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Question Time considers alternative solutions to
the housing crisis in London and across the UK

The V&A Museum now boasts a stunning new quarter,
designed by AL_A, engineered by ARUP

DHOUSE, UK Premiere at Surface & Materials Show

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from David Wolff (Wolff Architects) discussing bringing the green into the city (in the
spirit of avoiding dystopian future disaster) and Mark
Gabbertas, leading furniture designer, who expresses his ideas
about connecting object with environment through cleverly
designed furniture in fantastic architectural settings. Question
Time addresses the on-going housing crisis, with short-term
and long-term solutions thrown in the mix. The question is,
what can architects do to provide solutions for this
Jade Tilley current housing situation? Editor

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The latest goings on from the industry

23 100% DESIGN
Developments in the architectural world,
including plot wins and project completions



39 Products to enhance and transform
kitchen and bathroom spaces

38 A product spotlight looking at work carried
out to offer longevity and a revitalised spirit


People + Projects
The panel discusses short and long
term solutions to housing issues


Our panelists discuss the
beauty of age-old materials

The new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter is
open, reflecting AL_As stunning design
and ARUPs chief engineering skills

Monika Laudencka-Sobik was recently
appointed London Director at Benoy,
here she speaks to editor Jade Tilley

Paul Nulty, lighting designer,
discusses that all important
relationship with the architect

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Terra, the integrated development firm, Each residence will be home to an expansive
NEW THAMESMEAD South Florida, has announced Renzo Pianos balcony equipped with large glass doors,
LIBRARY COMP first residential project in the United States, which will disappear when open in an effort
Peabody and the RIBA
the awe-inspiring Eighty Seven Park. to erase the harsh distinction between inside
have announced the
teams shortlisted to and outside. Ranging in size from one to five
design a new 5m The landmark, luxury beachfront building will bedrooms, spanning 1,400 to 7,000 square feet,
purpose built Library at bring together architecture, design and the each residence will offer expansive oblong floor
Southmere Village in the natural landscape, seamlessly embracing the plans, massive outdoor wrap-around balconies,
London Borough of adjacent 35-acre park and ocean in North Beach. ten-foot ceilings, and unobstructed views of the
Bexley: Adam Khan
With 70 apartments floating atop two lush Atlantic Ocean, Miami skyline, the nearby
Architects; Architecture
00 Ltd / Studio Weave; parks, Eighty Seven Park infuses Central Park scenic stretch of North Shore Open Space
Bisset Adams Ltd; Keith living into North Beach, forming a botanical Park as well as the developments own lush,
Williams Architects and sanctuary, with uninterrupted ocean views. two-acre private park.
Reiulf Ramstad Created in close collaboration with Rena Dutch firm West 8 has designed a series of
Arkitekter, Norway. Dumas Architecture Intrieure (RDAI) in Paris, private, public, and semi-public spaces for
The new library and civic and landscape firm West 8 in Rotterdam, the Eighty Seven Park inspired by the luxury
building will lie at the
condominiums fluid design will blur the line condominiums extraordinary setting and the
heart of the first phase of
the planned 1,600 new between imagination and craftsmanship. lush tropical landscapes of South Florida
homes to be delivered as RDAI designed the interiors of Eighty Seven including a private residents park, and the
part of the Abbey Wood Park with a palette inspired by nature. Materials redesign of the public 35-acre North Shore Open
and South Thamesmead collected from the location site, pebbles, shells, Space Park neighboring the property. The vision
housing zone. leaves and sea grass will be highlighted for Eighty Seven Park is to create a coastal
throughout the space. Light oak flooring mimics sanctuary that enhances the green space in the
Clear Architects have the colour palette of aged sea grape leaves, and area of North Shore Park in the City of Miami
received planning approval the Venetian terrazzo floors echo the tranquility Beach, by extending the green area to 87th
for a magnificent of Miamis white sandy beaches. Terrace at the northern limit of the project site.
contemporary home in
Loughton, Essex. The
dramatic transformation of
the original 1970s house
will alter its appearance to
that of a statement
property with cutting edge
proportions. The
magnificent architecture
will stand the test of time
and be an excellent
example of successful
modern design.

National firm CPMG
Architects has been
recognised by BSI for its
capability in the use of
Building Information
Modelling (BIM). CPMG
Architects, which has
offices in Nottingham and
London, received PAS
1192-2 certification for
compliance with managing STRUCTURALLY SOUND new stage concept for
Adeles 25 album tour,
information for the delivery The Institution of Structural professionals and the structural engineer: OPS
phase of construction Engineers has revealed the worlds most cutting-edge Structures Ltd and Bah
projects. The firm joins shortlist for The Structural engineering. Finalists Temple of South America, a
just a small group of other Awards 2017, featuring 43 include: The Smile, the unique, nine-sided place of
British architects to hold entries selected from 119 centrepiece of the 2016 worship, structural
this prestigious accolade. engineer: Simpson
projects globally. Now in its London Design Festival,
The BSI certification was Gumpertz & Heger | Patricio
50th year, the shortlisted representing the first ever
developed to provide Bertholet M.| Halcrow |
projects highlight the use of large hardwood
assurance that an Josef Gartner GmbH. The
ingenuity and creativity cross laminate timber,
organisation has the
of structural engineers, structural engineer: Ove winners will be announced
capability to deliver
celebrating both these Arup and Partners LTD; at the awards ceremony on
projects using BIM.
forward-thinking Adele 25 Stage, an innovative 17 November 2017.

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17 June
9 September
Liverpool(e): Mover, shaker,
architectural risk-taker

15 July
12 November
Plywood: Material of
the Modern World

16 17 September
Open House London
Bond Bryan Architects has revealed that its of the adjacent Grade II listed Butcher Works
Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street building. Working alongside the specialists, Bond ACROSS LONDON
project has been shortlisted for the Brick Awards Bryan Architects utilised a pattern of projecting
within the Education Building Award category. headers with single and double cant brickwork to
Brickwork is a key component of the Charles create depth and to address scale and massing. 19 20 September
Street project and its context; Bond Bryan The completed elevations provide a real sense of Landscape 2017
approached the design and detailing of this place within the citys Cultural Industry Quarter
element as an opportunity to engage with the (C.I.Q.) and ensure a distinct dialogue with the BATTERSEA PARK,
immediate context whilst also reflecting the listed building. The prestigious awards ceremony LONDON
historical significance found within the detailing will take place 9 November 2017.

20 - 23 September
BDG architecture + design OLYMPIA, LONDON
was recently appointed to
undertake the strategy,
concept and developed design 26 - 27 September
for the new WPP Hamburg Restaurant &
collocated space Bar Design Show
accommodating over 850
people, which was then EXCEL, LONDON
delivered in partnership with
a local architect and
developer. BDG worked 10 12 October
closely with all WPP Surfaces & Materials
companies in Hamburg, Show (Part of UK
evaluating their requirements Construction Week)
in order to develop the
strategic architectural brief.
This included utilisation and
accommodation analysis,
observational studies and 10 12 October
senior level workshops, Civils Expo (Part of UK
Construction Week)
results of which defined and
formed the workplace
strategy for a consolidated
working environment. Colin Macgadie, Chief groups of people together in an
Creative Officer at BDG architecture + design, inspirational space that allows them to
commented: The new workplace has been communicate and work in new and exciting 25 26 October
designed to facilitate WPP Hamburgs role as a ways, forging new relationships between London Build
individuals, businesses, clients and the local
fulcrum in global business, as well as
emphasising their deeply rooted position in the community. Its a journey from the present to
German and Hamburg markets. Bringing these the future, with one eye on the past.

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ArchitectsChoice THE WONDER OF BEING

A proposed one-of-a-kind
mixed-use development This September, WonderGlass is collaborating OLI will feature as the lighting component of
in North London that with architecture firm WOHA to launch the OLI WOHAs new showcase of furniture, accessories
combines mews property light series at Maison et Objet, Paris, from and lighting products, created for the
and commercial space 8-12 September 2017. WOHAbeing pavilion at Maison et Objet. This
has been granted
range provides a distinct visual language that
hard-won planning
approval. Designed by Inspired by the harmonious geometry of Asian combines ancient and modernist design
Wolff Architects, the stupa architecture, OLI will be the lighting vocabularies. WOHAbeing is about living well by
12,600 sq. ft. scheme, element of the WOHAbeing pavilion that living simply and sustainably, and celebrating the
known as 109 Fortis presents new craft-focused products by the beauty of our world. It is about making and craft,
Green is set to feature Singapore-based architecture practice. balance and proportion, and about texture,
six apartments and four OLI (from the Sanskrit word for the glow of a colour and form. It draws inspiration from the
contemporary mews
lamp) is a light that draws on the principles of past, makes connections to the rich tapestry of
houses alongside
a 1,600 sq. ft. balance and harmony in Asian stupa cultures that surround us, and proposes how we
commercial area. architecture to create a series of modular lights should live in the future.
in glass and bronze. Mun Summ Wong and Richard Hassell,
FLAGSHIP LEARNING WonderGlass, the contemporary glass lighting Directors of WOHA, explain, The objects around
CENTRE SHORTLIST company who specialise in hand-blown glass us must draw together our cultural history, our
The RIBA has announced
lighting, were selected by WOHA to collaborate sense of place, and our contemporary needs, in
the five practices
shortlisted to design a on the WOHAbeing project for their dedication to doing so, they will be authentic and possess
flagship learning centre at craftsmanship and skills. their own unique beauty,
its historic London
headquarters. The 365m2
space will include a large
studio, study room,
terrace and display area
to support hands-on,
creative activities for
diverse audiences,
including children and
families, young people and
students, adults and
lifelong learners. It will be
the showcase for an
ambitious public
education programme
already serving 10,000
people per year. The
shortlisted practices are:
AOC Architecture; Coffey
Architects, Delvendahl
Martin Architects,
Featherstone Young
and Hayhurst & Co.


