Alison Brooks vertical cloister - you have to lie on your back to get this view.
Credit: Hugh Pearman "Stairways to heaven. Reaching towards the light. Infinity reflections. These recurrent tropes of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, to be found deployed by disparate nationalities and cultures, represent – what, I wonder? Freespace, they called it: that’s the overarching theme for the exhibition as set by directors Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. It’s a fine concept, intended to emphasise that architecture is about so much more than ostensible function, goes beyond the walls of buildings into another realm of shared civitas, of human exchange. ‘Citizens should demand architecture as a civic right,’ they say." Hugh Pearman explores the Venice Biennale in this month's RIBAJ.
The RIBAJ Eye Line 2018 long list continues with Katrina Austen, Kwan Yiu Issac Liu, Kiran Milton, Isabelle Lam, Calum Ward, Haseef Rafiei, Jacob Hoeppner, Nikola Yanev, Philip Springall, and a special entry by 9 year-old Lev Griffin, a future architect in the making! #Eyeline2018#RIBAJ#Riba#drawingcompetition
Our Eye Line 2018 long list continues with Max Dewdney, Chong Yan Chuah, Tzawai So, Elliot Nash, Georgina Halabi, Louis Sullivan, Jolene Liam, and Chyna Izundu.
The #Eyeline2018 long list continues. Justine Ascough-Shore, James Edwards, Rory Chisholm, Alejandro Martinez Rodriguez, and Roland Karthaus, congratulations. Keep an eye out in our August issue of #RIBAJ for the winners announcement.
RIBA South Awards 2018.
Thames Tower, Reading.
Image credit: Jack Hobhouse @jackhobhouse
dn-a architects for Landid Property & Brockton Capital
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 23,470 m²
Thames Tower, bang in the middle of Reading, could have been just another office building and once it was: this new structure replaces an older Thames Tower, a stumpy and outdated 1970s office block. The development team didn’t demolish the building, though, but stripped it back to its original concrete frame and then completely reimagined both interior and the exterior.
RIBA East Midlands Awards.
University of Nottingham Advanced Manufacturing Building.
Image credit: Phil Grayston
Bond Bryan Architects for University of Nottingham
Contract value: £17m
GIA: 9,000 m²
Cost per m²: £1,889
This building is immediately recognisable as a dynamic and powerful statement at the gateway to the university’s Jubilee Campus. However, its assured simplicity belies a complex brief and a series of well-resolved and interesting interior spaces. A large simple volume containing functional workshops contrasts with a more fluid accommodation block containing office, research and meeting spaces.
RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2018.
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax.
Image credit: Mark Hadden @markhaddenarchitecture
Evans Vettori for Square Chapel Arts Centre @evansvettori
Contract value: £4.7m
Cost per m²: £2,462
This is a gem of a project, neatly connected to the adjoining grade I listed Piece Hall. The Square Chapel is a red brick grade II* listed chapel that was converted in the late 1980s into a thriving, but cramped, community arts centre. Now it has new facilities, knitted together by a bold triangular ‘prism’ which reconciles the various geometries and levels. The foyer, conceived as a woodland glade, uses steel branched columns to replace trees previously there.
Awards issue: RIBA South West Building of the Year sponsored by Artifice Press.
Image credit: Max Creasy @maxcreasy
Charlie Bigham's Food Production Campus, Wells.
Feilden Fowles for Charlie Bigham’s
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 7,860 m²
As the first phase of an ambitious 20-year masterplan for the redevelopment of Dulcote Quarry to create a food production campus, this building sets a direction of travel, with a quality working environment and a bespoke production line ready for growth. From a brief which demanded exceptional standards for only a modest extra cost to a typical factory, the architect has produced a playful building which responds to site context, brief and historic industrial archetypes. It masterfully mediates between the primacy of the process and the wellbeing of the workforce – attracting talent is critical.