SAB LEIPZIG - ACOUSTIC PANEL

SAB LEIPZIG - ACOUSTIC PANEL

Acoustic absorption and low level lighting are important for a sense of wellbeing and privacy in a workplace. Suspended ceilings are not the answer. As we design more office buildings with raw and exposed concrete and timber soffits, we need elements that can hang below and provide light and silence.
ACME & Bartenbach Lighting have developed a pad with acoustic and lighting properties that can be arranged freely in the space. Covered in a wooly fleece, and with invisibly recessed LED lights, the pad provides high sound absorption and a localized, invisible task light. The first large scape implementation will be at our 25.000sqm office project for SAB in Leipzig, due to open in 2021. The pad will be available commercially from Nimbus here.

SWANSEA BRIDGE ASSEMBLY

SWANSEA BRIDGE ASSEMBLY

The deck for the new Swansea bridge over Oystermouth Road has finally arrived on site. Fabricated by SHS in Yorkshire, who also made our Leicester footbridge, the deck arrived in 4 parts on low loaders, travelling overnight. The as yet missing arch of the bridge  will arrive over the coming days in arch segments.  The deck and arch segments will be welded together in October, ready for installation next year.
The entire bridge has been cut and bent from one continuous thin sheet of steel. The sides of the arch have been laser cut with a swan pattern that will come to life at night as a coloured glowing lantern.
The 49 metre long bridge is a key link for Swansea Central Phase, connecting the city centre to the new Swansea Arena and coastal park and strengthening the connection between the city and the beach.
SWANSEA CHURCH HALL

SWANSEA CHURCH HALL

Planning permission has been granted for St David's Church Hall, with ancillary spaces, a cafe and a new public square.
The building will sit adjacent to St David’s Church, replacing an existing facility that will be demolished as part of the wider Swansea Central development, which includes a 3,500-capacity indoor arena, a new footbridge and a major new park.
The hall has been designed with careful consideration of its relationship to the Grade II listed St David’s Church. This is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Swansea, first established in 1808 and rebuilt by Charles Hansom in 1847.
The building footprint wraps around three trees including a large mature oak, while an articulated roofscape helps break up the massing and keep the roof line below that of the existing Church. The majority of the facade is local Blue Pennant stone and is designed as a contemporary interpretation of the external walls of the existing Church. The roof is traditional slate tile and the use of copper colour aluminium on the elevation pays tribute to the historical role of Swansea in the copper industry.
TABERNACLE WASHBASIN

TABERNACLE WASHBASIN

We are working with an amazing workshop in Java to create new sinks for the Tabernacle Street office bathrooms. In the spirit of the local Shoreditch area, the heart of furniture manufacturing in the 19th century, we have used bookmatched white ebony veneer for the wall cladding of the cubicles.  In collaboration with craftsmen in Indonesia, we have selected a petrified fossil log with matching colours which is being carved and polished to create two freestanding washbasins.

LEIPZIG BANK PROGRESS

LEIPZIG BANK PROGRESS

The shell and core of the new headquarters for the Saxony Development Bank (SAB) in Leipzig is almost complete. 
The majority of the facade has been installed, leaving curved glazed panels and horizontal spandrel panels to be inserted. The straight lines of the concrete roof oversailing the buildings blocks define the street character and accentuate the public route across the site. The construction of the forum and the fit-out have commenced, with an anticipated completion in 2021.

GOLDA-MEIR-STEG, BERLIN

GOLDA-MEIR-STEG, BERLIN

The Golda-Meir Bridge for the Europacity in the centre of Berlin is reaching the final stages of construction. Built in a Bavarian steel factory by the Danube, the seven segments, each weighting 30 tonnes, have been assembled in the Deggendorf harbour, in southern Germany. During August, the segments were welded into one continuous 77m long deck. In September, the completed structure will be painted with 7 layers of anti-corrosion paint and a final layer of anti-graffiti coating, before the 200t heavy structure will be loaded onto a canal barge.  The barge will make the 1600km journey to Berlin via canals and 64 locks over 12 days in October. Once installed, the bridge will create a new link between the former East and West Berlin territories, previously separated by the canal and the Berlin Wall.
SWANSEA ARENA TOPPING OUT

SWANSEA ARENA TOPPING OUT

The steel frame of Swansea Arena has been completed. Works are now progressing inside, with the black precast concrete steps in the auditorium taking shape. Mock-ups for the gold anodised digital facade and the red polished concrete for the foyer floor have been installed for final signoff by the client.
On the other side of the road, the frames for the residential block and the multi-storey car park has also reached its final height, ready for the first facade elements to be installed.

STRATFORD PAVILION FACADE

STRATFORD PAVILION FACADE

The installation of Stratford Timber Pavilion facade is complete. The concave geometry of the gently curving facade helps to create sheltered terraces overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Park. The erection of the timber bleachers and the balustrades are progressing, with the tenant fit-out due to commence shortly for pavilion opening in early 2021.

DEZEEN AWARDS 2020

DEZEEN AWARDS 2020

Bumpers Oast has been longlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2020. The house has been designed as a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Kent oast buildings, used to dry hops. The awards will be announced at the end of October.

ACME AT AIA MIDDLE EAST

ACME AT AIA MIDDLE EAST

ACME has been invited to participate in the AIA Middle East webinar on Wednesday 12th of August at 4 pm BST.
Duarte Lobo Antunes will share ideas about Designing Specific Buildings in a Globalised World. He will present in particular Marsa Plaza in Muscat, Oman, a new public square which plays with the tectonics and graphics of traditional Omani architecture. This project serves a good example to foster the debate addressing contemporary architecture vs. vernacular traditions, interpretation and critical regionalism. This set of questions is at the heart of our work and informs each of our projects.
Register here
MARSA PLAZA SHORTLISTED AT ARCHITECTS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

MARSA PLAZA SHORTLISTED AT ARCHITECTS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Marsa Plaza, a new public square located in Muscat, Oman, is shortlisted for the Architect of the Year Awards 2020 in the Public Realm category. Looking out to the sea, this square forms a gathering point for the residents and passers-by of Al-Mouj, a new urban quarter stretching along the Gulf of Oman. With large canopies creating shade throughout the day, the design of the plaza pays homage to traditional Omani geometric patterns and vernacular architecture.
ACME WINS PLACE ON SOUTHWARK COUNCIL FRAMEWORK

ACME WINS PLACE ON SOUTHWARK COUNCIL FRAMEWORK

Acme are delighted to be selected to join the Southwark Council framework for the procurement of new offices, retail and industrial projects over £10M. Set up by LHC for Southwark, the four-year framework will be used to procure approximately £10 million-worth of Southwark’s design services within the borough as well as projects with other public sector clients around London. We have worked in Southwark since we won our first major competition in the borough three years ago, and we look forward to build on this success over the next four years.
SWANSEA ARENA CONSTRUCTION

SWANSEA ARENA CONSTRUCTION

Swansea Central has progressed during the spring, with steel assembly teams working safely in pairs, socially distanced. The steel frame of the 3500 capacity multi-purposed arena has risen quickly over the last 6 weeks, revealing the size of the auditorium volume and showing the height of the flytower over the stage. Across the road, the new carpark and residential building is progressing at pace, with the steel topped out and the concrete frame reaching level 2. A new pedestrian bridge is currently being assembled off site, and the abutments and approach ramps on both sides are starting to take shape on each side. The frames for both buildings should be complete in July.

