“Cars make their way around Holgate Mill roundabout in York which has been voted ‘Best in Britain’ by the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society and features on the front cover of their Best of British Roundabouts 2013 calendar. 17/10/2012” – Metro
Firstly, I think that we should salute the fact that there IS a UK Roundabout Appreciation Society (I suspect there may not be any Non UK ones but wait to be informed by readers), especially as I for one, rarely appreciate them. It has given me a new perspective. Looking at the pictures of this one today has been a bit of a revelation really. One with a working windmill in the middle is seriously impressive.
According to the Daily Mail today:
“The Holgate Windmill, which is stationed on a roundabout at the centre of a 1960s residential estate just outside York, dates as far back as 1770.”
The four-storey Grade 2 listed building has been restored by the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society. It has taken ten years and a lot of fundraising. It will now receive a lot of attention as well as an appearance on the 2013 calendar for the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society, so the hard work has paid off.
If anyone has any photos of the restoration process we would love to see them. Just drop us a note or leave a comment for us to get in touch with you.
We have been lucky enough to feature Jose’s work before so it was great to hear from him again recently and inspired me to pop over to his website and have a look at the projects featured. Luckily for us, Jose doesn’t mind us pinching pics to feature on here!
Jose told us,
“The wine tasting house, well it all began after my father asked me to develop a project for a place
where clients and friends could go and taste the wine that is produced in the farm. For that point on I developed a project taking in consideration a contemporary design with some traditional elements from the area where the project is. As well I tried to integrate the project with the surrounding in the best possible way. “
It certainly looks inviting and harmonious – a good combination for wine tasting. If you would like a look at Jose’s website you can find it here.
We are pleased to see anyone’s pictures after they have been abroad and seen some marvellous buildings. This holiday season bought us some beauties, we’re happy to report.
Thank you to our very own Yusuf, who went to Italy (Tuscany to be exact, Florence to be specific) and came back with some pictures of one of his favourite buildings, The Duomo.
Designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, work started on the gothic style Duomo in 1296, on the site of an earlier cathedral and is the largest brick dome ever constructed. The Duomo complex is part of the UNESCO world heritage site which covers the historic centre of Florence.
The Advent IM blog for Architecture will be one year old next month and we would really love to hear from you with suggestions for what to feature to help us celebrate this event.
When we started out, we wanted to share some of the buildings we loved to visit or look at and it has grown into a celebration of architecture from the grand and ostentatious to the sleek and effortlessly cool and we have loved them all. It has gained followers and contributors from all over the world and is a labour of love we hope to continue into the future.
So if you have a building or structure you would like to see here, why not drop us a line and let us know. As long as we haven’t featured it before, it will be considered and your reasons for choosing it may be the clincher so don’t forget to tell us why you think its so special.
It might be your own project or it might be a favourite of longstanding, we don’t mind. If it is your own then feel free to tell us all about the project, we love that stuff! Maybe you have a building that is a a year old too?
You can find us on twitter @Advent_IM, email us via the website, leave a comment here, or you can find us on Linkedin.
Thanks in advance and thank you to everyone who helped make this an award winning blog, we salute you!
Ellie and the Advent IM team.
After requesting some suggestions for quirky small buildings on Twitter (to balance out some of the large projects we have featured this year), we had a tweet from @benjaminmurdoch who suggested this little gem. Honshus 1 by Torsten Ottesjo.
This was featured in Dezeen Magazine and that is where the photos come from (photographer David Jackson Relan), you can visit their site by clicking on their name.
This is a hen house – a chicken house, yes it is. That beautiful curved roof is representative of a mother hens protective wing and the tiles make it ‘feathered’.
Looking at one of the residents, they certainly seem to like it. That may be all the natural light they get inside or the fact foxes are totally confused by it.
There is due to be an interview with the architect at the end of August on this website http://hypebeast.com/forums/design/176214/ which might prove interesting!
The Shard, as RIBA Gold Medal and Pritzker Prize winning architect ,Renzo Piano’s astonishing building is known, will be officially opened with lasers, searchlights and music.
As with many of the world’s most interesting buildings, it has divided opinion on whether it is a visually stunning triumph, or a carbuncle. If Twitter is any barometer of opinion, then the fans outweigh the critics by some margin.
Putting the scale of the Shard in perspective, it is now the tallest building in Europe. Whilst the Eiffel Tower is taller it is not considered a building, which is serendipitous for The Shard! The diagram below from globalconstructionwatch.com demonstrates the comparative London buildings very effectively and we can see The Shard looking down on The Gherkin.
