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The Water Tower Clinches Stephen Lawrence Prize 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced The Water Tower by Tonkin Liu as the winner of the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2021. Originally an industrial steel water tower, the building has been revamped and restored to create a unique rural family home. The landmark masterfully retains much of the original metal structure; inside a spiral timber staircase and lift lead to the original water tank, which has become a cantilevered, open-plan living space....

Designer Camille Walala Creates Lego House of Dots

Designer Camille Walala has created a life-sized toy house to mark the launch of Lego Dots, the toy company’s latest product. The House of Dots was open to the public from January 28th – February 2nd 2020. French-born and based in London, Camille Walala is known for her full-facade murals, immersive 3D installations, street art, interiors and set design, characterised by a fusion of bold colours and playful geometric patterns. Her Dream Come True Building...

National Portrait Gallery Will Close For Three Years For Redevelopment

The National Portrait Gallery in London is to close for three years for redevelopment. Some of the works housed in the the gallery will go on tour before the reopening in 2023. Though it was widely known that redevelopment of the 123-year-old building was planned, the news of the complete closure from 29th June 2020 until Spring 2023 came as a surprise when it was announced last week. The redevelopment, which will cost £35.5m, will...

César Pelli: The Architect of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf dies at 92

César Pelli, the architect of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf London, the second tallest building in the UK and major British landmark, has died at the age of 92. Born in Argentina, César Pelli held from an early age a definitive interest in architecture, which he pursued at higher education level at the University of Tucumán, in Northern Argentina. After the completion of his course, he worked as a project designer for Eero Saarinen...

The World’s Most Beautiful Architecture

Architecture stands at the cross-section of art, technology, and humanity. At the most basic level, it shelters us, and on the grandest level, it seeks to inspire and awe. Whether inspired to honour their religious beliefs, house their pursuit of knowledge, or pay tribute to the grandeur of their monarchs, mankind has for centuries been dreaming up the most beautiful buildings. We encounter many of these structures throughout our life’s travels, seeing rich culture reflected...

London Festival of Architecture Explores ‘Boundaries’ in World’s Largest Event

The London Festival of Architecture 2019 programme launched on June 1st with a diverse, challenging and engaging series of over 400 events exploring this year’s ‘boundaries’ theme across London through to June 30th. From street dance and a séance at John Soane’s country retreat to debates challenging architecture’s hidden boundaries of gender and privilege, the London Festival of Architecture’s 2019 programme is one of the richest ever. The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the...

Luxury Goods Companies Pledge £260m Towards Repairs to Notre-Dame Paris

The French billionaire families that own two of the biggest luxury retail empires in the world have pledged a combined €300 million (£260 million) to help repair Paris’ iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral. The billionaire owners of the LVMH and Kering luxury goods groups have pledged a combined €300 million (£260 million) towards repairs to the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral. The Pinault family, owners of Gucci, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent parent company Kering, will...

The Legacy of Renaissance Architect Michelozzo

Through innovative, clean and intricate craftsmanship, Michelozzo carved himself a legacy—one that has reverberated throughout the streets of Italy ever since. Michelozzo di Bartolomeo (1396-1472) was an Italian architect and sculptor. His vast contribution to the early Renaissance movement solidified him as one of the most prolific architects of all time. His ingenuity helped pave the way for the development of the central palazzo configuration that defines the visage of Italy—even to this day. Michelozzo...

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