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Old June 27th, 2012, 11:44 AM   #4281
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Old June 27th, 2012, 03:41 PM   #4282
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Kingston Business School / Hawkins\Brown

Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Location: London, England
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 7,290 sqm
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Hawkins\Brown’s new 5-storey teaching building for Kingston University to accommodate the Faculty of Business and Law has completed. Located at the heart of the University’s Kingston Hill Campus in South West London, the new building is highly durable and environmentally efficient. Featuring spacious interiors, it provides a hub for social interaction and learning.

Designed in the round with an entrance on each elevation, at the heart of the 7290 sq m building is a dramatic light filled double-height glass roofed atrium space which, as well as being the circulation hub for the ground and first floors, is also used for informal learning, events and presentations. There are open ‘lounge’ areas off the circulation routes as well as window seats and laptop bars between the window bays surrounding the atrium. In addition to formal teaching spaces including a 150-seat lecture theatre and a 120-seat classroom, there are also facilities for academic offices, a research suite and other smaller teaching and computer rooms.

Positioned on a sloping site, the building is set within attractive landscaping to articulate the varying levels whilst providing excellent access and through routes to the surrounding buildings. Featuring brick elevations that run uninterrupted around all four sides of the building, a mottled purple and brown brick was chosen in response to the leafy conservation area setting. Brick was also selected for its environmental qualities and to help give the building a sense of solidity and gravity, fitting to a school of business. Recessed windows with shimmering bronze anodized aluminium panels animate the brick grid, casting a pattern of light and shade across the facades. The panels are etched with a subtle leaf motif referencing the woodland setting.

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Old June 28th, 2012, 04:45 PM   #4283
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A WEEK after proposals for a Formula One Grand Prix around the London Olympic Park were put forward, an even more grandiose plan for racing in the capital is set to be unveiled.

According to The Times, F1 ringleader Bernie Ecclestone has decided he wants to stage a race in central London, and is prepared to fork out more than £35m to host it.

The proposed route in the heart of London takes in landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square and would be "more impressive than the Monaco Grand Prix", which is widely held to be the most glamorous race in F1.

"Experts believe that as many as 120,000 spectators would watch the race from grandstands on the 3.2-mile route with tens of thousands more drawn to the city centre, generating as much as £100 million in spending for the London economy," says the Times.

It adds that Ecclestone's offer to pay for the event is a generous one, especially "in an era when governments queue up to buy the rights to stage a grand prix for up to £30 million per race".

However, Ecclestone does not believe that he would end up out of pocket if he footed the £35m bill for staging the race as it would be so popular it would pay for itself.

"Think what it would do for tourism. It would be fantastic, good for London, good for England a lot better than the Olympics," he told the Times.

"The 81-year-old has long wanted London to host a Grand Prix, having seen the huge potential after a Formula One demonstration event on Regent Street in 2004 attracted thousands to watch Nigel Mansell and Jenson Button in action," reports the Daily Mail.

Last week a company called International Transport Solutions revealed it had submitted a bid to hold an F1 race in and around the Olympic Park and stadium in Stratford.


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Old June 28th, 2012, 06:04 PM   #4284
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Wilkinson Eyre's Thames-spanning cable car opens a month before the Olympics

The Boris Johnson-backed Thames Cable Car designed by Wilkinson Eyre with engineers Expedition has opened today, a month before the official opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Costing £60m and taking the impressively short term of two years from concept to realisation, the 1km-long Thames Cable Car stretches across the river from the O2 Arena in Greenwich to the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.

With 34 individual pods the Cable Car will be capable of transporting up to 2,500 passengers each hour in each direction at a cash fare cost of £4.30 or £6.40 for a full round trip. It is thought that whilst the majority of travellers will use the Cable Car to get from A to B, others may wish to take advantage of the 160ft-high views across the City, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the Thames Barrier and the Olympic Park. Oyster Card-holders will be able to travel for a reduced rate.

The project has secured £36m sponsorship for the next ten years from Dubai-based airline Emirates whose name is reflected in the title of the two new Cable Car stations: Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks. These will provide two key access points for visitors to the London 2012 Olympic Games as the boxing, fencing, table tennis, martial arts and wrestling events will be held at the ExCeL Centre and the gymnastic, trampoline and basketball events will be hosted by the O2 Arena.