Holder Mathias Architects
has been appointed by PLOT 42A WON
Surrey Heath Borough
Council to design two Orange Architects has won the tender for
residential schemes in
Plot 42A, located in the heart of the
Camberley. Led by the
councils development harbour on IJburg in Amsterdam. With
partner, Berkeley Homes, this winning scheme, called Jonas, the
the redevelopment of city has chosen a highly innovative
Ashwood House and residential building with a spectacular
Pembroke House will interior that has achieved the highest
support the regeneration
possible sustainability label (Breeam
of the town centre and
facilitate its future Outstanding). The design for the 29,000
growth through the m2 mixed-use programme was
creation of 141 new commissioned by Amvest and developed
homes and retail space. in collaboration with Site urban
development, ABT, Felixx landscape
architects and Floor Ziegler.

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Resonate Interiors Ltd were recently approached galore. To provide a brand for the building the 165 HOUSE
to re-design the entrance lobby and CAT A floors numerals were celebrated and oversized set
at 165 Fleet street. The scheme needed to work behind bronze slats with an inviting seating area in HOK has secured outline
for a multi tenanted building and provide a warm front. The desk panel made from woven copper planning consent from
and welcoming environment to a variety of and silver metallic threads beautifully lit with LED Westminsters City Council
occupiers. After much negotiation with the backlighting and a glowing 3Form box to the side. for the development of a
planners an entrance portal design was agreed Behind this a stunning Walnut carved panel set as unique family home
and implemented in a steel grey to complement a backdrop to the desk and also acted as a screen situated in a narrow
the existing vernacular, which allowed the building hiding services behind. The CAT A office space is alleyway between 379-383
Euston Road in London.
to be properly discernible and far more evident on now transformed into a light and bright welcoming
the Fleet Street elevation. Internally the palette is office environment, ready to accommodate new
The residence will be
warm and rich, with copper tones and texture tenants. Image by Philip Vile.
developed on an extremely
constrained 3.1 metre wide
site and have a net internal
area of 142 square metres.
HOK responded to this
brief with a design for a
sustainable, three-
bedroom, 4.5 storey single
residential unit with
multiple outdoor spaces.
The design features an open
plan for the kitchen and
dining area on the ground
floor with a back outdoor
courtyard. One terrace is at
the back of the first floor
level and a second terrace
is accessible from the
fourth floor master
bedroom offering views of
Regents Park.
AHR GOES ACADEMIC The design for the house
on Euston Road, Fitzrovia,
The University of Bath has officially opened its new is a response to the critical
23m academic building for the Department of shortage of available
Architecture & Civil Engineering, designed by development land in
AHR. The new 6,000m2 building features inspiring central London and the
requirement to deliver
new double height studio spaces and cutting-edge
more inventive housing.
workshop and exhibition areas. It also houses
A central stairwell
academic offices and bespoke zones for staff and
arrangement in the small
students. AHR delivered the building from
atrium minimises vertical
conception to completion, working closely with the circulation, provides
university to ensure the finished product matched natural light and
the requirements of the department which is ventilation, and maximises
ranked as number one for architecture in the UK available living space.
and in the top five for civil engineering.

PROVIDING contract by local contractor

McLaughlin & Harvey.
courtyards. The interiors maximise the
benefit of natural light and views over the
BETTER CARE Architecturally the scheme has been surrounding countryside. Visual
conceived with vernacular influences, prominence was a key consideration, with
TODD Architects, with Hall Black Douglas, particularly in the approach to the overall the design concept aiming to balance the
have completed the 75m state-of-the-art scale and mass where the various key desire to showcase the new building and
Omagh Hospital and Primary Care components have been grouped into engender an appropriate level of civic
Complex in County Tyrone, the first of its defined and legible elements, linked with pride and prominence whilst not being out
kind in Northern Ireland. Sitting on a light glazed enclosed links; a connecting of scale with context. Employing a mix of
greenfield site on the outskirts of the street and a main atrium/foyer space. two and three storey elements, the
town, this innovative scheme replaces the The newbuild complex is composed of a scheme follows a predominantly linear
previous 118-year old Tyrone County series of carefully articulated brick configuration, along and around a central
Hospital, delivered under a three year pavilions arranged around landscaped courtyard and connecting street.

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Question Time


Image: The SHED concept, developed by

Lowe Guardians and Studio Bark

The phrase housing crisis is a term used all Is this a workable housing option for the wide tricky and time consuming.
too regularly, as cities and towns struggle variety of people who struggle with finding Our aim is to help as many people into
to provide adequate accommodation for housing and how does it address housing comfortable accommodation as quickly as
its inhabitants. issues in the short and long term? possible, whatever the situation. The SHED
Lowe Guardians, a property management Furthermore, what can architects do, outside concept allows us to do this by providing a
company, and Studio Bark, a pioneering, eco of this concept, to further aid the shortage of safe, sustainable alternative for those in need
conscious architectural practice, have teamed housing in towns and cities? of short-term accommodation. The beauty of
up and developed a modular compartment the SHED initiative is that it can be used in all
SHED concept, which can be constructed TIM LOWE types of spaces. Not only that, but it is also
within empty properties such as warehouses, LOWE GUARDIANS one of the most cost-effective solutions on the
offices and even pubs, to provide sustainable, market right now, which can legitimately and
short-term solutions to the housing problem, There is an abundance of vacant buildings effectively help to combat the housing crisis.
both in London and further afield. across the UK, all of which could be far better In every site we occupy, we fit the spaces out
This concept aims to create living used to help assist with the housing crisis, to a habitable standard, but this has
accommodation in a shorter turnaround, even as a temporary short-term solution. historically created a considerable amount of
initially focusing on the young workers of The vacant buildings we get asked to assess waste; both financially and environmentally.
today who are facing high rental prices, with can vary hugely in both condition and function, Using the SHEDs initiative provides a solution
the aim of providing future solutions to however, the reality is that turning vast, open that allows us to be much more creative with
homelessness and the refugee crisis. spaces into private rooms for Guardians is the space by building the modular units, and

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Housing Crisis

then taking everything with us to be re-used

at the next site.
The future of architecture is modular
construction and this shows no signs of
slowing. Modular developments are able to
combat the speed and cost needed to be an
effective housing solution in times of need. If
they are done well, they can look pretty
awesome too!
For young professionals up and down the
country, finding affordable accommodation,
which allows them to live in central locations
for a reasonable cost is no easy task.
Property Guardianship is now becoming
increasingly popular among working
professionals of all ages; people who want
interesting, well-located accommodation with
a strong community feel.


The SHED concept was born in London, a city

with a supposed housing shortfall, yet a
plethora of vacant or underutilised properties.
Plots are bought as investments and left vacant
or unused whilst an owner 'sits' on the land or
property, intentionally holding on till prices rise Our solution envisions a new role for the As a facilitator, he or she may be able to train
or planning is granted for redevelopment. architect as 'facilicator' to a community of and enable hundreds of self-builders to realise
Owners of vacant properties are often too engaged self-builders, rather than as co- their own goals. Support can be provided at key
afraid to allow temporary use for fear of ordinator for individual properties. In intervals whilst leaving simple or repetitive
nuisance and right-acquisition, or offer such a co-ordination, a single architect can only tasks to be completed in between visits.
short lease that no valuable use can be found. complete one or two bespoke projects a year. An upskilled community of 'SHED' builders
Lowe Guardians found a promising solution to

this stalemate by helping vacant building
owners solve two of their problems. Firstly,
Lowe remove the owner's requirement for
expensive security, with live-in guardians
offering to look after the space in exchange for Our experts provide compelling insight into topical issues
cheap rents. Secondly, empty rates charges
are avoided for the owner, and replaced by
council tax payments from the tenants. The
model works because the guardians are
prepared to leave at short notice, and because
Lowe Guardians maintains a 'pool' of other
properties for the guardians to relocate to.
The empty properties are often large and need
to be subdivided for residential occupation. Too
often we see conversions where bespoke
partitions of plasterboard and other single use
materials are thrown up at the beginning of an
occupancy, and then thrown back in the skip at TIM LOWE NICK NEWMAN JAMES KANDUTSCH
the end. This is not economical or responsible.
The team's solution was to conceive an
adaptable demountable system, which could Lowe Guardians is a Nick joined Studio As joint Managing
property Guardianship Bark with a wealth of Director with Mike
be fitted into existing spaces quickly, and taken
company with a experience working on Fisher at Studio Indigo,
down again for reuse in a new building without
difference, providing some of the UKs James has worked on
damage to the property or the system. affordable, inspiring foremost low energy some of the studios
The SHED is therefore a kit of mass produced places for younger developments. His most prestigious
timber parts, which bolt together into boxes. generations to live and experience spans projects in the UK
We already know that the SHED can be built thrive in. At the same traditional carpentry, and internationally,
easily by a DIY enthusiast, or flat pack furniture time, providing property government funded including luxury private
expert, and see this concept working well with owners with a low-cost, research programmes, residences, commercial
co-housing groups and community land trusts. professional and reliable deep energy retrofits projects and superyachts.
But we are also aware that there would be a solution to keeping their and contemporary
building secure. one-off designs.
large percentage of people who could find the
idea more challenging.