On a recent visit to London for a Security Institute event, I was surprised at the size, when you actually get close and see its domination of the skyline and appreciate that this really is a vertical village.
“The Shard at London Bridge Quarter will redefine London’s Skyline and become a symbol for the capital, recognisable throughout the world” Irvine Sellar – Chairman The Sellar Property Group
More information on London Bridge Quarter and the Shard can be found at www.the-shard.com which includes a wonderful gallery of photos.
- Tallest building in Europe (1016 ft)
- 11,000 windows – equivalent of 8 football pitches 602,779 sq ft
- 44 lifts including some ‘double-deckers’
- Total floor space a little over 31 acres
- a knee aching 306 flights of stairs
- includes offices, apartments, restaurants, and a hotel
So Edinburgh is on the menu for your enjoyment now. With sincere thanks to Chris Bowes of McGregor Bowes Architects for useful links and information.
Specifically we wanted to look at the New town. As the result of a competition in 1766, James Craig – astonishingly only 22 years old won the incredible opportunity to design the New Town.
What is now the old town was a hotch potch of buildings most of which were tall and expressed the social status of its inhabitants in a similar manner. In other words, the higher up you were (away from the smell), the higher up the social ladder you sat. Of course this has its disadvantages, for when you chose to leave your ivory (OK not ivory but certainly a bit cleaner) tower, you had to traipse down back through everyone elses filth just to get outside, as if outside wasn’t grim enough already!
For those who have not visited this incredible city, firstly you need to correct that and secondly, don’t miss out on the opportunity to tour Mary Kings Close, an underground ‘street’ original housing from these times and one of the most incredible experiences I have had. You can read and see what I mean here. It will also give you some indication as to why the New Town needed to be built.
So the New Town was eventually born and the professional classes eventually all took up residence. In 1772 a bridge linking the old and new towns together was completed (North Bridge) it was widened in 1877 and visitors will be able to recognise it with The Scotsman building, formerly the newspaper office and now a hotel.
Edinburgh New Town boasts some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK. Some great examples can be found in Moray Place (below) and Ainslie Place.
Edinburgh continues its bold architectural journey and its modern legacy can be most clearly seen in the Scottish Parliament Building (below), which divides opinion regularly.
I wasn’t sure I recognised it from this photo but then realised that its was the blue sky that had confused me!
If you want to see more of the incredible history of this splendid city and World Heritage Site you many be interested in this website http://www.ewht.org.uk/timeline which as the name suggest offers a timeline reference to many key moment’s in Edinburgh history.
The world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project, Titanic Belfast is the result of a successful collaboration between the Concept Design Architects CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates and the Lead Consultant/Architect Todd Architects.
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the site where the famous ship was designed and built, Titanic Belfast’s six-floors feature nine interpretive and interactive galleries designed by Event Communications that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the city and people who crafted her, the passengers who sailed on her and the scientists who found her.
My colleague, Julia had watched the edition of The One Show that featured Titanic Belfast, on March 7th and was keen for us to feature it and we discussed coinciding with the opening date. However the additional time was actually fortunate as I was lucky enough to connect with Titanic Belfast on Twitter (@TitanicBelfast). They put me in touch with TODD Architects, who kindly sent me the motherload of information, diagrams, pictures and plans for the astonishing building that is Titanic Belfast. I then heard from the Stakeholder Group and thanks to them and Harcourt, got the opportunity to look at even more stunning photos of this unique venture.
Julia and I spent a while going through each picture ‘ooohing and ‘aaahing’ and trying to come up with excuses for why we absolutely have to go and visit, purely for business reasons of course….ahem.
RMS Titanic spent almost her entire life in Belfast. She was designed, built, launched, and fitted out on Queen’s Island by the Belfast workforce of Harland & Wolff. The keel was laid in March 1909, and the ship completed exactly three years later. Just two weeks after she left the port she was at the bottom of the North Atlantic.
Interestingly, the Titanic Belfast building took three years to complete the 14,000 sq m building, the same length of time as the famous White Star vessel’s construction. It is the jewel of the Titanic Quarter which has transformed 75 hectares of former industrial brownfield lands to the South of the River Lagan in Belfast City Centre – Queens Island, into a vibrant 21st Century centrepiece for Belfast, that comprises retail, residential, business and cultural elements. This is spliced with walkways, public parks and gardens. The Titanic Belfast building itself is to be found adjacent to the slipways where the luxury liner and her sister, Olympic were born and opened on March 31st this year.
