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The Design Museum, London

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to London to see The Design Museum. 

The Design Museum is a museum in central London covering all fields of design, from architecture to graphic design, from fashion to industrial design.
With a gross floor area of over 100,000 square feet, it is one of the largest design museum in the world.

Opened to the public in 1989 in Shad Thames (a street near Tower Bridge), the Design Museum is housed since 2016 in the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington.

The new museum is part of the larger Holland Green redevelopment project supervised by OMA / Rem Koolhaas together with Allies and Morrison; the exterior of the 1960s building of museum was renovated after a design by OMA, while the interior was designed by British architect John Pawson.

Encompassing a gross floor area of 107,000 square feet, the museum’s home accommodates permanent and temporary exhibition areas, a special event space, a learning facility, studios for designers in residence, a 202-seat auditorium, a library and archive, a member’s lounge, two stores, a cafe, and a restaurant.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this exhibition. 



Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition in London.

This mould is used in the manufacture of the Juicy Salif citrus squeezer . The mould is costly to make, but the income from the many thousands of squeezers produced from it covers the initial investment. After continual use the surfaces of the mould begin to wear away and lose their sharp definition. 

When this happens a new mould is made, in order to maintain the precise lines of the original design, and the old mould is retired. 

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this exhibition. 


NO 14 SIDE CHAIR, 1859 


Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition in London, about Michael Thonet

Also know as the café or Vienna coffee house chair, Michael Thonet’s.
No 14 design was one of the first pieces of furniture to be manufactured on an industrial scale. 

Thonet wanted to reduce manufacturing costs by making as many chairs as possible from the fewest number of parts. Like modern flat-pack furniture, the individual component for this chair could be loaded into crates for ease of shipping, before being put together at their final destination. By the early 1900s Thonet was producing over a million chairs a year

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this exhibition. 



The Hepworth gallery







The recently opened Hepworth contemporary art gallery in Wakefield (or formally the Hepworth Wakefield) is one of the largest art galleries outside London. Its permanent exhibitions highlight the work of modernist sculpture Barbara Hepworth. Her monumental sculptures are particularly appreciated by metal thieves.

Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield. She didn’t live there that long, moving down to London to study at the Royal College of Art when she was only 17, she stayed down south, living in Hampstead and then St Ives.

Hepworth loved to carve and these displays showed how even the production of her bronze pieces she was able to incorporate carving by working on the plaster models used to produce the castings. In many of her bronze pieces the surface textures reflects this. Her abstract sculptures exude a feeling of feminine calm and resilience, while her strong features, seen in photographs, often wear the same beatific, but determined half-smile. 
It’s the expression of a woman who fought her way through the hostility of the all-male art world to become the greatest woman artist this country has ever produced, only to suffer an extraordinary and shocking demise. 

The Hepworth Wakefield opened on 21 May 2011 and is Yorkshire’s landmark gallery for the visual arts. This stunning building, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, is a place to explore art, architecture and your imagination.


Valentino by the architect David Chipperfield.



Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to Rome he saw the work of David Chipperfield for the Brand Valentino.

David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Valentino Creative Directors designed new flagship to develop Valentino’s retail worldwide and new store marks a key moment in the evolution of the store concept on the world stage. 
Following the original store concept principles of combining old and new in a sequence of spaces filled with luxurious solid materials and finishes, the Valentino stores have increasingly become places of substance rather than transient showroom fit-outs. The new format is designed to complement the retail on display, pure forms in a palette of grey Venetian terrazzo with Carrara chippings, timber and marble allow the visitor to focus on the collections in an unobtrusive architectural environment.
The store features hard Venetian terrazzo and marble surfaces are paired with soft carpets to create the impression of a grand Italian house. The collection is displayed on suspended elements and oak shelving, supported by polished brass fixtures around the perimeter. The wood is continued on vitrines and display cases on all floors, contrasting with Carrara marble podiums also used to presented accessories.
«The store concept combines old and new in order to generate a kind of palazzo atmosphere, steering away from a pure showroom and promoting a new retail architectural format in place of a more traditional retail boutique structure,» said Valentino. «The architecture is designed to complement the pieces on display, making use of a range of discreetly opulent materials to focus attention on the collections and evoke a sense of intimacy.»

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see his work too.


The Georges restaurant by Dominique Jakob and Brendan McFarlane (Paris)





When Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to Paris , he visited the Pompidou Center and its famous Café Georges restaurant. 

The Georges restaurant in Paris is in a unique location on the top floor of the Centre Georges Pompidou with its fabulous panoramic views over the city of lights and was designed and produced by Dominique Jakob and Brendan McFarlane.

First opened in the year 2000 it was designed to be futuristic and in keeping with the ideas first perceived for the Pompidou Centre, yet with its surreal and geometric lines combined with different coves and the light and transparency, Le Georges gourmet restaurant is a great place to relax in a unique and unusual atmosphere.
Even though the dining room itself is minimalistic with lots of white, angular furniture, opaque glass table tops and a single rose positioned on each table, there are also the alcoves and rooms that seem to appear out of nowhere, which are great if you would like a more intimate experience.
The bar at Le Georges is called the Pink Bar due to its colouring, which has been designed within an alcove inside the restaurant and offers a fantastic range of different cocktails to enjoy before your a la carte meal.
But wherever you sit in the main terrace style dining room, you can be sure to get fabulous views of Paris due to the amount of large glass windows that provide a fantastic backdrop, yet the dining experience is even better during an evening with the subtle lighting inside and the city beyond all glittering with its illuminations. 


Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK should visit this place.


Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978)







Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition about Carlo Scarpa, that shows his work.

Born in Venice in 1906, Scarpa studied there at the Academy of Fine Arts and has lived and worked in and around the city all his life. He is a Venetian to the core, cultivates the local dialect in his speech and reveals in his work that feeling for materials and textures which, as Adrian Stokes has so brilliantly observed (Venice, an aspect of art), is a marked characteristic of Venetian building. To this sensitivity must be added a strong urge to create memorable forms and spaces in which the various elements are often combined to produce patterns reminiscent of Mondrian, whose exhibition in Rome Scarpa so sympathetically designed (1956).

As a man dedicated to the craft of building, Scarpa understandably admires the great figures of the last craft age, the Art Nouveau and the Viennese secession, especially Mackintosh and Olbrich. After the last war he rediscovered, through Bruno Zevi’s first two numbers of Metron, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Its influence at the time was profound, affecting even his way of drawing, though he did not actually see any of the buildings until 1967 when his appointment as designer of the Italian pavilion for Expo at Montreal took him across the Atlantic. In the late ’40s Scarpa, who was teaching at the Faculty of Architecture in Venice and whose work was included, willy-nilly, within Zevi’s broad definition of organic architecture, suddenly found himself at the centre of events.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition and the work of Scarpa.



The Colosseum - Rome

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to Rome this year and saw this historical monument , the Colosseum.


The Colosseum stands today as a symbol of the power, genius, and brutality of the Roman Empire. It is commonly known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, named after the dynasty of emperors that presided over its construction. Vespasian, who ruled from 69-79 CE, began construction of the Colosseum. Titus, his older son, dedicated the Colosseum and presided over the opening ceremonies in 80 CE. Vespasian’s younger son, Domitian, completed construction of the monument in 81 CE. The funding for building the Colosseum came from the spoils of the Judaic wars that the Flavians fought in Palestine. 


Because of earthquake and fire damage, the Colosseum underwent repair until the 6th century. However, after the 6th century, the Colosseum sat in disrepair, was neglected, and used as a quarry for hundreds of years. Some of the outer arcades and most of the inner skeleton of the Colosseum remain intact today. 


Colosseum has an elliptical shape,attendees tohave a good view from virtually any location. It could hold over fifty thousand specators, with the best view available along the minor axis. This was where the emperor and his family sat. Slightly behind him were the vestal virgins sat, then the senate, the equestrian classes, and finally women and slaves on wooden seats. Seating was preassigned, as evidenced by the markings on the seating areas designating the class of people that could sit there. The seats on each level of the Colosseum also acted as architectural supports for the level above. 

The main floor of the Colosseum was composed of wooden blocks covered with sand. The wooden blocks could be removed to reveal an extensive underground area lit by flares. This 2-floor maze of corridors had human powered elevators that would bring wild beasts up through trap doors in the arena floor. There is a popular story about 100 lions being “magically” revealed at once.


Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to Rome.



N° 14 Side Chair, 1859 by Michael Thonet


Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition and saw the work of Michael Thonet..

