PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • Sky Central win at AJ Architecture Awards and FX Awards

    We're thrilled to announce that Sky Central has won Best Workplace of the Year at the Architects’ Journal Awards and UK Project of the year at the FX Design awards, alongside AL_A and Hassell.

    “It's an exemplar. It’s about changing the way people work. They’ve put health and wellness at the forefront – you have to travel around the building. The scale of space is exactly what the agents wouldn’t advise! The building isn’t instructive – everyone can find their place. It’s humanistic.”

    AJ Architecture Awards judges.

    “A human scaled workplace environment has been created while maintaining the awe-inspiring scale of such a large building. Successful socially and spatially, detailed with flair and playful clarity. Ecologically exemplary.”

    FX Awards judges

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  • Gavin Eldred

    It is with enormous regret and great sadness that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our colleague, our mentor, and most of all, our great friend Gavin Eldred. 

    Many of us were fortunate to know and work with Gavin for many years. His breadth of knowledge, deep commitment to the craft of our discipline and his ability to bring buildings to life have enriched some of our most important and pivotal projects.

    Gavin possessed unique abilities that enabled him to assemble, orchestrate and inspire teams throughout all stages of design, galvanising them to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. Through his generous and patient mentoring, he trained an entire generation of younger architects, who, in turn, admired Gavin as the exemplar of what an architect should be.

    Gavin’s legacy will endure in the ambitious and innovative buildings he helped create.

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  • PLP's Sky Central awarded BCO's Best of Best 2017 as well as National Corporate Workplace Award

    Sky Central wins 'Best of the Best' and 'Corporate Workplace' categories at this year's British Council for Offices National Awards.

    “Sky has created a genuinely and hugely dynamic working environment for its team in Sky Central in Isleworth, according to the BCO judges. Housed beneath a spectacular and light enhancing structural timber ceiling, the judges said the large floor plates break down into a series of spaces that are varied, individual and yet unified. They added that despite housing up to 3,400 people, the overarching sense is one of calm, productive collaboration and creativity that is entirely suited to the nature of Sky’s media-led business.”

    British Council for Offices

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  • Green light for our co-living tower in Stratford

    Our high rise in Stratford, the second building we have designed for the co-living startup Collective, was approved last night by the London Legacy Development Corporation.  The building, a speculation on the future of housing and urbanism, proposes a vertical ecosystem of working, playing, creating and living.

    Located near London’s Olympic Park, the 19-storey building will accommodate 250 co-living units along with a wealth of indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. At ground, a gallery curated by the Bow Arts Trust will link the street to the Channelsea River beyond. Above, an office incubator for local start-ups will provide co-working spaces for over 80 people.

    The expression of the project is not conferred through a flamboyant shape or through an overwrought facade, but rather by its collective event spaces, which give the building its identity. The project has a simple, calm and dignified facade and a streamlined, slender silhouette. Against this calm composition, the rooftop amenity spaces stand out as an extraordinary counterpoint; an expressive beacon in the sky.

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  • Sky Central wins the Mixology Award 2017 for Large Commercial Interiors Project of the Year

    PLP was in responsible for the Interior architecture of the new Sky Central Headquarters. Working together with workplace designer HASSELL, we conceived a design that promotes flexible, collaborative, task-based working. This flexibility was achieved through the creation across the vast floor plates, of multiple distinct neighbourhoods, linked together by the architecture of central mezzanines, stairs and ramps. This connective tissue encourages employees to take different routes around the office, allowing for unexpected and surprising interactions to occur naturally and act as a catalyst to internal business innovations.

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  • Remaking London - September talk at The Arts Club

    Lee Polisano, president and founding partner of PLP Architecture joined property entrepreneur David Rosen, Hon FRIBA and senior partner at Pilcher Hershman, to discuss how their projects have impacted London and to give their insights on the ever changing property and architectural landscape in London. Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival Director, moderated the event.

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  • Sky Central featured as a case study by the UK Green Building Council

    In 2013, following an invited competition, PLP Architecture was commissioned to design the interior and develop the exterior for Sky Central - the main building of their West London campus.

     

    The design brief required a building that would galvanise 3500 employees into a single community whose identity would reflect the fast-paced and ever-evolving nature of broadcasting and telecommunications.

