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Case Studies Pushkinsky International Cinema Hall at Moscow - Revitalization - 8 The AAP American Architecture and concession stands and a book store its surrounding public parks. In addition, Prize honors exceptional designs in 41 categories across three disciplines: architectural design, interior design, and landscape architecture. Dyson Campus / WilkinsonEyre - 12 The Campus includes setting Dyson’s existing headquarters and factory alongside new built facilities. Dior Miami Facade / BarbaritoBancel Architects - 20 Silver winner of the American Architecture Prize 2016. Bakery Place / Jo Cowen Architects - 26 Located between Falcon Park and Clapham Common, Bakery Place is the latest residential scheme from Jo Cowen Architects, designed for developers West Eleven.

JUAN Apartment / Shahab Mirzaean - 41 The client demanded a design for a residential apartment in 3 storeys, located in a middle-class district of Semnan city.


Artnovion Acoustic Panels Installed at Vienna Volksoper - 60 Artnovion has combined acoustic engineering excellence with art to create a striking solution which greatly enhances the audience’s experience.


URBANLOGIC Designs Arts Factory and Innovation Center in Sichuan, China - 88 URBANLOGIC won a AAP American Architecture Prize (Silver Award) in the Mixed-Use Category for their Sichuan Arts Factory and Innovation Center. Salters’ Hall Renovation / dMFK - 96 The brutalist Grade II listed landmark, the last building to be designed by Sir Basil Spence, has been extensively refurbished and extended.


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The Ribbon House / FAK3 - 38 FAK3 of Hong Kong has been named a winner in the first annual AAP American Architecture Prize for best ‘Houses interior’.

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy / Shiro Architects - 48 Located near Nerang, on Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia, comprising an extensive overhaul of the previous Carrara Gardens Golf Course facility.

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Pushkinsky International Cinema Hall at Moscow - Revitalization MetropolitanmomentuM Awarded at 2016 AAP American Architecture Prize


he AAP American Architecture Prize honors exceptional designs in 41 categories across three disciplines: architectural design, interior design, and landscape architecture. MetropolitanmomentuM won Silver Prize and Bronze Prize in the categories of Architectural Design / Misc. and Heritage Architecture respectively for Pushkinsky International Cinema Hall at Moscow - Revitalization.

The new building program is housed within two glass towers. The glass towers offer retail at its ground level, and concession stands and a book store

They invite the public in to enjoy the theater and experience the city. The new public areas outside the cinema consist of public art, a skating rink, a small amphitheater, and an interactive hub structure/information center. In addition, the project proposes improvements to its adjacent streets. Existing lanes are reconfigured in a new way. Therefore, Tverskoy Boulevard has newly dedicated bicycle lanes running along a green median strip. The bicycle lanes and the green median strip are sandwiched between car lanes and public transportation lanes. This new green core beautifies the street and ensures the bicyclists safety. The project provides recreational areas adjacent to its plaza, and a buffer zone in the form of glass towers mediate

between the building’s private areas and its surrounding public parks. In addition, Passion/Pushkin Plaza connects directly with an ongoing local project led by the government of Moscow. It is called "My Street" and it aims to create 50 Kilometers of new pedestrian zones along Tverskaya Street. In sum, the Pushkinsky International Cinema Hall at Moscow - Revitalization project is a comprehensive design that considers the improvement of the existing building, its public pedestrian areas and its adjacent transportation corridors. About MetropolitanmomentuM MetropolitanmomentuM is a design studio located in Los Angeles, California. Its work focuses in analyzing, designing, and creating links between private and public spaces that ultimately connect/ re-connect people, urban communities, and nature. Its projects aim to help revitalize/improve the quality of life of people in cities and/or key urban areas through architecture.

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The project consists of the restoration of Pushkinsky International Cinema, the addition of two exterior glass towers, an interactive hub glass structure and a public recreational zone adjacent to Passion/Pushkin Plaza. The existing building is an architectural gem in the city of Moscow that suffered years of neglect. The new addition and its architectural elements attempt to recognize Pushkinsky cinema’s great history while also paving its path towards its future in the city of Moscow.

on its second level. They become new façade elements that showcase the cinema’s restored splendor without covering the existing building from the public view. The glass towers work as special mediators between public and private areas.

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he Campus includes Dyson’s existing headquarters and factory alongside new built facilities: the D9 research and development building, the Lightning Café and The Hangar, which provides sports and leisure amenities for Dyson employees. The existing elegant and minimal buildings - originally designed by WilkinsonEyre - have also undergone extensive internal changes to allow Dyson’s continuous growth.

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The practice’s design approach aims to create a new technology campus that is set to be a leading creative hub for UK’s top engineers and designers where new forms of working environment emerge. The D9 has been conceived as a minimal, reflective glass pavilion within a rural landscape

setting. A central atrium brings daylight into the two floors and breakout spaces. The interiors are designed to facilitate flexible working, combining conventional desk space with laboratory facilities to allow for collaborative discussion and brainstorming. As part of the brief, the surrounding landscape has been enhanced to create more privacy and prevent direct views into the building. The greenery connects to the existing Nature Walk, which surrounds the perimeter of the site, offering Dyson employees the opportunity for quiet outdoor reflection. The Campus now provides 129 advanced research laboratories and new collaborative spaces for the engineers to develop Dyson’s sophisticated technology pipeline.

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acoustically rated panels to create a unique aesthetic to the project, whilst tackling sound reverberation targets. These panels were married with BCL’s unique ‘bomb-blast’ grid system, with double locking clips and secondary tethering, helping to prevent a ceiling from collapsing in the event of a blast. Lastly, the grid was fixed to the underside of the concourse using spring-loaded mounting brackets that help to deflect reverberation evenly and prevent the ceiling itself vibrating from the trains above. All of the Western Red Cedar used across the 7,000sqm expanse was fire treated to Class 0 and also finished with a clear UV resistant lacquer to provide a long-lasting quality finish. London Bridge is an excellent example of the BCL system and its ability to tailor both performance and panel design to each project uniquely. You can modify acoustic performance, fabric colours, timber species, specialist coatings and integrated services to deliver timber walls and ceilings that are not simply off-the-shelf replicas of other projects, but systems that are unique in both design and performance to your project.

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Dior Miami Facade BarbaritoBancel Architects Silver winner of the American Architecture Prize 2016 The new Dior Flagship designed by the French-Italian firm BarbaritoBancel architects in the Design District of Miami is honoured by the American Architecture Prize 2016, an international award, which every year, rewards the best performances worldwide. Miami Design District is a new area located in the North of Miami, where art, design, fashion and luxury meet. The art galleries and exhibition spaces are intertwined with the high end and luxury boutiques, in which we find the cultural and artistic dynamism in creatively designed spots. It is in this stimulating context that Dior summoned BarbaritoBancel architects, to design its new corner building with the desire to transpose the atmosphere of the historic Parisian address of the 30 av Montaigne to the heart of Miami.

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Data sheet Design: BarbaritoBancel architects Client: Christian Dior Couture Type: Commercial – Retail Location: Miami Design District, Florida Year: 2014-2016 Building area: 700 m² Facade surface area: 1000 m² Lighting Design: Metis Lighting Local team: Bromley Cook Eng. & Store Q General Contractor: Twenty – two group Material specification: UHPC – Ultra High Performance Concrete with marble powder and a TX active surface by Styl Comp

The principal stake of the project: design a building to Dior’s image The first step of the architects was to define and to gather the values that constitute Dior’s identity: Elegance, tradition, creativity, nobility, innovation, know-how, wonder. From these values, common to haute couture and architecture, emerges a duality on which BarbaritoBancel architects worked. The haute couture is linked to fashion, to the ephemeral and needs to renew itself continuously. Architecture transcends trends, and its image needs to outlive time that goes by and continue to represent Dior’s spirit in a sustainable manner.

The Architectural project The facade Pondering on these values along with the continuous exchange with Dior’s president, Sidney Toledano and his team, led to a refined design of sculpted volumes evoking a voluptuous fabric.

The facade plays with the sun in an alternation of light and shadow along the day. The curves overlap up to drawing, at the top, a tight arc, in a thrust towards the sky.

Hence, architecture and haute couture unite in the common desire to seduce, and perpetuate the spirit and history of the Dior house and the image of a sunny, dynamic, young city, heart of contemporary design.

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The facade imposes itself by its elegant design, large curves in white concrete create clear pleated forms between which the boutique’s spaces slide in. The nobility of the smooth and sleek surfaces is given by a contemporary material made of extremely dense concrete with marble powder.

The interior spaces The interior spaces participate in the movement of the facade. The showcases appear between the pleats and the planes retreat and open more firmly to shelter the passer-by and invite him to enter. Rich interior spaces succeed each other, lit by a grazing natural light created by the more generous movements of the volumes of the facade. At the last floor, the curves space out more to give access to a terrace garden, facing south.

Prestigious Project for Cutting Technologies at the UK’s New Home for Contemporary Design Yorkshire laser expert, Cutting Technologies has played its part in helping to create a stunning pavilion at the newly relocated Design Museum, London. The work was commissioned as part of the annual Designers in Residence programme, which sees emerging designers provided with the time and space to reflect, research and consider new ways of practicing.

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for the UK design industry. The pavilion showcases how intelligent structure and engineering can be used to create something aesthetically outstanding and design-led when a team of experts come together.

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EchoPanel wins Innovation Award With around 60 products submitted by more than 30 companies, the Innovation Award at Orgatec is fiercely contended across a variety of furnishing design sectors.

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Bakery Place

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ocated between Falcon Park and Clapham Common, Bakery Place is the latest residential scheme from Jo Cowen Architects, designed for developers West Eleven. A series of former Victorian bakery buildings have been converted into 12 high-end homes, in the form of mews houses, apartments and a penthouse. The project combines contemporary design standards with a celebration of the development’s particular historic legacy. Bakery Place is a direct response to complex planning guidelines, and so original features have been incorporated into the development

such as early glazed brickwork, corbeled cast iron columns and timber sleeper beams. These elements have in turn inspired the individual characteristics of each dwelling. For instance, each of the mews houses is named after the original purpose of different areas: The Stables, The Lodge, The Granary and The Coach House. The heritage of the development can be read through these signs of the building’s past and its imperfections, such as the deep scores along the wall of Lavender Walk, where children waiting outside for bread would run pennies along the brickwork.

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The new interventions are made up of a series of delicate steel and glass elements that divide rooms while allowing for light to penetrate deep into the spaces within. This is further accentuated by designing the residences with double-height ceilings, providing a light and airy atmosphere. These contemporary additions represent an interpretation of the existing factory aesthetic, celebrating the mixture of old and new design motifs working in harmony. Handmade kitchens with copper trims are another example of how a considered bespoke response has been used for every design detail. The architects collaborated with Amelia McNeil Interior Design and Studio 29 Lighting Design to achieve this standard throughout the Bakery Place interiors. The penthouse is generously proportioned with a private terrace overlooking the Thames and London beyond. This residence was only made possible thanks to the installation of an entirely new roof above the original Bakehouse. Restricted access to the site meant that craning in large pieces of steel was impossible and so this structure is the product of complex engineering solutions. Small elements were carried onto site by hand and assembled in situ to create a strong, lightweight roof for the 1,860 square foot penthouse below. Images: -

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Project Architect, Chris Wilkinson, said: “Each and every dwelling at Bakery Place presents its own individual character and charm. It allows everyone who lives there to feel like they own something rare and exclusive, a gem in an urban landscape. I hope that people can see the consideration given to each and every peculiarity that comes with a uniquely formatted building such as this.” West Eleven CEO, Will Herrmann, said: “Bakery Place has exceeded our aspirations. We uncovered some wonderful original detail during the project that we had no idea was there at the beginning. Walk through the apartments and you will see parts of the original glazed brick walls, textures and memories from the buildings origin that we have managed to keep. These sat against the clean cut, precise lines of the new walls look spectacular.” The result of this architectural regeneration project is a series of cleverly interwoven dwellings, each with its own unique layout and personality.

