To celebrate the practice’s 25th birthday, AHMM headed to Amsterdam this month on a curated research tour of the architecture and culture of the city. Following a series of bike and boat tours around both the historic old town and the new architectural developments of the Eastern Docklands, staff were welcomed by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for a look around the recently completed Phase 1 of AHMM's UvA reinvention project at Roeterseilandcampus and a reception ceremony in the glazed, refectory and social space. A particular highlight was a speech given by Norbert Gawronski, the building's original architect. All in all, it was undoubtedly our most ambitious research trip yet; 275 people travelled to Amsterdam and back, including over 50 who made the journey by bike.
Hawley Primary School was granted planning permission by Camden Council this week. Forming part of the Hawley Wharf Masterplan , the single-form entry school for 236 pupils aged three to eleven responds to both the existing and future site context. The scheme comprises a new-build terraced three-storey building – arranged around an intimate central courtyard – and the conversion of the Grade II listed building at 1 Hawley Road into educational use. Works are scheduled to start on site early next year.
A total of six Allford Hall Monaghan Morris projects have been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. Alconbury Incubator (Offices), 240 Blackfriars (Offices), Chobham Academy (Schools), Regent Street W4 (New and Old) and William Street Quarter (Housing) are all shortlisted completed buildings, while Scotland Yard (Offices) is shortlisted as a future project. The schemes will be presented and judged over the course of the three-day festival in Singapore in October.
The complete WAF 2014 shortlist can be found here.
Mosaic celebrated reaching its highest point earlier this month. Once complete, on track for late Autumn this year, the scheme will provide 97 one and two-bedroom apartments across four levels, two levels of parking and more than 1,100 square feet of retail space.
The Steward Building in Spitalfields received its Petersen brickwork jacket recently, marking a significant point in its onsite progression. Set between two very different streetscapes, the new building – scheduled for completion in Autumn 2014 – will act as a transition between the civic square in front and the fine urban grain of the surrounding Artillery Lane Conservation Area. Offering smaller scale retail units at street level and flexible high grade office space above, the programmatic mix is appropriate to the scale and character of Spitalfields.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the winners of this year’s RIBA Awards, with Waverley School on the prestigious list. Set within the context of the largest, most progressive BSF programme in the country, Waverley School in Birmingham combines research into the nature of learning clusters and open plan learning to integrate 630 primary, 900 secondary and 64 special needs places with shared-use community facilities and a range of outdoor spaces.
Teenage Cancer Trust patron, Sarah, Duchess of York joined world snooker players Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski to celebrate the official opening of the first specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the South West for local young people with cancer. As part of the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre the new unit – spread over two floors to respond to the different needs day patients, inpatients and their families – includes a range of treatment pods, consultation rooms and social spaces.
The project is the fifth built unit that AHMM has designed for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Image courtesy of Oliver Edwards