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A giant exoskeleton takes Zaha Hadid Architects’ goal of form and structure in a single envelope another step further in Macau. Credit: Ivan Dupont @ivan.dupont The hotel form took its inspiration from tradtional jade crafting. For ZHA, its use was a continuation of the practice’s ongoing research into the integration of form and structure into one envelope. Along with Morpheus’s reinforced concrete cores, this aluminium-clad exoskeleton forms a dual stability system. It is connected to the internal floor and beam structure via stub connections penetrating the curtain wall. The exoskeleton stands 1.3m proud of a 43,388m2 glass facade, freeing up the interior from the constraints of columns and supporting walls and providing additional screening from the sun. In addition, where visible, the external lattice lends an expressive quality to the interior spaces. @zahahadidarchitects #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architecture #architects #design #buildings #hotelbuildings #hoteldesign #Macau #exoskeleton #jadecrafting #ZHA #Morpheus

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Spender House, Ulting, 2016, designed by Richard and Su Rogers for Humphrey Spender. Credit: Catherine Hyland, Courtesy of Focal Point Gallery @cathyland1 @focalpointgallery Architectural radicalism joins Essex’s assets as Charles Holland claims the county is the birthplace of British modernism. "... Architecturally ambitious one-off houses in this period however were rare – Holland puts this down to Essex not being a county of second home owners, or of the wealth bourgeoisie. An exception is a modest house for Humphrey Spender at Ulting, an early work by Richard and Su Rogers, which he describes as ‘a techno-hymn to arcadianism’. Holland goes on to consider the role that the Essex Design Guide and the impact of Dedham-based classical architects Raymond Erith and Quinlan Terry may have had on the end of modernism in the county." #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #modernism #modernist #modernistachitecture #modernarchitecture #modern #SpenderHouse #Ulting #Essex #Essexarchitecture #RichardRogers #SuRogers #architects #architecture #architecturalradicalism #CharlesHolland @charlesjholland @charleshollandarchitects

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Fragments of classical architecture as made by Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor’s design studio at Kingston University. '...today’s classical revival buildings often feel weighed down by a desire for correctness and propriety above all else. If classicism can be seen as a form of period drama or re-enactment – and let’s be honest, much modern architecture is too – then why is it always the same period? A worthy 18th century English Palladianism dominates. Virtually no one mines the fruitier end of Victorian architecture, or the kind of baroque mannerism practised by Hawksmoor or Vanbrugh. Today’s classicism doesn’t take enough risks, with materials or manners.' #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architects #architecture #Palladio #JohnSimpsonarchitects #TraditionalArchitecture #Feilden+Mawson #Cambridge #KingstonSchoolofArchitecture #RaymondErith #SirJohnSoane

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The Hayward Gallery’s refurbished concrete stair, with new terrazzo floor and refinished original maple flooring beyond. Credit: Morley von Sternberg @morleyvon ‘We treated them as if they were listed. We took care of them,’ says Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Richard Battye of the practice’s £35m refurbishment of the brutalist arts venues at London’s Southbank Centre. The listing reference is particularly pertinent given the recent decision by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to turn down the complex for listing and instead issue a Certificate of Immunity, just a few years after the centre proposed, then abandoned, more extensive and controversial plans. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architecture #architects #buildings #design #SouthbankCentre #FeildenCleggBradleyStudios #HaywardGallery #London #Londonarchitecture #Londonlandmarks #concrete #brutalist #brutalism #terrazzo #stairs #mapleflooring @feildencleggbradleystudios @southbankcentre

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Close-up of Rasheed Araeen's artwork in the Aga Khan Centre. Credit: Edmund Sumner @edmundsumner ...With so little to look at, though, it is impossible not to notice how beautifully detailed everything is. The only deviations from this pureness are the specially commissioned blue, red, yellow and green geometric artwork by Pakistani artist Rasheed Araeen, which saves the atrium from looking like an early 2000s hospital by throwing colour across the tallest wall; and perhaps the eight-sided pattern Maki composed for the scheme, which is used in different sizes on everything from glass frit to flooring and acoustic ceiling panels... #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architecture #architects #design #buildingdesign #London #KingsCross #buildings #RasheedAraeen #AgaKhanCentre #geometry #geometricdesign