     

    PLP worked together with Sky to develop the content and programmatic distribution of the building.


    www.ukgbc.org

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  • The Francis Crick institute achieved an Excellent BREEAM rating

    The Francis Crick Institute is the result of an unprecedented partnership between six of the world’s leading biomedical and academic organisations, bringing together multidisciplinary groups of researchers to develop ground-breaking research for the improvement of human health. PLP, working together with HOK, have designed the building to be highly interactive and open, with five floors of laboratories above ground specifically designed to promote interdisciplinary work.  The Francis Crick Institute adheres to strong sustainability principles, setting a new standard for modern sustainable design. The building has achieved an Excellent BREEAM rating with a final score of 74% and has been designed to comply with Building Regulations Part L 2010.

    www.crick.ac.uk

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  • Sky Central provides back drop to pre-fight news conference

    PLP’s Sky Central for major UK broadcaster Sky, has been featured in the Financial Times. The article ‘Sky’s the limit for latest theory in office design’ speaks about the new headquarter building and how the design changes the way staff collaborate and work.

     

    In 2013, following an invited competition, PLP Architecture, Arup, Mace, AL_A & Hassell were commissioned to design the new Headquarters for broadcaster Sky, called Sky Central - the main building of their West London campus. The design brief required a building that would galvanise 3,500 employees into a single community whose identity would reflect the fast-paced and ever-evolving nature of broadcasting and telecommunications.

    www.ft.com

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  • Sky Central wins the British Council for Offices Regional Award 2017 in the category Corporate workplace

    Sky Central is a unique example of unconventional (workspace) design, efficient engineering and delivery combined to meet high aspirations around sustainability, flexibility and people wellbeing.

    PLP Architecture was commissioned by Sky to design the interior architecture and develop the exterior for Sky Central - the main building of their 7,000 - person West London campus. The building is designed to to engage 3500 Sky colleagues in producing the best work of their career. 

    A design was conceived that promotes flexible, collaborative, task-based working. This flexibility was achieved through the creation across the vast floor plates, of multiple distinct neighbourhoods, linked together by the architecture of central mezzanines, stairs and ramps. This established a range of different work areas. This connective tissue encourages employees to take different routes around the office, allowing for unexpected and surprising interactions to occur naturally and act as a catalyst to internal business innovations. These various journeys also shape the central experience of the building: an open space where both ideas and people flow and interweave continually.

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  • PLP joins Mix Interiors Roundtable discussion

    Cindy Lau, Director at PLP, joined the Mix Interiors Roundtable discussion on ‘Designing an experience’ on April 19th, 2017. Much talked about is the term productivity in the workplace; but many believe that even the end user client doesn’t know what productivity looks like.  What seems to be more relevant is focusing on the ‘experience’ and through that the client get the best out from their talents. Cindy  discussed the process of engaging the client to understand their aspirations and realise it through intelligent design. She also shared her views on the future of workplace and the importance of designing an experience in relation to productivity.

    As an example, she introduced PLP’s design of the Edge, which has been recognized internationally as ‘the smartest and most sustainable office building in the world’,  and the new headquarters of leading broadcasting company Sky in West London, offering an interactive production hub to 3,700 creatives.

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  • Sky Central provides back drop to pre-fight news conference

    PLP's Sky Central building, the new headquarters of leading broadcasting company Sky in West London, hosted the pre-fight news conference  for this weekend’s heavyweight fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua.

     

    Journalists and employees watched the two Olympic champions engage in verbal combat during the press conference, beneath the new glass-walled Sky News Studio.

    "It promises to be an amazing day here in Osterley and it's a great opportunity for the outside world to see our new campus," said a Sky spokesman.

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  • The Francis Crick Institute won the category of ‘Best New Place to Work’ in the London First/RTPI...

    The London Planning Awards is organised in partnership with the Mayor of London, London First, RTPI, Planning Officers Society and London Councils, to recognise and reward best practice in planning in the capital.

     

    PLP Architecture joined CBRE and HOK as a key party to the Planning Performance Agreement agreed with Camden Council which enabled intensive consultation with key development and design officers from Camden and the GLA.

