SAB LEIPZIG - CONCRETE STAIRS2nd of April 2020
Oval staircases will link the floors at the SAB Bank HQ. The stair design was guided by a desire for lightness and openness. The steps smoothly emerge from a supporting wall, to create the impression that the staircase is floating. The construction of the staircase was a technical challenge due to the complex shape and the curvature of the soffit. To replicate the geometry, Doka opted to 3d-printing the most complex part of the formwork on the basis of a detailed 3D CAD model developed and provided by ACME. Using Powder Binder Jetting Printers, the elements of the formwork were produced with a gauge of 21mm in thin layers of sand and resin. The precision printed formwork allowed assembly on the site within hours. This was the first time that 3d printing for formwork had been used at scale in a commercial project in Germany. Using this innovative process enabled the construction team to save time and to obtain a smooth and seamless concrete mould and showed ways how complex geometry can be delivered cost effectively on site.
Image credits: DOKA
PLANNING FOR VICTORIA GATE HOTEL IN LEEDS12th of February 2020
We are delighted that the Leeds City Council plans panel has approved Hammerson’s plans for the Victoria Gate Hotel.
Located opposite the newly refurbished Leeds Playhouse, the 15-floor hotel will include 205 rooms, a restaurant, bar, conference facilities, and a gym. Hammerson and ACME have worked over the last decade to start the transformation of this part of the city centre, including the opening of Victoria Gate in 2016, creating new links between existing commercial and cultural uses such as the newly refurbished Leeds Playhouse.
The hotel expands the existing Victoria Gate family of buildings with a tower expressed with a dia-grid facade, with windows of varying dimensions arranged to create a pixelated diamond pattern. The tower meets the ground with three-dimensional terracotta tiles while the restaurant will be glass volume to creating a visual connection between the dining space and the playhouse.
COUNCIL HQ CONSTRUCTION IN EASTLAND11th of February 2020
Construction has begun in Eastland/ Melbourne for our new office building for Marroundah Council. Sitting above the David Jones department store that we completed in 2016, the new council offices will support Realm, the library and Arts Centre on the town square and allow the council to move more of its core functions closer to the community. The new office building on the podium joins the Sage Hotel that we completed in 2019, and is a further step in QIC's transformation of Eastland Centre into a truly mixed-use development.
SWANSEA BRIDGE UNVEILED7th of February 2020
The final design of Swansea footbridge across Oystermouth Road has been unveiled. The new structure will seamlessly connect the city centre with Swansea Arena and the Marina, and will become a stepping stone to connect to the beach.
The design of the bridge by Ney and Partners and ACME is intended to celebrate the city through the form and appearance of the bridge.
The pattern on the side panels is inspired by an abstracted silhouette of swans, the result of a close collaboration with the Wales-based artist Marc Rees.
The selected colour and lighting acknowledges the historical link Swansea has to the local copper industry and the feature lighting will be timed to be in synch with the digital facade of Swansea Arena.
FOLKESTONE HARBOUR WINS LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE AWARD4th of February 2020
Folkestone Harbour has won the Landscape Institute Awards 2019 for Best Heritage and Culture project.
The Harbour Arm, the Harbour station, the swing bridge and the railway viaduct remained in the town centre following the closure of the line.
ACME and Macfarlane & Associates have used these remnants to create a new pedestrian route utilizing the remaining rail tracks and points, to connect the town centre to the Harbour Arm.
The shingle beach is the habitat of a number of plants like sea kale, and a team of volunteers have worked over the years to create further community gardens in the harbour station. Plants from these gardens have been incorporated into the planting of the station and harbour viaduct, to create sustainable coastal gardens suited to the harsh coastal environment.
Image courtesy - Macfarlane & Associates
AJ SPECIFICATION AWARDS JUDGING28th of January 2020
Catherine Hennessy will be on the Judges for the AJ Specification Awards for the second year running. The Awards recognise completed projects that successfully combine products with design and fruitful collaborations between architects and product suppliers/manufacturers.
The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony which will be taking place on Wednesday 25th March at FORA, Spitalfields.
FOLKESTONE SEAFRONT STARTING CONSTRUCTION24th of January 2020
Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Co. has announced the start of construction of the Seafront development, with the first ACME designed residential building.
ACME’s involvement with the project started in 2016 through an invited competition. The amended masterplan achieved planning consent in 2018, and the first phase of the development received detailed planning consent in 2019, allowing the first plot to progress to construction.
In a playful nod to adjacent Victorian seaside estates, the development creates new urban crescents, articulated with curved bay windows and balconies. 20 town houses comprise the lower front part of the first crescent, rising at both ends to two taller volumes containing 64 apartments and duplexes. Expansive sea views on the beach side are complemented by a raised communal garden on the wind-protected side of the crescent.
ACME AT ARCHITECTS@WORK9th of January 2020
Mark Broom from ACME will speak at the Timber Future seminar of Architect@Work London.
The talk, chaired by Chris Foges, editor in chief at Architecture Today, will explore the recent projects of four London practices that are creating new way of working with timber and exploring new construction techniques.
Mark will focus on the use of timber in the currently under construction IQL Pavilion in Stratford at the edge of the Olympic park.
Please join us on the 29th of January at 3.00 pm at the Old Truman Brewery.
HAPPY 20202nd of January 2020
Happy 2020 from everyone at ACME.