RIBA REGIONAL AWARDS SHORTLIST

RIBA REGIONAL AWARDS SHORTLIST

We are delighted that Bumpers Oast has been shortlisted  for the RIBA South East Regional RIBA Awards 2020.
Bumpers Oast is a 21st century house inspired by the vernacular structures of Kent that were traditionally used to dry hops for beer brewing. Five shingle-clad towers rise up a former apple orchard, creating an extremely low-energy contemporary home.

MELBOURNE COUNCIL HQ

MELBOURNE COUNCIL HQ

The new Council HQ in Melbourne is nearing completion. Our Library for Maroondah Council opened in 2016 on the new Eastland Town Square. Since then, we have worked with QIC on the next phases of the masterplan. 2018 saw the opening of our Sage Hotel, built over the retail and parking structures completed two years earlier. The next phase is the new Council Headquarter in Ringwood/Maroondah, constructed above the David Jones department store.
Maroondah Council needed a new council building that moved them closer to Realm, the new library, and the Council's constituents. The new office building is designed as a lightweight volume floating above the department store, linked with a bridge to the library. Angled timber fins provide shading to the glazed facades and ensure that the building achieves 5 Green Star rating for its highly sustainable features.
The concept design is by ACME for QIC, while Peddle Thorp has been appointed as Executive Architect from the Maroondah Council.
The building is due for completion in June 2020.
SWANSEA ARENA RISING

SWANSEA ARENA RISING

The erection of the steel frame for Swansea’s new 3,500 capacity Arena is gathering pace. Located between the marina and the city centre, the building will form the centrepiece of the Council's city centre regeneration. The assembly of the Arena structure should complete by July 2020 and will reach a height of 24 metres.
The steel frame work is being undertaken in innovative ways, to ensure safe, social distancing measures are adhered to. Each of these measures helps keep numbers down at any one time in any location on site, whilst allowing the work to continue to help protect Swansea’s future. Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: “The arena scheme is a transformational regeneration project that’s key to delivering a 21s tCentury Swansea. Once the crisis is over we will all be able to enjoy it."
ACME AUTOPILOT

ACME AUTOPILOT

The ACME London and Berlin offices might look deserted, but are magically alive and well, while everyone is safely at home. We continue to work at full capacity, with staff connecting to their office computers from their living room, balcony and garden.
We have quickly adapted to our regular meetings moving online. Some parts of communication take a bit more effort, some parts are getting a bit easier. We would not have imagined this four weeks ago, but the exchange of information, the sharing of knowledge and a drink together after work can function surprisingly well from home. We are certainly learning new ways of working, and it will change our thinking about work and collaboration long after this virus has passed.
We are grateful for the continuing support from you, our friends, clients and partners as we get through the coming weeks and months, distant in some ways, close in others.
TABERNACLE EXPANSION

TABERNACLE EXPANSION

ACME London is expanding. We moved into Tabernacle Street 5 years ago, occupying the ground and first floor of the building. Our landlord has managed to vacate the other floors over the last few years, and we have signed a new lease to take over the whole five floors of the building.
In mid February, we have started refurbishment works, stripping the floors back, demolishing 1960s toilets and polishing the concrete floors. We intend to use some of the new floors ourselves and invite a number of friends to join us. 
The long-term plan is to create a community building with a flower shop and lunchtime restaurant on the ground floor, a tequila bar and furniture workshop in the basement, hairdresser on the second floor, and a rooftop garden and terrace. While all ACME staff have been working from home over the last weeks, the contractor has worked with a reduced team to finish some of the most noisy and disruptive building works, and we remain on target to finish the works in time for a proper summer party with friends and family, once we're all allowed out again.
SAB LEIPZIG - CONCRETE STAIRS

SAB LEIPZIG - CONCRETE STAIRS

Oval staircases will link the floors at the SAB Bank HQ. The stair design was guided by a desire for lightness and openness. The steps smoothly emerge from a supporting wall, to create the impression that the staircase is floating.  The construction of the staircase was a technical challenge due to the complex shape and the curvature of the soffit. To replicate the geometry, Doka opted to 3d-printing the most complex part of the formwork on the basis of a detailed 3D CAD model developed and provided by ACME. Using Powder Binder Jetting Printers, the elements of the formwork were produced with a gauge of 21mm in thin layers of sand and resin. The precision printed formwork allowed assembly on the site within hours. This was the first time that 3d printing for formwork had been used at scale in a commercial project in Germany. Using this innovative process enabled the construction team to save time and to obtain a smooth and seamless concrete mould and showed ways how complex geometry can be delivered cost effectively on site.
Image credits: DOKA
PLANNING FOR VICTORIA GATE HOTEL IN LEEDS

PLANNING FOR VICTORIA GATE HOTEL IN LEEDS

We are delighted that the Leeds City Council plans panel has approved Hammerson’s plans for the Victoria Gate Hotel.
Located opposite the newly refurbished Leeds Playhouse, the 15-floor hotel will include 205 rooms, a restaurant, bar, conference facilities, and a gym. Hammerson and ACME have worked over the last decade to start the transformation of this part of the city centre, including the opening of Victoria Gate in 2016, creating new links between existing commercial and cultural uses such as the newly refurbished Leeds Playhouse.
The hotel expands the existing Victoria Gate family of buildings with a tower expressed with a dia-grid facade, with windows of varying dimensions arranged to create a pixelated diamond pattern. The tower meets the ground with three-dimensional terracotta tiles while the restaurant will be glass volume to creating a visual connection between the dining space and the playhouse.
COUNCIL HQ CONSTRUCTION IN EASTLAND

COUNCIL HQ CONSTRUCTION IN EASTLAND

Construction has begun in Eastland/ Melbourne for our new office building for Maroondah Council. Sitting above the David Jones department store that we completed in 2016, the new council offices will support Realm, the library and Arts Centre on the town square and allow the council to move more of its core functions closer to the community. The new office building on the podium joins the Sage Hotel that we completed in 2019, and is a further step in QIC's transformation of Eastland Centre into a truly mixed-use development.

