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The Smile preview video The Smile

Take a first look at one of the London Design Festival’s 2016 Landmark Projects, The Smile – the world’s first-ever 34m long CLT urban pavilion.

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Take a first look at one of the London Design Festival’s 2016 Landmark Projects, The Smile – the world’s first-ever 34m long CLT urban pavilion.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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17,000 iridescent stainless steel shingles adorn Cohen Quad roof Exeter College Cohen Quad

The scaffolding has begun to come down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

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The scaffolding has begun to come down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

The new quad will house undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 100 students, a lecture hall, seminar rooms, social learning spaces, archive, café, roof terraces, offices and fellows’ accommodation.

Student rooms and fellows studies are enclosed by patterned stainless steel that folds across wall and roof surfaces, sitting on a stone clad ‘base’ that houses the quads’ public spaces.

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The Smile day 10 The Smile

With The Smile’s full 34 metre wingspan in place, its cross-laminated tulipwood cantilevers are being secured with self-tapping screws.

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With The Smile’s full 34 metre wingspan in place, its cross-laminated tulipwood cantilevers are being secured with self-tapping screws.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

Photo by Chris Follows via @CCWDigital, University of the Arts London.

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The Smile day 9 The Smile

On day 9 of construction, the two cantilevered ends have been lifted into place, bringing the structure its full ‘Smile’ form.

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On day 9 of construction, the two cantilevered ends have been lifted into place, bringing the structure its full ‘Smile’ form.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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The Smile day 8 The Smile

On day 8 of the Smile’s construction, the central panels have been assembled, ready to accept its two cantilevered ends.

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On day 8 of the Smile’s construction, the central panels have been assembled, ready to accept its two cantilevered ends.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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The Smile arrives on site The Smile

Installation has begun at the Smile pavilion for the London Design Festival 2016.

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Installation has begun at the Smile pavilion for the London Design Festival 2016.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Fabricating the Smile The Smile

Our team have been to Zublin Timber, Germany to see the Smile being made in the factory.

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Our team have been to Zublin Timber, Germany to see the Smile being made in the factory.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Alison Brooks Architects design landmark installation for London Design Festival 2016 The Smile

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Chelsea College of Arts
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Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October.

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Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October.

Alison Brooks Architects has designed ‘The Smile’, an urban installation that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood using American tulipwood. The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects; a timber structure that can be inhabited and explored by the public.

With expertise from top engineering firm Arup, and using construction sized panels of hardwood CLT for the first time, Alison Brooks’ concept is a spectacular 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long curved rectangular tube – the first ever hardwood ‘mega-tube’.

Alison Brooks says, “The Smile is a huge curved hollow tube made of cross-laminated tulipwood. It touches the ground at one point, like a wheel. Entering The Smile through an opening where the curved form meets the ground, the visitor can walk from end to end of the 34-metre-long tube to discover a new kind of space that gradually rises toward light. All four sides of The Smile’s interior will be made of same beautiful hardwood panels as the structure. It will offer a complete sensory experience of colour, texture, scent and sound. The Smile’s two open ends will illuminate the funnel-like interior space and act as balconies to the city.

Along the walls, perforations will allow sunlight to draw changing patterns on the floor throughout the day. The perforations will also give the visitor an understanding of how the structure performs as they’re located in positions where there are fewer structural stresses. At night the interior will be illuminated by linear light strips that trace its dynamic curving floor.”

For AHEC, The Smile is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation with Arup, and one that could broaden the use of CLT in the construction industry. Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup says, “The Smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT. Every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. It really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.”

This creation of a brand-new product and a new use of hardwood will transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.

“This structure proves that hardwoods have a role to play in the timber construction revolution,” says David Venables, European Director of AHEC. “All our previous LDF projects – Timber Wave, Out of the Woods, Endless Stair and The Wish List – have been significant projects.

“But The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, is the most significant advance because it will create the first-ever use of industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT. These panels will be produced by Züblin Timber in Germany, one of the pioneers of this manufacturing process. They believe in the potential of tulipwood CLT as bringing a revolutionary new element to wood construction.”

Arup’s engineering team is working to derive the most efficient structural form, using only 60 cubic metres of wood to create a 150 square metre enclosed space. The forces of tension and compression working in the CLT walls will be expressed by perforations in its elevations. ABA has used these to generate patterns of light across The Smile’s interior spaces during the day, it will become an urban lantern at night.

“The Landmark Projects are a key part of the Festival’s commissioning programme. They are at a scale that gets noticed and are always in major public places reaching a very wide audience,” says Ben Evans, the Director of LDF. “The choice of architect is key and Alison Brooks Architects are known for their innovative use of materials. Alongside a strong commitment to ambitious ideas they made an ideal choice for this year’s Landmark project with AHEC.”

