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Parc des Saphirs Skating Rink, Boischatel
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Parc des Saphirs Skating Rink in Boischatel
Jun 11, 2021
Parc des Saphirs Skating Rink
Design: ABCP Architecture
Location: Boischatel, Quebec, Canada
The Parc des Saphirs project turned part of a wooded area beside the Royal Québec golf course into a city park. The resulting sports, fitness and family linear park now occupies a former Hydro-Québec easement. It will eventually include a ropes fitness course, strength-training stations, skating tracks, volleyball courts, and a BMX pump track. The main park facilities are an outdoor covered skating rink and service building.
The assignment was to provide a sheltered winter-and-summer space. It has a large roofed-over surface that serves as a skating rink in winter and can be used for dek hockey or basketball in summer.
Putting a structure that size into a natural setting required a great deal of attention by the designers to would fit everything in. The building is set perpendicular to Rue des Saphirs on the edge of the woods. It has a 48-space parking lot for park users with decorative plants. The open end of the rink faces the street to make it more inviting for the public. The few rooms required are at the other end, closing off the playing surface to the northwest to provide shelter from the prevailing winter winds.
What makes the project unique however is the big roof with its wood‑and‑steel hybrid frame.
Architectural and structural concept The designers wanted the structure to be made of wood as much as possible while creating a sense of lightness. They worked through and assessed many variations, refining the concept to find the best design for the setting. The versatility required from the building led the team to develop a structure able to accommodate both winter and summer sports, while also getting as much out of the service building as possible. The result ended up being the hybrid solution for the covered rink.
The architectural concept is based on the large wood–steel hybrid frame. The glulam structure with its steel tensioning system supports a 28-meter clear span despite being relatively thin. Its geometry also allows for the roof to drain on either side away from the building, facilitating rainwater management. The great wooden shade sail is supported by a steel colonnade of Vs on either side of the playing surface. The steel support system is designed to integrate the wind bracing for the whole roof without the addition of other elements that would interfere with how the structure is read.
The northeast section of the roof also covers the service building where people enter. This free-standing section, the enclosed part of the facility, contains dressing rooms and a multipurpose common room. It also has a garage for rink maintenance equipment as well as an equipment rental counter. The service building is entirely supported by a light wood frame and the cladding is spruce to strengthen its relationship with the main roof.
Innovative solutions The biggest innovation in the project is its strategic use of wood. The service building features a light structural frame that works very well for these kinds of spans and should be within many contractors’ budgets. The skating rink cover makes the greatest possible use of glulam with the addition of steel to increase its span while keeping the budget under control. This also lightens everything visually.
The unexpected shape of the roof is a breakthrough in itself. The main variable-inertia trusses are sized to optimize the volume of the wood at every point. Each truss is made up of two identical pieces of wood connected together in such a way as to hide the joints between trusses, tie beams, and columns. One assembly that required dozens of connectors was hidden in a joint between the trusses and columns. The columns are set in Vs and supported halfway between two trusses. Their support point is offset in all directions, which creates a surprising balance.
Awards and distinctions Award of Excellence from Ordre des Architectes du Québec, uncategorized works category Honor Award – Wood Design & Building Award Cecobois Award of Excellence, outdoor structures category
Parc des Saphirs Skating Rink in Boischatel, Québec – Building Information
Project name: Parc des Saphirs skating rink Location: Boischatel, Quebec, Canada Opening date: January 2020 Client: Ville de Boischatel Architects: ABCP Architecture
Project team: Vadim Siegel, Guillaume Laurin, Audrey Bouchard Structural engineers: L2C Expert Conseil Electromechanical engineers: Altanergy Groupe General contractor: Construction Durand Wood structure supplier: Art Massif
About ABCP Architecture ABCP Architecture, est. 1987, is known for sound designs that dialogue with their surroundings and present a reduced environmental footprint. The firm is a sustainable development pioneer, designing original, foundational projects that combine urban design, architecture, and interior design.
The 70-strong team with its mutually reinforcing expertise has delivered projects throughout Canada and abroad. That expertise is rooted in listening to clients’ needs, finding fresh approaches to analyzing and tackling issues, and carefully controlling and coordinating all project parameters. ABCP Architecture projects have been recognized many times and have carried off such accolades as the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and multiple Awards of Excellence from Ordre des Architectes du Québec.
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau
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Scandic Grand Central Helsinki design hotel
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Scandic Grand Central Helsinki hotel
11 Jun 2021
Scandic Grand Central Helsinki design hotel building
Original architect: Eliel Saarinen ; Renewal architects: Futudesign with Puroplan
Location: Helsinki, Finland
A landmark of Finnish architecture, Helsinki Central railway station opens as a design hotel – Scandic Grand Central is Eliel Saarinen’s masterpiece with an extension that respects the original.
photo : Marc Goodwin Archmospheres
The Helsinki Central Railway Station, and its administrative buildings, are amongst Eliel Saarinen’s most important achievements in Finland and a masterpiece of Finnish art nouveau. The building, completed in 1919, has been listed amongst the most beautiful railway stations in the world and one of the most visited architecture destinations in Finland.
Only a few years after the railway station was completed, Saarinen won second prize in the competition to design the Chicago Tribune skyscraper and thereafter moved permanently to the United States. Later his son, Eero Saarinen, continued the family´s triumph of iconic terminal buildings by designing JFK airport’s TWA Flight Center (Terminal 5) in 1962.
Scandic Grand Central Helsinki is located in the old administrative buildings of the Helsinki Central railway station. With its 500 rooms together with meeting and banquet facilities, Scandic Grand Central is among the largest hotels in Finland and true to its its late Art Nouveau roots. The project consisted of the restoration and adaptive reuse of administrative buildings and the contemporary addition that completes the stations north.
photo : Marc Goodwin Archmospheres
”The vision of the new design is to create a contemporary hotel experience while taking care of one of the most highly valued pieces of architecture” says architect Aleksi Niemeläinen from Futudesign. ”By interpreting Eliel Saarinen’s architecture boldly from a totally new perspective, the idea was to create contemporary architecture that makes both the old and the new elements interesting.” The new plan honours the logic of the original station: for example, the layout of the new building follows Eliel Saarinen’s principle of an indented façade and leaves the ends of the original building in plain sight.
Many design details are inspired by Eliel Saarinen’s original plans and applied to modern features such as street level and top floor arch windows. The wall materials imitate the Railway Station’s facade with a mix of concrete and red granite to add to the building’s grand appearance.
Saarinen himself might not have minded the repurposing of the administrative parts of the building, because back in 1918, he already had a masterplan for Helsinki’s city center. In this plan, Saarinen proposed moving the railway station two kilometers to the north, and outlined the growth of Helsinki on a European level as a metropolis with boulevards and monumental buildings.
The plan was never realized and the railway station quickly became an iconic symbol for the whole of Helsinki. The restoration of the administrative buildings was done by Architects Soini & Horto in collaboration with the Finnish Heritage Agency.
The old corridors, staircases and the original still remaining furniture were carefully restored. ”You can really feel Saarinen´s spirit at Scandic Grand Central Helsinki. There are still layers of different eras visible, as well as surprising details. It is an inspiring travel destination for history and architecture lovers”, Aleksi Niemeläinen from Futudesign says.
photo : Scandic Hotels
Eliel Saarinen buildings in Helsinki
Finnish Architect Eliel Saarinen destinations in Helsinki area
– Office building, 1897 (Gesellius – Saarinen – Lindgren) – Villa Vuorio, 1901 (G-S-L) Luotsikatu 1, Helsinki Vuorilahdentie 1, Helsinki
– Block of flats, 1901 (G-S-L) – Olofsborg’s house, block of flats, 1903 (G-S-L) Fabianinkatu 17, Helsinki Kauppiaankatu 7, Helsinki
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– National Museum of Finland, 1910 (G-S-L) – Käsiteollisuuspankki (bank building), 1920 Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki Keskuskatu 1, Helsinki
– Central Railway Station, 1906-1914 – Munkkiniemi Pension (State Training Centre), 1920 Rautatientori, Helsinki Hollantilaisentie 11, Munkkiniemi, Helsinki
photo : Pietinen Aarne Oy / Helsinkikuvia
Grand Central Hotel Helsinki
– Opened in April 2021 in the administrative buildings of Helsinki Central Railway Station – Original building 1909 with extension from 1936 both designed by Eliel Saarinen
– Restoration and adaptive reuse of administrative buildings by Soini & Horto Architects – The contemporary additions were designed by Futudesign – Interior design by Puroplan
– 491 rooms: 373 in the original building and 118 in the new extension – Brasserie Grand and Bar G 400 seats – Glass terrace in the courtyard 70 seats – Grand Ballroom for up to 500 persons
Eliel Saarinen
Eliel Saarinen was one of the most important architects and urban planners to have originated from Finland, and was known for his work with art nouveau buildings in the early years of the 20th century. He was also the father of famous Finnish-American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen.
From 1896 to 1905 Eliel Saarinen worked as a partner with Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren at the firm Gesellius, Lindgren, Saarinen. In Finland, his most important works includes the Helsinki Central railway station, National Museum and his own studio villa, Hvitträsk, which is nowadays serving as a museum.
Saarinen moved to the USA after winning second prize in the competition to design the Chicago Tribune skyscraper in 1922. In the USA he designed several important buildings, including the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community, where he also taught and became president in 1932. Eliel received the AIA Gold Medal in 1947.
Futudesign is a leading Finnish architecture office founded in 2012. Since then, its diverse team of architects, interior architects and designers have completed numerous artistically ambitious projects for a wide range of clients. Futudesign always builds a holistic brand experience through design – from the smallest details to large building complexes. Futudesign’s extensive expertise has come to life in award-winning hotels, restaurants, bars, corporate headquarters, retail spaces and museums – bold concepts that evolve into phenomena.
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The Roof, Shanghai by Jean Nouvel
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The Roof, Shanghai Building
11 Jun 2021
The Roof, Shanghai Building Design
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel with ASPECT Studios
Location: Yongjia Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
The Roof, Shanghai
ASPECT Studios is part of a collaborative team behind an exciting new lifestyle and retail destination, The Roof in Shanghai, which offers a unique design infused with the characteristics of its traditional context.
Images by RAW Vision Studio/ASPECT Studios unless noted otherwise
Representing qualities of the backstreets (Li ‘long) of Shanghai, The Roof carefully weaves its surrounding culture into its distinctive design, creating a model for future city spaces where people and nature thrive in a destination to see and be seen in.
In early 2018, CIFI appointed ASPECT Studios as part of the project team for delivery of the architectural landscape and living façade design of this iconic building by Jean Nouvel. Appreciating the sites context, culture, and community played a vital role in successfully realizing the vision of the project.
Shanghai is one of the most iconic, modern, fast paced, and densely populated cities in the world. However, the historic 100-year-old laneways provide a completely different experience where there is much to explore and admire; one that is quintessential to the soul of Shanghai hosting its own characteristics, pace of life, community, and culture.
The project is defined by its bold architecture and living façades, sky decks and sky gardens, with plants everywhere, at all heights and depths. Flowers, shrubs, trees, and draping flora form an extraordinary visual and spatial display. The whole place resonates with the feeling of nature and fresh air, adding a special charm to the city and neighbourhood.
The idea of reflecting the DNA of Li ’long has been layered into the design and decision process at each opportunity, to form a place full of diverse forms of social life allowing people to co-exist and connect with nature on multiple levels. Creating an iconic contemporary office and commercial hub, bordered by vibrant community and commercial spaces, the design respects the scale of the surrounding urban environment, yet has its own depth of detail and individuality. Vivid red and beige brick frame the linear corridors, while an abundance of greenery in potted plants climb, cascade, and thrive on every surface, creating a biophilic environment that’s intrinsic to the Li ’long.
Stephen Buckle, Shanghai Studio Director, ASPECT Studios explained, “As a local resident living within the traditional backstreets a block away from the site, I hold a special connection to this place, culture and community; it’s an honour to have the opportunity to work on this site and help envision the place for future generations.” Increasing biodiversity in a dense urban setting was crucial in informing the chosen plant species, whilst also considering the creation of a year-round display of changing natural colours, tones, and greenery.
Biophilic spaces provide a human connection to nature: image : G-ART/ASPECT Studios
Across the project there is a total of ten façades, which house horizontal arrangements and clusters of planting. Each cluster is a collection of curated species suitable to its climate conditions. The clusters create an everchanging seasonal display from the atrium to the outer façades. The façade integrations have strongly encouraged wildlife and pollinators into the heart of a dense urban environment, which creates a harmonious place for people and nature.
image : ASPECT Studios
At the top of the building there are two roof gardens with gathering spaces which are planted with trees that open out to the sky, creating a shared terrace that offers an open view to the urban skyline. Sky decks on selected floors provide immersive, cool and welcoming spaces that grant the opportunity to walk in nature and appreciate the diverse forms of life.
image : ASPECT Studios
ASPECT Studios undertook an evidence-based design approach to apprise the design and creative process, helping to guide decisions on planting, biodiversity, development of material palettes and details that reflected the unique character of place.
This process included building a one to one scale mock-up on the outskirts of Shanghai for testing and studying of the complex architecture and structure, as well as an advance growing strategy to achieve robust planting design solutions from the outset. Data on solar, wind, sun, and other micro-climate related factors that cover both the building and surroundings was digitally analysed in depth using the latest micro climatic modelling tools.
image : ASPECT Studios
In summer when in leaf, the plants provide interior shade that reduces heavy reliance on air conditioning. In winter, the deciduous species drop their leaves and help increase natural light exposure while the soil assists to create an additional layer of thermal buffer against the cold air.
Buckle commented, “It was important that the design was more than a simple visual display of generic greenery and planting, instead it was an opportunity to show ‘what could be’ within the cities of tomorrow. To create a place, experience and environment that added balanced value to people and nature.
“The resulting design is a bold and unique response to culture, climate, and context, whilst realising a biophilic and biodiverse environment that responds to the needs of the cities people, a place to meet, work, relax and socialize and be embraced by inspiring qualities of nature in an urban environment.”
image : ASPECT Studios
The Roof’s planting is specifically positioned to ensure it is viewed from inside, allowing each office worker to enjoy a unique environment engrossed in nature and greenery. When human senses are stimulated in a way nature intended, the benefits to psychological wellbeing, among many others prevail. This connection is especially important in the workplace where the incorporation of green space, natural light and plants are proven to help with individual health and wellbeing, ensuring better employee satisfaction, office productivity, and greater levels of creativity, motivation, and efficiency.