SWANSEA BRIDGE UNVEILED

SWANSEA BRIDGE UNVEILED

The final design of Swansea footbridge across Oystermouth Road has been unveiled. The new structure will seamlessly connect the city centre with Swansea Arena and the Marina, and will become a stepping stone to connect to the beach.
The design of the bridge by Ney and Partners and ACME is intended to celebrate the city through the form and appearance of the bridge.
The pattern on the side panels is inspired by an abstracted silhouette of swans, the result of a close collaboration with the Wales-based artist Marc Rees.
The selected colour and lighting acknowledges the historical link Swansea has to the local copper industry and the feature lighting will be timed to be in synch with the digital facade of Swansea Arena.

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR WINS LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE AWARD

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR WINS LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE AWARD

Folkestone Harbour has won the Landscape Institute Awards 2019 for Best Heritage and Culture project.

The Harbour Arm, the Harbour station, the swing bridge and the railway viaduct remained in the town centre following the closure of the line.
ACME and Macfarlane & Associates have used these remnants to create a new pedestrian route utilizing the remaining rail tracks and points, to connect the town centre to the Harbour Arm. 

The shingle beach is the habitat of a number of plants like sea kale, and a team of volunteers have worked over the years to create further community gardens in the harbour station. Plants from these gardens have been incorporated into the planting of the station and harbour viaduct, to create sustainable coastal gardens suited to the harsh coastal environment.
Image courtesy - Macfarlane & Associates
AJ SPECIFICATION AWARDS JUDGING

AJ SPECIFICATION AWARDS JUDGING

Catherine Hennessy will be on the Judges for the AJ Specification Awards for the second year running. The Awards recognise completed projects that successfully combine products with design and fruitful collaborations between architects and product suppliers/manufacturers.
The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony which will be taking place on Wednesday 25th March at FORA, Spitalfields. 
FOLKESTONE SEAFRONT STARTING CONSTRUCTION

FOLKESTONE SEAFRONT STARTING CONSTRUCTION

Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Co. has announced the start of construction of the Seafront development, with the first ACME designed residential building.

ACME’s involvement with the project started in 2016 through an invited competition. The amended masterplan achieved planning consent in 2018, and the first phase of the development received detailed planning consent in 2019, allowing the first plot to progress to construction.

In a playful nod to adjacent Victorian seaside estates, the development creates new urban crescents, articulated with curved bay windows and balconies.  20 town houses comprise the lower front part of the first crescent, rising at both ends to two taller volumes containing 64 apartments and duplexes. Expansive sea views on the beach side are complemented by a raised communal garden on the wind-protected side of the crescent.
ACME AT ARCHITECTS@WORK

ACME AT ARCHITECTS@WORK

Mark Broom from ACME will speak at the Timber Future seminar of Architect@Work London.
The talk, chaired by Chris Foges, editor in chief at Architecture Today, will explore the recent projects of four London practices that are creating new way of working with timber and exploring new construction techniques.
Mark will focus on the use of timber in the currently under construction IQL Pavilion in Stratford at the edge of the Olympic park.
Please join us on the 29th of January at 3.00 pm at the Old Truman Brewery.
HAPPY 2020

HAPPY 2020

Happy 2020 from everyone at ACME.
CANOPY BY HILTON ALDGATE PROGRESSES

CANOPY BY HILTON ALDGATE PROGRESSES

The transformation of a former office building built in the 60s in Aldgate into a Canopy by Hilton  is making good progresses on site. Over the last 11 month, the original concrete frame has been renovated and the new 11 storey wing has topped out, and installation of new facades is completing shortly.
This new envelope of 1,900 aluminium fins and unitised glazing units will cover the old and the new structure to create a new, visually consistent low energy skin.
Large glazing panels run in vertical strips, retaining the rhythm of the original facade and providing most rooms with three windows. Seven vertical fin types have been developed, with differing profiles and a subtle tone difference per side. When viewed obliquely, they will generate the impression of a three-dimensional diagrid pattern. 

ACME AT WAF 2019

ACME AT WAF 2019

ACME are at the World Architecture Festival 2019 from the 4th to the 6th of December in Amsterdam. Friedrich Ludewig will be judging the INSIDE: Display and INSIDE: Hotels categories this year. ACME won the WAF Award for the best Commercial Project with Victoria Gate Leeds in 2017.  
SWANSEA ARENA BREAKING GROUND

SWANSEA ARENA BREAKING GROUND

The first phase of Swansea Central is finally breaking ground.
Over the last four years, Swansea Council and ACME have defined a master plan that will heal some of the gaps in the urban fabric, bring new uses to the city centre,and  re-link the city to the docks and onward to the beach. 
The first parts of the scheme that commenced construction this week are the new Coastal Park and the 3,500-seat Swansea arena, due to open in the summer of 2021.
The arena, coastal park and new bridge will create an incredible stepping stone for future growth, anchoring a new quarter in the city centre that will comprise new green spaces, education, leisure, working and living.
The shape of the arena appears like a fluid arrangement of bifurcating curves, pushed and pulled by the spatial requirements of the accommodation inside. The facade consists of a pleated and perforated aluminium mesh with integrated LEDs across the entire facade to display art, events and performances to the adjacent digital square and the wider city. The bridge to the arena uses a stressed steel skin as its structure to provide a super thin bridge deck and create a unique shadow and light experience when walking across and driving below it.

ACME AT STO WERKSTATT

ACME AT STO WERKSTATT

ACME has been invited to talk at the Sto Werkstatt gallery in London on Thursday 7th of November at 6.30 pm.
Duarte Lobo Antunes will be talking about Designing Specific Buildings in a Globalised World.
How does one design spaces that are both of their places but have universal appeal? How is building in Kent different from designing for Muscat? How is it similar? What does it mean to be local and context-specific in a world that increasingly shares that same references? How can such a diverse studio come together to find a common language?
These are the questions that drive ACME’s thinking and designs on a daily basis and will be addressed during the evening’s talk.

