The 30 Most Influential Architects in London

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As a “global capital,” London is home to some of the world’s most influential people, architects included. This fact has recently been laid bare by the London Evening Standard newspaper, whose list of the 1000 most influential Londoners features 30 architects, big and small, who use the city as a base for producing some of the world’s most celebrated architectural works.

Below, we have rounded up the 30 most influential architects in London, complete with examples of the architectural works which have put them on the city and world map.

Eva Franch i Gilabert

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Fredriksdalskajen by Nivå Landskapsarkitektur

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Location and function Fredriksdalskajen (the Fredriksdal Quay) is located at Hammarby Lake in Stockholm, adjacent to one of the city’s main infrastructural veins connecting Stockholm’s southern suburbs with the central island of Södermalm. The quayside project is one of the last phases of a major urban development project, Hammarby Sjöstad, which has been evolving in […]
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3BOX92 / Stephane Malka Architecture

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© Stephane Malka Architecture © Stephane Malka Architecture
© Stephane Malka Architecture © Stephane Malka Architecture

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Boulogne Billancourt (district 92), on Paris’s western area, 3Box92 is a 2 floor vertical extension constructed on an 19th century existing building.Entirely built with prefabricated systems, the room units are stacked one to another, creating mass superpositions, voids and double heights.

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Touch It, Smell It, Feel It: Architecture for the Senses

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Arakawa + Gins' Bioscleave House in East Hampton, New York used non-orthogonal geometries, undulating floors, and even isolation pods in their experiments to create architecture's that would "stop ageing." Image via Metropolis Magazine. Image Courtesy of Dimitris Yeros, © 2008 Estate of Madeline Gins, Reproduced with permission of the estate of Madeline Gins Arakawa + Gins' Bioscleave House in East Hampton, New York used non-orthogonal geometries, undulating floors, and even isolation pods in their experiments to create architecture's that would "stop ageing." Image via Metropolis Magazine. Image Courtesy of Dimitris Yeros, © 2008 Estate of Madeline Gins, Reproduced with permission of the estate of Madeline Gins

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Architecture You Can Smell? A Brief History of Multisensory Design."

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“Intervención sobre lo existente”, Fermín Vázquez de b720 en los encuentros organizados por Tectónica en Finsa21

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b720 – Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos. Liceo francés, Barcelona. Conjunto de educación infantil. Foto: Simón García.

Comenzamos esta nueva serie de encuentros de Tectónica en Finsa21 con el hilo conductor de ‘Procesos’, un concepto muy sugerente a través del que se quiere profundizar en la evolución y desarrollo de una idea hasta lograr hacerse realidad en una obra.

En el momento actual la reforma, ampliación y utilización de estructuras previas es un planteamiento que debe ser prioritario para racionalizar el gasto económico y energético de la edificación. El primer estudio invitado a este segundo ciclo, Fermín Vázquez del estudio b720, presenta y analiza el proceso de dos proyectos que comparten esta premisa.

En el nuevo edificio del Liceo Francés de Barcelona propone un diálogo entre la villa que se mantiene y la nueva ampliación. El nuevo edificio aprende valores de la arquitectura histórica y ofrece un nuevo lenguaje que revitaliza el conjunto escolar.

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Old Shed New House / Tonkin Liu

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© Greg Storrar © Greg Storrar
  • Structural Engineer: Rodrigues Associates
  • Environmental Engineer: Integration
  • Main Contractor: Vine House Construction
© Greg Storrar © Greg Storrar

‘Old Shed New House’ is a home nestled within the agricultural landscape of North Yorkshire. The client sought a high quality, energy-efficient and low-cost building to serve as a house, library and gallery.

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BIG Reveals Skyscraper Design for First Project in South America

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Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Soon to become the tallest building in Quito, IQON is Bjarke Ingels Group's first project to be built in South America. Currently undergoing construction, the largely residential building is a curved tower with gradually protruding balconies. Encased between the dense city and the park, the self-dubbed "urban tree farm" aims not only to encompass the surrounding views of the volcanoes and nature beyond but also to integrate the landscape within the building itself.