Within the short time since opening The Roof has rapidly become one of the most photographed locations in Shanghai, with an array of people coming to immerse themselves in this unique and exciting experience to capture moments of tranquillity and delight.
The Roof project joins ASPECT Studios portfolio of unique and meaningful landmark and people orientated projects across China and Shanghai, including the Urban Gallery, Hyperlane in Chengdu, the One City development in Wuhan, the New Shanghai Library East, EXPOLand Office complex in Shanghai, the New Shanghai Museum and Huamu Lot 10 in Pudong, the Alibaba Phase 5 Headquarters, and Ant Financial Headquarters in Hangzhou.
The Roof, Shanghai, China – Building Information
Client: CIFI Group Architecture: Ateliers Jean Nouvel Landscape Architecture: ASPECT Studios Living Façade: ASPECT Studios
ASPECT Design Team Principle Landscape Architect: Stephen Buckle Design Team: Derek Chen, Sam Xu, Suki Ye, Lemon Liao, Yan Luo, Phannita Phanitpharadon, Alex Cunanan de Dios, Cameron Archie Local Architecture Engineer: Tianhua Group, Local Landscape Engineer: Triones Landscape Eng Co UHPC and Technical support Façade panels and Pot Fabricator: Ulcont Ltd. Previous LA Concept: WAA
Images: RAW Vision Studio/ASPECT
Company Name: ASPECT Studios Address: Level 4, 160 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Website:
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Address: China, Shanghai, Xuhui District, Yongjia Rd, 570号永嘉庭 Phone: +86 21 6073 7628
Location: Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
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Company Gallery 145 Elizabeth Street, NYC
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Company Gallery 145 Elizabeth Street New York City
June 10, 2021
Company Gallery, Manhattan
Architects: BoND (Bureau of Noam & Daniel)
Location: corner of Elizabeth and Broome, New York City, NY, USA
Company Gallery Announces Fall Expansion with Move to New Home New York City
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New York, NY—Company Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming expansion and move to their new home at 145 Elizabeth Street in September 2021. Company will celebrate the opening of the space with an exhibition of works by the late seminal artist Barbara Hammer, curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden.
Marking a significant milestone for the gallery, the move is a direct response to the growth of its artists and the development of their practices. Owner and Founder Sophie Mörner established Company Gallery in 2015 as a natural extension of her publishing platform Capricious. At the crossroads of The Bowery, SoHo, and the Lower East Side, Company’s and Capricious new home will be representative of the way in which the gallery functions and identifies as an organization.
BoND (Bureau of Noam & Daniel), NY, USA:
Designed by BoND (Bureau of Noam & Daniel), the 4,000 square foot warehouse, at the corner of Elizabeth and Broome, will encompass three levels of multi-use presentation space. The design will keep the original building exterior intact. The brick facade will be painted silver.
The interior will be composed of three unique galleries which will each preserve the character of the existing space. Bright and open, the ground floor spaces will lead visitors to a dark basement level used primarily for film/video presentations, performances and events. Throughout the space, open sightlines between storage, exhibition, and office spaces, will maintain the sense of communal inclusivity so integral to Company’s core mission.
Company Gallery
Run by Sophie Mörner with Taylor Trabulus and team, Company Gallery currently represents Tosh Basco, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Yves Laris Cohen, Hayden Dunham, Raúl de Nieves, John Edmonds, EJ Hill, Katherine Hubbard, Troy Michie, Jeanette Mundt, Women’s History Museum, Ambera Wellmann, Cajsa von Zeipel, and the Estate of Barbara Hammer.
Capricious Foundation
Capricious is an arts foundation based in New York focused primarily on book publishing (Capricious Publishing) and an annual photo book award – Capricious Book Award, with an emphasis on supporting intersectional, queer perspectives. Founded in 2003 by Sophie Mörner, Capricious is co-run with Executive Director, Anika Sabin.
Partners in practice and life, Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger founded BoND in 2019. Based in New York City, BoND (Bureau of Noam & Daniel) is an architecture and design firm with a focus on spaces for art, performance, and exhibition design. With a background in journalism, Daniel and Noam see architecture as a manifestation of narrative, theory, and concept.
The duo founded their independent design practice after studying at Harvard University GSD, and working at Rem Koolhaas’s OMA NY. The office is internationally recognized for its residential and commercial projects and its work with artists and collectors in particular. More at
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Gloria Gaynor’s New Jersey Mansion
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Gloria Gaynor’s Mansion in New Jersey
Jun 10, 2021
Gloria Gaynor’s NJ Mansion
Disco-Queen Gloria “I Will Survive” Gaynor’s New Jersey Mansion is for sale at $1.249 million!
Location: New Jersey
The New Jersey Mansion of 1970’s disco-queen Gloria Gaynor is for sale at $1.249 million. Multi-talented Gloria, one of the most popular singers during the disco years with songs such as I Will Survive and Never Can Say Goodbye, did much of the interior design of the 8,000-square-foot home.
While the 1970s were troubled years for the United States as the country dealt with Vietnam, Watergate, gas shortages, double-digit inflation and serial killers, the music was upbeat and lively. It was the age of disco music: in your face, sung with passion and reverberating with a throbbing beat, exciting and even primal. Saturday Night Fever was at the movies and on the radio, high fashion was in style, and cocaine replaced marijuana as the party drug.
Elvis was out and disco was in, the clubs filled with light from the floors to the ceilings as the mirrored disco balls spun while the floor lights flashed to the beat of the music. The most popular disco stars were Donna Summer, the Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor. It was Gloria who seemed to capture the essence and range of the genre more than anyone else. Today, when trying to display the range of their voices to the judges on American Idol or Britain’s Got Talent, contestants choose Gloria’s songs time and time again.
Gloria is still singing, even winning a Grammy award in 2020, and recently put her home on the market. Located in a New Jersey suburb of New York, Gloria customized much of the home herself choosing contemporary design throughout the five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot estate.
Special features include a movie theater and a pool enclosed by a glass atrium, glass block windows, architectural ceilings, marble fireplace and floors, circular office space, park-like backyard with a large deck and gazebo, big shade trees, and a party-room basement. Perfectly suited for one of the ‘70’s greatest divas, each bedroom comes complete with a large, walk-in closet. Just beyond the woods in the back of the property is the Warrenbrook Golf Course.
Gaynor told The New York Times that she’s hosted many dinners, parties and backyard gatherings over the years. “I used to have a Fourth of July party, then changed it to a Christmas party, then a birthday party,” she said. “Outside I built a stage in front of the pool and people danced. Inside people watched football on TV or were shooting pool and listening to the jukebox.” Gloria is still in charge of the good times.
The listing agent for Grammy winner Gloria Gaynor’s home is Lisa Poggi of Douglas Elliman.
Photo credit: Douglas Elliman
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RIBA News & Events 2021, London
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10 Jun 2021
Record high for private housing sector – RIBA Future Trends May 2021
Thursday 10 June 2021 – In May 2021 the overall RIBA Future Trends Workload Index increased by 6 points to a balance figure of +30. This indicates a level of optimism about future workloads among architects not seen since 2016. 40% of practices expect workloads to grow in the coming three months, half (50%) expect them to remain the same, and 10% expect it to decrease. These results indicate that recovery continues.
May’s standout trend was in the private housing sector, which at +42, is the highest Workload Index for this sector since the Future Trends survey began (2009). Almost half (48%) of practices expect workloads to grow in this sector.
The commercial and public sectors are also increasingly positive with the commercial balance figure up 2 points to +9 and the public sector gathering a little momentum, with a rise of 2 points to +5. The community sector remains in negative territory, posting a balance figure of -3, down from -2 the previous month.
In terms of practice size, confidence among small practices (1 – 10 staff) rose with a future workload balance figure of +27, an increase of 7 points. Confidence among large and medium sized practices (11 – 50 and 51+ staff) fell back somewhat, with a balance of +45. Nevertheless, a majority (55%) anticipate increasing workloads.
All regions anticipate increasing workloads over the next three months, with some reporting extremely strong levels of optimism. Practices in Wales & the West posted May’s highest balance figure, an extremely positive +55, with no practices expecting workloads to decrease.
Optimism in London continues to grow, with a balance figure of +22, up from +12 in April.  The South of England’s balance figure also improved further, with a balance figure of +25, up from +19 the previous month.
Anticipation of future workloads has dropped back in the Midlands & East Anglia, though it remains firmly positive; here the balance figure in May is +14, compared to +26 in April.  Similarly, the North of England has returned a strong but somewhat reduced workload balance figure; +37 in May, compared to +44 in April.
In terms of staffing:
The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index kept its steady climb and increased by 3 points to +14
19% (up by 4%) of practices expect to employ more permanent staff over the coming three months, whilst 5% expect to employ fewer.  Three-quarters (76%) expect staffing levels to stay the same over the coming 3 months.
Personal underemployment fell again and now stands at a to 16%, a level last seen in 2019.
RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said:
“This month report indicates a strong and sustained recovery of the architect’s market from the lows of 2020. The Private Housing sector posted a record high for future work, and work from the Commercial and Public sectors are also set to continue to grow.  Practices in all regions are positive about the coming months, with notable hotspots in Wales & the West and the North.
The RIBA Future Trends survey indicates that the architects profession has so far successfully navigated the unprecedented Covid-19 storm and is in a better position now than many may have anticipated a year ago.
The additional comments received from architects aligns with the positive figures. Practices have reported strong levels of enquires, with many of these converting into appointments. Now is a generally busy period, with some new jobs queued until later in the year.
Whilst there are high levels of private housing work – from one-off extensions through to larger-scale work for developers – there are also reports of workloads growing in non-residential work.
28 May 2021 “A fraction of the investment required” – RIBA response to Government cash boost to cut carbon emissions
Friday 28th of May 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Business and Energy Secretary’s announcements: £44million funding package and the Together for our Plan ‘Business Climate Leaders’ campaign.
RIBA CEO, Alan Vallance said:
“The funding announced today to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock is a step in the right direction. However, it’s just a fraction of the investment required to address the scale of the issue at hand.
The Government must urgently set out a comprehensive framework and publish its long-overdue Heat and Buildings Strategy. As outlined in our Greener Homes’ campaign, it must include a long-term policy and investment programme for upgrading the energy efficiency of our housing stock, and a National Retrofit Strategy, which incentivises homeowners to make the necessary changes.
I welcome the Government’s recognition of the important role small businesses will play in reaching net-zero. RIBA Chartered Practices, many of whom fit into this category, are already taking steps to reduce their carbon impact by signing-up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge – which calls on architects to meet net-zero (or better) whole life carbon for new and retrofitted buildings by 2030.
We will continue to support our sector to drive forward change. We must all play our part in tackling the climate emergency.”
24 May 2021 RIBA and Google Arts & Culture launch new digital partnership RIBA and Google Arts & Culture partnership
RIBA calls on Government to go further and faster to decarbonise housing stock
Friday 14th of May 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today commented on the Government’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s  Fourth Report – Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes.
RIBA President, Alan Jones said:
“The Government’s response to the EAC’s report does not demonstrate the urgency that is vital if we are to improve the energy efficiency of our existing housing stock and reach net-zero by 2050.
As our ‘Greener Homes’ campaign outlines, to drive real change the Government must implement a National Retrofit Strategy – a long-term policy and investment programme for upgrading the energy efficiency of our housing stock. We need substantial and sustained government funding, green finance options and incentives for homeowners.
Retrofitting and decarbonising our existing housing stock must be at the heart of the Government’s response to the climate emergency. We now eagerly await the publication of the long-overdue Heat and Buildings Strategy, and hope it provides the framework so urgently required.”
12 May 2021 Architects’ confidence remains strong – RIBA Future Trends April 2021
Thursday 11th of May 2021 – In April 2021 the overall RIBA Future Trends Workload Index fell by 5 points to a balance figure of +24, after an increase in March. Whilst the previous month’s optimism has moderated, expectations about future workload remain strongly positive.
Thirty-four per cent of practices expect workloads to grow in the coming three months, whilst most (56%) expect them to remain the same. The percentage expecting workloads to decrease has fallen to 10%. Practices of all sizes are expecting workloads to increase, with larger practices remaining the most optimistic.
All regions reported an expectation of increasing workloads over the next three months. London practices maintained a positive outlook with a balance figure of +12. The South of England remained confident with a balance figure of +19, although this is a drop of 13 points from last month’s high of +32. The Midlands & East Anglia went further into positive territory, up six points from last month, with a balance figure in April of +26. Wales & the West continued to report a firmly positive outlook, posting a balance figure of +31. The North of England remained the most optimistic region, with a balance figure of +44.
Among the work sectors, private housing remains by far the strongest, posting a balance figures of +35 in April (compared with +36 in March). All sectors are broadly steady in their outlook, although the community sector has dipped to a negative balance figure.
Like the previous month, the commercial sector posted a balance score of +7, maintaining a positive view of the workload to come. However, the accelerated trend to online shopping may continue to suppress the retail sub-sector, and future requirements for office space remain unclear.
Optimism about the public sector grew slightly this month, to +2, up from zero last month. The community sector dipped back into negative territory this month, posting a balance figure -2, down from zero last month.
In terms of staffing:
• The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index increased by 4 points to +11 this month. • 5% of practices expect to employ fewer permanent staff in the coming three months, while 15% expect to employ more. A clear majority (80%) of practices expect staffing levels to be constant over the coming three months. • Medium and large-sized practices (11+ staff) continue to be most likely to recruit permanent staff in the coming three months, with both groups posting strongly positive figures of +43. Over 40% anticipate some increase in permanent staffing levels over the next three months. • With a balance figure of +6, small practices (1 – 10 staff) also expect staffing levels to grow, although fewer smaller practices anticipate recruitment. • The Temporary Staffing Index returned a balance figure of +5 in April • For the first time since 2019, London has posted a positive permanent staff balance figure. Up from zero in March, April’s figure is +9, with 13% of practices anticipating recruitment. • The South of England (+6, up by two points) and the Midlands & East Anglia (+8, up by 6 points) are moderately optimistic about future staffing levels. • The North of England (+15, up two points) and Wales & The West (+13, down 5 points from March) remain comparative employment hot-spots. In Wales & The West, more than a fifth (22%) of practices expect permanent staff numbers to increase. • Personal underemployment fell to 18% (by 2 points) in April. Overall, since the onset of the pandemic, redundancies are at 3% of staff. Seven per cent of staff remain on furlough. Staffing levels are at 99% of a year ago. • The savage reduction in staffing levels that many feared at the start of the pandemic has not materialised.
RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said: “Whilst the overall Workload Index has fallen slightly and confidence has moderated in some areas, April’s Future Trends marks a consolidation of March’s surge in practice optimism. Practices are increasingly confident about longer-term profitability, with 16% expecting profits to rise over the next year and 39% expecting them to be steady.
Challenges remain for a significant number of practices, however, with 4% suggesting they are unlikely to remain viable over the next 12 months, and a third expect profitability to fall (although both these numbers continue to come down).
The commentary received in April describes a growing market for architects’ services – high levels of work and enquiries, with staff increasingly being brought off furlough to meet demand.
Work in sectors such as education is increasing but the fastest growth is in the residential sector, with projects such as energy retrofits, extensions and refurbishments needed to support home working. There are regional hot spots as people relocate, often from London. However, whilst there is more work, in many cases it is lower value than pre-pandemic. Practices have also reported that a slow pace of planning administration continues to put a brake on some projects.
RIBA continues to be on hand, providing support and resources to our members as they navigate these challenging times.”
11 May 2021
RIBA responds to the Queen’s Speech
Tuesday 11th of May 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the 2021 Queen’s Speech.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“Poorly resourced and mismanaged planning imposes permanent damage on our communities, environment and economy; I therefore welcome today’s promise to progress reforms to the planning system. But reforms cannot be used as an impulsive means to boost housing numbers at the expense of quality.
We urgently need well-designed, safe and sustainable homes and spaces that support and strengthen communities. This relies on utilising the expertise of architects from the outset, and taking tougher action against developers who fail to raise their game.
In addition to the Planning Reform Bill, I welcome the progression of the long-awaited Building Safety Bill and introduction of the Professional Qualifications Bill, which paves the way for post-Brexit agreements that are critical to the strength and success of the UK architects’ profession. We will continue to engage with the Government on these critical issues on behalf of architects and the society we serve.”
29 Apr 2021
RIBA pilots Health and Life Safety test
Thursday 29 April 2021 – Following the publication of proposed mandatory competence requirements, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today launched a pilot test to assess understanding of Health and Life Safety.
As outlined within The Way Ahead, Health and Life Safety is the first area in which UK Chartered Members would be required to demonstrate their competence, from 2023. Followed by Climate Literacy and Ethical Practice.
Hosted online at RIBA Academy, the test asks a set of multiple-choice questions within seven areas of assessment, to correspond with the RIBA Health and Safety guide:
Preparing to visit site
Undertaking site visits
Site hazards
Design risk management
Statute, Guidance and Codes of Conduct
CDM Regulations
Principles of Fire Safety Design
The RIBA currently seeks feedback on these assessment areas alongside those for other proposed mandatory competences. RIBA Members are encouraged to complete the survey by 17 June 2021.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“We must ensure our members have the knowledge, skills and experience needed to tackle the UK’s evolving building safety crisis.
The tragedy at Grenfell Tower, subsequent Hackitt Review, and more recent fire safety catastrophes have not only highlighted the urgent need to reform regulations, but to raise standards of professional competence across the construction industry.
I urge members to take this pilot test and offer feedback on the proposed areas of assessment to ensure we create a robust system that works for our profession and the society we serve.”
29 Apr 2021
RIBA signs Halo Code to protect against racial discrimination
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has signed the Halo Code – the UK’s first Black hair code – to protect the rights of staff who come to work with natural hair and protective hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities.
The Halo Code was developed by the Halo Collective and brings together organisations and schools who have made a commitment to work towards creating a future without hair discrimination.
Signing the Halo Code and embedding it into policies, is part of the RIBA’s work to make its workplace and the wider architecture profession more inclusive.
RIBA Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Marsha Ramroop said: “We are committed to nurturing a culture where our staff feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. Despite being a protected racial characteristic, hair discrimination remains a source of injustice and by signing the Halo Code, the RIBA is taking a stand for racial equity. I encourage our members and practices to join us in driving out all forms of discrimination, by adopting the Code too.”
15 April 2021
RIBA opens £30K funding scheme for architecture students
The Hidden Seasons of Barbados, Shawn Adams, 2019 Wren Insurance Association Scholarship recipient:
Monday 26th of April 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Monday 26 April) opened applications for five RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships, worth a total of £30,000.
The annual scholarships are open to students who are currently enrolled in the first year of their RIBA Part 2 course. Each recipient will receive £6,000 and the opportunity to be mentored throughout the second year of their Part 2 course by an architect from a Wren-insured practice.
The scheme, which was set up in 2013, has supported 40 recipients to date.
RIBA President Alan Jones said:
“Thank you to the Wren Insurance Association for their continued generosity to support architecture students, during a particularly challenging period. Scholarships and bursaries are an important part of our ongoing commitment to support students, and reward and retain talent in the profession, and we look forward to seeing the applications received.”
The deadline to apply is Friday 18 June 2021 and further information is available here.
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15 April 2021 London architects confident again after 14 months – RIBA Future Trends March 2021
Thursday 15 April 2021 – In March the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index rose by 12 points to a balance figure of +29. This is the highest Workload Index balance figure since May 2016. In the last 12 months, the index has risen by an unprecedented 111 points.
All regions are becoming more positive about future work. London is the largest architecture market in the UK and, for the first time since February 2020, practices there are anticipating increasing workloads in the coming months, with a balance figure of +18 an increase of 21 balance points from -3 in February.
Forty per cent of practices expect workloads to grow in the coming three months, whilst just under half (49%) expect them to remain the same. The percentage expecting workloads to decrease has fallen again and now stands at 11% (compared to 84% a year ago). Optimism about future workloads continues to be driven by the private housing sector, although the outlook for all sectors is improved from last month.
Practices of all sizes are expecting workloads to increase, with larger practices the most optimistic. March feels like a significant turning point. The outlook of Small practices (1 – 10 staff) again rose strongly. In March small practices posted a future workload balance figure of +27 up fourteen points from February’s figure of +13. Confidence among Large and Medium sized practices (11 – 50 and 51+ staff) remains strong, with an overall balance score of +42, up 13 points on last month’s figure of +29.
March sees the South of England grow in confidence, with a balance figure of +32 this month, up from zero last. The Midlands & East Anglia has risen further into positive territory up fourteen points from last month to +20. Wales & the West posted a balance figure of +33 in March, the tenth consecutive month of a positive outlook. The most positive region this month is the North of England, with a balance figure of +47. Here only two per cent of practices expect workloads to fall, and almost a half (49%) expect them to grow.
Among the four different work sectors, private housing remains by far the strongest. However, all sectors are again up on last month, and no sector is negative. The private housing sector rose by a further 7 points to +36, a balance score that is higher than at any point since June 2015. The commercial sector returned to positive territory for the first time since the pandemic onset with a balance score of +7. Both the public sector and community sectors eased out of negative territory this month, but only just with both posting a zero balance figures.
In terms of staffing: • The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index increased by 3 points to +7 this month. • 7% of practices expect to employ fewer permanent staff in the coming three months, while 14% expect to employ more. A clear majority (79%) of practices expect staffing levels to be constant over the coming three months. • Medium and large-sized practices (11+ staff) continue to be most likely to recruit permanent staff in the coming three months, with both groups posting strongly positive figures. • On balance, small practices (1 – 10 staff) expect staffing levels to grow somewhat, with a balance figure of +6 (up from +1), though 80% of small practices anticipate staffing levels to stay the same. • The Temporary Staffing Index returned a balance figure of +5 (up from +1 in February). • London remains least optimistic with a zero balance figure in March (though this is up from -8 in February). Eleven per cent of London practices expect to employ more permanent staff over the coming months with the same proportion expecting to employ fewer. • The South of England (+4) and the Midlands & East Anglia (+2) are cautiously optimistic about upcoming recruitment. • In line with workload expectations, the North of England (+13) and Wales & The West (+18) are the areas in which practices are most likely to expect growing numbers of permanent staff. • Personal underemployment remained at 20% in March, and staffing levels remain at 96% of a year ago. • Overall, since the onset of the pandemic, redundancies remain at 3% of staff. Seven per cent of staff remain on furlough. Eighteen per cent of staff are working fewer hours.
RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said:
“With the vaccine programme underway, and workload prospects improving across sectors, regions and practice sizes, March’s Future Trends data shows a profession firmly optimistic about future work.
Personal underemployment has dropped from a high of 42% to 20%. Practices are more confident about their longer-term prospects, with 13% expecting increased profitability over the next year, and 29% expecting it to hold steady. However, the extremely positive rise in confidence does not mean that the challenges practices face have evaporated. Four per cent of practices think they are unlikely to remain viable over the next 12 months. Forty-three per cent, after an already extremely difficult period, expect profitability to decrease over the coming year.
The commentary received in March continues to describe a housing sector performing strongly, particularly smaller-scale domestic work. Some practices report that there is more work available than they can take on.
However, practices also mention that such work may be of comparatively low-value, and subject to intense fee competition. Longer-term, the recovery in private housing needs to be matched by growth in the public, commercial and community sectors.
Nevertheless, March’s data confirms a remarkable restoration of confidence among practices during an unprecedented 12 months.
We continue to be on hand, providing support and resources to our members as they navigate these challenging times.”
1 April 2021 RIBA responds to Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report
Thursday 1 April 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today responded to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report.
RIBA Chief Executive, Alan Vallance said:
“Systemic racism and discrimination clearly exist in the UK. We must fully acknowledge and understand this, so we can tear down the barriers and drive out injustice.
Some of the biggest built environment challenges of our times – from the climate emergency to substandard housing and fire safety – particularly impact underrepresented racialised groups and these are very high on the agenda for the RIBA and our members.
The RIBA does not absolve itself of responsibility in tackling racism and in recognising our own history. We know that people who face racism are less likely to progress in our industry, and we are working to ensure that architecture is open to all, regardless of background or circumstances. We will continue to listen to underrepresented racialised groups and work to address their concerns within our organisation and sector.
We acknowledge the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report which includes some insights, for example around the term BAME and unconscious bias training. We are already taking steps to tackle these, amongst other measures.
We will take time to review the report in depth, and continue to use our influence, networks and platforms, as we work towards a better, more inclusive, built environment.”
22 Mar 2021
RIBA endorses House of Commons report on energy efficiency of existing homes
Monday 22 March 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) report, ‘Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes’.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“This is a timely and well-reasoned report that outlines clear measures to make our homes more energy efficient.
I particularly endorse recommendations to implement a national retrofit strategy and pilot stamp duty rebates for homeowners that improve the efficiency of their homes within the first year – measures we’ve been calling for through our Greener Homes campaign.
Proposals to reform EPC methodology to focus on the actual performance of buildings are also encouraging, and critical to reaching the Government’s net zero target.
We need urgent action to address our shamefully inefficient housing stock – and this report shows how that can be achieved.”
11 March 2021
RIBA Future Trends in February
Thursday 11 March 2021 – Residential sector propels architects’ confidence – RIBA Future Trends February 2021
In February 2021 the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index increased by 14 points to +17, a level of confidence not seen from architects since early 2020.
Nearly a third (32%) of practices expect workloads to grow in the next three months, up from 28% (in January), whilst just over half (52%) expect them to remain the same. The number of practices expecting workloads to decrease has also fallen from 25% to 16%.
Optimism has been driven by the housing sector, which surged by 20 points this month to a balance figure of +29. Whilst it remains the only sector in positive territory, all other sectors saw a rise. The commercial sector saw the highest, up 16 points to a balance figure of -2; the public sector rose 2 points to -1; and even though the community sector posted the lowest at -6, this marks an improvement on the previous month’s figure of -15.
In February, the outlook of small practices (1 – 10 staff) rose significantly, posting a balance figure of +13, up fifteen points from January’s figure of -2. Confidence among large and medium sized practices (11 – 50 and 51+ staff) also remains strong, with an overall balance score of +29. Among these groups, 35% expect workloads to increase, and just 6% foresee a decrease.
All regions, except London, expect an increase in workloads in the near-term. Having briefly entered positive territory the previous month, London posted a negative figure of -3.
This month’s survey also asked respondents how they felt about the future of the workplace. Overall, results indicate that once a return to the office is possible, there is currently no appetite to resume pre-pandemic work patterns. Only 13% of practices expect to recall everyone to the office; almost a quarter (26%) see the future being a blend of office and home-based work; 20% look to leave the decision to staff; and 41% said they will continue to work as they are now (though how people work now is varied, with some practices already including an element of office-based working, when government restrictions allow, whilst others are fully remote).
In terms of staffing:
The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index remained at +4 this month. It has been consistently, though only slightly, positive since October.
6% of practices expect to employ fewer permanent staff in the coming three months, while 11% expect to employ more. A clear majority (83%) of practices expect staffing levels to be constant over the coming three months.
Medium and large-sized practices (11+ staff) continue to be most likely to recruit permanent staff in the coming three months, with both groups posting strongly positive figures.
On balance, small practices (1 – 10 staff) expect staffing levels to be steady, with a balance figure of +1.
The Temporary Staffing Index returned a balance figure of +1, suggesting the market for temporary staff is positive, but only by a small margin.
London remains most likely to anticipate decreased numbers of permanent staff in the next three months, with a staffing balance figure of -8; down four points on last month. The South of England also remains cautious about upcoming recruitment, with a balance figure of zero.
Future recruitment is more likely outside of London and the South: the Midlands & East Anglia returned a figure of +6, the North of England +10, and Wales & The West at +21.
Personal underemployment fell slightly at 20%, down from 22% in January.
Staffing levels remain at 96% of what they were twelve months ago. Overall, redundancies stand at 3% of staff; 7% remain on furlough and 16% are working fewer hours.
RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said:
“As the route out of the pandemic becomes clearer, not least due to the roll-out of the vaccination programme, February’s figures demonstrate a turning point – practices are starting to feel more optimistic about the future.