Also known as the café or Vienna coffee house chaire, Michael Thonet’s N°14 Design was one on the first pieces of furniture to be manufactured on an industrial scale.
Thonet wanted to reduce manufacturing costs by making as many chairs as possible from the fewest number of parts. Like modern flat-pack furniture,the individual components for this chair could be loaded into crates for ease of shipping, before being put togetherat their final destination. By the early 1900s Thonet was producing over a million chair’s a year.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.


Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain











Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to London and saw the  Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. 

The design expresses the concept of ‘Reaching out – letting in’, taken from the qualities of the Princess of Wales that were most loved; her inclusiveness and accessibility. The fountain’s sculptural form is integrated into the natural slope of land in London’s Hyde Park and is designed to radiate energy as well as draw people inwards. A popular place for visitors to engage with the water, the fountain has detailed grooves and channels which combine with air jets to animate the water and create different effects such as a 'Chadar Cascade', a 'Swoosh', 'Stepped Cascade', 'Rock and Roll' and a still basin at the bottom. 

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain pushed the boundaries of landscape design in the United Kingdom and received overwhelming public acclaim since completion. Gustafson Porter + Bowman are proud of the incredible collaborative effort required to deliver one of the most high-profile landscape projects in the world.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this structure.



Diébédo Francis Kéré , Serpentine Pavilion (London)













Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went in London and saw the Serpentine Pavilion.

Francis Kéré’s 2017 serpentine pavilion opens in london’s hyde park. Conceived as a micro cosmos—»a community structure within Kensington Gardens»—the pavilion has been designed to consciously fuse cultural references from Kéré’s home town of Gando in Burkino Faso, with «experimental construction techniques.» The architect hopes that the pavilion, as a social condenser, «will become a beacon of light, a symbol of storytelling and togetherness.»

Kéré’s only previous exposure in the UK has been his joyful installation of plastic honeycomb rendered hairy with colourful straws at the Royal Academy’s Sensing Spaces exhibition in 2014. 

For his Kensington Gardens design, clay has been left behind in favour of a roughly circular structure that evokes the idea of a tree and its canopy — the meeting point of a community in many cultures. Surrounding indigo walls enclose the centrally focused space. The steel-framed roof and its perforated blue walls are clad in reclaimed timber salvaged from construction waste. This will allow dappled light and shade but there will also be a clear polycarbonate layer to keep the rain off — especially important in 2017 when the 300sq m pavilion, which opens in June, will have a bigger programme of events than usual. A central oculus will funnel any rainwater that collects on the roof via what’s billed as “a spectacular waterfall effect”, before it is evacuated through a drainage system in the floor and stored for later use in irrigating the surrounding gardens. Kéré describes it as a micro-cosmos, an open structure that embraces the elements with water at its heart — “You cannot create a cosmos or a community without water.”

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this structure in Hyde Park, London. 



Città del Sole , Rome















Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition in Rome and saw different project like the City of the Sun by LABICS.

The «Città del Sole» (City of the Sun) project by LABICS - winner of a competition launched by the Municipality of Rome in 2007 - consist in the requalification of an urban area previously occupied by a warehouse and an ATAC (Roman public transport company) garae. From a structural standpoint, the architectural complex is organized based on the function of the commercial, managerial, and residential areas which revolve around a central square aligned with the entrance to Tiburtino II. This way, the building, which osmotically communicates with the city, becomes an integral part of the urban landscape so as to create new forms of interaction between architecture and public spaces.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition. 


Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames (1948-50)

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition where they present the work of Charles and Ray Eames.

In 1948 Ray and Charles Eames took part in the Low-Cost Furniture Competition held by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The pair exhibited a range of chairs made from fibreglass-reinforced seats combined with different bases. This cheap and customisable approach proved hugely successful and variatons have since been manufactured in their millions.

These chairs pioneered the use of fibreglass,a material that had not been used by the furniture industry before, yet it was easy to mould, formed rigid shapes and was colourful and tactile.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this exhibition. 


Bowl Chair designed by Lina Bo Bardi

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition where they present the work of LinaBo Bardi.

 Intended to challenge the conventional way in which we sit, the Bowl Chair encourages users to relax in unusual positions and explore more natural and comfortable ways of  sitting. 
The Bow Chair was celebrated for its design but was not put into industrial production during Bo Bardi’s lifetime. The two original examples - a black leather version, and one that paired bright red cushions with a transparent plastic shell - were handmade.
This Bowl Chair is part of a limited edition producted by furniture manufacturer Arper, which worked with the Instituto Lina Bo and PM Bardi to translate the designer’s original sketches and prototypes into a product suitable for modern manufacturing.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this exhibition. 


The Bridge by Sergio Musmeci

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition in Rome and saw different project like the unrelease project of a bridge over the Strait of Messina.

The group led by Sergio Musmeci developed the project of a 3,000-metre signle-span suspension bridge with 600-metre high pillars and a very original suspension system to reinforce the structure both vertically, so as to enable road and rail traffic, and horizontally, so as to withstand wind and avoid excessive deformation. It is a tensile structure with two state of the art steel antenna towers located between the sea and the two shores. The antenna towers support the bearing cable system inluding a 2k-kilometre span lenght and two side lengths of500 metres ach. The project of the bridge comes with the planning survey by the Quaroni group for the Regione dllo Stretto town, which includes new areas for urban , residential and industrial services, as wll historical, artistic and landscape projection ones.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition. 

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The Quai Branly Museum by Jean Nouvel (Paris)

Andrew Wallace from Andrew Wallace Architect + Interior Designers, was in Paris this summer and visitied one of the most popular museum in the city ,the Quai Branly Museum.

The Musee du quai Branly in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly one of the premier cultural institutions of Paris. Instantly recognizable because of its lush plant wall designed by the botanist Patrick Blanc, it opened in 2006, and focuses on non-European cultures. Boasting a theatre, a reading room, a cinema, a restaurant and a bookshop, the building designed by the famed architect Jean Nouvel is situated in grounds resembling a cultivated wilderness, and its 2-hectare garden is a pleasant spot in which to relax after the visit.

The permanent collection and temporary expositions at the Musée du quai Branly pay homage to the wealth of traditional arts and educate visitors about their significant contribution to world heritage. With an extraordinarily rich collection of 700,000 photographs and 300,000 artefacts and objects – musical instruments, fabrics, clothing – from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas, the museum takes visitors on an eclectic and fascinating voyage of discovery into the cultures of distant lands across the centuries.

The temporary exhibitions at the quai Branly offer a highly original perspective on the cultures that make up their themes. They are offset against contemporary Western civilization to make them more familiar and accessible, while preserving the mystical aspect that makes them endlessly fascinating.

Liverpool architects and architecs elswhere in the UK may be interrested to see this place.


Zaha Hadid for Stuart Weitzman (Milan)

Andrew Wallace from Andrew Wallace Architect + Interior Designers, was in Milan once and saw this Stuart Weitzman store design by Zaha Hadid. 

International shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman’s Milan flagship store designed by Zaha Hadid Architects introduces a new commercial environment where geometric forms create an open discourse throughout the interior space in a rhythmic, sublime manner. The 3000 sqft boutique consists of elements that flow through the space in an fluid, ornamental nature.
The Milan flagship is fluid and playful. A dialogue of geometry and materiality creates an enchanting rhythm of folds and recesses further shaped by functional and ergonomic considerations. Modular display units showcase shoes and also provide seating, while a seamless integration of diverse forms invites our curiosity. The juxtaposition of these distinct elements of the design defines the different areas of the store. Rooted in a palette of subtle monochromatic shades, Hadid created an interior landscape of discovery centred on two separate zones to enhance the relationship between the customer and the collection.
Experimentation with materials and construction technologies further define the unique space. The curved modular seating and freestanding display elements have been constructed from fibreglass dipped in rose gold – a technique similar to that used in boat manufacturing. Also, the glass-reinforced concrete (GRC) of the store’s walls and ceiling expresses solidity whilst at the same time the delicate precision of complex curvatures focus on special areas for display.

The opening of the Milan flagship boutique also marks the 100th Stuart Weitzman global retail store. This collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects is a major component of the strategic global retail expansion of the Stuart Weitzman brand within the luxury sector.

Liverpool architects and architecs elswhere in the UK may be interrested to see this place.


The Pantheon in Rome

Andrew Wallace from Andrew Wallace Architect + Interior Designers, was in Rome this summer and visitied one of the most popular monument in the city , The Pantheon.

Even today, almost 2000 years after its construction, the breathtaking pantheon is a remarkable building to see. The spectacular design, proportions, elegance and harmony are a striking reminder of the architecture of the great Roman Empire.

