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Architects Appointed for Huge Stourport Development

ARCHITECTS have been hired to develop a multi-million pound marina in Stourport that will transform the area’s tourism and leisure. Corstorphine and Wright have been appointed by Clive Fletcher Developments to design the scheme that will see a vacant 7.3 acre site redeveloped with a state of the art marina providing 404 new berths, business and commercial space, picnic and recreation areas and 84 new holiday let apartments with cycle and parking facilities. The new holiday lets will be made…

The World’s Best First-Class Lounge?

No doubt there were numerous security protocols to fulfil before Etihad staff were permitted to bring three gold-plated scissors airside for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, but when your company is launching what it claims is the world’s best first-class airline lounge it’s worth going to some extra effort to ensure absolutely everything looks the part. Unveiled yesterday at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3, Etihad’s First Class Lounge & Spa is the airline’s most significant play for the world’s most discerning…

The Toothpick: Wooden Skyscraper on Top of Barbican Could Become Britain’s Second Tallest Building

The London skyline has seen the Shard, the Gherkin and even the Cheesegrater. It could now include something even more extraordinary: The Toothpick, a giant skyscraper made of wood. Plans for London’s first timber skyscraper were presented to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week with researchers saying natural materials were “vastly underused”. They added that wood could revolutionise construction in the 21st century in the same way steel, glass and concrete revolutionised buildings in the 19th and 20th…

British Pavilion Calls for Architects to Redesign Home Ownership rather than Houses

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: sharing technologies like Uber and Airbnb could offer the answer to the UK housing crisis say the curators of the British Pavilion, who have unveiled five futuristic models of the home. For their Venice Biennale exhibition Home Economics, curators Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams have called for architects to look beyond housing typologies, and to instead develop new financial models for housing. The first room in the pavilion focuses on looking at the home in terms of hoursThey claim that collective ownership models – where…

RIBA Awards: York Art Gallery

This beautiful gallery is both humbling and utterly inspiring. It was rambling and disorganised until the architects transformed and reinvigorated it, by opening up a roof void that has not seen the light of day since the 1950s. The initial glimpse up into the new first floor gallery is surprising, greatly impressive and creates good visual connections that encourage you to not only explore the displayed pottery but also to experience anew the building as a whole. York Art Gallery…

Crossrail Hotspot Canary Wharf Continues to Rise

Thousands of new sky-high homes take London's 'mini Manhattan' to new heights Almost a dozen designer skyscrapers already vie for first place in Canary Wharf's architectural beauty parade. With Crossrail on its way and the workforce set to double, thousands more new homes are being built at this emerging residential hotspot. A new London district was born 30 years ago. Canary Wharf rose in the east from the ashes of dockland to rival the City as a financial centre — named for the…

UKTI Interiors Mission to Japan

UKTI Interiors Mission to Japan BIID Member Noriko Sawayama is working with UKTI to organise an interior design mission to Japan this November. Japan’s inbound tourism has doubled over the past 2 years and is expected to double again by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. This means a huge increase in the number of hotels being built, and opportunities for UK designers to be involved in these exciting hospitality developments. Noriko would like to talk to interior designers with previous…

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RIBA tribute Dame Zaha Hadid

RIBA has paid tribite to world renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who has recently died aged 65 in the early hours of Thursday morning (31st March 2016) while in a Miami hospital after contracting bronchitis earlier in the week and then suffering a sudden heart attack. Zaha was born in Baghdad in 1950 and started her career at 22 by studying at the London Architectural Association. Just 7 years later she joined her former professors in Rotterdam becoming a partner…

New Global Architecture Award: The RIBA International Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announces a major new prize to discover the world’s best new buildings and to celebrate the value of architecture to communities worldwide. The RIBA International Prize will be awarded to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The winning building will demonstrate visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the…