These are the concept models from CivicArts, who along with Eric R Kuhne & Associates, were engaged by Harcourt Developments as master planners.Having gone through options for recreating Titanic at various scales, it was eventually decided to design an entirely original structure that would convey the wider narrative of Belfast, its industries and its people.
In August 2008, TODD Architects were commissioned to begin work on the project and oversaw one of the most ambitious and challenging construction programs in the UK and Ireland. The concrete pour for the car park slab and foundations alone, took around 700 concrete lorry deliveries – one every two minutes for almost 24 hours. The project required 900 individual Production Information Drawings from TODD Architects, excluding sketches , some of which have been issued with over thirty revisions.
The building has a complicated geometry and challenging construction programme as well as using groundbreaking construction techniques. It includes a range of sustainable strategies, including Combined Heat and Power micro generation, 56k litre rainwater harvesting and intelligent lighting, is on target for BREEAM Excellent accreditation.
Paul Crowe, Managing Director – TODD Architects,
“Titanic Belfast also incorporates the best design and technology available. For instance, the building adopted an integrated design approach in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III Guide Lines and is on course for a BREEAM Excellent status. Plus, like Titanic, the project was completed on budget and to a strenuous time constraint which demanded completion in advance of the forthcoming centenary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage in April 2012.
He goes on to say,
“This is a landmark development for Northern Ireland which we believe will demonstrate the ability of iconic architecture to shape internal and external perceptions. Belfast has come far in the past 15-years and a statement building such as Titanic Belfast reflects and reinforces the city’s renewed sense of civic pride and cohesion.”
“The exterior facade replicates four 90 ft high hulls, clad in 3,000 individual silver anodised aluminium shards, of which two-thirds are unique in design. The resolution of the geometrics involved required the use of sophisticated 3D-modelling, completed by TODDS in-house, in a process of ‘virtual prototyping’ which we developed specifically for the project”
The building is 14,000sqm excluding the basement underground car park of 500 spaces. You enter at ground floor level into the ‘Welcome Hall’ a dramatic space which includes a 60ft high wall covered in folded steel panels of the same size to those that would have been used on Titanic’s hull.
From the central atrium, a series of escalators, each in excess of 20 metres long, stretch up through a jagged central void.
On the first floor, a wide bridge gives access to the start of the Titanic story whilst the bridge on second floor provides access to the temporary gallery, the first exhibition being shown here will tell the story of the construction of this remarkable building.
The business plan was originally based on a figure of 250,000 visitors per annum. In the three months prior to completion, Titanic Belfast sold in excess of 80,000 tickets. The aspiration is to achieve 1,000,000 visitors per annum which would make it the biggest visitor attraction in Ireland.
The building is located immediately adjacent to both the Grade A listed Nineteenth Century drawing offices where the Titanic was designed and the Scheduled slipways where the Titanic and Olympic were built. The drawing offices and slipways, which have been designated an Historic Monument, define the edge of a new public piazza with the Titanic Building centred on both axis through the Piazza.
The proximity of the Titanic and Olympic slipway, the Harland and Wolff drawing offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, where the SS Nomadic is now berthed, have all been central considerations during the design, planning and construction of the project. These heritage elements are more than just scheduled monuments and listed buildings – they represent a cornerstone of Belfast’s folk memory and identity.
They were designed by Event Communications whose previous projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum, Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre (opening summer 2012), Guinness Storehouse, Roman Baths (Bath), Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum Greenwich and State Polytechnic Museum Moscow.
Gallery 1: Boomtown Belfast
In Gallery 1, visitors step back into Edwardian Belfast. To appreciate the achievement Titanic represented, visitors are immersed in the Belfast of the early 1900s and become acquainted with the people who lived there. Set pieces, artefacts, photographs, soundscapes, oral testimony, archive material and film set the context for the birth of the Titanic and her sister ships, providing visitors with insights into the wealth, confidence and industrial might of the city. Visitors will walk through Belfast’s ‘streets’ towards Queen’s Island with a rising sense of expectation, eventually passing through a set of original Harland & Wolff gates into the yard itself.
To facilitate members of the public feeling part of the street scenes of Edwardian Belfast, new short throw zoom lenses were used on the video projectors, enabling the projectors to be positioned as close to the screen as possible and high in the ceiling with an extreme offset so visitors shadows became part of the screen displays.
