SWANSEA ARENA - RSAW AWARD

SWANSEA ARENA - RSAW AWARD

Swansea Arena has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Architects in Wales Award – the first stage of the region’s RIBA Awards 2024!

“Swansea Arena has become an iconic sight at a key gateway in and out of Swansea city centre both during daylight hours and after dark. This is testament to the quality of the building’s design, so it’s really encouraging that the arena has now been shortlisted for a major architectural award. Along with the Copr Bay bridge and coastal park, the arena has helped greatly improve links between the city centre and the maritime quarter and waterfront for pedestrians and cyclists, while also acting as a catalyst for further investment in our city."

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader

View project here

SPACE FOR FUTURE-SHAPERS

SPACE FOR FUTURE-SHAPERS

ACME is featured in Metro Properties "Space for Future-Shapers" book discussing the design vision for Metro Campus - a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood quarter in Düsseldorf.

Read interview with ACME Directors, Friedrich Ludewig and Tim Laubinger here: German / English


View project here

 

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR

We welcome in the Year of the Wood Dragon with a delicious shared lunch commencing with Yusheng, a Prosperity Toss.

A huge thanks to the ACME Social Team for organising this!

THE HAYDON - SITE VISIT

THE HAYDON - SITE VISIT

Project Lead, Eleni Meladaki, takes the ACME team on a site visit to The Haydon, a high-end 87 apartment residential scheme - the second ACME designed building to complete as part of the Minories masterplan in City of London.

View project here

SHORELINE CRESCENT - SITE VISIT

SHORELINE CRESCENT - SITE VISIT

ACME London spends the afternoon in Folkestone, with a building tour of Shoreline Crescent to celebrate its completion.

View project here

HAPPY 2024

HAPPY 2024

As 2023 nears to an end, ACME would like to thank our clients, consultants, colleagues and friends, with whom we have shared design ambitions, success and milestone achievements.

We wish you all a restful break and look forward to working with you in 2024!

2023 SUPER JURY - WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL

2023 SUPER JURY - WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL

ACME Founding Director, Friedrich Ludewig is part of the 2023 Super Jury at the World Architecture Festival in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore this week.

This year's programme theme is 'Catalyst' - Architecture and design can be catalysts for beneficial change, because they can enable, accelerate or inspire interaction across our entire built environment, to the benefit of both individuals and institutions.

More info here 
ACME BERLIN SOCIAL

ACME BERLIN SOCIAL

ACME Berlin team take on an indoor rock climbing challenge as part of their monthly social events.

Thank you to Sheena Seeley and Ben Charlton for organizing this!

GOLD KEY AWARDS 2023  - WINNER

GOLD KEY AWARDS 2023 - WINNER

As Florattica celebrates its first birthday we are thrilled to announce this bespoke rooftop bar has been awarded the Nightclub/Lounge 2023 Winner at the 43rd Annual Gold Key Awards!

Celebrating excellence in hospitality design, the Gold Key Awards is the industry’s oldest awards program.

More information here 

2023 UK PROPERTY AWARDS WINNER

2023 UK PROPERTY AWARDS WINNER

Florattica at Canopy by Hilton, London City is the winner of this year's UK Property Awards - Hotel Bar Interior category!

Congratulations to the committed team for transforming a beautiful concept into reality.

View project here.

RE-SET-PAUSE @ ACME

RE-SET-PAUSE @ ACME

ACME's basement space transforms into a yoga studio for an hour of stretching, relaxation and unwinding at the end of the day.

We had the pleasure of welcoming back Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi in her new role as founder of Re-Set-Pause to lead a Hatha Yoga session. Many thanks to ACME's Wellbeing team for facilitating this event.
HERITAGE FUNDING: LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

HERITAGE FUNDING: LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

Leas Lift, Folkestone, has secured £4.8m heritage funding enabling the Victorian cliff-side funicular lift, first opened in 1885, to be brought back to life. The rare surviving water lift is one of only three to survive in the UK. It operates using water and gravity and will be restored to its former glory to carry passengers between the seaside and the town. 

ACME is thrilled to be part of this restoration project and is progressing with RIBA Stage 4 working towards a reopening date of 2025.