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Question Time

would also soon become self-sufficient, with population growth and the migration of often incorporate awkward floor plans,
web-forums offering solutions to common workers from the countryside to the cities are clumsy in their detailing, use wafer
questions and ideas to inspire those starting resulted in successive housing booms and thin materials that will not last, and give
a new project. It is in this manner that a small the creation of millions of houses serving the little consideration to their relationship
but well conceived architectural intervention housing needs of all demographics of society. with the street, outdoor space, neighbouring
can set off a process that goes on to help many Many of these homes and terraces were built buildings and the wider setting that help
people solve their own housing solutions. speculatively by developers and builders to create community.
The SHED is just the start responding to occupiers needs of the time Tomorrows housing needs custodianship
through simple design, careful planning, that requires long term vision and quality to
JAMES KANDUTSCH using robust and durable materials such as be designed in at the outset rather than
STUDIO INDIGO brick. Yet this was a time when the housing considered as an afterthought.
industry was hugely effective at building large Perhaps we need to not look further than how
The SHED concept is a wonderfully creative numbers of homes that created wholly new the Victorians set about planning their
collaboration of how we might address some neighbourhoods, and whose streets and homes, buildings, streets and cities? Their
of our short-term accommodation needs for squares became real places, rather than low-rise, high density approach is more
those displaced by crisis, personal leftover oddments between buildings. human in scale bearing good relationship to
circumstances, for refugees and the transient The result was a distinctive and successful the street grid and pedestrian pathways, they
needs of those who await long term aesthetic that has contributed enormously to give occupiers the privacy of their own
accommodation. SHEDs low cost modular the vernacular of cities like London. outdoor space and access to the larger
concept design means it is quick and simple Whilst they undeniably proved good solutions communal garden or square, whilst the
to construct, tackling head on fluctuations in to the housing shortage of the time, these quality of their internal spaces made for well-
short term demand together with utilising homes have since shown remarkable proportioned rooms with good ceiling heights
unused space. Importantly it provides qualities to adapt, from single houses for and plentiful natural light.
dwellers with the dignity of their own large families with staff to subdivision into Future homes must be resilient, flexible and
space to call home regardless of size. flats, to reconversion back to family houses. valued by their residents. They also need to
Whilst this undoubtedly proves a Indeed, the core of our own studio work has be built of robust materials that stand the
commendable design solution to our short focused on squeezing as much potential as test of time.
term lodging needs, our pursuit to solve the possible out of period properties through
greater housing crisis is much more complex clever design and adapting these buildings to
and layered with challenges across numerous suit our clients needs and aspirations. If you would like to contribute as a panelist
levels of society. Sadly, many new homes built these days lack in Question Time email:
In Victorian times, huge demand due to adaptability in the way they are built. They

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Project Gallery

Architects Choice presents the Project
Gallery, a collection of buildings, some big,
some small, that have been created,
transformed, renovated and restored by some
of the worlds biggest architectural firms.
We have a complete mix this edition, with
working spaces, new studios, wellness spots
and craft stations.
Caruso St John has been in Copenhagen
refurbishing an old warehouse into Kvadrats
new design studio. The space has been
completely stripped back and laid bare in all
its Scandinavian beauty and the architects
have used spruce timber, and spruce timber
only, to erect large partition walls, cubby holes
and sliding doors, to form the main
functionality of the vast space.
Chris Dyson Architects meanwhile have been
working on a project closer to home, literally
and figuratively, as they expand on the old 18th
Century space they have occupied since 2006
and make way for more growth for the
architecture firm.
The Working Capitols latest opening in
Singapore, creates a versatile work
environment for a plethora of people and
businesses. HASSELL were the designers on
board and they have transformed the site into
a multi-functional, optimised working space,
with colour, graphic forms and a tailored edge
set to please the eye.
Finally, Nulty have collaborated with Stanton
Williams Architects on the Harrods Wellness
Clinic, creating a soothing a calming
atmosphere through design and lighting.

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Kvadrat Copenhagen

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Project Gallery

British architects Caruso St. John has refurbished a historic warehouse in the
industrial harbour of Copenhagen, using purely spruce throughout a clever
system of sliding doors and floor-to ceiling shelving to house Kvadrat Soft Cells
new, airy design studio.
With four windows on its long side facing the docks, the six meter high space,
spanning two floors is bright and lofty to accommodate the core team from
Kvadrat Soft Cells carrying out their special combination of acoustics research,
design development, prototyping and communications.
The refurbishment expresses an effortless juxtaposition between old and new.
Starting out by stripping layers accumulated over time, Caruso St. Johns team was
left with a shell, a concrete frame of columns and beams, plaster infills. All wires and
pipes from concrete frame and walls were removed and the concrete repaired and
merely covered by a coat of white paint so marks of the casting was still visible in its
surface. The floor was polished to remove glue and dirt from its surface, revealing the
aggregate of the existing concrete, a type of industrial strength terrazzo.
On this base, Caruso St. Johns created the atelier in big sheets of oiled spruce
lumber-board. The sheets divide the space into three parts: entrance foyer, main
atelier and workspace, interconnected with wide sliding panels, so that they can be
used separately day to day, and also opened for bigger and more social events.
A long work surface in the entrance foyer that accommodates the kitchen, and a
custom fitted table in the workspace have lumber-board worktops made in walnut
referencing the original window panelling in the warehouse. To create a pleasant
acoustic environment, Soft Cells panels are used to line walls and to provide a
luminous ceiling for the mezzanine meeting rooms.
In collaboration with Kvadrat Soft Cells, Caruso St. John chose a mismatched
collection of loose furniture, European classics from the 1960s classroom along
with more recent pieces.

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Princelet Street

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11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, has an
interesting history of occupants. Originally
erected by Daniel Bray, citizen and painter of
London in June 1719, it was occupied by a
clergyman in 1724 and later the carpenter
Alexander Christie in 1766. Architect Chris
Dyson purchased the property in 2006.
Using the panelled staircase from the 1720s, the
only element of the original house left intact, as
a backbone and point of inspiration, Dyson
reinvented the building, mixing 18th-century
style with a bold contemporary aesthetic. The
radical restoration involved rebuilding the front
faade, substantial alterations to the interior of
the building, as well as renovation of the existing
workshop in the rear garden into a studio. The
workshop, previously a Bengali cooking school,
was transformed as part of the renovation
works into a space for Dysons growing practice.
For many years it was home to Chris Dysons
architecture practice while the house became
a thriving and fully-occupied home. Chris Dyson
Architects began to outgrow the studio space in
the rear garden. In 2014 permission was
granted to excavate the area below the studio
to create an additional level. Reconfiguring the
workplace into a gallery, one of the main
challenges was to provide sufficient light into
the depths of the space to create a gallery
that is light and airy.
To achieve the desired light in the space an open
void was inserted into the ground floor level,
echoing the shape of the original rooflight. This,
together with the high floor to ceiling space,
large glazed doors facing onto the newly created
courtyard and a palette of light materials, has
created a dramatic, light-filled gallery space.
In order to celebrate the original structure, key
elements have been retained, thus enhancing
the aesthetic interest of the new space. The
concrete ceiling was cast on timber boards,
resulting in a dramatically textured ceiling,
providing a strong visual reference to the old
timber boards of the studio. Bright white
terrazzo flooring helps bounce light around the
space while rough metal stairs and balustrading
to the stair and void create a dialogue between
these contrasting textures.
Photography by Peter Landers

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The Working Capitol

Following on the success of its flagship space on Keong Saik Road, The
Working Capitols new site at 140 Robinson Road, Singapore, takes the
companys focus on wellbeing, social connections and the free flow of
ideas between industries and pushes it a step further.
The design aim from HASSELL has been to turn the cubicle inside out
with an array of inspiring spaces for every type of working style or
activity, complemented by hospitality, lifestyle and wellbeing offerings.
The range of choices means there is an optimal working environment
and space for breaks to suit every type of business and worker.
The circulation routes between the working spaces also become
hubs for activity, conversation and chance encounters.
HASSELL Principal Paul Semple commented that the design for
Robinson Road Responds to the original Working Capitol and speaks
to all the things that people love about the brand and what it stands for.
This has helped to shape the design concept weve given a tailored
edge to the raw Playful graphic forms and colours are fundamental
to the design, creating a polished and urban experience that will
set The Working Capitol apart from the crowd.
The new co-working space sits lightly within the concrete shell of the
building, covering (but not concealing) the existing structure like a
second skin. Features include exposed walls, employing plywood
features and installing rubber floors across the building.

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The Wellness Clinic

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Harrods department store has launched The Wellness Clinic, offering
an integrated approach to wellness and beauty. Light is an essential
ingredient in this world-class wellness destination, and Nulty worked
with architects Stanton Williams to design a lighting scheme,
which creates a sophisticated, calm interior.
Throughout the clinic, light accentuates the architectural details to
give a distinct feel, while a suggestion of daylight is achieved through
a colour temperature of 5,500K and mediums, such as artificial light
wells, light panels and window effects.
Vertical bars of diffused light provide illumination and contribute
to the gentle, calm feel. The clean lines also add visual interest and
create a sophisticated environment, while reducing the need for any
unflattering interventions in the ceilings.
A large illuminated ceiling coffer in the reception area adds brightness
and emphasises the volume of the space. Backlit retail display niches
give the appearance of natural light flooding in, washing the Moleanos
stonework and bringing out its reflective quality. The sculptural vaulted
ceiling within the generous main waiting area at the centre of the Clinic
is softly expressed by means of light troughs cast into the walls, which
rhythmically echo the curves of the ceiling. Treatment rooms are
grouped in distinct bays around timber-lined rotundas.
Commenting on the success of the project, Andy Garton, Associate,
Stanton Williams Architects said: As the Clinic is in the heart of the
store, with no natural light, it was important to bring a sense of
daylight into the spaces for atmosphere and mood. We worked very
closely with lighting designers, Nulty, to develop the design and
achieve a distinct lighting atmosphere for the Clinic, which adds to the
restful, intimate environment we aimed to create.
Photography by Jack Hobhouse

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100% Design Preview



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100% Design Preview

Mapei experts will be on hand at 100% Design this year to provide
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BLUEPRINT CERAMICS IS MAKING AN instantly taken away to the beautiful clients in the UK and internationally. The
ANTICIPATED RETURN TO THIS YEARS Riads of Morroco. team has a wealth of experience as tile
100% DESIGN SHOW. Interior designer, Bethany Stanford, has used suppliers and distributors in the UK and
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Determined to make an impact, BluePrint are recently specified these tiles on a restaurant designers, contractors and property
unveiling several thought-provoking ranges. project; the tiles looked so authentic I could developers on an extensive project portfolio
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Industry News

A recent study by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in
the US has shown that green certified buildings can actually make
their occupants brainier. The study revealed that people working in
green buildings think better in the office and sleep better when they
get home; better ventilation, lighting and heat control improves
workers performance and boosts their productivity.
BRITA Vivreau works closely with architects on projects with an
environmental focus, to bring sustainable drinking water solutions
into the design stage. BRITA Vivreaus LinkLine system is a method
of networking the water supply in a large buildings. The system
continuously re-circulates water around the pipes to ensure that
freshness is guaranteed. The LinkLine system also boasts a Control
Management System (CMS), designed to monitor the performance of
the LinkLine Master Control Unit (MCU) using Internet of Things
technology. The CMS is an essential tool to ensure optimum
performance of the system particularly as each MCU controls
multiple drinking water dispense points in one building.
Compared with individual units, LinkLine is up to 62 per cent more
energy efficient and up to 45 per cent more cost effective. The
system also offers cost savings of up to 82 per cent on Co2 cylinders.
LinkLine works with BRITA Vivreaus ViTaps, which dispense mains-
fed purified chilled still, sparkling and instant boiling hot water from
one single tap with a touch sensor control and zero splash.
Incorporating high performance ice bank refrigeration, the ViTap can
deliver high quantities of chilled water per hour. The high spec boiler
heats water to 97 degrees, the perfect temperature for tea! There is
even an intelligent safety feature on the ViTap, which prevents
boiling water from being dispensed by accident.
The LinkLine and ViTap systems are environmentally superior as
together they eliminate the need for regular deliveries of pre-bottled
water, thus lessening the impact on the environment through
reduced transport pollution and plastic/glass waste.