It’s clear however, that this increased confidence is partly dependent on the residential sector, fuelled by homeowners relocating or adjusting their homes to accommodate remote working, and question marks remain over the sustainability of this trend. Furthermore, practices who are reliant on work outside of this sector are yet to see their workloads increase.
Whilst the data suggests there is not currently a significant appetite to return to pre-pandemic work patterns, we also know that homeworking continues to create productivity challenges, not least because childcare and home-schooling have been impacting the working day. Commentary received from our respondents indicates that this is disproportionately impacting women.
5 + 3 March 2021 RIBA reacts to 2021 Budget
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published an initial response to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2021 Budget. RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“Whilst the Chancellor’s focus is understandably on mitigating the impact of the pandemic, the measures announced today do little to reassure me of the Government’s commitment to reach net zero or drive a green economic recovery.
Some of today’s announcements – such as the UK Infrastructure Bank and green gilts – could help our economy grow back more sustainably, but that depends entirely on future investment decisions. The money pledged must be used to create green jobs and fund energy efficiency programmes such as a National Retrofit Strategy.
Taken alongside the personal allowance freeze, the corporation tax rise will have a significant impact on RIBA members and hints at wider tax changes to come. It’s therefore vital that the Government looks at how the tax system could also help tackle the climate emergency. By reviewing reforming mechanisms to incentivise sustainability the Government could successfully drive the green economic recovery that is desperately needed.”
12 Feb 2021 Architects’ confidence remains fragile – RIBA Future Trends January 2021
In January 2021 the RIBA Future Trends Workload Indexremained positive (at +3) despite the turbulence of Brexit and a third national lockdown. Whilst 25% of practices expected workloads to decrease in the coming three months, 28% forecasted an increase. Just over half (51%) expected workloads to hold steady.
The South of England was the only region to post a negative workload balance figure this month, a fall of 10 points (to -2), although optimism also decreased sharply in the North of England (falling from +29 in December to 0). London posted a positive workload balance (+1) for the first time since February 2020. Other regions – the Midlands, East Anglia, Wales and the West remain in positive territory.
Among the four work sectors, the private housing sector was the only one to remain positive, at + 9. Having posted positive figures in December, the public and commercial sectors fell back to negative territory in January, posting -4 and -18 respectively, suggesting an expectation of falling workloads. The community sector continues to stall, falling to a balance figure of -15 in January, down from -8 in December.
Large and medium sized practices (11 – 50 and 51+ staff) remain confident; 53% expect workloads to increase, and 13% foresee a decrease (overall balance score of +39). Small practices (1 – 10 staff) however fell back into negative territory in January, posting a workload balance figure of -2, down from +4 in December.
With the UK and EU’s new trading agreement in place, the survey for the first time monitored the impact of Brexit on the attitudes of architects. Overall, the new agreement is perceived to have a negative impact on the profession; 15% more architects expect it to lead to a decrease in workload than an increase. Architects indicated they expect key areas to be detrimentally affected by the new agreement: 41% stated this to be the case regarding availability of skilled on-site staff, 54% regarding recruiting/retaining architects from outside the UK and 63% regarding the availability of building materials.
In terms of staffing: • The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index rose again in January (+4, from +2 in December). • In the next three months 83% of practices expect staffing levels to remain the same, 7% expected to employ fewer permanent staff, and 10% expect to employ more. • Medium and large-sized practices (11+ staff) continue to be those most likely to recruit permanent staff in the coming three months, with both posting strongly positive index figures. Smaller practices are more likely to expect staffing levels to hold steady, having posted a January Staffing Index figure of zero. • The Temporary Staffing Index returned a balance figure of zero in January, suggesting the market for temporary staff will remain as is. • London remains the region least likely to anticipate increased staffing levels in the next three months – returning a negative balance figure of –4. The South of England is also cautious – returning a balance figure of -6. Recruitment is more likely in the North of England (+14) and the Midlands & East Anglia (+8). • Personal underemployment stands at 22%, a slight increase on last month’s figure, but within historical norms, and significantly below the high of 42% in the first lock-down. • Staffing levels are 96% of a year ago. Overall, redundancies stand at 3% of staff. Seven per cent of staff remain on furlough.
RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said:
“It’s promising that the profession has overall maintained a positive outlook. However, with a decrease from +10 in December to +3 in January, it’s clear that the ongoing uncertainties presented by both Brexit and the third national lockdown are having an impact on confidence.
Disparities persist across regions, practice sizes and notably sectors. That only the housing sector returned positive figures, clearly indicates the limited commitment of resources to construction, from both businesses and government.
Whilst there are some promising signs, for example London reporting its first positive workload balance for 10 months, this increase is marginal (+1), and must be tempered by the fact that the commercial sector, so important to the profession in this region, remains fragile.
Sustained growth of the profession, particularly in the centres of large cities, will rely on a broad-based recovery that encompasses not only the housing sector, but also the public, commercial and community sectors. This recovery is unlikely to happen whilst we remain in lock-down but can be spurred and accelerated by timely government stimulus and investment.
photograph © Adrian Welch
6 Feb 2021 RIBA responds to launch of Government’s school rebuilding programme
5th of February 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (5 February) responded to the Government’s launch of the first phase of the School Rebuilding Programme.
RIBA President Alan Jones said:
“Well-designed schools have the power to shape society – improving the attainment, behaviour, health and wellbeing of every child.
As the government’s ten-year rebuilding programme gets underway, it is crucial to focus on the delivery of good quality design, sustainability and safety. To ensure the best outcomes for students, teachers and the taxpayer, the government must commit to monitoring the performance of the new buildings once they are in use through Post Occupancy Evaluation – and use these findings to ensure each project is better than the last.
Furthermore, vital safety measures including the installation of sprinklers must also be prioritised in the design of new and maintenance of existing school buildings. Alongside the CIOB, RICS and NFCC, the RIBA is continuing to call for this to be mandated.
This is a critical opportunity to have a transformative impact on the lives of future generations – the government must get it right.”
In May 2016 the RIBA published the Better Spaces for Learning report – outlining how good design can help ensure that capital funding for schools stretches as far as possible, and supports good outcomes for both teachers and pupils.
In May 2019, the RIBA responded to the Department for Education’s review of Building Bulletin 100 – design for fire safety in schools. The Department for Education asked experts to help review the Building Bulletin 100, which is a design guide for fire safety in schools. Our response highlighted the importance of the inclusion of prescriptive baseline requirements on life safety measures, for example, maximum travel distances, ventilation, protected lobbies and refuges. Read all RIBA responses to government consultations on fire safety.
In October 2020, the RIBA issued a joint statement with CIOB, NFCC and RICS, calling on the government to require the installation of sprinklers in schools, including the retrofitting of sprinklers in existing school buildings when relevant refurbishment takes place.
19 Jan 2021 RIBA publishes findings of Architects Act amendments survey
Monday 25 January 2021 – 8 out of 10 think mandatory competence requirements are important – RIBA publishes findings of Architects Act amendments survey.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Monday 25 January) published the findings of its survey of the architects’ profession on proposed changes to the Architects Act.
The 502 responses have informed the RIBA’s official submission to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) consultation on proposed changes to the Architects Act, which has also been published today.
From ensuring building safety to tackling the climate emergency, the areas prioritised by respondents reflect the challenges facing our industry and society, and the role architects must have in addressing them.
Findings of the RIBA survey reveal:
85% of respondents acknowledge the importance of mandatory competence requirements in promoting standards and confidence within the profession;
75% believe that an architect’s competency should be monitored at regular intervals throughout their career;
70% think fire safety is the most important mandatory competence topic;
68% want to prioritise health, safety and wellbeing; 67% legal, regulatory and statutory compliance; and 50% sustainable architecture as mandatory competence topics;
More than half of respondents (59%) want either planning or building control or both to be regulated functions.
In response to the survey findings, RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“This consultation is a defining moment – a real opportunity to ensure all current and future architects in the UK have the education, knowledge, skills and behaviours to make a positive impact on the built environment.
The fact that the majority of the profession wish to retain the regulation of title and expand into regulation of function, demonstrates the vital and holistic role that architects know they must have to effectively deliver their expertise.
We will soon be launching our mandatory Health and Life Safety requirements for RIBA members and will work with the MHCLG and ARB to coordinate practical competency measures for the whole profession to adopt.
We also continue to call for urgent reforms of building safety regulations and procurement systems, and for an appropriately funded education system for future architects. These will help to ensure that the profession can deliver buildings that meet the quality, safety, and sustainability expectations of society.
In light of post-Brexit agreements on professional qualifications, we will support the allocation of new ARB powers to negotiate international agreements that will assist UK architects in designing, delivering, and globally upholding the highest professional standards.”
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19 Jan 2021 Winners of 2020 RIBA President’s Medal for Research and Research Awards
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the recipient of the RIBA President’s Medal for Research and the winners of the President’s Awards for Research, which celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.
The winner of the 2020 RIBA President’s Medal for Research is Richard Beckett from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, for ‘Probiotic Design.’ Through exploring the integral role of bacteria in human health, Richard proposes a design approach that reintroduces beneficial bacteria to create healthy buildings.
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18 Jan 2021 RIBA comments on proposed ‘Right to Regenerate’ policy
Monday 18th January 2020 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has commented on government’s proposed ‘Right to Regenerate’ policy, announced today.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said: “While giving a ‘new lease of life’ to unloved buildings might seem like an easy win that could speed up the development of new housing or community spaces, the process of procuring these empty properties – and criteria for acquiring – must be carefully considered. This policy has the potential to help regenerate local areas, but this must be done with the highest regard to quality, safety and sustainability – it’s essential the government moves forward in the right way.”
14 Jan 2021 RIBA Future Trends – 2020 ended with fragile growth in confidence
Thursday 14th January 2021 – In the latest set of results (December 2020), the RIBA Future Workload Index returned the highest balance score (+10) since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst 20% of practices expected a decreasing workload in the coming three months, 29% expected workloads to increase. Just over half expected workloads to hold steady.
Confidence was beginning to return beyond the Private Housing Sector (+14, up two points from November). Both the Commercial and Public Sectors returned to positive territory for the first time since February 2020 – the Commercial Sector at +1, up from -19 in November and the Public Sector at +2, up from -7. The Community Sector recorded an improvement although remained negative, returning a balance figure of -8 this month, up from -13 in November.
Confidence among large and medium and sized practices also continues to strengthen. Smaller practices have returned to positive territory after a dip in November.
Reports of personal underemployment are lower than they were a year ago. Workloads are reported to have rallied too; during the first lockdown they stood at 67% compared to twelve months ago; December results (taken prior to the third lockdown) were 95%.
London based practices remain negative about future workload with a -6 balance score in December, up slightly from -7 last month.
All other regions are positive about future workload: the Midlands & East Anglia returned to positive territory with +7 in December; the South of England at +8; Wales & the West at +22, up from +15 in November and the North of England was the most positive in December at +29 – the most positive outlook for the region since 2019.
Concerns about future practice viability remain, though have lessened. Overall, 3% of practice expect falling profits to threaten practice viability. 46% expect profits to fall over the next twelve months, 34% expect profits to stay the same, and 9% expect them to grow (8% don’t know).
In terms of staffing:
• With a slight increase on the previous month, the RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index returned a figure of +2 in December. • 84% of practices overall expect permanent staffing levels to remain consistent (up from 81% in November). • 7% expect to see a decrease in the number of permanent staff over the next three months (the same figure as November). • 9% expect permanent staffing levels to increase (up from 8% in November) • The anticipated demand for temporary staff has stayed the same as in November, with the Temporary Staffing Index falling at -1 in November • London is the only region to return a negative permanent staffing index figure (-9) – down from -7 in November • In London, the balance figure for permanent staff is -7 (up from -8 in October) • The Midlands & East Anglia are anticipating a falling number of permanent staff. In contrast, other regions are positive, notably Wales & the West (+9) and the North of England (+8). • Personal underemployment is back down to 20%. That’s lower than both last month’s figure and that of December 2019. At both times the figure was then 22%. • Staffing levels are currently 96% of their level a year ago. Overall, redundancies stand at 2% of staff. 6% of staff now remain on furlough.
RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said:
“The growing optimism seen in our December results is heartening, with workloads being just 4% lower than they were a year ago and an increase in confidence in the commercial and public sector areas. However, additional commentary stresses the twin uncertainties of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Understandably, these make 2021 a highly uncertain year and the construction market may get worse before it gets better
The disparity in confidence between regions continues. In December London results continued to highlight a concerning set of indices: future work predictions, future staffing levels, assessment of future practice viability and personal underemployment, which are all lower than elsewhere.
Some practices report projects being held up by delays in the processing of planning applications but there are also reports of Public Sector workload beginning to increase.
It is a mixed and changing picture but with an overall growth in confidence. Whilst this confidence is likely to falter in the current lockdown, there is hope that it will return, once restrictions are eased.
RIBA comments on new UK-EU relationship
Monday 4th of January 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today commented on the new relationship between the UK and EU.
RIBA CEO, Alan Vallance, said:
“Since our initial response to the post-Brexit trade deal struck on 24 December, the RIBA has taken time to consider the terms negotiated and the implications for our profession.
Since the referendum, the RIBA has strongly called for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, and it’s therefore disappointing to see this has not been agreed. Going forward, the ARB has an opportunity to negotiate a new recognition route with the EU, and we will be working closely with ARB colleagues and members to help shape such an agreement.
In terms of trading goods, while tariff-free importing and exporting should benefit UK construction long-term, we know that certain processes including the certification and declaration of products have – or will very soon – change, and all businesses will need to adjust to new measures.
As we all familiarise ourselves with this new UK-EU relationship, the RIBA is on hand to support members and practices adapt accordingly.”
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24 Dec 2020
RIBA reacts to news of post-Brexit trade deal
Thursday 24 December 2020 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today responded to the post-Brexit trade deal struck between the UK Government and EU Commission. RIBA CEO, Alan Vallance, said:
“Today’s news of a post-Brexit trade deal is no doubt a relief for many. But while this deal provides us with some certainty around the future relationship between the UK and EU, hesitation and vagueness around trade in services remains a serious concern for our profession. Architects in both the UK and EU were clear about the need for a continued agreement on recognition of professional qualifications, and it is deeply worrying that this does not seem to be part of the deal as it stands.