Vic Roberts, founder of York Modelmaking reflects on his time working with Architects: “ I’ve seen many changes in architectural practice over the past half century. Some just passing trends, but many advances enabled by investment in new materials, technologies and engineering skills, that all bring new and exciting potential to the Architects desktop. Equally, the presentation of designs has evolved, with 3D printing being the latest addition to many architectural practices, as well as the model maker’s workshop. As architectural practices embrace BIM, there’s still a place for physical models – providing three-dimensional understanding of structure, space and form. I’m proud of the skills and dedication of the York Modelmaking team, and the great results they produce to the obligatory tight deadlines ” Whilst architectural practices embrace BIM, physical models still have an important role in the creative process, the presentation of designs and augmenting sales. York Modelmaking is a long established business with a wealth of experience; the results speak for themselves - an array of models can be seen on their portfolio style website.

Alumasc’s Derbigum Olivine cleans the air Alumasc’s Derbigum Olivine roofing membrane is a highly effective, durable waterproofing solution which also actively purifies the air and makes a positive contribution towards reducing global warming - by neutralising CO2, the most prevalent greenhouse gas. When rainwater comes into contact with the olivine the CO2 is literally washed out of the air. An irreversible chemical reaction takes place which transforms the CO2 into three environmentallyharmless substances -water, magnesium carbonate and sand. For every square metre of Alumasc Derbigum Olivine roofing membrane, 1.75kg of CO2 is neutralised.

Olivine is completely UV resistant, meaning that its effectiveness is not degraded by the sun’s rays. Even with natural ageing, the active compound of the olivine will still be present when the roofing membrane itself is at the end of its lifespan. For further information visit or call +44 (0) 3335 771 500.

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Whilst other so-called ‘environmentally friendly’ membranes incorporate titanium dioxide and require either sulphuric acid or chlorine gas in their production, the Olivine in Alumasc’s Derbigum Olivine surfacing is 100% naturally occurring and simply requires grinding down to the right size.

Alumasc’s Derbigum Olivine is very hard-wearing and is the only bituminous membrane with a 40-year BBA (British Board of Agrément) durability statement. To date more than 20 million square metres of Alumasc’s Derbigum have been installed in the UK on a variety of buildings including the Shard and in Canary Wharf.


THE LATEST ARCHITECTURAL INNOVATIONS REVEALED ARCHITECT@WORK, the carefully curated two-day trade fair aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall for its 2017 edition on 25th and 26th January. 120 leading European architectural suppliers will be showing innovative new products and offering the latest innovations in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. All of these companies have gone through a rigorous selection process, with an external judging panel overseeing the product selection, to ensure that this is one of the UK’s most highly respected trade shows of its kind. The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2017 is water. To honour this the SCIN GALLERY will present an exhibition focusing The Material Source: Materials that come from Water, The Physical Connection: Interacting with Water, The Chemical Reaction: Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic, and The Aesthetic Inspiration: Looking like Water. Another feature of this year’s edition is the exhibition Matière grise (GREY MATTER, Materials, Reuse, Architecture) by Pavillon de l'Arsenal. Architects Julien Choppin and Nicola Delon from the Encore Heureux architectural design agency explore the reuse of building materials at a time when architecture is aspiring to reinvent itself but restricted by economic and environmental constraints. ARCHITECT@WORK has commissioned UK-based design and architectural journalist Giovanna Dunmall to conduct a series of eight interviews with architects, developers and engineers. These Innovative Interviews will be run in conjunction with RIBA Journal.

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This year also sees the installation of the Pop Up Book Shop for Architects and Designers. Organised and run by RIBA, this store will give visitors an opportunity to browse and purchase publications touching on a particular area of specialisation or interest.

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Wednesday, 25th January 15:00 A bridge too far? Roger Ridsdill Smith, Foster+Partners Jonathan McDowell, Matter Architecture

Thursday, 27th January 15:00 The amphibious city Chris Romer-Lee, Studio Octopi Carl Turner, Carl Turner Architects

16:15 Design driven by natural forces Eleanor Young, RIBAJ Ana Abram, Gustafson Porter Jerry Tate, Tate Harmer

16:15 Waterway development Phineas Harper, the Architecture Foundation Alex Ely, Mae Architects Peter Chowns, Canal and River Trust

17:30 The British Land interview Peter Murray, NLA Senior figure, British Land

17:30 The Argent interview Tom Goodall, Argent David Michon, journalist

ARCHITECT@WORK UK [] runs 1pm – 8pm, 25th and 26th January 2017 at Olympia, National Hall. Register here [ survey/0e08xgzp4x1co] using code 1340.


Olympia London National Hall 25-26 January 2017 Each day from 13:00 until 20:00

EXCLUSIVE TRADE EVENT for architects and interior designers with over 200 innovative products and services showcased by manufacturers and distributors. All exhibitors go through a strict selection process with an external judging panel, ensuring the presence of high caliber innovations. FOCUS ON WATER > Seminars by high profile architects Full programme available online > Theme curation by SCIN™ > Matière grise photo exhibit by Pavillon de l’Arsenal TER S I > Images by DAPh G RE NL I NE > RIBA pop-up Bookshop @ATW_INTL #ATWUK WWW.ARCHITECT-AT-WORK.CO.UK

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Mapefloor Comfort System installed at BDP Architects


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Mapei is delighted to announce they will be attending Architect @ Work, taking place in Olympia, London over 25th-26th January 2017. Mapei specification managers and product specialists will be on hand to offer advice, showcasing Mapei’s innovative Mapefloor Comfort Flooring Systems at stand 21. Mo Aljan, National Specification Manager at Mapei commented “We anticipate another excellent event and look forward to exhibiting at Architect @ Work again this year. We will be showcasing Mapei’s new comfortable seamless flooring solution, Mapefloor Comfort AR/X system, discussing project requirements, and providing technical advice.” Mapefloor Comfort System AR/X is an attractive and self-leveling

polyurethane resin-based flooring system, which provides a seamless comfortable level of flooring in commercial environments.

Recently installed at BDP Architects practice in Bristol, the flooring system has a high resistance to wear and abrasion from constant foot traffic and moveable office furniture such as castor chairs. Mapei’s full product range can be found online at Email or call 0121 508 6970 for more information on how Mapei products can be used in your project.

Due to its elastic properties Mapei’s comfort flooring system proves advantageous when a good level of comfort is required underfoot. This is provided from the matting at the base of the system which also has excellent soundproofing capabilities, reducing the impact of noise transmission into areas below.

The Mapefloor Comfort System AR/X is a selflevelling, flexible and lowVOC resin-based coating system for flooring. A high level of comfort underfoot is achieved whilst providing a highly aesthetic and durable finish, with a multitude of colouring options available.

The Mapefloor Comfort System AR/X in grey installed at BDP Architects office, Bristol


ECOBUILD OVERHAULS FLOORPLAN WITH EXCITING NEW FORMAT AS ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTIVE ASSEMBLE BRING TURNER PRIZE WINNING ART TO 2017 SHOW Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble are to headline Ecobuild 2017, bringing their award winning Granby Workshop project to the show as part of an immersive new experience. Bringing the event’s theme of regeneration to life, Ecobuild 2017 will see ExCeL London transformed into an immersive ‘city’ – complete with main street, distinct destinations and special feature attractions. Central to the experience will be Regeneration Drive, a boulevard running through the middle of Ecobuild, linking different aspects of the exhibition and enabling visitors to experience the very best examples of innovation and creativity from across the built environment.

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Martin Hurn, Brand Director at Ecobuild, explained: “For 2017, we’re completely overhauling and innovating the Ecobuild experience. We asked our visitors what they want and need from the show, and sustainability overwhelmingly came to the top of the agenda. To deliver this, we’ve ripped up the floorplan and reinvented Ecobuild as an immersive city centred around Regeneration Drive. “Imagining the exhibition as a city allows us to deliver a unique programme focused on regeneration, in a way that is relevant and inclusive to all our exhibitors and visitors. Different aspects of construction and the built environment deserve specific focus, and each of the Ecobuild 2017’s destinations will each have something distinct and exciting to offer.”

Ecobuild also announced key collaborations with Lead Partner UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), the Construction Products Association, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). As they make their way up Regeneration Drive, attendees will be introduced to key destinations such as The Arena, City Hall, The Campus, The Gateway and The Performance Lab. The Arena will be home to the headline guest speakers, staging a range of keynote speeches from industry thought leaders and innovators across the three days. Included within the programme will be renowned architects and the UK-GBC will host daily leadership panels chaired by their CEO, Julie Hirigoyen. The show’s sustainability hub, City Hall, will be home to the UK-GBC and World Green Building Council representing the culmination of Ecobuild’s Redefining Sustainability campaign – which seeks to create an industry-wide understanding of sustainability objectives and drives, and a clear direction for the future. Architectural collective Assemble will present its award-winning Granby Workshop project at the Campus, the show’s destination for innovative thinking and the latest technology. Visitors will be able to view and interact with a unique installation created by Assemble, telling the story behind the collective’s Turner Prize winning regeneration project.

Attendees will be also able to interact with Future Materials, a gallery curated by ARCC, previewing next-generation materials and processes currently in either research or testing stage. The Gateway will allow visitors to explore national and social infrastructure projects in partnership with ICE, as well as a separate seminar theatre dedicated to Green Infrastructure. The Performance Lab, meanwhile, will showcase the latest in Smart Home and Smart Building technology in association with Ecobuild 2017’s building performance partner, CIBSE -the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. The Ecobuild city will also contain a number of other areas of interest, including a high profile area for Explore Offsite and offsite technology masterclasses, The BRE Academy, The Business District with export support and networking, international pavilions and a dedicated District Energy Town Square created in conjunction with the UK District Energy Association. The organisers are encouraging exhibitors to get involved with the immersive city theme, inviting them to create their own destinations along Regeneration Drive and across the entire event. For more information on how to be a part of Ecobuild 2017, visit

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The Ribbon House

FAK3 FAK3 of Hong Kong has been named a winner in the first annual AAP American Architecture Prize, which recognizes the most outstanding architecture worldwide for their project 'The Ribbon House' which won best 'Houses interior'. 'The idea of the house was to create a ribbon-like structure that dances through the 4 levels in a sequence of twirls. This creates an exciting transition through each floor level and the void space created by the stairs acts as a light well, drawing natural light into the basement levels.' FAK3 was commissioned to transform an 1000 sqm old house and landscaped gardens, positioned discreetly on a hillside with commanding panoramic views to the South China sea.