     

    This highly contextual building, that responds to its location next to St Pancras station and the British Library, and the external expression and massing of the building are the result of intensive consultation with the local planning authority in Camden, the GLA, stakeholders and local residents’ groups.

     

    99 events were held in the months prior to the applications submission and this degree of consultation and the low volume of subsequent representations as a result have been highlighted as an example of best practice.

     

    The Francis Crick Institute is an extraordinary example of collaborative work in science today. A consortium of six of the UK's largest organisations for biomedical research, the Institute brings together multidisciplinary groups of researchers to develop ground-breaking research for the improvement of human health. To house this centre, HOK with PLP Architecture devised a building that operates both as a complex laboratory as well as a place for collaboration and exchange.

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  • Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research at PLP, featured in Emerging Models of...

    Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research at PLP, featured in Emerging Models of Transdisciplinarity, a film about the nature of design research today.

    A paradigm shift is happening in design that is not rooted in particular disciplines, sectors or industries. Design is becoming an engine of innovation and is disrupting existing modes of production and consumption. Design industry, research and education require a new way of thinking: one that embraces a culture of innovation.

     
    View here

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  • PLP joining the New London Vernacular Conference

    Lee Polisano will speak about 'Pioneering Urbanity in an Expanding Capital' at the New London Vernacular Conference on April 26th. This event, initiated by UCL, will explore further with other planners, architects and practitioners some of the issues which are arising in their research project on "Governing the Future City".

    For more info:
    www.ucl.ac.uk

    Register here:
    www.linkedin.com

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  • The Francis Crick Institute shortlisted for RTPI Award for Planning Excellence 2017

    The Francis Crick Institute, designed by HOK with PLP Architecture, has been shortlisted in the UK National Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Planning Excellence under the category ‘Economically Successful Places’. PLP Architecture has led the planning submission for The Francis Crick Institute, Europe’s largest biomedical research institute, housing more than a thousand scientists from different disciplines next to King’s Cross Station. The RTPI Awards celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

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  • Ron Bakker spoke about the Future of the Workplace at the ULI Winter drinks 2017

    Ron Bakker joined the Annual ULI Winter Drinks, where he spoke about the Future of the Workplace and shared his latest thoughts on office design and working methods and their effect on productivity.

    Main question was; Is the era of open plan offices coming to an end and will it bring with it another headache for landlords? Ron Bakker was in charge of the design of The Edge, the most sustainable and smartest office building  in the world, according to Bloomberg.


    Other speakers included; Philip Ross, CEO, Unwork, Andrew Lynch, Co-Founder & COO, Huckletree and Kaela Fenn-Smith, Head of Commercial, London Portfolio, Land Securities.


    The event was organised by the ULI UK Young Leaders Committee at the recently redeveloped Television Centre, in White City, on the evening of 26th January. Hala El Akl, senior assiociate at PLP, co-shares the YL group at ULI UK.

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  • PLP’s Tall Timber building Research broadcasted by BBC World News

    PLP’s Oakwood Timber Tower’s Research, developed in partnership with the Centre for Natural and Material Innovations at the University of Cambridge, and engineering firm Smith and Wallwork, looks towards creating new design potentials with tall timber buildings, rather than simply copying the forms of steel and concrete construction. Kevin Flanagan, interviewed by BBC World News, spoke about the human perception and positive impact of wood on our emotional experiences in build environments.

     

    Through a combination of theoretical design and physical testing, this research demonstrates the viability of timber buildings at much greater heights than has previously been possible. Tall Timber Skyscrapers are revolutionary, sustainable and are changing the conventional way of building.

    The project aspires to make tall timber buildings a reality.

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  • PLP Architecture unveils CarTube, a pioneering mobility solution to mass transport and traffic...

    PLP Architecture has unveiled the concept design for CarTube, during the ‘Future of Urban Mass Transportation’ Conference held on December 2nd 2016 in London. The Conference brought together researchers and scientists from the UK and abroad to discuss the direction of future transportation technology. The CarTube concept translates a pioneering mobility solution which combines two existing modes of transport, automated electric cars and mass transit, into a single, seamless underground road system.

     

    Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research at PLP Architecture: “CarTube is a direct response to mass transit and traffic congestion in the world’s largest cities. Moving high-speed car traffic below ground will revolutionise our concept of the city, allowing our urban spaces to be designed not for cars, but for people. CarTube has the potential to be the next best thing to teleportation and will revolutionise exiting cities and allow for unprecedented urban forms.”