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Rising stars entries close at 5pm tonight! Don't miss out on your chance to be recognised, click on the link in bio to enter. 'The value of winning a place in the RIBAJ Risings stars cohort was feeling recognised for hard work; enabling conversations with peers on what the role of the architect really is; giving me confidence to speak about my work; invitations to take part in events as an emerging figure in the industry' – Una Breathnach-Hifearnain, Rising Stars 2017 cohort #RIBA #RisingStars #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal @StolonStudio @hawkins_brown @atomik_architecture @Ryder1953 @watershed_d @gensler_uk @officedka @sheppard_robson @bdp_com @glennhowells

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"My Flat as Lived." Practitioner: Commended Jolene Liam/Studio Egret West 'In my daily work I draw hundreds of flats for thousands of people,’ wrote Jolene Liam, supporting her three 0.38mm ball-pen drawings. ‘But I wanted to imagine the contents of my own flat in a different way: this is a response to traditional depictions of architecture.’ @egretwest #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #EyeLine #EyeLine2018 #drawingcompetition #architecture #architecturaldrawings

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A red, Venetian plaster altar, by acclaimed ceramicist Julian Stair is the focal point of the church, below Barr’s cast iron ring of light. They sit on top of re-used green marble from the previous high altar. Roz Barr Architects’ award-winning refurbishment of St Augustine’s Church is an honest return to the original. Credit: John MacLean @john_maclean_archiphoto @roz_barr_architects #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architecture #architects #buildingdesign #church #JulianStair #StAugustinesChurch #marble #altar

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Islamic-inspired gardens are the delight of Maki and Associates’ new Aga Khan Centre, so it’s a pity they are barely visible on the exterior. The Garden of Light at the top of the building comes off one of the executive meeting rooms and is a tribute to the Moorish gardens of southern Spain. Credit: Edmund Sumner @edmundsumner #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #photography #architects #architecture #buildings #buildingdesign #islamdesign #islamicinspiration #Maki&Associates #AgaKhan #AgaKhanCentre #GardenofLight #moorisharchitecture #moorishdesign #Spain #spanishdesign

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InterActiveCorp HQ, Manhattan, New York. Credit: Dee Thompson @dee.thompson.photoart While talking in superlatives about her love of architecture and the desire to ‘capture the expression and dignity of buildings’, Mary­land photographer Dee Thompson isn’t giving up the day job quite yet. Her father having worked in construction, she might have grown up surrounded by drawings of plans and elevations, but Thompson has been a lawyer for 30 years, currently an attorney to the US government, specialising in contract and environmental law. The latter, she claims, ‘drawing you into notions of space and context’, spurred her on to attend the technical courses that would help her to dev­elop her second, photographic, skill set. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architecture #architects #architecturephotography #buildings #buildingdesign #InterActiveCorp #Manhattan #NewYork #America #officebuilding #Maryland

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Roz Barr Architects’ award-winning refurbishment of St Augustine’s Church is an honest return to the original. New confessional booths are cut through to peep out towards windows that would otherwise be obscured. Credit: John MacLean @john_maclean_archiphoto #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #RIBA #architecturephotography #RozBarrArchitects #StAugustinesChurch #confessional #church #churcharchitecture #buildingdesign @roz_barr_architects

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In the hotel reception looking up. Credit: Virgile Simon Bertrand http://www.virgilebertrand.com Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the new Morpheus hotel in Macau features what the practice believes to be the world’s first freeform, high-rise exoskeleton structure. Located in the City of Dreams casino resort in Cotai on the southern Chinese island, this striking design contrasts with resort architecture that takes inspiration from famous faraway places – there are already Venetian and Parisian-themed hotels on the island, the latter complete with its own Eiffel Tower. But it was important that the 42-storey Morpheus had its own architectural identity, says project director Viviana Muscettola, and the assertive exoskeleton certainly provides that. ‘The client’s goal was to create something unique and specific to Macau,’ she says, adding that ZHA built its own parametric 3D tools and scripts to realise the exoskeleton structural axis and exo-cladding surfaces. Engineer BuroHappold also made parametric tools to analyse and design the structure. @zahahadidarchitects #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architecture #architects #design #buildings #hotelbuildings #hoteldesign #Macau #exoskeleton #jadecrafting #ZHA #Morpheus