The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. As the brick stamps on the side of the building reveal it was built and dedicated between A.D 118 and 125. 
The emperor Hadrian (A.D 117-138) built the Pantheon to replace Augustus’ friend and Commander Marcus Agrippa’s Pantheon of 27 B.C. which burnt to the ground in 80 A.D. 
When approaching the front of the Pantheon one can see the inscription above still reads in Latin the original dedication by Marcus Agrippa. The inscription reads:
“Marcus Agrippa son of Lucius, having been consul three times made it”.

Probably one of the most fascinating features of the Pantheon is the Architecture. The structure of the Pantheon is comprised of a series of intersecting arches. The arches rest on eight piers which support eight round-headed arches which run through the drum from its inner to its outer face. 
The dome itself is supported by a series of arches that run horizontally round. Romans had perfected the use of arches which helped sustain the weight of their magnanimous buildings.
The Romans were aware of the heavy nature of their building materials. So they used lighter materials toward the top of the dome. On the lowest level travertine, the heaviest material was used, then a mixture of travertine and tufa, then tufa and brick, then all brick was used around the drum section of the dome, and finally pumice, the lightest and most porous of materials on the ceiling of the dome. 
This use of lighter materials on top alleviated the immense weight of the dome. The Roman Pantheon was probably constructed by using an elaborate setup of wooden scaffolding, which in itself would have been costly. The elegant coffers on the dome were likely struck with a device that was exacted from floor level. 
The detail of this building is extraordinary. If the dome of the rotundra were flipped upside down it would fit perfectly inside the rotunda. When approaching the Pantheon from the outside it appears rectangular in shape. But it is only the first small room (cella) that has corners. The rotunda is completely round. The small entry room would have been entered by climbing a staircase that is now entirely under modern ground level.

It is a wonderful example of second century Roman architecture. Liverpool architects and architecs elswhere in the UK may be interrested to see this monument.


Tony Cragg : A rare category of objects

Andrew Wallace ,of Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers from Liverpool, went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and saw different exhibition, like the open air exposition of Tony Cragg.

A leanding artistof his generation, Tony Cragg’s practice grows from his fascination with the ‘vast storehouse’ of materials in the world and what he can make from them. Born in 1949, Cragg moved to Wuppertal (Germany) in 1977 and over the last forty years has created an extraordinary body of work , which he considers to be grouped into different families or series. 

The underground Gardens present key examples from the Early Forms and Rational Beings series. 

Early formes developed in 1980s and are all inspired by different vessels, including jam jars, test tubes and conical flasks. 

The Rational Beings, such as points of view (2013) and Tommy (2013), are all based on drawings of people, which Cragg evolves to near abstraction - glimpses of profiles only being apparent at certain angles. One of the largest works in this family. Mean Average (2013), is a play of interweaving columns - a relationship that the artist considers to be one of the most important in his work in the last decade. 

Sculpture is a three-dimensional art form and Cragg’s works are mde to be appreciated ‘in the around’ and from various angles. Willow (2014)  for example, appears very differently from changing perspectives, at some points seeming to fold it on itself, at other times extending toward the sky and the landscape beyond. It always possesses a great sense of energy and movement. 

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.


Jane Alexander : Infantry with Beast (1959, Johannesburg, South Africa.)

Andrew Wallace ,of Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers from Liverpool, went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and saw different exhibition, like the one on Jane Alexander.

A reference on the contemporary South African art scene, Jane Alexander’s sculptures and immersive installations deal with the universal issues of inequality,oppression and obession with security. Political and dreamlike, her works reflect the ambivalence of the apartheid period, of the post-apartheid period (since 1994) and the contemporary world. Infantry with Beast is a battalion of twenty-seven individuals moving along  a long red carpet. Opposite them is a beast, watching them. These half-animal, half human figures refer to the lycaon pictus. Commonly know as the « african wild dog», this animal that moves around in organized packs underwent systematic eradication campaigns before appearing on the list of endangered species in 1990. Both hunter and hunted, it symbolizes here the ambigious status of both predator and prey, making a link between the authoritarian , hierarchical system of the army and that of the lycaon.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.


Bernad Zehrfuss , Jean Prouvé - The Mame printworks in Tours.

Andrew Wallace ,of Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers from Liverpool, went to Paris this summer and visited the Centre Pompidou where there was an exhibition about Jean Prouvé.

The Mame printworks represents an iportant mileston in the work of Bernard Zehrfuss, being his first project in France after an early carrer in unisi. It was equally a milestone for Jean Prouvé  : the metal shed roof (whose asymmetric structure has the north-facing glazing typical of factory roofs) would inspire the «shell» form, so enriching his constructional vocabulary. Prouvé was asked by the architect to produce the shed roofs of the workshopss and the ligth constructions set on the terrace roof  of the multi-floored administrative office.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.


Jean Prouvé , 1901-1984

Andrew Wallace ,of Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers from Liverpool, went to Paris this summer and visited the Centre Pompidou where there was an exhibition about Jean Prouvé.

«We need machine-made houses», declared Jean Prouvé in 1945, facing up to the tasks of post-War reconstrvuction. Given the industrial methods he developed, his project relied on a number of key constructional principles : the post and beam framwork for the «Métropole» and «Tropicale» houses; the shell for the roof od the Mame printworks; the crutch for the school in Villejuif. Whether load-bearing structures or façade elements, all components were of metal (steel or aluminium), generally in the form of folded sheet. Prouvé applied his notions of architectural prefabrication to the design of furniture, exploiting his technical know-how and mastery of metal. Cetain items were put into mass production thanks to large orders for schools and for student accomodation, such as the Antony student residences.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.

Architect Liverpool : Kings Dock




Andrew Wallace ,of Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers from Liverpool, went to Paris this summer and visited the LouisVuitton Fondation. 

1980, New York, USA. Lives and works in Johannesburg.
Born into an activist family returned from the USA at the end of apartheid, this artist questions memory and through it the idea of heroes. These are the 16 portraits composing the series ‘Heroes’ That the artist developed after the death of Nelson Mandela in December 201. Based on photographs found on the internet, she creates head and shoulder portraits using close framing and an identical format. Africans of the continent or the diaspora, in South Africa or elsewhere, famous or anonymous, historic or contemporary, this collection in process brings together committed cultural figures, victims of violence and homicides, activists from the anti-apartheid struggle, political, historical and even family figures.

Liverpool Architects and Architects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exibition to discover a lot of international artist. 

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San Pasquale Station in Naples by Boris Podrecca

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition in Rome and saw different project like the San Pasquale metro station in Naples by the architect Boris Podrecca.

The project aims at connecting the two opposed worlds of Naples, namely the daytime surface and the underground, the latter being  unknown before the intervention. The project area was underwater until the 800s ; thusly, the new square and station are thematically linked to water. Passengers who go underground enter an underwater wolrd, where ligth blue modular panels cover the sides walls. Inside this space, a metallic shell containig station machinery, completely independent from the outer structure, is found. The square resembles the beach thanks to its surfaces, which were shaped drawing inspiration from the back-and-forth movement of water. Waves are formed and interrupted by gree «atolls» delimited by corten steel seats. 

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.




New EUR Congress Centre Roma

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to an exhibition in Rome.

The international competition for the Palazo Centro Congressi EUR was promoted by the City of Rome and won in 1998 by studio Fuksas. The project concept is articuladed in three images: the container, the Cloud and the blade of the adjacent hotal. The first is a steel and glass parallelepiped, some thirty metres in height, flanked by two public plazas that connect it to the neighbourhood. The clear geometry of the external box pays homage to the Rationalist architecture characteristic of the area, and underlines the contrast with the amorphous space of the Cloud, and supported atop three vertical elements. Its steel and Teflon appearance changes constantly in relaion to the direction from which it is viewed, as if were in movement. 

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.


Moriyama House by Ryue Nishizama

Andrew wallace at Andrew Wallace architects and interiors designers an architect from Liverpool. He visited the Maxi Museum in Rome and saw the Exhibition by Ryue Nishizama who design the Moriyama House in Tokyo.

The project was designed for a client who had made the unusual decision to stop working, and therefore wanted a portion of the house to be utilized as profit-making rental units. This initial brief led the architect to fragment the house into a number of distinct units separated by garden spaces, and this decomposition became the determining motivation of the design. The house is formed of the ten units, the largest of which is three floors the smallest housing only a shower, going from an architectural to a bodily scale. In most cases, except for a couple of glass passages, to go from one room to another, the residents must pass through an exterior « public » space which lacks any border from the street. Liverpool architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see this exhibition.

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David Hockney



After celebrating his 80th birthday at the Tate Modern and before continuing on with the party at New York’s MET, the English artist is coming to the Pompidou centre.