Please RSVP here
PRIX VERSAILLES

PRIX VERSAILLES

Our Eastland Town Centre in Melbourne has won the 2019 Prix Versailles for the Best Shopping mall in the Asia region. The jury included David Adjaye and  Kazuyo Sejima as part of the architectural panel as well as the fashion designer Iris Van Herpen.
For Eastland, ACME have designed a family of five buildings surrounding new public square at the heart of Maroondah, including a Realm Library Building, a David Jones Department Store, and the shard at its centre, all of which were completed in 2017. The Prix Versailles was handed over in the global awards ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

IQL PAVILION CONSTRUCTION

IQL PAVILION CONSTRUCTION

The construction of the timber pavilion located in the International Quarter London is making rapid progress. Foundation and ground works were completed in July, allowing the assembly of the timber frame to start. The completion of the structure is expected in September. The pavilion sits over the DLR tunnel, imposing severe restrictions on weights, which helped to make the case for a timber frame of glulam with CLT walls and slabs. The timber allows for reduction of on-site assembly, lower operational and embodied carbon, a better internal environment and it looks better. In total, the Pavilion will include around 34 m³ of timber sourced from FSC certified forests.
HOTEL IN LEEDS VICTORIA REVEALED

HOTEL IN LEEDS VICTORIA REVEALED

In the first phase of Leeds Victoria, ACME completed the award-winning John Lewis department store, arcade and car park. Since 2017, we are working on the second phase of Eastgate Quarters, to create a mixed-use quarter of residential, office, culture and leisure uses on the remainder of the site. The first part will be a 205 room hotel, a visual bookend for the scheme at the eastern edge, replacing a temporary surface car park. Located opposite the playhouse, the 14 floor hotel will create a townscape marker and delineate the bank of the Lady Beck, a culverted river that runs through the site.
The hotel fenestration is designed to a pattern visually related to the neighbouring buildings of Victoria Leeds. Each room with have multiple windows, dissolving the scale of the building into a more abstract sculpture, and allowing for the emergence of a diagrid pattern when seen from afar. 
Following discussions with the Leeds Plans Panel and public consultation in September, a planning submission for this next stage of Eastgate Quarters is expected in October, with a possible commencement on site in 2020.

CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA

CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA

We are delighted that ACME has been appointed to redesign Swansea's Castle Square.
The central public space of Swansea has an interesting topography, bridging a level difference of 4m, and has served as the main square of the city for 70 years.
Originally designed as a garden, the space has evolved into a very hard urban space with very little civic use.
We look forward to work with the Swansea City Council team to explore new directions for this space to strengthen the regeneration of the High Street and the wider city centre. 

ACME CYCLING TO BRIGHTON FOR BHF

ACME CYCLING TO BRIGHTON FOR BHF

On the 16th of June, the 10 rider strong ACME peloton will participate again in the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
This year will see the team debut the newly designed ACME cycling jerseys.
As in previous years, we are raising money to support the British Heart Foundation undertaking pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatments.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/acmelondontobrighton2019

ACME STUDIO LATES

ACME STUDIO LATES

ACME will open the doors of its studio in Shoreditch on the 21st of June as part of the Studio Lates series.
During your visit you will also have the chance to see ACME's projects, both past and present, through physical models, 3d printed maquettes and our virtual reality headset.
Located in an old warehouse in Shoreditch that we refurbished ourselves, you are welcome to join us for a drink, meet the team and explore our work space - including our sculptural staircase and Yayoi Kusama inspired toilette.  
We would love to see you  from 5pm at our office in 76 Tabernacle Street EC2A 4EA.
Registration at the link below.
Eventbrite
2019 RIBA HAMPSHIRE LECTURE

2019 RIBA HAMPSHIRE LECTURE

ACME has been invited by the RIBA Hampshire to speak as part of the 2019 Lecture series on Wednesday the 22nd of May. Friedrich Ludewig will present some of ACME’s new projects in Folkestone Harbour & Southampton as well as the recently completed Bumpers Hall in Kent.
We would love to see you at 6 pm at the Winchester Discovery Centre in Winchester.
Registration at the link below.
Eventbrite

SAB BANK TOPPING OUT

SAB BANK TOPPING OUT

The concrete frame of the SAB Neubau Leipzig has been completed. Construction started in 2017 and after extensive basement retaining works, the 5 Storey structure is now 21m high. Along the perimeter, slender, 21m tall, spun-concrete columns were craned into position before the slab was cast. The concept of the perimeter columns is that they will evolve into a forest of columns to define a forum facing the historic city centre. Completion of the project is expected in 2020. 

FOLKESTONE VIADUCT LIFT PROGRESS

FOLKESTONE VIADUCT LIFT PROGRESS

The final element of the Folkestone Harbour viaduct is nearing completion. In 2017 the viaduct across the harbour opened to the public, creating a new public promenade to the renovated Harbour station platforms and the Harbour Arm. The new lift and staircase will provide access to the viaduct from Harbour Square. Matching the neighbouring harbour sheds, the lift is clad in dark waney-edge timber larch boarding.

ACME AT AJ SUMMIT

ACME AT AJ SUMMIT

The AJ Summit on the 4th of April will explore the relationship between architects and clients. Friedrich Ludewig from ACME and Robin Dobson from Hammerson will speak in the afternoon about their collaboration in Leicester, Leeds and Southampton, and explore how architects and clients can jointly manage design and procurement, opportunities, and risks.

ALDGATE QUARTER COMMENDED AT AR FUTURE PROJECTS

ALDGATE QUARTER COMMENDED AT AR FUTURE PROJECTS

Aldgate Quarter in the City of London has been commended in the Mixed-use category at the AR Future project awards 2019 at Mipim Cannes.
The project for 4C Hotels and The Guinness Partnership regenerates the site currently occupied by the 194 unit Mansell Street Estate and two abandoned office buildings.
As part of the comprehensive regeneration of the entire site, one existing concrete frame is converted into a new 360 room Canopy by Hilton Hotel, complemented by 212 new affordable and 320 private residential units, and a 30.000 sqm office building on Aldgate High Street.
The first two buildings are under construction at present, with an expected completion of last phase by 2025. 
ENLARGED EC3 MINORIES OFFICE BUILDING

ENLARGED EC3 MINORIES OFFICE BUILDING

Following the successful planning consent in 2014 for an office building in the City of London, we have worked with the client and London Underground to improve the project, developing a larger building sitting above the Metropolitan Line tunnels, and to rebuild the local pub as part of the scheme.
The Still and Star is an historic pub on site, which has lost all internal features over the years, and ultimately closed some time ago. We have worked with a number of stakeholders to rebuild it in a slightly better location on the site, with a frontage onto Aldgate High Street, and with proper service access.
The Still and Star started as a gin distillery in the 1730s, and we are committed to create a new micro-gin-distillery, with herb farming in the building, to resurrect the original vocation.The new pub will be formed from green pigmented concrete, preserving an imprint of the existing pub.
The office building is a state of the art 38.000sqm steel structure, with a ground level foyer and arcade made in iron oxide concrete to span over the underground tunnels below. The structure is our third Minories Building for 4C Hotels, sitting alongside the 342 rooms Canopy by Hilton hotel and a residential tower, which are both under construction and due to complete in 2020.
WORLD FIRST METALLIC TERRACOTTA INSTALLE

