Unfeasible Exhibition Opens to the Public

This month Walter Knoll will host Unfeasible, a selection of works by ten architecture practices which explores the notion of exhibiting that which is impossible, curated by Systems Project.

Stanton Williams are presenting a sculptural response to the brief, proposing a museum of negative space. The volumes of four seminal buildings – The Pantheon in Rome, the Church of Saint George at Lalibela, Ethiopia, Le Corbusier’s Church of Saint-Pierre and Khan’s Philips Exeter Academy Library – are linked in a complex of interconnected voids. The paradox of a presentation that consists in the absence of substance renders this an unconventional museum, not least because it prioritises the experience of light and space over the fetishisation of particular objects

Unfeasible is open at the Walter Knoll Showroom, London, from 4-30 September 2015.



Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Action

In August Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre plays host to the annual EuroHockey Championships. The international hockey competition sees the top eight European national men's and women's teams battle it out for the top prize.

The centre, designed by Stanton Williams, is one of the London 2012 legacy venues and acts as the northern gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

To see all the action from the event, visit the galleries on EuroHockey Championships website.




Open House 2015

Stanton Williams welcome the public into the studio for this year's Open House.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the practice's design process from conception to realisation. Join us on Saturday 19 September, between 12.00-17.00.



ArchiKids: On your marks, get set, LEGO!

On Sunday Stanton Williams hosted a Lego challenge workshop in 6 Bevis Marks for the annual Archikids Festival, a weekend programme of free architectural activities for families.

The children used Lego to create a mini city of their imagination on a giant map of London, building towers, houses, bridges and transportation. Their creations will be exhibited in the foyer of 6 Bevis Marks for the week following the workshop.



Giacometti at the National Portrait Gallery

Stanton Williams are working with the National Portrait Gallery on a new exhibition to celebrate the work of Alberto Giacometti, widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th Century.

The major exhibition is the first to focus on Giacometti's portraits and covers the entire span of his career. The show includes important paintings, sculpture and drawings and illuminates Giacometti's obsessive evocation of a human presence and his exploration of a range of styles and subjects.

Giacometti: Pure Presence will open at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 15 October 2015 to 10 January 2016.



Transforming Nantes: In film

Stanton Williams’ first major project in France is featured in a new film by Crane TV.

In an interview with director Patrick Richard, the process behind the project to transform the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, is explained: “It’s about space, it’s about light and movement and displaying art. This is what architecture is about…Architecture is not just about making a building, it’s about the life that the building will take on afterwards. We want to design buildings that are timeless, they will be changed, altered and lived in.”

Historic buildings will be renovated and joined by a major new extension, glazed with innovative layers of Portuguese white marble and glass façade. The museum will be open to the public in 2016 and will be known as the Musée d’Art de Nantes



Three Stanton Williams Projects shortlisted for NLA Awards 2015

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Fitzroy Park House and King's Cross Square are shortlisted for New London Architecture Awards 2015. The awards recognise the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital with the winner being announced on 07 July 2015.



British Museum Waddesdon Bequest Gallery Opens to the Public

Stanton Williams has designed a new gallery within the British Museum to house the Waddesdon Bequest, an outstanding collection of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces left to the Museum by the Rothschild family in 1898.

The gallery is open daily 10.00-17.30, Fridays until 20.30, admission free.



Stanton Williams at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Three Stanton Williams projects are on show at the Summer Exhibition - the world's oldest open-submission exhibition, which has featured the works of Reynolds, Constable and Turner.

Stanton Williams will be showcasing models and giclee prints of projects including the new Musee d'Art de Nantes, France, and the Stirling prize-winning Sainsbury Laboratory for plant science in Cambridge.

The show, which includes painting, printmaking and sculpture through to installation, photography and film, runs until 16 August 2015.



Stanton Williams pops up in Brixton

Stanton Williams are taking part in RIBA London's Architecture Open show at Pop Brixton as part of this year's London Festival of Architecture.