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Eye Line 2018 Student category: Commended Caroline Barnard/Kingston University Caroline Barnard’s proposal to ‘occupy’ the self-storage centres that proliferate on our city edges beguiled and amused the judges, her work showing an irony that they didn’t fail to pick up on. In addition to its prosaic function the self-storage is now complemented by an array of community functions and new public space. Petherbridge was an instant fan, taken by the image ‘of the two beer cans that rucks the symmetry of the whole thing…taking something so banal and ennobling it is somehow intriguing’.' @ku_archland @purcell.architecture @carolinebarnard1 @KingstonSchArt #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #EyeLine2018 #architecture #architects #drawing

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Eye Line 2018 Student category: Commended George Allen/Royal College of Art. Carried out in the weekends over three months, using three Rotring pen line weights, and inspired by the frivolity of Heath Robinson’s work, this long section through the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is nothing less than a labour of love by Part I assistant George Allen. The drawing, he says, ‘depicts a calamitous opening night of Pan the Musical, marked by a rampaging elephant, a capsizing ship and various instances of drunkenness, thievery and infidelity.’ While Petherbridge struggled with its ‘contradictory, mechanistic mode of working; its banality’, she found herself in the minority. Gibb thought ‘it gave a real sense of place and occasion. It’s very dramatic and he’s put real effort into each and every character.’ Seilern enjoyed its comedic references to cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé and Wilkinson praised ‘its obsessive, pictorial nature.’ Pearman commended the evidence shown here for the possibility for architects to move into the realms of illustration. Nobody could dispute Gibb’s assertion that ‘the more you zoom into it, the more you realise that each and every person he portrays has an imagined life.’ #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #EyeLine2018 #RoyalCollegeofArt #drawing #pendrawing #DruryLane #architects #architecture

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Detail showing exposed terracotta bricks and dappled light in the prayer hall. Credit: MTA/Sandrodi Carlo Darsa Marina Tabassum of Bangladesh is the latest architect to succeed in a prize traditionally contested by artists and designers, following in the footsteps of Turner Prize-winning Assemble and Turner Prize-shortlisted Forensic Architecture. Tabassum is joint first with artist Mehdi Moutashar for the £25,000 Jameel Prize, which is awarded for work inspired by Islamic tradition. It is the first time the prize has been awarded to an architect and the first time a joint winner has been chosen. All the shortlisted entries are displayed in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tabassum was nominated for the Bait ur Rouf mosque in Dhaka, which has already secured an Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She is, she says, ‘quite humbled and honoured by the whole thing… that an architectural project could reach a stage where you can compare it to the arts. To win it with Mehdi Moutashar was quite wonderful.’ #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #terracotta #architecture #architects #building #buildingdesign #design #MTA #SandrodiCaroDarsa #Bangladesh #MarinaTabussum #JameelPrize #V&A #VictoriaandAlbertMuseum

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Thousands of architects, clients and influencers saw the Rising Stars’ stories in RIBA Journal, here on http://ribaj.com and through our social media channels, giving the talents of the Rising Stars a boost for the coming years. This year it could be you or someone you work with. Enter RIBAJ Rising Stars today via the link in our bio or google 'RIBAJ Rising Stars 2018'. In association with Origin. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #RisingStars #RisingStars2018 #RIBAJRisingStars #construction #architects #architecture #architectgraduates @marydugganarc @MaxDewdney @unabhe @mamoumani

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Opened door leaves fold into slim, deep pillars, making the auditorium a remarkable flow of spaces. Credit: Nick Kane @nickkane2008 The college’s neoclassical main entrance opens up into a set piece of communal spaces primarily designed by George Clarke with Nicholas Hawksmoor, the dining hall on one side, the chapel on the other and the traditional form of the quad dropping away on its far side to the marshy edge of Oxford. The water is now contained in a curving lake and the edge of the city pushed out beyond the train station. Architect Niall McLaughlin saw the chance to echo this composition on the more fractured north side of the college. Here grand architectural gestures gave way to a cricket field and small-scale student rooms, hiding in a canopy of trees. @oxford_uni #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #Univeristy #College #Buildings #design #buildingdesign #hall #schoolhall #architects #architecture #architecturaldesign #neoclassical #neoclassicalarchitecture #GeorgeClarke #NicholasHawksmoor @mrgeorgeclarke @niallmclaughlinarchitects #Oxford #Oxforduniversity #lake