The main entrance is located at the centre along the length of the house, which dictated the arrangement of spaces. Opposite the entrance, is a void which the ribbon stairs penetrate through and a glass floor with views looking down 2 stories to the basement levels. The central part of the home is dominated by an elliptical opening that winds its way through every level in a serpentine helix pattern. At its widest in the lower basement, it becomes tighter with narrower treads as the staircase approaches the roof terrace. Adjacent to the stairs is a skylight that allows views of the sky to be seen from the two basement levels. Rooms are fluid, with spaces flowing into one another

organically. The kitchen and dining area both have direct access to a back garden designed for al fresco dining featuring a vertical wall of plants. Folding glass doors that can be completely open creating a strong connection between inside and outside. Sliding glass doors in the living room lead to a grassy terrace with a mere glass balustrade separating it from the cli. At the lowest level, two en suite guest bedrooms each borrow additional light with private pocket gardens, while another bedroom on the floor above boasts a white marble bathroom with bathtub facing a 270-degree view.

‘The concept for the house is transparency, and our focus is to provide a strong connection internally with the ribbon like staircase tying the vertical levels together as well as the connection to nature. We wanted to enhance the concept that there is a temporal boundary between inside and out; that the whole house can open up to expansive views, light and air.’

FAK3 About FAK3 Johnny Wong and Miho Hirabayashi founded the award winning boutique design studio “FAK3â€?, focusing on unique signature luxury developments in the field of Interior and Architecture. Their philosophy is to create bespoke experiences, stimulating the senses through the poetic blending of space, light and meticulous detailing from large developments to bespoke one-o small lifestyle projects. FAK3 are a passionate design studio that support developers, entrepreneurs and private clients to enhance their brand with innovative and sensitive design strategies. FAK3 are currently working on highly anticipated developments in Hong Kong which will redefine the pinnacle luxury of residential design. Jonny Wong born in Wales, and graduated with a Masters of Architecture and Interiors at the Royal College of Art, and has also attended Kingston University and Winchester College or Art in England. Miho Hirabayashi was born in Tokyo and completed her Architecture and Urban studies at the Architectural Association known as the AA school, and holds a visiting Assistant Professor position and Hong Kong University.

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JUAN Apartment / Shahab Mirzaean These two units were combined together on the main façade, letting maximum natural light in from the street. In the triplex unit, a central void was placed in the heart of the building to connect all the spaces together and to make all the spaces visible from there. The public and private spaces were also separated from each other by this void. Placing 2 patios to allow the Day light enter to interior spaces (bedrooms and


private hall) in triplex unit (A) and duplex unit (B), the both and to consider the area limitation of municipality roles. Wooden box as a monument and unique space at the core of triplex (A) and duplex units (B) plays a role as a visual and physical connection of the units . The steps transform to private hall in the hearth of wooden box in triplex unit at the mid-level between first and second levels.

Images:- Hamoon Moghadam

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The client demanded a design for a residential apartment in 3 storeys, located in a middle-class district of Semnan city. With respect to negotiations with the client and in order to create a maximal usable area, the design switched from an ordinary apartment block of two separate units to two separate triplex and duplex units, because the client was interested in level dierences in one single unit.

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SOTTINI: BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED HOTEL BATHROOMS With the vast increase in options and the rise of the likes of Tripadvisor, expectations from consumers have risen dramatically in recent years and hotel bathrooms are now for many guests as, if not more, important than the bedroom.

well-equipped, stylish, has excellent fixtures and fittings, but also offers luxury features such as the indulgence of an indulgent freestanding bath tub, or a large walk-in ‘power shower’, with enough room for two.

In fact, a luxurious bathroom can often be what sets one hotel apart from another, making a big impression on customers, often be key to ensuring repeat business, as well as being a reflection of the standard of the whole entire hotel.

In a market where strong design ideas and high-end specification make all the difference, the hotel bathroom space has to feel modern and decadent with beautiful taps, striking mirrors and ‘wow factor’ vanity units and basins.

Hotel guests are now looking for their bathroom not only to be clean and inviting, but to provide them with a luxurious experience, offering guests spa-like sanctuaries with exceptional design and quality, well above and beyond the comforts of their own home. This means ensuring it is not only

Designers are faced with the task of meeting these expectations, whilst also considering the practicalities of a hotel space, including cleaning regulations and of course meeting a budget. In response, Sottini’s new bathroom collection encapsulates impeccable design with an alliance in form and

The products in each category have been designed to work in harmony with each other, enabling customers to design their perfect bathroom and to form an emotional connection with their surroundings. Each piece has been developed individually with high design specifications and precision engineering, ensuring each basin, bath and WC is a unique piece: a work of art and a design statement – and will impress even the most discerning of hotel guests.


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The world’s leading trade fair The Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Airconditioning Technology, Renewable Energies The ISH provides the world’s biggest showcase for innovative bathroom design, energy efficient heating and air-conditioning technology and renewable energies. See the unique range of products and services for yourself at the next ISH in Frankfurt am Main from 14 to 18 March 2017! Hall 3 Stand C30

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KDV Golf and Tennis Academy Shiro Architects

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Opened in October 2016, the KDV Golf and Tennis Academy project is located near Nerang, on Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia, and comprises an extensive overhaul of the previous Carrara Gardens Golf Course facility. The initial inspiration for its design came from Mies van der Rohe’s “architecture of silence”, and in that tradition, we aimed to bring to life a freestanding building open to many sides, linked to nature.

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We created a single, flexible plan accommodating diverse multi-functional spaces which we believe give the building a modern elegance.

Transparency and reflection bring the outside environment into the building, to which exposed concrete creates contrast, with the mirrored soffit drawing the image of the sky onto its glass walls. The reflections enable the building to announce itself from a distance, giving it a presence greater than its envelope and clearly framing the activities of sports people, community members and students taking place within.

Product Description. Using Vitrabond Aluminium Composite mirrored finish panel as the building’s soffit strengthens the building’s architectural concept and helps it to blend with its natural surrounds.

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The scheme’s external pavilion pods comprise the buffer zone between serious sporting undertakings and those of simple relaxation.

Cottages’ Prestigious Award A restoration project featuring Earthborn paints has won two categories in the prestigious 2016 Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Awards.

Ecopro Matt Emulsion on lime plastered areas and Claypaint on the timber panelling. Their flat matt finish sits comfortably against the lime plaster.

Two miners’ cottages in Pensford, Somerset, were restored by architects and developers Design Storey to create dwellings fit for 21st Century living. The judges selected the cottages for Best Renovation, while Telegraph readers awarded them the coveted Readers’ Choice.

Ecopro Emulsion is a high performance, environmentally sound alternative to conventional emulsions. Claypaint maximises the natural properties of clay, producing a high performance, highly breathable paint.

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Lydia Robinson, Director of Design Storey, said: “To protect the traditional materials and to maintain their breathability we specified Earthborn paints:

Both paints are EU Ecolabel approved and contain no oils or acrylics, so are virtually VOC free and highly breathable. For further information:

AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings press button on new website AkzoNobel Wood Coatings, with its UK headquarters in Blackburn, have launched a brand-new website to assist the choice of the UK interior wood coatings customers. Although it hosts a vast range of available solutions including; PU Alkyd and Polyesters, traditional Acid Curing, Waterborne, UV Curable, Floor lacquers, Oils and Waxes, the new website takes the opportunity to share innovative AkzoNobel products that are aimed directly at specific applications and solutions providing a focus for the breadth of technical knowledge and skills at AkzoNobel. These specific applications include; The AkzoNobel Duracid FF range which consists of a new series of acid-curing products delivering high-quality results without the use of formaldehyde. It also offers an alternative to the Acid Curing systems, the AkzoNobel Quantum and Quantum Color PU Acrylic range which provides interior solutions to a vast array of applications. To see the new website -

Fabricator: Hadrian Architectural Glazing Ltd Architect: Watson Batty Architects Ltd Contractor: Pellikaan Construction Ltd Reynaers systems: CW 50 and CW 50-SC, Vision 50 Doors Photography: Craig Auckland / Fotohaus

Washington Leisure Centre builds community connections with Reynaers The Sunderland community now has access to an exceptional leisure facility with curtain walling from Reynaers, a leading provider of aluminium glazing systems.

Thoughtfully positioned glazed areas from Reynaers enhance connectivity between these internal and external spaces whilst maintaining privacy for visitors.

Putting leisure at the heart of the community, the centre underwent an £11 million development and was rebuilt to encourage participation in a comprehensive range of indoor and outdoor activities.

The overall approach to the architecture is ‘soft’, with architects Watson Batty utilising a combination of timber and insulated composite cladding panels, with sedum roofing to knit the building into its green surroundings of Princess Anne Park.

Washington Leisure Centre’s offering now includes pools and flumes, a health suite with a sauna and steam rooms, a wellness centre, a soft play area across two levels as well as outdoor floodlit synthetic football pitches. It also boasts a multi-purpose sports hall that can accommodate trampoline training to an international standard.

The Reynaers systems incorporated into this approach are Vision 50 doors as well as both CW 50 and CW 50-SC curtain walling. Vision 50 is a non-insulated flush door system offering solutions for high-traffic, ground-floor areas. The system provides the ideal combination of premium performance and ease of production, and safety can be maximised with antifinger traps for added safety.


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“The use of large panels is perfect for this contemporary build and floods the leisure centre with light, allowing maximised natural light and green views for physical and mental wellbeing.” Prioritising the safety and experience of visitors, access has been improved with separated vehicular and pedestrian movement. Visitors on foot are welcomed through a tree-lined avenue, an informal ‘meet and greet’ area, whereas cars arrive in an expansive car park.


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Offering unlimited design freedom and maximum transparency, CW 50 is a curtain walling system available in several aesthetic, technical and glazing variants to comply with all visual and performance requirements. Washington

Leisure Centre also uses CW 50-SC, the structurally clamped variant. Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “The Reynaers product range is built with the end-user in mind, and the Washington Leisure Centre brings a wealth of opportunity and benefits to the Sunderland community.

TOUCH IRONMONGERY LTD 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea London SW10 9PJ



stablished 33 years ago in October 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers. Originally called “A Touch of Brass”, the firm changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to also reflect the broader range of products and finishes that they sell.

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In fact today, Touch can supply a wide range of finishes including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze -solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list keeps growing. Whatever finish you require, Touch can help you get the right look. Touch occupy their recently refurbished showroom at 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea, where they display a vast range of their 5,000 products. With a customer base including Interior Designers, Builders and individuals who are interested in the top end of the

Ironmongery market, Touch mainly supply to residential premises but hotel and office properties also contribute to their vast clientele. The company also have a healthy export market to all corners of the world, namely the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Touch’s owner and founder, Bill Benham, has 33 years’ experience in the ironmongery trade, as do his colleagues Jim Haselup and Alan Blanchard. Saleem Qureshi is the newest member of our team and has 10 years’ experience, meaning their knowledge is unrivalled in this industry. The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. In addition, Touch showcases the very best of British manufacturing; the best ranges are still produced in the Midlands by craftsmen in factories dating back 200 years or more. Touch also sell European manufactured goods

which is considered to be of a very good quality and in recent years they have introduced some of the far eastern made products, albeit in a limited range but cost effective. With trends continuously evolving, new innovative products are constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. Ironmongery can be a difficult and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace.