The exhibition, from 05-28 June, is being held in one of the containers at Pop Brixton, a space created by the local community to showcase skills and ideas.

RIBA London's exhibition explores the innovation and creative processes contributing to our built environment, and includes a facade study for one of Stanton Williams' major cultural projectes.



Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961-2014 at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea

Stanton Williams have designed the gallery space for the new exhibition, Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961-2014, at the De La Warr Pavilion, opening Saturday 13 June until 06 September 2015.

The show is the De La Warr Pavilion's major summer exhibition, and surveys the artist's use of the curve motif in a career spanning over 50 years. It launches a year of celebrations marking 80 years of the Pavilion as one of the UK's first and most significant modernist public buildings.

Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961-2014 is formed from a selection of over 30 paintings and studies, illustrating the artist's close dedication to the interaction of form and colour by looking at a single motif.

The De La Warr Pavilion is one of the best early examples of architectural modernism, championed by the 9th Earl De La Warr, and designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. The Building was restored by John McAslan and Partners in 2005 and is one of the UK's most notable contemporary art galleries.

Stanton Williams have previously designed exhibitions for Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery and Tate Britain, London, and Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin.

Paul Williams, Director of Stanton Williams, comments: 'We deeply admire both the work of Bridget Riley and the architecture of the De La Warr Pavilion. So this has been a wonderful opportunity to work closely with the artist and curator to create an installation that harmoniously unites the two. The Curve Paintings adjacent to the seafront is a joy to behold.'

Image: Bridget Riley with Rajasthan, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, 2012
Photo: Copyright Christian Wickler, Siegen



Stanton Williams Process Books

Process is a series of publications that document the projects of Stanton Williams, from conception to realisation.

The initial projects include: Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, the Britten-Pears Archive and the Stirling prize-winning Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge.



Stanton Williams shortlisted for an AJ120 Clients Choice Award

Stanton Williams are on the shortlist to be the clients' favourite architect at the AJ120 Awards.

More than 300 clients were asked to nominate AJ120 practices they worked with in 2014 and would like to work with again. They were also asked to nominate the practices they have not yet worked with but would like to in the future.

Winners are announced on 03 June at The Tower of London.



RIBA London Award Winners 2015

Fitzroy Park House and King's Cross Square have won RIBA London Awards which recognise architectural excellence.

Fitzroy Park House is a new family home in London’s Highgate Conservation area, surrounded by natural landscape, with cantilevered upper floors floating amongst tree canopies.

The RIBA London Award is the sixth award nomination for King’s Cross Square, the new public square at King’s Cross Station, London.



King's Cross Square wins international lighting award

King's Cross Square has won a top worldwide honour in the lighting industry – the International Association of Lighting Designer’s (IALD) Award of Excellence. The Excellence Awards were given to only four schemes from over 200 entries in the 32nd year of the Awards, created to recognise distinctive and innovative lighting design.

Collaborating with StudioFRACTAL Lighting Design, the integrated lighting scheme provides a welcoming, safe and easy to navigate public space for passengers at King’s Cross Station.



Stanton Williams projects on display in Public London exhibition

Three of Stanton Williams’ projects are on show in New London Architecture’s 10th anniversary exhibition. Public London celebrates the best schemes that have transformed the capital’s public realm in the last decade, and looks forward to the next 10 years.

Our designs for King's Cross Square , King’s Cross Pavilion (pictured) and St Giles Plaza and Tottenham Court Road Underground Station Entrances are exhibited at the Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT until Saturday 11 July.

The exhibition and associated events aim to highlight how the spaces between London’s buildings – streets, squares, green spaces, rivers and parks - are as important as the buildings themselves in creating a more human city.



Planning approval for first phase of Cambridge Judge Business School Masterplan

The first phase of Stanton Williams’ masterplan for the development of Cambridge Judge Business School’s site has been approved unanimously for construction by the Planning Committee of Cambridge City Council.

