• The latest building to make waves in India

    Posted on 24th January 2014 by Ben.


    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.


    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

    This Post was posted in Architects and was tagged with architecture, building, development

  • How to know when you’re number one

    Posted on 4th July 2013 by Andy.


    Described as the most exclusive address in the world One Hyde Park is a residential development designed for the super rich, situated squarely between Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. If you’ve got the money to live here you can count Harrods and Harvey Nichols as local shops, while all the best art and culture are a short walk from your doorstep. That's if the residents of One Hyde Park ever walked anywhere of course. The development is adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental hotel and has a few shops, including Rolex, McLaren Automotive and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. The building was designed by Sir Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in quite a conventional glass and steel construction that lacks the character of his more famous work, such as the Lloyd's of London. Candy & Candy were partners in the development and also designed the interiors with an accent on opulence and luxury. The building, which cost a cool £1.5 billion, was started in 2006 and finally opened in 2011. Rumours circulated that the penthouse was on sale for £140 million, which would have made it the most expensive property in the whole of the UK. However, it is now thought to have been sold for the more affordable £40.5 million. But don’t worry if those numbers are a bit eye watering, among the 80 apartments there are a few one-bedroom flats for just £3.6 million. By January of this year 76 of the residences had been sold for a total of £2.7 billion. Although you’d be lucky to find out who many of the owners are, most were bought through private holding companies. So few apartments are regularly occupied that it’s said the façade of the building at night is often in complete darkness. Find out more:

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with apartments, building, development, one hyde park

  • From warehouse to your house

    Posted on 23rd June 2013 by Andy.


    When it comes to living in a city you’re faced with lots of options when considering where to live. Do you go for a house or a flat. Is the amount living space important or the location? For many, urban living means a flat in or close to a city centre within a stone’s throw of great shopping, nightlife and work. Many of the UK’s major cities have great industrial heritage having grown in an explosion of Victorian industrialisation. So cities such as London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham, have a rich stock of factory and warehouse conversions. The development boom of the last 30 years saw many apartment developments springing up for young professionals with some developers opting to renovate and develop old factories and warehouses. These red-brick behemoths had been empty for much of the Eighties but their size and space were ideal for a new appetite for studio and loft living. Because they had previously housed vast machines and production lines factory conversions were often very solidly built. This sometimes made it difficult to plumb in all the amenities but did mean you wouldn’t be troubled by noisy neighbours or subsidence, and enabled some developments to add extra floors. While a new development may try to make the most of as given plot, dividing it into many similarly sized and shaped units a factory conversion is dictated by the existing structure, which can result in some unique living spaces. Many of the original floors would have been open plan except for supporting columns, making it possible to create expansive studio spaces with kitchen/diners/living rooms. It also allowed for greater flexibility as you could build dividing walls pretty much wherever you wanted. Many factories also had tall ceilings, sometimes going to double height, which allow you to have large spacious living spaces or split level spaces and mezzanine levels. Such as having a bedroom overlooking the living room. Taller ceilings also mean tall windows, allowing for lots of light and ventilation. In these cases automated blinds can be essential since you can’t reach the tops of the windows and the building’s structure may make hard wiring technology into the walls difficult, if not impossible. Great examples of conversions include The Jam Factory in London SE1. An Edwardian era building that is still dominated by a chimney emblazoned with the name of the jam manufacturers, Hartley. The development includes communal gardens, underground parking, balconies and penthouses. But the real blueprint of how developing an old industrial area can transform an entire area for the better has to be Sir Terence Conran’s Butler’s Wharf development. In 1983 he formed a partnership that bought and Southbank and Tower Bridge. The result was not only lots of apartments and homes, but a vibrant hub of shopping, restaurants and culture as well, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Design Museum.

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