He and his work are now at the pompidou center in Paris. Where Andew wallace at Andrew Wallace Architects + Interior Designers from Liverpool went to see this exhibition. 

This will be an important retrospective of his original work, coming nearly 20 years after his first Paris debut at the Pompidou. David Hockney is renowned for his many styles, explosive colours and large swimming pool canvases. 

How do you paint a beautiful Californian pool with its moving summer reflections? As Hockney tell us, there are a number of techniques: using blue acrylic paint and drawing evervescent waves in the water, or white arcs on a turquoise surface to resemble the sparkling sun. 

Hockney's realism throughout his younger years, even before he was even 20 is a demonstration of his versitility. After realism came expressionism, with half empty canvases and the liberal themes of homosexuality, right through to surrealism with Egyptian stylised murals. His use of differing exotic colours can become blinding, and his landscapes range from the Californian coast and English hills to West American patios playing host to bright emerald green and flourescent pinks. Hockney, inspired by the French artist Matisse who devoted his artistic career to colour, evidently does much of the same. 

Liverpool architects and architects elsewhere in the uk may be interested to go to this exhibition. 

In concert with this project : Cursing Stone 


Zaha Hadid - MAXXI Museum (Rome)

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to Rome a few weeks ago and visit the MAXXI Museum designed by Zaha Hadid. The museum open his door in 2010, Zaha hadid said that the museum is  ‘not a object-container, but rather a campus for art’, also the place is a dynamic and interactive space. The main goal of the project was the flexibility of the place despite the clear and organized plan, the continuity of spaces makes it a suitable place for any kind of moving and temporary exhibition. 

For the aesthetics of the building we can find concrete curved walls, suspended black staircases, open ceiling catching natural light. With  these elements Zaha Hadid intended ‘a new fluid kind of spatiality of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry, designed to embody the chaotic fluidity of modern life’.The museum is well inserted in the urban block situation and 
a particular attention has been given to the natural lighting, by the thin concrete beams on the ceiling, together with glass covering and filtering systems. The beams, the staircases and the linear lighting system guide the visitors through the interior walkway, which ends in the large space on third level.

The public and the critics response has been positive and also 
the Flaminio neighbourhood has been interested in the last years by a renovation program of public attraction, the latest being the Auditorium by Renzo Piano.

The long MAXXI construction process completes the idea of a renewed city. Moreover, MAXXI is the first national museum of contemporary art in Italy. It will bring a lot of attentions, by public and media, rendering this museum a central point for Rome.

Liverpool architects and achitects elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go to this exhibition.


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Renzo Piano - Auditorium Parco della Musica

Andrew Wallace, from Andrew Wallace Architects, an architect and interior designer from Liverpool went to Rome and visited the Auditorium by Renzo Piano.

In 1993  the municipality of Rome launch competition by invitation for the building of a multifunctional centre for cultural and musical events among the Olympic Village, the Flaminio Sadium and the Patrioli district.  They are conceived as individual, huge musical instruments, like "sound boxes" inside the urban landscape. The tree halls are in a semi-circle, and their final position is due to the finding of a Roman villa in the site, wich has been included in the complex. The final planimetry has therefore gained a fourth central space, called Cavea, with a capacity of about 3,000 people. Different materials have been used for the various parts of the building: travertine for the Cavea, foyers and entrances, red brick walls for verticals surfaces, and pre-oxidised lead for the external covering of the halls. Mostly cherry wood has been used in the internal spaces, owing to its acoustic and aesthetic features. 

Liverpool architectsCheshire architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to see the three halls included in the project by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which won the competition. 


The Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation

Andrew Wallace Architect + Interior Designers from Liverpool, was at the Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation on the Ile de la Cité in Paris was initiated by the Réseau du souvenir. Created in 1952 by the solicitor Paul Arrighi, member oh the Résistance and leader of the movement "Ceux de la Résistance", a survivor of Mauthausen, and by Annette Lazard, widow of a deportee who died in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Réseau seeks to keep the memory of the deportation to the Nazi camps alive, to inspire the French nation to pay homage to the victims, and to encourage new generations to consider the lessons to be learned from it. Its members are former deportees and members of the Résistance, as well as families of the disappeared.

The movement was also the impetus behind France's National Day of the Deportation and the inspiration for film "Night and Fog" by Alain Resnais. Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go on this memorial which was initiated by the Réseau in 1953, and wich was entrusted to the architect Georges-Henri Pingusson. First the city of Paris (1956) and then the Ministry of the Interior (1958) gave their consent to having it built on this symbolic site at the tip of the Ile de la Cité, behind Notre Dame.Work began in 1960 and a national subscription was launched to support its implementation. The monument was inaugurated by then President of the Republic, Charles de Gaulle, on 12 April 1962. This memorial offers a pathway designed to involve visitors, leading them to a meditative contemplation, through silence and solitude, and finally to a crypt where the remains of an unknown deportee are preserved.


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Contemporary African Art

A new exhibition that Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and others around the UK might like to visit is "Les Initiés". This exhibition brings together fourteen emblematic artists from Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art, presented as such in Paris for the first time.

In 1989 after visiting the "Magiciens de la Terre" exhibition, which came as a revelation to him, Jean Pigozzi called on André Magnin as adviser to put together a collection he sought to dedicate to artists living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. Their affinity in the progressive development of this tandem project presents a unique case. André Magnin travelled through the continent as a pathfinder who could not reply on existing way marks. He gave priority to meeting the artists, focusing on the originality of their approach and the relevance of their works. This collection of works emcompasses different media (paintings, sculptures, installation, photographs, graphic arts) and presents a sizeable corpus for each artist.

The artists selected by Jean Pigozzi are all heirs to spiritual, scientific and technical knowledge. They express a wide variety of concerns through common themes; the reuse of everyday objects in a different context (Calixte Dakpogan), the relationship with the supernatural embedded in African thinking (Seni Awa Camara), the bond with popular culture (Seydou Keita Moke Chérie Samba), the appropriation of knowledge to master the world (Frederic Bruly Bouabré).

Making a wider audience acquainted with these hitherto unknown artists was one of the founding aspects of this collection. The singularity of the works has made it possible to reveal one of the most fascinating sides of creativity in Africa between 1989 and 2009, the period in wich the two protagonists worked together. It has revealed a scene now assured a fully international standing, and wich today plays an influential role.

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Frank Gehry, architect of Louis Vuitton Foundation

Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go on Louis Vuitton Fondation. "I dream of designing magnficient vessel for Paris that symbolizes France's profund cultural vocation." Frank Gehry said.The story of his dream, which became reality thanks to the engagement of the LVMH Group and its Chairman Bernard Arnault, is recounted by this exhibition dedicated to the architecture and the development process.

Bathed in natural daylight from skylight, the exhibition begins in the Studio, wich displays an original scale model around wich visitors can walk before discovering two widescreen videos shot using drones. This combination created a unique visual experience, offering a vision of the building's striking beauty, as well as its technological complexity. The landings overlooking the "canyon" present key elements essential to understanding the building: its position in Paris, the relationship with the context, Frank Gehry's design, the choice of materials and the construction process. The landings can be accessed via the sole staircase where the steel structural walls have been left exposed, evoking the hull of a ship. Visitors also discover the initial sketches for the project, expressing the creative inspiration of the architect, who was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1989.

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Louis Vuitton Foundation

Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and others around the UK are sure to be interested by the building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, which is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries. It is run as a legally separate, nonprofit entity as part of LVMH's promotion of art and culture. The museum was opened in October 2014. The building was designed by the architect Frank Gehry, and is adjacent to the Jardin d'Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne of the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

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In 2001, Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, met Frank Gehry, and told him of plans for a new building for the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. The building project was first presented in 2006, with costs estimated at around €100 million and plans to open in late 2009 or early 2010. Suzanne Pagé, then director of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, was named the foundation’s artistic director in charge of developing the museum's program.

The city of Paris which owns the park granted a building permit in 2007. In 2011, an association for the safeguard of the Bois de Boulogne won a court battle, as the judge ruled the centre had been built too close to a tiny asphalt road deemed a public right of way. Opponents to the site had also complained that a new building would disrupt the verdant peace of the historic park. Renowned French architect Jean Nouvel backed Gehry and said of the objectors: "With their little tight-fitting suits, they want to put Paris in formalin. It's quite pathetic."

Eventually a special law was passed by the Assemblée Nationale that the Fondation was in the national interest and “a major work of art for the whole world,” which allowed it to proceed.

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Liverpool architecture - Paradise Street

Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects should be interested by Paradise Street Project, located in the Duke Street Conservation Area of Liverpool City centre. This building is bounded by the two streets to north and south east.

