Archive for the ‘Photography London’ Category

Capita Symonds, Gatwick North Terminal Extension

February 22, 2012

As the Olympics draw closer, Britain moves one step nearer to delivering participants and spectators there on time. Capita Symonds have recently completed the complex extension of Gatwick’s North Terminal, the busiest single runway airport in the world. The upgrade involves a new state of the art passenger and transport interchange, Departures and Arrivals concourse extension and new multi storey car park. The extension costing £150+m, will increase the passenger capacity by 10 million.

Hundven-Clements Photography have been onsite to document this monumental structure in the depths of winter. The weather was not our side during the day so the interior was where we begun, later on in the day we were blessed with 20 mins of colour as the sun set. With a multi layered approach to design by Capita, a swift transition between shuttle transport and the departure halls has been created. The dramatic roof generates a pleasant feeling of openness allowing natural light to illuminate the platforms during the daytime.

Photographing operational public structures on this scale comes with an array of logistical and photographic challenges. The first being access, understandably Gatwick has high security regulations in place, so an interview to obtain a permit to photograph was essential. Once onsite we found the general public to be surprisingly accommodating with appearing in photos, I guess the prospect of two weeks in Mauritus away from a British winter helped! Let us know what you think of the new development.




Marzorati Ronchetti Metal Sculptures

January 18, 2012

Marzorati Ronchetti is no ordinary metal manufacturer. They produce some of the most elegant refined structures with every type of metal imaginable for the worlds greatest designers. MR concentrate on the high end design market for architects like Norman Foster and notable artists like Anish Kapoor. With the engineering and design capabilities to manufacture unusual solutions tailored for specific environments a diverse range of products are the result.

With the up and coming birthday of the company MR commissioned Hundven-Clements Photography to document a range of their London successes, here are the results.


Blackwall Way Development, London

September 18, 2011

Photographed for Domus Facades the company responsible for the exterior cladding. An intimate photographic study exploring the interplay between light and the cladded surfaces was produced.

London Metropolitan University Renovations

April 21, 2011

Cartwright Pickard Architects have taken a complex structure in the form of London’s famous Metropolitan University and converted it in to a pure colour experience. The buildings from the 70’s were exhibiting such worn and depressing institutional designs that students have even left because of it. During my documentation of the recently opened renovation one of the lecturers explained that international students specifically from the US were so shocked by the pre-renervation conditions (akin to a mental institute) that they have been known to leave.

Now Peter Cartwright and James Pickard have delivered a stimulating renovation that plays upon the existing architectural features whilst maintaining a very tight expenditure programme.The dramatic use of primary colours and cost effective, textured surfaces has delivered a new energy avoiding the costly expenses of rebuilding.

As government budgets bite hard in the education sector, I think we will be seeing a lot more renovations in the future, let’s hope they’re all as inspiring as this one.

50 Years of London Architecture

June 24, 2010

An entertaining evening appeared to be had by all, as the champagne flowed freely and a fine selection of London’s best architectural projects from the last 50yrs graced the walls of Pall Mall Gallery. The guest speaker, Peter Murray, (founding member of Blueprint Magazine and Exhibitions Director of New London Architecture (NLA), Founder/Director of the London Festival of Architecture) delivered a stimulating analysis of recent and past architectural achievements of London.

My image of Clink Street renovation, shot for Edward Cullinan Architects was included in the show. This was a pleasant reward, as I nearly incurred frost bite shooting the building during early March on a bitter windy day by the Thames River. It was one of those shoots where you turn up and wonder how on earth you are going to create an image of value. The project in itself was composed of some fascinating features. Located next to the ruins of the 12th Century Winchester Palace, where James I of Scotland was wed to Joan Beaufort (niece of the then bishop, Cardinal Henry Beaufort) in 1424. The site and adjoining redevelopment are unusual combinations, but it was the light or lack of it on the North West facing facade that created a challenge. I arrived mid afternoon, hoping that just before the sun disappeared over London town I’d be privy to a golden shaft caressing the brickwork. Unfortunately this never materialised, so I waited patiently (loosing feeling in my fingers) as dusk drew in and the building came alive.

The show runs from the 19th of June and continues until the 27th of June, with the gallery open every day from 10am to 5pm. It is completely free to enter so head over check out this evolving city of ours.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Summer 2009, by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA

August 20, 2009

The Serpentine Gallery delivers another fascinating structure for the British public to contemplate whilst strolling through Hyde Park, London.  After lasts year substantial installation by Frank Gehry, this years pavilion has a much more transient atmosphere. Blending the boundaries between sculptural art form and a functional sun (if your lucky) / rain  shelter it certainly invokes a response from onlookers. I couldn’t help but feel that the most exciting interaction with the organic shaped aluminum surface was surely on the top. Unfortunately this was a privilege reserved exclusively for the cleaners!

The architects say:

‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky. Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. It works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing uninterrupted view across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’







Metropolitan Works, London.

February 10, 2009









This is an exciting new space that cleverly blends contemporary creative energy with advanced technology in a fascinating building. Metropolitan Works launched its new £4.5 million building last night with the opening of ‘Digital Explorers: Discovery’, a fascinating (and free!) new collection of works by nine leading artists, all created using cutting edge digital manufacturing techniques.

The building on Commercial Road, commissioned by London Metropolitan University from Cartwright Pickard architects, is a brand new manufacturing and workspace centre for budding creatives. It not only provides workshop space – worth its weight in gold in central London – but also and uniquely it gives access to technology previously only available to industry, specifically ‘digitally-controlled manufacturing’; such as laser cutting, water-jet cutting and rapid prototyping. The design of the building itself cleverly reflects the capabilities of the technology within – the top half clad in metal perforated sheets with the machine hall wrapped in beautifully patterned bespoke laser cut panels. 