More details here

DAEDALUS WATERFRONT - PLANNING APPROVED

DAEDALUS WATERFRONT - PLANNING APPROVED

Daedalus Waterfront, Lee-on-the-Solent has received unanimous planning approval. The historic 42-acre waterfront site will be brought back to life once again with 24,500sqm industrial use, 5,200sqm workspace, and 346 much-needed mixed-tenure homes, 76 of which will be refurbishments of the existing heritage buildings including the historic barracks square.

Central to the scheme is the restoration of the historic buildings, including the WWI hangars. These will act as a gateway; and will become the upgraded home for The Hovercraft Museum and a new public space for local events.

ACME has enjoyed working with Homes England and Daedalus Development Company on this regeneration project and is excited to see it progress to the next stage.

More information here.
CELEBRATING 2023 PROMOTIONS

CELEBRATING 2023 PROMOTIONS

ACME is very grateful for our team's contributions to practice. We are delighted to announce this year's promotions as follows:

Lizy Huyghe becomes an Associate Director - ACME London

Thomas Soo becomes an Associate - ACME London

César Cruz Gómez becomes a Senior Architect - ACME London

Dirk Mueller becomes an Associate - ACME Berlin

Congratulations!

THE HAYDON, LONDON

THE HAYDON, LONDON

Pre-completion preview of The Haydon, City of London

An interplay of light and shadow - the building’s stepped massing responds to its surroundings cantilevering out up to four metres, creating an extremely high ratio of stepped terraces. A 3D play with an impression of randomness, while adhering to strict structural grid lines of the frame that carry the cantilever loads efficiently to the base.

Situated within London's Minories, adjacent to Canopy by Hilton London City Hotel.

Due for completion 2024.
STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN AWARD 2023 WINNER

STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN AWARD 2023 WINNER

Copr Bay Bridge wins the Structural Steel Design Awards 2023!

BCSA judges' note, "The Copr Bay Bridge provides a dramatic new gateway to Swansea, with its striking form and colour acknowledging the Bay’s history as a centre of coal and copper production. Of particular note are the innovative stressed skin design and the quality of the manufacturing which have resulted in an exemplary project."

More information here.

2023 RESTAURANT & BAR DESIGN AWARDS

2023 RESTAURANT & BAR DESIGN AWARDS

Florattica at Canopy by Hilton, London City with its expansive rooftop terrace and bespoke floral ceiling installation has been shortlisted for 2023 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in two categories - hotel and ceiling design.

Awards ceremony: 19 October 2023 

MUSLIM ACADEMY, HEIDELBERG

MUSLIM ACADEMY, HEIDELBERG

Congratulations to ACME + Spacehub for being selected in the winning teams for Muslim Academy, Heidelberg.

Muslim Academy is a place for education, cultural exchange and insight into Islamic history. A powerful arch structure anchors the building, with arches and vaults clad in Heidelberg sandstone, in red hue characteristic of the local cityscape. Inside and outside spaces flow, as the difference in levels is used creatively to integrate steps in the foyer with auditorium, exhibitions, restaurant and café at ground level.

Throughout, academy gardens create moments of pause between various functional areas of education, work, sleep and prayer. The upper volumes and internal gardens are unified by the building façade, an ornamental geometric perforated metal skin which allows light in and facilitates illumination at night.
PART 0 - YEAR 10 PRACTICE VISIT

PART 0 - YEAR 10 PRACTICE VISIT

It was a pleasure to welcome City of London Academy Shoreditch Park's Year 10 Students this week, as part of The London School of Architecture's Part 0 programme. Students learnt about various pathways into architecture, tested out ACME's 1-to-1 prototypes throughout our studio, and got some hands on experience with AI digital design tools - hopefully sparking interest for future designers!

Thank you to Taro Bean, Michel Bosauder, Amanda Callaghan, Ryan Hart,  Maria Perez Vera and Anatolios Stathiou for sharing your career pathway stories.
LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

Delighted to receive planning and listed building consent for the restoration of Folkestone's Grade II* listed Leas Lift. It is another step closer to bringing the water balanced funicular lift back to working life, reconnecting Folkestone to the seafront via a scenic ride down the Leas cliff.

ACME's design includes a new café situated to the west of the original Leas Lift waiting rooms designed by Reginald Pope, restoring a sense of symmetry lost when the pump room was built to the east in 1890.