Placed between two exuberantly Edwardian neighbours, with three major bay windows, the building celebrates views from the east . The boundary envelope is patterned with a repeated frame enriched with deep mullions and transoms and interspersed with jewel like elements which respond to the heights and features of the surrounding architecture. These elements also express the entry, uses and opportunities of the building. The elevations to Hanover Street and School Lane wrap around the acute site corner on a single radius to effectively form one continuous elevation.

It's a commercial building consisting of a basement and five upper floors. Basement, ground, first and second floors include a mix of retail, beauty salon, leisure, education and office uses. The third to fifth floor are for office use.

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Cheshire architecture - Lymm Water Tower

Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go on Lymm Water Tower, is a celebrated and unique home that has won numerous awards following its renovation by the current owners. 6127 square feet of luxury living accommodation; offering the most tremendous, panoramic views of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales.This Cheshire architecture has been finished to the highest of standards with seamless white resin flooring.

Changes of level in the open plan living area have been used to create defined spaces, whilst enhancing the minimalist look. The arrangement of rooms on the ground floor ensures they receive maximum exposure to daylight, as the sun tracks from one side of the tower to the other.

The property is accessed via electric oak gates onto a gravelled driveway with ample parking and a car port. There is a delightful breakfast terrace adjacent to the Japanese Koi pond which catches the earliest of the morning sun. The rear garden is lawned with good sized paved area overlooking the open countryside; making it a perfect spot for alfresco dining.

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Cheshire architecture - Little Moreton Hall

History of the Hall.

Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go on Little Moreton Hall belonged to the Moreton family, a family that grew immensely rich by taking full advantage of social and religious upheavals of their times. With the decrease in population during the Black Death (1348) much land was placed on the market and was purchased cheaply by the Moretons. They were staunch loyalists and eager tax collectors for the reigning monarch. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth the family owned a vast area of land.

The earliest part of the building is the Hall which probably dates from around the middle of the 15th century and was built by Sir Richard de Moreton and the kitchen area was built around 1480 by William Moreton.

The building was extended and improved by William Moreton II (d. 1563). It was during his lifetime that the east wing of the building was rebuilt and extended by the addition of a Withdrawing Room and Chapel. It was also during his lifetime that the five-sided bay windows were made. There is no doubt about who made them as the carpenter Richard Dale inscribed his name on the frieze. The inscription reads as follows:

"God is Al in Al Thing: This windous whire made by William Moreton in the yeare of Oure Lorde MDLIX Richard Dale Carpeder made thies windous by the grac of God."

It is interesting to note that the building and extensions to the property span the pre-Reformation and post- Reformation periods. Work was carried on during the reigns of Henry VII and Elizabeth. It is therefore also pre- Renaissance and Renaissance. Signs of the Renaissance influence can be seen in the decoration and in the Elizabethan fireplaces. However, the building is definitely medieval in character.

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Present day

Little Moreton Hall is open to the public from April to December each year. The ground floor of the west range has been remodelled to include a restaurant, tearoom and a gift shop. Services are held in the Chapel every Sunday from April until October. The National Trust offers evening ghost tours around the house each Halloween. In common with many other National Trust properties, Little Moreton Hall is available for hire as a film location; in 1996 it was one of the settings for Granada Television's adaptation of Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders.

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Art at the Heart of Bluecoat, Liverpool Culture

Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go on Liverpool's creative hub at the Bluecoat.

This year, is the 300th birthday celebrations of Art at the Heart of Bluecoat, an exhibition charting the history of art and artists in the Bluecoat building. The popular heritage display continues with an additional focus on the building’s architectural developments. Archival materials - drawings, plans and photographs - explore Bluecoat as home for a school of architecture, post-war renovations, Biq Architecten’s 2008 scheme, and artists’ architectural interventions. All of this, accompanied by a display of University of Liverpool architecture students’ responses to the building.

The building has been open in 1717 but the connection with art and artists begins much later, in 1906, when the school who had inhabited the building moved out to larger premises in Wavertree. Within a year, a group of practicing artists moved in and established a creative hub. A hub which is still thriving today and has become a key player in Liverpool’s contemporary art scene.

With broad brush strokes the story of art and artists who have visited Bluecoat, developed and then grown into key influencers across a range of art forms is painted. Claiming that Bluecoat was the “UKs first arts centre housing: visual and performing arts; social and educational events; and working studios for artists, designers, architects and cultural societies.”

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Museum of Liverpool

Adress: Pier Head, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DG


An exhibition that Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and others around the UK might like to visit is the Museum of Liverpool, which is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, is due to open on 19 July 2011. The £72m building is the largest national museum to be built in Britain in more than 100 years. Work on constructing the museum began in April 2007.

More than 6,000 objects bring Liverpool’s incredible heritage to life, celebrating thousands of years of the city’s achievements.

A spiral staircase dominates the centre of the museum. The museum has 8,000 square metres of public space across three floors containing four main galleries. The museum will open in several stages, initially with three galleries: Wondrous Place, The People’s Republic and Global City.

Hop on board the overhead railway, get up close to the stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met, immerse yourself in the city’s rich sporting and creative history and experience for yourself what it means to be Liverpudlian. Don’t miss the 360º immersive films about Liverpool, Everton FC and The Beatles!


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Architect Alderley Edge

Minimalist decoration

Is this bed actually floating? No, it's just a clever optical illusion, but it looks great and with lighting included, really looks minimal and stunning! With heritage roof beams and textural walls in place, nothing else is needed here and it still looks wonderfully usable and chic!


Bedroom that will make you feel at peace

One thing many people think about in zen culture is using wood and stone. These materials add a natural element to the room, integrating the outside with the interior. Zen is the idea of getting back to basics and being one with the world, so naturally these elements play a big part in zen design. This room incorporates wooden ceiling beams with stone walls to create a very natural environment. The white dividing wall, which so graciously incorporates the wooden beam, breaks up the bathroom, which is designed in marble. The floating bed and shelves are made up of wood, matching the two steps and door. Bright sunshine makes its way through and enlightens this beautiful minimalist bedroom.

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The brief for the projet was to renovate the areas of the building that had become run down, make sense of these disparate parts and bring them all together as a unified whole, and create light filled spaces that function as a modern home with all the accommodation requirements this entails, plus a section of the house capable of functioning as a separate flat for another family member.

In order to understand the historic elements more clearly, site investigation work was undertaken to discover what was original and what had been rebuilt, what was in good condition and what was not. Advice was sought from the local authority conservation officer as to what their objectives would be for the remodelling of the buildings.

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ToGather by Susan Hefuna - MIF 2017

The exhibition & artists

  • Susan Hefuna

Susan Hefuna’s new work ToGather, on display at the Whitworth until 3 September, addresses some of the most potent issues of our time: migration, movement and sensations of togetherness. Susan has worked on ToGather with 30 individuals from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds who have ade Manchester their home. The focal point of today’s event is a series of performances, for which members of this group will trace individual paths through Whitworth Park. They will be joined by dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor, who have used the group’s stories as inspiration, and accompanied by a new score from Scanner International Magic will use data from choreography to create a unique digital moving image of dancers’ footsteps, which you can see in the gallery and at

This exhibition brings together Susan Hefuna’s drawings, photographs and sculpture from the past 20 years with a new performance and digital commission created for the Whitworth and the Manchester International Festival (MIF) for Sunday 9th July.

All the works here connect to Hefuna’s personal experience of living between different cultures. She was born to a Catholic German mother and a Muslim Egyptian father, grew up in Egypt and moved to Germany at the age of six. Throughout the exhibition, objects that originate from each of these cultures are re-presented. The piled palmwood structures are afaz – The Arabic word for cage.

Although they resemble minimalist sculpture, to visitors familiar with Egypt, these structures are the stuff of everyday life. Palmwood baskets proliferate in the streets of Cairo as containers tables, chairs and surfaces. The mashrabiya screen is also foregrounded in this exhibition. A carved wooded screen, with its origins in ancient architecture, it sits in the window space of a building. It resembles a latticework with multiple openings through wich air can flow and light can be filtered – a prototype air-conditioning that also allowed woman to sit inside and look out while being protected from view.

Initially the patterns of the mashrabiya in Hefuna’s work were understood as a form of abstraction; it was only when she had her first exhibition in Egypt that the audience recognised their origin.

All of Hefuna’s work uses layering. In her drawings this is literal, they are created by layering two works; the first is drawn on paper, and the second, always on transparent paper laid directly over the first, is made immediately on the basis of the one beneath. In every other work the layering is present in the veiling and revealing of different meanings and contexts one on top of the other. Although the result is always beautifully simple and clear it is the outcome of years of thought and making that seeks to reveal the essence of an idea or experience.

