Monthly Archives: March 2013

EAST VILLAGE SHORTLISTED FOR RIBA AWARD - 27-03-2013

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The East Village masterplan has been shortlisted for the RIBA London Regional Award.

The masterplan, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects, was conceived originally to accommodate the 17,000 competitors participating in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games. East Village will now serve as a long term urban environment within the Stratford City site.

dRMM were appointed in 2008 to develop two gateway plots for the masterplan. Plot N26 was designed to include increased dual aspect, the largest balconies on site, high quality glazed amenity spaces, and a non-precast concrete façade system of coloured terracotta.

Image © Galliford Try

SADIE MORGAN NAMED PRESIDENT OF ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION - 26-03-2013

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Director Sadie Morgan has been appointed President for the upcoming term of the Architectural Association (AA), commencing June 2013.

Sadie is the fourth female to have been awarded Presidency in the 150 year history of the Association. The appointment comes as a great honour to Sadie. Her presidency will be in addition to her role as Director at dRMM to which her leadership and commitment remains the same.

The following is a statement from Sadie Morgan addressing her appointment:

“The Architectural Association is currently holding elections for Members of the Council for the 2013 term, and I am honoured to have been asked to take over the Presidency.

The AA can look forward to a positive year ahead thanks to the hard work of the School and Council members, guided by the Director Brett Steel and the steady hand of outgoing President Keith Priest.

2013 is the time to build on the energy and ambition of this world-leading architecture school. With the talent of its first-class staff and students, the support of its membership and council the AA can continue to excite, innovate and inspire.”

ST ALBANS ACADEMY SHORTLISTED FOR RIBA AWARD - 25-03-2013

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dRMM are delighted to have been shortlisted for the RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards with their recently completed St Albans Academy, in Highgate, Birmingham.

St Albans sits confidently as a simple, colourful form within an urban respite of landscape and mature trees. The design for this project had to acknowledge its current mixed-grade context, and anticipate future regeneration within Birmingham’s Big City Plan. The outcome was one that made reference to, paradoxically, both the current vernacular of industrial sheds as well as the fine masonry work of the nearby Grade II* listed church by John Pearson (1881).

St Albans, an Ark Academy, was delivered by Lend Lease as part of the Birmingham BSFprogramme.

WATCH ‘FLOATOPOLIS’ ON BBC IPLAYER - 20-03-2013

 

RIBA Exhibition - Venice Takeaway

dRMM’s ‘Floatopolis’ proposal is now available for viewing on BBC iPLayer.

Episode 28 of the BBC2 Culture Show discussed London’s housing crisis, looking to international examples for solutions to current land-shortage problems. Alex de Rijke spoke with Beatrice Galilee on the success of Dutch floating house communities, typified by the IJburg development in Amsterdam.

dRMM’s Floatopolis is on show at the RIBA headquarters as part of the exhibition entitled Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture.

Click here to watch Alex’s discussion with Beatrice Galilee on BBC 2’s The Culture Show.

Image ©Jeff Moore, courtesy of RIBA

EXETER DEAF ACADEMY PLANS LAUNCHED - 15-03-2013

ERADE Designs Launch

 

ERADE Designs Launch

Director Alex de Rijke and associate director Michael Spooner were in Exeter to present the designs for the new Academy rebuild, and help launch the ‘Be Inspired’ awareness campaign, which featured the premiere of a short film by ColourBurn.

Prominent members of Exeter’s community, as well as the wider deaf community, were invited to the event at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (7 March 2013). Alex and Michael ran through the key design concepts that have been developed in close consultation with the Academy and which underpin the proposals, currently submitted for Planning.

The new through-school and student accommodation includes environmental and spatial considerations to support the communication needs for both spoken and visual language. But it was the students and staff, stars of the promotional film, who stole the show. The packed gallery was treated to a crash-course in British Sign Language (BSL), with a lesson in finger spelling, and a spot of stand-up, rounding off a thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable evening.

Image ©Tim Pestridge

ALEX DE RIJKE ON THE CULTURE SHOW, BBC 2 - 13-03-2013

Floatopolis Proposal

Director Alex de Rijke will feature in tonight’s episode of The Culture Show on BBCTwo at 10pm.

de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM) research project entitled ‘The Dutch Way’, presented at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, explores the value of floating homes in the face of London’s housing crisis. This was followed up with dRMM’s floating Masterplan proposal for London’s Victoria Dock, currently on show at theRIBA in Portland Place.

In tonight’s episode, Professor de Rijke will expand on these design concepts in a Dockside conversation with Beatrice Galilee. The episode is presented by Tom Dyckhoff, with contributions from Oliver Wainwright and Charlie Luxton. The programme is available for viewing on BBC iPlayer after its screening.

N.B: All BBC iPlayer TV programmes are accessible from IP addresses allocated to the UK only

dRMM HAVE MOVED - 06-03-2013

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dRMM Ltd are once again all be under one roof, at 81 Weston Street, London SE1 3RS. Our phone number remains the same: 020 7803 0777.

We look forward to welcoming our clients, collaborators and friends to the new studio.

Please make a note of our new details or refer to the map above.