An open international ideas competition has been launched to reinvent the ruined Red Sands sea fort in the Thames Estuary, off the Kentish coast. The iconic structure – which was one of several offshore installations designed by Guy Maunsell during World War Two – has been unused since 1956. Organised by Seville-based ‘Rethinking Architecture Competitions’, the contest seeks proposals to transform the fort into a new observatory. The Red Sands base was constructed in 1943 and originally featured anti-aircraft batteries. The seven raised structures were originally connected by walkways which have not survived. The first prize winner – set to be announced on 1 May – will receive around £2,300. The deadline for entries is 30 March. For more information visit Rethinking Architecture Competitions. Text: Architects’ Journal

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‘Out of the Ordinary: Award Winning Works by Young Korean Architects’
The Cass Bank Gallery, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1
Until 28th February 2015

Sangsan by LokalDesign

Ahn Junggeun Memoria Hall by D-LIM Architects

“L” Square House by WISE Architecture

This exhibition shows the work of nine winners of the Korean Young Architect Awards. It is curated by Hyungmin Pai, Golden-Lion winner at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. The show explores the recent radical changes to Korea’s built environment, and looks at how young practices adapt to new challenges with unconventional solutions. The projects on display range from small urban interventions to major masterplans, and feature materials ranging from the high-tech to the traditional. It explores key themes in Korean architecture today, including the emergence of new kinds of client groups and projects. The architects with work on display include: Chae Pereira Architects, Joho Architecture, JYA-RCHITECTS, Wise Architecture, UTAA Company, D·Lim architects, Lokaldesign, IAEO Architekten,and Oujae Architects. For more information visit The Cass.

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Photography: John McDavid

From Assemble: “Yardhouse is an affordable workspace building based in Sugarhouse Yard, funded by the LLDC as a pilot for the provision of new creative workspace in the Olympic Park.

The layout of the building reflects an aspiration to create a sociable and collaborative work environment. The building is arranged as a simple 2 storey, 3 aisled structure. The side aisles are used as individual studio spaces, and open onto a generous double height communal area. Studios are provided without partitions, but tenants are free to adapt their space to suit their practice, combining adjacent units or enclosing their space for greater privacy.

The main structure is formed from a barn-like timber frame and enclosed by insulated panels. The front facade facing onto the Sugarhouse Yard is made from concrete tiles handmade on site. The unlikely scale, intricacy and beauty of this frontage creates an active backdrop for the public yard onto which it faces.

Through utilizing off the shelf materials and taking an extremely economic approach to construction, the project provides the generous scale, light quality and ceiling heights appropriate for creative uses at a fraction of the cost of a conventional new build. Constructed for only £291/m2, the project presents extraordinary value for money and guarantees the spaces provided can be affordably let to its end users. The building was fully let prior to completion, oversubscribed with 10 applicants for every space.”

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Photographer Pete Lopeman took this series of images of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus before demolition work began earlier this year, in preparation for a £500m redevelopment programme. The collection forms a fond farewell to the estate, which covers a 17-acre site. In 2009 the Twentieth Century Society lost a high-profile bid to get the concrete city-centre landmark, including John Madin’s Brutalist central library, listed. In 2012 Birmingham Council gave the go-ahead for the new scheme, headed up by developer Argent and Glenn Howells Architects, which will see the area transformed over the coming decade. For more information visit the Architects’Journal.

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House in London by Rado Iliev. Photography: Assen Emilov

House in London by 6a Architects. Photography: Johan Dehlin

House in Somerset by Hugh Strange Architects. Photography: David Grandorge

Five UK residential schemes are among the shortlist of projects competing for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The European Commission have named the 420 projects competing for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, which has a top award of £48,000. The prize is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The five UK residential schemes on the shortlist are: a house in London by Rado Iliev; a house in the highlands, Scotland, by Raw Architecture Workshop; a house in London by 6a Architects; a house on the Isle of Tiree by Denizen Works; and a house in Somerset by Hugh Strange Architects. Finalist works will be judged by the end of January. For more information visit the Mies van der Rohe Award website.

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Sundays: 11am–5pm, Bank Holidays: 12pm –5pm
Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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Photography: John McDavid

The Barbican Conservatory is London’s second biggest conservatory after Kew. The glassy, green oasis is in stark contrast to the brutalism of the Barbican Centre. And although in the heart of the city, it’s a relatively unknown bucolic spot. There are over 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plantlife in the glasshouse, plus exotic fish, an Arid House for cacti and a small aviary, including finches and quails. The conservatory is built around the fly tower of the Arts Centre theatre. It opened in 1984, eight years after the completion of the Barbican, and is open for free to the public on Sundays and bank holidays. The Barbican complex itself features a wildlife garden, containerized allotments in the walkways, and around 12km of balconies, with numerous window boxes. For more information visit the Barbican website.

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Thamesmead steps
Photography: Ventures in Topography/ David Secombe

This short film follows The Architecture Foundation’s Urban Pioneers programme, in which a group 17-19 year olds took part in workshops with well known architects, writers and artists to investigate different perceptions of Thamesmead. The film shows a local young person’s movements around the estate, including the picturesque lakes they still hang around, a decanted home and the monastic ruins they played in as children. The group considered the area’s conception as a 1960’s urban utopia, its immediate visual link to youth violence as setting for the 1971 film ‘A Clockwork Orange’, its local reputation as gangland and its connection to more recent conversations on regeneration. For more information visit The Architecture Foundation .

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