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St Margaret's Road by Harp & Harp

A lovely project by Harp & Harp - simple and clever architecture, fine materials and excellent craftsmanship. A really nice touch is how the door reveals in the new extension pick up a pattern from the floor tiles in the hallway of the house. I think this is the first time my own shoes have been used for styling a shoot…

Big prizes and great press for Ian Ritchie Architects

Ian Ritchie Architects' work at the Royal Academy of Music has been garnering awards and getting great coverage in the architectural and national press.

It was joint winner of London Building of the Year at the RIBA London Awards and also won a RIBA National Award. It won best Culture and Community building at the New London Awards and is shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2018.

The project was covered by Architecture Today and featured on the front cover. A nice double page-spread in the AJ's feature on the RIBA National Awards. And top billing in a BBC article on "Eight architectural treasures from RIBA awards".

Congratulations to all the team and let's hope the momentum keeps on growing...

 
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New pavilion at Herne Hill Velodrome

New pavilion at Herne Hill Velodrome

I'm lucky enough to live a short bike ride from Herne Hill Velodrome, which has been home to track cycling in south-east London for over 125 years. After falling into disrepair, an effort led by local riders through the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust secured the funding to repair the track and then to rebuild the pavilion, providing facilities for events, changing rooms, and seating for spectators.

Hopkins Architects - who designed the London Olympic velodrome - have created a beautiful curved timber building that reincorporates the Victorian columns from the original pavilion. The Trust crowd-funded a whopping £89,000 to complete the internal fit out. I took a set of photos for the Trust to document this fit-out and the pavilion and track in use on a sun-drenched Track League evening. Good work everyone...

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Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL by Ian Ritchie Architects

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is a research centre of University College London. It is housed in a new building designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and engineered by Arup, with a wavy translucent glass facade running along Howland Street (and some great public-facing displays on neuroscience under the portico). I was in the area at dusk last night, and enjoyed watching it reflect the colours of the busy streets and darkening sky.

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