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.
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.