     

    PLP Architecture will continue their research on CarTube and will act as a catalyst for innovation, bringing together great minds from different  backgrounds to imagine a future where cars don't compete but  collaborate.

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  • Sky Central building opens at Sky’s headquarters

    Sky’s new flagship building ‘Sky Central’  has opened at the company’s campus in Osterley, West London.

    The new office was completed in July, and accommodates 3,500 employees. Designed for flexibility, openness and to foster the lively flow of people and ideas around the business, the building is the centrepiece of Sky’s group headquarters.

    PLP Architecture was invited to re-think and design the building’s interior, develop the external envelope to respond to the changing interior programme and deliver the project through to completion following an invited design competition via the main contractor bid.

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  • London mayor Sadiq Khan announces his plans to explore Creative Land Trust to support artists'...

    Launched in March 2016, Studiomakers aims to provide entrepreneurial solutions to retain existing and create new affordable artist workspaces in London. The initiative is led by Outset Contemporary Art Fund in association with its founding partners The Mayor of London, Second Home, Create London, PLP Architecture and Bolton & Quinn.

    studiomakers.com

    Image by Dan Wilton

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  • PLP Architecture, together with Cambridge University and Smith and Wallwork, won the Royal...

    The RIBA annual President’s awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment. This year, a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries. Our research project, entitled Supertall Timber: Design Research for the Next Generation of Natural Structure, was developed together with The University of Cambridge’s Centre for Natural Innovation and the engineering firm Smith and Wallwork. The project aspires to make tall timber buildings a reality. Through a combination of feasibility study involving design for a real world site in the Barbican London and involving manufacturers and physical lab testing, this research demonstrates the viability of timber buildings to modern urban centres.

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  • PLP Architecture, together with OVG  Real Estate, won the ULI Global Award for Excellence 2016

    ULI honours outstanding development projects with the ULI Global Awards for Excellence program, which today is widely recognized as the development community’s most prestigious awards program.

    Winning projects represent the highest standards of achievement in the development industry.

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  • PLP Architecture shortlisted in international competition to transform the Montparnasse Tower in...

    PLP architecture has been invited to a competition to renovate the tour Montparnasse in Paris, France. The co-owners, EITMM, selected, from over 700 interested candidates, PLP Architecture who will now compete with six other selected architects to reinvent the famous Parisian landmark.

    PLP’s team will be led by founding partner Karen Cook, the designer on 22 Bishopsgate, the tallest building in the City of London and Tour First, the tallest building in France. Karen is steering the next stage of the design competition to transform the Tour Montparnasse into a sustainable and innovative workplace.

     

    Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture and economic development for the Greater Paris project, said,  “We are delighted with this varied and audacious selection of architects which promises a great diversity of ideas, approaches and innovations for the transformation of the Montparnasse Tower, the initial stage in the regeneration of the entire area.”

    “I am delighted that PLP Architecture has been invited to reimagine the Paris
    skyline and to reactivate
    the Montparnasse neighbourhood.”


    Karen Cook
    Founding Partner at PLP Architecture

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  • The Francis Crick Institute has been shortlisted in the Visionary Building of the
    Year category at this year’s...

    The Francis Crick Institute is an extraordinary example of collaborative work in science today. A consortium of six of the UK's largest organisations for biomedical research, the Institute brings together multidisciplinary groups of researchers to develop ground-breaking research for the improvement of human health. To house this centre, we devised a building that operates both as a complex laboratory as well as a place for collaboration and exchange. Working together with HOK, we have designed the building to be highly interactive and open, with five floors of laboratories above ground specifically designed to promote interdisciplinary work.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP Architecture has won 4 American Architecture prizes

    The Tall Timber Tower

    PLATINUM AWARD - Architectural design / Tall building category

     

    The Edge

    GOLD AWARD - Architectural design / Green architecture category

     

    Skypod

    SILVER AWARD - Architectural design / Transportation

     

    The Nexus

    HONORABLE MENTION - Architectural design / Commercial architecture

     

    The AAP American Architecture Prize honors exceptional designs in 41 categories across three disciplines: architectural design, interior design, and landscape architecture.