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Industry News

Burton Albion Football Club has joined forces with Wilo, as the tunnel
sponsors for the 2017/2018 Championship campaign. Wilo has a hand in
all areas of pumping technology including building services, water
management, and industrial and process management and Wilo UK is
based just down the road from the Burton Albions ground, in Burton-
upon-Trent. As Burton Albion tunnel sponsors, Wilos logo and design
will be seen throughout the season as Brewers players and opposition
walk onto the field of play at every game at the Pirelli Stadium. Richard
Harden, Wilos MD in the UK said: We are delighted to be associated
with the club. Its passion for community engagement and strength of
determination during the past season are an example for businesses
and football clubs alike. We wish the Brewers all the best in the coming
season. Pictured here is Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson;
Richard Harden (Managing Director Wilo UK ) Morgan Warren-Ross
(Marketing Manager Wilo UK), and Brewers manager, Nigel Clough.
01283 523000 | |

Pump and pumping system manufacturer Wilo
continues to successfully grow its business in the UK
across all the areas in which it operates, building
services, water management and industrial and
process engineering. The company operates from its
UK base in Burton-upon-Trent. In its most recent
major announcement, Wilo UK has announced a
Framework Partnership with Anglian Water for the
supply and installation of Wilo Borehole Pumps.
Anglian Water is a company at the heart of every
single family and community in their region. The
company not only delivers the highest standard of
clean water to millions of homes but also manages
every drop to make sure that the supply never runs
out. The company supplies water and water recycling
services to more than six million domestic and
business customers in the east of England and
Hartlepool. In addition, 76,355 km of pipes deliver
billions of litres of used water to over one thousand
water recycling works, where it is cleaned before
transferring the water back to nature.
"Anglian Water is geographically the largest water
and sewage company in England and Wales and
operates in the driest region in the UK. Despite the
challenges, 1.2 billion litres of water is delivered
every day," says Simon Oakes, Director of Water
Management, Industry and Energy Solutions for Wilo
UK. "We are proud to be associated with a business
like Anglian Water, that is supplying more than four
million domestic customers with high-quality
drinking water every day."
Wilo is supplying its entire range of borehole pumps,
from Cast 316 stainless to UBA Bronze, all taking
advantage of ceramic materials to improve efficiency,
and reduce operating costs. Wilo is also pioneering
the use of teflon for high ochre (ferrous water sites).
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ARMOURCOAT TO EXHIBIT additions to their luxury Signature Collection. The company will also
be launching the new Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System designed

to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces. An array of global
projects for an impressive list of international blue chip clients in the
residential, hospitality and boutique retail sectors have established
Decorative specialist Armourcoat will be exhibiting at the Decorex Armourcoat as a leading supplier of high quality surface finishes.
International exhibition in September. Decorex is synonymous with Armourcoat products are made from natural minerals including
luxury design, and is internationally renowned as the event to recycled Italian marble, contain low or zero VOCs, and have the
discover the very best products from an unrivalled collection of over added confidence of a full 10 year guarantee.
400 hand-selected exhibitors. Armourcoat will present a stunning Visit Armourcoat at the show, stand H31, 17-20 September.
range of hand-applied polished plaster wall finishes and the latest

Independent property and construction consultancy TFT has announced
the launch of its rights of light and daylight & sunlight consultancy
service. The new business line will be led by Chris Harris (pictured) who
joins TFT as Technical Partner. The new service adds to TFTs existing
consultancy on neighbourly matters, covering issues affecting owners
or occupiers of neighbouring land or buildings during the planning and
construction of a new development. Daylight, sunlight, and rights of
light can affect anyone, but few people understand what they mean and
why theyre crucial, says Chris Harris, Technical Partner, TFT.
Daylight and sunlight are a vital part of the planning phase and rights
of light is a legal issue which many clients face post-planning. In
England and Wales most local authorities factor in daylight and
sunlight assessments based on BRE guidelines when considering the
viability of a residential or commercial development. Institutions such
as schools and hospitals also have specific requirements requiring
expert advice in this area. Chris Harris has joined TFT from Delva
Patman Redler LLP where he spent 12 years specialising in daylight,
sunlight and rights of light.

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AN UNMISSABLE ASPECT OF UK event partners, including BRE, Grimshaw solution with a quick and flexible construction
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STANDS AND EVENTS. Specifiedby, Formica and Dulux. at the Surface & Materials Show.
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LONDON BUILD IS BACK FROM 25 26 construction, off-site construction, Last year saw a range of companies winning
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government representatives come to Olympia day with speakers from the Department of
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solutions, and technology across the sector. Transport for London, and NHS Procurement 25 26 October
150 top level speakers will be delivering among others. Olympia, London
exclusive content in what is the most diverse The evening of October 25th will celebrate the
and progressive programme in the industry, most deserving companies in the industry at
covering topics such as BIM and digital the 3rd annual London Construction Awards. @LondonBuildExpo

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Contracts + Projects

Award-winning Altro XpressLay safety flooring has been used
throughout a 25 million secondary super school in North Wales.
At 4,500m2, it is the biggest ever Altro XpressLay installation in the
North West. The new Rhyl High School was built by Willmott Dixon.
Flooring company Linney Cooper, who were appointed by Willmott
Dixon to install the flooring throughout the new school recommended
using Altro XpressLay. Altro XpressLay offers the same guarantees
and lifetime slip resistance of other Altro safety flooring. The floor can
be removed easily, reused and is 100 per cent recyclable at the end of
its life. Altro WhiterockTM White walling and Altro Stronghold 30
safety flooring were installed in the school kitchen. Altro Whiterock
White is the hygienic alternative to tiles thats impact resistant,
grout-free and easy to clean. Its smooth white surface and classic
purity make it a timeless choice for any interior. Altro Stronghold 30
achieves Altros highest rating for slip resistance and is designed to
minimise risk in wet and greasy conditions for the lifetime of the
flooring. Linney Cooper installed the Altro Stronghold 30, while
MI Contracts fitted the Altro Whiterock White.

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The exercise of the statutory right to contractor had claimed more than he was due. certain circumstances, be circumvented.
adjudicate any dispute arising under a The contractor then started proceedings asking The ICI judgment refers to two Court of
construction contract and to enforce the court to enforce the first adjudicators Appeal judgments (Harding v Paice [2015] and
adjudicators decisions through the decision (requiring the interim amount to be Brown v Complete Building Solutions Limited
Technology and Construction Court (TCC) paid) and to declare that the decision in the [2016]). In each of these cases it was held
is now a fact of life in the construction second adjudication (reducing the amount they that the contractual question about whether
industry and the outcome of TCC were entitled to) was invalid because it covered the payment notices required to permit
enforcement proceedings is not often the same ground as the first. reduced or non-payment had been properly
the cause of significant comment. The court decided that the employers failure issued and the question about the valuation
to either pay or issue the required notices to of the amount claimed, were separate issues.
Occasionally however there is a decision that permit it to pay less meant it was deemed to This means that if an adjudicator has only been
causes ripples, such as the decision in ISG have agreed to the valuation of the works set asked to deal with the contractual question
Construction Limited v Seevic College in out in that interim application and therefore then the valuation question appears to still be
late 2014. The decision in Seevic was seen as had to pay that amount. It also decided that open for review as a separate dispute.
controversial at the time because it resulted once the first adjudicator had determined The decision in ICI suggests that in the light
in a windfall payment to the contractor. This that the payment had to be made, Seevic of these cases there is real doubt whether
decision has recently been considered in were not entitled to have another adjudicator Seevic would be decided the same way,
Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd (ICI) v Merit review the valuation underlying the amount which appears to leave the way open for
Merrell Technology Ltd (MMT)[2017], in a way they had to pay. paying parties to counter-adjudicate on the
that should be considered by all parties when The controversy arose because the valuation issue if it was not addressed in the
considering adjudicating in relation to Construction Act payment procedure does not original adjudication.
payment of interim applications. require consideration of the validity of the Going forward, contractors intending to
In Seevic, the employer failed to issue the amounts being claimed for payment, it just adjudicate on an unpaid interim certificate
notices required by the Housing Grants requires that the payment procedure is could now be faced with having to include an
Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 followed strictly. assessment of their valuation as one of the
(the Construction Act) before not paying The ICI case is wide ranging. One of the many issues to be decided by the adjudicator or run
the contractors interim payment application. issues considered was whether or not the the risk that, even if they succeed in getting
Adjudication followed with a decision in valuation in an interim application, that has their payment, they will then be hit by a
favour of the contractor. Whilst that first been paid following an adjudicators decision, counter adjudication on the true valuation.
adjudication was on-going, the employer can be challenged. Seevic was referred to by Both options are likely to increase adjudication
started a second challenging the interim the judge in a way that suggests that the costs so it will be interesting to see if this
amount that the contractor had applied for. restriction Seevic placed on adjudicating on development has any impact on the prevalence
The second adjudication determined that the the value of an interim application can, in of payment notice related adjudications.

