Top 5 Architectural Delights in Birmingham

Since our last post about the most iconic buildings in Birmingham, a  lot has changed in this city. This is why, as Birmingham architects and lovers of innovative building structures, we decided to put together a list of some of the buildings in the city that are architectural delights right now in 2018. Continue reading “Top 5 Architectural Delights in Birmingham”

Architectural Housing Trends of 2017

Architectural Housing Trends of 2017

It is now 2018, meaning we have another year of architectural trends to review. In this post, we will look at some of the most popular architectural housing styles and designs of 2017 and see how likely they are to stand the test of time. Continue reading “Architectural Housing Trends of 2017”

Duties and Responsibilities of an Architect

An architect is a trained professional who is qualified to design conceptual ideas for buildings and structures along with providing advice for both aesthetic and technical elements on public or private landscapes. These concepts are then turned into the designs and plans that are used to guide the building process. Architects are trusted advisors who work holistically to merge diverse requests in a creative way, whilst always taking appeal, interest and health and safety into consideration. 

They are responsible for designing plans for a variety of building structures including homes, stores, churches and government buildings.

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Tips for Choosing an Architecture Firm

One of the most important parts of any building project is choosing the correct architect firm.

Ensuring that you have the right architect to design your building is essential. It is important that they understand the local planning rules and regulations and are up to date with the latest building regulations. If they don’t, regardless of how great their design is – if it cannot be built, your money will be wasted.

Before you search for a prospective architecture firm, make sure you know and fully understand what you want from the space you are creating.

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What is it about modern architecture?

Modern architecture provides something for everybody, even if an individual prefers traditional architecture.

The foundations of modern architecture are clean and simple, following the ideal that form will follow function thus why many modern architects express themselves through simplicity, clean structural elements, clear views and dropping any design specs that aren’t necessary. Continue reading “What is it about modern architecture?”

Architects’ role is larger than ever in green sky thinking

Green Sky Thinking Week will be taking place between 20th and the 24th April.

Almost a third of the events of the week will be hosted by architects; regular names will be returning including AHMM, Architype, Bennetts Associates, Nicholas Hare Architects and Hawkins Brown.
New participants that are joining include Levitt Bernstein and Weston Williamson & Partners. Continue reading “Architects’ role is larger than ever in green sky thinking”

2015 Prospects for Architects

Resolutions have been set by everyone this year, even the architects with plans to build better towers, ditch the Lego, outlaw the ‘facades’ – and more transparency in Boris’s London, maybe.  Continue reading “2015 Prospects for Architects”

Understanding the architectural process

The process of architectural work is a lengthy process that relies on planning and constant development to reach the client’s vision.

There are a few components to architecture that result to the final design of the project:

– Gathering information
– Concept development
– Concept evaluation
– Design development
– Visualisation
– Consent

Gathering information

Once a construction site has been engaged, architects will then gather information about the construction site which will all be dependant on the project requirements.
There is a possibility that photographs will need to be take in order to survey the site thoroughly.

Any issues that may affect the construction regarding the existing planting, water courses and soil type will have to be addressed.
It is likely that a confirmation of the detailed process will be done in writing to ensure who knows who is doing what.

Concept development

This is the time when the ball gets rolling as it is the opportunity for the architect’s initial ideas to be presented to the client as receive feedback on those ideas.
A floor plan may be offered with some perspective drawings that will give the client an idea of the overall layout and possibly the look and style of the proposition.

Concept evaluation

In this part of the design process, it’s mostly about whether the client is happy about the direction the architect is heading in.
Liaising with the client frequently is what helps the project move forward, it is usual for minor disagreements to occur on the detail of the design. This essentially encourages more discussions.

By this stage, a clear sense of budget can be distinguished and if any problems will impact the number.
It is also an appropriate time to ensure the client and architect are ready to continue with the designs and the drawings.

Design development

In the third phase of the project, once the concept has come to a mutual agreement, the architect will begin the process of testing and refining ideas that will contribute to the overall shape of the building.

It is possible a Quantity Surveyor will be requested to estimate an independent cost. The budget may be discussed again with it relevance to prioritising over cost, time and quality.

Visualisation

It can be difficult to visualise the finished building just by referring to an image which is why it is important to ensure that a client understands what is being done.
Generally, floor plans, flows, elevations and cut0through section drawing will be provided by architects along with the usual detailed sketches.

Consent

Towards this stage of the architectural process, a building consent will need to be applied for on behalf of the client, if this hadn’t already been done in the concept stage.
For a contract price to be submitted, a builder will need a very detailed proposition about the project.

As seen, architecture is a gruelling process that results in truly awe-inspiring buildings and structures.
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Birmingham’s library wins architecture award

The Library of Birmingham has topped the chart for the Riba Stirling Prize 2014!

Birmingham’s city folk were being urged to vote for the architectural beauty and the votes payed off with 30% of the votes going to the Library.

The Library of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham won the Riba Stirling prize on the 16th October 2014.

The Library was designed by Mecanoo architect, Patrick Arends, who won the emerging architect of the year.
It’s interlocking circle design, rooftop terraces and vast glass-topped central book rotunda are all what added to this gem’s win.

Shortlisted along with the Library was London Aquatics Centre, receiving 26% of the votes, London Bridge Tower/The Shard (20%), Everyman Theatre in Liverpool (10%), LSE Student Centre in London (8%), and Manchester School of Art (7%).

It was also named West Midland’s overall building of the year, at the regional final.

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