For more information about Touch Ironmongery or to arrange a showroom visit please call 0207 351 2255 or alternatively visit

British manufacturers of the finest quality handcrafted hardware Croft combine traditional skills with modern manufacturing techniques to produce the most beautiful, quality fittings, built to stand the test of time. As well as specialist bespoke items, Croft supply over 1000 products, available in 23 different finishes to furnish high end residential and commercial properties, royal palaces, government houses, historic castles and stately homes. Croft, available from Touch Ironmongery

Park Regis Hotel,

Birmingham. International hotelier Park Regis have opened their first European hotel in Britain’s second city Birmingham. Towering over the skyline at 16 storeys the £50 million pound hotel offers 254 rooms, a gym, various bars, business and conference centres and a 2 storey glazed terrace sky bar delivering high end dining to Birmingham.

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Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems were selected to provide the façade with curtain walling, windows and entrances. The key element of design for the Rofuto Sky Bar was to allow diners to enjoy clear uninterrupted views across the city, a double height Comar 6EFT Curtain wall was selected as it offers strength with a sleek 50mm sightline. This ground breaking system, leads the way by offering a 50mm stick system with the capability to span further as the mullions and transoms have the highest Ix and Iy values on the market today. The design is also in keeping with the hotels minimalist Japanese Interior which echoes the “Byoba” art of Japanese screens. The curtain wall grid was off-set with symmetrically staggered mullions and transoms which create the typical lattice effect found in Japanese interiors. The profiles where finished in RAL 7016 Matt Grey which seamlessly blends into the mahogany, cream and gold interior. All structural calculations were carried out by Comar’s Special Projects Team who ensured all Comar bracketry and

fixings will withstand any sway, dead or live loads. The cladding to the façade below the Rofuto Sky Bar was a palette of Ruukki panels, polished stone rain screen, and Kingspan Benchmark, A. Comar’s interface range of adaptors allowed the Comar 5Pi Advanced Windows to seamlessly integrate with the differing cladding elements. The design detailing

of all these elements ensured that the façade had no thermal bridging and will maintain it’s air and water-tight solution. Moving to the base of the building, Comar 6EFT capped curtain walling was used. Comar 6EFT interfaces with the dramatic angled cantilevered entrances. For this element of the face design the detailing and installation had to be precise to ensure that drainage and seals create a future-proof water tight solution.

Integrated into the curtain wall the entrances have to provide both a statement of welcome and ensure uninterrupted access. Often the first experience of a hotel is the entrance, which needs to provide form as well as function. The Comar 7P.i Commercial Door system is one of the most comprehensive on the market today. Sections are robust and offer an ideal solution for high traffic entrances. The doors selected were auto sliding which allow uninterrupted passage into the double storey entrance lobby. APiC, a Comar Approved Fabricator were involved throughout the specification stage with both Comar and the Architect. APiC also worked closely with the Contractor to ensure that the project programme was met to ensure the time critical opening of March 2016 was achieved. Steve Tycer Managing Director of APiC UK, said. “We enjoy working with Comar as I know we can reassure our clients that site deadlines will be met. Comar’s Market Leading delivery is a key factor when we are up against a tight programme.“ Developer: Colmore Tang Construction Architect: BDG (Building Design Group) Tamworth Project Value: £50million Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

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With house builders and interior design specialists looking to find products that will set them apart in an ever crowded marketplace and home owners becoming much more demanding and discerning in their choice of living space, its little wonder that the innovative and designer led inspiration offered by Vicaima door products is more sought after than ever before. With the launch of the new 2016/17 Interior Door Selector, Vicaima offer even more to meet the needs of today’s housing. As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers, Vicaima interior doors and doorsets offer specifiers a wealth of choice in performance suitability, designer inspiration and cost effective solutions to cater for every budget. Available both in printed format and for download via the Vicaima website, the new 64 page catalogue sets out product ranges in a clear and concise format. Each section includes quality

colour imagery to illustrate the range design potential, together with easy to reference individual door pictures to ensure the chosen model is right for the project. In addition it includes a new Price Indicator Tool, which enables easy price comparison across different ranges to help find the right solution within a particular budget. Making a first appearance in the Interior Door Selector for 2017 are some exciting new ranges which demonstrate that interior doors need not be confined to the often seen and used plain painted doors, which have little or no imagination. These new Vicaima products include Stained Ash veneer with groove designs, horizontally embossed Dekordor 3D with aluminium inlays, Foil faced visual sensations and a modern take on tradition, with the K Range shaker style panel in a wide spectrum of attractive face finishes.

As you would expect from such a leading interior door specialist, a comprehensive choice of constructional core options from lightweight hollow core to solid and fire rated doors are offered for most ranges, with each being available in both imperial and metric sizes. The scope and design possibilities make selection easy, with glazed options, extra height dimensions, mobility widths and even a customised section, where you can create a design to suit individual tastes. If this were not enough, the new Interior Door Selector also includes additional information such as technical advice, a guide to performance and even door care. To download your copy of the new 2016/17 Interior Door Selector, visit and select brochures, alternatively call 01793 532333 to request a printed copy or for further information.

Quality Acoustic Seals for Doors & Windows Sealmaster DropSeal An automatic DropSeal which fills the gap between the door bottom and the floor or threshold plate. Suitable for new and retrofit projects the Sealmaster DropSeal provides smoke containment and acoustic sealing. Tested to BS EN 1634-1 2014 BS EN 1363-1 2012 & BS476 Part 22. Durability tested to more than 1,000,000 cycles. Can be used in conjunction with Sealmaster Delta and Double Fin Acoustic Seals. Available in a wide range of sizes.

Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal Providing excellent acoustic sealing, the Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal is durable and easy to install. Maintenance free and suitable for both new and retrofit projects the Sealmaster Double Fin Acoustic Seal is BS EN Fire Tested and Acoustically rated to 40db. Designed and manufactured in the UK, and available in Black, Brown and White.

Sealmaster Delta Acoustic Smoke Seal Quality and easy to install acoustic door seal with excellent acoustic sealing. Designed and manufactured in the UK the Sealmaster Delta Acoustic Smoke Seal is BS EN Fire Tested and Acoustically rated to 40db, and suitable for both new and retrofit specifications. The durable Delta comes with self-adhesive tape for standard single or double-lead doorsets. Available in Black, Brown, White and Transparent.

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rtnovion’s beautifully designed and engineered acoustic wood panels have been installed in the Vienna Volksoper (People’s Opera House) with stunning success. Artnovion has combined acoustic engineering excellence with art to create a striking solution which greatly enhances the audience’s experience. The Vienna Volksoper was built in 1898 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I and today stages operas which are immensely popular with both Vienna’s residents and visitors to the city.

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The building was initially planned to house a theatre and was constructed without allowing for the acoustic design necessary to deliver a perfect opera performance. As the Volksoper started to offer more and more musical performances and had loudspeakers installed, the ceiling above the gallery

proved to be a problem as it created sound reflections. These reflections became a great source of frustration as they caused a reduction in sound quality and lessened the audience’s enjoyment. The Volksoper management team recognised that substantial audio improvements were necessary and called in Peter Willensdorfer of acoustic consultants, Tonarchitektur. Together with Vienna based Pro Performance, Tonarchitektur decided that Artnovion’s acoustic panels were the best solution. Artnovion’s Logan diffusor panels were selected for their ability to break up the sound reflections and to give the audience a more even acoustic distribution. In addition, the panels would cancel the unwanted reflections that were bouncing back from the ceiling to the stage. A total of 128 Artnovion Logan diffusers were installed on the ceiling of the

Volksoper, these panels were not only selected for their technical ability, but for their unique design and appearance. The Artnovion installation has delivered an acoustic improvement beyond expectation and has delighted the management, audiences and performers alike. Artnovion blends the best elements of detailed design and engineering to offer a selection of products that bring art to the acoustic environment. The panels offer soundproofing by controlling audio levels and improve quality by shaping the way waves interact within a space. Artnovion’s exceptional understanding of the properties of sound waves ensures that the listener’s experience is greatly enhanced. The range of panels include absorbers, bass traps and diffusers which are engineered to perfection as well as being visually striking.

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Yeoman Rainguard GRP Downpipes Weather the Elements at Scarborough’s New RNLI Lifeboat Station A new building was required to house Scarborough RNLI’s (Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s) new arrival – a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, which is larger than Scarborough’s outgoing Mersey class lifeboat. The charity’s new purpose built lifeboat house at Scarborough not only boasts a modern and practical interior with upgraded volunteer crew facilities, an up to date drying room along with a modernised shop and exhibition facilities for visitors, but also a robust, low maintenance, weather resistant exterior. Having to use building materials which can stand up to the coastal elements, Yeoman Rainguard GRP downpipes were chosen to complete a hardy rainwater system with their 100mm diameter GRP downpipes in Black being installed to the exterior of the new building. Though lightweight, making the downpipes easier to handle when fixing on site, GRP is a durable material which can deliver many years of maintenance free service. In turn this will save time and money being spent on repair or replacement benefitting the ecological rating and lifecycle of the building.

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The through coloured GRP downpipes are not susceptible to erosion from sea salt or indeed to colour bleaching from the Sun’s ultra violet rays ensuring that the Station will remain looking as good as new for many years to come. Scarborough’s new Lifeboat Station with new modern amenities and the arrival of their new £2M Shannon class lifeboat (funded by donations from the FW Plaxton Charitable Trust), is certainly something that Scarborough can be proud of. For information and news about the RNLI, please visit: For more information on Yeoman Rainguard’s full range of rainwater systems go to

Bathroom Evolution Gathers Pace, Not Space Bathrooms have traditionally been dominated by exposed systems, but times – and designs – are changing. Chris Knapton, Product Manager at Fluidmaster talks us through the changes... A new generation of bathroom solutions are leading the way, designed specifically to maximise space whilst integrating the daily essentials into these smaller spaces. The latest products have the tough task of combining luxury designs and modern innovative features, with durable long lasting ‘fit-and-forget’ reliability, whilst creating the illusion of space in smaller bathrooms. The UK has seen a marked rise in the use of concealed WC cisterns – a trend that is predicted to gather pace. The products optimise space while maintaining the functional aspects of the practical bathroom.

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Although most bathrooms will tend to get smaller in the years ahead, it’s important that as well as being functional they retain the private ‘sanctuary’ feel and a sense of tranquillity for the end-user. So striking a sensible balance of size and design is key for new builds. It’s important of course, that smaller concealed cistern designs don’t mean a reduction in features. Clever technologies put concealed cisterns at the cutting edge of bathroom innovation. Ease of maintenance through quick release fill and flush valves and rapid water isolation mean hassle free

servicing. Modern cistern internals are reliable and offer flexibility and vitally, water saving ‘green’ features. The current trend of ‘back to nature’, blends the functional water saving features with the convenient use of wood as a primary material in furniture. Combining concealed cisterns in sleek modernappeal furniture, combines space maximisation, practical storage solutions and a functional bathroom, unified in a modern, clean, living organic bathroom.