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Contracts + Projects

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New York Citys newest boutique luxury
hotel makes a bold statement in upper
midtown Manhattan, thanks to the
extensive use of Crittall steel windows,
doors and internal screens and
partitions. The Whitby is the second in
New York opened by Firmdale Hotels and
is described as a celebration of
contemporary art and design. Its location
informed the specific choice of glazing.
The Whitbys position called for high
acoustic attenuation and so Crittall
MW40 fenestration was selected. These
windows can accept up to 30mm thick
glazing providing excellent acoustics as
well as thermal performance.
All The Whitbys guest rooms have floor
to ceiling windows as a principal feature.
The ground floor meanwhile also
features interior screens and lobby doors
by Crittall employing a single-glazed
W20 profile. These are especially
versatile for use in association with door
hardware, closers, card entry equipment
and so forth, dependent on their use.
Facing the streetscape at ground level
are Corporate 20 windows; large full
pane windows that are even more robust
than MW40s and which accept up to
28mm glazing. The Whitby has been
designed by New York architectural
practice Stonehill &Taylor. Contractors
for the project were Flintlock
Construction Services LLC.
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Contracts + Projects


Following a 37 million re-development, Oldham Town
Hall has been transformed into a major cinema and
leisure complex, complete with its rich architectural
heritage. A major element was to replace over 2,000 of
the original ceramic wall tiles in the centrepiece
Egyptian Room and anti rooms. The project comprised
over 55 different formats and designs, which all
required precise matching to the surviving Pilkington
originals. For most of the designs, new moulds needed
to be made as many of the tiles are unique sizes and
embossed with a variety of decorative features. Striking,
tile-clad pillars dominate the room, for which Jackfield
produced three variations of the embossed, yellow leaf
design to cater for the tapered dimensions. The
preservation of the Grade II listed buildings heritage is
testimony to the innovative and meticulous restoration
approach adopted by Craven Dunnill Jackfield.
01952 884124 |

The University of Birminghams new Chamberlain Hall student
accommodation, part of a 42 million redevelopment is an impressive
example of regeneration, which is in keeping with the landscape as well
as providing all essential capacity growth for the future. Consisting of two
linked tall towers at 17 at & 21 stories and 5 finger blocks. The faade
had to provide function as well as form. Day lighting is vital to aid with
studying, no dark gloomy corners, a light and airy interior is desirable.
Natural ventilation was a must, however, in keeping with the structured
faade open-in windows were required fronted with ventilation panels, to
allow ventilation yet not impact on the faades integrity, maintaining the
clean lines and sleek elevations. On the window elements Comar 5P.i
Advanced Tilt/Turn open in windows were selected. These tilt/turn
windows are perfect for the application, they offer slim sight-lines to
maximise day-lights as well as the profiles themselves have wide wall
thicknesses that provide robustness to ensure they stand the test of time.
The wire mesh fitted directly onto the window. Systems used included;
Comar 6EFT Curtain Walling, Comar 5P.i Advanced Tilt & Turn Windows
and Comar 7P.i CD Doors. 020 8685 9685 |

Hueck, one of Europes largest manufacturers and suppliers of
aluminium window, door and faade solutions, specialising in
both standard systems as well as bespoke applications has
supplied its products for a ground-breaking project, which has
been dubbed East Londons Mini Manhattan. London City
Island, a development in Canning Town, combines commercial
and residential buildings and, within a few years, will also be
home to the English National Ballet and the London Film School.
The 12-acre island has buildings designed by Glen Howells
Architects, with construction by Ballymore Developments. Work
is rapidly progressing on the construction of the brightly
coloured residential properties, which are modelled after the
colourful apartment blocks typical of Manhattan or Chicago.
Hueck UK has supplied its profile for most of the windows and
doors installed in the 1,700 apartments. Most of the units
making up the residential towers were prefabricated in a factory
in Holland and shipped to the UK, allowing quicker and more
cost-effective construction.

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A unique collaboration between Cutting technologies and designer Kyle
Wilkinson sees laser technology take centre stage at Tent London this
September. The exhibition will showcase the capabilities of lasers, with
Cutting Technologies taking the opportunity to display its bespoke range of
interior and exterior decorative screens. On the stand, Kyle will be launching
The First Edition, a beautiful range of furniture and lighting which all
incorporate an aspect of laser cutting. Jane Robinson, director of Cutting
Technologies said: Weve worked with Kyle across a range of creative
projects throughout the years and its great that were able to team up again
for TentThis is a great platform to showcase what can be achieved with
lasers and combining our equipment with Kyles designs proves the only limit
is ones imagination! Kyle Wilkinson added: Its always great to work with
the team at Cut Tec. Their engineering knowledge allowed me full creative
freedom to produce my new range of furniture and lighting as well as a few
new designs for Cut Tecs screensTogether I think weve produced
something exciting for visitors at Tent London to enjoy. | Tent London stand D06 hall 1
Image courtesy of Ambigram Architects

The recently refurbished
reception of 25 Copthall
Avenue by QOB Interiors and
John Robertson Architects for
developer Helix, includes new
floor to ceiling glass,
contemporary signage,
virtual daylight luminaries
and a stunning 120m2 curved
Armourcoat 'KonCrete' polished
plaster wall to create a striking
entrance. The hand-applied
polished plaster wall leads
through into the transformed
reception area, with a design
feature that incorporates a
custom stencil of the office
address. The full height
atrium floods light into the heart
of the building creating a bright,
spacious environment with
a business lounge and
in-house caf.
Armourcoat KonCrete is an
urban range of polished plaster
colours and finishes designed
for contemporary projects. The
range offers a wealth of design
options to achieve a distinctive
modern look, including
distressed effects or recessed
shutter markings.
Image: Photobanks

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Ask The Architect



Image courtesy of the Brick Development Association


Managing Director, Director, Wolff Architects Brick Development Director,
Studio Indigo Wood and brick are Association Neil Tomlinson
Brick is a wonderfully simple fundamental to an architects Most people who grow up in Architects
and reliable building material understanding of the built the UK will have enjoyed the Timber is one of the cleverest
that has stood the test of environment. Both materials warmth and certainty of a of materials, with qualities
time. Despite the onslaught have been used for millennia: clay brick home. This subtle, much deeper than the purely
of modern materials such as the first human edifices were almost nostalgic quality aesthetic; its relatively
steel, glass, and increasing made from clay bricks, while makes it an easy choice for lightweight, speedy to use,
use of man-made wafer thin wood came shortly architects. They favour the good for insulation and
materials, brick offers afterwards. Their coextension materials tolerance, completely replenishable.
architects the ability to create with civilisations development versatility and availability. It is also beautiful, warm and
a sense of permanence and means they enjoy an Architects find that these celebrates within its figuring
timelessness in their work architectural appreciation like same qualities make it a and grain a random and very
that many modern materials no other. While this alone pleasure to design with pure essence of life. Bricks,
simply do not. We at Studio justifies their continued use, brick, which lends itself so meanwhile, are wonderful
Indigo prefer old stock or wood and brick also have a well to contemporary pieces of universal design:
handmade rather than the timeless aesthetic value. As concepts that it has been a fundamental man-made
machined look of new architects, we must find mainstay of the built building components, sized to
metric bricks which lack the inventive ways of continually environment since the fit the human hand, which
hand-craft and textural deploying these materials, so Roman Empire. People know create buildings of solidity,
qualities that give buildings future generations can benefit that a brick home will last a permanence and a structure
character. from them. lifetime. one can invest in.

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V&A Exhibition Road Quarter


Image: The Aston Webb Screen,

the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter

THE V&A EXHIBITION ROAD QUARTER neighbours, reinforcing the Albertopolis complex task, with a constrained site
OPENED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE vision of intellectual ambition and innovation surrounded by three historic listed buildings.
SUMMER, CREATING A BEAUTIFUL AND and creates a sequence of major new spaces: Creating The Blavatnik Hall and the entrance
UNIQUE NEW CIVIC SPACE FOR LONDON, The Sainsbury Gallery: a flexible, 1,100sq m staircase to The Sainsbury Gallery through
AND A WORLD-CLASS GALLERY SPACE column-free exhibition gallery that provides and under the listed Western Range Building
FOR THE V&AS INTERNATIONALLY the V&A with a purpose-built space for its was one of the most ambitious feats of
ACCLAIMED EXHIBITION PROGRAMME. world-leading programme of temporary engineering for Arup. The structure, services
exhibitions; The Sackler Courtyard: the and circulation had to weave through this
The project was designed by Stirling Prize- worlds first porcelain public courtyard, paved area where the old and the new intersect, as
winning architect Amanda Levete and her in 11,000 handmade tiles that were inspired well as providing daylighting and views
practice, AL_A, which was commissioned to by the rich tradition of ceramics at the V&A ; through large skylights.
design the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter in The Blavatnik Hall - a new entrance into the The Arup team also helped the V&A to
2011 following an international competition. V&A from Exhibition Road, which transforms remain open and operational throughout the
Wates were the lead contractors delivering how visitors experience and discover the project, collaborating on a series of
the project and Arup were the structural and Museum and its collections and the Aston essential enabling works to re-route
building services engineers. Webb Screen, where visitors will now enter services before the main construction
The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter took six the V&A from the street through the 11 commenced. Arups Building Services team
years to realise and transforms the V&As openings of newly created colonnade formed collaborated with the V&A as these works
former boilerhouse yard on Londons great from the 1909 Aston Webb Screen. were all time critical, and the Museum
cultural artery, Exhibition Road. This new Repurposing back-of-house areas of the V&A remained fully operational throughout.
entrance connects the Museum with its into new beautiful public spaces was a Amanda Levete commented, The V&A