More information here.

ARCHITECTURE IN SCHOOLS

ARCHITECTURE IN SCHOOLS

Over the last few months ACME has been working in partnership with Year 5 students from Larmenier & Sacred Heart Primary School as part of Open City Architecture in Schools programme with The Earls Court Development Company.

We've had inspirational site visits across the City of London, followed by sketching and modelmaking ideas workshops to help create a vision for Earls Court. A huge congratulations to the Year 5 students who have been awarded First Prize for the Best Model for their ideas on how to bring back the wonder to Earls Court.

ACME BECOMES EMPLOYEE OWNED

ACME BECOMES EMPLOYEE OWNED

ACME is delighted to announce that the Employees of ACME London have acquired 100% of the shares in the company.

Since its inception in 2007, ACME has aspired to work for the benefit of all staff, sharing its profits transparently and equitably. Becoming Employee owned does not change how we work and does not change our purpose to create outstanding projects, with joy and sustainable profit. It formalises legally how we have intended to run the company from the start.

Our new holding company, ACME Overlord, owns all of the shares on behalf of all current and future employees, overseen by our new ACME Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). We welcome our five Trustees to the Board of our EOT. Our two Independent Trustees are Hanif Kara and Helen Hyde; the Employee Trustees are Amanda Callaghan and Vojtech Nemec; joined by Friedrich Ludewig as our Founder Trustee.

We are looking forward to working with our Trustees and all of our new ACME company owners in this exciting new Chapter for ACME London.
ARCHITECTS BENEVOLENT SOCIETY: CHICKEN RUN 2023

ARCHITECTS BENEVOLENT SOCIETY: CHICKEN RUN 2023

Each year, ACME take part in Architects Benevolent Society 5km fun-run event - raising awareness and funds to help those in need within the architectural community. Our much loved resident working cocker spaniel, Juno, led team ACME this year.

ACME 16

ACME 16

ACME celebrates its 16th birthday with clients, collaborators and friends in our newly renovated Tabernacle basement event space.

Many thanks to all who joined us for a lovely evening!

REWE SHORTLISTED FOR EXEMPLARY BUILDING

REWE SHORTLISTED FOR EXEMPLARY BUILDING

REWE Green Farming has been shortlisted for Exemplary Buildings in the State of Hesse 2023 Award - "Connecting Society, City and Countryside".

This State Prize for Architecture and Urban Development celebrates sustainable, pioneering social, green-blue and gray infrastructure projects within the region of Hesse, Germany.

More details here.

COPR BAY BRIDGE SHORTLISTED FOR PINEAPPLES 2023

COPR BAY BRIDGE SHORTLISTED FOR PINEAPPLES 2023

Copr Bay Bridge is shortlisted for the Pineapples 2023 - Infrastructure Award. A new gateway for Swansea - Copr Bay Bridge is a celebration of the city’s past, present and future. The 49m structure spans six lanes of busy traffic, safely reconnecting the city centre to one of Swansea’s greatest assets - its world-renowned coastline.

Copr Bay Bridge is a key part of the £135m Copr Bay urban transformation which has reactivated a previously underutilised plot of land and delivered the 3,500 capacity Swansea Arena and new public realm including the 1.1 acre Amy Dillwyn Park - the largest green roof in Wales.

More information here.

EARLS COURT VISION

EARLS COURT VISION

The Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) has revealed the first details of its masterplan for the redevelopment of the former exhibition centre in west London. ACME is working with ECDC as commercial plot architect alongside masterplanners Studio Egret West, Hawkins Brown, landscape architects SLA, and phase one plot architects, Haworth Tompkins, Macreanor Lavington, Sheppard Robson, DRMM and Serie Architects. 

A long neglected, largely derelict 40-acre site in Zone 1 London will be reinstated as a destination of wonder. It is a landscape-led 680,000 sqm development which aims to go beyond net zero and become a climate-positive neighbourhood. The first phase expected commence in 2025.

Read AJ article here.

PSLAB STUDIO VISIT

PSLAB STUDIO VISIT

PSLab invited us to an evening in their Bermondsey studio, where they showcased their well designed and considered lighting and how this affects our mood, materials, atmosphere and activity.