Fri, 09.16.16
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Construction progress at North West Cambridge Development Veteran Oak Quarter

New aerial photographs show the construction progress of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development. Alison Brooks Architects & PTE’s Veteran Oak Quarter forms Lots M1 & M2 of this development.

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New aerial photographs show the construction progress of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development. Alison Brooks Architects & PTE’s Veteran Oak Quarter forms Lots M1 & M2 of this development.

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ABA to design new Maggie’s Centre in Somerset Maggie’s Centre

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends, has announced that Alison Brooks Architects will be designing its latest Centre.

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Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends, has announced that Alison Brooks Architects will be designing its latest Centre.

Great design and architecture is vital to the care that Maggie’s offers and so the practice will join a stellar list of architects commissioned by Maggie’s since 1996 including Frank Gehry, the late Zaha Hadid, OMA, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Steven Holl. Maggie’s Centres offer visitors a calm and uplifting environment with professional staff on hand to offer an evidence-based programme of support.

Alison Brooks and her team will design Maggie’s Taunton at the edge of the grounds of the Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset. Brooks has teamed with Johanna Gibbons of JLG Landscape Architecture and structural engineers Webb Yates.

Laura Lee, Chief Executive at Maggie’s said “We are so pleased to be bringing a Maggie’s Centre to Taunton and are excited by the designs put forward by Alison Brooks and JLG Landscape Architecture. Great design and architecture are integral to what we do at Maggie’s as each and every one of our Centres is specifically designed to welcome people with cancer and offer them a place to seek practical advice, talk to other people with cancer or just to sit quietly with a cup of tea while awaiting appointments or results.”

Colin Drummond, chair of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a very exciting development. At Musgrove Park Hospital we attach the greatest importance to working with the voluntary sector to provide the best quality care for patients with cancer, and for their families and friends. Our Beacon cancer centre is recognised for its excellent care and environment. To have Maggie’s, and the wonderful space and support it is renowned for, will be a huge asset for our local community.”

Alison Brooks said “We’re honoured and delighted to be working with Maggie’s to design a new Centre in Taunton. Our project will build on Maggie Keswick Jencks’ legacy of extraordinary and uplifting spaces for cancer patients and their families with creative working environments for the Maggie’s team. Taunton is in a beautiful part of Somerset and we hope our project, overlooking the Blackdown Hills, will make the most of this opportunity.”

Press: Architects Data File, BD Online, Architects’ Journal, ArchDaily, Building Construction Design, E-Architect, FollowNewsHorticulture Week,

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Glulam at Exeter College Cohen Quad Exeter College Cohen Quad

A Glued Laminated Timber (glulam) cloister is being installed at ABA’s Cohen Quad for Exeter College, Oxford.

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A Glued Laminated Timber (glulam) cloister is being installed at ABA’s Cohen Quad for Exeter College, Oxford.

This cloister will form part of a three dimensional ambulatory – a narrative route that connects the college’s public and courtyard spaces with a series of amphitheatre staircases, landings and garden walks – places for gathering and scholarly exchange.

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New photos reveal South Kilburn interiors Bronte & Fielding House

Paul Riddle’s new photographs show the interior spaces of the recently completed South Block of Bronte & Fielding House, which forms Phase 2 of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration for London Borough of Brent.

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Paul Riddle’s new photographs show the interior spaces of the recently completed South Block of Bronte & Fielding House, which forms Phase 2 of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration for London Borough of Brent.

The South Block’s unique geometry creates dual aspect apartments that flare towards views across London. Some of the apartments look towards Ernő Goldfinger’s iconic 1972 council housing project, Trellick Tower.

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La Biennale di Venezia Exhibition Ely Court City (e) State Bronte & Fielding House Durham & Gloucester Court

Sat, 05/28/16
Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora (map)

ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

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ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

The exhibition uncovers qualities found in Britain’s monumental urban housing estates, and how these have become synonymous with economic and social segregation. These are examined in relation to four specific urban paradigms found in a north London neighbourhood: 1890s suburb; 1960s modernist estate; contemporary masterplan; and intensified, ‘ideal’ future.

The practice considers housing design to be the most fundamental form of city-building, constituting urban form, civic space and community identity as well as the intimate space of dwelling. ABA’s own work in housing explores new typologies, identities and hybrid uses as vehicles for urban transformation.

“As catalysts for social diversity and inclusiveness, housing architecture can be reconceived as civic buildings of the everyday,” says Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of ABA. “A strategy of proactive council involvement as commissioners and stewards of urban design offers an alternative model for development to purely market-led regeneration.”

The Venice installation will include ABA’s ongoing work with the London Borough of Brent on the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate, one of north London’s largest modernist housing estates. Here, the Council is leading a 15 year masterplan to reintegrate the community, its architecture and public spaces into the fabric of the city. The Council’s plans new projects embed diversity, with a 50/50 mix of social and private housing. Ten London architects have been working in the regeneration including three competition winning schemes by Alison Brooks Architects.

