Low-energy London house
Friend and Company Architects customise modern houses, where every project is the result of detailed research into the context and site characteristics, to ensure each adaptation retains the cultural signatures of a modern masterpiece. Its portfolio also includes award-winning new build developments. Director Adrian Friend implemented an architecture undergraduate programme for Norwich University of the Arts, exploring the relevance of modern industrial designers, and recently curated an exhibition to celebrate Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Friend and Company Architects were finalists in Young Architect of the Year in 2007 and 2008. The work of the practice has been widely published in international design and architecture journals including Blueprint, Architects’ Journal, Architecture Today, Building Design and Wallpaper*.
Friend and Company Architects is one of a number of entries recently added to our Directory of Architects and Designers.
This house by Benthem Crouwel Architects in Almere, the Netherlands, was built in 1982-84, as part of a competition held by De Fantasie. The ten winners of the competition were awarded a plot of land for no charge on which to build a house that would remain in situ for five years. It did not have to conform to the building regulations of the time. The lightweight house by Benthem Crouwel was built using many pre-fabricated components, and was designed to be quickly and easily dismantled. Corrugated steel was used for the floor and the roof, and the walls of the living space were made from sheets of hardened glass. The house is attached to a foundation of concrete slabs and is strengthened through steel-wire tension cables. Even though it was built to be dismantled, the house, lived in by the Benthem family, still stands today.
Until 26 November 2013
Building of Bath Collection, Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Paragon, Bath
Tuesday – Friday: 2pm – 5pm
Weekends: 10.30am – 5pm
House by Peter Womersley, Bath
The Beaufort Hotel
Brutal Bath: Building the Post-War City investigates the Modern architectural development of Bath, including the ideals behind Brutalism and the innovation it offered architects during the realities of post-war Britain.
The exhibition includes Kingsmead House in the city centre, The Beaufort Hotel on Walcot Street and Berkeley House in Snow Hill. It also features architectural plans that never made it to the construction stage.
On 21st November a symposium will be held: ‘Worth Saving? – The value of 20th century architecture’. This event will explore the heritage value of 20th-century architecture, including what is worth saving and what lessons should be taken from the period. Speakers include Christophe Egret (Studio Egret West), Peter Clegg (Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios) and Alan Powers (20th Century Society).
The Red House
Until 19 December 2pm – 5pm (Tue – Fri)
Fri 22 – Sun 24 November 10am – 5pm
The Red House in Aldeburgh, the home which composer Benjamin Britten shared with Peter Pears until his death in 1976, is being opened to the public.
Before moving to The Red House in 1957, Britten asked British architect H.T. Cadbury-Brown to consider options for a purpose-built studio in the grounds. Cadbury-Brown instead converted a former hayloft next to the main house, which was completed in 1958.
Cadbury-Brown was educated at the Architecture Association. He was influenced by the architecture of Le Corbusier, among others, and went on to work for Ernö Goldfinger before setting us his own practice. He is known for his involvement with the Modern Architecture Research Group (MARS) and his design input into the Royal College of Art.
A new building for the Benjamin Britten archive, by Stirling Prize-winning architects Stanton Williams, opened in the grounds of The Red House in June 2013. The low-energy red brick building is designed to complement the original house and gardens.
Britten’s composing studio has been recreated, based on Cadbury-Brown’s original project file, and presented as it was in 1958.
For more information please visit www.brittenpears.org.
Pop Art Design, Barbican Art Gallery
As part of the Pop Art Design exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, these walking tours will explore Pop architecture of the 1960s. The tours will include Centre Point, designed by architect Richard Seifert.
Seifert is known for designing modern concrete buildings that influenced sixties and seventies London architecture. Centre Point, which was built in 1966, has been called the original Pop Art skyscraper. The building, on St Giles Circus, was listed in 1995.
Other examples of Seifert’s work in London include King’s Reach Tower, built in 1972; London Euston, built in 1968; NatWest Tower on Old Broad Street, built in 1980; Space House on Kemble Street, built in 1962-65, and Tolworth House on the Kingston bypass, built in 1960.
A tour of the Pop Art Design exhibition with architecture writer Dominic Lutyens will take place on Friday 8 November at 7pm. The exhibition runs until 9 February. For more information visit www.barbican.org.uk.
House in London
Jack Woolley graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1987 and began his career in industrial design, working for the innovation consultancy Isis UK, where he was a director. Jack is now a chartered architect based in London, having returned to the RCA in 2006 to study architecture under Nigel Coates. He won the 2012 Architect’s Journal Small Projects Award for his first completed building. The project was the conversion of a former carpenter’s workshop to a live/work space. This was achieved by inserting a new volume under the original structure, doubling its inhabitable space at the same time as preserving its integrity.
Jack Woolley is one of a number of entries recently added to our Directory of Architects and Designers.
Eileen Gray’s villa E1027
Chattock House, Wales, by John Pardey
Maison Tropicale by Jean Prouvé
Our directors Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill are the architecture experts for The Telegraph’s new Luxury website and magazine. Their most recent columns look at the mystery surrounding Eileen Gray’s villa E1027 and the success of architect John Pardey, leading up to him becoming an award-winning designer of one-off houses. They have also written on the return of ornamentation in contemporary architecture, the role of starchitects in retail design, the future of members’ club décor, their pick of London’s best architectural firms and the growing market for collectable modern houses.
Other specialist subjects covered by the website and magazine include art, collectables, design, restaurants and travel.
Look out for new architecture columns at the Telegraph’s new Luxury website www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury and in the bi-annual magazine.