PSLab previously assisted ACME with the design of our Victoria Gate Arcade building pendant, the prototype of which hangs in one of our meeting rooms, and miniature versions in our kitchen.

We look forward to collaborations in the future.

RIBA FOOD FOR THOUGHT LECTURE

RIBA FOOD FOR THOUGHT LECTURE

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) hosts the 2023 LK.E. Ozolins Lecture ‘Food for Thought’, exploring the future of food production within urban environments.

Conversation is led by architect Carolyn Steel, leading thinker on food and cities - and includes ACME’s Friedrich Ludewig, Jago van Bergen from Van Bergen Kolpa Architects and David West from Studio Egret West.

Watch online here

SHORELINE CRESCENT FACADE REVEALED

SHORELINE CRESCENT FACADE REVEALED

Shoreline Crescent's curved façade made from glazed white bricks is fully revealed on site at Folkestone. A playful interpretation of the clinker brick sits within the concave rhythms of the south façade.

More information on the project here.

CASTLE SQUARE PLANNING APPROVED

CASTLE SQUARE PLANNING APPROVED

ACME is delighted to receive planning for the re-envisioning of Swansea's Castle  Square. Throughout the design process, locals have told us just how important green space in the city centre is, and this project helps to deliver significantly more landscape.

The new Castle Square will revitalise an important civic space with an interactive water feature, biodiverse planting and new routes. Two pavilions will be embedded into the existing landscape with green roofs above.  inspired by Swansea's history at the centre of copper production and celebrating local low carbon materials in the use of local timber and welsh stone.

LETI EMBODIED CARBON CASE STUDY

LETI EMBODIED CARBON CASE STUDY

ACME designed Stratford Pavilion in London is included in the first set of LETI Embodied Carbon case studies. This publication includes a selection of UK projects from 2020/21 showcasing good practice regarding consideration of embodied carbon and whole life carbon principles.
Available for download here.
HAPPY 2023

HAPPY 2023

As we all look back at a successful 2022 for ACME, we would like to thank our clients, consultants, colleagues and friends, without whom we would not be here. We wish you a great break and look forward to working with you in the new year.

60 ALDGATE PLANNING

60 ALDGATE PLANNING

60 Aldgate received planning approval early this year. We have worked on the wider masterplan for this site in the City of London since 2012. Following a first successful planning application in 2016, we have worked with the client and the Planning Authority to improve the original consent.

The new 60 Aldgate building is more sustainable, achieving Net-Zero Carbon, and provides landscaped terraces to many of its terraced floors. The building fully cantilevers from its central core, creating an amazing column free entrance on Aldgate High Street, thereby entirely avoiding the London Underground lines below.

 

METRO PHASE ONE

METRO PHASE ONE

ACME won the international competition for the Dusseldorf Flingern masterplan in 2021. The site has now been split into two parts, with Swiss Life acquiring the 73,200 sqm main site to realize the visionary, forward-looking long term masterplan. Swiss Life will be working with ACME to create a diversified urban district combining living and working space with gastronomy, retail and local recreational facilities. 1,500 units will provide new housing for the local population.

The first part of the site, the existing METRO AG and METRO Deutschland headquarters, will be developed by Metro into an office campus centered around food excellence. This first phase of the masterplan has now received METRO board approval to commence to Planning Application. New Public spaces will be completed in 2025, opening out into the wider Flingern Campus, thus creating the stepping stones for the second part of the masterplan, which Swiss Life will bring to site from 2027 onwards.

 
FLORATTICA OPENING

FLORATTICA OPENING

Florattica, the ACME designed rooftop bar in the City of London, is finally open. Located on the 11th floor of the Canopy by Hilton Hotel London, with its own ground floor entrance and a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the City of London skyline, St. Paul’s Cathedral and across Whitechapel.

The floral ceiling was installed by Phohm, composed of preserved gypsophila, achillea and bloom broom, and is the largest permanent installation of its kind in the UK. It is as beautiful in real life as we had imagined it.

Open for bookings here

PRIX VERSAILLES 2022 - WINNER

PRIX VERSAILLES 2022 - WINNER

Stratford Pavilion has won Prix Versailles 2022 - Europe Special Prize for Exterior. The Prix Versailles celebrates the world’s best architecture and design projects - architecture capable of driving intelligent sustainability worldwide.

