“ARCHITECT@WORK”, ecco tutto sull’ evento di architettura che il 27 e 28 gennaio si svolgerà a Londra

ARCHITECT@WORK, a carefully curated trade fair in the UK aimed at architects, designers and

specifiers, unveils exciting collaborations, exhibitions and talks for its 2016 edition at Olympia

National hall 27th and 28th January.

Over 90 of Europe’s top architectural suppliers will reveal their innovations in the UK for the first

time. All of these companies have gone through a rigorous selection process, with an external

judging panel overseeing the product selection.

This process ensures this is one of the UK’s most highly respected, curated trade shows of its kind

showing the latest products from surface solutions and lighting technology to interior and exterior

fittings and fixtures.

Some highlights of the show include Atelier Alain Ellouz, a specialist in creating backlit alabaster for

architectural projects. Three new architectural lighting designs will be launched including the LUNA,

a pure alabaster sphere suspended by a metal rod. Kebony is the only sustainable alternative to

tropical hardwood. Developed in Norway, the Kebony process enhances the properties of

sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. ACO Technologies, a world-leader in drainage, will be

presenting a range of products which incorporate lighting. One of the products to be shown is the

ACO Lightline, an illumination kit for ACO showers which fits directly into the grating and switches on

the light when in contact with water and switches it off a few minutes after the shower is turned off.

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Wood theme

This year’s London ARCHITECT@WORK has chosen wood as its theme. To honour this beautiful

material, London’s SCIN GALLERY, Materials Library and Resource, presents a collection of wood

curiosities called Growth Rings.

The exhibition examines the species of trees that give us the wood we use in architecture, it looks at

the DNA of wood and its physiology.

Curator Annabelle Filer says, “We are delighted to have been asked to examine wood in this way. As

a natural material it has so much depth to its uses and is so versatile. Our exhibition aims to explore

this in an architectural context.”

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“Rotunda Serotina”

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) partnered with designers Kolman Boye and

furniture-makers Benchmark to create a towering structure of food plates in a commission for

Wallpaper* Handmade 2015 called the Rotunda Serotina.

The three-storey ‘general store’ will be presented in London for the first time as part of

ARCHITECT@WORK (27th – 28th January 2016) and also plays to the wood theme for this edition.

The Danish/Swedish architects Kolman Boye were invited by Wallpaper* to design a candy-store

concept piece for serving food during Wallpaper* Handmade in Milan.

Wallpaper* teamed up the designers with Benchmark, a company which has almost unparalleled

knowledge of wood, to build the structure in collaboration with the American Hardwood Export

Council. The Rotunda is constructed of American cherry and maple.

The vast columns of shelves are arranged in a cylindrical shape so that a single ladder can slide

around inside the structure to scale every shelf. Each shelf in the Rotunda holds rows of cherrywood

snack trays that visitors can take home as limited-edition samples from the exhibit.

For visitors not used to seeing the striking pale-pinkish red timber, the emergence of the Rotunda

Serotina will be a revelation. Gone are the traditional reddish, highly lacquered connotations of

cherry. The contemporary porous appearance of the wood fits in beautifully with the current vogue

for raw, rugged timber.

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TALKS PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 27th January

Time: 3.00pm

The Rotunda Serotina: The historical, technical, environmental and phenomenological aspects of

wood

Designers or architects may specify ‘wood’ during any number of their creative projects, but wood is

not a single, or indeed simple, material. Wood is a material with a whole array of physical,

mechanical and aesthetic characteristics. Rather than being a surface you might specify, wood is a

way of thinking, from how it is joined together to how it ages. It is a material created dynamically by

nature; a very exciting but rather underestimated fact.

Join Victor Boye Julebäk (Architect, Kolman Boye) and Erik Kolman Janouch (Architect, Kolman

Boye), Sean Sutcliffe (MD and co-founder, Benchmark Furniture)and David Venables (Director,

AHEC) as they present the Rotunda Serotina, the towering structure of food plates they created for

Wallpaper* Handmade, in London for the first time at Architect@Work.

In a session chaired by Ellie Stathaki (Architecture Editor, Wallpaper*) they will discuss the

Scandinavian wood tradition, the phenomenological qualities of the American cherry and maple as

well as the ground breaking Life Cycle Assessment they used to create the Rotunda Serotina.

Their conversation will cover points of inspiration including silent knowledge, craftsmanship and the

thinking hand as well as the sensory experience, architectural unity and environmental responsibility

that comes from working with wood.

