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Letting the Light In: R2 Studio Remodel a 1960s Council House

Art critic John Ruskin once said, ‘the purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.’ SEEN was therefore very intrigued by a remodelling that has taken place on the Delawyk Estate in Herne Hill. R2 Studio, famous for their use of bright colour has remodelled a Delawyk Module House, creating a bright and playful interior for the residents – a young family with two children. It has proved to be such a popular initiative that other residents on the estate are following suit. The houses on the estate are mostly private now, thanks to the government’s right-to-buy scheme.

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Paul Smith: No. 9 Albemarle Street – the Pattern of Mayfair

Walking along Mayfair, you are always struck by the magnificence of the architectural style of every building. No. 9, Albemarle Street stands out amongst them all: a solemn cast iron façade of a building that has its roots firmly planted in the history of the area, which features on architecture tours of the city. It is the home of Paul Smith’s flagship shop, selling men’s and women’s clothes, accessories and a selection of specially sourced furniture.

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A New Garden Bridge above the River Thames

The Garden Bridge is a visionary project for a new pedestrian bridge that will stretch across the River Thames, holding an extensive garden. The idea of creating a floating garden above the river to connect north and south London was first envisaged by actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley, and later designed by Heatherwick Studio, alongside engineers Arup and landscape designer Dan Pearson. Now, they are working closely with Transport for London to develop this fantastic project that will provide new green walking routes to and from Covent Garden and Soho, due to start in 2017 to become a reality in 2019.

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The Tin House: Small Space in a Big City

Architect Henning Stummel is the creator of the Tin House, a burnt-orange architectural composition, located in a former breakers’ yard in Shepherd’s Bush, consisting of six inter-connected earth-coloured pyramidal pods, covered by sustainable colour-coated steel. Finalist of the World Architecture Festival Award 2016, long-listed for the RIBA House of the Year 2016 Award and shortlisted for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016, this sculptural composition’s uniform finish was designed with the objective of creating a cohesive construction that forms a dialogue with the warm, earthy London brick of the surrounding buildings.

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Finsbury Park’s ‘Covered Reservoir’ is the Winner of the 2016 Arcaid Award

SEEN is delighted to announce that Matt Emmett is the overall winner of the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award with his stunning – and almost unreal – image ‘Covered Reservoir’, depicting the East London Water Works covered reservoir located under Finsbury Park. The award was announced at the Gala Dinner of the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

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New Google HQ at Kings Cross

SEEN is very excited to hear that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studios will be the architects for Google’s new Headquarters at Kings Cross in London. It will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States and proof that London is a great city for investment, innovation and computer science; ranking the same as Silicon Valley.

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Brand New Flagship Building for the American School in London

Five years after winning the competition to design a new arts building for the American School at its St John’s Wood campus, London-based architectural practice Walters & Cohen has completed the construction of this ambitious four-storey building. It replaces the form and volume of a demolished large semi-detached St John’s Wood villa that stood previously on the site, adjacent to a listed building and within a conservation area. The new building contains a multi-purpose art room, photography studio, dark room, ceramics, design studio and art studios.