WORLD FIRST METALLIC TERRACOTTA INSTALLE

For the last 5 years, ACME has worked on a metallic glazed terracotta that can be used in external facades. Glazed terracotta has been produced for millennia, but metallic glaze usually oxidises in external environments, quickly turning black.
Following extensive development and testing work with Teamwork Italy with NBK, the tiles are finally ready for installation in Leeds. The design of the John Lewis store in Leeds was inspired by the textile history of Leeds. The concrete diagrid frames the glazed windows and the terracotta panels are used where no windows could be located.
Each of the four hexagonal Terracotta panels is installed in 6 rotated positions, thereby creating the illusion of an infinitely changing field without clear repetition. Installation should complete in March 2019.
ACME AT SURFACE DESIGN SHOW

ACME AT SURFACE DESIGN SHOW

Catherine Hennessy from ACME and Alex Patrick-Smith from Ketley Brick  will speak jointly at the Surface Design Show in London. Their talk Victoria Gate: Contemporary Brick Facades, will explore how the collaboration between architect and supplier has shaped a complex three-dimensional pleated elevation, creating a multitude of shadows, patterns and warm shades across the building.
Please join us on the 7th of February at 3.45 pm at the Business Design Centre.
MINORIES RESIDENTIAL

MINORIES RESIDENTIAL

The concrete frame of Minories residential building has finally reached topping out. The 16th floor of the building was poured in the second week of January. Eleven levels of precast stairs have been installed on site with the rest to follow in the next two weeks. Scaffolding will rise from February with the facade scheduled to commence installation in  May 2019.
The forward and backward stepping of the concrete frame allows for the maximum in development area while minimising overlooking and overshadowing of adjacent spaces.

ACME AT ARCHITECT@WORK

ACME AT ARCHITECT@WORK

Stefano Dal Piva from ACME will talk at the seminar Brave New World during the event Architect@Work London.
The talk, chaired by Helen Parton, will explore the work of design and architecture practices that are creating the places and spaces of the future, inspiring the next generation.
Stefano Dal Piva will present a selection of ACME’s projects have been shaped by upcoming innovations and evolving trends.
Please join us on the 31st of January at 5.30 pm at the Old Truman Brewery.
FOLKESTONE PLOT B GOES AHEAD

FOLKESTONE PLOT B GOES AHEAD

Folkestone and Hythe Council planning committee voted in favour of a motion to grant ACME's reserved matters application for Plot B, a sub-phase of Phase 1, part of the consented mixed-use development in Folkestone seafront and harbour.
Plot B buildings will include 60 apartments ranging from 1 to 4 beds and a lower, sea-facing volume made up of 24 townhouses and duplexes. A communal garden on the podium roof will be directly accessible from the private gardens and from the bookend cores. The podium will house car and cycle parking, private storage units and communal plant space.
The main facade will be clad with crushed recycled glass aggregates, a contemporary take on the robust pebble dash finish, that will give the building a reflective quality in the changing light.

SAB LEIPZIG CONSTRUCTION

SAB LEIPZIG CONSTRUCTION

The concrete frame of the SAB building is nearing completion. The scaffolding has been removed from the triple height auditorium on the eastern edge of the building, and the undulating floors of the upper levels are becoming more visible. The roof slab of the building with the first full height columns should be complete at the end of January 2019.
HAPPY 2019

HAPPY 2019

Happy 2019 from everyone at ACME.
LECTURE AT KASSEL UNIVERSITY

LECTURE AT KASSEL UNIVERSITY

As part of the Lecture Series -Fusion Beton-, Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will speak on the 19th of December at Kassel University. The talk will focus on four recent projects located in Melbourne, Leeds, Leipzig and Chester, where ACME has tested how the plastic potential of concrete can be used in new and cost effective ways, using serial production and repetition to create spaces of textural and spatial complexity. 

WAF AWARDS JUDGING

WAF AWARDS JUDGING

ACME are at WAF. Friedrich Ludewig will be one of the judges for the WAF Superjury at the World Architecture Festival 2018. Last year ACME won the WAF Award for the best Commercial Project with Victoria Gate Leeds. We would be delighted to see you in Amsterdam on the 29th and 30th of November.

FOLKESTONE WINS KENT DESIGN AWARDS

FOLKESTONE WINS KENT DESIGN AWARDS

Folkestone Harbour has won the 2018 Kent Design Awards. When the Folkestone Harbour Station closed in 2014, ownership passed to the harbour company, and the decision was made to make the Harbour Arm and the Station accessible to public.
Following years of restoration, the harbour arm has been opened as a food and leisure destination. The station has been restored, railway tracks retained, and the viaduct repaired. They are now forming a green pedestrian walkway, linking the town to the harbour and bringing into public use an essential part of Folkestone's Marine Infrastructure.
Duarte Lobo Antunes and João Bras from ACME were delighted to pick up the award as winners of the Infrastructure category.

CARPARK CYCLE RACE

The Victoria Gate Carpark hosted Leeds Carpark Cycle Race, the first urban hill climb. 165 people of any age took part to the non-competitive race. Each sprint race consisted of two riders competing to climb the 12 level carpark, with each winner progressing to the next round. The charity race was fundraising for LandAid Yorkshire, working to end youth homelessness. Brief video of the action is here.

AJ SPECIFICATION AWARDS JUDGING

AJ SPECIFICATION AWARDS JUDGING

Catherine Hennessy will be one of the judges for the AJ Specification Awards. The Awards recognise completed projects that successfully combine products with design and fruitful collaborations between architects and product suppliers/manufacturers.
The judging panel includes James Davies from Paper House, Ana Moldavsky from Walters & Cohen and Andy McConachie from SimpsonHaugh.
The finalists will be announced in the November issue of AJ Specification and the awards ceremony will take place in Manchester in February 2019.

OAST FACADE COMPLETE

OAST FACADE COMPLETE

Our Oast House is getting closer to completion. Last week the scaffolding came down revealing the outer skin of the family home nestled among apple orchards in the Kent countryside. 
The highly energy-efficient house is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Kentish Oast houses.  However unlike the traditional form, the glazed clay roof tiles also form the vertical wall cladding, with a special hip tile dealing with the junction between the roof and the wall.  The tile glazing ranges from red through blue and yellow to give a gradation of colour from bottom to top.  A highly-insulated timber frame and panel system forms the structure, sitting on a blue engineering brick plinth. 
The five oasts are pulled apart to create openings to the garden, with triple-glazed windows and doors spanning the double-height volume. The triple-glazed windows have lead soaker reveals, and lead sills and heads.