  • John Akomfrah

Vertigo Sea

Vertigo Sea is a three screen film installation that reflects on humankind’s relationship to the sea. Part fiction, part natural history documentary, it fuses archival footage with newly shot material and readings from classic literature. This produces a form of vertigo, a disorienting loss of the viewer’s bearings in the face of images and sounds drawn from different times and contexts.

Akomfrah describes the film as a eulogy commemorating lives lost at sea. The aulogy describes the current crisis of migrants risking their lives to reach Europe, the history of the transatlantic slave trade and the impending ecological catastrophe of global warming. It brings together documentary footage, drawn largely from the BBC, with newly filmed narrative of the black eighteenth-century explorer Olaudah Equiano, a former slave and abolitionist, who, after purchasing his freedom, sailed the world. Scenes of extreme loss and cruelty including migrants crossing seas, shackled slaves in a ship’s holdn the slaughter of whales and hunting of polar bears, are set against a soundtrack of readings including Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote William’s epic poem, Whale Nation (1988). The resulting film is a highly affecting meditation on our psychological and physical experience of the sea.

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House Made Of Water – An Architectural First?

Southport architects and others around the UK are sure to be interested in a new type of house that’s just been designed and which features something the creator has dubbed liquid engineering, where water is trapped inside steel and glass panels to make up the structure of the building.

The brainchild of Hungarian architect Dr Matyas Gutai, the design is intended to help keep the house cool during the summer and warm throughout the winter, an eco-friendly move that Dr Gutai believes will reduce energy bills by up to 20 per cent, the Daily Mail reports.

Apparently, as the steel and glass panels are quite lightweight, they can be fitted together so that they are all connected and then, once in place, the panels are filled with a thin layer of water that makes its way across the walls, floor and roof. Because everything is connected, heat from one part of the house is distributed around the rest of the building.

“Instead of insulating the buildings, you have a structure that absorbs energy and reuses it for later. You can have a sustainable house without any insulation at all,” the inventor was quoted by the news source as saying.

Dr Gutai is the founder of Allwater, a group that strives to be innovative in the realms of design, structure and building, whether this be on a housing project, a pavilion or a public building. Allwater Panel technology is also being used for a rooftop extension on a building in Budapest to help provide the city with more rooftop terraces.


The Lowry Centre

The Lowry Centre was designed by architects James Stirling and Michael Wilford in 1997 and was completed in 2000. The building is situated on a large site at Pier 8 in Salford Keys, Manchester. The aim of the project was to raise the cultural profile of the city and bring more visitors and business.

The foundations consist of 803 concrete piles sunk down into the bedrock and the whole build is constructed from 48,000 tons of concrete, 2,466 tons of steel and 5,263 square metres of glass. Its exterior presence is made of up geometric shapes and a combination of materials which together signal a maritime theme. When viewed from across the canal the building looks like a ship blending into the skyline. Porthole windows are included in the exterior design. This is a prime example of innovative modern architecture. The design reflects the historical significance of the transport links between Liverpool and Manchester via the ship canal.

The Lowry building sits very comfortably in its surrounding environment. The sleek lines of the glass and steel as well as the metallic surfaces that layer round the building reflect the cool colours of the sky and water. The promenade that runs all around the building unites all these design elements as well as providing access to all parts of the building. The building is complex and exciting and serves the purpose of good urban design. Sculptural qualities are created from the fragmented architectural collage of materials, overall producing a fantastic piece of art. The ship like theme is continued through to the interiors with large dominating shapes of the walls and different levels to explore. As you enter, the purple and blues of the exterior transform into the warm red and orange tones of the interior walls. The spaces are defined by colour which contrasts to the steel and floor to ceiling glass panels. When the light changes the colours from the interiors radiates back out through the exterior giving off a subtle glow. The use of bright, defined colours flood the traditional theatre and gallery spaces which gives a modern edge on a traditional setting.

The Lowry hosts numerous facilities such as a theatre, studio, gallery, café and shop. The building is a hub for cultural and artistic practices. The Lowry has provided a place in a modern city where multi-functional events can occur and offer people new experiences. 

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Just What Is Defensive Architecture?

If you’ve been reading the news recently, you’ve probably heard the term ‘defensive architecture’ – but what exactly is this and what does it mean for our towns and cities in the future?

Manchester architects (Cheshire) will tell you that defensive architecture is the modification of public spaces and buildings to discourage people from loitering. No doubt you’ve heard of the homeless spikes that have been cropping up in various places around the UK over the last couple of weeks – last month, for example, department store Selfridges installed some of these outside its flagship branch in Manchester, a move that attracted criticism from charities such as Crisis.

And in the summer of last year, 17-inch anti-homeless spikes appeared outside a London apartment block to prevent people from sleeping in the doorways, although these have since been taken down following a petition signed by nearly 130,000 people calling for their removal.

This is perhaps one of the more extreme defensive architecture measures, but other steps include slanting windowsills to prevent people from sitting down, sprinklers that come on randomly even when there’s nothing there to water and benches with armrests that mean it is impossible to fully recline.

Guardian writer Alex Andreou recently took issue with these architectural defences, saying: “It reveals how corporate hygiene has overridden human considerations, especially in retail districts. It is a symptom of the clash of private and public, of necessity and property.”

From an aesthetic point of view, this form of architecture may well deter homeless people from spending time in various parts of any given city, but at the same time the appearance of urban areas is hardly enhanced by their introduction in the first place. They make towns and cities seem unwelcoming and hard, with homeless people conveniently hidden out of sight.

To see more types of defensive architecture on film, visit the Dismal Garden blog of UK artist Nils Norman, where you can find hundreds of photos of the different measures towns and cities are using to keep loiterers at bay. Where do you stand on this type of architecture? Let us know in the comments below.


Densification Could Add 1 Million Homes In London

London could benefit from more than one million new homes over the next ten years if it underwent a programme of densification.

If this was rolled out in other areas across the country, it could be particularly good news for architects in Manchester and other major UK cities.

This is according to London First and estate agent Savills’s report named Redefining Diversity, showing house building could be expanded to take advantage of several areas of the capital with low housing density.

Susan Emmett, Savills’ director of residential research, said: “The opportunities to ensure that London is getting the most out of the development process are considerable, especially in the outer boroughs.”

The report highlights the importance of quality design features to make more efficient use of land.

It shows if housing density increased, the capital could see 52,000 new homes per year and meet its current targets for newbuild properties.

This comes as Prime Minister David Cameron stated new homes could be developed on publicly-owned land, instead of selling this off to developers.

The government is currently developing Northstowe in Cambridge to sell homes on the open market, with this model potentially being rolled out nationally to boost profits for the country.

Mr Cameron asked: “Is it not time to cut out the middleman?”

However, Planning Officers’ Society spokesman John Silvester pointed out that doing this requires reliance on an implementation agency. For instance, the government is using the Home and Communities Agency to plan and commission the new homes at the Northstowe site.


Will Robin Hood Gardens Be Listed At Last?

Architect Richard Rogers is renewing attempts to have Robin Hood Gardens – a residential estate in east London designed in the 60s by Alison and Peter Smithson – listed, writing to some 300 leading professionals in the construction industry to ask them to lend their support to the campaign.

According to Architects Journal, the listing recommendations for the site could be put before Tracey Crouch, new heritage minister, by today (June 19th), although it’s possible that the campaigners may have time to drum up even more support as Historic England is still to submit its report.

“Last time listing was considered the views of the architectural community were ignored but we believe there is now a real chance of saving the building for posterity but only if the minister hears, first hand, the views of the profession on the architectural merits of these exceptional buildings,” Mr Rogers said.

Back in 2008, a campaign was launched by the Twentieth Century Society and Building Design magazine to have the estate listed as a historical landmark but English Heritage did not back the idea because it failed to meet criteria for listed post-war buildings.

Completed in 1972, Robin Hood Gardens features two concrete blocks that serve as very effective noise barriers against the Blackwall Tunnel, a landscaped garden at street level that separates the concrete blocks and the acoustic walls. Sadly, the garden – which the architects imagined would operate as places where people could come and relax – became a hotbed for criminal activity instead.

Stockport architects and others – do you support the campaign to have Robin Hood Gardens listed? Let us know.

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4 Of The Best Buildings In England

Architects in Stockport are no doubt aware of the shining examples of architecture in their home towns – but what are the best buildings to be found in England? Of course, it’s all rather subjective but we thought we’d feature some of our favourites here on the Andrew Wallace Architects blog.