It’s also disappointing to see that UK students are no longer eligible for the Erasmus scheme, given the clear benefits for young people. We therefore look forward to understanding more about the new Turing scheme referenced by the Prime Minister.
It’s our hope however that this deal will keep the costs of importing construction materials down and – current border issues aside – at least provide some confidence over trading in goods.
As ever, we will continue to support our members with guidance and lobby the government to invest in the skills and talent that fuels the success of UK architecture worldwide.” Visit
17 Dec 2020
RIBA Future Trends – COVID-19 restrictions impact practice confidence and workload
Thursday 17 December 2020 – In November 2020, the RIBA Future Workload Index returned a balance figure of 0, meaning as many practices expect workload to increase as those who expect it to decrease. It’s the lowest figure since June and a fall from last months’ +9.
Confidence about future work strengthened among large and medium-sized practices (to +25), whilst smaller practices have returned negative predictions for the first time since June at -5.
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Solomon Cordwell Buenz: SCB Architects
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June 10, 2021
Solomon Cordwell Buenz Boston Office
Solomon Cordwell Buenz Opens New Boston Office, Creating Coast-to-Coast Practice Experts in urban solutions and forward-thinking design, the firm’s current work on the East Coast totals more than five million square feet and spans mixed-use, residential, office, and higher education sectors.
BOSTON, MA—Renowned national architecture, interior design, and planning firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is pleased to announce the opening of its Boston, Massachusetts office, blocks from the city’s bustling Seaport District. The new East Coast studio solidifies the Chicago-headquartered firm’s national presence, and geographically balances its established West Coast offices in San Francisco and Seattle.
“For more than 30 years, SCB has been a dynamic, creative force along the East Coast, designing major commercial and institutional projects in Baltimore, Boston, Florida, New York, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, and Washington DC,” said SCB President Chris Pemberton, AIA. “Opening an East Coast office has always been a key part of our long-term strategic plan. Now, with our new Boston-based leadership team, we are primed to take our national practice to the next level.” The firm is continuing to grow its staff in the Boston office and is actively hiring.
Leading SCB Boston is Executive Director and Principal Clara Wineberg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, a commercial sector specialist who has extensive experience in large-scale multifamily residential, office, life sciences, and mixed-use developments. “This is an exciting time in the development of the city; one of innovation, research, and growth. We want to be a part of that,” said Wineberg. “We really came to know Boston well while working on Hub50House, and recognized that our diverse practice and design expertise was ideally suited to serve a city with such strong commercial and institutional sectors.” Hub50House is the 38-story residential tower at the Hub on Causeway, Boston Properties’ 1.5M-square-foot transit-oriented development and expansion of the Boston Garden. It is SCB’s most recently completed project in Boston.
A longtime Bostonian, and former Principal at Sasaki, SCB Principal Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED AP is directing the East Coast office’s campus environments studio. “Collaborating with institutions on the East Coast has been a big part of my practice and it is great to continue that work with the team here at SCB. This is a transformational time for higher education; not only in terms of how we think about campuses and the new teaching and learning models that resulted from the pandemic, but also the impact that schools will have on next-generation cities,” said Irwin. “We’re looking forward to working with the many acclaimed academic institutions in the area while continuing to serve clients around the country.”
Jay Longo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, a Principal and Design Leader in SCB’s commercial and life sciences practice, identifies additional links between the city and SCB’s history of innovation. “As an urban-focused design firm, we have a significant portfolio of projects representing the full spectrum of mixed-use programs,” said Longo. “SCB’s inventive approach to designing hybrid buildings for contemporary city centers aligns with Boston’s status as one of the East Coast’s premier hubs of commerce.”
SCB’s active East Coast projects include The Laurel, a 48-story luxury condo, apartment, and retail mixed-use tower on Philadelphia’s historic and pre-eminent Rittenhouse Square; The Reston, an 850,000-square-foot mixed-use residential and office development that is part of the expansion of the Reston Town Center outside of Washington, DC; and the new Health and Social Innovation Centre, an interdisciplinary health science facility at the University of New Brunswick in St. John, Canada.
These projects build on SCB’s substantial body of in-place work on the East Coast; the Boston office launches with an East Coast portfolio of 20 projects in the last decade alone across the residential, mixed-use, higher education, and interiors sectors, with 11 additional active projects currently in design and under construction.
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According to this architectural firm established 1931, “SCB has made a lasting impact on the nation’s skyline, campuses, and neighborhoods, helping our clients across the country achieve their goals, serve their constituencies, and make their mark.”
“As the economy improved after the Great Depression, Lou and Irving Solomon saw an opportunity for growth by expanding the firm’s work into the residential market. Lou began acquiring properties along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive and designing high-rise rental apartment communities. Meanwhile, Irving was the contractor and their sister Sylvia managed the projects.”
Through his foresight, Lou created a unique end-to-end business model for successful buildings that still stand today. Although now solely a design firm, the legacy of a design-build-operate approach laid the foundation for a design culture within the office.
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Shenzhen Bay Cultural Plaza masterplan
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Shenzhen Bay Cultural Plaza
10 June 2021
Shenzhen Bay Cultural Plaza Master Plan Design
Architects: The Oval Partnership
Location: Shenzhen, China
The Oval Partnership has unveiled its competition-winning masterplan proposal for the Shenzhen Bay Cultural Plaza in China. Shenzhen Bay Cultural Plaza is poised to become a world-class culture-led mixed-use development in the Bay Area.
The project is located at the Houhai district of Nanshan, Shenzhen, comprising a dozen of land parcels dissected by major thoroughfares. The Oval Partnership’s winning concept is to stitch these pockets of land and surrounding urban fabric back together, bridging the hinterland with a new coastline the Bay, connecting transit and culture, landmarks and open spaces, places and people.
Digital Placemaking was employed from the inception of the Shenzhen Bay Masterplanning process. Connectivity, pedestrian flow, and hybrid visual field metrics were leveraged to optimise footfall along with point-of-interest clustering analysis providing predictive analytics to fine-tune the proposal and enhance the value of the project.
Central to the success of the Shenzhen Bay Cultural Plaza was the need for astute cultural positioning and robust cultural strategies. From the outset, The Oval Partnership collaborated with cultural entrepreneur cum creative consultant Philip Dodd of Made in China. In this youngest city of China and perhaps the youngest urbanisation, the young do have time. Manmanlai, or ‘take it slow’ underpins the masterplan concept. Collaborating with local educators, the cultural landscape of Shenzhen was surveyed, from which a multi-layered strategy of mixed primary uses are woven along a contiguous public realm, to form ‘Villages’ of diverse characters and offerings: Field, Terrace, Townhall, Lighthouse and the Bay.
The Villages are connected via an elevated Mainstreet, branching out to connect with neighbouring sites to form a system of Treewalks. At the lower level, a radical Green Valley of lush subterranean park connects stations with the project and surrounding amenities. Streets, squares, terraces and alleys are threaded through all Villages supporting an ecosystem of points-of- interest.
Architecture is not centre-stage here, it makes way for landscaping that is much more than a picturesque setting but forms a contiguous—and verdant— realm between flesh and stone. Productive landscapes, botanical gardens, structural landscapes and cultural forests serve as climatic control devices, horticultural experiences, alfresco romance, and background of serendipity.
Shenzhen Bay Cultural Plaza is one of the first applications to benefit from The Oval Partnership’s Digital Placemaking methods from the project’s first moments. This toolkit was developed by The Oval Partnership as an invaluable resource for evidence-based urban planning evaluation, enabling designers to integrate place and people data analytics. Design iterations could be tested in real-time by the team, generating comparative analyses of connectivity, point-of-interest clustering effects, sightlines, pedestrian flows toward devising the optimal masterplan.
“We aspire to create a vibrant public realm that is diverse, walkable, and rich in cultural offerings,” The Oval Partnership Director Sada Lam said. “It is a creative urban endeavour—our architectural expression is ‘absent’—such that the architecture forms a framework to empower stakeholders in the neighbourhood to co-create what will become Shenzhen’s next world-class hub, one that her people are a part of and proud of.”
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Founded in 1992, The Oval Partnership is an award-winning team of international architects, urbanists and designers immersed in sustainability, heritage conser vation, place- making, narrative and community development. Our designs impart an enduring and meaningful impact on a city’s liveability and sustainability. Signature projects include the Sanlitun Taikoo Li in Beijing and Sino Ocean Taikoo Li in Chengdu.
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LOCATION: Shenzhen, China SIZE: 166,250 sqm YEAR: 2021 CLIENT: China Resources Land
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Leftcraft Taproom, Edmonds Washington
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Leftcraft Taproom in Edmonds, Washington
Jun 10, 2021
Leftcraft Taproom
Design: Graham Baba Architects
Location: Edmonds, Washington, USA
Situated in a 1950s-era, single-story building on Main Street in downtown Edmonds, Leftcraft is casual and approachable, yet distinct from local restaurant and bar establishments. Rich materiality and an embrace of time-worn patina set the venue apart from other establishments in town.
The latest in a series of restaurants developed by the same owner, Leftcraft evolves the exploration of themes established in the most recent iteration. Here, the design explores and plays with themes of materiality, color, and texture and the contrast between new and old.
The infill building, modified at various times during its existence, features concrete walls and floors and a tongue-and-groove Douglas fir ceiling, all of which were cleaned and left exposed to express the building’s character.
Eighty feet deep and just twenty-nine feet wide, the south façade features a fifteen-foot roof overhang which shelters an eight-foot-deep outdoor patio. The existing fixed front facade was replaced with bi-fold wood-and-glass doors to enhance the connection between the patio with the interior space. A clerestory band of windows runs across the top of the north, alley side of the building.
Seating for ninety is handled through a mix of bar stools, communal tables made of folded steel, and wood benches and small tables with chairs. Tables tops are also made of wood. Prominent in the space is a faceted wood screen that serves as a scale device, visually and physically dividing the space and breaking it down into cozier sized volumes.
Built from nearly two hundred two-by-six pieces of rough-sawn Douglas fir, the screen connects to the floor and extends up to the ceiling, folding, wrapping, and concealing the HVAC ductwork. Three sky lights were added to the ceiling to bring natural light deep into the space. Shadows, cast by light passing through the screen, animate the interiors, adding another level of drama to the space.
Subtle decorative patterns are etched into Richlite panels, which makes up the vertical portions of the bar. The patterns reference the lines defined by the wood screen, as well as a nod to the waves of nearby Puget Sound and the distant outlines of mountains. Custom-designed lights are suspended above the three central tables. The light fixtures, attached to the ceiling by delicate metal rods, are made from the same fir as the screen and feature LED strip lighting.
Leftcraft Taproom in Edmonds, Washington – Building Information
Design: Graham Baba Architects
Graham Baba Architects project team Brett Baba: Partner in Charge Francesco Borghesi: Design Principal Andy Brown: Project Manager/Project Architect Chris Vander Haak: Design Staff
Project team Graham Baba Architects: Architecture and Interior Design General Contractor: Wilcox Structural engineering: Quantum Consulting Engineers Kitchen Design/Equipment Supply: CMA
Custom Fabricators / Products Bar tops, front door, tabletops and banquette: Steve Clark Bar diewall, bar back cladding and casework: Oxbow Fabrication Screen wall/ceiling: Paul Thorpe Metal work: Specialty Metals Custom light metal supports: Brian Constance Curtains: Susan Butler Richlite: bar back and die wall cladding with custom CNC routed pattern Woodstone oven and rotisserie Brendan Ravehill lights Tile: Tivoli 3”x6”, sage green (kitchen); Dal tile (bathrooms) Chairs: Airnova Design, Maryl Tables tops, benches and bar top: white oak with Rubio fuming and Milesi top coat
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The Courtauld Institute of Art London Renewal
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10 June 2021
The Courtauld Modernisation Project
The Courtauld Unveils Opening Programme
As Major Modernisation Project Reaches Completion Ahead Of November 2021 Opening
Masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century presented in magnificently restored setting following three-year transformation project
The elegantly restored Blavatnik Fine Rooms will showcase some of the greatest and most-loved works from The Courtauld’s collection
World-famous Impressionist collection reunited in the LVMH Great Room – London’s oldest exhibition space
Major new contemporary commission by Cecily Brown
Oskar Kokoschka’s epic modern painting, The Myth of Prometheus, the largest work in The Courtauld’s collection, back on display in the Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery
Opening exhibitions to feature remarkable gift of 24 modern drawings; rarely-seen images of Kurdistan in the 1940s; and important British drawings and watercolours
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The Courtauld Gallery in London will open its doors in November 2021 following the most significant modernisation project in its history, providing a transformed home for one of the UK’s greatest art collections.
The Courtauld’s much-loved collection, which belongs to the Samuel Courtauld Trust and ranges from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century – will be completely redisplayed and reinterpreted. These enhanced spaces will allow The Courtauld to give visitors greater insight into its collections, teaching and research and enable inspiring encounters with its great works of art. In addition, two brand new galleries will provide a beautiful new home for The Courtauld’s acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions.
Masterpieces from The Courtauld’s world-famous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art by Cézanne, Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, and Monet will be reunited in the spectacularly restored LVMH Great Room – London’s oldest purpose-built exhibition space and the largest space in Somerset House.
The Blavatnik Fine Rooms: photograph © Hufton+Crow
The new displays will reveal the quality and range of the collection like never before. The Blavatnik Fine Rooms, spanning the Piano Nobile across the whole of the second floor, will provide the stunning setting for a series of new displays of works from the Renaissance to the 18th Century. A new space will be dedicated to The Courtauld’s important collection of Medieval and Early Renaissance paintings and decorative arts.
Rooms devoted to 20th Century art and the Bloomsbury Group will showcase lesser-known areas of the collection through rotating displays. A new Project Space on the second floor will provide a flexible platform for spotlighting smaller temporary projects that give visitors special insights into The Courtauld’s collection, conservation and research. Displays in this space will play an important role in better connecting the public with the institution’s work as an internationally-renowned centre for the study of art history and conservation.
The largest work in The Courtauld’s collection – Austrian Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka’s epic triptych The Myth of Prometheus (1950) – will be back on public display for the first time in over a decade in the Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery.
The Blavatnik Fine Rooms: photo © Hufton+Crow
A new large-scale painting by acclaimed artist Cecily Brown, specially commissioned for the curved wall of The Courtauld’s historic 18th Century staircase, will be unveiled when the Gallery reopens.
The Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of The Courtauld, said: “The opening of The Courtauld Gallery will be one of the biggest cultural highlights of 2021 and a significant first step in the transformation of The Courtauld. We are thrilled to be welcoming the public back to enjoy one of the country’s greatest art collections in a beautifully restored setting. This transformation would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors, to whom we are immensely grateful. The redevelopment allows us to showcase the range and richness of the collection as never before, and to enable a greater number of people to enjoy close personal encounters with some of the finest works of art from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. This will be complemented by an exciting opening programme of exhibitions, which focus on new or little-known areas of The Courtauld’s collection.”
As well as the redisplayed permanent collection, The Courtauld Gallery will open with three temporary exhibitions included in the ticket price:
Modern Drawings: The Karshan Gift (Nov 21 – Jan 22) will showcase an outstanding group of modern drawings by European and American masters including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Richter, Louis Soutter and Cy Twombly, assembled by the late collector Howard Karshan and generously given to The Courtauld by his wife, the artist Linda Karshan.
Pen to Brush: British Drawings and Watercolours (Nov 21 – Jan 22) will show a wide range of works from The Courtauld’s remarkable collection of British drawings – from one of the earliest and smallest works in the collection, a pen and ink drawing by Isaac Oliver measuring 47 x 59 mm, to watercolours by J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, to modern works, including a shelter drawing by Henry Moore and the radical, near abstract Vorticist Composition with Figures by Helen Saunders.
Kurdistan in the 1940s (Nov 21 – May 22) will unearth some of the treasures of the Conway photographic Library including sites damaged or destroyed in recent conflict through the works of 20th Century British photographer Anthony Kersting, one of the most prolific and widely travelled architectural photographers of his generation.
Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann, the redevelopment revitalises and opens up the building in Somerset House conceived by Sir William Chambers in the 1770s, restoring it to its former grandeur and creating state-of-the-art facilities. The project has been supported by £11 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and generous donations from foundations, individuals and other supporters.
The Courtauld Institute of Art London LVMH Great Room: photo © Hufton+Crow
Restored and expanded galleries showcasing treasures from the Medieval period and Early Renaissance to the 20thCentury, including the restored Blavatnik Fine Rooms
Thanks to the generous donation of £10 million from philanthropists Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the elegantly restored Blavatnik Fine Rooms, a suite of six galleries spanning the entire second floor of the building, will showcase some of the greatest and most-loved works from The Courtauld’s collection from the Renaissance through to the 18th Century.
The redevelopment will enable The Courtauld to give a more generous account of this part of its collection across rooms dedicated to the Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, 17th and 18th Century Europe. A major highlight will be Botticelli’s large-scale The Trinity With Saints – the only altarpiece by the artist in the UK – unveiled after a three-year conservation project. A room dedicated to The Courtauld’s celebrated collection of works by Peter Paul Rubens will also be a significant feature of the displays. New lighting and other improvements throughout these historic spaces will transform the experience of the collection.
LVMH Great Room: photo © Hufton+Crow
Sir Leonard Blavatnik said: “My wife and I are delighted to support the historic renovation of The Courtauld, including the Blavatnik Fine Rooms. We congratulate all those associated with the project, a unique addition to London and the world of the fine arts.”
A new gallery has been created on the first floor to present The Courtauld’s important collection of paintings and decorative arts from the Medieval and Early Renaissance periods, including fine examples of Islamic metalwork, alongside works from Italy and Northern Europe
For the first time, The Courtauld’s significant collection of works by the Bloomsbury Group will be given a dedicated space in the Gallery, showcasing the group’s radical designs for furniture, ceramics and textiles alongside paintings and drawings by important Bloomsbury artists, including Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
A spectacular new home for the UK’s greatest collection of Impressionist art
Masterpieces from The Courtauld’s world-renowned collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882), Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889), and the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK, will be shown together when The Courtauld Gallery reopens in the spectacularly restored LVMH Great Room – London’s oldest purpose-built exhibition space.
Previously subdivided, the newly renamed LVMH Great Room has been reinstated to its original breath-taking proportions and volume. It will provide an unforgettable new home for The Courtauld’s Impressionist and Post-Impressionist treasures, which will be rehung and newly interpreted. It will include masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Modigliani.
Among the works on display will be Renoir’s Spring, Chatou (1873), a rarely seen Impressionist masterpiece once belonging to Samuel Courtauld and now on loan to the Gallery. Also on display will be one of the most important artist manuscripts ever to enter a UK public collection, Gauguin’s Avant et après (Before and After), a 213-page illustrated memoir featuring numerous drawings and prints revealing important insights into Gauguin’s life and work. It was acquired for The Courtauld through the UK Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Scheme in 2020 and goes on public display for the first time.
The Courtauld would like to acknowledge the generosity of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton who have enabled the transformation of the historic LVMH Great Room.
Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to the Chairman, LMVH/Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton and Head of LVMH Philanthropy, said : “LVMH is delighted and proud to have supported the renovation of the magnificent Great Room in London, which has played such an important historical role in the arts. The LVMH Great Room has been reunited with its glorious past, providing an inspiring and uplifting space where visitors can enjoy The Courtauld’s unparalleled collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. We hope that it will delight visitors from around the world.”
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The largest work in The Courtauld’s collection on show for the first time in over a decade
An epic modern painting by the great Austrian Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka consisting of three canvases measuring over eight metres long, and considered to be one of the artist’s most important works, will be displayed at The Courtauld for the first time in over a decade in the Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery.
The Myth of Prometheus (1950) was commissioned in 1950 by Count Antoine Seilern, one of The Courtauld’s most important benefactors, for the ceiling of his London home. Seilern bequeathed the triptych to The Courtauld, together with his remarkable collection of Old Master paintings and drawings. Kokoschka painted the work in London in 1950, at a time when the world was poised between the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War, retelling stories from classical myth and the Bible to evoke dramatic scenes of apocalypse and the hope of regeneration during troubled times.
The painting will be exhibited alongside a selection of photographs documenting Kokoschka working on The Myth of Prometheus in Seilern’s home, taken by the acclaimed 20th Century photographer Lee Miller.
The Courtauld would like to thank the AKO Foundation, whose generous donation has supported the creation of the Katja and Nicolai Tangen 20th Century Gallery.
Remarkable gift of 24 modern drawings including works by Kandinsky, Klee, Baselitz and Richter exhibited together for the first time
An outstanding group of modern drawings by European and American masters including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Richter, Louis Soutter and Cy Twombly, assembled by the late collector Howard Karshan and generously gifted to The Courtauld by his wife Linda, will go on public display together for the first time when The Courtauld Gallery reopens.
The group of 24 works on paper will be unveiled in the new exhibition galleries on the top floor, formed by the removal of former attic apartments to enable The Courtauld to develop its celebrated programme of international loan exhibitions. One of the most significant gifts of art to The Courtauld in a generation, the Karshan gift will transform the collection by extending its major historical holdings fully into the twentieth century. Aside from Cézanne, none of the artists included in the gift has previously been represented in the collection.
The location of the new Cecily Brown commission, at the top of the third-floor staircase: photo © Hufton+Crow
Major new commission by Cecily Brown for The Courtauld’s historic staircase
A new large-scale painting by the renowned contemporary artist Cecily Brown will be unveiled as part of the reopening displays. The work has been specially commissioned for the curved wall at the top of The Courtauld’s historical staircase and will reflect Cecily Brown’s deep interest in the paintings in the Gallery’s collection. The commission revisits the early history of the building. In the eighteenth century, a painting by Giovanni Battista Cipriani occupied this same location when this part of Somerset House was home to the Royal Academy of Arts.
The commission has been supported by The Garcia Family Foundation.
British drawings celebrated in dedicated Drawings Gallery
Pen to Brush, the opening display in the dedicated Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery, will feature highlights from The Courtauld’s remarkable collection of British drawings and watercolours. They range from one of the earliest and smallest works in the collection, a pen and ink drawing by Isaac Oliver measuring just 47 x 59 mm (around 1565-1617), to Henry Moore’s powerful wartime Shelter Drawing (1942). Works from the ‘golden age’ of British watercolour include examples by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable and Edward Dayes’ panoramic view of Somerset House from the Thames. A highlight will be a little-known abstract drawing, Vorticist Composition with Figures, Black and White (1915), by Helen Saunders, one of only two female members of the early 20th-century avant-garde Vorticist group.
Rarely seen images of Kurdistan in the 1940s by Britain’s leading architectural photographer Anthony Kersting 
20th Century British photographer Anthony Kersting, the most prolific and widely travelled architectural photographer of his generation, will be the subject of the inaugural display in the new Project Space when The Courtauld Gallery reopens. Born in South London in 1916, Kersting documented his extensive travels across the Middle East throughout the 1940s and 50s. His archive of over 42,000 photographic prints and negatives were given to the Conway Library at The Courtauld upon his death in 2008.
20 compelling photographs from the collection documenting the life of the Yazidi community in Kurdistan, taken by Kersting on a trip in 1944, will go on display when The Courtauld Gallery reopens. The exhibition also includes portraits and city photography of Erbil, often considered the oldest continually inhabited place on earth, and the Mosque at Nebi Yunus, the burial place of Jonah destroyed by Isis in 2014. The display will be the first to be presented in the Gallery’s new Project Space, a new room to spotlight smaller temporary projects that give visitors insight into The Courtauld’s broader teaching, conservation and research expertise.
The 1.1million photographs in the Conway Library – most of which have never been seen by the public – are currently undergoing a major volunteer-led digitisation project – supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund – which will put these images, including Kersting’s, into the public domain.
Increasing the accessibility of the collection
The project has worked closely with the historic building to introduce improvements such as step-free access to the entrance, changes in display cabinet height, and standardising floor levels between rooms – making The Courtauld Gallery more accessible than ever before. A highlight will be the spacious, newly created visitor welcome areas, which provide greatly improved facilities and include The John Browne Entrance Hall, which has been generously supported by the John Browne Charitable Trust.
In addition, the collection’s interpretation has been completely revisited, drawing on The Courtauld’s expertise in art history education and research, as well as exploring the history of the fascinating rooms in which the collection is based. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Gallery’s digital programme will also be expanded, engaging new audiences and enhancing access to our collections.
Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld, said: “The Courtauld was founded in 1932 on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with art. This major redevelopment has provided a unique opportunity to look at the collection afresh, and it provides new narratives and new ways of enjoying our works.
Fresh design and interpretation throughout the gallery will open up The Courtauld as never before, enabling more people than ever to discover and enjoy our outstanding collection – furthering The Courtauld’s mission to advance how we see and understand the visual arts. Object Study Rooms and the Project Space will also provide a unique environment for The Courtauld’s teaching and research work. We look forward to welcoming people back to The Courtauld Gallery from November 2021.”
The Courtauld will launch a guide on the Bloomberg Connects app, a free digital guide to cultural organisations around the world. Bloomberg Connects makes it easy to access and engage with arts and culture from mobile devices, anytime, anywhere. Features include expert commentary, video highlights, pinch-and-zoom capability and exhibition and way-finding maps which will extend access to The Courtauld Gallery for all upon reopening. The Bloomberg Connects is free via Apple Store or Google Play.
Additional major support has been provided by the Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, Crankstart, The Garcia Family Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Dr Martin and Susanne Halusa, The Linbury Trust and Oak Foundation. The Courtauld is most grateful to these visionary supporters, alongside others who are making this project and its related activities possible. The Courtauld would also like to thank McQueens Flowers for their support of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Courtauld.
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The Courtauld works to advance how we see and understand the visual arts, as an internationally-renowned centre for the teaching, research of art history and a major public gallery. Founded by collectors and philanthropists in 1932, the organisation has been at the forefront of the study of art ever since, through advanced research and conservation practice, innovative teaching and research, the renowned collection and inspiring exhibitions of its gallery, and engaging and accessible activities, education and events.
The Courtauld cares for one of the greatest art collections in the UK, sharing these works with the public at The Courtauld Gallery in central London. The Gallery is most famous for its iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, such as Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. It also showcases these alongside an internationally renowned collection of works from the Renaissance through to the present day.
Academically, The Courtauld faculty is the largest community of art historians and conservators in the UK, teaching and carrying out research on subjects from creativity in late Antiquity to contemporary digital artforms – with an increasingly global focus. An independent college of the University of London, The Courtauld offers a range of degree programmes from BA to PhD in the History of Art, curating and the conservation of easel and wall paintings. Its alumni are leaders and innovators in the arts, culture and business worlds, helping to shape the global agenda for the arts and creative industries.
Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with art, The Courtauld works to increase understanding of the role played by art throughout history, in all societies and across all geographies – as well as being a champion for the importance of art in the present day. This could be through exhibitions offering a chance to look closely at world-famous works; events bringing art history research to new audiences; accessible and expert short courses; innovative school, family and community programmes; or taking a formal qualification. Our ambition is to transform access to art history education, by extending the horizons of what this is, and ensuring as many people as possible can benefit.
The Courtauld’s home in historic Somerset House – London’s working arts centre – is currently closed for a major programme of renovation. Our students and academic staff are based near King’s Cross.
The Courtauld is a registered charity and relies on generous philanthropic support to achieve its mission of advancing the understanding of the visual arts of the past and present across the world, through advanced research, innovative teaching, inspiring exhibitions, programmes and collections. The collection cared for by the Courtauld Gallery is owned by the Samuel Courtauld Trust, which has been a partner in the Courtauld Connects project
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Thonet 1140 Multi-Functional Table
New Thonet 1140 Multi-Functional Table, Classic Thonet Furniture, Werner Aisslinger Design, Pictures
New Thonet 1140 Multi-Functional Table
10 Jun 2021
Thonet 1140 Multi-Functional Table
Thonet presents the new 1140 multi-functional table by Werner Aisslinger
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Solid, yet light; understated, yet impressive: designed by Werner Aisslinger as a “community hub”, the Thonet Table 1140 brings together functionality, versatility and elegant simplicity. This new design features solid oak legs, rounded on the outer edge in a quarter circle, as well as smart, unobtrusive connecting elements on the corners of the tabletop. The tabletop appears almost as if it were floating. Thanks to the smart design, even chairs with armrests fit nicely under this extremely sturdy, stable piece of furniture. These features, together with its attractive price point, mean that the 1140 can be used almost anywhere: in the home as a dining table or desk as well as in the contract sector – from New-Work contexts to coworking spaces, from restaurants to hotels, from libraries to seminar rooms.
