Monthly Archives: March 2018

Hastings Pier Automata Exhibition with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre - 16-03-2018

Hastings Pier is hosting artworks from the world renowned Cabaret Mechanical Theatre collection. Known for merging the boundaries of art and engineering, the exhibition is free and runs from the 15 March – 15 April 2018.

The exhibition is part of a wider partnership between Hastings Pier, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Culture Shift and the Craftivist Network, which includes a programme of workshops for families, schools and community groups.

The project has seen local artists working with Autism Sussex, Parchment Trust, MENCAP, Active Arts, Southdown’s Wellbeing Centre and Seaview to help local people create their own automata, some of which will be on display.

The exhibition is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm every day from 15th March to 15th April 2018.

dRMM is delighted to be supporting the exhibition and sponsoring an automata, Tall Ship by artist Patrick Bond.

Photograph of Hastings Pier visitor Centre by Jim Stephenson


Sadie Morgan speaks on design and infrastructure at MIPIM Cannes - 14-03-2018

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Drawing on her roles as an NIC commissioner and the HS2 independent design panel chair, she raised concern about the need for identity and longevity to be embedded in the design of key infrastructure projects, “The experience of our built environment speaks to our national identity; it says something about who we are and what we are good at. Why is it then that the design of our “places” is rarely considered?

We have architects to design our buildings, engineers our infrastructure, and transport planners our roads – and masterplanners to fit it all together. But when it comes to how our built environment connects together, the human scale is often lost.”

Sadie is speaking across MIPIM at these events:

Tuesday 13 March
The London Plan, Good Growth – 10.30am at the London Stand
London Realigned with Estates Gazette – 11am at the London Stand

Wednesday 14 March
Urban Mobility and Growth – 15.15pm at the Main Room
Cultural Infrastructure – 16.30pm at the Addleshaw Goddard Pavilion
London is Open – 17.30pm at the London Stand

Thursday 15 March
CaMKOx Corridor – 10.00am at the UK Government Pavilion



Maggie’s Oldham Wins Top Interior Design Award for Healthcare -


dRMM received a Frame Award for their cancer care centre which breaks away from traditional clinical environments. Designed from natural, sustainable materials, the interior is therapeutic in nature; inspiring hope and empowering visitors. Maggie’s Oldham was named Healthcare Centre of the Year.

About the project

Maggie’s Oldham explicitly addresses the relationship between the built environment and known causes of cancer through careful use of natural, sustainable materials. The clinical environment of traditional medical institutions was deliberately avoided, with the hope of making visitors feel more empowered. Nature and daylight are brought into the space through a large tree growing out of hole in the floor, and views of both the ground below and sky above.

American tulipwood is used throughout the interior and exterior – whether laminated structure, fitted furniture, or thermally-modified cladding. The prolific use of this versatile material is meant to inspire hope, scale, warmth, and represent nature’s ability to recycle carbon. Poured resin floors and bright yellow doors offset the extensive use of wood. The covered balcony protects patients from the sun, and allows natural light to enter the space. Time also guided the selection of loose furniture, consisting of mid-century classics by Ercolani, Wegner, Nagouchi and Jacobsen.

What is unique about it

In collaboration with AHEC and ARUP in 2013, dRMM developed cross-laminated hardwood that outperforms existing cross-laminated timber. This is the first time the material is used in a building with the hopes of redefining the norms of hospital architecture.

A circular laminated tulipwood table facilitates conversation and symbolises sustainability, humanity, and hospitality. A full-height reversible curtain loop by Petra Blaisse allows the open plan to be cordoned off for privacy.

A great deal of advice was taken from Maggie’s and cancer patients to inform the design; the psychological effects of specific spaces and views were considered along with wood door handles in response to the neuropathy of fingers made painful by chemotherapy.

Read more about dRMM’s design of Maggie’s Oldham here.
View Maggie’s Oldham on the Frame Awards website here.

Read the Frame Magazine article on Maggie’s Oldham here.

Photograph by Presstigieux
Video by Alex de Rijke