The project has also been shortlisted for the The World Title, results will be revealed on 15 December 2022 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

 

LEAS LIFT PUBLIC CONSULTATION

LEAS LIFT PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Join us to discuss the emerging proposals for the restoration of Folkestone's Grade*II Leas Lift, the new café, tours and activities. This is a chance to meet the team delivering the scheme, ask any questions, share your thoughts and tell us your memories of riding Leas Lift.

When: 2-3 December 2022, 11:00-14:00hrs
Where: Urban Room Folkestone, Harbour Street, CT20 1TP

More information here

ACME APPOINTED FOR EARLS COURT

ACME APPOINTED FOR EARLS COURT

Following a design competition by the Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) in the summer of 2022, ACME are delighted to be appointed as plot architect working on the former Earls Court Exhibition Centre site. ACME will re-create a sense of wonder and arrival from Earl’s Court Station by deliver a signature office building at the key entrance to the site on Warwick Road in Kensington & Chelsea.

We will be working alongside the masterplanner team of Hawkins/Brown, Studio Egret West and SLA as well as a number of other architects. Closed to the public for 150 years, the first phase of the development will create a new east-west public route across the site, a generous public open space, new homes and rich mix of cultural spaces and workplaces. The Planning Application is due to be submitted in 2023, with construction to commence in 2025.

More information here

FOLKESTONE SITE VISIT

FOLKESTONE SITE VISIT

ACME head to Folkestone to experience the final construction phase at the Shoreline Crescent, ahead of its completion in early 2023. The team discuss Folkestone's masterplan, its ambitions and the emerging schemes.
 
More information on the project here.
ZAK WORLD OF FACADES 2022

ZAK WORLD OF FACADES 2022

Mark Broom, Associate Director at ACME, joins the Zak World of Facades Conference this afternoon for discussion of Stratford Pavilion's timber façade, completed in 2021.

RED DOT DESIGN AWARD 2022

RED DOT DESIGN AWARD 2022

ACME designed REWE Green Farming is the Grand Prix - Red Dot Design Award Winner 2022!

This highest distinction at the Red Dot Award acknowledges REWE Green Farming as Europe’s first green farming supermarket. The ACME designed prototype is a highly adaptable and sustainable market concept, able to fit any site typology. Following optimization of the prototype, the concept will be rolled out by REWE for all new stores.

BIG DESIGN CONFERENCE 2022

BIG DESIGN CONFERENCE 2022

Friedrich Ludewig, Founding Director of ACME, joined the Big Design Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference offers a place for interdisciplinary dialogue on the role of design and architecture in the framework of accelerating global changes.

More information here

DUBLIN CENTRAL

DUBLIN CENTRAL

ACME has submitted the fourth part of our planning application for the landmark O’Connell Street site at Dublin Central - part of Hammerson’s proposal for the regeneration of this important heritage site in Dublin city. The latest phase includes the restoration of historically important streets and laneways, two new public squares, new pedestrian routes as well as several buildings containing spaces for culture and work, retail and restaurants.

An ACME collaboration with three great Irish Architectural Practices: Grafton Architects, Mola and RKD.

SHORELINE CRESCENT - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

SHORELINE CRESCENT - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Shoreline Crescent, the first building in our 2016 Folkestone Harbour masterplan, is taking shape. With the scaffolding restarting to come down, the curved facade made from glazed white bricks is finally revealed, and the assembly of balconies has commenced. Behind the wave of the curved bay window facade are a complex set of residential types, from townhouses to lateral townhouses, duplex apartments, flats and penthouses, all with sweeping views over the English Channel. The interior fit-out is progressing at speed, with the project due to complete in early 2023. 

View project here.

SOCIAL PROJECT BRECKNOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL

SOCIAL PROJECT BRECKNOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL

ACME try to make a difference in the communities that we work in. ACME's Euston Station team has been working for the last year with Brecknock Primary School, a local school located to the north of the station in Camden. In close liaison with teachers and pupils from Year 5, we have helped them to design a rooftop garden - putting into practice their lessons on simple machines and planting. The resulting design consists of a water wall, perimeter planters, plant watering pulley systems, a green house, a water collection tower and a chalkboard wall. 