“We wanted to create a table that would work in a variety of different scenarios,” says designer Werner Aisslinger, who worked with Thonet to develop the 1140 for the BaseCamp Lyngby project (Denmark). The concept for the BaseCamp student housing was developed in response to the lack of attractively designed apartments for students in Europe. These apartments are the culmination of the vision of BaseCamp founder and CEO Armon Bar-Tur: a fusion of American campus-style living, European aesthetics and interiors that feature the best in both design and functionality.
“It was crucially important right from the start that we created a very stable piece, making sure the tabletop and legs were securely attached to one another: you should be able to dance on this table, but it shouldn’t need an elaborate support system underneath that just gets in the way,” explains Aisslinger, recalling the design brief. To connect the legs and tabletop, he developed a discreet metal fitting that draws on the principles of bridge building: the tabletop with its milled-out corners sits flush with the table legs and is screwed to each leg using the connecting element.
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The metal fitting is an innovative die-cast aluminium component that is extremely stable and supports the table design. In addition to their aesthetic elements, the rounded outer edges of the table legs also offer two further clear advantages: even where space is at a premium, you don’t have to worry about bumping into any sharp edges, and, when four or more tables are pushed together, the rounded edges create a space for cables to run down the middle. The tabletop itself is made from blockboard with a genuine wood veneer and does not require a stabilising frame, even in the longest version, which lends the design its particularly light appearance.
As it requires fewer raw materials and uses FSC-certified wood, the table also aims for optimum sustainability. The legs are made of solid oak; the top is veneered oak (tabletop thickness: 42 mm) and available in a varnished or lightened version. The connecting elements are available in polished aluminium or powder-coated anthracite grey (RAL 7016). Custom designs are also possible. The elements at BaseCamp Lyngby, for example, are bright orange. Initially the 1140 table will be available in four lengths (1 m, 2 m, 2.20 m and 2.40 m), each with a width of 1 m.
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About BaseCamp Lyngby: In addition to the four locations in Denmark and six in Poland, there are BaseCamp apartment complexes for students in Leipzig and Potsdam and soon also in Dortmund and Aachen. The BaseCamp in Lyngby, near Copenhagen, is the latest project. Here, the 1140 table is already being put to good use. Designed by Werner Aisslinger to create a feeling of comfort, the building offers everything students need to feel at home: modern, functional rooms, lounge areas as communal spaces, a gym, gaming rooms, a cinema and even a rooftop running track. Situated right in the heart of the vibrant town of Lyngby, this hall of residence has stunning scenery on its doorstep and is also within easy reach of the bustling Danish capital.
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English Planning System Reform Comment
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10 June 2021
New UK Planning Bill
Chorus of opposition grows against reckless changes to planning system, says CPRE
Thursday 10th of June – Commenting on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee report on the future of the UK planning system, Crispin Truman, chief executive of CPRE, the countryside charity, said: ‘It is no surprise the Committee of MPs is ‘unpersuaded’ by the government’s reckless and untested changes to the planning system. MPs, the public and civil society have been urging Ministers to radically rethink the proposals set out in the Planning White Paper, so that we can create the low carbon, well designed homes, green spaces and places of the future.
‘Following evidence from CPRE and many more besides, it’s hugely encouraging to see the Committee’s focus on protecting the right of local people to engage in all aspects of planning. Under the government’s current proposals, we could see democratic input halved and local people stripped of the right to have a say on individual developments. We agree that local authorities must also be granted the powers and backing of central government to get sites with planning permission built out far more quickly.
‘But there also needs to be a much better mix of new homes built in rural areas. The Committee’s call for affordable housing planning agreements to be kept could not be more timely. If these are lost, we fear the already paltry supply of much needed new social rented homes will dry up completely in many rural areas.
‘As the chorus of opposition continues to grow, we’re calling on the government to radically rethink its changes to the planning system. What we need is clear targets in planning for tackling the climate and nature emergencies and enhancing and protecting our countryside, rather than a narrow obsession with building more and more housing, regardless of whether that housing meets local needs. By encouraging local people to take part in planning, holding developers to account and driving up build out rates, we can begin to tackle the housing crisis head on.’
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More than 40,000 people responded to the white paper consultation, giving officials a tough job to review and assess responses.
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Ninja Nightclub, Shanghai Interior
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Ninja Nightclub in Shanghai
10 Jun 2021
Ninja Nightclub in Shanghai
Architects: J.H Architecture Studio
Location: Shanghai, China
It has been nearly 2 years since the pandemic started, which leads to traumatic recession of all walks of life. To the entertainment industry, it’s also a game changing point that only the best can survive. Ninja Club, as one of the most established Hip-Pop club in Shanghai, has survived and thrived with its newly open 2nd club in this city located at Found 158. Among all the clubs and bars, in this noisiest night life center of Shanghai, Ninja chooses its own secret corner for its story and tales.
Through a long, rectangle passway formed by concrete, under the lighting mixed by outside saturated warm one and inner red, your desire of exploration is triggered. Keep walking, and the overwhelmingly red lighting will offer you the escape from reality.
If you just walk by, you can see the red light twinkles from the windows, as the eyes of geisha behind her fan, staring at all people passing by with endless ambiguity.
The music grows when you walk along the concrete wall. Here is the dance floor, in the center of which DJ booth stands like a golden castle, shining under the fabulous lighting. Everyone is a dancer, and you also become pilgrims here.
Several vertical tiles are shed on soft glow created by glass on each side of the dance floor. As you dance through under with a glass in your hand, you feel like a ninja walking on the wall, cross all the rooftops of this city.
On the back it’s the rolling stone eaves, under which are sofas for you to rest a little, after the chasing and hunting. Feel free to space out here with breeze though the golden wind bell above you. Finally ninjas can find their own peace of mind now.
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Interior Design: J.H Architecture Studio Project Location: Shanghai, China Floor Area: 200 square meters Type of Design: Interior Design for Night club Construction Group: Xiao Ruan &Zhang Jian Major Designer: Yang Rui Videos: Fixer Studio Stage Design: Keefer Time of Completion: May. 2021 Company Website: Email: Materials Used: cements, stainless steels, frosted glass, marbles, mirrors, LED lights and Soil.
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Chicago State/Lake station building
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June 10, 2021
State/Lake Station Building in Chicago
Location: Chicago Loop at 200 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
SOM and TranSystems Lead Redesign of Chicago’s State/Lake Station, Transforming One of City’s Busiest Stops
Reimagining one of the oldest stations in Chicago’s elevated rail network, the new design improves accessibility, safety and comfort for all riders, and maintains a respectful relationship to the adjacent historic and cultural fabric of downtown.
Today, the City of Chicago, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) revealed preliminary designs for the city’s State/Lake elevated station and Red Line Connection in the heart of downtown. The design is led by SOM, TranSystems and a diverse local consultant team with expertise in transit and historic preservation, and informed by input from neighboring property owners, as well as civic and preservation organizations. The station is the second busiest in the CTA network, located at a vital junction within the Chicago Loop and serving six of Chicago’s eight train lines, with further connections to pedestrian and bus routes.
The proposed State/Lake Station design includes wider safer platforms, a sweeping glass canopy to protect passengers from the elements, a new accessible fly-over connection bridge, new elevators for riders of all mobilities to the elevated and Red Line platforms, and public realm enhancements at street level.
Improvements to the station’s structural design will open up the intersection below, removing obstructive columns, and enhancing safety for pedestrian and vehicle traffic along State Street. The design also includes street-level lighting upgrades, wider street corners, an improved pedestrian crossing and an accessible connection to the plaza to the north.
“The new State/Lake station will be a gateway to downtown for Chicagoans and visitors alike. As one of the most visible stations in the CTA network, the design is reflective of both its location and the needs of riders, with a soaring glass canopy, comfortable spaces for passengers, and fully integrated accessible design for riders of all mobility levels,” said Scott Duncan, SOM Design Partner.
A glass canopy with a bird friendly frit pattern provides shading in the summer and protection from harsh Chicago winds in the winter while allowing ample daylight into the station. The transparency and lightness of the structure draws upon Chicago’s history of structural innovation, from bascule bridges and early skyscrapers, to the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower.
It is also highly structurally efficient, minimizing obstructions to provide expanded views of the Chicago Theatre marquee, adjacent historical buildings and architectural landmarks along the State Street corridor. Historic materials from the existing station are functionally integrated into the design along with other educational elements to provide a connection to the past and the future.
“Given that the State and Lake CTA Station lies within the beating heart of Chicago, we must pave the way for its full modernization and make it easily accessible for all transit riders,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “In addition to accessibility, this project also demonstrates our commitment to the full revival of the Loop—which is the economic engine and cultural hub of our great city.”
For riders to transfer more easily between platforms, a new glass and metal-clad bridge on the western end of the station will connect to new elevators and stairs for fully accessible circulation from street to platform. Widened platforms and additional required exits will accommodate increased ridership and improve comfort and safety.
“The new State/Lake Station station, while providing an iconic presence, will improve safety and access for transit users and improve the street level for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists,” said TranSystems Project Manager Michael Lev. “CTA riders from every neighborhood in the City and passersby will be able to enjoy this new, beautiful station.”
“The design for the new State and Lake CTA station provides a first class, fully accessible new gateway serving transit riders from every corner of Chicago at this historic intersection in the center of the City,” said CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi. “The investment in this light-filled new transit hub sends a strong message that Chicago’s downtown is coming back better than ever from the challenges we’ve faced in the last year.”
SOM and TranSystems are working closely with CDOT, CTA and the City of Chicago, engaging stakeholders and consulting with the community throughout the design process. The team’s diverse local consultant team includes HDR, GSG Consultants, Ardmore Roderick, Garza Karhoff Engineering, Legacy Rail Operations, Rider Levett Bucknall, Milhouse Engineering, site design group, Gannett Fleming, Facet Engineering, American Surveying, and Metro Strategies. SOM’s rail and transportation project work includes the newly reopened Moynihan Train Hall in New York City, which is the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere, as well as Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and Denver’s Union Station.
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Shurayrah Bridge, Red Sea Development, Saudi Arabia
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Shurayrah Bridge, Red Sea Development
9 June 2021
Shurayrah Bridge for Red Sea Development
Design: Archirodon
Location: Saudi Arabia
Shurayrah Bridge, KSA
The Red Sea Development Company appoints ARCHIRODON to design and build bridge to main hub island Shurayrah
Shurayrah bridge will act as a gateway between the mainland and the luxury tourism destination’s picturesque archipelago
Riyadh, (9th of June, 2021): The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has appointed ARCHIRODON to design and build a 1.2km iconic bridge which is part of the 3.3km crossing to its main hub island, Shurayrah.
ARCHIRODON, a leading EPC global Group, will provide engineering, procurement and construction support to complete the building of Shurayrah bridge. The bridge will stretch a total of 1.2km across the Red Sea, with two small 36m sections at each end of the crossing to allow for movement of marine mammals.
“Shurayrah Bridge will become one of the main access points for guests onto the island, and its completion will mark a major undertaking in the development of the destination. Its construction is truly monumental as not only will the bridge be the very first connection to the islands, its construction will demonstrate our ability to accomplish huge feats of engineering whilst also protecting and enhancing the natural habitat” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.
Its design and construction methods meet TRSDC’s strict criteria for sustainable development. Sustainable measures include strict controls on the prevention of any sediment movement from piling activities with multiple monitoring buoys strategically sited to alert any breakthrough from surface booms. A precast yard for bridge sections will be established near the coast to minimize travel distances with concrete sourced from on-site batching plants.
“ARCHIRODON matches our own commitment to pioneering a new relationship between luxury tourism and the natural environment. We are confident that they will deliver a bridge that is pioneering in its construction and design, whilst also meeting our high standards in sustainable development,” added Pagano.
Once completed, the bridge will connect Shurayrah Island to the mainland. The contract follows major marine enabling works carried out by ARCHIRODON across the development last year. These works have helped underpin the successful delivery of the Project by providing a solid foundation to ensure the efficient movement of people, materials and equipment in and around the destination, while safeguarding the sensitive ecological environment.
Dennis Karapiperis, CEO of ARCHIRODON Group said: “We are honored to be awarded a new contract by TRSDC, to be part of this prestigious development for Shurayrah Bridge, which will not only make this unique island destination accessible for visitors, but also have sustainable techniques embedded within every element of its design to ensure the delicate ecological environment is protected and even enhanced.”
“Importantly, the bridge will be more than just a crossing point. It will be a journey that builds anticipation and excitement as guests travel across the bridge for the first time and see the wonders of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast.”
Shurayrah Island is one of the 22 islands in an archipelago of more than 90 selected for development. The spectacular Coral Bloom design concept for Shurayrah, created by renowned British architects Foster + Partners, was recently revealed. It is heavily influenced by the island’s natural landscape, with hotels that are nestled amongst the dunes and bio-diversity taking center stage throughout.
The Red Sea Project has already passed numerous significant milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2022, when the international airport and the first hotels will open. All 16 hotels planned in Phase 1 will be opening by the end of 2023.
Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include a luxury marina, entertainment and leisure facilities.
The Red Sea Development Company – TRSDC
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC – is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. TRSDC was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a luxury, regenerative tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.
The project is being developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands. The destination also features sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and ancient cultural and heritage sites. It is designed to include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, as well as supporting infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use, as well as a circular waste management system to achieve zero waste to landfill.
Activity for the first phase of development is well underway and is on track to be completed by the end of 2023. The project has surpassed significant milestones, with over 500 contracts signed to date, worth over SAR 15 bn ($4bn).
The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 15 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 7,000 workers currently on-site and 80km of new roads are now complete, including the new airport road, to better connect the destination. The Construction Village, set to house 10,000 workers, is now open and development is progressing well at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will eventually work at the destination.
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Kenny Street House, Balwyn North
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Kenny Street House in Melbourne
9 Jun 2021
Kenny Street House
Architects: Chan Architecture Pty Ltd
Location: Balwyn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Located on a former farmland site in Balwyn, the Kenny Street House is a unique project in that the site is a relatively large, flat site surrounded by much smaller houses in the middle of suburban Melbourne. The new house makes reference to its agricultural origins via its’ barn-like external form and its’ location towards the centre of the site, similar to the location of the original homestead.
