Saturday, 3 October 2009

Designs Revealed for the Whitworth Art Gallery

The five shortlisted designs for the RIBA competition of the extension to the Whitworth Art Gallery, a Grade -II listed building have been revealed.

The five shortlisted practices are:

Amanda Levete Architects
Edward Cullinan Architects
Haworth Tompkins
Stanton Williams

Amanda Levete Architects' proposal

Edward Cullinan Architects' proposal

Haworth Tompkins' proposal

MUMA's proposal

Stanton and Williams' proposal

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The President's Medals Student Awards 2009

The nominations for this year’s President’s Medals Student Award have been announced, included are 5 students from Manchester School of Architecture, Luke Butcher + Jack O’Rielly from Part 1,and Rebecca Stephens + Matthew Ault + Nick Walkley from Part 2.

The President’s Medals Student Awards is an internationally acclaimed award of which RIBA accredited institutes can enter. It’s main purpose is to serve as a platform to promote the vibrant work currently erupting from the student community, but it also is there to help elevate the individuals whose work is at the forefront of architecture.

The winners, announced on the 2nd of December, will be invited to the award ceremony, of which previous guest speakers have been Lord Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, and their work will be published in a supplement included with the critically acclaimed Architect’s Journal. There are various prizes ranging from £250 worth of books to a £1250 Travelling Fellowship from SOM Foundation, however the most significant reward is the acknowledgment by the industry of whom they will soon become apart of. l. Therefore a mere nomination could extrude into substantial exposure.

Manchester School of Architecture have received commendations before, but an award has always deceived them.Perhaps this year may favour them but the outcome of the awards are a distant enigma, however the quality and innovation of MSA’s nominations are unquestionably evident and show true promise in a competitive arena.

Jack O'Rielly's URBAN F.@.M.I.N

Jack O’Rielly’s URBAN F.@.M.I.N (Urban Farming and Media Interactive Networks) is a detailed solution to promoting sustainability in an urban built environment. The proposal consists of a process starting with the production of crops in the heart of manchester, which is then sold to local restaurants, of whom promote the urban farm and the process repeats itself. An addition of a TV studio, integrated with in the build, creates programmes that aim to promote sustainability. Jack’s diverse concept fused with his exceptional drawing skills creates a vibrant project.

Luke Butcher's Home Truths

Luke Butcher’s Home Truths is a two part look into a new residential development in East Manchester. Luke focuses on a solution for problems that are currently residing in social state of the urban built environment. The result is a development that is built not for the present but the future; “... A sophisticated and socially inclusive range of mixed dwellings that challenges the perception of affordable housing.” It successfully creates concepts that are harbored in reality, and it’s maturity shows true ambition.

Rebecca Stephens

As part of the Displace Non-Place BARCh Unit Rebecca Stephens has created a beautiful design for an addition to the town of Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. Her work is deeply rooted in the heart of town’s history. The concept looks at promoting healthy living to the local teenagers. The design illusively perches in it’s context, with the upmost respect for the surrounding buildings. The design chooses to impose as little as possible visually, but it’s details show much appreciation to the history of the area.

Matthew Ault

Matthew Ault’s project comes from a brief that “required the intergration of architecture and performance as well as context, with careful treatment of a relationship to a body of water.” His design beautifully fuses a precise technical design with the freedom of performance and deserves commendation.

Nick Walkley’s dissertation explores the idea of ornament and how it has seen a revival in the early years of the 21st century, noticeably due to the addition of the computer in the world of design. He explores the effect it is having on design cultures. However what is most exceptional about his work is how he has managed to transcend his dissertation into reality with the design and production of a gothic concert hall for his thesis project.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

MMU Business School

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is the architectural firm leading the development of a new Business School for the Manchester Metropolitan University. The school is projected to cost £ 54,000,000 and is due to be completed September 2011.

The 20,000 sq metre building will host a new faculty as well as facilities for 5,000 students and 250 staff including student services, catering, learning zones and IT drop-in spaces.

This vibrant and environmentally friendly scheme contains two cool and calm atria for social activities; both spaces contain bridges and balconies connecting buzzing human traffic across the building.

As part of an ongoing University project to develop low energy buildings, the school will be incorporating energy saving tactics such as thermal massing, natural day lighting, controlled ventilation, some energy generation features and ground coupled cooling.

Images courtesy of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Sunday, 27 September 2009

One St Peter's Square

The first images for a new building on St Peter's Square were revealed this week (Architect's Journal Online 23.09.09). The redevelopment of Elisabeth House, opposite Manchester Central Library, was won by Glenn Howells Architects in a competition last year (FLACQ, Stanton Williams and Austin:Smith-Lord being the other front runners). Due to be submitted before Christmas the 25,000 sq m scheme will be predominately commercial with a mix of other uses including a gallery at street level.

Glenn Howells said of the scheme "We want to create an elegant building, with a long life and that will not look like it was built in 2012. We want to make it look effortless. We also thought it was inappropriate for it to be louder than the other buildings around it."