemingly recovering from the events of this summer. Walking around the city, and at events, it is hard to not feel that same energy buzzing all around. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Turner Prize 2016 | 27 September - 2 January 2017 Assemble's Sugar House Studios, Turner Prize Winners, 2015. Image: Assemble The Turner Prize, founded in 1984, is a celebration of artists under 50 years old who have created “an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding”.  Past winners have included Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Richard Long, Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

This week’s picks come with an energy and collaborative passion which is so characteristic of this time of  year. With the London Design Festival raging on and the anticipation of a new season hanging thick in the air, it seems as though London has started afresh, seemingly recovering from the events of this summer. Walking around the city, and at events, it is hard to not feel that same energy buzzing all around. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Turner Prize 2016 | 27 September - 2 January 2017 Assemble's Sugar House Studios, Turner Prize Winners, 2015. Image: Assemble The Turner Prize, founded in 1984, is a celebration of artists under 50 years old who have created “an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding”.  Past winners have included Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Richard Long, Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio’s biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games’ architectural legacy

Following the Olympics’ closing ceremony, and as September’s Paralympic Games continue, international attention has begun to shift to the future of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic sites. These buildings must be built to evolve to accommodate Paralympic and future athletes, and the success of this change will set the precedent for Rio’s regeneration in the long term. I spoke to Sam Wright of WilkinsonEyre, lead of their sports architecture team, about the firm’s Areanas Cariocas project: an incredible 400m long space for 3 venues and 36,000 spectators, making it the largest stadium at the Rio site. Having utilised his knowledge from the firm’s creation of London’s 2012 Olympic basketball arena, Wright spoke to me about the pressures and privileges of designing this colossal building, and to have, consequently, a huge involvement in the planning of Rio 2016 writ large and the city’s regeneration plan overall. What have you learned from your Continue reading "Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio’s biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games’ architectural legacy"

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

London Design Festival hits the city this week, bringing together all of the design events under one name. This year, the overarching theme is London Is Open; international designers shown throughout the festival emphasise that this city is one greatly influenced by diversity. With the Design Biennale events, exhibitions, and the Open House Weekend all falling within the next fortnight, our main task is to work out when we will be able to grab some sleep... Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! London Design Festival | 17-25 September Image: Alison Brooks Architects London Design Festival celebrates London's best designers as well as bringing together the biggest events in the arts and design field, including London Design Biennale (Somerset House), 100% Design (Olympia) and London Design Fair (Old Truman Brewery).  Since 2007, the London Design Festival has commissioned the world’s biggest designers and artists to create ...

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

This week marks the start of the London Design Biennale, a fantastic event which brings 35 countries together through the shared language of design. The weather may have turned slightly, but what a great reason to sit inside and listen to a great talk or two? There is a wealth of talks which form a large part of this festival taking place this week, as well as many gallery and exhibition openings to get your creative side flowing. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Talks at the London Design Biennale 2016 - Shenzhen talk (7 September) and Ecotopia talk (10 September) Image: 100 Visions of the City in the Age of Green Utopia, Alan Marshall As part of the Biennale, there is a series of talks from leading designers on ranging subjects. Particularly intriguing is a talk from Xiaodu Liu on the trials Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

Just like that, we are at the start of September. The beginning of this month sees the London  architecture scene wake up from its summer daze, and get into gear ahead of the commencement of the academic year and London's Design Biennale.  Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! RIBA Stirling Prize Stories | 6 September Image: RIBA Earlier this summer, we brought you the shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016, which showcased this year’s best buildings. The Architects behind these designs will be coming together for this evening of discussion and development. This is a unique opportunity to understand the methodologies and the concepts behind these shortlisted buildings, and what it would mean to the practices to win the Stirling Prize. Hear from the shortlisted practices below:

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

As August draws to a close, so do several exhibitions and projects. Take advantage of these (largely free) shows, as well as a fantastic opportunity to take your Instagram to the next level by brushing up on your architectural photography skills on a walking workshop. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Mode in Flux | Open now until 27 August Image: Hufton & Crow Set within London’s Roca Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and completed in 2011, is the ‘Mode in Flux’ exhibition showcasing the relationship between engineering and fashion, which is coming into its final week. The gallery itself is a great place to visit; to explore the cavernous showroom is immersive and magical. This exhibition focuses on the innovation and technology within fashion design, and how we ask demand more of our clothes in the age of Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

Technology and tradition combine in Jestico + Whiles’ award-winning House 19

Winning the RIBA South Award this year is a home strengthened by challenges faced. What does it take to bring a considered, contemporary design, set within a conservation area, through to fruition? Situated next to a cricket ground nestled in the Chiltern Hills, in the town of Old Amersham, is House 19. This project, designed by Heinz Richardson of Jestico + Whiles, won the RIBA South Award 2016 and was long-listed for the RIBA House of the Year 2016. It has been described by the institute as “mature architecture that does not need to shout”; with its open spaces, clever incorporation of sustainable technology, and outstanding quality, the jury “unreservedly loved this house”. Richardson’s design takes advantage of the site’s location, with windows framing the surrounding Chiltern hills. Everything in the design is considered and considerate; the way in which the levels are built provides minimal impact to the neighbouring property, and finishing this award-winning build is a clock fi...

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

This week, London is set to be bright, warm, and action-packed… proving that you don’t need to leave the city in August! From interactive, innovative engineering, to an exhibition of memes, this week’s picks are decidedly fun-filled.  Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! I Am London | Open now until 4 September Featured in the exhibition: Lucy Hawley of London Zoo London's identity is largely shaped and entwined with its historic buildings and places. This exhibition looks at this through the city’s heritage and the stories of its inhabitants, taking these 60 stories and linking them to their settings within the city. From students to paramedics, and beefeaters to tailors; this selection of people connect the human experience to the built environment.  "This wonderful exhibition encapsulates how much London has changed over the years, but also reminds us why the capital continues to be the most open, pioneering and divers...

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

This week, London is set to be bright, warm, and action-packed… proving that you don’t need to leave the city in August! From interactive, innovative engineering, to an exhibition of memes, this week’s picks are decidedly fun-filled.  Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! I Am London | Open now until 4 September Featured in the exhibition: Lucy Hawley of London Zoo London's identity is largely shaped and entwined with its historic buildings and places. This exhibition looks at this through the city’s heritage and the stories of its inhabitants, taking these 60 stories and linking them to their settings within the city. From students to paramedics, and beefeaters to tailors; this selection of people connect the human experience to the built environment.  "This wonderful exhibition encapsulates how much London has changed over the years, but also reminds us why the capital continues to be the most open, pioneering and divers...

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

This week, explore in the good weather some of the great gardens and greenery London has to offer. Watch the Olympics with a drink on a lawn, join in with the kids to make a cardboard neighbourhood, or visit a floating garden and learn how to hula hoop.  Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Farmopolis | Open now until September 1 Image: Farmopolis Farmopolis is an interesting new addition to the Thames this summer, created by Secret Productions and Wayward architects, in conjunction with RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Farmopolis is an experimental production centre, pioneering an area of public together in the middle of the city, whilst being a practical, productive farm. With the creators’ combined experience spanning festivals, arts, community architecture, and farming, future hopes for the project are to create event spaces and to develop hydroponic and Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

With the Stirling Prize Shortlist announced, and the NLA Awards presented, there is an air of celebration of achievement in the design world. This week’s events are packed full of opportunities to understand and celebrate award winning architecture and investigate the design which surrounds us as we move through the city. Check Back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Sadiq Khan Cycling Summit at the NLA | August 3 Image: NLA Reflecting the increasing number of cyclists in our city, as Sadiq Khan took up position of Mayor, he promised to ‘make London a byword for cycling around the world’. At this conference, plans to make the city safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists will be showcased. Hearing from the Deputy Mayor for Transport, attendees will also hear of the current state of travel in the city as well as future Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