Our client’s brief was for a light-filled family home that allowed all four members of the family to interact in the one main living space but to also offer various opportunities to have spaces that allowed for activities with varying levels of privacy. There was also a strong emphasis on sustainability in that the house had to be comfortable all year round with very low energy use and to encompass passive solar principles.
We started by zoning the main double height living/dining/kitchen areas on the north side which allowed access to the most natural light with the bedrooms, bathrooms and utility rooms to the south. These double height living areas created a sense of space and volume to the main living areas as well as allowed a visual connection with the upstairs mezzanine retreat which was accessible from the upstairs bedrooms.
Externally, the materials selected were durable and robust – including metal cladding and drystone stacked walls which transitioned to warmer textures and curved forms internally. This was done via curved timber wall cladding on the ground floor mirrored by curved timber battens on the first floor which were offset by the subtle textures of the polished slab and off form concrete.
This house also incorporated a number of sustainability principles at the core of its design. The pitch of the large north facing roof allowed for a large number of solar panels so that the house could run effectively off-grid. This roof then continued as an eave to the north of the living room at the ideal overhang to prevent direct sun in the summer but allowed solar access in the winter.
An exposed concrete slab to the living/dining room provided thermal mass to absorb this winter sun and gently radiate into the space throughout the day. In addition to this, the openable skylights near the roof ridge and ceiling fans allowed hot air to flush out of the house on hot days, whilst allowing natural light into the deeper parts of the house.
The result is a family home that finds the balance between form and function – whilst it makes a strong architectural statement, it is also very comfortable to live in and understands all the needs of the family who live in it.
Kenny Street House in Balwyn North, Melbourne – Building Information
Architects: Chan Architecture Pty Ltd
Builder: Kleev Homes
Project size: 425 m2 Site size: 3066 m2 Completion date: 2021 Building levels: 2
Photography: Tatjana Plitt
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Location: Balwyn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Stilwerk Rotterdam, Rhijnhaven Designer Shops
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Stilwerk Rotterdam in Rhijnhaven
9 Jun 2021
Stilwerk Rotterdam
Design: Zirn Architeken and WDJARCHITECTEN
Location: Rhijnhaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
photo © Luc Büthker _ Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
Stilwerk Rotterdam in the starting blocks Transforming the historic warehouse on the Rhijnhaven into the latest design destination with premium brands, retailers and manufacturers. Stilwerk goes Rotterdam; the Dutch metropolis will be home to a new design destination that combines retail and hospitality under one spectacular roof for the first time. International interior retailers, service providers and manufacturers now have the chance to secure a place in Northern Europe’s trendiest design hotspot. Promising talks are already underway. First come, first served.
photo © Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN
Stilwerk Rotterdam presents its entire brand universe across 8,500 square metres of retail space and seven floors. The design destination offers space for a varied range of products in segments such as living and lifestyle, dining, workplace and homeware. Whether viewed from the perspective of the immediate neighbourhood or international design professionals, Stilwerk Rotterdam presents itself as an open cultural epicentre and also provides important stimuli for innovative developments in the creative industries with events, workshops and collaborations.
A design experience on every level The ground floor of the historic “Pakhuis Santos” can be accessed from three sides and has been designed in the inviting style of an open market hall. Here, visitors can expect gastronomic delicacies, various offerings ranging from accessories to independent design and frequently changing events. The multipurpose commercial space can be used for events such as workshops, conferences, trade fairs and press functions.
photo © Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN
The open central staircase – with raised seating on the ground floor – gives guests access to floors one to five. Premium international brands, innovative up-and-coming designers, service providers and technology suppliers present their products in the loft-like spaces. The range of brands is complemented by curated shows on living, working, cooking, sleeping and the outdoors, in which individual products from the suppliers are presented in their ideal themed environment. The visitor follows a natural route through the centre and enjoys a holistic and inspiring design experience on every level. There are plans for a spacious workspace for creatives and freelancers with integrated dining area, bar and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views on the sixth and seventhfloors, as well as 16 “short-stay” apartments with their own balconies.
photo © Luc Büthker _ Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
Workspace and apartments are furnished with products from stilwerk partners and curated by stilwerk. In this way, retail and hospitality are connected perfectly – like it is already the case with the stilwerk Hotels – and interior design becomes a holistic experience for customers.
stilwerk has set itself the goal “to create a special place for visitors where they can be inspired, work creatively, enjoy the culinary offerings and even live temporarily. And all this in an environment defined exclusively by world-class design.”
photo © Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN
Historical architecture meets visionary design Stilwerk attaches great importance in all its projects to respecting the original architecture so that old and new, historical and modern can complement each other. The historic Santos building – a listed brick building on the Katendrecht peninsula – offers the perfect conditions for this. The former coffee warehouse from 1901 retains its attractive exterior but is being completely renovated and supplemented with a modern daylight atrium and a floating roof sculpture that stilwerk Management GmbH
photo © Paul van der Blom
Design hotspot of the Netherlands Rotterdam is not only the largest seaport in Europe, it is also a dynamic and creative metropolis that is increasingly repositioning itself as the cultural capital of the Netherlands. The port industry has withdrawn from the cityscape in recent years. These areas are developing into modern districts that are being settled by young service companies and creatives. When it came to choosing the latest stilwerk location, the city of Rotterdam impressed as an experimental and design-oriented hotspot in Northern Europe.
photo © Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN
The area around the Rijnhaven and the up-and-coming Katendrecht neighbourhood is developing into an extension of Rotterdam’s city centre on the south bank. A spacious park, a beach and the river against the backdrop of the Rotterdam skyline beckon you to while away the hours. The historic harbour side of Rotterdam will be transformed into a new part of the city centre. High-rise buildings will border the new city park, which will occupy a large section of the current harbour basin next to the ‘old’ Rijnhaven with its historic quays, industrial monuments and beautiful views. The Rijnhaven is already easily accessible by public transport and bicycle and offers a wide range of opportunities for work, recreation and shopping. Various forms of accommodation are also available.
photo © Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN
Living intensified The stilwerk universe presents more than 800 premium brands in its design destinations, its stilwerk hotels and workspaces, in its online shop and via virtual tour. From the classical to the avant-garde, from the kitchen to the study, from planning to furnishing, from the showroom to digital shopping, stilwerk offers everything when it comes to premium design and relies on cooperation instead of competition. The stilwerk magazine, a design kiosk, cultural events and a network for architects round off the globally unique concept. At its locations in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and – in the future – Rotterdam, brands, retailers and customers benefit in no small way from the prime location of the houses and hotels, the high-quality offerings in inspiring surroundings, the excellent service and the charisma of the stilwerk brand with its wide-ranging, cross-media communication channels. In 2021, stilwerk is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
photo © Paul van der Blom
Design: Zirn Architeken and WDJARCHITECTEN
Photography: Renner Hainke Wirth Zirn Architekten & WDJARCHITECTEN, Paul van der Blom and Luc Büthker _ Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
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Rauch College of Business, Lehigh University
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Learning Center for Rauch College of Business, Lehigh University
Jun 9, 2021
Learning Center, Lehigh University Pennsylvania
Design: Voith and Mactavish Architects
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
VMA Breaks Ground on New Discovery-Based Learning Center for Rauch College of Business at Lehigh University
Construction is underway on a much-awaited building at Rauch School of Business that will bring innovative discovery-based learning environments to one of Lehigh University’s fastest-growing programs. The 74,000-square-foot building, designed by Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP (VMA), will sit catty-corner to the existing Rauch Business Center and add 16 new experiential learning spaces for the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs.
The new building will support emerging methods in education like hands-on learning, open-ended instruction, and interdisciplinary engagement. The design includes a business incubator where students can develop and pitch startups, a mock trading floor equipped with Bloomberg terminals, two data analytics rooms, a full production studio, a behavior lab, and a corporate-style conferencing center. A full executive education suite will host continuing education programs for business leaders, strengthening ties between Lehigh and the corporate community.
Each of the classrooms will be fully tech-integrated, allowing flexibility to accommodate hybrid and online learning models. Informal meeting areas, study nooks, and breakout spaces throughout the building extend learning beyond the classroom and invite students to gather and collaborate informally.
“We set out to reimagine what a 21st-century school of business could be,” says Daniela Holt Voith, founding principal of Voith & Mactavish Architects. “New findings in pedagogy show that students learn best when they are engaged in discovering solutions for open-ended, real-world problems. With spaces like the business incubator and mock trading floor, we are creating places where professors can inspire students to test, explore, and discover.”says Sennah Loftus, Associate Principal at VMA and lead designer for the project.
“We are moving beyond the traditional classroom arrangement where the professor stands and talks and the students sit there passively taking notes to more immersive learning environments that engage students as partners in their education,” said Georgette Chapman Phillips, Dean of the College of Business.
The building—which replaces a parking lot and two administrative buildings—will also create a new anchor in the area that activates the context and pulls the Rauch Business Center into the campus more cohesively. The design carves out a landscaped pedestrian plaza on Packer Avenue, creating an informal gathering space where students can exchange ideas, eat lunch, or relax after class. A soaring atrium with double- and triple-height storefront windows overlooks the plaza, creating interconnections between the building and campus beyond.
“I think this is really going to help to knit together the College of Business, Rauch Business Center, and Zoellner Arts Center, pulling those into a more coherent campus experience,” said Brent Stringfellow, University Architect and Associate Vice President of Facilities.
The project broke ground in April 2021 and is expected to complete by Fall 2022. The landscape design was completed with Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects for the landscape design. VMA is currently finalizing plans for the future phases of the project to expand the College of Business, including a comprehensive renovation of the existing Rauch Business Center.
About VMA Voith and Mactavish Architects is a full-service architectural design firm that leads our clients confidently from planning and feasibility studies through building, interiors, and landscape design. Our core beliefs: innovation within the context of tradition, a commitment to process, sustainability, and stewardship of the environment, and our focus on craftsmanship and beauty inform our work. Ever mindful of our stewardship of the built and natural environment, we offer preservation, sustainable design, and LEED application specialty services.
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Mascot International, Pårup, Denmark
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Mascot International in Pårup, Denmark
8 June 2021
Mascot International, Pårup, Denmark
Design: C.F. Møller Architects
Location: Pårup, western suburb of Odense, Funen, Denmark
This new headquarters and logistics centre for Mascot International , one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of work wear, brings together the company’s Danish activities and acts as a distinctive landmark.
The building on a large greenfield site emerges from the terrain as a dynamic, tapered shape. The main facade, facing the highway connecting the Danish cities Silkeborg and Herning, is transparent, and here passers-by are able to see the inner activities, the offices, the auditorium, fitness, and at the very top a roof garden and canteen with a panoramic view of the area. In front of the main façade, a terraced garden with water pools is laid out, collecting rainwater, reflecting the building, and underlining the main entrance.
The new building brings together the administration and logistics centre of the company. All facilities are placed around an atrium, cutting down through the building and creating a common platform for the internal workflow involving all the different branches of the company – a bright, open, and dynamic environment.
Mascot grows to such an extent, that C.F. Møller Architects is already in the process of designing an additional highbay storage warehouse with logistics facilities, effectively doubling the size and capacity of the centre.
Mascot International, Pårup, Denmark – Building Information
Client: Mascot International A/S
Address: Pårup, Denmark
Size: 50000 m² in total – Phase 1: 38.000 m² (completed) distributed on 10.000 m² administration and 28.000 m² highbay storage/logistics, Phase 2: 12.000 m² highbay storage/logistics (ongoing)
Year: 2010-2021
Competition: 1st Prize in competition. 2011
Client consultant: MJT
Engineering: ÅF Buildings
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Landscape: C.F. Møller Architects
Construction management: Midtjysk Totalbyg
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Location: Randers, Denmark, northern Europe
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Herrera Law Office Building, Austin
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Herrera Law Office in Austin
Jun 9, 2021
Herrera Law Office
Design: Clayton Korte
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
After years of renting office space in downtown Austin, the clients wanted to invest in a permanent home for their boutique utility and administrative-law practice. The Herrera Law Office project offers an opportunity to create a workspace that will meet their specific needs and reflect their personality and taste: professional yet comfortable, expressive yet restrained.
The small urban site is only 7,700-square-feet, bounded by streets on three sides, and is home to three heritage live oak trees. These constraints are embraced as design opportunities, elevating the main occupiable space above parking and weaving the building around the trees to provide abundant views from the interior and a dynamic façade from the exterior. The new 5,800-square-foot building successfully meets the needs of the client, while remaining respectful of its site and context.
Allowing natural light to flood the interior spaces is a key design element. The massing incorporates a central light well that allows daylight to penetrate deep into the interior as well as highlight the entry as approached from both the street and the parking. All private offices ring the perimeter of the building, ensuring each has access to natural light. Windows frame views of the beautiful live oak tree canopies, and the south and west offices embrace views of the large neighborhood park across the street.
Materials, inside and out, are carefully considered to meet the client’s vision. The exterior brick and stucco are modern and clean, while also hinting at the craft of construction in their textures. This relatively desaturated exterior palette is complemented with pops of wood accents throughout the interior. A wood soffit flows from the exterior to interior at the entry, and wood stair treads, office dividers and paneled walls punctuate the space with warmth.
The project’s expected completion date is summer 2022.
Herrera Law Office in Austin, Texas – Building Information
Architecture: Clayton Korte
Clayton Korte Design Team George Wilcox, Assoc Partner Travis Greig, Project Architect Charlotte Baham, Project Manager Joe Boyle, Design Lead
Project Team Architecture: Clayton Korte Interior Designer: Clayton Korte General Contractor: Austin Canyon Corporation Structural Engineer: Fort Structures MEP Engineer: Dialectic Engineering Civil Engineer: Way Consulting Engineers Client: Herrera Law & Associates, PLLC
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Honest Mary’s, Austin, Texas Architecture: Chioco Design picture : Chase Daniel Honest Mary’s Restaurant in Austin A 2,665 sqft complete renovation of an existing restaurant in Austin, Texas. The softly curving plaster ceiling, custom booths, shelving and wood paneling, paired with plenty of natural light and deep blue accents, resulting in a bright, inviting space.
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