The UK market continues to see positive growth of the ‘In-wall frame’, concealing all the fixtures and fittings behind the wall. These systems allow designers to create a hygienic easy to clean, ultra reliable and a visually attractive look; replacing the traditional exposed ceramic ware. But forget thinking of this as just niche market appeal. In-wall products offer a seamless integration into both domestic and commercial applications,

providing at a stroke, mass market appeal. One of the key advantages of wall-hung sanitary ware is the immediate hygiene benefit on offer. Just think of all the difficult, hard to access areas that floor standing toilet pans and basin pedestals create. These cause tremendous concerns, particularly in commercial applications such as clinical settings or hotels. Wall-hung solutions offer the benefit of ‘floating’ elements which are considerably easier and faster to clean. They fit the trend for clean, uncluttered living space, with no hidden areas for dirt and dust to collect. In-wall solutions clearly complement the modern, high-spec finish many homeowners seek. The toilet is being seen less as a functional appliance and more as part of the decor – demanding aesthetically pleasing toilet units that ‘upgrade’ the image of the toilet and its associated elements. In most cases, the only visible section of a wall-hung WC is the ‘flushing plate’. Contemporary and infinitely customisable flushing plates are available, ensuring a perfect match to any design vision for the bathroom.

Pizza Express, Barnes Featuring an intricate blend of patterns in a contemporary grey colour palette, the Parian collection from British Ceramic Tile was chosen to transform the floor at Pizza Express, Barnes. Made from porcelain with a stunning matt finish, these hard-wearing, durable tiles were the ideal choice for this busy restaurant space in London, bringing a modern patchwork effect to the floor. Italians are well known for their style and air, but when Pizza Express embarked on their latest development project they decided to go British. Working with Retail Interior Solutions and British Ceramic Tile’s dedicated specification team, the popular Italian pizza chain chose an on trend range of porcelain floor tiles when transforming its Barnes restaurant. David Richards, marketing manager at British Ceramic Tile said: “Porcelain is a material often specified for busy high traffic areas such as restaurants and hotel floors. Not only is it incredibly durable, it is also stain resistant and low maintenance making it a practical option in hospitality environments.” “What made this project stand out was the brief to offer a floor tile that combined style with substance, offering on-trend design in a hard-wearing material. Our Parian collection was well placed for the project. The modern patchwork design and on-trend grey colour scheme fits seamlessly with the retail environment at Pizza Express, echoing their contemporary brand, and as it’s made from the highest quality porcelain, it’s guaranteed to suit the busy restaurant.” About British Ceramic Tile British Ceramic Tile is the UK’s leading tile manufacturer and distributor. From its world- class factory at Heathfield in Devon, the company produces a design-led, market-leading portfolio of wall and floor tiles, supplying to the A+D and specification market, housebuilders, national and independent tile retailers, as well as exporting overseas. Visit British Ceramic Tile’s London Hub: 26 Seward Street ClerkenwellLondon EC1V 3PA Tel: 0207 490 0338 Email us on for more information about our services. Visit for further information.

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OSMO RETURNS TO SURFACE DESIGN SHOW 2017 Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, is delighted to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Surface Design Show 2017. Held at the Business Design Centre in London, visitors to stand 128 on the mezzanine level will have the chance to see Osmo wooden flooring and high quality wood finishes. Taking place over three days from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th February 2017, the Surface Design Show is the ideal event for architects and designers alike. Visitors to the Business Design Centre in Islington will be greeted by over 130 exhibitors who will be showcasing the latest trends and materials in the building industry.



As well as showcasing Osmo’s ESCO and Polyx®-Oil range, Craig Pawson, Commercial Director, and Paul Thompson, Regional Sales Manager, will be on hand throughout the show to offer advice, answer any questions and help discuss which products are best suited to your latest project.

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Knauf AMF is at the forefront of new technology, developing acoustic ceiling and wall solutions that help transform buildings into healthy environments. The company is excited to showcase one of its latest innovations, Heradesign wall absorbers, on Stand 9 at the 2017 Architects at Work show in London. Heradesign high-performance wall absorbers are specified by architects to create a bold architectural statement in contemporary interiors, historical properties and refurbished buildings. For further information contact: Marketing Department, Knauf AMF Ceilings Limited, 1 Swan Road, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co. Durham, SR8 2HS. Email: Telephone: 0191 518 8600 Web:

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Jaymart’s Street King! S

treet King is a product more commonly used in airports, railway stations and Universities as you will see from the photo below, but our client Mrs Kenley decided that it was just what she wanted for her home, and we think it looks amazing! The Street King entrance matting system is both contemporary and elegant in appearance and can be used both internally and externally channelling away dirt and debris from your home or office floors. A heavy duty contract aluminium entrance matting system, combining alternating silver aluminium

ridged scraper sections and channelled replaceable 13mm thick strips of Contract King.

or brass angled sections. The Street King system offers you the versatility you need, when you need it.

The beauty of Contract King is that it’s available in different colours allowing you to personalise your matting system, you can even add a logo or the name of your home!

Jaymart has nearly 500 products to choose from which work in many different environments from your front door to your kitchen floor, around the pool area, at the stables the list goes on.

As well as being elegant it also offers superior moisture absorbency and shoe drying properties, keeping the internal cleaning to a minimum.

Why not call the team at Jaymart when your next project comes up and use our 49 years of experience to help you make the right choice, making your project run smoothly with outstanding results.

The matwell frames are tailor made to virtually any size in a choice of aluminium

The beauty of traditionally hand made Leaded Lite windows adds without question flair and individuality to any home. Whether you wish to have a contemporary design or a traditional one you need look no further.

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The Glass Studio has been carrying out the design, restoration and encapsulation (Laminating) of leaded light windows in Essex and London for over thirty years. We are passionate about leaded lites and this is reflected by our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the various design periods (Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Contemporary) and use only the correct glass for each period (it's not just about colour!) Under the directorship of Ruben Caruana. The Glass Studio continues to provide a knowledge base and service unparalleled and have carried out many residential and commercial projects throughout its career. Apart from designing and the restoration aspect of our business, we also carry out a highly specialist method of laminating existing lead

light glass in preparation to having double glazing installed.The demand from customers wishing to keep the traditional features of their home increases daily.

All our Lead Lite Windows are manufactured to the highest quality all work carried out in-house from design to completion. So if you are looking for a new design? or wish to replicate and original design,look no further. Visit us on www.leadlightwindows. to view our gallery.You can also visit our FaceBook page where we update new work regularly. Ruben.262/

We work alongside many reputable and long established glazing companies and when dealing with pre-existing leaded light windows, we are regarded as the "trade's choice" - the finish of our work speaks for itself because all leaded panels go through a complete overhaul, re-cemented and repolished prior to laminating as standard.

We are also happy to work on your own design and will advise you on the best way of achieving the desired outcome or we could create one from our design studio,which will designed personally by Ruben Caruana. The Glass Studio “ Traditional craftsmanship,Traditional service� Phone 0800 619 0625 Phone 01702 338763

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A GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE IS REMODELLED TO MEET THE HIGHEST ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. An historic Listed Georgian townhouse in London’s Bloomsbury has been transformed into a comfortable, peaceful and energy efficient home that approaches Passivhaus EnerPHit standards.

the wall area and could not be replaced. The answer was a bespoke thermal secondary glazed solution, meeting the requirements for high levels of insulation and allowing the original shutters to function.

This was achieved by using modern insulation techniques including an advanced secondary glazing system from Selectaglaze that markedly improves the performance of the traditional, single glazed sash windows.

Robert approached Selectaglaze who was both developing a new sash window design and trialling Pilkington’s Spacia thin vacuum units which have a centre pane U-value of 1.0. The resulting Series 25 window proved perfect for the project as it offered high sealing efficiency, a very low U-value and a discrete frame with a specially developed slide catch that allowed shutters to fully close. The house now has air tightness close to 1 air change per hour at test pressure which demonstrates that the secondary glazing is performing very well.

The client wished for a home that used as little energy as possible and offered the most comfortable environment. Robert Prewett of Prewett Bizley architects took on the challenge of convincing conservation officers that a Grade II Listed building could be successfully fitted with a host of energy saving measures whilst respecting all the historic features. The large single glazed sash windows were a particular challenge as they represented a significant proportion of

The complexity of the project and the time needed to obtain consents meant that part of the building had to be occupied before the secondary glazing was fitted. As a result, the owner experienced the remarkable change in comfort levels offered by the original window and with the secondary glazing in place.

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Managing IAQ with optimum efficiency As buildings become more tightly-sealed to improve energy performance it is no longer practical or acceptable to rely on natural ‘leakiness’ to maintain indoor air quality (IAQ). Good IAQ has been shown in many studies to be essential for general health in all types of building. It also supports learning in educational facilities and underpins productivity and high staff morale in workplaces. Architects, therefore, need to ensure their buildings have in-built systems that will not only maintain good IAQ but will do so without wasting energy. To achieve this, it is essential to minimise the amount of warm air in the building that is extracted to the exterior. Expelling warm air to outdoors is clearly wasteful of the energy that has been used to heat the building. The best option is to recover as much heat as possible from the outgoing air, using it to pre-heat the incoming air. There are many mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) systems that do this, but most allow moisture in the air to escape so that the indoor air may become too dry for comfort and health. Hoval’s HomeVent is one of the few MVHR systems to recover heat AND moisture.

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HomeVent units provide draught-free ventilation to maintain high indoor air quality at all times. With six models in the range, offering airflow rates from 150m3/h to 500m3/h, there is a HomeVent solution for a wide range of applications. Excellent energy performance is assured by high efficiency heat exchangers, recovering heat from extract air and warming the incoming fresh air. Similarly, moisture from stale air is recovered and used to humidify incoming air to maintain comfortable humidity. All incoming fresh air is also filtered to remove pollutants, pollen and other potential allergens. The compact design of HomeVent systems allows them to be located discreetly in the building and all processes are fully automated once the desired conditions have been set. Further information on HomeVent visit

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hen looking at new build or the refurbishment of properties, architects and other specifiers should be visualising longer term. By offering properties which cost less to run, specifiers can raise the attractiveness in terms of comfort and ongoing energy savings. Property values may also increase when compared to more inefficient buildings. It is easy to bring new build or existing building projects up to high standards of thermal efficiency resulting in the lowering of fuel bills and a reduction in carbon emissions. The use of a high performance spray applied or injected polyurethane foam can substantially increase thermal performance and reduce air leakage through the external walls to zero when installed in the cavity.

This form of insulant is ideal for hard-to-treat properties where other insulants may not be possible, or in properties which are at risk of flooding, where an extra layer of protection helps prevent the ingress of flood water through the walls. Or spray-applied foam can insulate and stabilise roofs, preventing heat from escaping out through the roof and providing a stronger barrier against weather conditions.

Polyurethane foam can be installed in the form of wall insulation, roof insulation, floor insulation or to fill voids and other areas to provide a seamless, thermal insulation barrier. Other jointed systems give rise to a potentially weak point, leading to a significant loss of insulation value.