SAB LEIPZIG BANK HQ OCTOBER

SAB LEIPZIG BANK HQ OCTOBER

The SAB concrete frame has reached level 4. The concrete will be activated with cast-in cooling pipes, visible on the formwork tables before the concrete is poured. The emerging two wings of the building are organized around four open staircases, allowing for a fully glazed perimeter with views into the Forum and streets beyond.

SWANSEA CENTRAL GO AHEAD

SWANSEA CENTRAL GO AHEAD

ACME has received planning approval for the first phase of Swansea Central.
Swansea Central creates new sight lines and pedestrian routes from the city centre to the beaches of Swansea Bay. The new bridge, a major new park and the Concert Arena are major public investments, complemented by residential uses and parking spaces in Phase 1.
The 8,825 sqm arena has been designed with a capacity of 3,500 people and able to accommodate major theatrical event, as well as exhibitions and conferences. The development strategically places this major events venue, Swansea Arena, in the area of the old Dockland Coal Drops, as a leisure attraction bringing people back into this part of town.
FOLKESTONE HARBOUR EXHIBITION

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR EXHIBITION

The Folkestone harbour exhibition will take place in Customs House in the Harbour from the 27th to the 29th of September.
The development obtained a revised outline planning permission in April this year from Folkestone and Hythe Council.
The first parts of the development have been completed over the last years, including the viaduct promenade, the renovated station platforms and the new boardwalk. Folkestone’s Harbour Arm has become an popular visitor attraction, with half a million visits this summer, enjoying live music and street food. The next phases of the development will deliver 1,000 homes as well as new public spaces and cultural uses along the beach and the harbour.
RISING STARS 2018

RISING STARS 2018

Friedrich Ludewig is one of the judges for the Rising Stars 2018 organised by RIBA Journal.
The awards seek to reward the most gifted young architects and designers of the year, looking for evidence of original thinking, leadership, collaboration and hard graft. Results will be announced in the November RIBA Journal.

ACME AT 100% DESIGN

ACME AT 100% DESIGN

100% Design London opens this week. In the 100% Talks series, Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will speak about New Common Spaces. Public space is increasingly being built by the private sector, in places where the public sector is struggling to provide them. ACME will explore the potential of new common spaces as public anchors and attractors in Melbourne, Brisbane and Southampton. The talk is on the 20th of September at 12:00 pm at Olympia London.
MINORIES CONSTRUCTION

MINORIES CONSTRUCTION

Our Minories construction site in the Aldgate in the City of London is rapidly progressing.
The 360 bed Canopy by Hilton hotel consists of existing elements and new structures. Internal demolition of partitions has completed and the basement and ground floor transfer structures are now in place, with the new frame rising at a speed of one level per fortnight.
Construction works on the 15 story residential structure has reached the halfway point of level 7 this week with a 2 weeks turnaround per level, and should see the concrete frame topped out in January.
SWANSEA CENTRAL

SWANSEA CENTRAL

Over the last years, Swansea Council has spent considerable resource redefining Swansea as a city of education, sustainable energy and digital technology. ACME have worked with the Council since 2015 on a new masterplan for the centre of Swansea.
The first phase of Swansea Central which is now under way will create new sight lines and pedestrian routes from the city centre to the beaches of Swansea Bay. The new bridge, a major new park and the Concert Arena are major public investments, complemented by residential uses and parking spaces in Phase 1. Future phases of Swansea Central will be able to grow and evolve around them.

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB construction is continuing apace, with the ground floor finally emerging from scaffolding. The six meter tall level will include reception areas, a conference center, auditorium and restaurants. Recesses have been cast into the concrete where walls will be installed in the coming month. All concrete slabs will remain exposed in the final building, and all cooling and lighting has been cast into the concrete. 

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB construction of the auditorium on concrete has commenced.  
The auditorium is positioned in the North-East corner and its steep rake rises from ground to first floor opening views from the 260 seats into the public space beyond. The double curvature of the seating bowl has required a high level of precision carpentry to achieve exposed concrete quality for the future foyer below.

PLANNING FOR STRATFORD TIMBER PAVILION

PLANNING FOR STRATFORD TIMBER PAVILION

ACME has received unanimous planning approval for a new timber pavilion in  Stratford. The building will act as a focal point for the central space of the International Quarter development. It will mark the transition from the dense urban fabric of the International Quarter to the more open landscape context of the river Lea, the Aquatics, the future East Bank and the Elizabeth Park.

We designed the adjacent Olympic Bridges over 12 years ago, very much with a future legacy in mind, and we’re delighted to be back all those years later to contribute to the legacy of the games and create a small building to anchor the public space of the International Quarter and provide a place for events, for celebrations and to pause and watch the world go by.

The pavilion will house a visitor centre with a cafe, restaurants over two floors and a public rooftop terrace with amazing views over the Bridge towards the park and London Stadium. The public realm will extend from the square to the roof, generating a number of lookout points and sitting places from which to enjoy the views.
We have been working with Lendlease for some time to develop innovative timber structures, and we are delighted that this pavilion will be the first timber structure developed with them to receive planning.

LEEDS BRONZE TERRACOTTA

LEEDS BRONZE TERRACOTTA

Some keen Leeds citizens have noted in late 2016 that the John Lewis Building in Leeds was not finished. While the store is certainly open and trading, the facade has a few blank areas, where our planning drawings showed glazed terracotta.

The original supplier of the material had gone into liquidation during the construction period, and it took a long time to develop an alternative product with new suppliers and to get the right warranties. We have finally inspected the new mock-up with the new tiles this week.

The decorative pattern is created by terracotta tiles coated in a bronze metallic finish, inspired by the rich terracotta heritage from the former Burmantoff terracotta works located close-by.
We designed 4 hexagonal tiles, which can be rotated during installation to create the appearance of a random, non-repetitive pattern.
The terracotta tiles were pressed in Germany by NBK. The innovative metallic coating is by Teamwork in Italy. The mock-up was built by Adept in Nottingham.
TABERNACLE BATHROOM

TABERNACLE BATHROOM

Bath-, rest- or washroom, lavatories, toilets, privy, loo, WC, whatever we call this place, we all go there approximately 2,500 times a year. We rarely spend much time there. Any opportunity to design a fleeting experience, a mesmerizing place that can continue to surprise and entertain. Inspired by the works of Jeppe Hein and Yayoi Kusama, the faceted mirrors create a vision of moving, fractured infinity, enhanced by kaleidoscopic lights. Wash basins made from plates of Mirror Polished steel, dryers and cubicles hidden behind mirrors. A toilet experience that is making the brief time spend here a bit more memorable.
WORLD'S COOLEST CARPARK

WORLD'S COOLEST CARPARK

Our multi-storey car park in Leeds Victoria has been shortlisted as one of 10 projects for the World's coolest car park 2018. Voting is open until 8th of July.