Time: 4.30pm

Here and There

Patrick Richard from Stanton Williams in conversation with broadcaster and architectural historian

Tom Dyckhoff on the pros and cons of working on projects in a variety of different European

countries.

Over the past few years Stanton Williams has been involved in several projects in Switzerland,

Germany and more recently in France, and the firm has learned some of the advantages and

disadvantages of working abroad. On every project the team aims to immerse itself in the local

culture and context while bringing its own personal experience, favouring the concept of Genius Loci

rather than an “international style” or a global architecture that can be reproduced regardless of its

context. Stanton Williams would like to debate the positives and negatives of architects working

abroad, outside their familiar context, and their ability to produce relevant architecture that local

people can identify with.

Time: 6.00pm

RIBA debate on Housing in London

RIBA talk on the housing crisis in London with Anna Minton, author of Ground Control and Reader in

Architecture at UEL, and Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor of Housing in London, Land and Property,

Paul Karakusevic, Partner, Karakusevic Carson Architects, chaired by Eleanor Young, Executive

Editor, RIBAJ (chair).

The discussion on the housing crisis aims to explore the extent to which the industry (architects,

developers and politicians) can provide a solution to the housing shortage. Or are the problems of

the housing shortage more deep rooted?

Thursday, 28th January

Time: 4.30pm

Designing and Building on the Thames

The River Thames has always played a major part in the development of London. Christian Male of

SimpsonHaugh and Partners will present three residential projects all situated along the river,

projects that have all resulted in different solutions tailored to the unique character of each area.

Centred around the themes of urban design and placemaking, residential design and materiality,

Male will give an in-depth insight into how the practice approached the task of designing Dollar Bay,

Chambers Wharf and One Blackfriars.

The talk will provide insight not only into the design of these buildings but the wider effect that they

will have in creating major new places for London. Male will explore the design development of each

project, providing a unique insight into a practice designing on a citywide scale.

Time: 6.00pm

Acoustic Architecture

Flanagan Lawrence’s Creative Director, Jason Flanagan, will illustrate how designing for sound

informs the sophisticated and striking performance architecture which Flanagan Lawrence produces.

He will look at this in three ways:

1. Performing arts buildings including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the

development of the approach to concert hall design in response to the need for acoustic excellence

and flexibility.

2. Outdoor performance structures including Soundforms – a mobile acoustic performance shell –

which bring great performance acoustics to the masses, and permanent outdoor acoustic structures

in Littlehampton and Szczecin.

3. The work of ‘Audialsense’ – a collaboration between acoustics, sound art and architecture and the

creation of an aural response to existing built space.

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Project exhibition by world-architects.com

Another feature of this year’s edition is the photography exhibition put together by World-

Architects.com, featuring case studies of 50 new buildings from both globally recognized practices to

new work from emerging young practices. This exhibition will be a visual feast for architects and

designers alike.

World-architects.com curates Project Exhibition, a thoughtful exhibition of architectural

photography that highlights work from all of the countries in which ARCHITECT@WORK exhibits.

This touring exhibition is a selection of projects from World-Architects members internationally. The

selection’s differences represent a diversified cross-section of the architects’ more recent work,

while also bringing young emerging offices and established names together in an attempt to depict

the current image of the industry.

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Pop-up bookshop for architects and designers by RIBA

This year also sees the installation of the Pop Up Book Shop for Architects and Designers.

Organised and run by RIBA, this store will give visitors an opportunity to browse and purchase

magazines and books touching on a particular area of specialisation or interest.

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About ARCHITECT@WORK

The London show, just like the other seventeen European locations where ARCHITECT@WORK

operates, features spotlights with dramatic black textiles and complimentary catering for all visitors

throughout the event, encouraging networking and downtime as well as deal-making.

Other ARCHITECT@WORK editions:

Austria (Vienna)

Belgium (Kortrijk, Liege)

Denmark (Copenhagen)

France (Paris, Nantes, Lyon & Marseille)

Germany (Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart &Dusseldorf)

Italy (Milan)

Turkey (Istanbul)

The Netherlands (Rotterdam)

Luxembourg

Switzerland (Zurich)

 

Source : Company

Testata giornalistica non registrata ai sensi dell’Art.3 bis del D.L. 18 maggio 2012, n. 63 convertito in Legge 16.07.2012 n°103

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