December

University of Amsterdam makes RIBA International List 2018

13/12/2017

University of Amsterdam makes RIBA International List 2018

AHMM’s project to transform the University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland Campus has been included on the RIBA International List 2018, and will now be considered for the RIBA Awards for International Excellence, which form the shortlist for the RIBA International Prize. The recently completed project – which has already won the AJ Retrofit of the Year Award, and WAN Education Award – has reinvented the campus, designed in the 1960s by Norbert Gawronski, to provide a new home for the Amsterdam Law School and Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences with lecture theatres, libraries, tutorial, seminar and meeting spaces, and a collection of public rooms with views across the city. The phased intervention has seen the revealing of the previously obscured canal through radical ‘surgery’ to one of the campus blocks as well as the creation of new public space. Awarded every two years since 2016, the RIBA International Prize is given to a building which exemplifies design excellence and architectural ambition, and delivers meaningful social impact. Find out more about the International Prize here.



 

1 King William Street wins AJ Refurb of the Year

08/12/2017

1 King William Street wins AJ Refurb of the Year

1 King William Street has been awarded Refurb of the Year at the inaugural AJ Architecture Awards. The project has seen the extension and integration of a 1990s office block and a 1920s grade ll listed building in the Bank Conservation Area to create a new unified high-specification office space. The judges commented that 'the lobby is full of delight and the exteriors reward study as an exemplar for new City offices'. Find out more about the AJ Awards here.
 



 

On site in Cornwall

06/12/2017

On site in Cornwall

Work has begun on the site of the former Madeira Hotel in Falmouth for the Fitzroy, one of three current AHMM projects for developer Pegasus Life. The Fitzroy takes its cue from the grand hotels lining Falmouth’s esplanade, using a material palette of off-white render, natural stone and slate roofing to integrate with the conservation area. The expression of three gables gives the facade a strong rhythm and a vertical emphasis, with large offset balconies providing double height space and shading to the sea-facing glazed facade. Due for completion in summer 2018, each of the one and two-bedroom apartments will have panoramic views across Falmouth Bay and towards the historic Pendennis Castle.

image courtesy of SW Media

 



 

Hawley School wins Camden Outstanding Design Award

05/12/2017

Hawley School wins Camden Outstanding Design Award

Hawley School was given the Outstanding Design Award at the Camden Business Awards ceremony held on 30 November. The new primary school forms the first phase of the Hawley Wharf Masterplan, and comprises a new-build three storey building and the conversion and integration of a Grade II listed building.

Award judges ‘appreciated the quality of communal, collective spaces created by the framing of the central cloistered courtyard, with wide double height entrance hallways and corridors. Spaces are flexible and accommodating with generosity created through intelligent design. The diversity in materials is well controlled and both the complexity of programme and relationship of the school to its urban setting are sophisticated and well-handled.’

Find out more about the Camden Design Awards here.
 



 

World Architecture Festival award for Westminster Bridge Road

21/11/2017

World Architecture Festival award for Westminster Bridge Road

AHMM's Westminster Bridge Road for urbanest has been named Overall Winner in the Mixed Use category at this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards in Berlin. The WAF Awards form the centrepiece of the World Architecture Festival, which this year marked its tenth anniversary, and shortlisted projects are judged via live crits by a panel of international judges. Clad in curved, stacked bands of black and white continuous aluminium and glazing, Westminster Bridge Road is a multi-use ‘city sandwich’ close to the Palace of Westminster in the heart of London, and includes a sixth-form college for 850 students, student housing with 1050 rooms and supporting facilities, 50 apartments, incubator space for start-up businesses, a health club and community sports facilities for local schools. Find out more about this year’s winners and the Festival here.

 



 

08/11/2017

Awards wins in London and Oxford

New Scotland Yard was last night (8 November) named Project of the Year at the Building Awards, which are organised by Building Magazine to recognise projects and initiatives across the construction industry. AHMM was also highly commended for Architecture Practice of the Year. Meanwhile, Barns Road – also shortlisted for a Building Award – won an award from the Oxford Preservation Trust in a ceremony held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. See the full list of OPT Award winners here.
 



 

Civic Trust Awards regional finalists announced

03/11/2017

Civic Trust Awards regional finalists announced

Three AHMM projects have been announced as regional finalists in the 2018 Civic Trust Awards: New Scotland Yard and One King William Street in London, and Barns Road in Oxford. Established in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve. Barns Road has also been nominated for the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design, which aims to reward and promote exemplars specific to universal design. Award winners will be announced in December – find out more about the finalists here.