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50 of the Best Facade Construction Details

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Facade detail Brick House Facade detail Brick House

The facade is the calling card of an architecture project, an often iconic and recognizable element that becomes part of the collective imaginary.

We frequently see them featured in photographs and art—such as Andreas Gursky's work, or as part of movie sets. It is almost impossible to forget the pink symmetrical façade of 'The Budapest Hotel' by director Wes Anderson, or even, in music videos or album covers, like the legendary 'Physical Grafitti' by Led Zeppelin.

One of the complexities of satisfactorily representing a facade detail is the point of view.  What is the best view/frame for a facade detail? Is it in section, axonometric, or plan view?

We've selected 50 facade details with the aim of showing different ways of approaching this type of representation, highlighting aspects such as materiality, joints, interior comfort and color (among other properties that are part of the facades).

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Trends in Real-Time Rendering

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Are architects really turning to real-time rendering for visualization? Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, decided to find out with an independent survey.

The results confirmed what many of us have suspected—real-time rendering is on the rise in architecture, media and entertainment, and manufacturing. But the survey also revealed a few surprising details about real-time rendering and its uses.

What is Real-Time Rendering, Exactly?

Maybe you’ve heard about real-time rendering but aren’t sure how it relates to what you do. Real-time rendering is the process of using the same techniques you’ve been using for years for visualization—modeling, materials, lighting, and animation—but with the traditional rendering process replaced with a render engine that has the capability to render on the fly, in real time.

Real-time rendering gives you the ability to see what the final result will look like right away. Even special effects like fog and depth-of-field can be viewed instantly rather than waiting for a lengthy rendering process.

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Uce Apartment / Iya Turabelidze studio

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© Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov
© Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov

Text description provided by the architects. This space is an image, a metaphor for a mental outlook change. A shift from the noise and speed of the everyday life to a clean and logical being. Simple, yet complete and deep as a glass of red wine.

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A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award Winners

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Courtesy of A' Design Awards Courtesy of A' Design Awards

A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffuse international design awards featuring 1,962 Winners from 100 countries in 99 different design disciplines. Among the design world's many awards, the A' Design Award stands out for its exceptional scale and breadth; in 2015, over 1,000 different designs received awards, with all fields of design recognized by the award's 100 different categories. This year's edition is now open for entries; designers can register their submissions here.

There are five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron A’ Design Awards, which are distributed annually in all design disciplines. Designers, companies, and institutions from all countries are invited annually to take part in the open call by nominating their best works, projects, and products for consideration.

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Eperon d’Or, National Museum for Shoes & Brooms / Compagnie O Architects + Sabine Okkerse + Geert Pauwels

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Terrazzo Floors Bring History to Life

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Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies transformed the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC with poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo. [Photo: Courtesy of Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies] Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies transformed the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC with poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo. [Photo: Courtesy of Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies]

Terrazzo flooring, with its mosaic style of pieces of marble or granite set in polished concrete or epoxy resin, is known for its flexibility and remarkable durability. So it’s no wonder the method has been around for centuries.

With proper care during installation and use, it’s also possible for terrazzo floors to last a number of decades. “There are terrazzo floors that were installed in the early 1900s that are still nice looking jobs,” says James Bateman, terrazzo division manager of Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies. Indeed, the style is known to some as ‘forever floors,’ a nod to its history and longevity.

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V Villa / White Cube Atelier

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© Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi
© Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi

Text description provided by the architects. V villa is located in country area of Maku on the mountain slopes with spectacular views over natural sceneries around. This project was built to provide a cosy retreat for a rest far from city uproar.

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ERP Architekten

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Gorwiden housing . Zurich ERP Architekten . photos: © Ariel Huber Die Setzung der einzelnen Gebäude bildet, von Grünflächen umgeben, klare räumliche Zuordnungen. Strassenseitig liegen die Hauszugänge mit angemessenen Vorzonen. Vorgärten schaffen den nötigen Abstand zu den Fassaden und lassen die Bauten dem Umfeld entsprechend im Grünraum stehen. Die Gebäudezwischenräume öffnen den Durchblick in die … Continue reading ERP Architekten
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