Should Post-War Architecture be Demolished?

There are many concrete buildings in Birmingham and across Britain.

The post-war architecture can be a hit and miss with some, and because of this, there are discussions taking place across the UK over whether preserve the established architecture.

When the prospect of destroying any historical building comes about, this often leads to mixed strong opinions. Especially if the building(s) in question have been designed years following the Second World War. Raw concrete buildings that were erected between the 60s and 70s have been brought up to face demolition.

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Grand Central – Birmingham New Street’s New Look

Recently, Grand Central, the revamped New Street Station in Birmingham opened, and it’s what everyone is raving on about.

The £750-million rejuvenation of Birmingham New Street, by Architecture firm AZPML, has been completed. Co-founder of the firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo said that the completed project ‘could have been much better.’ Continue reading “Grand Central – Birmingham New Street’s New Look”

Questions to ask an Architect before Hiring

Deciding on an architect to carry out a job is not a light decision.

You will be selecting someone who will be the mind behind the project, thus you will naturally want them to possess certain traits which you may want to enquire about prior to hiring them. Continue reading “Questions to ask an Architect before Hiring”

The Big Hoot – the owl inspired by Birmingham architecture

Dotted about Birmingham are a few owls – 89 to be exact.

Each of the owls are a part of Birmingham’s high profile public art event, The Big Hoot, which is the brainchild of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and public arts specialist, Wild in Art. Continue reading “The Big Hoot – the owl inspired by Birmingham architecture”

RIBA awards for the best British architecture 2015

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) based in London has chosen thirty-seven winners for its 2015 awards!

The winners from the awards have seen one from Wales, two from Northern Ireland, five from Scotland, and twenty-nine from England. A total of nine private houses were included in the list, alongside eight developer-led housing buildings. Continue reading “RIBA awards for the best British architecture 2015”

Birmingham architects: Abacus Architects

Abacus Architects is a RIBA Chartered Practice based in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

We hold over nineteen years of experience in architecture and source only the most reputable people for our projects across the UK. Our years in the architectural industry mean we are able to develop a client’s vision into a living structure. We pride ourselves on providing creative designs at high quality and maintaining our client’s satisfaction. Continue reading “Birmingham architects: Abacus Architects”

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?”

13 reasons to hire an Architect for a Building Project

There are a number of reasons to consider hiring an architect for a building project of any kind.

It is essentially one of the most reliable options for any housing or domestic project of any kind. Continue reading “13 reasons to hire an Architect for a Building Project”

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”