The British Urethane Foam Contractors Association represents sprayed and injected polyurethane foam installers operating to high standards. Technical datasheets are available at to assist architects and other specifiers.

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Another smart product range by Consort Claudgen! Following the recent launch of their smart commercial fan heaters, Consort Claudgen is now launching their improved range of slimline low surface temperature fan heaters with intelligent fan control. Each PLSTi heater is equipped with intelligent fan control which detects the temperature in the environment and automatically adjusts its fan speed to quickly achieve a warm airflow temperature. This allows the heater to immediately blow hot air, even when initially powered on in a very cold room, for the user’s comfort. Enhanced with one of the latest low energy consumption EC motors, these smart heaters also operate on a very low noise level. The PLSTi heaters are more durable with a strengthened grille and a hinged wall mounting system for easy installation and decorating. The maximum surface temperature does not exceed 43oC complying with NHS Estates Health Guidance Notes, making them perfect for environments with vulnerable people such as children and elderly residents. Being extremely economical to run, splash proof and with a variety of control features available, the PLSTi range is ideal for both commercial and domestic use. For more information, email:, tel: 01646 692172 or fax: 01646 695195.

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Acclaimed hair artist Matthew Curtis recently launched his latest salon, within the prestigious Rosewood London Hotel on High Holborn. Unsurprisingly, when Matthew was looking for the very finest bespoke salon seating for this unique commission he chose the WBX Belmont styling chair with buttoned back, finished in our exclusive Manta Ray “Sky Ocean� material with antique bronze studs and featuring our exclusive custom embroidery on the chair back. For the barbering/beauty chairs he chose our unique Balmoral recliner with infinite locking facility partnered with the Balmoral 2000 wash point. All of our chairs are available as washpoints and of course we offer gorgeous styling stations too. We believe that few, if any of our competitors can offer genuine customisation on this levelor this level of quality. Go to our website and see for yourself -

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arolyn Parker Interior Design is a highly skilled and award winning design practice based in Yorkshire. As a member of The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), Carolyn is a highly respected designer and is often approached to join the interview panel for new designers wishing to join the institute.

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Abigail has now been working with Carolyn for 10 years. Bringing in a fresh flair to the business as the Design Director, Abby has created a buzz in the design world. The mother daughter team pride themselves on their successful design chemistry, their attention to detail and their longstanding reputation of being able to deliver. Their stunning designs and varied schemes have led them to work all over the world, designing homes, oďŹƒces, restaurants and bars from Penthouses, Villas, Georgian Mansions, Renovations and Newbuilds. Over the years Carolyn and Abby have established relationships with the best trades and craftsman in the industry, both in the UK and internationally ensuring perfectly designed and executed fixtures and

furnishings, entirely bespoke for every project. The images shown here showcase a Georgian Farmhouse which underwent extensive renovations. Joining together all the out buildings of this traditional premises enabled the property to show some impressive architectural features. With large windows flooding in the light and allowing stunning views over the North Yorkshire countryside the interiors were enhanced by bringing the outside in. Enabling the space to flow once all the out buildings had been knocked through was quite a challenging task which Carolyn achieved successfully. The architectural elements add a very modern and contemporary feel to the property injecting life in to this once derelict and run down farmhouse. In particular the bespoke designed Bulthaup kitchen boasts the largest piece of glass that they had ever commissioned for an island. The Olive wood used on the cupboard doors was a unique choice adding warmth to the space. The large scale bi folding doors truly opens up the kitchen on both sides to the patio and outside kitchen enabling the family to enjoy the Yorkshire air and al fresco dining.

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Sometimes difficult builds require innovative solutions. The Old Cow Shed in the heart of the picturesque Warwickshire countryside is a case in point. When Peter and Isobel applied for planning to build a large extension as part of their dream renovation, they were turned down flat as the planners were not prepared to allow anything that would impact ‘negatively’ on the landscape. The only solution left to them was to go underground. The planners agreed to let them build four double bedrooms, with en suites, along with a 20m long living space, all set below grown around a central lightwell court yard. The problem was the living room windows faced north in the light-well and meant that there would be limited natural light, and no direct sunlight. The other stipulation was that the living room roof had to be ‘integrated’ seamlessly into the adjoining wildflower meadow. The roof was constructed

with 300mm thick reinforced poured concrete with a 500m layer of topsoil, deep enough to prevent it drying out in the summer months. In addition, it was important to minimise the visual impact so large square turrets with curb-style flashings were ruled out. The solution was three Solarspot D-38 light tube systems, with spun aluminium flashings with insulated turret extensions that allowed the domes to sit at ground level. The systems employ active light capture technology in the domes that harvest the available daylight from the south and deliver it to the living area below. What would have been a dark, dreary space is brought to life with an injection of brilliant sunlight. To find out more about Solarspot innovative daylighting solutions for your next project, contact us today at or call 01908 299117.

Banish dark and gloomy interiors with the world’s brightest sun tube system. Delivers more daylight than either Solatube or Sunpipe* Solarspot® daylight tubes are independently tested and proven to deliver more natural light than any other solar tube system. Patented dome lens systems combine with the world’s most reflective tube material to deliver more daylight from roof to room. Our one-piece, leak-proof flashings suit virtually every roof type and our unrivalled range of adjustable angles and and superreflective extensions make installation easy, even in the most complicated roof spaces. Solarspot systems can be employed singularly in windowless internal spaces like bathrooms and corridors or used in multiples to bring natural light deep into the heart of dark buildings where the daylight from windows is not enough.

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invisible in-wall speaker MONITOR AUDIO LAUNCHES HIGH PERFORMANCE INVISIBLE SPEAKER IV140 Sets New Audio Benchmark For Concealed Installations Monitor Audio, the premium British loudspeaker specialist, has introduced the IV140, a breakthrough speaker designed to deliver ‘best in class’ audio performance in concealed in-wall and in-ceiling applications. “Architects, designers and clients are increasingly attracted to the benefits of an invisible audio soundstage,” says Monitor Audio’s Technical Director, Dean Hartley. “A completely concealed solution appeals where there is demand for audio in the home, in hospitality, commercial and public applications but also where it’s paramount to preserve the integrity of the interior aesthetic. Using all our forty years’ experience, we’ve built the IV140 to bring both ultimate discretion and audiophile performance to the invisible speaker category.” At just 95mm deep, (83.5mm fitting depth), the IV140 will fit into all conventional 4” stud bays within walls, leaving enough room for cabling, or within ceilings. Once skimmed with plaster, the speaker can be finished with paint, light wallpaper or fabric to ensure that it remains completely invisible in use. Monitor Audio’s IV140 features a large low-frequency exciter for punchy, high power bass along with two high frequency exciters which are bonded to a flat, soft polymer membrane surface to produce sound vibration. This two-way exciter design also features an integrated crossover in the same way as a conventional high-performance speaker to generate a wider frequency range. The result is crystal clear sound quality with smoother overall frequency undulation, balance and character. The audio experience is further enhanced by Monitor Audio’s unique hybrid back box design for the IV140 which isolates sound and ensures consistent, controlled performance, regardless of placement. This rigid back box reduces sound emitted from the rear of the speaker, minimising leakage into adjoining rooms. The design effectively limits low frequency below 75Hz which can be a major asset, especially when the IV140 is deployed in home cinemas with an additional subwoofer. For projects where more low frequency extension is required, the rear cover can be removed to create an open back speaker. Monitor Audio’s IV140 is protected against overload by automatic re-setting circuit breakers (PTC). These will attenuate output for a specific time period to allow the system to cool until normal operation can safely resume.

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Photo credit: Project Team: Hui Jun Wang, Yuan-Sheng Chen, Florian Pucher, Milan Svatek, Christian Junge Project Data Name: Sichuan Arts Factory and Innovation Center Location: Mianzhu, Deyang, Sichuan Province, P.R. China Client: RHR Sichuan Pristine Glass Co. Ltd, Chengdu Architect: URBANLOGIC Ltd, Hong Kong and Berlin Project team: Christian Junge (project director), Hui Jun Wang, Yuan-Sheng Chen, Florian Pucher, Milan Svatek Collaboration: C-OďŹƒce, Zhongxu Architectural Design Co. Ltd, Beijing Site area: 57.000m2 Gross Floor Area: 40.000m2 Commission type: Commission resulted from invited private competition Project status: Planning permission granted in 10/2015; currently preparing construction

URBANLOGIC Designs Arts Factory and Innovation Center in Sichuan, China Project is awarded Silver at the 2016 AAP American Architecture Prize

The AAP American Architecture Prize honours exceptional designs across three disciplines: architectural design, interior design, and landscape architecture.

URBANLOGIC won a Silver Award in the Mixed-Use Category for their Sichuan Arts Factory and Innovation Center. The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed experts including Troy C. Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum; Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture at Yale

University; Ben Van Berkel, Principal of UNStudio and Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Alan Ricks and Michael Murphy, Founders of Mass Design Group; and many more.

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URBANLOGIC (Hong Kong and Berlin) have been named a winner in the annual AAP American Architecture Prize, which recognises the most outstanding architecture worldwide.

Project Description Struggling with rising production costs, China is gradually loosing its status as the world’s workbench. Many private and state-owned companies are upgrading their businesses from mass production to design, marketing and cultural services. It is in this context that the client - a successful manufacturer of glass products - asked the architects to find an appropriate design response for upgrading his factory into a whole-scale arts production and innovation center. The brief comprised five components: production facilities, a sales- and auction hall, a small museum, individual studios for artists and a boutique hotel for VIP clients and guests who wish to stay overnight. The main design challenge was to find a common language for the wide variety of uses. Inspired by the flexibility and strong yet neutral character of industrial buildings, the architects chose a warehouse typology for all five programmatic components. By using simple, industrial building materials, such as exposed concrete frames and concrete bricks, a neutral canvas is created that can

be used for both production and product exhibition, and- with additional interior lining- for the boutique hotel. By extruding the section of a typical 3-nave warehouse across the length of the site, a continuous, undulating roofscape is formed that stretches across all function areas. Rather than re-starting the pitch at the eaves of each nave, the roof “oscillates” like a frequency curve, thus creating both pitched and butterfly-shaped roofs, with peaks at different heights. As the valleys of the curve coincide with the gutters of the naves, the roofs are curved slightly upwards towards the eaves, resembling a traditional Sichuan-style roof. As a further feature of traditional Chinese architecture, and to protect the buildings from their harsh industrial surroundings, the architects drew on an introverted courtyard typology. The series of naves is punctured by four courtyards, each one with an individual character and serving a different purpose. The biggest courtyard, the oval “central plaza”, is a garden surrounding a central lawn, which will be used for open-air shows and screenings, and to host events. It creates a buffer zone between hotel

and factory, which absorbs the noise and dust from the production. A second oval courtyard is placed between the southern and the central nave, and “balances” the central plaza diagonally across. It accommodates a sculpture garden, for tall glass and other sculptures. The third oval virtually extends across the site boundary, and carves the monumental 80m-wide, representative main entrance. The three ovals are rotated against each other with their long axis, so as to relate to and communicate with each other. A fourth, rectangular courtyard serves as the semi-private garden of the hotel. All four courtyards are lined with a screen of vertical bamboo elements. The soft timber lining cushions and distinguishes these spaces as precious, setting them apart from the more industrial character of the prefabricated concrete cladding of the warehouses. The four courtyards are traversed in a sequence from public to private, reflecting the layout of ancient Chinese palaces not dissimilar to Beijing's Forbidden City. At each junction, the route shifts across diagonally, thus taking up the theme of the Chinese ghost wall.