Speaking on the Cable Car’s first flight this morning, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The Emirates Air Line is a stunning addition to London’s transport network, providing a much needed new connection across the Thames. In am sure the Emirates Air Line is now set to be a must-see destination in its own right, giving people the change to drink in breathtaking panoramic views. Crucially, the Emirates Air Line supports my ambitious plans to revive the neighbouring areas, which have been neglected for decades, creating jobs for Londoners and stimulating growth.”

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Old June 28th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #4285
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Manhattan Loft Gardens / SOM

A triple height entrance lobby will welcome visitors to a world-class hotel, two restaurants, three sky gardens and a 248 unit residential tower, all with stunning views over Olympic Park. These are some of the key features offered in the newly unveiled plan for the 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). It is planned to be built near the Stratford International Station – the gateway to the 2012 London Olympics. Completion is scheduled for 2014.

Located alongside one of London’s largest and newest international transport interchanges, the 135 meter tower will include a mix of single-height flats, double-height lofts and triple-height penthouses. Tenants will never be more than nine storeys away from an outdoor space, as three sky gardens are strategically integrated throughout the tower.

The combination of the seven-storey hotel and thirty-four-story residential tower includes a shared large communal lobby, leisure facilities, swimming pool, spa facilities, meeting and conference spaces as well as a shared external roof garden that overlooks the Olympic park.

The building’s façade maintains a duality of transparent and solid panels in a serrated composition in glass and terracotta. The panels are aligned using a triangulated geometry in plan. From the corner aspects of the building, this panel directionality becomes most apparent – only one type of panel may be visible across an entire façade. Therefore, movement around the exterior of the building gives a continual interplay between solidity and transparency. The directionality of the solid panels versus the transparent ones greatly reduces the amount of direct sunlight entering the building on certain façades.

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Old June 28th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #4286
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Thanks Minsk for these really informative posts- I like the way they focus on a particular project or building, with plans, photos and renders - lots to take in!
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Old June 28th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #4287
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Thanks Minsk for these really informative posts- I like the way they focus on a particular project or building, with plans, photos and renders - lots to take in!
You are welcome! I will continue in the same spirit
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Old June 28th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #4288
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I really like the F1 proposal. I hope everything goes accordingly to plan, because this indeed will be a winner event
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Old June 28th, 2012, 10:02 PM   #4289
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The London Mayor has already given the F1 London race his full endorsement. Which is a major hurdle cleared already.
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The London Mayor has already given the F1 London race his full endorsement. Which is a major hurdle cleared already.
Regarding the initial proposal of having it in the Olympic Park or Ecclestone's proposal of having it within the city? Or just the general idea of having F1 in London?
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Old June 29th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #4291
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The new proposal of having it in the city. and just in general.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 03:48 AM   #4292
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Official video released yesterday by Santander.


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Old June 29th, 2012, 03:56 AM   #4293
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London GP would be EPIC!!!!!!!

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Old June 29th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #4294
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Indeed it would be probably the best track of them all.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 04:34 AM   #4295
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Keeping my fingers crossed for the London GP
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Old June 29th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #4296
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Another new tower for London.

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Pringle Brandon Drew has unveiled proposals for a 39-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London.


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The Shard inauguration: Lasers to be beamed across capital from new tallest building



Landmarks around London will be hit with coloured lasers next week for the inauguration of Europe’s new tallest building, The Shard at London Bridge.

A spectacular show will take place on July 5, with 12 lasers and 30 searchlights illuminating the night sky over the capital at about 10.15pm.

If you’re not in London to see it, the spectacle will streamed live on The Shard’s website and Facebook pages to mark the building’s external completion.

The show will see coloured lasers reach out from the 95-storey building on the South Bank to other major landmark buildings across the capital; including the London Eye, the Gherkin and Tower Bridge.

The display will be accompanied by classical music: Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and the Finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite which will be performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).

As the music reaches its crescendo, the laser show will culminate in the illumination of The Shard itself, lit from all sides by powerful searchlights rising high into the sky.

The following morning from 9am, tickets to The View from The Shard will go on sale.

Opening next February, this attraction will allow visitors to see London like never before.

Designed by the architect Renzo Piano, The Shard is adjacent to London Bridge station and forms part of the London Bridge Quarter regeneration project developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Limited in partnership with the state of Qatar.
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Next February? I thought that the observatory will be opened together with the tower in July
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Stratford tower looks nice
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Next February? I thought that the observatory will be opened together with the tower in July
Nah, when you're up-close to the Shard, it's evident that it's not quite ready yet in that respect.
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