With the enthusiastic help of Year 5 students and their teachers, ACME managed to complete the construction of the project on the roof last month using only recycled building materials. The water collection and irrigation system is now operational, in time for students to get seeding and planting in spring 2023.

SWANSEA ARENA

SWANSEA ARENA

 Swansea Arena is 6 months old today! This flexible multi-purpose Arena hosts up to 200 performances a year, including music, theatre, comedy and conference events.

The Arena is one part of the ACME designed masterplan, Copr Bay Phase One. An highly ambitious regeneration scheme linking Swansea city centre back its coastline.

AHEAD AWARDS EUROPE 2022

AHEAD AWARDS EUROPE 2022

Canopy by Hilton, London City has been shortlisted in two categories for the AHEAD Awards Europe 2022: Event Spaces and Visual Identity. The award recognises exceptional design for overall visual identity of the hotel and for its events space.

AA STUDENT VISIT

AA STUDENT VISIT

ACME welcomed a group of Architectural Association students to its office. Leading them were Naiara Vegara and Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov - the programme directors for the AA Semester Programme and some of ACME’s first employees!

FOLKESTONE PLOT E

FOLKESTONE PLOT E

Folkestone Plot E will create 100 new homes on Folkestone's shoreline with stunning harbour and viaduct views. The scheme includes a shingle beach garden linking to Marine Parade and the boardwalk.

More details here.

 

CARBON AUDIT 2021

CARBON AUDIT 2021

ACME’s latest annual Carbon Audit (2021) is complete and available for download here.

We continue discussions with clients to move more buildings to timber and stone frames to radically reduce carbon per sqm. We encourage more architecture practices and developers to carry out annual carbon audits. To encourage uptake, we make our Carbon Audit including all calculations and formulas available to enable others to build on the work we have done.

BAUWELT FEATURE

BAUWELT FEATURE

ACME is featured in Bauwelt 15.2022. Read article here.

Our German speaking Directors, Friedrich, Heidrun and Tim discuss ACME and one of its most pivotal and adventurous projects SAB, Leipzig.

CITY OF LONDON: BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2022

CITY OF LONDON: BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2022

Canopy by Hilton, London City has received a Commendation for City of London - Building of the Year 2022.

This project is an example of creative retention and re-use of existing London building stock. Seven projects were shortlisted by City of London and we are thrilled to receive this award.

View project here.

LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

ACME is delighted to be commissioned for the restoration of Leas Lift, Folkestone. Originally installed in 1885, this Grade II* listed water-balanced funicular railway is one of the oldest water lifts in the UK. 

It is an honour to be part of the team that will bring the Leas Lift back into working life once again, celebrating this destination and rich heritage asset in Folkestone.

ABOVE THE ROOFS - REWE GREEN FARMING

ABOVE THE ROOFS - REWE GREEN FARMING

This panel discussion explores current discord on the use of rooftops in urban areas, maximising the limited space by using them for public life or the cultivation of food. ACME presented the successful implementation of a rooftop greenhouse in the REWE Green Farming project.

Watch the discussion here.

LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE LATES

LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE LATES

ACME opened its doors as part of the Studio Lates series for the London Festival of Architecture. LFA is a month long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London.

ARCHITECTS BENEVOLENT SOCIETY: CHICKEN RUN 2022

ARCHITECTS BENEVOLENT SOCIETY: CHICKEN RUN 2022

ACME joins the Architects Benevolent Society 5km fun-run event through London - raising awareness and funds to help those in need within the architectural community.
ACME is the winner for biggest team - a huge thanks to all who organised and participated!

ASSOCIATES 2022

ASSOCIATES 2022

Michel Bosauder, Ann Ravens, Keigo Yoshida and Emma Buckley are appointed Associates in 2022.

We thank them for their commitment to the practice and welcome them into ACME's management team.

SENIOR ARCHITECTS 2022

SENIOR ARCHITECTS 2022

Álvaro Madrazo and Amanda Callaghan are appointed Senior Architects acknowledging their ongoing dedication to ACME practice projects.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS & DIRECTORS 2022

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS & DIRECTORS 2022

As ACME turned 15 in May 2022, Mark Broom and Eleni Meladaki become Associate Directors. Heidrun Schuhmann, James Denner and Tim Laubinger become Directors. 