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Images: The Sackler Courtyard, Ascending

staircase and Blavatnik Hall

Exhibition Road Quarter is a reflection of the truss to be installed with ease, thus belying
pioneering identity of the V&A and continues the complexity of thinking and engineering
its mission of innovation into the twenty-first designs. Overall the structural design
century. The Quarter reimagines the museum enabled the change of ground levels to
as an urban project, creating an exceptional be exploited, providing the V&A with an
place for London that will redefine the V&As increase in gallery height, whilst also
relationship with the street and the public." introducing the mezzanine.
Alice Blair, Senior Structural Engineer, Arup, Constructing a deep basement within
said: The V&As ambitious client brief called the Museums Grade I listed estate posed
for a 1,100 m2 column-free gallery with a significant structural and geotechnical
minimum headroom of 5m, to provide engineering challenges. Arups detailed 3D
maximum flexibility for future exhibition Finite Element geotechnical analysis was
designers. Challenged by a 6m variation in essential to predict the effect of the
ground levels across the site, Arup worked basement excavation on the surrounding
closely with AL_A to develop the very first Museum buildings. There were concerns that
concepts for the gallery roof and courtyard. settlement could potentially cause damage.
Pioneering ideas at the competition entry Using this analysis enabled the risks to be
stage were explored, through to optimising quantified. Without this, the structural
the design and construction of the now world engineering design may have been more
famous Exhibition Road Quarter. conservative. The use of this modelling
We designed the folded plate truss resulted in a greater footprint, thus
structure, which spans 36m across the maximising the temporary exhibition
gallery and supports the courtyard and space, whilst introducing more daylight.
mezzanine floors. Within the elegant gallery The actual movements of the existing
the efficient folded plate truss supports a buildings, the perimeter piled wall, and
grid of high-level services and lifting points, the ground itself were monitored during
to display art. construction using instruments specified by
This steel structure was fabricated in 2.84m Arup. This enabled the team to compare real
wide modules to maximise off-site fabrication. versus predicted movements. Creative
This solution also reduced the need for Structural Engineering design has
temporary supports during the steelwork contributed to creating beautiful spaces,
erection. The accuracy that the steel and enhancing the visitor experience.
fabricators achieved enabled the folded plate All images courtesy of Hufton + Crow

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Case Study


MICHAELIS BOYD WAS RECENTLY to the kitchen. The client loves to barbeque surface with daylight. Also, with the huge
COMMISSIONED TO WORK ON THE FULL and so this was an important space designed sliding doors pulled open into the wall pocket,
REFURBISHMENT OF AN EXISTING THREE- to function as an extension of the kitchen. it really feels like you are cooking in a pavilion
STOREY HOUSE IN THE HEART OF The master bathroom has a grey moody in the urban landscape. The dining room
CLERKENWELL, EAST LONDON. ORIGINALLY palette with dark grey polished plaster walls, adjacent to the kitchen means you can peer in
AN 18TH CENTURY IRONMONGER'S black chevron tile flooring, a custom Tora for glimpses of activity, the sliding doors peel
WORKSHOP, THE HOUSE SITS BETWEEN AN Blue stone and dark stained oak vanity and back here too and you can see a view of the
OFFICE BUILDING AND AN APARTMENT matte black Dornbracht sanitary ware. A City beyond as well as the tops of the trees
BLOCK ON A QUIET SIDE STREET. skylight over the double shower provides growing up from the courtyard below.
daylight and creates dramatic moonlight There are three ensuite bathrooms, a guest
Michaelis Boyd has embraced the buildings shadows later in the evening. bathroom and a powder room. The material
warehouse origins and captured its spirit by Alex Michaelis commented on these spaces palette for the master bathroom and ensuites
re-envisioning a modern design style with a further, The owner loves entertaining and is dark, moody and quite masculine. We used
light industrial touch. The design concept of really wanted the kitchen to have a great dark grey porcelain tiles on the floor, with a
the house is to live connected to the exterior connection to the outdoor terrace, and to the wonderfully textured grey polished plaster on
environment, to take in the inner-city views BBQ. He wanted to be able to host dinners the walls. The black sanitaryware really settles
and to integrate outdoor spaces. and interact easily with his guests while into the walls here and the layout of the double
The kitchen and bathroom spaces are of cooking, so everything is very much on show. showers with a roof light over it becomes the
particular note. The kitchen by Bulthaup has The island has been designed so that when feature of the room. The guest bathrooms
been designed so that cooking from the hob in youre cooking, you have a view to the terrace have a fresher and brighter, more white
the island faces out to the terrace. A cast in- and the trees from the courtyard below. The palette. Here we used natural stone on the
situ polished concrete worktop forms a kitchen is visible from the internal living custom designed vanities, glossy white
durable and monolithic work surface, which spaces and the terrace, so having a pantry ceramic tiles and unlaquered copper
includes the imperfections of crafting the where all the prep and mess could be hidden sanitaryware, which has already started
worktop. Two skylights on each side of the easily was very important. to age and patinate in colour.
kitchen island add a special light composition The roof lights over the kitchen flood the work

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KITCHEN AND BATHROOM WORKTOP in demand for grey products and interiors. support the launch.
SPECIALIST, MAXTOP QUARTZ LTD, HAS Meanwhile, our Pure White design is the The company has also developed a
UNVEILED TWO BRAND NEW SURFACE perfect alternative to solid white quartz, limited-time offer for displaying retailers
DESIGNS TO COMPLEMENT ITS EXISTING which is usually offered at a significant through its network of distributors
RANGE OF PRE-FINISHED WORKTOPS. premium price, pushing it beyond the budget throughout the UK and Ireland.
of many projects. Pure White, however, is
Available now, Pure White and Pewter Grey supplied directly from the distributors stock
will ensure the Maxtop Quartz range offers and is as cost-effective as the remainder of
a modern selection of both sparkling and the Maxtop Quartz range.
plain finishes, keeping the product The new designs will replace the companys
portfolio fresh and on-trend. existing emerald and ochre finishes, which
Inspired by customer needs and will be phased out in order to make way for
preferences, the launch is in response to new, on-trend surfaces, meaning customers
market demand, providing quality will still have a wide choice but wont be
alternatives to solid stone surfaces. overloaded with options.
Stephen Moss, Managing Director, Maxtop All Maxtop Quartz surfaces benefit from
Quartz Ltd, commented: The introduction engineered enhancements, such as a
of pure white and sparkling grey surfaces patented polypropylene interior honeycomb
not only means our portfolio offers core, which provides enhanced impact
something for everyone, but also means resistance, lightweight ergonomics and
were providing surfaces that complement waterproof qualities. Providing all the beauty
the very latest interior trends. and strength of a solid quartz surface,
Sparkling surfaces have proven extremely without any of the drawbacks of traditional
popular in the existing range, so the addition solid stone.
of the Pewter Grey design will bolster our Stephen concluded: Were delighted the 0161 224 0333
offering and is set to be a huge hit with new surfaces are finally available and have
retailers, who are also experiencing a surge developed some striking point of sale to

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Kitchens + Bathrooms

Over 700m2 of marble tiling with approximately two miles of brass
inlay has been fitted using Mapeis ceramic and preparation products
to the foyer and reception areas at the Grosvenor House Hotel,
Mayfair, refurbished by Muza Lab. The subfloor and screed products
from Mapei were installed to the flooring after existing tiles were
removed from the lobby and reception area, as well as lifts and
bathroom areas. Mapeis Topcem screed binder was used as a fast
track option before Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240 was used to
level the flooring. Prior to tiling, Mapeis waterproofing Primer S
was also applied. Mapeis Mapetex anti-fracture membrane was
installed to ensure the luxury tiles in the lobby area were protected
from cracking. Mapetex is a special non-woven fabric designed to
alleviate stresses within the substrate. Mapeis Keraquick adhesive
in both Grey and White shades were used to fix Superior Stones
Crema Marfil tiles to the lobby and reception areas, using Latex
Plus adhesive polymer admixture to improve elasticity and vertical
slip characteristics.
0121 508 6970 | | Image courtesy of Richard Waite

Clos-o-Mat presents the new look Lima Vita wall-hung toilet,
enabling people to take advantage of the aesthetics and household
cleaning benefits of a wall-hung WC, and simultaneously benefit
from enhanced personal hygiene. The Clos-o-Mat Lima Vita offers
all the hygiene benefits of its floor-standing counterpart, the
Palma Vita. The Lima Vita looks like, and can be used as, a
conventional WC, but has hidden advantages over a traditional
toilet. Its built-in washing and drying facilities save the user having
to manually clean with toilet tissue, with all its potential hazards in
terms of ability to tear off toilet paper, and use it effectively. The
douching delivers excellent washing and drying performance,
leaving the user consistently and hygienically clean and dry. Being
wall-hung, it can be installed at just the right height to suit. There
are no lips attaching it to the floor to drap dust and germs, so
bathroom cleaning is simplified around and underneath. It also
means, if there is underfloor heating, there is no risk of expensive
pipework being damaged when the unit is fitted.
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One of BluePrint Ceramics new key ranges is Kaleidoscope, a
dynamic vibrant collection offering a full spectrum of colour allowing
for endless playful designs and statement features. The rippled sheen
of the tiles can transform a surface finish into a captivating focal point
in any setting. Designers and architects have shown a very positive
reaction to this show stopping range and the company has already
specified and supplied tiles from the collection for several new design
projects. Tarquin Montgomery, interior designer, said, When I saw
this range, it was perfect for a restaurant fitout I am working on, I was
looking for something to create a statement and Kaleidoscope was
the only option. Kaleidoscope brings choice and options with an
extensive range of sizes and allows for creativity when bringing a
project to life. BluePrint Ceramics prides itself on bringing unique
and unusual ranges to the marketplace and is becoming a go to place
in the specification industry for stand out statement tiles. The team at
BluePrint Ceramics has a wealth of experience as tile suppliers in the
UK and has an extensive project portfolio to date. 0121 268 3240 |

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IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT ANY such as seats, vanities and partition Use of the right system at the point of
WETROOM SOLUTION SHOULD BE walls, and are suitable for natural stone specification pays off in the long-term,
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Architect Profile



MONIKA JOINED BENOY THIS YEAR transportation and commercial projects, with solutions to large-scale developments.
AS DIRECTOR AND IS BASED IN a focus on design management and project Penny Illston, Global Director of Talent, said
THE LONDON STUDIO. co-ordination of major national and of Monika, We are delighted to welcome
international developments. Monika to the London studio. Her wealth of
Benoy is an international, award-winning firm Monika said of her new post, I am thrilled to experience in leading major projects across
of architects, masterplanners, interior and have joined Benoy, a company with cultural sectors and regions bolsters Benoys global
graphic designers. Founded in 1947, it is a dynamics and a client focused approach which offering, and she is absolutely representative
leading British brand, which has become a I fully embrace. The move has felt seamless of our brand personality. A fabulous addition
truly global player and a leading creative force. and I am looking forward to building on my to our team"
With other 20 years experience working experience and contributing to the creative Here, Monika talks to editor Jade Tilley about
across European and Middle Eastern and operational aspirations of Benoy. the future of an architects role and her
Markets, Monikas expertise lies in leading Monika is experienced in leading and priorities as London Director at Benoy.
and directing projects with large multi- directing complex projects with large
disciplinary teams, ensuring a smooth multidisciplinary teams, most recently WHERE DID YOU STUDY?
delivery from inception through to design, holding the position of Commercial Practice I studied at the University of North London
construction and completion. Group Director and office Director at (RIBA Part III) and before that the Technical
Monikas new role utilises her breadth of CallisonRTKL. Working across a range of University of Warsaw, (BA Architecture, MSc
experience working across mixed use, sectors, she delivers innovative and creative Architecture, Architect License).