     

    The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed experts including Troy C. Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum;

    Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture at Yale University; Ben Van Berkel, Principal of UNStudio and Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Alan Ricks and Michael Murphy, Founders of Mass Design Group; and many more.

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  • PLP’s tall timber building research shortlisted for Royal Institute of British Architects’ President’s...

    The RIBA annual awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment. This year, a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries. The research project, entitled Supertall Timber: Design Research for the Next Generation of Natural Structure, was developed together The University of Cambridge’s architecture school, along with engineering firm Smith and Wallwork.

     

    The project aspires to make tall timber buildings a reality. Through a combination of theoretical design and physical testing, this research demonstrates the viability of timber buildings at much greater heights than has previously been possible.

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  • The Francis Crick Institute featured on the BBC’s Today program as practical completion is reached

    Building work is finally complete at the biggest biomedical facility in Europe, the Francis Crick Institute. Scientists will start to gradually move in over the next month, and it will be open to the public in early 2017. The Crick, which has cost 700 million pounds, and will house more than a thousand scientists, claims to offer a radical new approach to medical research by encouraging scientists from different disciplines to work together in new and imaginative ways.

    “The Francis Crick Institute is an extraordinary example of collaborative work. Our role was to establish the architectural expression of the building, lifting it to the status of a major civic institution, linking the Crick to other nearby landmarks and creating a world class centre for interdisciplinary research.”

    Wayne McKiernan
    Director at PLP Architecture

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP Architecture Research Group featured in “The Changing Shape of Practice” Monograph...

    PLP Architecture’s in-house research group has had a chapter dedicated to its work in a new monograph on architectural practice and design-led research. The Changing Shape of Practice is a handbook for practices that wish to integrate research into their work and a reference book for students that seek to prepare themselves for the future research trajectories of the discipline. The book details PLP’s work on 3D city modelling, interactive systems and advanced visualisation techniques, parametric and performance based design, and genotype algorithms in architecture.

     

    To find out more about PLP’s research group, visit the research page on our website (link) or to buy the book visit:

     

    www.amazon.co.uk

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  • PLP Architecture featured in GQ magazine October issue 2016 - ‘A commune, but not as we know it’

    London’s housing shortage and lack of affordable yet comfortable accommodation, has led to a new trend:  co – living, the future way of living for mobile millennials. PLP Architecture has designed ‘The Collective Old Oak’,  the world’s largest co-living space.

     

    “A key selling point is beautiful design. Old Oak is the world’s largest co-living space, and recently opened in northwest London right by the Grand Union Canal. It includes fitness facilities, a games room, cinema, library, bar, restaurant and three dining rooms. Created by the adventurous studio PLP Architecture for co-living property venture The Collective, it is a striking eleven-storey block of luminescent glass, topped by 700 square meters of landscaped gardens spread over two roof terraces.”

     

    GQ, October 2016

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PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP Architecture volunteer with The City Centre’s Learning Program, designing and delivering...

    Architects from PLP Architecture volunteer with The City Centre’s Learning Program, designing and delivering workshops to promote careers in architecture for young people.

    We have partnered with The City Centre, The City of London’s centre for the built environment, to design and deliver workshops to children of various ages from participating schools. The workshops are designed to stimulate students’ interest in the built environment and show them how to pursue architecture and urban planning as a careers path. Activities have ranged from simple careers presentations, explaining the day to day work of architects, to full day workshops creating scale drawings and models, proposing new tall buildings for London, and learning about planning processes and their effect on the city.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • Dezeen names Collective Old Oak one of the best six

    co-living developments in

    the world

    The Collective Old Oak is the world’s largest coliving space: a new hybrid typology that redefines the architecture of living and working to suit the unique community of people that will develop here. The project reinvents collective living for today, laminating together a series of complimentary programs and atmospheres to establish an environment that allows its occupiers to live work and play – all in one building.

    Opened on May 1st 2016, the building comprises 550 bedrooms as well as shared communal areas, indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, co-working spaces, restaurant, gym, cinema, spa and launderette.

    www.dezeen.com

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP’s Chiltern Place for Ronson Capital Partners reaches structural completion

    PLP Architecture and Ronson Capital Partners LLP (“RCP”), the real estate investment company, have held a topping-out ceremony to mark the structural completion of Chiltern Place, the company’s prime residential development at 66 Chiltern Street, in the heart of London’s Marylebone Village.