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Ben Johnson, East Mast with Gridline Beam and Outriggers, 1986 acrylic on canvas. Credit: Ben Johnson @benjohnsonart #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architect #architecture #BenJohnson #gridlinebeam #outriggers #1986 #painting

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Mosques: East meets West. The interior of the Baitul Futuh Mosque is restrained and simple, with a large central dome and floor to ceiling windows. #riba #ribaj #RibaJournal #architects #architecture #buildings #buildingdesign #design #interiordesign #mosque #mosques #eastmeetswest #BaitulFutuhMosque #dome #domeceiling

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CALL TO ARCHITECTS: Send us your homes projects! We’re putting together a special edition of the RIBA Journal for the autumn and need your recent private house projects. It can be based anywhere, be a new build or renovation, and as big or small as you like. To be considered, send five images and a short blurb to editorial.ribaj@riba.org by 10am Tuesday 14 August #ribajbuildings

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Congratulations Jacob Hoeppner of University of Stuttgart for winning the student category of Eye Line 2018. Pearman praised the skill of representation, with its ‘recognisable techniques communicating, on the face of it, a real building'. Of its hybrid language, Petherbridge was more circumspect, feeling ‘With its shifted grids there’s something “wobbly” about them, but they’re a set of images that intrigue – like an architectural "in-joke".’ But, she added, it was one that any architect would be party to. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #drawings #architecturaldrawings #competition #Stuttgart #UniversityofStuttgart @stuttgartuniversity

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Beyond a building. Prayer Hall of Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, designed by Marina Tabassum, joint winner of the Jameel Prize. Credit: MTA/Sandro di Carlo Darsa @marinatabassum @sandrophoto #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #architects #architecture #building #design #buildingdesign #MTA #Dhaka #prayerhall #mosque #BaiturRoufmosque #marinatabassum #jameelprize

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In praise of shadows. Niall McLaughlin’s contribution to Worcester College Oxford proves worthy of its privileged milieu. Here the lake is drawn under the proscenium arch of the studio alongside the main entrance. Credit: Nick Kane @nickkane2008 @oxford_uni @niallmclaughlinarchitects #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #Architects #architecture #buildings #design #buildingdesign #WorcesterCollege #lake #arch #studio

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The Stirling Prize shortlist 2018. New Tate, St Ives. Photo credit: Nick Hufton Tertiary education dominates this year, but all these diverse projects share a return to solidity and craft. @RIBA @tatestives @jamiefobert #RIBA #RIBAJournal #RIBAJ #Stirling #StirlingPrize #Tate #TateBritain #TateModern #TateStIves #Cornwall #Architects #Architecture #Architectureawards

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Are you thinking strategically, pushing materials to the limits, designing better systems as well as buildings? If so, we want to hear from you. Enter RIBAJ Rising Stars today via the link in our bio or google 'RIBAJ Rising Stars 2018'. In association with Origin. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #RisingStars #RisingStars2018 #RIBAJRisingStars #construction #architects #architecture #architectgraduates @marydugganarc @MaxDewdney @unabhe @mamoumani

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Designed by Mossessian Architecture Barahat Square, at the centre of the Msheireb development in Doha, Qatar, is a new kind of gathering place to create a sense of community, made possible by shelter from the ferocious sun. Mossessian has conceived it as a majlis, the meeting room where guests are welcomed in every Qatari home. Designed as ‘a jewel box’, the square is partly covered and temperatures will be modulated by solar-powered cooling, so that they should never exceed 30C. @mmossessian #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #arhcitects #architecture #Mossessian #MossessianArchitecture #BaharatSquare #Msheireb #Doha #Qatar #community #building #design #buildingdesign #shelter #majlis #meetingroom

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Congratulations to the practitioner category winner, Tszwai So of Spheron Architects. So used smeared charcoal to register his initial impressions not only of the site, but of his idea. ‘I saw myself as nothing more than a messenger carrying a suitcase full of letters between the victims… and scattering them over the square,’ he explains. #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #RIBA #architecturaldrawing #drawing #ribajeyeline #tszwaiso #architects #architecture @spheronarchitects