With this year’s Olympics, the ‘greatest show on earth’, fast approaching and London 2012 still very much in our minds, a lot of the conversation in the city has been focused around the legacy of our games, and the possible outcomes from Rio 2016. Discussions have naturally turned toward an international focus recently, and this week’s events in the city are no exception. From showcasing foreign partnerships with Asia and Africa, to walking tours exploring the international designs of London, this week is packed full of interesting things to do and see. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! Walking tours: This week, there are a couple of chances to get outside on walking tours of the city. Take a step back from the world you see as a commuter, perhaps whizzing past architectural beauties as you rush for the tube,
Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

As London finally heats up, the city brings us some fantastic outdoors events. From family friendly trails to river cruises; it's best to make the most of this week's sun! Whether you are running around looking for fanciful dream jars, or reflecting on the work at the Tate, this is the week to utilise the long (and hopefully warm) evenings. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! A Journey and a Destination: How to Make Living Streets | July 19 Image: PRP "We demand a lot from our streets. They are where we live, a way of getting from A to B, and the place where neighbours meet and community networks are built." This talk, hosted by The Building Centre, will be a great chance to discuss what it is that makes a 'successful' street, with speakers from Architectural and Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

RIBA 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist announced: includes Herzog & de Meuron, Wilkinson Eyre

What does it take for a project to transcend from merely eye-catching architecture to a lasting, inspirational, nationally acclaimed building? The RIBA Stirling Prize, which awards the UK's best new building each year, has narrowed 2016's contenders down to a shortlist of six (one of which, the Weston Library by WilkinsonEyre, was predicted for this list by Archinect's Ellen Hancock), announced today. The list follows the National Awards and London Awards earlier this year, and comprises of some “usual suspects” shortlisted in previous years, as well as some newcomers; including previous winners Wilkinson Eyre and Herzog & de Meuron, and returning nominees Reiach and Hall, Caruso St John, and dRMM. Nominees Michael Laird Architects and Loyn & Co Architects are relative newcomers, bringing (respectively) an education project and a private residence to the shortlist—the first private home to be nominated in 15 years. This year’s shortlist further distinguishes itself Continue reading "RIBA 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist announced: includes Herzog & de Meuron, Wilkinson Eyre"

HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards

Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects & Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.



HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context. Tectonics Architects gained the award for the Urban category, with their fantastic project in Hackney. 

Planning approved for redevelopment of Portsmouth Prison

Portsmouth City Council has given Planning and Listed Building Consent for the repair and redevelopment of the former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth. FCBStudios will now commence the post-planning stages for the 230-unit residential scheme – a combination of re-modelled existing prison cell wings, chapel and infirmary, and new-build apartment buildings, including a landscape masterplan by Grant Associates.



Planning and Listed Building consent has been given for Feilden Clegg Bradley to redevelop former prison in Portsmouth (UK). The first phase is expected to focus on the existing grade-II buildings, early in 2017.

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

Though it seems in London, school is now ‘out for summer’, that doesn’t mean that things have slowed down! This week there are some great exhibitions to visit on days when the weather isn’t as fine as we would hope, and some tours, talks, and workshops to let you delve right into the architecture of our city. Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! The Giant Doll’s House Project | Open now until July 15 In this project, architects and children have created rooms to be combined to create a giant ‘Doll’s House’ for the exhibition in this South West gallery, which aims to raise funds and awareness for Shelter. This installation project, through its whimsical interpretation of the home, explores hopes and ideas in the context of domesticity. Conceived and developed by architect Catja de Haas, this project has seen Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"

This week’s picks for London architecture and design events

It's been a strange week. With London still in shocked disbelief after the referendum result, it’s probably better to channel our energy into something a bit more positive, and to focus on what can be created in our vibrant city. The week ahead holds lots of community based events, focused on bringing people together and creating all-inclusive developments and spaces. As an ongoing theme in London's architecture circles, the importance of community is central to any good proposal or idea. It is also worth noting that many degree shows are still open, and their optimistic design and positive energy is not only refreshing, but what I feel everyone needs a bit of right now. Check back regularly to keep up to date with the city’s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations! What is Community? Powered by PechaKucha | June 28 This event is a great opportunity to hear about Continue reading "This week’s picks for London architecture and design events"