     

    Due to be completed in 2017, Chiltern Place will be a collection of 55 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses over 15 storeys, as well as one four-storey townhouse.

     

    At the ceremony, the development, which is being built by Mace, was revealed to be over 60% sold. The design of the building is marked by generous and highly articulated bay windows which are set against handset terracotta cladding. The reconfiguration of the public realm around it, animated by retail facilities, complements recent improvements to the quality of Chiltern Street

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • Virtual reality research
    by PLP featured in The Economist’s Science and Technology Section

    PLP is researching the next generation of technologies that allow us to visualise and experience our buildings. PLP Senior Associate Partner and Head of Visualisation Richard Woolsgrove recently spoke to The Economist about PLP’s work with virtual reality software and game engines. The article discusses the spread of video game technologies outside of that industry, moving into film, television, and architecture. Rather than traditional static images and pre-determined animations, game engines create opportunities for real-time immersive and interactive visualisations that offer a more direct and visceral encounter with our architectural ideas.

    "PLP has been experimenting with two leading game engines, Unity (made by Unity Technologies, of San Francisco) and Unreal (made by Epic Games, of Cary, North Carolina). Architecture businesses have long used graphics to give their customers virtual tours of as-yet-unbuilt edifices. But, says Richard Woolsgrove, who is in charge of visualisation at PLP, these were often just pre-cooked animations. Game engines, by contrast, let clients wander wherever they like. Mr Woolsgrove’s group has created virtual versions of proposed buildings using one or other of the engines it is testing, and invited people to walk around and inside them, using a video-game controller to do so. The ability to explore a virtual building in this way, Mr Woolsgrove says, gets clients much more excited than they were by the old approach.”

    The Economist

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  • PLP Partner Kevin Flanagan interviewed by The International New York times about Timber Tower

    PLP’s Timber Tower’s research, developed in partnership with the Centre for Natural and Material Innovations at the University of Cambridge, and engineering firm Smith and Wallwork, looks towards creating new design potentials with timber buildings, rather than simply copying the forms of steel and concrete construction. The transition to timber construction may have a wider positive impact on urban environments and built form, and offers opportunities not only to rethink the aesthetics of buildings, but also the structural methodologies informing their design as well. PLP is currently working on further proposals for a 31 storey timber building for a site in Western Europe.

    www.nytimes.com

    “Timber has a higher aesthetic appeal for humans than concrete, encouraging a sense of well-being among residents. Cross-lamination establishes a new level of quality control and fire protection. It brings a new structure and form.."

    “The faster construction is also less disruptive to the local neighbourhood, and timber is also lighter, so could conceivably be used to extend existing concrete buildings upwards.”


    Kevin Flanagan speaking to New York Times Journalist Laura Latham

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • Masterplan for the former Westferry Printworks site on the Isle of Dogs receives planning permission

    PLP is currently testing the next generation of computer visualisation technologies to make visualisations of future glass buildings more accurate. Currently, most visualisations are made with a process of trial and error, and visualisers make an educated guess about how the glass facade of a building will look. This process is relatively inaccurate, given that it has no basis in actual data about either the lighting conditions on the site or the proposed type of glass itself. PLP is working with Eclat Digital Recherche, a French company which produces the Ocean Light Simulator software, and the Spheron-VR Camera, to deliver this accuracy to the firm’s upcoming projects. A special camera records the colour and quality of the lighting at a certain time of day in certain weather conditions on the project site.

     

    This dataset is then fed into the Ocean Light Simulator, providing a highly accurate approximation of real-world lighting conditions. This software allows samples of glass which will be used to clad a building to be scanned in a specialist laboratory. This gives a more accurate, data-based way of understanding how a certain glass will behave in various lighting conditions. The combination of these two techniques, which allow a new accuracy in approximating both the performance and appearance of glass facades, and the lighting conditions in a specific location, mean that PLP can deliver the next generation of glass buildings with the most accurate visualisations possible.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP Partner Kevin Flanagan speaks to ITV News, Monocle24 Radio, and London Live

    PLP Partner Kevin Flanagan, who worked on the research project together with Partner Ron Bakker, Michael Ramage of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Architecture and Natural Material Innovation Group, and engineers Smith & Wallwork, was interviewed on various media outlets this week following the extensive media coverage of our research proposals and a presentation to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

     

    Kevin was interviewed for ITV and London Live’s evening news segments, and spoke at length on The Monocle Weekly show about the research.