WESTQUAY WINS CLADDING AWARDS

WESTQUAY WINS CLADDING AWARDS

Watermark Westquay has won the 2018 Schueco Awards for Commercial Building of the year.
Entries have been judged on innovation, technical skill and collaboration to deliver architectural intent.
The building is defined by a soaring cantilevered cinema volume wrapped in curving stainless steel tubes that projects out over a new public plaza.
Below the cinema, a two-storey glazed body houses restaurants and a winter garden, while a more solid precast concrete plinth grounds the scheme. Both these curved facades utilize a number of  cladding profiles and louvres to express the horizontal layering of the building, to create depths and shadow and give solar protection to the wintergarden.
ROBINA MARKET WINS QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

ROBINA MARKET WINS QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Robina Market won the Queensland Architecture Awards for Commercial Building of the year 2018.  The award was created by the Australian Institute of Architects with the aim of promoting good architecture in Australia and internationally.

The judges singled out the contribution that Robina Market makes to unify Robina Town Centre, to open it to the outside and create a space embracing the surrounding open landscape, and to transform a previously utilitarian space into a new, unique destination for locals and tourists.

The awards ceremony will take place in November.

ACME AT NEGRONI TALKS

ACME AT NEGRONI TALKS

As part of the Negroni Talks series hosted at Ombra during the London Festival of Architecture, Friedrich Ludewig will be among the speakers of the talk 'Ending the architecture export' on the 25th of June.

The event organised by Fourthspace provides a ‘freespace’ for an open discussion around architecture and the role it plays in shifting the identity of places, spaces and groups.

Together with Paul Finch, Emilia Terragni and Vicky Richardson, Friedrich will discuss how the London design landscape will adapt post-Brexit and how we can make the best of unexpected circumstances.

ACME FARM

ACME FARM

We are currently working on a number of large scale projects involving commercial urban indoor farming. So before we unleash ACME Salad on everyone else, we thought we should try it on ourselves.
We have completed our first Vertical Hydroponic Urban Farm in our London office. Utilizing a brass shelving designed for this purpose, we have installed three different hydroponic systems; NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) channel systems for growing herbs such as Basil and Mint, DWC (Deep Water Cultivation) Systems for growing lettuces, and trays for growing Microgreens and Edible Flowers. The plants are grown under a variety of LED grow lights, timed to emit light throughout the day.
We are now growing 20 varieties of salads and herbs for our office lunches.At the same time, we are monitoring the energy and water usage to better understand efficiency and to evaluate quality of produce versus energy input.

LONDON TO BRIGHTON FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

LONDON TO BRIGHTON FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

On the 17th of June, ACME will take part in the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, the heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Our team of eight talented archicyclists will ride 54 mile to raise money that will help to undertake pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatment. We are grateful for any support of the riders and the cause, all money raised will go directly to the British Heart Foundation.

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SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ

The first of our 280 spun concrete columns have arrived at our Leipzig Construction site. Some of the columns support the Bank HQ, while the majority will define the public Forum. Manufactured by Europoles, the majority of the columns are 21m tall, with widths of 40cm, 60cm and 120cm, depending on their function and place. Each columns is individually positioned by the tower cranes and fixed into position with pre-installed base plates.

PRIX VERSAILLES FOR WATERMARK SOUTHAMPTON

PRIX VERSAILLES FOR WATERMARK SOUTHAMPTON

Against strong international competition, Watermark WestQuay has won two Prix Versailles in Paris, for Best Shopping Centre Europe and for Best Shopping Centre Worldwide. The ceremony was held on May 15th at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The jury included the president of UIA Thomas Vonier and a number of renowned architects, among them Manuelle Gautrand, Wang Shu and Ma Yansong.

DIGITAL BUILDING AT JUNG ARCHITECTURE TALKS STUTTGART

DIGITAL BUILDING AT JUNG ARCHITECTURE TALKS STUTTGART

As part of the JUNG architecture talks series, Friedrich Ludewig will speak on the 17th of May in the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie designed by James Stirling. The event is part of a lecture series running since 2006 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The event will start at 18:30 and is accessible upon registration. See you there!

ICSC AWARDS

ICSC AWARDS

At the ICSC awards in Barcelona, Victoria Gate has been commended for Best New European Development 2018 and Watermark Westquay for Best European Extension 2018 by the International Council of Shopping Centers. 
Every year since 1977, the ICSC European Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards recognise excellence, innovation and creativity within European’s real estate industry honouring outstanding achievement in the design and development of retail properties and stores.
MUSCAT MARSA PLAZA COMPLETED

MUSCAT MARSA PLAZA COMPLETED

Marsa Plaza, our new public space for Al Mouj in Oman had its grand public opening on 11th of April. 
His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamed Al Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of dignitaries came to open the new public square to music and fireworks.
Located at the intersection between the main boulevard and the marina promenade, the Plaza forms the public heart of Al Mouj, the award winning new urban development that is expanding the Muscat coastal strip towards the airport. Shaded by a series of canopy inspired by the patterns of traditional Omani architecture, the Plaza is a  gathering space for residents, a leisure destination for visitors and a performance arena for events.
 The canopies and trees provide shading from the sun and the plaza terraces towards the marina, opening views out to sea and forming a number of benches inviting occupation . The water feature at the centre of the Plaza has quickly turned the space into a family play destination, and regular concerts and performances will take place on the main stage in the weekends.

LSA ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

LSA ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

IBA Yorkshire and the Leeds Society of Architects are exhibiting in our Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds. The exhibition entitled “Architecture Leeds” showcases the work of more than 30 Leeds- based architecture practices. If you are in Leeds, we'll be delighted to see you at some of the lectures and events taking place until the 12th of May 2018.
BRITISH PARKING AWARDS 2018

BRITISH PARKING AWARDS 2018

The Leeds Victoria Gate Carpark has won the British Parking Awards 2018. The site-specific award recognises outstanding car park design built around UK.
The Leeds Carpark is located in the eastern part of Leeds City Centre, replacing a brutalist 1960s police station by a busy roundabout. 
The façade reinterprets the Victoria Leeds diagrid motive into an open performative skin, providing natural ventilation and daylight while producing a recognizable identity. 
Anodised aluminium fins produce an interplay of light and shadow that appears as a diagonal grid pattern when seen from afar.