Westminster Abbey

This stunning building has been around since the 960s and has been thoroughly spoiled by various monarchs over the years. It’s set the standard for architecture in the country for centuries and is an absolute must-see for any architecture student who feels the need for a bit of inspiration in their own work.

A&G Murray Mills, Ancoats, Manchester

A far cry from Westminster Abbey but a beautiful building in its own right. The mill says it all about the industrial revolution, really – it was built in 1801, with the company’s mills the first in the country to be powered by steam instead of waterwheels.

The Peckwater Quadrangle, Christ Church, Oxford

Dean Aldrich’s courtyard at Christ Church (built between 1707 and 1714) was constructed to play host to Oxford’s undergrads and is one of the first examples of how architects became suddenly obsessed with creating structures that stuck to the Roman methods of architecture. If you’ve not seen it yet, you must.

The Southbank Centre, London

A fine example of Brutalism, the Southbank Centre has as many fans as it does enemies. Oft referred to as a car park, the building is in fact very imposing and quite complex to look at. Plus there’s an amazing view of the Thames if you’re up in the Skylon restaurant, which is always a bonus.


Architects Come Together To Tackle London Housing Crisis

Architects in Southport will no doubt be interested to read some of the ideas that their peers have come up with to help address the housing crisis in London, with the aim in mind being to find innovative ways of increase the housing density without affecting quality of life.

Think-tank New London Architecture (NLA) collected 100 ideas from architects around the UK, as part of the group's plans to find a way to construct 440,000 new properties in the capital. In all, ten of the ideas will be shown to mayor of London Boris Johnson and later considered by town planners working on changing London in the future.

Ideas include constructing entire neighbourhoods - including cafes, offices and schools - on current docks and rivers, putting houses on top of public buildings like libraries, schools and hospitals, and new properties constructed in the back gardens of town houses that have more space than they need.

However, some believe that the best solution would be to build on the outskirts of the capital to create a mega city alongside the M25 so more people can share in the prosperity of this part of the UK.

NLA's core mission is to bring Londoners and others together to help create a better city, serving as an independent forum for debate, discussion and information about planning, development, architecture and construction in London.

Those interested can visit the NLA galleries that depict the story of the development of the capital through permanent and changing exhibitions. They're open six days a week and are free to enter.


Brutal Utopias Launched To Celebrate Brutalist Architecture

Architects in Bury and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go on a new tour of the UK being launched by the National Trust to celebrate Brutalist buildings in the country.

Dubbed Brutal Utopias, the project will feature behind-the-scenes tours of numerous buildings in cities across the UK, including the University of East Anglia, Park Hill flats in Sheffield and London's Southbank Centre.

In addition, guided tours will also be put on around London on board the organisation's 1962 Routemaster Coach with cultural and architectural experts charting the visions and outcomes of this particular building style.

In a statement, the Trust said: "Love it or not, brutalism was the dominant post-war architectural movement that sought to offer the best of design to the masses through public housing schemes, new universities and venues for the arts and education that were accessible to all."

The project starts on September 25th, with other sites due to be explored including Hayward Gallery, Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

On September 30th, there is also a talk being put on exploring Brutalism and asking questions such as can the style ever be beautiful and what particular architectural sites should we be protecting.

The Brutalist movement flourished between the 50s and 70s, with typical examples of this particular style featuring exposed concrete, or combinations of brickwork and concrete. It was particularly popular for university buildings, shopping centres and high-rise blocks of flats - but many buildings in this style have attracted criticism over the years.


The Carbuncle Cup Goes To… The Walkie Talkie

Warrington architects will no doubt be interested to learn that this year’s Carbuncle Cup Award goes to the Walkie Talkie, a skyscraper in the City of London that has had rather a chequered history since it was completed in April last year.

The 37-storey office block came under fire in 2013 for melting rather expensive cars on the streets below by reflecting light during the summer.

According to the BBC, Jaguar driver Martin Lindsay returned to his car after a two-hour absence to find that the badge and wing mirror had melted.

And at the start of this year, the roof garden at the top of the building – the highest to be found in the capital – was panned by critics who said it doesn’t constitute a proper public space, with the Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright describing it as “being in an airport terminal”.

Organiser of the Carbuncle Cup Thomas Lane said that the skyscraper “crashes into London’s skyline like an unwelcome party guest”.

The editor of Building Design magazine said it’s difficult to find someone in London who has anything nice to say about the Walkie Talkie – or 20 Fenchurch Street as it’s officially known – at all.

Other contenders in this year’s Cup included Woodward Hall in north-west London, Southampton City Gateway, Parliament House, some student halls in Cambridge and a YMCA building.

Previous winners of the wooden spoon award include Liverpool’s ferry terminal, the Strata Tower in Elephant and Castle, the Cutty Sark renovation and flats above a Tesco shop in Woolwich.


Who Would You Like To See On The New £20 Note?

Macclesfield architects could soon see one of their own gracing the sides of the new £20 banknote, due to come in sometime within the next three to five years, with a new debate now being sparked as to who should have the privilege of being featured.

Members of the public are now being asked by the Bank of England to nominate their favourite architects, designers, painters, photographers and filmmakers, one of whom will be chosen to replace economist Adam Smith.

“There are a wealth of individuals within the field of visual arts whose work shaped British thought, innovation, leadership, values and society and who continue to inspire people today. I greatly look forward to hearing from the public who they would like to celebrate,” Mark Carney, governor of the Bank, said at the launch of the nominations period at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London this week (May 19th).

You have until July 19th to make your nominations and can do so via the Bank of England website – simply enter the name of the person you’re nominating and explain why you’ve chosen them in no more than 100 words. Fictional or living characters are not allowed, so bear this in mind when coming up with your own shortlist.

We’d love to know who you’d choose to put on the £20 so drop us a line in the comments box below. Don’t forget to tell us why you’re nominating that particular person – hopefully we’ll get a bit of a debate going!


#BuildaBetterBritain With RIBA

A new campaign has been launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to draw attention to issues in the built environment, including developing flood-proof communities, building good quality homes, providing energy-efficient buildings and addressing the state of school buildings in the country – a scheme that any Manchester architect may like to get behind.

Dubbed #BuildaBetterBritain, the initiative is calling for the government to ensure that homes are built that people actually want to live in. In all, 300,000 properties must be built each year, with 1.5 million new homes required during the next parliamentary term.

Additionally, the government needs to look at how it can adapt to meet the needs of our ageing society and help promote healthier lifestyles by creating houses that are more suited to older people. Downsizing with a focus on walking and cycling are possible ways of going about this.

According to RIBA, about 5.2 million homes are at risk of flooding, so the campaign is calling on the government to construct flood-proof communities and give local authorities greater power in order to block any developments in places that are particularly vulnerable.

Work is already being done in this regard, with the government announcing in December last year that a six-year £2.3 million flood defence programme will be initiated in order to protect farmland, businesses and homes from Lancashire to Essex.

“The built environment is vital to the financial and social success of our communities and country and the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants. RIBA’s clear priorities for the next government, set out in the Building a Better Britain report, is the basis for this campaign,” Stephen Hodder, president of the organisation, remarked.


Sustainable Buildings Key To Energy Efficiency Future

As award-winning architects in Manchester, AWA understands the importance of sustainability in modern design. And it appears we're not alone, with the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently calling on the government to put environmental issues first when constructing new-builds.

The CCC made a number of recommendations in a new progress report that highlighted the dangers of ignoring energy efficiency measures. One of the key suggestions was the development of new infrastructure that helps tackle encroaching climate change.

Measures that could affect interior designers in Bury and across the UK included the introduction of standards to enable passive cooling in existing structures and the prevention of overheating in future projects.

A zero-carbon homes standard is crucial, the CCC said, provided the policy is not further weakened. The committee also urged the government to consider how the increased risk of flooding spurred by climate change could have an adverse impact on the country's homes and businesses.

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), welcomed the CCC's advice. She said the government seemed to recognise the importance of reducing emissions in a cost-effective manner.

"No sector provides a better opportunity to do this than buildings, in which energy efficiency can stimulate economic activity, lower bills and strengthen our energy security," Ms Hirigoyen added.

However, the CCC report also noted that efforts to boost sustainable building are currently flagging. Ms Hirigoyen stated the government must follow the committee's advice and implement an action plan that prioritises energy efficiency in homes, while protecting buildings from climate change.

Designs Of The Year 2015 Exhibition

A new exhibition that Warrington architects and others around the UK might like to visit is Designs of the Year 2015, on at the London Design Museum between March 25th and August 23rd.

