Architects

  • The latest building to make waves in India

    Posted on 24th January 2014 by Ben.

    Bandra-Ohm-Building

    A new development currently being planned for Bandra, Mumbai in India is making a big impression round the globe thanks to its ground breaking design.  The Ohm Residential Tower has been designed by James Law Cybertecture and is based on the shapes that ripples make when splashed by a drop of water.

    Balcony-Pool-Bandra-Ohm-Tower

    Rising to 30 storeys high the development promises to provide luxury living for those that can afford it. The circular, almost donut-shaped, building houses an orb-like club house in the centre, while each apartment boasts a glass-sided infinity pool on its balcony. See more work from James Law Cybertecture  www.jameslawcybertecture.com

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  • The end is in sight for Gaudi’s vision

    Posted on 15th October 2013 by Andy.

    It has dominated the Barcelona skyline for over a century but is still a building site, but the Sagrada Familia remains one of the world’s most iconic buildings. It was started in 1882 before renowned architect Antonio Gaudi took over a year later and began infusing it with his trademark Gothic and Art Nouveau stylings. By the time he died in 1926 the building was still less than a quarter complete. Many architects have subsequently worked on the project and to say it has gone over budget and past its deadline is an understatement. Today the work is almost exclusively funded by ticket sales and private donations but the end is finally in sight. As this recent video reveals, although a sizeable chunk of the church has yet to be built, the current architects are confident that Gaudi’s grand vision will finally be revealed in 2026.

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  • Uncovering a Britain that never existed

    Posted on 15th August 2013 by Andy.

    BBC-Unbuilt-Britain

    The new BBC series Unbuilt Britain is a celebration of the more wilder and imaginative architectural projects that never made it of off the drawing board. The TV series plunders the archives to discover some long forgotten buildings that would have transformed the country. One example is Joseph Paxton’s ‘Great Victorian Way’. A vast ‘Crystal Palace’ like glass loop linking many of the Capital’s railway stations to allow people to quickly traverse the city without getting caught up in the heavily congested streets.

    If it had been built it would have been the largest building in the world, so it’s not surprising that it was quickly dropped. However, many of the ideas and architects that the series highlights were visionaries and have inspired many architects working today. So don’t be surprised if some of these ideas one day do become a reality. You can see Unbuilt Britain on Monday nights on BBC 4. To find out more click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01cxyrm

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  • Heatherwick’s oasis of peace in the city

    Posted on 17th June 2013 by Andy.

    Heatherwick-Bridge

    The Thomas Heatherwick Studio, famous for the stunning Olympic flame that was the centrepiece of London’s Olympic opening ceremony, has designed a £60m ‘Garden Bridge’ to cross the River Thames. It has come as a response to a tender from Transport for London (TfL) aimed at creating a pedestrian crossing to the river. What makes it unique is that the bridge will be covered in trees, grasses and wild flowers to create an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the heart of the city. You’ll be able to take a direct route across, although meandering paths and places to stop will encourage you to take things at a leisurely pace. So then London Bridge in the rush hour won’t be the slowest way to cross the Thames. The project is still pending key funding and planning applications, but it’s hoped that work will commence in 2014 for completion in 2016.

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  • Journey into the unknown

    Posted on 7th June 2013 by Andy.

    London architecture Where: Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames London SE1 2YD When: 4th June to 22nd July 2013 As part of the London Festival of Architecture the Design Museum is running a free exhibition that celebrates London’s under appreciated buildings. Leading architecture critics have nominated 10 buildings that are often overlooked, forgotten or rarely seen and give them a chance to be in the spotlight.

    Cabmens-Shelter

    Selected architectural gems include the ubiquitous green Cabmen’s shelters, which are found in some of the Capital’s leafy squares providing sustenance to salt-of-the-earth cabbies, and the Brownfield Estate, dominated by Erno Goldfinger’s brutal looking Balfron Tower.

    Brownfield-Estate

    To see what other left-field architectural treasures have been unearthed click here: http://designmuseum.org/news The London Festival of Architecture runs until the end of June, find out more here: http://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/

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  • Concealing Powered Blinds

    Posted on 11th February 2013 by Lee.

    How do you make remote control roller blinds disappear? The epitome in a sleek minimalist design theme for your home or workplace is created by housing your Controliss powered blinds, fixing brackets , roller tube and integrated motor within a concealed cavity or pocket. When operated, the Controliss powered blinds appear magically from within the concealed structure creating the magical appearance that the blinds are appearing from a part of the structure of the property. This adds even further impact to the wonder of motorised blinds! This effect can be achieved easily, particularly if consideration is given to its inclusion, early on in the development, ideally at pre-plaster stage. METHOD 1- CEILING CONCEALMENT The ceiling if the room  is lowered by 120mm, and finished 120mm short of the window wall x length of the blind to be fitted. This creates a recess of 120mm sq x length of blind to be fitted to house the cassette or tube of the blind. 100mm sq is applicable to most average size blinds (up to 2.4m wide x 2.5m drop) allowing sufficient space for the installation brackets blind tube plus fabric and allow ease of fitting. For blinds greater than this the core tube diameter of the blind may need to be increased, thus the housing would need to be increased accordingly.  We are happy to advise on housing dimensions for larger blinds. METHOD 2 - STUD WALL CONCEALMENT The window wall can be built out in its entirety, creating a 120mm cavity to house the blind mechanisms. This method allows the blind to be over-sized and overlap the edge of the window reveal.  The blind then operates from ceiling to floor within the recess created, providing the ultimate blackout facility. METHOD 3 - RETROSPECTIVE CONCEALMENT When wanting to conceal the blind mechanisms retrospectively, when the building is completed; it is simple to create a surface mounted pelmet or lambrequin, constructed in a material to co-ordinate with your interior, or indeed upholstered in a soft-furnishing fabric of your choice. The Controliss team is liaising on a daily basis with architects, contractors and clients to achieve cutting edge solutions for discretely integrating powered blinds systems within residential and commercial properties, help and advise is on hand for your individual project.

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