WAF 2021 FINALIST: BUMPERS OAST

19th of July 2021

Bumpers Oast is shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2021 - House & Villa (Rural/Nature) - Completed Buildings Award.
The traditional oast house form has been reimagined by ACME to create a new home within the rolling landscape and apple orchards of Kent. The building is highly insulated and designed to passive house standards of airtightness, with the oast cones used to encourage slow air movement and purge ventilation from high level openings during the summer.

 


MOVING IN: SAB, LEIPZIG

7th of July 2021

The new office building for Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB), the Development Bank of the Free State of Saxony, nears completion.
ACME won the international competition in 2013. Our design revisits the typology of a bank as an imposing institution: the usual front of columns has been dissolved into a forest of supports. These new columns work hard - supporting, shading, sheltering the open space and geothermally cooling and heating the SAB building.
Spacious offices look out onto landscaped public realm, a homage to the former pleasure gardens and a gift from SAB to the city of Leipzig.
Employees begin to move in this month and the official opening will take place in September 2021.

image credit: Rainer Ralph


METRO CAMPUS, DUSSELDORF

30th of June 2021

ACME wins Metro Campus urban planning competition.
The jury, consisting of renowned architects, urban planners and landscape architects, representatives of Metro Properties, as well as Düsseldorf politicians and administrators unanimously voted for ACME's sustainable design which references the local history of the site. 
This mixed-use scheme will create a diverse, lively urban quarter for the city of Düsseldorf.
A collaboration with Stadt Land Fluss and Kieran Fraser Landscape Design.


THE PLAN: VIRTUAL PERSPECTIVE FORUM

29th of June 2021

ACME joins The Plan's Virtual Perspective Forum - Panel Discussion: Creating Experiences.
29 June 2021, 13:30-14:30hrs BST
Sheena Seeley and Tim Laubinger discuss how design skills and sensitivity toward context, materials and natural elements build a multi-sensory journey for the end-user.


PLANNING SUBMITTED: DUBLIN CENTRAL

1st of June 2021

Planning has been submitted for 3 of 6 plots for the ambitious mixed-use 2.2ha site, Dublin Central. The masterplan proposals include two new public squares, new pedestrian routes, a fully integrated metrolink station for O'Connell Street and the restoration of historically important streets and laneways. The scheme will ensure the area around Nos.14-17 Moore Street, a National Monument due to its role in the Easter Rising is appropriately restored.
An ACME collaboration with Grafton Architects, Mola Architecture and RKD for Hammerson.


ON SITE: SWANSEA CENTRAL PHASE 1

28th of May 2021

During these final months on site, construction continues at speed.
Phase 1 - which includes the iconic Swansea Arena, a coastal park, a pedestrian and cycle bridge, 33 homes, a carpark and 500mof commercial space - is due for completion in Autumn 2021.


OPEN: REWE WIESBADEN

27th of May 2021

REWE’s Market of the Future in Wiesbaden is now open. This is a prototype for a new adaptable and sustainable market concept, able to fit any site typology. An iconic and highly visible timber structure forms the main element of a new architectural identity for REWE. 


ON SITE: REWE MARKET OF THE FUTURE

18th of May 2021

Metalwork packages are delivered and installed, and basil planting has begun on site. Locally farmed and prepared produce will be openly showcased at this new market hall in Wiesbaden, Germany. An aquaponic farm is housed within the building and a modular greenhouse above. 
REWE’s Market of the Future opens to the public on 27 May 2021.


COPR BAY BRIDGE INSTALLATION

19th of March 2021

Swansea's new Copr Bay bridge was eased into place in a major construction operation over the weekend of March 6-7.
The 150 metric tonne bridge is now in place over Oystermouth Road. It's up to 12 metres wide, 49m long and features 2,756 laser-cut origami shapes. Commissioned and developed by Swansea Council, the footbridge will be pivotal in improving access between the city, the Marina and the coastline. It will be a number of months before the gold-coloured pedestrian and cyclist bridge - central to Swansea Council's emerging £135m Copr Bay Phase One regeneration scheme - will be ready for use by the public.
ACME worked with Brussels-based structural engineers Ney & Partner to create this bridge made from curved 15mm steel plate. The iconic arch stabilizes the super-slender bridge deck and creates a new urban space floating over the road, enclosed by patterned steel offering glimpses across the road, the arena and the new coastal park. Until now, Oystermouth Road was for cars, not people. The bridge will be a stepping stone for a greener and more liveable Swansea city centre. It's expected the bridge will be ready for use in the second half of 2021, ahead of the opening of the arena which is on schedule to be completed this year.


TABERNACLE BATHROOM

10th of March 2021

The South Shoreditch Area of London was famous for its Furniture Trade. Our building was originally abutting the Harris Lebus works in Tabernacle Street, the largest furniture factory in the world. For our Staff Bathroom on the second floor, we have decided to revisit the timber walls that Mies van der Rohe designed for the Tugendhat House, which speaks to the Shoreditch veneer trade of that time. We worked with Royal White Ebony, as that timber has amazingly veined patterns for bookmatching. ACME has always used its own bathrooms as a place for material and spatial experimentation. This bathroom has taught us a lot about complex veneers, and will hopefully be a good mockup of future projects to come.


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