SWANSEA ARENA

SWANSEA ARENA

Swansea City Council announced the signing of a deal with the global leader in live entertainment, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), to run Swansea Arena, with construction set to begin late on this year.
As part of phase one of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal, the arena designed by ACME for City and County of Swansea is on schedule to throw open its doors to the public in 2020.  
The arena form is a fluid arrangement of bifurcating curves, shaped by the spatial requirements of the internal programme, each peel representing a specific use that sits above the glazed plinth. The digital facade consists of a pleated anodized aluminium facade with integrated LED lighting to broadcast events and performances to the adjacent digital square and the wider city.

ACME APPOINTED FOR DUBLIN CENTRAL

ACME APPOINTED FOR DUBLIN CENTRAL

 ACME are delighted to work with Hammerson on the vision for a new quarter in Dublin’s north inner city. Often referred to as the Carlton site, the prime six acres stretches from Upper O’Connell Street to Parnell Street to Moore Street & Henry Street.  The location has a historic connection with the Easter Rising of 1916, as a place of refuge for the Irish leadership, the location of the final council of war and the subsequent capitulation of the Irish Volunteers. The site is at the heart of the commercial and retail centre of Dublin, and the last remnant of the Dublin Market Quarter. 
We look forward to developing the vision for a vibrant mixed-use quarter, to integrate and enhance the existing street market, to create new squares and routes through the site, to provide an appropriate setting for the key buildings from 1916 and to bring Upper O’Connell Street back to life as a major European boulevard.

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR STATION CLOSE TO COMPLETION

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR STATION CLOSE TO COMPLETION

Our new Folkestone Seafront Boardwalk and the refurbishment of Lewis Cubittt's 1844 harbour viaduct were completed in 2017, in time for the opening of the Folkestone Triennial. Work has continued throughout the winter on the refurbishment of Folkestone Harbour station, which is slowly getting ready for an Easter opening. The route through the renovated former station will complete the new network of footpaths and walkways in and around Folkestone Harbour and Seafront.

Folkestone Harbour Station was built by South Eastern Railways in 1850 to serve the steam boat express service to Boulougne, and was one of the two main gateways to France until the opening of the Channel Tunnel. It allowed passengers of the all Pullman Golden Arrow train from London to transfer directly onto fast boats to connect to Paris and onwards to Venice and Istanbul.

The project includes the repairs of the 1904 and 1930s canopies and the conversion of the old trackbed into a pedestrian route. All train tracks found on site have been retained and integrated into the scheme.
Timber benches and steps have been added to reduce the gap between the platform and the track bed as well as creating a space for seating and rest. All colours for the station have been based on colour traced found on site from the original South Eastern Railways works, and matching lighting and bilingual station signs will be installed in the weeks ahead.
SAB PROGRESS

SAB PROGRESS

Construction works are progressing for the new bank headquarter for SAB in Leipzig. Due to the high ground water table, extensive piling works were needed to create a watertight box extending 40m below ground. This has allowed for the demolition of the 3m thick Robotron foundations that had previously remained stuck in the ground below the water. With all demolition now completed, works have finally commenced on the new basement slab, and the cores are scheduled to rise in February.

MUSCAT HARBOUR PLAZA UPDATE

MUSCAT HARBOUR PLAZA UPDATE

The Al Mouj central square in Muscat, Oman is starting to take shape. Located at the intersection between the main boulevard and the harbour, this plaza will form the public heart of Al Mouj, the award winning new urban quarter that is expanding the Muscat coastal strip towards the airport.
Shaded by a canopy inspired by the patterns of traditional Omani architecture, the Plaza will be a shaded gathering space for residents, a leisure destination for visitors and a performance arena for events. The ground will be stepped to for a natural auditorium to host a variety of uses. Open on two sides to the harbour, the space will form the public edge of the marina, allowing pedestrians to enjoy the proximity of the water, its changing reflections and its coolness.
HAPPY 2018

HAPPY 2018

Happy 2018 from everyone at ACME.
CANOPY BY HILTON GUESTROOM

CANOPY BY HILTON GUESTROOM

The first room has been completed for the new Canopy by Hilton hotel in Minories, City of London. The hotel is a part refurbishment, part new construction, reusing an old office building that is not deep enough for contemporary office uses.
Through material and patterns, the hotel seeks to evoke the vernacular and sometimes forgotten history of the Whitechapel context. The interior design of the rooms seeks to stay true to the late modernist origins of the existing concrete frame, exposing the waffle slab ceiling where possible in the rooms. Furniture and wardrobe are designed as lightweight steel and timber structures, temporarily inserted between floors and ceilings. Carpets, cushions and wall fabrics are inspired by the woven legacy of the Huguenots, by reworking an abstracted floral pattern of Anna Maria Garthwaite (1728-1763). In conjunction with Dais Contemporary, ACME have commissioned a number of local artist to create miniature editions for each room and the common spaces. 

OAST HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

OAST HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

The Oast House in Kent is finally taking shape, with the structural framing of the five oasts visible for the first time. The house has been designed as a 21st century interpretation of the formal language of Kentish Oast Houses. The five towers are slightly separated from each other, creating inward-looking spaces in each tower and a more outward-looking central space opening out into the surrounding apple orchard. Each of the towers houses private functions such as bathrooms, bedrooms and service spaces, and framed window openings allow for framed views over the adjacent apple orchards. 

SAGE HOTEL COMPLETED

SAGE HOTEL COMPLETED

Our Sage Hotel in Ringwood/ Melbourne has opened its doors. The  hotel is the next stage of the ongoing transformation of Eastland into a mixed use town centre, adding new urban building blocks alongside and atop of existing structures around our new Town Square. The hotel has 120 rooms over 6 floors. The simple volume of the rooms is dressed in a glass curtain wall, fritted to give the impression of a pleated curtain falling gently over 6 floors. The podium of the hotel as a flexible workspace members club, building on the success of the start-up office space located in the adjacent library for young tech-entrepreneurs. 
VICTORIA GATE AND WATERMARK SHORTLISTED

VICTORIA GATE AND WATERMARK SHORTLISTED

Watermark Westquay and Victoria Gate are among the fifteen finalists of the ICSC European Shopping Centers Awards as Best Refurbishment and Expansions and Best New Development. Since 1975, the International Council of Shopping Centers has presented awards for the most outstanding new and refurbished shopping centers in Europe. The jury will announce the winners at the ICSC Conference on the 26th of April 2018 in Barcelona.
 

VICTORIA GATE WINS AT WAF

VICTORIA GATE WINS AT WAF

Victoria Gate has won the award for best retail project worldwide at the 2017 WAF - World Architecture Festival in Berlin.
The judges singled out the project's contributions to the wider urban fabric of Leeds and its beautiful interior spaces in their validation to award Victoria Gate against strong international competition.