The exhibition, which runs until 12th March, features offerings from Antony GormleyTimorous Beasties and Tord Boontje, all produced using the technology now available in the facility. According to Gormley, by using CNC (‘computer numerically controlled’, in case you didn’t know) routing to manufacture his metal sculpture he significantly reduced the 3-week production time and also achieved a more accurate result. As a collection, the show is a real eye-opener in terms of the impact that these new technologies will have on the future of art and design. 

The stated aim of the Metropolitan Works enterprise is to bring creative talents and manufacturers together, to enable innovation, and further promote London as a global centre for design. This new facility proves that its not all talk – by providing workspace, training facilities and state-of-the-art technology previously unavailable to artists and designers – as well as enhancing the networking potential which is so vital in the design industry.

Text by Blueprint Magazine.

Riverside South by Richard Rogers Partnership (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), Canary Wharf, London

November 1, 2008

The site as of October 2008, photographed by Daniel Clements Photography ©2008. It was quite difficult to imagine the immense structures that will be towering over the city of London in the near future. At a grand height of 236m and 189m respectively, accomodating 45 and 36 floors.

This is how the finished project will look.

Map of the site.


Riverside South is the largest single office european development (around 300,000 sqft gross). It needs its own electricity substation.

The client, Canary Wharf Group, commissioned RRP to prepare development proposals for a high quality office development appropriate to the site and of a size to compliment the scale and density of Canary Wharf. The brief includes high quality public facilities at ground level along the river edge, with office, trading and ancillary support accommodation at the upper levels and parking, servicing and plant below ground.

Main Contractor : Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd

Service Engineer : Hilson Moran Partnership

Structural Engineer : Yolles Partnership Ltd


Here are some other views of recent finished projects around the site on Canary Wharf. I had the pleasure of enduring a fierce hail storm shower whilst creating these images, digital photography equipment and ice don’t go together very well !


Frank Gehry, Summer Pavilion, Serpentine Gallery, London

September 21, 2008

Another controversial structure graces the lawn at the Serpentine Gallery. Gehry’s explosion of glass and wood affords the resident dog walker’s respite from the sun if nothing else ! Love it or hate it, it certainly demands a response.







The spectacular structure – designed and engineered in collaboration with Arup – is anchored by four massive steel columns and is comprised of large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that create a dramatic, multi-dimensional space. Gehry and his team took inspiration for this year’s Pavilion from a fascinating variety of sources including the elaborate wooden catapults designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the striped walls of summer beach huts. Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade, these seemingly random elements make a transformative place for reflection and relaxation by day, and discussion and performance by night.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series, now entering its ninth year, is the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind, and is one of the most anticipated events in the international design calendar.

Frank Gehry said: ‘The Pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure that acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing Gallery. Inside the Pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden structure to protect the interior from wind and rain and provide for shade during sunny days. The Pavilion is much like an amphitheatre, designed to serve as a place for live events, music, performance, discussion and debate. As the visitor walks through the Pavilion they have access to terraced seating on both sides of the urban street. In addition to the terraced seating there are two elevated seating pods, which are accessed around the perimeter of the Pavilion. These pods serve as visual markers enclosing the street and can be used as stages, private viewing platforms and dining areas.’

Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director said: 
‘It is an exciting moment for London. Frank Gehry’s visionary Pavilion is remarkable and will be a landmark for the city this summer.’



Arup has worked on many of the Pavilions commissioned by Julia Peyton-Jones. Arup collaborated with Gehry Partners LLP to help evaluate the design strategies, choice of materials and structural typology of the 2008 Pavilion. Arup is also providing the engineering and specialist design on the project. The Arup team includes David Glover, and Ed Clark with Cecil Balmond.

Psycho Buildings, Artists take on Architecture, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, U.K

August 13, 2008

The Hayward’s huge spaces will be filled with artist-designed architectural environments, which will spill onto the three outdoor sculpture terraces, radically altering the interior and exterior of the gallery. Inside a floating , translucent apartment and a room frozen in a moment of explosive disaster are amongst the installations that will both enchant and disconcert visitors. Outside on the Gallery’s sculpture terraces, installations including a huge iridescent observatory and a working cinema will alter the exterior face of The Hayward. Visible from the surrounding area and across the Thames and illuminated by night, they add a significant public dimension to this major exhibition. 

The ten artists are: Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan), Michael Beutler (Germany), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Gelitin (Austria), Mike Nelson (UK), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Tobias Putrih (Slovenia), Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Do-Ho Suh (Korea), Rachel Whiteread (UK). 

Borrowing its title from a book by the artist Martin Kippenberger, the exhibition brings together the work of artists who create habitat-like structures and architectural spaces that are mental and perceptual spaces as much as physical ones. The exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in a series of ten atmospheric, enthralling and unsettling installations. Combining architectural and artistic design with the use of light, colour and smell to trigger responses, these dynamic constructions actively encourage viewers to become adventurous participants. The scale and ambition of the exhibition means many of the artists will be working in the gallery for over a month in order to realise their installations. 


ATELIER BOW-WOW, Life Tunnel, 2008

Designed by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto & Momoyo Kaijima




Staircase – V, 2003/04/08




Stone Lip, Pepper Tits, Clove Love, Fog Frog, 2008



LOS CARPINTEROS, Show Room, 2008

Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés & Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez




To The Memory of H.P Lovecraft 1999, 2008




Venetian, Atmospheric, 2007




Observatory, Air-Port-City, 2008


To find out more about these individual projects please visit The Hayward Gallery, London, the exhibition runs from 28th May – 25th August 2008.

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