The Twentieth Century Society is calling for a heritage listing to be applied to Foster + Partners' North Greenwich Interchange, which is threatened with demolition by Santiago Calatrava's recently unveiled £1 billion development. The UK heritage body submitted a Grade II* listing application for the North Greenwich Interchange by Foster + Partners and the North Greenwich Underground Station by Alsop, Lyall & Stormer at at the end of 2016. The application coincided with Greenwich council's decision to grant outline planning permission to developers Knight Dragon for the redevelopment of the peninsula – including a £1 billion complex by Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava on the site of the existing station and interchange. Successful listing of the London tube station and interchange could curtail plans for Calatrava's scheme, while its rejection would spell demolition for both. The tube station and canopy above were created as part of the Ju...Read More
American studio Jensen Architects aimed to preserve original design elements while transforming a sawtooth-roof industrial building into an arts hub with galleries and event space. Named after its address, 1275 Minnesota Street entailed the adaptive reuse of an industrial building dating to 1937. The two-storey arts centre is located in San Francisco's historic Dogpatch district, a once-gritty waterfront area that has been revitalised in recent decades. The facility is part of a larger complex called the Minnesota Street Project, which offers affordable rental space for artists, galleries and cultural nonprofit groups. The project – which aims to bolster the contemporary arts community in San Francisco – was backed by entrepreneurs and art collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport. "Minnesota Street Project was inspired by the couple's belief that philanthropic support for the arts today requires an alternate model – one suited to the innovative nature...Read More
What does the future of the architecture industry hold? We asked experts from some of the world’s most innovative companies to look into their crystal balls and divine the ways that the built environment will evolve over the next five years. Largely optimistic, these trends indicate a rosy future for the structures that surround us every day. Architects predict that these buildings won't be as flashy, but they'll be far more useful on an everyday basis— (the starchitect-designed roof leak is so last century). And they may be built of a material you haven't even heard of yet.Read More
St architecture will dim.Steve McConnell, managing partner at NBBJ, says architectural design is moving from paying "a lot of attention to the artifact—the physical thing—to a greater emphasis of the opportunity represented when people gather." He describes this way of working with clients as "almost in a realm of strategic partnering with businesses." For instance, for the firm’s Tencent ca...
Architects design houses to fulfil specific design briefs, not to set trends. But changing lifestyles and new technologies and materials do encourage changes in design direction. And by the time a new house is ready for occupation, or winning architecture awards, these changes have been in progress for considerable time. Here's our pick of the top five architectural "trends" we have noticed in new homes this year. TIMBER ON THE INSIDE Timber has appeared everywhere this year, notably in plywood wall linings and ceilings. Different grains in similar tones are often teamed to create a point of difference. It's an informal look that initially appeared in New Zealand houses between the 1940s and 1960s. More recently it reappeared in beach houses and is now specified for city houses as well. But it's not just plywood. Timber veneers – a more upmarket look – are also giving new homes a warm, crafted feel, with some designers saying this is a natural response to our "in...Read More
While most of us are mesmerized by the beauty of planned cities, palaces, monuments and amazing buildings from all over the world, the appreciation goes to all of the architects who planned, designed and made their imaginations come true. From the ancient times architecture has been an integral part of each and every culture. The cultures have been evaluated and discriminated by the architectures found during the era. So, in the modern world where everything is getting better and bigger let us look at seven such colleges in the country which are helping to build most creative minds. Chandigarh College of Architecture The Chandigarh College of architecture was set up to impart education for architecture in 1961. The college is spread over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. It offers five-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) for which it is affiliated to the Punjab University in the Faculty of Design and Fine Arts. Cur...Read More
As one of the oldest universities in the country, Yale has a long and storied architectural history that puts it on a plane of its own. The campus has structures that date back to the university’s earliest incarnations, while it has also forged into the modern collegiate landscape with more contemporary buildings. It’s the confluence of these two ideas — keeping with tradition while not falling behind the curve — that is a pressing issue for all institutions of higher education. “Many colleges deal very badly with it,” says Dean and J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture Robert A. M. Stern. “They swap traditional buildings with fads in contemporary architecture.” Fortunately, Yale has not fallen victim to many trends, but they also haven’t been afraid of advancement. As Stern says, the university has been “peppering the campus with modernist buildings” for a long time; some of which are major feats of modern architecture that have set Yale apart in that way...Read More
From the awe-inspiring Pantheon to a Chilean cliff-top villa, the Observer’s architecture critic presents some of the world’s best concrete structuresRead More
1 | Pantheon, RomeThe ancient Romans didn’t have reinforced concrete (that is, strengthened with steel) but they had concrete, and used it to such heart-stopping effect on the Pantheon that no one has really been able to match it since. The true moment of genius is the way in which, after a certain amount of harrumphing withCorinthian columns and marble decoration at its lower levels, the design resolves itself into the pure circular oculus at its top, unglazed, which causes a beam of light to rake around the interior like an internalised sun.
2 | Unité d’Habitation, MarseilleConcrete has the ability to be primitive and technological, massive and levitating, to combine the properties of steel with those of mud. Le Corbusier knew how to run the gamut of its expressive range better than anyone. He used it as the m...
Floor-to-ceiling grids of wooden shelves cover double-height walls inside this luxurious apartment in São Paulo by local office Studio MK27. The huge property, named sp_penthouse, is split over three floors that look out over the Brazilian city. Studio MK27 designed the interior for clients with an expansive collection of art and objects, so provided plenty of opportunities to put these on display. The most dramatic feature is in top-level library, where the high walls are covered top-to-bottom with a shelving grid. Built from dark wood, these niches houses books, plants and various trinkets. The modules are only interrupted by the entranceway and large windows that provide spectacular views across the city. Original mid-century furniture pieces – by designers including Hugo França, Hans Wegner, Franco Albini, Gio Ponti and more – populate the spaces. "The fundamental premise was for the architecture to create a cozy and solemn atmosphere, where t...Read More
Dutch studio DUS Architects has 3D printed an eight-square-metre cabin and accompanying bathtub in Amsterdam, and is now inviting guests to stay overnight. DUS Architects used sustainable bio-plastic to create the 3D Print Urban Cabin, which is intended to demonstrate how additive manufacturing can offer solutions for temporary housing or disaster relief. When the cabin is no longer needed, it can be destroyed and almost all the materials can be reused. "The building is a research into compact and sustainable dwelling solutions in urban environments," said the team. "3D printing techniques can be used particularly well for small temporary dwellings or in disaster areas," they said. "After use, the bio print material can be shredded entirely and re-printed into new designs." The Amsterdam-based architecture studio is currently in the final stages of a project to build a full-size 3D-printed canal house. This smaller project offers an insi...Read More
A pavilion designed by the late Zaha Hadid for London's Serpentine Gallery has been installed in the grounds of a stately home in England's Peak District, ahead of its sale. Zaha Hadid's Lilas pavilion is the focal point of this year's Beyond Limits exhibition at Chatsworth House – an annual showcase of contemporary outdoor sculpture, organised by London auction house Sotheby's. The structure was originally designed as a temporary shelter for the Serpentine Gallery's annual summer party in 2007, because the more ambitious pavilion by Olafur Eliasson and Snøhetta was behind schedule. The group of toad-stool like structures features the white curves that are characteristic of Hadid's designs. It rises 5.5 metres above the ground, and has smooth sides that echo the design of Hadid's 2013 Serpentine Sackler Gallery. This and the nine other sculptures included in the exhibition are all up for sale. They have been installed in various locations a...Read More