Gallery 2: The Arrol Gantry and Shipyard Ride
Visitors take a 20m journey in a metal elevator up the Arrol Gantry, the enormous steel structure built to facilitate the construction of Titanic and her sister ships, Olympic and Britannic. They then join Harland & Wolff’s workers on a ‘shipyard ride’. Believed to be the first of its kind, the ride is a five-minute journey in a six-seater car that rotates and moves up and down along a circuit accompanied by CGI, audio and special effects. Full-size replicas, including riveting machines and Titanic’s rudder, give a scale perspective into working life in the shipyard. The original Arrol Gantry was 840 ft long, 240 ft wide and 228 ft high, and was in use until the 1960s.
Gallery 3: The Launch of Titanic
Having seen the Titanic being built, Gallery 3 celebrates her launch. Visitors now have a view down the slips where this momentous occasion took place, using innovative glazing that transposes original imagery of Titanic’s onto the glass, demonstrating the sheer scale of the vessel.
Gallery 4: The Fit-Out
Gallery Four tells of the skill and craftsmanship that went into Titanic, from the fitting of its enormous boilers and engines to the fine joinery and upholstery work of its linens, carpets and cabins. Visitors will experience the reality of the ship’s interiors in a ‘3D cave’ that recreates the engine rooms, third class saloons, first class corridors, grand staircase, a la carte restaurant and navigation bridge, allowing visitors to ‘walk’ the ship’s length. There are also detailed, full-scale reconstructions of 1st, 2nd and 3rd class cabins.
The 3-sided avatar cave (a virtual environment) takes visitors on a journey through the ship using a custom designed CGI show. Three sides of the virtual space are represented by special rear projection screens on a huge scale, using projection rigs with mirrors to reduce the space taken up by the projectors. The cave screens were designed and constructed to minimise the gaps between screens, with a special corner and frame, in order to give the full perspective of being on the ship.
Gallery 5: The Maiden Voyage
Visitors are now swept up in the celebratory atmosphere as Titanic leaves Belfast and then sets sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage. The gallery features the extraordinary photographs of Father Frank Browne, the young Irish Jesuit who was given a gift of a ticket to travel on Titanic from Southampton to Queenstown and photographed the journey. His images provide a unique chronicle of Titanic’s first and only voyage.
Gallery 6: The Sinking
The atmosphere of the exhibition now changes radically into a dramatic sensory experience, as visitors enter a darkened tunnel where the temperature, soundtrack and images all evoke the tragedy of Titanic’s collision with an iceberg and subsequent sinking, with the loss of 1,500 lives.
Visitors will sense the tragedy and the ending of the dream which led to Titanic’s creation. They then move into an area where the narrative follows the stories of survivors and victims, and the worldwide press coverage of the tragedy, with particular attention devoted to Belfast and to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the bodies of some of Titanic’s victims were buried.
The spaces make great use of short throw lenses with an offset so projections beam onto the path of visitors. The gallery features a range of narrative and general sound effects and spot effects with Meyer directional loudspeakers.
Gallery 7: The Aftermath
A poignant wall of 400 life vests leads into Gallery Seven. Interactive visual and audio displays centred round a 25ft replica of a Titanic lifeboat interpret the aftermath of the sinking, the British and American inquiries into the disaster and the ongoing question of whom – if anyone – was to blame, as well as the important changes to safety at sea legislation, from which we still benefit. Visitors can also explore Titanic’s passenger and crew database, and follow the parallel lives of her sister ships, Olympic and Britannic, and the story of Harland & Wolff after the sinking.
Gallery 8: Myths and Legends
After the disaster, Titanic’s story fragments as legends and cultural representations of the ship become increasingly different from the reality. An interactive table enables visitors to explore some of the films, books, plays and poetry which Titanic has inspired, while elsewhere in the gallery, the myths and legends that surround the ship are examined, and in many cases debunked. To contrast the fictional Titanic with the real ship, the gallery also begins to introduce visitors to the difficulties of locating Titanic’s wreck, two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic.
The interactive table features a combination of five large 4-inch LCD monitors, built into a display with capacitive touch foils. Each table display works independently, whilst the whole exhibit utilises the responses to all interactive screens with a large projection behind.
Gallery 9: Titanic Beneath
Gallery 9 is the culmination of the visitors’ journey, as they meet Dr Robert Ballard and explore with him the wreck of the Titanic. Viewing huge projection screens, they feel as if they are flying over the wreck in a submersible. They then descend to appreciate a bird’s-eye view of the wreck, made from a mosaic of thousands of Ballard’s photographs, which brings you as close as is possible to walking the deck of the ship as she lies on the ocean floor. As the visitors’ view narrows down they are presented with the opportunity to explore Titanic’s debris field, looking at some of the thousands of items which lie around the wreck, ranging from huge boilers to small personal items which remind us once again of the scale of human loss which the disaster represents.
