Bombay Sapphire is in the process of converting a historic paper mill into a facility for producing their famous gin. Overseeing this transformation isÂ the ever-busy Heatherwick Studio, whichÂ hasÂ been brought on to renovate the 40 derelict buildings found on the site. Their most drastic intervention to the extant campus comes in the form of a soon-to-opened visitor’s center that was recently awarded a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating for sustainability, an international system for ranking green buildings.
Sound recordist Chris Watson has returned home for his most recent project: creating an aural map of the contemporary landscape of Sheffield, England. Two years ago, the Guardian reported, Museums Sheffieldâ€™s Millennium Gallery asked Watson to undertake the project, mapping the noises of a town he has not lived in for thirty years. Over the past 18 months, the audio artist made a series of ambisonic recordings of the natural and urban environments of the city. The result is a 36-minute sound journey, Inside the Circle of Fire: a Sheffield Sound Map, on current exhibition at the Gallery.
Designing for a specific space can be a challenge, but try designing a chair predestined to become a contemporary statement in the newly-refurbished Weston Library, part of the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford, which has commissioned only its third new chair in 400 years. Earlier this year, three partnershipsâ€”Amanda Levete and Herman Miller, Barber OsgerbyÂ Â and Isokon Plus, and Matthew HiltonÂ and SCP Ltdâ€”were shortlisted to compete for the prestigious prize, which has officially been awarded to Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby with Isokon, for their low, round-backed design.
Dutch firm Mecanooâ€™s latest civic building represents a new era in library design. The new Library of BirminghamÂ in the UKÂ replaces the former James Hardinâ€“designed central library, a brutalist concrete structure. The new library is a sleek expression of the evolving nature of education and learning in the 21st century.Â The modern, metal-clad structure housesÂ a variety of services, including a multimedia center, two cafÃ©s, a music library, a performance space, green outdoor terraces, a shop and a gallery. The design vision is that the space will offer culture and entertainment, as well as learning and information.
In a letter to Building Design magazine, the Architects Registration Board in London, aka ARB, has requested that BD no longer refer to Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind as â€œarchitects.â€ Apparently, neither are registered as architects with the all-knowing ARB, therefore â€œthey are not entitled to be described as such,â€ states the letter. BD Editor-in-Chief Amanda Baillieu immediately called out ARBâ€™s high-handed mandate in an online editorial, writing, â€œthere is no other word to describe ARBâ€™s ban on calling Renzo Piano an architect except bonkers.â€ The registration board’s Alison CarrÂ later apologized for the letter, “Do I think that this was a great example to bring to BDâ€™s attention and help raise awareness? No I donâ€™t. We should have been more cautious so that we get the right message across at the right time, and for that I apologise.”