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Monika Laudencka-Sobik

Images courtesy of Benoy

HOW DO YOU FEEL THE ARCHITECTURAL community, ones that have the power to AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
EDUCATION SYSTEM HAS CHANGED IN change how the environment is experienced. It By understanding the chemistry between
RECENT YEARS? is all about finding that balance that works for sectors and markets, how they work together,
In short, I think it has changed greatly. the physical environment and for the human the challenges they present and applying
Creatively, we have to rethink how we can interface, being respectful of who its for, creative problem solving.
share knowledge and interact efficiently. taking into account local sensitivities.
The architectural education system has to WHAT DOES THE FACE OF ARCHITECTURE
encompass business and forward-thinking WHAT DOES BENOY REPRESENT LOOK LIKE TO YOU IN 10 YEARS TIME?
as we live in an intricate world that is getting AS AN ARCHITECTURE FIRM? Technology will continue to massively impact
even more challenging. To me, architecture To me, Benoy is a firm with the human touch; architecture, presenting new and innovative
is an endless journey of learning; seeking it is respectful of its people, providing support options to architects. An architect of the
new thinking and inspiration. and encouraging growth. Their cultural future may become more of a curator
dynamics, innovative mindset and their client than a masterbuilder.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST focused approach is something I fully embrace.
student. I worked for a small architectural firm YOUR PRIORITY LIST AS LONDON DIRECTOR? I would have become a lawyer, the principle
on a high-end residential development. Here, I want to celebrate the uniqueness of everyone; of problem solving still applies!
I really immersed myself in the full cycle of my colleagues, our clients and the community
design and delivery, from site surveys to for which we design. Differing skills and
drawings and project implementation. approaches that people offer should be
appreciated we are richer and wiser for it.
I enjoy working on projects that matter to the OWN PATH IN THE INDUSTRY AS A STUDIO

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Flowcrete UK has unveiled a new polished concrete system to the
construction industry, Monodec Grande Lux. Suitable for commercial,
industrial, new build and refurbishment projects, Monodec Grande Lux is
ideal for transforming existing concrete slabs into a visually appealing,
durable surface. A Monodec Grande Lux floor is created by using
diamond-grinding techniques to remove the surface laitance and expose
the natural aggregates in the concrete mix. The slab is then treated to
strengthen the concrete and ensure a uniform finish, designers can even
choose between a coloured stain or patterned visual effect. Once treated
the floor is polished down to a super flat, super glossy surface that will
not only achieve a high-end appearance but which will maintain an easy
to clean, wear resistant finish. Additionally, Monodec Grande Lux has a
lifecycle cost that is typically 60 per cent lower than traditional floor
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required to evaluate the available options and make an informed decision.

Glynde Place in East Sussex has been crowned the winner of the 2017
Historic Houses Association (HHA) Restoration Award, sponsored by
Sothebys. The Restoration Award recognises and celebrates the work
being undertaken by Members of the HHA throughout the United
Kingdom. These projects reflect the dedication of owners to the care
and sympathetic restoration of the incredible buildings that they own,
inhabit and share with the public. Owned by the same family since it
was built in 1569, Grade I listed Glynde Place is today the family home
of Francis and Caroline Brand (Lord and Lady Hampden) and their
three children. A specialist team created a new entrance hall, with a
Great Door that sits behind the original medieval oak door, which
was repaired and retained. Two unstable curved window bays, were
rebuilt, structural repairs were undertaken and damaged Elizabethan
stained glass was sent to a specialist conservator. Additionally, the
Gallery ceiling was restored to its former glory using original
materials and traditional methods.


Nash Partnership has been appointed by Kersfield to provide architecture
services for the heritage element of the proposed regeneration of Redland
High School in Bristol. The plans propose a new residential development to
provide 43 new homes by adapting and restoring the existing buildings along
with a small element of new build development. Working in collaboration with
AWW, who are providing masterplanning and architecture for the north of the
site, the team at Nash Partnership brings extensive heritage expertise to
ensure the sensitive conversion and adaption of the main house, pavilions and
associated buildings. This includes the restoration of Redland Court, a Grade
II* listed mansion house, which will be sensitively sub-divided to form four
new dwellings. Plans for the main house include the removal of a number of
20th century interventions to improve the legibility of the original features of
the house and will include the reinstatement of the missing cupula to the east
pavilion. In addition to restoring and converting Redland Court itself, it is
proposed that the existing 1960s sports hall and east wing will be removed.
These will be replaced with a new development.

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RIDLEY SCOTTS 1982 CLASSIC DYSTOPIAN method of incorporating natural spaces into can create such an atmosphere through, for
THRILLER BLADE RUNNER IS AN ICONIC cities. Termed planting, it allows the natural instance, self-seeding plants and more
MOVIE FOR SEVERAL REASONS: FROM ITS world to sit beside the built environment, with traditional forms of garden architecture
GROUND-BREAKING USE OF TECHNOLOGY all the aesthetic and environmental benefits like red brickwork.
TO THE DARKLY MELODIC AND FUTURISTIC this brings, but in a manageable manner. The rawness and innocence of these unkempt
SOUNDTRACK. BUT ITS THE FILMS Where space is particularly tight, I find sloping outdoor spaces reminds us of why we need
DEPICTION OF URBAN LIFE THATS ALWAYS (the process of creating a space on a gradient) open areas that are not patios and pavements.
PARTICULARLY INTERESTED ME. works well. My team and I used this technique Theres an architectural reason: a garden, be it
for a property in Hampstead. We wanted a rear tightly choreographed or wild and rugged,
Dense, dark and domineering, Scotts vision garden that complemented the homes elegant softens the accompanying building, whilst also
of Los Angeles in 2019 is notable for a total interior but outdoor space was limited, so we lending it a greater sense of place and space.
absence of green, let alone floral, spaces. carefully sloped the garden upwards from the However, to return to my earlier truism,
Instead, the metropoliss apparently unending house, constructing it in layers and keeping theres a very human reason too: people want
columns of towering concrete convey a future the gradient subtle. to be close to nature. Fundamentally, there is
devoid of joy, where basic human needs are Theres also a movement in high-density areas a need for space that reminds people of life
subjugated to more impersonal interests. towards more organic and less contrived floral outside human artifice which they can reflect
In making this point, Scott happened upon a spaces, embodied by the resurgence of what and appreciate. As architects, we must keep
truism of modern urban life: green spaces could be termed the traditional English creating these spaces in cities, even as the
are important for the well-being of even garden. These unkempt spaces full of winding circumstances of their creation are constantly
ardent city-dwellers. wisteria, patches of muddy grass and the odd changing; otherwise, we might find ourselves
As architects, our job is to examine exactly folly are, for many, an antidote to the in a Ridley Scott dystopia of our own.
how we can deliver these essential areas, increasing homogeneity of the modern built
given the construction challenges posed by environment. Some people dont just want the
high-density areas, such as limited space and slice of nature methods like planting and
tricky planning procedures. sloping can provide, they want to be immersed Image: Wolff Architects,
Creating designated areas to host flora is one in the feeling of a wilderness. As architects, we Winnington Road project

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Marokka, the Anglo-Italian design house creating unique modern
sculptures, has partnered with Broadgate and The Aspinall Foundation for a
unique, tech-inspired exhibition called WILD LIFE. The exhibition
incorporates Marokkas first-ever public art sculpture, Gus, a three metre
tall polygonal gorilla. Gus is one of a portfolio of sculptures, including the
iconic Frank, the French Bulldog, products of Marokkas design and
architectural background and their fascination with the structure and
geometry of all that surrounds the every day. Gus was unveiled at Finsbury
Avenue Square, Broadgate, at the end of July as part of WILD LIFE, an
interactive exhibition combining physical and digital sculpture. By
downloading Marokkas free app, visitors can bring augmented reality
animations to life, highlighting the plight of endangered animals around the
world and the incredible work of charity partner The Aspinall Foundation in
protecting them. Gus will remain in situ throughout the London Design
Festival until the 24th September, before being gifted to leading animal
conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation.


From 19 - 20 September 2017, the LANDSCAPE show will provide a vibrant
environment to select, source and network with contacts from across the
outdoor design industry. With exhibitors showcasing everything from lighting to
outdoor structures to living plants and trees, there is much to see and
innovative products to transform projects. Visitors include the very best garden
designers, architects and landscape contractors from the UK and beyond. The
show is also attended and supported by 14 trade associations and 25 different
media titles, including Architects Choice magazine. This year the LANDSCAPE
show welcomes an Architects of the Urban World session featuring Peter
Murray from New London Architecture, Neil Porter from Gustafson Porter +
Bowman, Merrick Denton-Thompson from the Landscape Institute, Jane
Duncan, RIBA and Matthew Short, Martha Schwartz Partners. For the first
time ever LANDSCAPE are introducing a PechaKucha evening on Tuesday 19th
September hosted by New London Architectures Peter Murray. Peter will be
joined by a panel of top architects, including James Lord, HTA Design LLP;
Holly Lewis, We Made That; Around the Block Ltds Sue Morgan; Townshend
Landscape Architects Andrea Dates; Peter Heath, Atkins Global and Deborah
Saunt, DSDHA.

