ACME joins The Plan's Virtual Perspective Forum - Panel Discussion: Creating Experiences on the 29th of June 2021 at 1:30PM BST. Sheena Seeley and Tim Laubinger discuss how design skills and sensitivity toward context, materials and natural elements build a multi-sensory journey for the end-user.
Planning has been submitted for 3 of 6 plots for the ambitious mixed-use 2.2ha site, Dublin Central. The masterplan proposals include two new public squares, new pedestrian routes, a fully integrated metro link station for O'Connell Street and the restoration of historically important streets and laneways.
The scheme will ensure the area around Nos.14-17 Moore Street, a National Monument due to its role in the Easter Rising is appropriately restored. An ACME collaboration with Grafton Architects, Mola Architecture and RKD for Hammerson.
Metalwork packages are delivered and installed, and basil planting has begun on site. Locally farmed and prepared produce will be openly showcased at this new market hall in Wiesbaden, Germany. An aquaponic farm is housed within the building and a modular greenhouse above.
REWE’s Market of the Future opens to the public on 27 May 2021.
Swansea's new Copr Bay bridge was eased into place in a major construction operation over the weekend of March 6-7. The 150 metric tonne bridge is now in place over Oystermouth Road. It's up to 12 metres wide, 49m long and features 2,756 laser-cut origami shapes. Commissioned and developed by Swansea Council, the footbridge will be pivotal in improving access between the city, the Marina and the coastline.
The bridge will be a stepping stone for a greener and more liveable Swansea city centre. It's expected the bridge will be ready for use in the second half of 2021, ahead of the opening of the arena which is on schedule to be completed this year.
Set to be a new architectural landmark for the city, Swansea’s new bridge, designed by ACME, is getting ready to be installed this weekend. After six months of assembly work, the new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking the City Centre to the new Arena and the waterfront is getting ready to be lifted in place.
The arch shape stabilizes the bridge and offers glimpses of the city’s new Copr Bay district including a new 1.1-acre Coastal Park. The bridge will open to the public in late 2021. The installation of the footbridge (from Sat 10pm to Sunday 6am GMT) will be streamed live: link.
The Pavilion in the International Quarter Stratford is starting to take shape. In 2017, ACME won the invited competition, and over the last four years, we have been working with Lendlease and Blumer Lehmann team to construct a lightweight timber structure above the DLR tunnels at the entrance of the Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Pavilion accommodates an Olympic Park visitor centre, a cafe, a restaurant, and a public rooftop terrace overlooking the Eastbank and the London Stadium. D&D will commence fit-out of the spaces shortly, for opening in Fall 2021.
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
ACME will speak in the Forum "Facing the Future", for BAU Online, the German Building Congress. Friedrich Ludewig will outline in a few projects how emerging 3D tools are affecting how we manage complexity, and how BIM is changing the way we communicate and evaluate space.
The talk on Friday the 15th at 1pm (GMT+1) and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Boris Schade-Bünsow, the Editor of Bauwelt. Registration here.
60 Aldgate, our new 25,000 sqm office block, has received approval from the City of London’s Planning & Transportation Committee. The building is part of the next phase of Minories Masterplan, which is delivering major regeneration, economic growth, and attractive new architecture to the Minories and Aldgate area.
60 Aldgate will close an urban void between the City and Whitechapel, and create a new architectural landmark with a vaulted structure bridging over the London Underground tracks in the basement.
We are delighted to welcome Mizu-Iro to 74 Tabernacle Street; a hair and project space to explore the world beyond hairdressing. We would like to work in a building full of friends and family, and we are really happy that Takeshi, Sei and Tomoko have decided to join us on the second floor.
The interior by Ed Crooks was conceived as an adaptable space with blue objects that can both stack to form a large monolith, and scatter to provide over 20 individual elements for storage, seating and showing the salons collection of objects and books. Please check here for appointments and 2021 workshop dates.
The Collective Blackhorse Lane, our new 300-room co-living building, has received approval from the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The building will create a new 350 capacity cultural & music space on this important corner in Walthamstow, opposite Blackhorse Road Underground station.
Together with The Collective, we have envisioned a new form of community building centred around a light-filled central space surrounded by shared workspaces, library, gym, living space and communal kitchens, giving every member a space of their own, within a larger collective shared by all. The project is due to complete in 2023.
The Golda Meir Steg, a new footbridge in the centre of Berlin bridging across the old Berlin Wall, is finally in place. The 200t deck structure was assembled by Streicher in Bavaria, on the banks of the Danube river, throughout September. After a 1,600km barge journey, up the Danube and down the Rhine, traveling over 12 days through 64 locks, the boat carrying the bridge deck finally arrived in Berlin.
The 78m long bridge deck was designed to be impossibly thin. With a thickness of only 20cm, the bridge is held aloft by the steel handrail with a lasercut pattern of interlocking circles. Over the next few months, the new town square will be completed, with a ceremonial opening scheduled for Mid 2021.
The Stratford Pavilion facade has progressed quickly since the glazing was closed in August. Blumer-Lehmann, the Swiss timber contractor, is installing the 2200 Accoya wood fins of the soffit to a carefully designed setting out schedule to create a sculptural underside for the timber structure.
The Pavilion is due to open in 2021.
We are proud to play a part in Brent Cross Town, the regeneration project by Argent Related with Barnet Council. The £5 billion north London project will transform the 180-acre area between the Brent Cross Shopping centre and the train station to create a new town with sustainability, sport and social lives at its heart.
By 2030, it will be a net-zero carbon town, driving down the embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure as well as the carbon used in energy supply – and offsetting the remainder. We look forward to sharing more on our office building at Brent Cross Town.
The Golda-Meir Bridge for the Europacity in the centre of Berlin has left the Bavarian factory, and is now on its way to Berlin. Travelling by barge, the bridge has left Harbour of Deggendorf in southern Germany via the Danube river and will cover a distance of 1600km and 64 locks over 12 days. Upon arrival in Berlin, the bridge will be lifted directly from the barge onto the bridge bearings with 800t cranes. Once installed, the 4.5m wide pedestrian and cycle bridge will create a new link between the former East and West Berlin territories, previously separated by the canal and the Berlin Wall. The bridge should appear simple and effortless, spanning 70m with a bridge deck of just 20cm thickness, held aloft by the handrail made from a 20mm steel plate. Openings in the handrail follow the structural stress distribution, with larger openings placed in the middle of the bridge, fading to smaller openings towards the supports. Coloured lighting is integrated in the handrail to transform the bridge into an orange glowing beacon after dark.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Image credits: DOKA
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.
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.
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.
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
The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony which will be taking place on Wednesday 25th March at FORA, Spitalfields.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The IQL Pavilion in Stratford has started on site. The groundbreaking on the 19th of March marks the official start of construction for the 1,000 sqm pavilion in the International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford. The building will house a visitor centre with a café, restaurants over two floors and a public rooftop terrace with amazing views over the footbridge towards the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park and the London Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please join us on the 7th of February at 3.45 pm at the Business Design Centre.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.