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Langley Design provided a set of sedum roof cycle shelters, that not only fulfilled the planning requirements, but also provided a secure cycle parking facility that enhances the courtyard space. The complete street furniture package works alongside the building and creates a functional external solution, whilst never compromising the high-quality design standard of this urban village.

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e Metz Forbes Knight Architects (dMFK) have completed the transformation and renovation of the Salters’ Hall in the City of London. The brutalist Grade II listed landmark, the last building to be designed by Sir Basil Spence, has been extensively refurbished and extended, and a new entrance pavilion installed. dMFK won the project in competition and were appointed by the Worshipful Company of Salters in 2006 to explore ways to improve its income producing potential in office areas, to better it’s poor sustainability credentials, and to increase the public visibility of the building, retaining the livery hall functions. The transformation has resulted in a 40% increase in lettable floor space and services being completely replaced, making ceremonial spaces more comfortable and commercially attractive for events. The development has attracted a single tenant to lease the additional office space created. The installation of a new entrance

pavilion establishes a strong sense of arrival, which was missing from the original design. Full height glazing and glass roof between the new and original concrete structures open up new views of the underside of the statement cantilevered ceremonial staircase on the east side of the building. dMFK’s designs, whilst sympathetic to the original 1970s aesthetic, feature a range of innovative materials and installations to enhance the various spaces in the building. Sculptural references to salt feature throughout, from the bush hammered white concrete exterior and salt coloured Tivoli Travertine Classico floor tiles, to a hanging light structure with salt shaped bulbs, which drops through and illuminates the ceremonial staircase. The building has achieved an improved energy rating from grade D to B, a BREEAM excellent rating, virtually unique for a modern listed building, and incorporates district heating and cooling from the Citigen system. Landscaping

improvements, including the updating of Salters’ garden, realise the aspirations of Make’s London Wall Place Masterplan, improving the public realm in this area and enhancing public access to the historical assets around the site, including fragments of the old London Wall. Ben Knight, Director of dMFK said: “It was a privilege to work with The Salters’ Company to refurbish this fantastic piece of London’s brutalist architecture. As a practice we enjoy unpicking the most complex and interesting buildings and sites. On this project we replaced the uninspiring, hidden entrance, with an extended and welcoming entrance pavilion on the site of an unattractive and redundant garage. This design also allows for greater access and appreciation of the heritage assets around the site, most notably the fragments of the old London Wall and St Alphage remains.” Architects:- Images:-

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Dowsing & Reynolds We are on online, design-led lighting and hardware company specialising in products that you won’t find on the high street. From beautiful and bespoke lighting products, such as vintage light bulbs, fabric lighting cable, ceiling lights to designer light switches, dimmers and plug sockets.

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In late 2015 we launched a range of hardware products that included toggle switches, dimmers and plug sockets. James Dowsing-Reynolds, founder and Director of Dowsing & Reynolds, first set about designing the range after moving house and was unable to find any that he loved for his new home. He struggled to source any switches or sockets that were not only well designed, different from the usual sea of white plastic, but

also affordable too. Affordability is often key, especially if you’re doing the whole interior, not just a socket or two. The black and white ranges always sell very well, but more recently we have noted that our tarnished copper switches and sockets have increased in their popularity due to their industrial style and raw finish; which is basically what our brand is all about. We recently exhibited at 100% Design at Olympia, London. Our stand featured the switches and sockets and they proved a big hit with both architects and interior designers, noting they were of fantastic quality, great price, and something they hadn’t seen before. All key factors when sourcing the best products for interior projects.

Due to the popularity of the range and customer feedback, we’ve recently added new products to the collection including triple toggle and dimmer switches, fused spurs and cooker switches. We are now developing new designs and products to extend the range even further, and they will be available early next year. Visit our website to shop our full range of products, or if you have a project that we can help with, email us at or call 0113 8199985

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With today’s workplace divided into zones for focused or collaborative work, every option is facilitated through a custom-made solution. The elegant Jig family is a prime example and has proved a bestseller, with a comprehensive range of versatile furniture solutions. This includes the Jig Social tables that come in two heights, with matching upholstered stools and benches, and the self-enclosed Jig Cave, with the option of power and a monitor mount.

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Kemper System Hits The Right Note At Yehudi Menuhin School Installation of a Stratex Warm Roof System at Yehudi Menuhin School’s new practice rooms scheme as part of a green roof build up.

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Amongst those who aspire to reach the highest standards of excellence in classical music, the Yehudi Menuhin School near Cobham in Surrey is almost as famous as the globally recognised violin virtuoso who established the school in 1964 and from whom it takes its name. Set in spacious rural grounds with ‘Music House’, a former mansion, at its heart, the school provides expert tuition for musically gifted students from around the world between the ages of eight and 19. Most are boarders and recent improvements in the residential accommodation at the school have also included development of a new practice house, which will provide facilities for one-to-one tuition and musical practice in an acoustically controlled environment. The building also features external hard landscaping that creates an outdoor performance space with amphitheatrestyle steps around a terrace to provide the seating.

In addition to the practical considerations for the building’s function - such as the extensive acoustic wall build ups that isolate the sound within each practice room – the scheme’s Brighton-based architect, Miller Bourne, also had to consider the project’s rural location; right on the periphery of the school’s campus, adjacent to a neighbouring farm. The BREEAM ‘Very Good’ practice rooms development has been constructed as a contemporary building that blends in with its leafy surroundings with a modular green roof and rainscreen cladding and timber. It also delivers high standards of thermal performance thanks to its Stratex warm roof system from Kemper System, and these sustainability credentials are further enhanced by its solar PV panels.

Specification Considerations Constructed by Sunninghill Construction, the 800m2 single storey music block comprises 11 practice studios, along with a teaching area, a library, offices, storage, toilets and a kitchen area. The flat roofed building has an 18mm ply roof with numerous rectangular roof lights

and Miller Bourne specified the Kemper System warm roof having used the same combination of insulation boards and Kemperol cold applied liquid membranes on other projects. The design team worked closely with Kemper System’s technical department to determine the optimum specification for the roof that will provide a BBA accredited 25 year service life. While all of the roof is flat, various sections have been constructed at different levels, providing a terracing effect that works well with the finished green roof and, along with the glulam timber and glass canopy which reaches out from the main roof over the entrance, adds interest to the building. The level changes were amongst the key drivers for specification of the Kemperol cold applied system as the liquid membrane cures to provide a seamless, monolithic and elastomeric membrane that adheres permanently to the substrate and cannot delaminate. As a result, any potential vulnerability to water ingress where the roof steps up or down has been avoided and the system’s proven root resistance as a base for green

roof installations provided the client with further assurances that it would offer a robust solution for this application.

Warm Roof Build Up Roofing contractor, Imperial Roofing, installed the warm roof on behalf of main contractor, Sunninghill Construction, applying a primer to the plywood substrate before laying a Kempershield vapour control layer (VCL). Kempershield is a reinforced aluminium, cold-applied, self-adhesive VCL, which can be used on concrete, profiled metal or timber deck substrates.

With the insulation in place and fully bonded to the substrate, Imperial Roofing could move on to installation of the Kemperol V210 membrane. Kemper System’s D Primer was used to prepare the surface. The Kemperol V210 membrane was then applied in a single wet-on-wet process, comprising the cold applied liquid resin and a 200g flexible reinforcement fleece, which is manufactured using a 25% recycled plastic bottle content. This combination ensures both durability and flexibility of the cured membrane. For the details, including the rectangular roof lights, the installation team cut the fleece to size during the installation process, enabling the system to be tailored to the exact dimensions before application of the resin. Imperial Roofing began installation of the membrane by applying the Kemperol V210 resin to the substrate. The reinforcement fleece was then laid onto the wet resin, with more resin immediately applied on top and rollered to ensure complete saturation of the

fleece and removal of any air bubbles or creases before the system was allowed to cure to ensure complete encapsulation of the roof with the reinforced membrane.

Pleasing Appearance Once the waterproofing membrane was installed on the roof, Imperial Roofing was able to install the green roof elements. The planting had been agreed early in the design process and had included research of local species to ensure that the roof was in keeping with its local landscape. Consequently, the prepared green roof planting was already at a mature stage of growth when the modules were installed, creating an aesthetically pleasing effect from completion. The practice rooms building is now fully operational, helping to nurture the next generation of musical talent and provide an informal outdoor venue at this very special school.

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The installation team then fitted the standard 150mm Kempertherm insulation board, cutting various boards to size on site to fit the exact dimensions of the roof, including the apertures for the roof lights. The rigid PIR insulation board has a dense, closed cell structure that gives excellent compressive strength, along with low thermal conductivity, adding to the robust roof build up. The sections of Kempertherm were adhered to roof using Kemperfix adhesive, which has been especially designed to offer an exceptionally strong bond when used as

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Be Naturally Creative in the Stone Gallery At Surface Design Show 2017


rom 7-9 February, Stone Gallery will be hosted within the Surface Design Show 2017 at the Business Design Centre in London.

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Since 2005 Surface Design Show has been the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with a specifying audience of architects and designers. Debuting at last years show, the Stone Gallery reflects the rapidly growing stone market in the UK and the important relationship between stone and surface design. Officially supported by Stone Federation GB, Stone Gallery 2017 has attracted exhibitors from Europe and beyond all showcasing the best stone products that the industry has to offer. The Stone Gallery is situated on the gallery level at Surface Design Show

and exhibitors include Skarlis Marble, Building Adhesives, Marmoles Serrat, Consorio Pimar, Fontanili Marble UK and ZClad. UK exhibitors include Lovell Stone who are a family run business delivering high-quality British stone products, their bespoke service offers a variety of surface finishes including honed, polished, bush hammered, flame textured and tumbled. Whilst Fontanili Marble has over 80 years’ experience within the stone business, supplying architects and designers with the finest marble from Carrara in Italy. Fontanili Marble UK, will be launching their new unique material; Palissandro Fiorito book-match floor. Whilst exhibitor ZClad will be offering a range of stylish natural stone products. Their cladding system is designed to create a stylish veneer for either contemporary or traditional design. The modular z-shaped panels give a seamless finish for straight walling and cornering making it virtually impossible to detect.

A range of talks and debates will take place on Thursday 9th February in the Stone Hub. Robert Merry hosts ‘Stone Me’ - The advantages of using a stone professional when specifying interior stone finishes. The Essential Guide to substrate preparation and stone installation is presented by Steve Turner from Amarestone whilst Martin Ballard from Fila UK looks at sealing natural stone surfaces: options and outcomes. The Stone Gallery is just one part of Surface Design Show which has over 170 exhibitors showcasing the newest innovations in surface design for interior and exterior surfaces. For over 10 years the show has been the hot spot for industry people to immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. Registration for the show is now live T: @surfacethinking F: P: I: L: H: #SDS17 #StoneGallery




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INCREASED PRESENCE FOR JAMES LATHAM AT SDS17 James Latham is gearing up for the Surface Design Show in February, where it is set to have its biggest presence yet at the UK’s only annual show to focus on interior and exterior surfaces for the built environment.