“Our three South Kilburn projects – one complete, one under construction and one planned – recharge streets as a forum for public life framed by higher density, equitable housing. Our work supports the local authority’s renewed commitment to delivering long-term social and urban value.” says Brooks.

“Time Space Existence” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, 28 May – 27 November 2016. Palazzo Mora, Str. Nuova, 3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy.

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Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora
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London Design Festival: The Smile The Smile

Alison Brooks Architects have designed an urban installation for this year’s London Design Festival that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood, using American tulipwood. The Smile is a collaboration with AHEC, Arup and Merk.

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Alison Brooks Architects have designed an urban installation for this year’s London Design Festival that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood, using American tulipwood. The Smile is a collaboration with AHEC, Arup and Merk.

The curved form allows the Smile to cantilever out from its centre point to reach out into space. The curved floor, curved ceiling and curved walls create a dynamic and unfamiliar internal space. It is an undulating environment, between a landscape, adventure playground, bridge and a diving board.

Press: LDF, Dezeen, DesignWeek

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RICS guidance features Newhall and Accordia Newhall Be Accordia Masterplan Accordia Sky Villas Accordia Brass Building

Newhall and Accordia are two of the five case study projects that RICS use as exemplars for delivering “Placemaking and Value” in their recent publication of that title.

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Newhall and Accordia are two of the five case study projects that RICS use as exemplars for delivering “Placemaking and Value” in their recent publication of that title.

On Newhall:

“Newhall very clearly creates something new; there is nothing like it in the local area and the strong commitment to quality and materials, together with the attention to detail in the public realm, helps create a coherent settlement that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.”

“The success of Newhall’s design can be attributed to the architects themselves, the developers who took the risk, and the original masterplanners and landowners who created the vision… Crucially, the additional build costs are subsequently recouped at end-sale receipts.”

“It is evident that residents of Newhall – the longest-term being ten years – feel a strong sense of pride and ownership over their neighbourhood; both the public and private space is very well kept.”

On Accordia:

“The architecture is innovative, with regards to the typologies, layouts and the use of integrated public and private space. Adopting innovative design solutions increased risk given that they had not been market-tested and might not meet with buyer expectations, particularly at this price point and against the economic backdrop of the preceding 10 years. The distinctive design, in conjunction with the undeniably high standard of materials and finish, helped the settlement establish its own identity and a positive reputation.”

“The emphasis on green space and garden living is very effective and creates a very attractive environment in which to live. Again, the standard is high, with well-maintained pear trees and extensive planting of fruits. Furthermore, the blurred distinction between private and public space enhances the community feel.”

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Glulam erected at Cohen Quad Exeter College Cohen Quad

Glue laminated timber (glulam) framing at ABA’s Exeter College Cohen Quad has been erected, manifesting the volume of the theatre.

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Glue laminated timber (glulam) framing at ABA’s Exeter College Cohen Quad has been erected, manifesting the volume of the theatre.

This framing will be exposed on the interior. One part of the structure is hung from the other via metal plates which span a rooflight, hidden from audiences.

Photography: Fran Monks

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South Kilburn construction video Bronte & Fielding House

This video of South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2a documents the transformation of the site from two 1970s towers into mansion blocks, re-establishing Kilburn Park Road as one of the Borough’’s grand tree-lined avenues.

This video of South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2a documents the transformation of the site from two 1970s towers into mansion blocks, re-establishing Kilburn Park Road as one of the Borough’’s grand tree-lined avenues.

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South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2A demolition video Bronte & Fielding House

This time-lapse footage from the demolition of Bronte and Fielding House in South Kilburn, September 2014, shows the future site of ABA’s scheme for South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2A, which is now under construction.

This time-lapse footage from the demolition of Bronte and Fielding House in South Kilburn, September 2014, shows the future site of ABA’s scheme for South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2A, which is now under construction.

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Alison Brooks to Advise on Farrell Review

Terry Farrell has been appointed to head up an independent review of architecture and the built environment the findings of which will ‘reach all four corners of Whitehall’

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Terry Farrell has been appointed to head up an independent review of architecture and the built environment the findings of which will ‘reach all four corners of Whitehall’

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said Farrell’s findings ‘would provide a snapshot’ of the industry’ and ‘act as a rallying point for the profession.’ It will be delivered to a young energetic minister who will take it to all for corners of Whitehall and ensure the right elements of it are implimented,’ said Vaizey.

The review, which Farrell said was the most significant of its kind since Richard Rogers’ 1999 Urban Task Force, is being driven by Vaizey with a brief to help government ‘achieve ‘high quality design to better influence and shape policy…’.

The advisory panel also includes Thomas Heathwick, Alain de Botton, Hank Dittmar, Jim Eyre, Nigel Hugill, Lucy Musgrave, Robert Powell, Sunand Prasad, Victoria Thornton and Peter Bishop.

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