ACME AT 100% DESIGN18th of September 2018
100% Design London opens this week. In the 100% Talks series, Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will speak about New Common Spaces. Public space is increasingly being built by the private sector, in places where the public sector is struggling to provide them. ACME will explore the potential of new common spaces as public anchors and attractors in Melbourne, Brisbane and Southampton. The talk is on the 20th of September at 12:00 pm at Olympia London.
MINORIES CONSTRUCTION5th of September 2018
Our Minories construction site in the Aldgate in the City of London is rapidly progressing.
The 360 bed Canopy by Hilton hotel consists of existing elements and new structures. Internal demolition of partitions has completed and the basement and ground floor transfer structures are now in place, with the new frame rising at a speed of one level per fortnight.
Construction works on the 15 story residential structure has reached the halfway point of level 7 this week with a 2 weeks turnaround per level, and should see the concrete frame topped out in January.
SWANSEA CENTRAL22nd of August 2018
Over the last years, Swansea Council has spent considerable resource redefining Swansea as a city of education, sustainable energy and digital technology. ACME have worked with the Council since 2015 on a new masterplan for the centre of Swansea.
The first phase of Swansea Central which is now under way will create new sight lines and pedestrian routes from the city centre to the beaches of Swansea Bay. The new bridge, a major new park and the Concert Arena are major public investments, complemented by residential uses and parking spaces in Phase 1. Future phases of Swansea Central will be able to grow and evolve around them.
PLANNING FOR STRATFORD TIMBER PAVILION25th of July 2018
ACME has received unanimous planning approval for a new timber pavilion in Stratford. The building will act as a focal point for the central space of the International Quarter development. It will mark the transition from the dense urban fabric of the International Quarter to the more open landscape context of the river Lea, the Aquatics, the future East Bank and the Elizabeth Park.
We designed the adjacent Olympic Bridges over 12 years ago, very much with a future legacy in mind, and we’re delighted to be back all those years later to contribute to the legacy of the games and create a small building to anchor the public space of the International Quarter and provide a place for events, for celebrations and to pause and watch the world go by.
The pavilion will house a visitor centre with a cafe, restaurants over two floors and a public rooftop terrace with amazing views over the Bridge towards the park and London Stadium. The public realm will extend from the square to the roof, generating a number of lookout points and sitting places from which to enjoy the views.
We have been working with Lendlease for some time to develop innovative timber structures, and we are delighted that this pavilion will be the first timber structure developed with them to receive planning.
LEEDS BRONZE TERRACOTTA17th of July 2018
Some keen Leeds citizens have noted in late 2016 that the John Lewis Building in Leeds was not finished. While the store is certainly open and trading, the facade has a few blank areas, where our planning drawings showed glazed terracotta.
The original supplier of the material had gone into liquidation during the construction period, and it took a long time to develop an alternative product with new suppliers and to get the right warranties. We have finally inspected the new mock-up with the new tiles this week.
The decorative pattern is created by terracotta tiles coated in a bronze metallic finish, inspired by the rich terracotta heritage from the former Burmantoff terracotta works located close-by.
We designed 4 hexagonal tiles, which can be rotated during installation to create the appearance of a random, non-repetitive pattern.
The terracotta tiles were pressed in Germany by NBK. The innovative metallic coating is by Teamwork in Italy. The mock-up was built by Adept in Nottingham.
TABERNACLE BATHROOM4th of July 2018
Bath-, rest- or washroom, lavatories, toilets, privy, loo, WC, whatever we call this place, we all go there approximately 2,500 times a year. We rarely spend much time there. Any opportunity to design a fleeting experience, a mesmerizing place that can continue to surprise and entertain. Inspired by the works of Jeppe Hein and Yayoi Kusama, the faceted mirrors create a vision of moving, fractured infinity, enhanced by kaleidoscopic lights. Wash basins made from plates of Mirror Polished steel, dryers and cubicles hidden behind mirrors. A toilet experience that is making the brief time spend here a bit more memorable.
WORLD'S COOLEST CARPARK27th of June 2018
Our multi-storey car park in Leeds Victoria has been shortlisted as one of 10 projects for the World's coolest car park 2018. Voting is open until 8th of July.
WESTQUAY WINS CLADDING AWARDS26th of June 2018
Watermark Westquay has won the 2018 Schueco Awards for Commercial Building of the year.
Entries have been judged on innovation, technical skill and collaboration to deliver architectural intent.
The building is defined by a soaring cantilevered cinema volume wrapped in curving stainless steel tubes that projects out over a new public plaza.
Below the cinema, a two-storey glazed body houses restaurants and a winter garden, while a more solid precast concrete plinth grounds the scheme. Both these curved facades utilize a number of cladding profiles and louvres to express the horizontal layering of the building, to create depths and shadow and give solar protection to the wintergarden.
ROBINA MARKET WINS QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTURE AWARDS22nd of June 2018
Robina Market won the Queensland Architecture Awards for Commercial Building of the year 2018. The award was created by the Australian Institute of Architects with the aim of promoting good architecture in Australia and internationally.
The judges singled out the contribution that Robina Market makes to unify Robina Town Centre, to open it to the outside and create a space embracing the surrounding open landscape, and to transform a previously utilitarian space into a new, unique destination for locals and tourists.
The awards ceremony will take place in November.
ACME AT NEGRONI TALKS20th of June 2018
As part of the Negroni Talks series hosted at Ombra during the London Festival of Architecture, Friedrich Ludewig will be among the speakers of the talk 'Ending the architecture export' on the 25th of June.
The event organised by Fourthspace provides a ‘freespace’ for an open discussion around architecture and the role it plays in shifting the identity of places, spaces and groups.
Together with Paul Finch, Emilia Terragni and Vicky Richardson, Friedrich will discuss how the London design landscape will adapt post-Brexit and how we can make the best of unexpected circumstances.