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As well as an impactful, eye-catching stand at its usual position on the ground level (stand 208) - where it will show a number of new additions to its range for 2017 - for the first time, this year, Lathams will also be utilising its Product Specification Showroom which is located on the Gallery level of the Business Design Centre at Suite 301. The new showroom, which only opened in September, has given James Latham a permanent presence in the Capital and is already proving to be a major success with the architect and design community. It will give visitors to the show, the opportunity to see an

even wider range of Latham’s massive portfolio of products - many of them exclusive and semi-exclusive – and all under one roof. As well as Latham’s highly experienced team of product specialists, during the show, the newly created A&D specification team will be on hand to discuss the company’s extensive range of products, providing expert advice to architects and designers and helping them to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in surface solutions. Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Lathams Limited commented, “This year, the Surface Design Show promises to be our biggest and best yet. “It’s a great platform to showcase what is one of the UK’s widest ranges of innovative surface solutions and for 2017, not only do we have our

For more information on Latham’s full range of surface materials: phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit

usual stand, which in itself gives us a major presence at the exhibition, but for the first time, we are also going to have the added benefit of our new showroom where, as well as enabling us to showcase additional products and decors, we can hold meetings, give product demonstrations and offer refreshments throughout the event.” This year, among others, the products on show will include new decor launches for Egger, Kronospan and XyloCleaf, Valchromat, the innovative and highly popular, engineered coloured high density fireboard, HI-MACS solid surface, UPM composite decking, Lathams new range of fire resistant products, KYDEX thermoplastic sheet, which is proving particularly popular within the retail sector, Accoya cladding and window sections, WoodEx, Moralt & Flamebreak door blanks and the new generation of OSB board from Smartply.

Connect with James Latham: Twitter;- @lathamsltd Facebook;- Pinterest;-

Air Tight Timber Frames Introducing the latest innovation from leading construction connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie; the timber frame panel closer, or TFPC. This useful connector provides the quickest and most accurate way of drawing together timber frame panels and eliminating gaps – and that’s important, because those gaps contribute to air leakage and insulation issues.

Simpson Strong-Tie Timber Frame expert Fraser Pilkington explains: “It seems such a simple solution, but we put a great deal of thought into making it easy to use, with no room for error. The combination of the guide plate and screw achieves exactly that”. The TPFC is supplied as a kit, which includes the guide plate, structural screw and two square twist nails. Search TFPC at www.strongtie. for a demonstration video as well as performance data and installation advice.

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The TFPC features an angled plate which guides a structural screw (included) into the adjacent timber frame panels at precisely the angle necessary to pull them together to form an air tight bond, with the added benefit that it won’t damage the substrate. The special design

of the screw cinches the panels together and gives 3kN of shear capacity – keeping them that way.



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Smith’s, the UK’s market leading supplier of domestic and light commercial fan-assisted hydronic heat emitters is excited to announce their collaboration with MINIB, one of the leading manufacturers of fan convectors in the Czech Republic. This development is a further demonstration of the Swan Group’s ambitions for the business, since its full acquisition of Smith’s earlier in 2016. The partnership with MINIB allows Smith’s to broaden its portfolio of fan convectors in different strategic markets to grow both companies’ commercial sales by co-promoting their products in their respective markets. Smith’s has further exciting plans for their brand this year. For more information contact Smith’s W: E: T: 01245 324900

Baldwin Boxall has announced the availability of BIM objects for their two Emergency Voice Communication (EVC) systems – Omnicare and CARE2. The drawings are freely available from the company to anyone upon request. BIM (Building Information Modelling) increases efficiency, reduces costs and saves time for building and infrastructure projects. Baldwin Boxall is based in Sussex in England and all its products are designed and manufactured in the UK to a very high standard. The company has a very clear mission statement (which can easily be found on the website ( and is proud of its position in the industry. W:

3 LOW COST SOLUTION TO SLIPPERY DECKING Wooden decking can become hazardous in damp and slippery conditions, creating the possible threat of a slips or falls for anyone walking across the surface. Outside areas where people gather need to be made safe to comply with health and safety issues. FibreGrid has come up with a solution to this problem with the development of Anti Slip Standard GRP Decking Strips, part of their affordable GRP SlipGrip® Standard range. Timber decking becomes safer with these quick and easy to install DeckGrip Strips, which come supplied with decking screws and are pre-drilled

4 KAWNEER STRIKES A GLOBAL FIRST FOR RESPONSIBLE SOURCING BES 6001 marks Kawneer as the world’s first manufacturer of aluminium architectural products. Leading UK manufacturer Kawneer has become the first supplier of architectural aluminium products in the world to achieve BES 6001, the framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products. So ground breaking was this accreditation that the governing body, BRE Global, had to create a category especially for the product group.

From an aesthetics view point, given the choice of widths available, DeckGrip Strips are able to compliment existing decking areas by making a feature of the Strips against the timber substrate.

Kawneer’s overall assessment of “Good” (certificate number BES 650797) for the sales, design, manufacture and supply of aluminium architectural products was carried out by the BSI and now sets the benchmark for others.















Aico, UK’s market leader in domestic mains powered Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection, unveils the latest in Smoke and Heat Alarm technology with its new 160e Series.

The alarms have been completely redesigned to lend themselves to suiting most modern properties and to complement the latest Aico accessories. W:

While a cycleway solution had already been specified by Nottingham City Council, the client chose to adopt Charcon’s new innovative cycleway segregation system after learning how it had added significant value to the high profile CS2 project in London. W:

With turnover doubled YOY and profits up by £640,000 YOY*, contract solution supplier to the burgeoning residential property sector is attributing this profit surge to a significant increase in sales during 2016, its continued investment in plant and machinery and its commitment to renewable energy solutions. In addition, innovation and boosting operational efficiencies has helped to streamline the business. W:

Raymond Brown Construction Ltd has started to install 119 new concrete beach huts at Milford on Sea. Infrastructure works include a concrete promenade slab, access ramps and steps, and pedestrian walk-way surfacing. These replace the masonry beach huts that were destroyed in a Valentine’s Day storm in 2014. The new beach huts are being constructed from pre-cast reinforced concrete units to form four individual terraces totaling 250m length. In addition to being an effective seal for precast concrete box culverts, other uses include manholes, inspection chambers, shafts, tunnels and pipe sections. T: +44 (0) 20 8670 7511 W:

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With over £280 million of the 160 Series alarms sold to date, the new 160e Series builds on this high quality, reliable and proven technology to produce a cleaner, modern designed alarm containing a whole raft of enhancements to increase protection and performance.

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has delivered its latest innovative concept in cycleway segregation kerbing for the first phase of Nottingham City Council’s new Western Corridor cycleway route, just three months after successfully completing supply to the Mayor’s Flagship Cycle Superhighway (CS2) in London.

Lanzet, a Blackburn based national supplier of kitchens and fitted bedroom furniture to house builders, developers and social/commercial contractors, has announced its end of year results revealing record profits.



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Home of the Northern Ireland parliament in Belfast, Stormont has recently undergone a major refurbishment, including a completely new plumbing and heating system that provides catering and washing facilities on a daily basis for over 1000 people. The building itself has changed little over the years (it was opened in 1932) and therefore presented an interesting design and installation challenge.

Rainscreen cladding by Rodeca features on a new performing arts building. Translucent polycarbonate rainscreen panels by Rodeca were specified for a performing arts building for their transparency, light weight, ability to be back-lit and range of colours. More than 300m2 of Rodeca’s 40mm PC 2540 wall cladding panels in Kristall and Bi-Colors Kristall/yellow and Kristall/ green were used to vertically clad the first floor of the £5 million Box Theatre at Redbridge College in Romford, Essex. Designed by previous Rodeca specifiers Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt award-winning architects as part of a masterplan study for the college, the performing arts centre is one of two new standalone BREEAM “Excellent” buildings (the other being a teaching block) at its Chadwell Heath campus.

As a prominent public sector institution, renewable, low carbon energy had to be specified as a required element of the new building envelope. W: W:


11 LUXURY BESPOKE HANDMADE RUGS Reflejos De Mi Tierra has an exceptional limited rugs collection handmade with 100% pure fine sheep’s wool from the Andes hand spun and woven on traditional loom, in its natural colors or dyed with organic elements. It is possible to take advantage of our Bespoke service ordering tailor-made rugs by choosing a pattern from our catalogue, with the size and colors that best fit your project. Though the production is 100 % handmade in Argentina, Reflejos De Mi Tierra is an Italian company with showroom and inventory in Padua. The lead-time for bespoke pieces is about four months. The orders are shipped from Italy. Professional prices are available on request. E: W:

12 ALUPROF KEEPS IT SAFE At Aluprof we have recently supplied an enhanced version of our MBSR50N curtain wall system on a new medium secure mental health unit at St Bernard’s Hospital, London. Known as the ‘Three Bridges Medium Secure Unit’, the project was specified using Aluprof systems, with fabrication and installation undertaken by Britplas. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each fabricated product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. For Further information T: 0161 941 4005 W:

2017 The UK Stone Industry Event

New Build at the Natural Stone Show

25 - 27 April

Source stone for your Commercial or Residential New Build project with an unrivalled choice of materials from around the world. Access CPD from 25 free seminars at the Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference. Highlights include the one-day RIBA-assessed workshop ‘Innovation meets stone design’ on Tuesday 25 April.

Ask the Expert for guidance on selecting British stone within the Stone Federation Great Britain Village. From Portland Stone to Blue Pennant; Caithness Flagstone to Welsh Slate; Kentish Ragstone to Bath Stone;York Stone to Purbeck and much more…….

For show updates and to register for your free ticket to the event visit

Learn about all the latest award-winning projects at the Natural Stone Awards Gallery. The Natural Stone Show 2017 is part of The QMJ Group


t: +44 (0)115 945 4367 e:

SketchUp 2017 is here! The smartest SketchUp yet.


Graphics Pipeline 2.0

We’ve made big improvement to transparency, which should now render faster and at high quality to. SketchUp is also now much better at displaying multiple transparencies to provide a more realistic sense of depth across several see-through faces.

In this release, we’ve made major improvements to our graphics pipeline, allowing for performance improvements. Now, SketchUp, 3D Warehouse, LayOut, My SketchUp, and Trimble Connect all render models using the same under-the-hood algorithms – all tuned for buttery 3D orbiting.

High DPI Modeling

There’s more!

We’ve tuned snapping and inferencing for high definition monitors li e pple s etina isplay . Edge weights have also been smart-scaled. You can back away from your screen now...

Perpendicular Face Inferencing Have you mastered parallel inferencing? We’ve added a ‘Perpendicular to Face’ inference. Hover a face; SketchUp will helpfully snap to its perpendicular.

• Smart


• High Fidelity .DWG – for easier exporting

• LayOut Tables; manage spreadsheets in LayOut

• Extension Manager

Contact Elmtec, Sketchup’s distribution Partner in the UK


T: 01844 263750


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