CANOPY BY HILTON ALDGATE PROGRESSES6th of December 2019
The transformation of a former office building built in the 60s in Aldgate into a Canopy by Hilton is making good progresses on site. Over the last 11 month, the original concrete frame has been renovated and the new 11 storey wing has topped out, and installation of new facades is completing shortly.
This new envelope of 1,900 aluminium fins and unitised glazing units will cover the old and the new structure to create a new, visually consistent low energy skin.
Large glazing panels run in vertical strips, retaining the rhythm of the original facade and providing most rooms with three windows. Seven vertical fin types have been developed, with differing profiles and a subtle tone difference per side. When viewed obliquely, they will generate the impression of a three-dimensional diagrid pattern.
ACME AT WAF 20194th of December 2019
ACME are at the World Architecture Festival 2019 from the 4th to the 6th of December in Amsterdam. Friedrich Ludewig will be judging the INSIDE: Display and INSIDE: Hotels categories this year. ACME won the WAF Award for the best Commercial Project with Victoria Gate Leeds in 2017.
SWANSEA ARENA BREAKING GROUND29th of November 2019
The first phase of Swansea Central is finally breaking ground.
Over the last four years, Swansea Council and ACME have defined a master plan that will heal some of the gaps in the urban fabric, bring new uses to the city centre,and re-link the city to the docks and onward to the beach.
The first parts of the scheme that commenced construction this week are the new Coastal Park and the 3,500-seat Swansea arena, due to open in the summer of 2021.
The arena, coastal park and new bridge will create an incredible stepping stone for future growth, anchoring a new quarter in the city centre that will comprise new green spaces, education, leisure, working and living.
The shape of the arena appears like a fluid arrangement of bifurcating curves, pushed and pulled by the spatial requirements of the accommodation inside. The facade consists of a pleated and perforated aluminium mesh with integrated LEDs across the entire facade to display art, events and performances to the adjacent digital square and the wider city. The bridge to the arena uses a stressed steel skin as its structure to provide a super thin bridge deck and create a unique shadow and light experience when walking across and driving below it.
ACME AT STO WERKSTATT30th of October 2019
ACME has been invited to talk at the Sto Werkstatt gallery in London on Thursday 7th of November at 6.30 pm.
Duarte Lobo Antunes will be talking about Designing Specific Buildings in a Globalised World.
How does one design spaces that are both of their places but have universal appeal? How is building in Kent different from designing for Muscat? How is it similar? What does it mean to be local and context-specific in a world that increasingly shares that same references? How can such a diverse studio come together to find a common language?
These are the questions that drive ACME’s thinking and designs on a daily basis and will be addressed during the evening’s talk.
Please RSVP here
PRIX VERSAILLES10th of October 2019
Our Eastland Town Centre in Melbourne has won the 2019 Prix Versailles for the Best Shopping mall in the Asia region. The jury included David Adjaye and Kazuyo Sejima as part of the architectural panel as well as the fashion designer Iris Van Herpen.
For Eastland, ACME have designed a family of five buildings surrounding new public square at the heart of Maroondah, including a Realm Library Building, a David Jones Department Store, and the shard at its centre, all of which were completed in 2017. The Prix Versailles was handed over in the global awards ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
IQL PAVILION CONSTRUCTION11th of September 2019
The construction of the timber pavilion located in the International Quarter London is making rapid progress. Foundation and ground works were completed in July, allowing the assembly of the timber frame to start. The completion of the structure is expected in September. The pavilion sits over the DLR tunnel, imposing severe restrictions on weights, which helped to make the case for a timber frame of glulam with CLT walls and slabs. The timber allows for reduction of on-site assembly, lower operational and embodied carbon, a better internal environment and it looks better. In total, the Pavilion will include around 34 m³ of timber sourced from FSC certified forests.
HOTEL IN LEEDS VICTORIA REVEALED29th of August 2019
In the first phase of Leeds Victoria, ACME completed the award-winning John Lewis department store, arcade and car park. Since 2017, we are working on the second phase of Eastgate Quarters, to create a mixed-use quarter of residential, office, culture and leisure uses on the remainder of the site. The first part will be a 205 room hotel, a visual bookend for the scheme at the eastern edge, replacing a temporary surface car park. Located opposite the playhouse, the 14 floor hotel will create a townscape marker and delineate the bank of the Lady Beck, a culverted river that runs through the site.
The hotel fenestration is designed to a pattern visually related to the neighbouring buildings of Victoria Leeds. Each room with have multiple windows, dissolving the scale of the building into a more abstract sculpture, and allowing for the emergence of a diagrid pattern when seen from afar.
Following discussions with the Leeds Plans Panel and public consultation in September, a planning submission for this next stage of Eastgate Quarters is expected in October, with a possible commencement on site in 2020.
CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA10th of June 2019
We are delighted that ACME has been appointed to redesign Swansea's Castle Square.
The central public space of Swansea has an interesting topography, bridging a level difference of 4m, and has served as the main square of the city for 70 years.
Originally designed as a garden, the space has evolved into a very hard urban space with very little civic use.
We look forward to work with the Swansea City Council team to explore new directions for this space to strengthen the regeneration of the High Street and the wider city centre.
ACME CYCLING TO BRIGHTON FOR BHF7th of June 2019
On the 16th of June, the 10 rider strong ACME peloton will participate again in the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
This year will see the team debut the newly designed ACME cycling jerseys.
As in previous years, we are raising money to support the British Heart Foundation undertaking pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatments.
ACME STUDIO LATES4th of June 2019
ACME will open the doors of its studio in Shoreditch on the 21st of June as part of the Studio Lates series.
During your visit you will also have the chance to see ACME's projects, both past and present, through physical models, 3d printed maquettes and our virtual reality headset.
Located in an old warehouse in Shoreditch that we refurbished ourselves, you are welcome to join us for a drink, meet the team and explore our work space - including our sculptural staircase and Yayoi Kusama inspired toilette.
We would love to see you from 5pm at our office in 76 Tabernacle Street EC2A 4EA.
Registration at the link below.