Now in its eighth year, the awards are intended to celebrate design that perfectly encapsulates the year in question’s spirit, extends design practice, enables access or delivers change, with 76 nominees over six categories – architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport.

This year’s nominees in the architecture category include the Arena do Morro, a community sports centre for a town in Brazil, the Desert Courtyard House (a home made out of desert soil), Foundation Louis Vuitton, a brick-clad school for children under the age of six, a school with open spaces specifically designed with nature in mind, House for Trees (a scheme intended to bring trees back to urban areas) and One Central Park, an apartment block with vertical gardens.

The judges this year include Hilary Alexander (former fashion director of the Daily Telegraph), Alexis Georgacopoulos (director of ECAL – University of Art and Design Lausanne), influential sculptor Anish Kapoor, architect Farshid Moussavi and Land Rover’s design director and chief creative officer Richard Woolley.

Other exhibitions on at the museum that you might like to have a look at before heading home include the Design Museum Tank, a pop-up glass installation space on Riverside Walk outside the museum that features different Tank displays during the day and night. At the moment, it is the Design Ventura Tank, which features ten ideas from students aged between 13 and 16 relating to the theme of ‘connect’.


Future Of British Architecture Revealed

Warrington architects and others around the UK might want to take note of a new report suggesting how the face of British architecture will change over the coming years, with high rise farms and floating cities predicted to take centre stage in the future.

New research from a think tank made up of Linda Aitken, Toby Burgess, Arthur Mamou-Mani and Dr Rhys Morgan of the Royal Academy of Engineering suggests that underground basements will become a reality as people seek to create additional space, the Independent reports.

“We may need to create floating conurbations on major rivers or even out to sea. And how we grow and access food, incorporating urban farming into the built environment, as well as harnessing natural energy sources, will result in dramatically different streetscapes and skylines," Linda Aitken remarked.

The study found that 41 per cent of people expect that super-deep basements will become a staple part of the hidden landscape, although one in four would prefer to see floating cities become a reality.

Other architectural advances expected to come to the fore include 3D printed homes, spaceports to Mars and the moon, and rooftop farms. The research was commissioned to mark the start of UKTV’s Impossible Engineering series, which will look into possibilities such as magnetic levitation trains and tubular skyscrapers.

The six-part series will look at how trains, planes, ships and giant structures around the world are built and how they operate. The first episode focuses on aircraft carriers, starting with William Beardmore’s HMS Argus, which was built back in 1918.


Milton Keynes Chief Architect Derek Walker Dies Aged 85

Architects in Bury and beyond are sure to be saddened by the news that Derek Walker, the chief architect and town planner for Milton Keynes, has died at the age of 85.

Born in Blackburn in Lancashire, Mr Walker grew up in Leeds, studying architecture at Leeds Arts School before distinguishing himself as head of architecture at the Royal College of Art in the 80s.

He was perhaps best known for his part in the creation of Milton Keynes, which he had intended to be greener than the surrounding countryside – an assertion he would probably later come to regret when Milton Keynes wound up being roundly criticised for its endless roundabouts, unattractive buildings and Concrete Cows (created by artist Liz Leyh in 1978).

The initial idea was to establish a Forest City, with 20 per cent of land allocated to parkland and the town divided up into localities, each given its own family of trees.

One of Mr Walker’s lasting legacies in Milton Keynes is the Central Shopping Centre, which he co-designed alongside Christopher Woodward and Stuart Mosscrop. First opened in 1979, it was in fact one of the first covered shopping malls in Britain and in 2010 was awarded Grade-II listed status by Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary at the time.

However, despite this, the shopping centre’s own director apparently insisted that the centre was characterless and nondescript, even with Mr Hunt praising it for its “high quality design and unusual roof-top service area access”, according to the Independent.

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Architect Hopes To Build Underwater Tennis Court!

Here’s a news story that award-winning architects in Manchester will no doubt find interesting – Polish architect Krzysztof Kotala has come up with the idea of constructing an underwater tennis court with a curved roof so players and spectators will be able to see fish swimming all around them during a match.

Keen to build it in Dubai, which is famed for pushing the boundaries of architecture, 30-year-old Mr Kotala said his design will be something totally original and should be built somewhere where a tradition of tennis-playing already exists – hence Dubai.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Kotala is now looking for investors to turn this from a dream into a reality, although engineers have suggested that the idea would not only be very expensive to do but would also be especially difficult to execute.

Speaking to the news source, director of engineering and technical services at London’s Institution of Structural Engineers Sarah Fray said that the glass cover would need to be at least 108ft wide to fit the court and stands in.

“The more joints there are, the more likely it would leak. The design would also need to be thought out in terms of how it react to an impact. Any boat would have to be kept well clear and a dropped anchor would destroy it,” she said.

Mr Kotala isn’t the only one pushing architectural boundaries at the moment. Hungarian architect Dr Matyas Gutai recently hit the headlines with his concept of liquid engineering, where houses would feature walls with water trapped inside steel and glass panels to help reduce energy bills by up to 20 per cent.


Posthumous Award For Frei Otto

Liverpool architects and others across the UK are sure to be pleased to learn that German architect Frei Otto – best known for his work on site at Munich’s 1972 Olympic Games – has been posthumously awarded the 2015 Pritzker Prize.

The 40th laureate of the prize and the second from Germany, Otto learned that he would be receiving the prize in January but he sadly died before it could be presented to him.

He is renowned for his work on the roofing of the Munich Olympic Park main sports facilities, as well as the German pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, a series of tent structures in the 50s for the German Federal Exhibitions and the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover.

Otto was famed for his more lightweight, open work, which contrasted sharply with the heavy stone masonry architecture preferred by Germany’s National Socialists.

Lord Peter Palumbo, chair of the jury for the Pritzker Architecture Prize, described Otto as a universal citizen whose loss will be felt throughout the world of architecture.

“Time waits for no man. If anyone doubts this aphorism, the death yesterday of Frei Otto, a titan of modern architecture, a few weeks short of his 90th birthday, and a few short weeks before his receipt of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in Miami in May, represents a sad and striking example of this truism,” he remarked.

Past laureates include Oscar Niemeyer, Gordon Bunshaft, Tadao Ando, Aldo Rossi, Richard Rogers, Shigeru Ban and Wang Shu.


Call Made For Entries To The Wood Awards 2015

Manchester architects and others around the UK might want to consider applying for the Wood Awards: Excellence in Architecture and Product Design 2015 if they want to showcase their latest projects and really make a name for themselves in their chosen field.

There are various categories you can enter depending on your speciality – Education and Public Sector, Commercial and Leisure, Private, Small Project, Interiors and Existing Building. There are also a variety of categories relating to furniture that might be more applicable – Bespoke, Student Designer and Production Made.

Chaired in 2015 by editor of the London Design Guide Max Fraser, anybody with a building or furniture project that has been completed in the last two years can enter, with the judges visiting all competitors on the shortlist to reach to their final decision.

Past winners of the top prize – the Arnold Laver Gold Award – include the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft by Adam Richards Architects, the Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool by David Morley Architects and the Rothschild Foundation by Stephen Marshall Architects.

“We are pleased to be associated with The Wood Awards for another year and are proud to sponsor the illustrious Gold Awards, which recognises the very best of what our industry has to offer. We will certainly be encouraging all our stakeholders – and the wider design and construction community – to take an interest and where possible get involved,” Andrew Laver remarked.

If you want to enter, you can find application forms on the Wood Awards website.


World Architecture Festival 2015

An event sure to inspire Manchester architects and others in the industry, a portion of this year's World Architecture Festival (WAF) is taking place between June 24th and 27th, making its debut in London, a four-day exhibition featuring landscapes, interiors, future projects and buildings from all over the world.

Free to attend, the event will see the finalists of the World Architecture Festival displayed exclusively for the first time, with a programme of talks also being put on looking at how the environment can be improved through architecture and design, as well as issues affecting communities and cities, and new architecture.

Known as the Oscars of architecture, the WAF Awards form a central part of the main festival itself (taking place in Singapore between November 4th and 6th), an event that brings together some 2,000 delegates from around the world.

As the organisers observed: "Winning a WAF award is your passport to the international architecture scene. Both professionally and personally transformational, the WAF awards are your gateway to global exposure, recognition and success."

A great networking opportunity for architects in Manchester and elsewhere, you'll be able to discover new architecture and techniques for yourself, instilling new ideas and inspiration to help tackle the design challenges of today. You will also be able to go on architecture-led city tours of Singapore, with exclusive site visits that take you off the guidebook routes to uncover some of the metropolis's hidden gems.

You can find out more about the even on the official WAF website, as well as following them on Facebook and Twitter.