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that sinking feeling…!

As a design professional this has to be the worst case scenario, designing and constructing a major building that is structurally flawed. The Millennium Tower in San Fransciso, constructed in recent years, is reported to have sunk 16 inches and is then leaning an additional 2 inches! The 58 storey building houses condominiums and with…

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renewable energy at home

Renewable energy has to be a fundamental part of our sustainable future and solar power is a “tested” technology in the commercial world. However there is still the investment verses the pay back calculation which is further factored by the location and aspect that the panels can be orientated to maximize efficiency. In the same…

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#apple by Foster + Partners

When two of the best current day designers meet, then magic happens… This is the new retail branding at the Regent Street flagship store in London, UK. Jonny Ive is quoted as saying, Like many great cities, London’s historic architecture has great significance to the community… …on Regent Street we preserved the incredible exterior façade while…

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#dramatic port

It is difficult to think that Zaha Hadid is no longer with us. I have not been a huge fan of her work in the past but more recently the quality and execution of her designs alongside the sheer disregard for convention has led me to take a closer look. This repurposing of a former…

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school for russian trapeze act

The competition winning design by Architects Maryam Fazel and Belinda Ercan for the Moscow Circus School. The design was inspired by the wings of the insect elytra and resembles a exoskeleton shell revealing both front of house and private spaces. The article here provides the details but for me the images are stunning and akin to…

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#stirlingprize #winner 2016

This year’s 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize winner is the Newport Street Gallery by architect Caruso St John. (website) Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall has involved the conversion of an extraordinary terrace of listed industrial buildings, that were formerly theatre carpentry and scenery painting workshops. The gallery forms the whole length of the street, with the…

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a website of websites by #architects

It is fascinating to see how architects as designers portray their work digitally. For some firms it is obvious that they have outsourced this critical marketing and consider quantity is better than quality. For others it is seen as an extension of their design direction… Ironically and this is coming from an architect who also…