We acknowledge their leadership qualities, perseverance and ongoing commitment to the practice.

FOLKESTONE PLOT A AND LEAS LIFT SQUARE

FOLKESTONE PLOT A AND LEAS LIFT SQUARE

Folkestone Plot A, the second building in our 2016 Folkestone Harbour masterplan, has received Planning Permission. The building is the smallest block in the masterplan, forming the western endpoint between the Coastal Park, the Lea's Lift Square and the Crescents of the wider masterplan. The block contains just 13 apartments, all with panoramic views of the English channel and the coastline.

See more information here.

AWARDS: STORE OF THE YEAR 2022 - WINNER

AWARDS: STORE OF THE YEAR 2022 - WINNER

REWE Green Farming, Wiesbaden is awarded Store of the Year 2022 by Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE) at the German Retail Real Estate Congress. The jury acknowledge the REWE prototype store as a sustainable industry leader - with its extensive range of local produce, an aquaponic rooftop farm and sustainable, modular construction methods.
CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA

CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA

ACME is designing a revitalised Castle Square - a more distinctive, vibrant civic space in the heart of Swansea.

The scheme includes two new pavilions, terraced seating areas, new access routes and green infrastructure such as enhanced planting and biodiversity, green roofs and SuDS and a playful water feature. See details here.

 

DAEDALUS WATERFRONT

DAEDALUS WATERFRONT

ACME is thrilled to be working with Homes England and Daedalus Development Company for the regeneration of the historic 42 acre waterfront site at Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent.

ACME's scheme will restore historic buildings, create 450,000sq ft of workspace, c.350 new homes and generous public spaces - celebrating the site's rich history and creating a welcoming place to work, live and visit. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR WOOD ARCHITECTURE 2022

INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR WOOD ARCHITECTURE 2022

REWE Green Farming, Wiesbaden is one of five projects shortlisted for the International Award for Wood Architecture 2022. An iconic and highly visible simple timber structure forms the main element of a new architectural identity for REWE.

The award winner will be announced at Forum Bois Construction, France on 7 April 2022.

CAMBRIDGE NORTH MASTERPLAN

CAMBRIDGE NORTH MASTERPLAN

In collaboration with Chesterton Partnership, planning has been submitted for a sustainable and inclusive mixed-use neighbourhood on a brownfield site adjacent to Cambridge North Railway Station. The socially responsible development will include 425 new homes, a transport mobility hub, new workplaces including research & development lab buildings, shops, cafés, restaurants and public spaces for all.

RIBA ARCHITECTURE AMBASSADORS

RIBA ARCHITECTURE AMBASSADORS

John Keats Primary School partners with ACME for RIBA's Architecture Ambassador programme.

ACME Architects, Ifigeneia Dilaveraki and Maria Perez Vera, facilitate a workshop with students exploring the possibilities of designing in their built environment - experimenting with materials, shape, height, light, transparency and colour.

COPR BAY PHASE ONE OPEN

COPR BAY PHASE ONE OPEN

The £135m Copr Bay Phase One development is now open for all - including the 1.1 acre Copr Bay Coastal Park and the 3,500 capacity Swansea Arena, which hosts its first City Centre Conference tomorrow.

A ZERO CARBON PROJECT: EUSTON OSD

A ZERO CARBON PROJECT: EUSTON OSD

Since 2019, ACME has been working as Masterplan Architect for the Euston Over-Station Development (OSD) - the UK's first large-scale project to have an ambition to deliver absolute zero carbon development.

The new development will seek to positively change local residents’ lives, economic opportunities, and physical and mental health. More details here.

SWANSEA BRIDGE OPEN

SWANSEA BRIDGE OPEN

Swansea bridge opens to the public today. The new pedestrian and cyclist footbridge across Oystermouth Road connects Swansea's city centre with its 3,500 capacity Swansea Arena, the new Coastal Park and the Marina.

Perforations on the bridge side panels, designed in collaboration with Swansea artist Marc Rees, are inspired by the abstracted silhouette of the Swansea emblem, the swan.
SWANSEA ARENA OPENING CEREMONY

SWANSEA ARENA OPENING CEREMONY

Official opening ceremony of Copr Bay Phase One, home to Swansea’s state-of-the-art 3,500 capacity arena – a truly momentous milestone in the city’s transformation.
EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES HUNSETT MILL

EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES HUNSETT MILL

ACME designed Hunsett Mill in Stalham, Norfork features on Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes with Sunetra Sarker and Sandi Toksvig.