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Katharina Fritsch's Hahn-Cock for The Fourth Plinth. Credit: Martin Pettitt 'Public art needs meaning... Anodyne and unpopular public works of art are the product of lazy and box-ticking legal distraction. Those who commission should think harder.' #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #KatharinaFritsch #HahnCock #fourthplinth #TraflagarSquare #London #publicart #sculpture #architect #architects #achitecture #MartinPettitt

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RIBAJ is hunting for construction's Rising Stars. Are you one of them? Are you thinking strategically, pushing materials to the limits, designing better systems as well as buildings? If so, we want to hear from you. Click on our bio link to enter today. #Riba #RIBAJ #risingstars #risingstars2018 #architects #architecture #competition @fosterandpartners @zahahadidarchitects @htadesignllp @spheronarchitects @feildenfowles @madarchitects @fb_design_architects @farrellsarchitects

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Epic view up to the grid shell roof through one of five ‘Game of Thrones moon door’ openings – but not accessible to ordinary visitors. La-la-land on the outside and Bat Cave within, RHSP’s new distillery and visitor centre for Macallan leaves the nose empty but the eyes popping. Photo credit: Joas Souza @joasphoto #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #buildings #buildingdesign #GameofThrones #Moondoor #Batcave #RHSP #Macallan

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Radcliffe Camera, Oxford. Credit: Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0" Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, 1749 James Gibbs 'This should probably be paired with Hawksmoor’s almost contemporary Mausoleum at Castle Howard, but Gibbs’ home for the Radcliffe Science Library is, I believe, Britain’s most plastic and sculptural baroque building. Its circular form is masterfully organised into a dynamically layered composite of classical elements to rival anything in Italy.' -Adam Nathaniel Furman @oxford_uni @adamnathanielfurman #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #Architects #Architecture #buildings #design #buildingdesign #oxford #oxforduni #oxforduniversity #Radcliffe #Radcliffecamera #DavidIllif #1749

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Skill and dexterity in various techniques nets Lucinda Anis of @cambridgeuniversity #ribajeyeline @AVRLondon 2nd winner position, student category. Acknowledged but then overlooked in the initial trawl through the entrants, Lucinda Anis’ studies of the Cliffs’ Coptic Zaballeen Community in the end reasserted themselves with the judges to win her a worthy second place in the student category. Subject to struggles of land ownership, Anis’ drawings seem to make no distinction between the buildings of the community and the landscape they are part of. In the different forms of representation, the three drawings, the result of surveys and intense observation, while proposing nothing on paper, nevertheless seem to become highly propositional as studies in their own right; each seeming to sublimate built form with territory. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #cambridgeuniversity #drawings #architecture #architects #EyeLine2018 #EyeLine

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2nd practice winner of #ribajeyeline @AVRLondon is Rory Chisholm of InsallArch – inspired by Kew’s newly reopened Temperate House. Donald Insall Associates has just completed the restoration of the 1899 grade I listed Temperate House at Kew, allowing the world’s largest Victorian glass house to be reopened to the public; and Part 2 architectural assistant Rory Chisholm found himself fascinated by Decimus Burton’s ingenious high-level glazing actuators – so much so he set pen and brush to paper to record them. In the moisture soaked bleeding of the two, Chisholm’s sketch enthralled the judges. Gibb commented that ‘it may look like it’s been done quickly but he seems to have captured the both the volume and the nature of the space – you can feel the movement of heat and water.’ Petherbridge was struck by its understated delicacy and proficiency, despite the fact it’s unfinished: ‘yet there’s still a sense of the leaden, soaked air, the transparency, vegetation and the volume itself, all alluded to but not quite resolved.’ Pearman declared himself ‘keener the more I look at it; its languid feel’. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #EyeLine #EyeLine2018 #architects #architecture #drawing #architecturaldrawings #Kew #KewGradens #TemperateHouse @kewgardens

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Congratulations to Alan Power of Alan Power Architects, 3rd practitioner winner in 2018 #ribajeyeline @AVRLondon for his ‘considered, measured study’. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #EyeLine #EYELine2018 #architecture #architecturedrawings #competition #architects

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Congratulations to Chris Hammill of @cambridgeuniversity – 3rd student winner in #ribajeyeline @AVRLondon for his Armagh Gaol. #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #EyeLine #EYELine2018 #architecture #architecturedrawings #competition #architects

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