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October 8, 2012

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Vital Insurance Office

January 18, 2012

Office spaces certainly have a different energy when you move away from the chaos of London. In the HQ of Vital, one of the largest insurance companies in Scandinavia a feeling of relaxed serenity is present. No one is running around stressed, a feeling of communal support was present which was helped largely by the recent renovation. A colour theme of yellow runs throughout the whole office space, introducing a vibrant energy which contrasts nicely with the exposed brickwork and glass divisions.

Oseana Gallery and Cultural Centre

January 4, 2012

Councils across europe have finally begun to show more confidence in the growth potential of investing in architecturally brave cultural centers. This probably stems from the success of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and New York. Here is a humbler example from the West coast of Norway in Os. Designed by Grieg Arkitekter AS a fun and exciting building has been produced. The project houses a new gallery, concert hall and restaurant. Looking out on to the wild fjord it is the perfect location to enjoy cultural activities.

The interior design and branding was completed by the local design firm Fuggibaggi Design AS

Residential Property, Bergen, Norway

November 18, 2011

Beautifully placed by the Fjords surrounding the Nordic city of Bergen, the angular Villa TK stands proud on a hill top. A balance between wood, metal and glass has been carefully designed by Morten Nedreås of En Til En Arkitekter AS. The Villa has been constructed to maximise the stunning views over the adjacent fjord, with clean eye lines opening up the space.

Kluge Advokatfirma (Law Firm) by HLM Arkitekter

April 3, 2011

As the spring finally arrives in Bergen, Norway, HLM Arkitekter have delivered an intimate office which allows Kluge Advokatfirma to develop it’s professionalism. The use of warm pine surfaces provides a clean pallette for which to display Kluge’s impressive collection of art.

Agder Energy Centre, Kristiansand

March 10, 2011

The project exhibits a sensitive balance between creative design and energy efficiency.

A competition set by Agder Energy was awarded to LINK architecture AS in 2007, with the completed new HQ due early 2011. A special energy adviser (KanEnergi) participated in the competition and planning process. It was a goal that the building will achieve energy label A in the energy labeling scheme to be introduced in Norway on the basis of the EU building energy directive.

Total area: approx. 24 000m2 of which 14 000 are office space spread over 5 floors above ground and 10 000 m2 of parking, 2 floors below ground. Parking: approx. 10000 m2 spread over 2 floors below ground.

A Merry Architectural Christmas to one and all

December 20, 2010

Igreja de Santo Antonónio da Polana, Maputo, Mozambique, Africa, 2010

Shot as part of the ‘Structural Divinity’ project, watch this space for further information or sign up by RSS below.

External and Internal Cladding

December 20, 2010

Here is a selection of images taken for Domus Facades to illustrate the application of their cladding solutions. They have a diverse range of high quality stone surfaces among others. I visited Bolton on a cold wintery day to capture some images of the recently completed College.

Domus Facades solutions are not only suitable for exteriors the range is well suited to luxury interiors with design and quality a high priority. This is the interior of Carmelite Street, London, where Progressive Media Publishing of Blueprint Magazine and New Statesman fame are based. A very minimal, simply designed reception creates a feeling of peace and calm while MP’s wait for a probing interview!


Structural Divinity Project Synopsis

July 14, 2010


I intend to conduct a photographic, topographical investigation into the religious architectural structures of Africa in relationship to pre and post-colonial history. The project will take place over a three month duration, beginning on July 18th 2010.

The first stage of this long-term project will revolve around the German, British and Portuguese colonial histories. Based on research and accessibility I have decided to begin the photographic travelogue in Namibia, progressing East on to Zambia, Malawi and then Mozambique. Due to a photographic commission in South Africa prior to the project beginning, I will now be flying into Cape Town and traveling to Namibia via the desolate West coast of SA.

Map of project destinations

Project context

The travel route will allow for a diverse exploration of contrasting cultures. The project will begin with the authoritarian Germanic religious structures of Windhoek in Namibia, which support the 90% Christian population. Then into the northern districts of the Namib desert where the Himba people have been practising indigenous religions for up to twenty five thousand years.

Zambia involves moving closer to the heart of Africa on the Zambezi River. The cradle of humanity is located here, and therefore the first architectural investigations by Homo sapiens. Obviously documenting any traces of this is visually restrictive, but the subsequent developments by the indigenous population and the British colonials are prevalent. My research has shown beauty in the subtle differences of Christian and Animistic constructions from village to village as one passes down the Zambezi River.

Malawi holds the record for ‘The first permanent Christian Church erected between the Zambezi and the Nile’. Designed and constructed by Rev. David Clement Scott with no formal architectural training in 1888. Images of this bastion of British design located in one of the most remote parts of Africa will stand testament to the dogmatic perseverance of colonialism.

Mozambique experienced a unique development during the Catholic Portuguese rule, contains a fascinating array of now dilapidated, war torn, ornate Churches standing on the coast. Ilha de Mocambique (former capital of Portuguese East Africa) having miraculously survived 20 years of civil warfare, now understandably experiences extreme financial difficulties. Insufficient funds prevent the preservation of these elegant architectural creations that are slowly disintegrating under the pounding monsoon rains and scorching summer sun. Maputo; distilling the essence of postcolonial rule delivers a sumptuous white Cathedral from 1944 acting as the seat of Mozambique’s Catholic community. This is in stark contrast to the modest structural forms used for daily worship.

Why religious architectural structures? Having produced a topographical investigation in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands exploring French colonial history, I find myself photographically drawn to religious centres. During this exploration it was always the spiritual centre of a community that delivered fascinating insights. The diverse design of structures often directly reflects the social demographic of the population and previous cultural history. Thus acting as a visual representation of past and present.

Proposed outcome

My aim is to produce a methodical and systematic photographic documentation of the aforementioned diverse structures, referencing the cultures under which they were created and their current integration with the existing vibrant populations.

The outcome for this project will be a selection of approximately 150 eloquent, inquisitive images suitable initially for magazine and subsequently book publication. With a limited edition being displayed as an exhibition.

I am currently researching appropriate locations for an accompanying exhibition in London. The Royal Institute of British Architect’s (R.I.B.A) Gallery in London / Victoria Albert Museum appear to be the best options at present.

Watch this space as the project begins to unfolds and images arrive soon!

Greenwich Peninsula, London

March 8, 2010

The Greenwich Peninsula has been at the centre of intense political debate over the years. Excessive expenditure, un-realistic expectations and plagued by financial problems the new vision of a ‘Thames Gateway’ has not been as forth coming as many hoped. After the internal redesign and brand rebirth of the Millennium Dome into the O2 Arena it has begun to draw substantially more visitors. The Dome architecturally designed by Richard Rogers and structurally engineered by Buro Happold has finally begun to engender a thriving local community.   The masterplan for the peninsula incorporates a 5 million square feet development, including 20 hectares of parkland and open space, 10,000 new homes, and 2.5 kilometres of riverside walkway.

On a bleak winters day in February the peninsula still has a long way to go before it reaches the desirability scale for work and living that some attempt to portray. I however returned when that magical orb so rarely seen in London, the sun, transformed the location into a refined segment of contemporary urban design.

Sir Terry Farrell & Partners have created a practical structure that makes up with energy efficiency what it perhaps lacks in colour coordination! The structure stands as one of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in the UK with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating of over 76%. What’s your verdict?

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