Visitors are left with a lasting impression of the splendour and grandeur of Titanic and of Belfast’s achievement in building the ship, but also with an important reminder that this is a story about individual lives, about achievements and losses.
The narrative ends not with the disaster, but with an examination of how the spirit of Titanic has lived on, in the Ocean Exploration Centre. Here footage from Ballard’s ongoing exploration of our seas and oceans is shown alongside more local endeavours, as Irish universities explore the marine environment around Ireland.
The Immersive theatre utilises a large, 3-chip high-definition (HD) video projector on a 12-metre wide-screen with a 5.1 multi-channel sound system. The bird’s eye view of the wreck of the Titanic was achieved with multiple video projectors, projecting down into the pit and soft edge blended using the in-built projector processing.
The OEC theatre has been designed to accept live 3 channel high-definition transmissions from on-board a ship as it carries out an ocean exploration, as well as playing back a multi-channel sequence recorded from a previous expedition. The various video channels include camera views as well as data from radar and other systems, all complete with an overall sound mix of the team working on the seabed along with comments from the control room.
The Banqueting Suite
With sincere thanks to TODD Architects, the Stakeholder Group, CivicArts, Christopher Heaney, @TitanicBelfast, Eric R Kuhne & Associates and Harcourt Developments.
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We are all thrilled and delighted to have had our architecture blog recognised and to win First Place in these awards.
It started as such a little project, wanting to share our love of design and buildings with the world and hopefully with Architects! I have been asked a few times why as Security Consultants we would have any interest in architecture and its a fair question. The answer is architecture is all around us and good architecture involves you. We also have seen so many buildings utterly ruined by security – there is no need to do it badly, there really isn’t.
Anyway, thank you to everyone who has contributed, we hope you will continue to. We are always interested to hear what you are working on or what you love. We are proud to showcase your dreams and to share the buildings we have loved and enjoyed.
A few Tweets later and National Trust kindly agreed to us featuring this lovely building here on the blog, thank you National Trust. Apparently, the Castle has suffered some water damage and really needs some help. There is a project underway, thankfully. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/savedrogo Regular visitors to our blog will realise this is the second castle we have featured, the first being Neuschwanstein which you can find through the archive.
“Castle Drogo dominates and alters the ragged skyline of the surrounding moors as a triumphant man-made tor or crag, a symbol of mankind’s ability to withstand the forces of nature. Sadly, those forces are now seriously battering Drogo. The National Trust’s work to make Castle Drogo watertight is vital and I’m pleased to support their urgent campaign to secure this architectural masterpiece. “
Kevin McCloud, Author, Broadcaster and Designer
Castle Drogo is the last castle to have been built in Britain, between 1911 and 1931, by the renowned architect Edwin Lutyens. It was built for Julius Drewe, a food retailing magnate, whose dream was to have an imposing granite fortress that would appear to have existed for hundreds of years.
By contrast, the inside offered the ultimate in modern living and convenience with all the technology and comforts of the age. Plans to preserve the castle include the renovation of the massive flat roof structure using cutting-edge materials to make it permanently watertight.
This will be conservation on a grand scale. In order to install the new roof system, 2355 granite blocks weighing 680 tonnes will have to be removed and then returned. Some 900 windows containing over 13,000 panes will be refurbished to stop them leaking and over 60,000 metres of pointing will need to be replaced.
A key aim of the project will be the involvement of local people. There will be opportunities for learning new skills such as masonry, joinery and furniture-making and exciting ways for volunteers to take part in their local heritage.
The future of the castle will also include new learning and exhibition spaces and opportunities to explore the estate’s extensive grounds on Dartmoor.
The full cost of the conservation project will be £11 million over 5 years and the Trust is making approaches to various funding bodies, including a £2.5 million application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to reach the target. 
However, a successful response from the public appeal will allow the first crucial stages of work to get underway.
Adrian Colston, Dartmoor General Manager for the National Trust said:
“During the course of this year we will be talking to local people and our supporters about how they can get involved in helping save one of the country’s historic treasures. The castle is regarded as a masterpiece of 20th century architecture but its future is now hanging in the balance. This is our last chance for Castle Drogo and we urge our supporters across the country to help us raise the money we need to ensure its survival.”
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