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A new design for the Instituto Cervantes of London by Binom Architects

09-03-2018

A new design for the Instituto Cervantes of London by Binom Architects

The designers from Binom Architects redesigned the new Instituto Cervantes in London, inside a Neo-Georgian building dating from the 1950s.

Throwback Olympics: Londra 2012 by Janie Airey

16-03-2018

Throwback Olympics: Londra 2012 by Janie Airey

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics have just ended. We would love to take this occasion to introduce you to Janie Airey, an English photographer who shot the Olympic stadiums of London in 2012. In her work you will not find the fundamentals of architectural photography, but rather a lucid perspective celebrating space and silence, the calm before the storm. The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics have just ended, leaving behind the memories of the Games, their related activities and their infrastructures. We would like to take the opportunity to describe an older project that is really worth mentioning. We are talking about the work by English photographer Janie Airey, performed during the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Before athletes, trainers, screaming fans and press staff entered the London stadiums, the Olympic Delivery Authority commissioned from Airey a series of photographs depicting the architectures created for the Olympics. In the words of the very photographer: “You rarely get the chance to appreciate the silence and scale of such amazing architectural forms”, especially because when they are open, they are obviously crowded. This way, Janie Airey had the privilege to enter the Olympic spaces before their inauguration, while the atmosphere was still calm, and everything was just brand new. “With these photographs I wanted to celebrate the beauty of both the line and form of these constructions, and to capture the incredible sense of calm and stillness you felt walking round them before the explosion of excitement that the UK experienced that summer.” If this was Airey’s objective, there is no doubt that she achieved it. Focussing on details, rather than photographing the buildings in their entirety, turned out to be a winning choice. Indeed, the elegant beauty of the structures and their clean lines were transformed into purity and incisive simplicity, creating photographs that could do justice to the grandeur of the designs by Zaha Hadid, Hopkins Architects and Populous with few but well-defined lines. Janie Airey’s approach to architecture photography is not traditional: she does not use tilt-shift lenses to manage the vertical lines, nor does she adjust them during the post-processing phase; also, she rarely uses tripods, as she finds them too restrictive. The Olympic buildings are vast and offer an endless series of possibilities. In two days of shootings, Airey brought back home a thousand photographs, but she would have taken even more. What worried Janie the most while carrying out the job was the excess of abstractionism, that is not always welcomed by architecture photographs. In this kind of photography, one usually tends to try and give an idea of scales and proportions. Entering too much into the details could have resulted into a boring, lifeless and excessively abstract job. In Airey’s words: “The end result proved me wrong thankfully. The structures and compositions spoke for themselves”. For sure, we can only agree. By looking at a framed springboard or at the chair of a judge, we can feel the presence of the entire Aquatic Centre. An aerial view of a door is enough to lead us to imagine the entire hockey stadium. The net can easily describe the entire tennis court. Architect Mies van der Rohe once said that “God is in details”: he was probably right, and Janie Airey can surely confirm that. Francesco Cibati Website: www.aireyspaces.com Shop: www.aireyspaces.com/shop

Steven Holl + jmarchitects: Maggie's Centre Barts London

11-04-2018

Steven Holl + jmarchitects: Maggie's Centre Barts London

At Maggie's Centre Barts in London, Steven Holl goes back to the use of double-glazed glass characteristic of a number of his recent projects. Maggie's Centre is a place offering support for cancer patients and their families set in medieval London

Tom Dixon, The Coal Office in London

15-05-2018

Tom Dixon, The Coal Office in London

Tom Dixon Studio's new hub opened a few weeks ago.

London Design Museum named 2018 European Museum of the Year

18-05-2018

London Design Museum named 2018 European Museum of the Year

The awards ceremony for the EMYA European Museum of the Year Award was held in Warsaw on May 9 through 12, and the 2018 winner is the London Design Museum, which will keep the trophy for one year: The Egg, by sculptor Henry Moore.

Farewell to Will Alsop, the architect who designed Peckham Library

21-05-2018

Farewell to Will Alsop, the architect who designed Peckham Library

Will Alsop, the architect who designed Peckham Library, the first library to win the RIBA Stirling Prize for Building of the Year, in 2000, has passed away at the age of 70 after a brief illness.

RIBA London Award 2018 for Chadwick Hall by Henley Halebrown

24-05-2018

RIBA London Award 2018 for Chadwick Hall by Henley Halebrown

Henley Halebrown has won a RIBA London Award 2018 for Chadwick Hall, the new residential halls for students at the University of Roehampton.

Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018 London

14-06-2018

Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018 London

Well-known architecture photographer Iwan Baan is the first to photograph Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion. The pavilion opens to the public on June 15, when the opening will kick off a packed programme of summer events at the Serpentine Galleries in London, including the June 18 unveiling of The Mastaba, a new work by Christo floating on Serpentine Lake.

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