AHMM joined the staff, students and families of Burntwood School recently to celebrate the official opening of their reinvented campus. Over the past couple of years, six new buildings-as-pavilions and a number of new landscape spaces have been placed (in phases) amongst existing facilities to form a coherent whole. Organised by the school community, the celebration began with an open day and concluded with people gathering around the central Flag Lawn for an array of student performances, presentations, poetry readings and fireworks.
Chobham Academy has won the schools category at this year’s World Architecture Festival. Judges described it as ‘an accomplished piece of architecture and urban design that will allow a new quarter of London to develop into a genuine place. Furthermore, its universal building approach suggests a long life while the interior provides pupils with a rich spatial experience.’
The annual festival, which is taking place in Singapore, continues over the coming days. All 16 category winners – including Chobham Academy – are now in the running for the World Building of the Year Award, to be announced tomorrow. More information about other category winners can be found here.
Camley Street, AHMM’s new mixed-use scheme in King’s Cross, welcomed the first residents to its 320 student rooms this month. 40 residential dwellings, incubator office space and ground-floor retail units combine with the student areas to make a proper ‘city sandwich’.
Phase 1 of our University of Amsterdam (UvA) project was named overall winner at the AJ Retrofit Awards. It also scooped the International Innovation category. The project reinvents a utilitarian building: recycling its concrete frame, transforming its envelope and dramatically improving environmental performance. The judges were said to be particularly impressed by how the project’s key move – that of removing a four-storey, 40m x 18m section from the canal-spanning building and replacing it with a glazed, double-height space – ‘completely restructures the way the building relates to the campus and its immediate urban context’.
Phase 2 of the project, involving the reinvention of the adjoining building to form new entrance to both phases, continues.
The listings for over 800 buildings and events for this year’s Open House London are now live. AHMM is proud to support Open House as a corporate sponsor and this year we are particularly excited to be opening the doors to 25 of our projects to celebrate our 25 years in practice.
Access to most of the buildings – including Regent Street W4, Angel Building, Burntwood School and Kentish Town Health Centre – will be on a first come, first served basis. Three of our buildings, however, will require you to pre-book; follow the instructions on the Open House website if you are interested in visiting Dagenham Park School, North London Hospice, 240 Blackfriars or BBC Television Centre.
For the full list and further details of the 25 AHMM buildings that will be open during the Open House London weekend (September 20 and 21), visit our Open House page.
Onsite works have begun at Ruskin Square. As a key component of the Ruskin Square Masterplan – a comprehensive redevelopment of the land between East Croydon railway station and the existing town centre – the new residential building has been configured to have a strong civic presence. The scheme’s 161 apartments are due for completion in August 2016.
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.