    The episode is available to listen for free online, or to download as a podcast: The Monocle Weekly

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • Karl Sharro argues the case for a high-density London at Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking Week

    On April 21st, PLP Director Karl Sharro, an urban designer who has written for publications such as Mark, Glass, The Architectural Review and Blueprint, and has been featured on the BBC, spoke at Green Sky Thinking Week on the models of density being proposed by PLP in many of its London projects.

    Karl argued the case for  well-designed and carefully sited towers with a hierarchy of massing, while architect Alison Brooks, Eleanor Fawcett of the LLDC, and Jonathan Manns of Colliers International made their own cases for London’s sustainable future. The Green Sky Thinking 2016 launch debate asked leading figures involved in planning, designing and building future London to argue the case for their vision or model of how a high-density city can be a sustainable one – how we can meet the pressing demands on space in the capital, while at the same time retaining its distinctive neighbourhoods and places and making it a liveable and enjoyable city.

    Green Sky Thinking Week is an annual initiative launched in September 2011 by Open-City, London’s leading built environment organisation. It responds to the demand for a new type of forum in which to hear directly from sustainability leaders in the property and built environment sectors on how we can develop, support and deliver the integrated solutions that will effect real change, and what the industry needs to do to achieve this.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • Timber skyscraper research presented to London’s Mayor Boris Johnson

    PLP Architecture is working with researchers from Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture and engineers Smith and Wallwork to develop research on the future development of tall timber buildings in central London. The conceptual plans imagine an 80-storey, 300metre high wooden building creating 1,000 new residential units integrated within the Barbican.

     

    Kevin Flanagan, Partner at PLP Architecture said “We now live predominantly in cities and so the proposals have been designed to improve our wellbeing in an urban context. Timber buildings have the potential architecturally to create a more pleasing, relaxed, sociable and creative urban experience. Our firm is currently designing many of London’s tall buildings, and the use of timber could transform the way we build in this city. We are excited to be working with the University and with Smith and Wallwork on this ground breaking design- and engineering-based research.”

     

    The tall timber buildings research also looks towards creating new design potentials with timber buildings, rather than simply copying the forms of steel and concrete construction. The transition to timber construction may have a wider positive impact on urban environments and built form, and offers opportunities not only to rethink the aesthetics of buildings, but also the structural methodologies informing their design as well.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP's CarTube concept previewed at the Bloomberg hosted conference Plan Forum: Future of Mobility

    Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research, was invited to give a sneak preview of PLP’s CarTube concept at a panel discussion on urban mobility hosted by Plan and Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London.

    Based on a fusion of two technologies - mass transport and autonomous vehicles - PLP’s CarTube concept has the potential to radically reinvent urban mobility in the upcoming years.

     

    PLP will host a public launch of CarTube this summer.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP’s Bogdan Rusu wins Dutch ‘Young Architects Prize’ 2015

    Bogdan Rusu won the Dutch ‘Young Architects Prize’ 2015. His project ‘A silent hut’, was designed as a relaxing retreat in the allotment gardens of Rotterdam for jury president Wim van Krimpen, first director of Kunsthal and one of the most respected figures in the Dutch art world.

     

    The design combines vernacular themes present in the surroundings with contemporary elements, resulting in a sensible intervention which respects the nature and highlights its beauty. Seeking for a discrete, Le Corbusier-like hut, Wim van Krimpen described the design as the ‘beauty of simplicity’.

     

    www.architectenwerk.nl

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • The Edge wins two BREEAM Awards in the New Build Offices and the Public Vote Categories

    Last night, our project The Edge in Amsterdam won two BREEAM Awards, presented by the Building Research Establishment under their sustainable building metric system BREEAM, in the categories Offices - New Construction and the public vote prize Your BREEAM.