Cambridge Judge Business School was founded over 20 years ago on the Grade II listed Old Addenbrooke’s Hospital site in the historic centre of Cambridge. Stanton Williams was commissioned in 2013 to enhance, consolidate and expand Cambridge Judge’s existing facilities, bringing together faculty, staff and students in one location so that the School can operate efficiently and support future growth.

Due for completion in 2017, the first phase of the Masterplan includes a new four storey building which provides additional teaching, office, breakout and dining spaces for the School while improving the streetscape.

The proposed design is conceived as an extension to the original Addenbrooke’s Hospital, creating a unified appearance for the site by drawing on the character and materials of the nineteenth century building.



Royal Opera House 'Open Up' project receives planning approval

Westminster City Council’s Planning Department has approved Stanton Williams’ scheme to ‘open up’ the Royal Opera House. The planning consent will allow the Royal Opera House to enhance their core values of creativity, excellence and inclusivity.

The design, which has been developed by Stanton Williams in collaboration with Arup, will make the physical entrances and street-level public spaces of the Royal Opera House more open and inviting to everyone, encouraging artists, audiences, as well as the general public to explore the building and engage with the artistic activities within.

Open Up will also make the Royal Opera House a must-see destination. Existing spaces, such as the Linbury Studio Theatre and Foyer will be transformed, a new terrace off the Paul Hamlyn Hall will be created and other spaces developed to make the creative, technical and education work of the Royal Opera House more visible.



Fitzroy Park House and King’s Cross Square on shortlist for RIBA London Award

Fitzroy Park House and King's Cross Square are two of 68 projects shortlisted for a RIBA London Award. The awards recognise architectural excellence, with winners put forward for RIBA National Awards in June. King’s Cross Square also received a Civic Trust Award at the ceremony on 6th March.



Plans to create new Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children approved

Plans to create a world-leading new Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children were approved by councillors at Camden Town Hall last night.

The centre is being developed as a partnership between Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), University College London (UCL) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

The new building will enable clinicians and researchers to work side-by-side in advancing our understanding of rare diseases, identifying new and better treatments and manufacturing innovative medical devices.

Situated adjacent to the hospital, it will incorporate an outpatient department that will host clinics for children and young people with a range of rare and complex conditions. It will also house a variety of laboratories, specialist equipment rooms and workspaces where more than 350 experts will develop diagnostic procedures, manufacture gene and cell therapies and create personalised medical devices.

Stanton Williams' design is sensitive to its context within a conservation area, aimed at revitalising the streetscape and giving public expression to the important scientific endeavours within.

Extensive glazing offering views into the lower ground laboratories and a carefully articulated network of vertical terracotta fins gives a strong visual identity to the facades opposite Coram's Fields, reflecting the public significance of the building.

Internally, the design of the new centre promotes interaction between patients and research staff.

Construction of the Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children is expected to commence in October 2015 and the building will open in 2018.



Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre named as Finalist in Building Awards

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre has been shortlisted for Building of the Year in this year’s Building Awards. Selected from a record number of entries, the award showcases the best in design, innovation and collaboration from 2014. Winning projects will be revealed on 22nd March 2015.



Stanton Williams projects shortlisted for RICS London Awards

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and King's Cross Square are on the shortlist to receive a RICS London Award. The awards celebrate the most inspirational contributions to London’s built environment. Winners are announced on 30th April 2015.



Planning approval for Lot 2 of the North West Cambridge Development

Stanton Williams' design for 264 key worker homes, shops and social spaces as part of the University of Cambridge's proposal for the North West Cambridge Development has been approved by the local authorities. The scheme also includes public realm designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.

The University is working with 15 architectural practices to create an urban extension to Cambridge. As a whole, the development meets the University’s objectives of delivering affordable housing for its staff, while providing the opportunity to expand post-graduate accommodation as well as sites for new research buildings.

Stanton Wiliams' approach to this challenging and ambitious project, which forms the heart of the new community, was to focus on the design of spaces, rather than buildings: creating a network of public spaces which encourage interaction and support communal life. These varied spaces create a social landscape, recalling the differentiated spaces of the traditional city or the historic collegiate spaces of central Cambridge.