Book in your next escape here.

SWANSEA ARENA HOUSEWARMING

SWANSEA ARENA HOUSEWARMING

ACME designed Swansea Arena prepares to open its doors to the public! Two housewarming shows are scheduled for 25-26 February 2022 featuring local Welsh talent. Book tickets here for a first glimpse of UK's newest arena.
SCHWARZBROTREIHE LECTURE

SCHWARZBROTREIHE LECTURE

Join ACME and knippershelbig discussing the exemplary sustainability project REWE Green Farming - Market of the Future.
When: 02.02.2022, 18:00hrs GMT
SLEEPER MAGAZINE: CANOPY BY HILTON

SLEEPER MAGAZINE: CANOPY BY HILTON

ACME is delighted that UK's first Canopy by Hilton hotel situated Aldgate, London is featured in Sleeper Magazine's 100th edition.

Read article here.

POLIS MAGAZINE: METRO CAMPUS

POLIS MAGAZINE: METRO CAMPUS

ACME's vision for Metro Campus - a diverse, lively, sustainable urban quarter in the middle of the Rhine metropolis of Düsseldorf is featured in Polis magazine.

Read article here.

RE-USE: REWE MARKET OF THE FUTURE

RE-USE: REWE MARKET OF THE FUTURE

Very relevant theme of RE-USE for Bauwelt's first issue of 2022. REWE Market of the Future (Green Farming) is featured.

Read article here.

HAPPY 2022

HAPPY 2022

Happy 2022 from everyone at ACME.
ACME IS NET CARBON ZERO

ACME IS NET CARBON ZERO

The ACME Carbon Audit for 2020 is complete and available for download here.
In addition to reviewing our projects and office carbon use, we have included a carbon audit of our office renovations and working from home due to COVID-19.

ACME key sustainability targets include:
- Reduce embodied carbon
- Assess operational carbon of completed ACME buildings
- Evaluate and increase biodiversity within our projects
- Audit the positive impact of green spaces and trees within ACME projects
GOLDA-MEIR-STEG, BERLIN OPEN

GOLDA-MEIR-STEG, BERLIN OPEN

Berlin's newest pedestrian and cycle bridge, Golda-Meir-Steg, designed by ACME opens to the public today!

Spanning the Berlin-Spandauer-Schifffahrtskanal, it creates an East-West link between two divided districts: the new Europacity and the Mitte district.

View project here

GRAND DESIGNS: RIBA HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021

GRAND DESIGNS: RIBA HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021

ACME designed Bumpers Oast is shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2021 and will feature on Channel 4’s Grand Designs this evening at 9pm! Watch online here.

Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin visit the homes competing for UK’s most prestigious award for a new house or extension. 

STRATFORD PAVILION LONDON SITE VISIT

STRATFORD PAVILION LONDON SITE VISIT

ACME enjoys a winter site visit to the recently completed Stratford Pavilion. This vertical piazza is a new place in Stratford to gather, relax and enjoy views of the Olympic Park and the developing East Bank from the publicly accessible rooftop.
FOLKESTONE HARBOUR & SEAFRONT ON SITE

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR & SEAFRONT ON SITE

Site work continues to progress well for Folkestone Harbour & Seafront residential development. Phase one, consisting of 84 homes, is due for completion late 2022.  Each new home will have spectacular views out to sea and along the coastline, as well as access to a new shared communal green space. 
LONDON BUILD EXPO 2021 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT

LONDON BUILD EXPO 2021 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT

ACME joins the Sustainability Stage at London Build Expo 2021 for a discussion about Healthy Buildings, Spaces and People with Hawkins\Brown, PRP, UCL, Manea Kella and Morris+Company.
CANOPY BY HILTON LONDON CITY OFFICIAL OPENING

CANOPY BY HILTON LONDON CITY OFFICIAL OPENING

Canopy by Hilton London City Hotel and Portsoken Community Centre in Aldgate celebrate their official opening today!

City of London’s Alderman and Sheriff Nicholas Lyons led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.