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IT MAY APPEAR SELF-EVIDENT, BUT THE individual or for a number of people, for that connect object and environment. Oasiq
PROCESS OF SPECIFYING FURNITURE FOR privacy or for interaction, for relaxing or is one such brand with which Mark has
OUTDOORS IS AS FRAUGHT WITH ISSUES for activity. These seem straightforward enjoyed a continued collaboration.
AS THE PROCESS FOR ITS INTERIOR questions, but it is interesting to see how Harrie Van Valderen from Oasiq oversees all
COUSIN AND PERHAPS EVEN MORE often they havent been addressed critically. new design development for the brand and
CHALLENGING, STUMBLING ACROSS It is our design remit to find ways of he and his team worked recently with the
FURNITURE THAT HAS BEEN designing furniture that allows for and leading French garden architect Marion Faver
INAPPROPRIATELY PLACED IN AN encourages subtle changes in function on (Sofitel Legend) The Grand Hotel in
OUTDOOR SPACE, THE EFFECT CAN BE and atmosphere. Secondly, it helps to Amsterdam supplying products for the
DISPROPORTIONATELY DISTRESSING. understand the spirit of an outdoor space, important renovation of the centre court
which to be sure is often difficult at the garden space of the hotel. Faver selected the
There is an extraordinary interdependence planning stage, but this ultimately Sandur chair design by the Gabbertas Studio
between object and environment and I have determines the appropriateness of furnitures for the outdoor terrace space for its clean
become increasingly aware of how the space material, colour, scale and visual density. lines, transparent form and organic shape.
is in which a piece of furniture is to be placed Somehow, one has to find a typology of The hand-crafted element was also
is as important as the furniture itself. Two furniture that is in balance with its important with this particular project given its
principles guide me in the process both of surroundings and then augments it to just the heritage. Faver selected a mixture of dining
designing the furniture in the first instance right extent. This is a little like plant chairs and bar stools for the project in a
and placing these designs outdoors. selection, there is no such thing as bad mixture of anthracite and terracotta to work
First, one has to understand how a space furniture, just the wrong location. against the planting scheme to create a
is to be used and how one can encourage Mark has collaborated with various furniture relaxing environment and haven from the
the user to feel when in it. Is this for the brands in the past to achieve outdoor designs buzzing metropolitan city which surrounds it.

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Product Gallery

The cross coupler is the latest addition to the Ancon 500
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Already a UK market leader in coloured PVC-U windows and doors,
Deceuninck is launching its new grey substrate profile to the UK
market this summer. Adding to the 26 colourways already available
from stock, the new substrate is RAL 7021 (Black Grey), which will
help service the growing demand for this architecturally popular
colour. Rob McGlennon, Deceuninck commented, One in four
windows in the UK are coloured, and the number is rising. By
offering this new grey substrate we are reinforcing our position as
leaders in the commercial and coloured window sectors. The new
profile option will be available across Deceunincks range of
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Traditional cabinetmaker Rowan Smith describes his designs and products as
slow furniture, yet he loves the quick drying properties of Earthborn Eggshell,
according to Earthborn Paints. Rowans bespoke kitchen business
recommends this environmentally friendly eggshell to all customers because
of its attractive, hardwearing finish. Based in an old Victorian sawmill in
Crickhowell, Powys, Rowan designs and hand builds kitchens using traditional
methods and locally sourced timber. The company has been using Earthborn
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Earthborn Eggshell dries really quickly, so building up coats is easy.
Importantly, it also means that Rowan and his team do not have to worry about
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THE 50-MILLION HINKLEY POINT CAMPUS Hinkley Point C Power Station, the UKs first and weathertight installation method sees
(HPC) IS ONE OF THE UKS LARGEST EVER nuclear plant in 20 years. At peak construction, the window openings created into the
SINGLE BLOCK, MODULAR CONTRACTS. 5,600 workers will be on site. structure. The windows are positioned
projecting out of the structural opening into
Characterised by complexity, scale, tight 99 PER CENT OFF SITE CONSTRUCTION the insulation and external finish zones so it
deadlines and close media scrutiny, The build comprises 443-storey multi-section is vital that the teams are experienced with
commercial window specialist, Dempsey Dyer blocks, each block having 13 stacks with six EPDM sealants and membranes to maintain
has worked closely with leading systems windows per stack. All the units are 99 per cent air and weather tightness of the building
company Deceuninck to raise the bar in MMC built at Caledonian Modulars offsite facility in envelope during construction.
window fabrication and offsite installation. Nottinghamshire and then transported to
Here, Rob McGlennon, Deceuninck, explains Somerset where they are then craned and THE PROJECT AT A GLANCE
how this innovative approach could change how bolted together and electrical wiring and Fabricator & Installer: Dempsey Dyer
the industry delivers commercial fenestration. plumbing is finished. MMC was chosen to MMC Contractor: Caledonian Modular
Responding to the UKs relentless demand for facilitate accuracy, consistency, speed of build Main Contractor: Laing ORourke
new housing, the construction sector has been (each bedroom block is to be completed and Client: EDF Energy
driven over recent years to innovate and delivered to site within six weeks), and also to Window Programme:
develop new commercial solutions that minimise disruption to Hinkley communities. 12 months starting Spring 2017
eliminate waste, time and cost and help The windows are fitted correctly into the 3432 tilt-only windows (Deceuninck
contend with the skills shortage. This project structure framework and wall systems, so the 2500 series, anthracite Grey RAL 7016)
between Dempsey Dyer, Caledonian Modular accommodation blocks are watertight and Value 1.75 million
and Deceuninck proves how next generation airtight when they leave the MMC facility. Off-site full EPDM window installation into
MMC solutions are transforming the way modular living spaces before transportation
windows and doors are now manufactured and SPECIALIST COLLABORATION from Midlands factory to HPC in Somerset
installed. When completed in 2018, HPC will Deceuninck customer Dempsey Dyer is one of
provide 1,496 three-star hotel equivalent, en- only a handful of PVC window companies in the
suite living spaces across 44 individual UK with the technical ability to deliver 01249 816969
buildings. The Workers Village will be home specialist MMC / EPDM fenestration to
over the next 6-7 years to workers building the modular volumetric applications. This airtight

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The VELUX curved glass rooflight, designed for flat roofs,
is now available in eight different sizes and features
CurveTech, an innovative curve-shaped glass top that lets
rainwater easily drain off the surface, even on completely
flat roofs. That means daylight is able to shine through
without raindrops getting in the way. The new curved
glass rooflight offers a number of other unique benefits
including: a fully programmable control pad offers remote
control operation of out-of-reach rooflights. Practical pre-
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event of rain; a combination of insulating PVC frame and
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need for regular cleaning. Toughened glass makes it
virtually impervious to damage from the elements.

COMPAC has utilised advanced manufacturing techniques to create
technological marble, an engineered stone composite, which has the
look and feel of natural marble but with properties that eradicate many
of the problems associated with it. Containing natural marble mixed
with resins, COMPACs technological marble has the beauty and
hardness of marble but its resistance to impact and breakage is much
greater owing to its enhanced flexibility. It has a wonderful consistent,
uniform appearance and can be fitted to large surfaces without breaks
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An innovative project to help combat Londons housing crisis has
been unveiled from Lowe Guardians and Studio Bark architects.
Modular SHEDs, which are manufactured offsite and can be installed
in the space of a day, allow for self-contained living within vacant
buildings. The SHED Project makes use of environmentally sound
SMARTPLY OSB panels to create individual U-Build modules, which
are insulated and soundproof and can provide a unique living space
for the growing property guardians market. The modules are
designed to reduce the impact property guardians have on vacant
buildings by providing an easy-to-install private living solution and
reducing waste when these short-term tenants move on to new sites.
The OSB panels are manufactured in a fully sustainable way from
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help reduce wastage. Zero added formaldehyde during manufacturing
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conditions. Both the materials and methods of construction have thus
created an environmentally-conscious solution to meet the demand
for quality and affordable housing in London.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPACES ARE successful scheme. between architecture and lighting begin to
OFTEN THE ONES YOU WALK INTO AND It is imperative that lighting designers are blur. A good piece of lighting design is a
YOU CANT QUITE PUT YOUR FINGER ON IT, brought in early on a project to understand function of a buildings requirement and as a
BUT IT JUST NATURALLY FEELS GOOD. the architectural intent and client aspiration. lighting designer its about understanding the
WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHY IT FEELS By opening an early dialogue between psychology and sociology of that buildings
GOOD THEN YOU KNOW THAT EVERYTHING consultants it enables the lighting designers to end users.
IS WORKING AS IT SHOULD, EVERY be proactive at digging down into the DNA of a In a world where the night-time economy and
CONSULTANT AND EVERY DISCIPLINE project and when you really understand the flexible working hours are becoming
IS WORKING TOGETHER IN HARMONY. project and the need of the stakeholders, you prevalent, there is a real need to consider the
start to be able to design successfully. For me, night-time use of our buildings and spaces.
A good architect and a good lighting designer one of the most successful pieces of lighting This places an emphasis on artificial lighting
are an equal team, they will bounce ideas off design is a simple cove or a coffer light and to support the architectural intent on equal
each other. However a really good lighting that's because its the ultimate fusing of light terms with daylight.
designer isn't just a lighting designer, they and architecture - the architectural feature Fundamentally successful lighting schemes
will also help advise on surfaces, finishes, becomes the light source. work best when architects and lighting
textures, colours and tones. They will work As lighting designers we don't want users to designers work hand in hand to develop a
closely with the architect to develop a scheme recognise or celebrate the lighting, the space scheme by keeping an open dialogue,
of luminosity with visual interest. The should just organically feel good to them. working collaboratively and having a
relationship between the two becomes When lighting is integrated well it starts to willingness to express and listen to ideas.
symbiotic and this is ultimately what breeds a become seamless and the boundaries

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