London 2000+: New Architecture

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Overview

London boasts a dense concentration of architectural talent, and recent projects by designers based there ingeniously contribute to the city's noble historic streetscapes in ways that respect and reference centuries past while simultaneously bolstering the metropolis's reputation as one of the world's most modern and progressive capitals.

London 2000+ portrays twenty-eight projects completed since the millennium, representing a broad range of design styles and scales. Prominent structures such as Sir Norman Foster's iconic "Gherkin," the London Eye by Marks Barfield, Daniel Libeskind's addition to the London Metropolitan University campus, and Herzog & de Meuron's Laban Dance Center are featured alongside lesser-known buildings of merit by innovative, emerging designers to provide a superb representation of the many lively firms active in the city today.

Author Sam Lubell also features projects that illustrate creative examples of adaptive reuse and renovation in compact urban quarters—a library that incorporates outdoor gathering spaces to revitalize a formerly depressed neighborhood, a primary school that insulates students from street noise while providing rooftop play space, a Victorian-era train maintenance station reconfigured as a popular performing arts venue, a vibrant modern addition to an Edwardian townhouse, and elevated footbridges that facilitate pedestrian traffic in the city's congested center, among others.

Prominent structures covered include:
Sir Norman Foster's Swiss Re building, dubbed the "Gherkin"
The London Eye by Marks Barfield
Daniel Libeskind's addition to London Metropolitan University
Herzog & de Meuron's Laban Dance Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580932080
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Lubell is the Los Angeles correspondent for the Architect's Newspaper and has written for Architectural Record, the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. He is also the author of Paris 2000+: New Architecture. The author lives in Los Angeles.

Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London and a former member of Parliament, is committed to a progressive urban plan for the city's infrastructure and environment.

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Introduction
By Sam Lubell

London's recent buildings are some of the most vibrant in the world. From the daring shape-making of Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe, more familiarly known as the Gherkin, to the cool, layered artistry of David Adjaye's Rivington Place, these projects are internationally admired and have played an important role in the city's conversion from an architectural backwater to a world capital of contemporary design.

Economic growth, resurgent popular interest in architecture and design, heightened political and nonprofit support and funding, and London's relatively new status as Europe's creative and financial melting pot have all contributed to this radical shift. Taking advantage of this climate, a group of talented firms are creating unique, artful projects that derive inspiration from contemporary forms and technologies, the city's glorious urban chaos, its fascinating collision of history and modernity, and its palpable energy. They range in scale from tightly-fit house additions to skyline-altering towers.

As recently as the 1980s and early 1990s, the architectural situation did not seem promising: government support was declining, development funds were low, and traditionalists were railing successfully against innovation. As architect Peter Barber confesses, “At cocktail parties, London architects were not proud to tell you what they did.” But in the mid-1990s a perfect architectural storm began to brew. England's economy began to recover and then to thrive, spurring an unprecedented level of building and a phalanx of cranes to rise high above London's historic spires. Popular interest in, and acceptance of, innovative architecture reached new heights as sleekly designed consumer products gained cachet, as architecture began being covered in the mass media—bestowing celebrity status on architects—and as controversial buildings became popular conversation starters.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Herzog & de Meuron
Laban Dance Centre / 2003

Tonkin Liu
Roof Garden Apartment / 2007

David Chipperfield
Gormley Studio / 2003

Foster + Partners
30 St. Mary Axe / 2004

David Adjaye
Rivington Place / 2007

John McAslan + Partners
The Roundhouse / 2006

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Barking Central Library / 2007

Sarah Wigglesworth
Siobhan Davies Dance Studios / 2006

Allies and Morrison
Royal Observatory Redevelopment / 2007

Building Design Partnership
Hampden Gurney School / 2002

Deborah Saunt David Hills Architects
John Perry Children’s Centre / 2003

Alison Brooks Architects
Wrap House / 2005

Amin Taha Architects
Gazzano House / 2005

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Lloyd’s Register / 2000

Peter Barber Architects
Donnybrook Quarter / 2005

Studio Daniel Libeskind
London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre / 2004

Haworth Tompkins
Young Vic Theatre / 2006

Sanei Hopkins Architects and Hughes Meyer Studio
Artist’s Studio / 2004

Níall McLaughlin Architects
Peabody Trust Housing / 2004

Marks Barfield
London Eye / 2000

De Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
Kingsdale School / 2006

Keith Williams Architects
Unicorn Theatre / 2005

SMC Alsop
Peckham Library / 2000

Birds Portchmouth Russum
Plashet School Footbridge / 2000

Featherstone Associates
South Essex Rape and Incest Centre / 2005

Make Architects
55 Baker Street / 2008

Spacelab UK
Great Ormond Street Hospital Orangery / 2004

Surface Architects
Lock-keeper’s Cottage / 2005

Wilkinson Eyre
Floral Street Bridge / 2003

Locations of Featured Projects

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