    When it was completed last year, The Edge received the highest BREEAM rating ever given to an office building by the BRE for its outstanding environmental performance. From its inception, numerous features of the building were designed to promote good energy performance and reduction in energy and water usage.  Amongst other features, a mobile phone application allows employees to monitor their energy use, and solar panels on the roof provide electricity for charging laptops, mobile phones and electric cars.

    These are just two of the many aspects of the building’s design that contributed to its exceptional BREEAM rating. In addition to being one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, The Edge is also one of its smartest, integrating numerous sensors as well as flexible working spaces to support activity based working.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP joins Outset Entrepreneurs for the Arts’ Studiomakers Iniative

    PLP Architecture is assisting the Studiomakers Initiative to develop rent free studios for artists in London, which launched today. Culture is a key driver for London’s economic landscape, directly attracting 18 million tourists a year to the capital and making an annual multi-billion contribution to the economy. This activity is fuelled by the thousands of artists who live and work in the city, making London not only a top destination, but also giving it an international cultural cache which translates into strong business branding, influence and innovation.

    Studiomakers will encourage and provide support for developers to create rent-free leasable studio spaces in their properties, both new and existing. Outset, supported by experts, ranging from academics to curators, will work with developers to identify and plan suitable artists’ workspaces, coordinate a selection of the artists to be chosen to become tenants and manage the tenancies, and will facilitate community engagement and outreach activities.

    Studiomakers is an initiative led by Outset in association with Second Home, The Mayor of London's Culture Team, PLP Architecture, Create and Bolton & Quinn under the umbrella of Entrepreneurs for the Arts. Entrepreneurs for the Arts was launched by Outset and Second Home to bring together like-minded organisations who want to provide entrepreneurial solutions to support significant cultural projects. Founded in 2003, Outset Contemporary Art Fund is an international hub for creative funding solutions for contemporary art.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal

    Rembrandt: The Artist in his Studio

PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP use new method for accurate glass visualization studies

    PLP is currently testing the next generation of computer visualisation technologies to make visualisations of future glass buildings more accurate. Currently, most visualisations are made with a process of trial and error, and visualisers make an educated guess about how the glass facade of a building will look. This process is relatively inaccurate, given that it has no basis in actual data about either the lighting conditions on the site or the proposed type of glass itself. PLP is working with Eclat Digital Recherche, a French company which produces the Ocean Light Simulator software, and the Spheron-VR Camera, to deliver this accuracy to the firm’s upcoming projects. A special camera records the colour and quality of the lighting at a certain time of day in certain weather conditions on the project site.

     

    This dataset is then fed into the Ocean Light Simulator, providing a highly accurate approximation of real-world lighting conditions. This software allows samples of glass which will be used to clad a building to be scanned in a specialist laboratory. This gives a more accurate, data-based way of understanding how a certain glass will behave in various lighting conditions. The combination of these two techniques, which allow a new accuracy in approximating both the performance and appearance of glass facades, and the lighting conditions in a specific location, mean that PLP can deliver the next generation of glass buildings with the most accurate visualisations possible.

PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
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    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
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  • PLP Director Bin Sheng speaks at UKTI’s UK-China Urban Regeneration & Green Building Seminar in Tianjin

    On December 10th, PLP Director Bin Sheng gave a talk at the UK-China Regeneration and Green Building Seminar, hosted by the UK Trade and Investment Board and the British Embassy Beijing in Tianjin. She presented PLP’s project The Edge, an office building designed to house Deloitte in Amsterdam which was completed in May 2015. The talk proved timely; in the very same week, Beijing’s first red alert for smog was announced, closing schools and even stopping construction. Sustainability is an increasing concern in China in the face of growing and noticeable pollution. The Edge is officially considered to be the world’s most sustainable office building, having been awarded the highest rating ever recorded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the global assessor of sustainable buildings. The project achieved Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) certification for new construction of ‘Outstanding’ and a score of 98.36 % by employing both innovative smart technologies as well as a holistic attitude to sustainability.

     

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • Grosvenor announces PLP-Designed Adidas Flagship Store for Oxford Street

    A flagship adidas store is proposed for 425 Oxford Street in London’s West End, which will be designed by PLP.

     

    The joint venture owning the property, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor) and Stow Capital Partners (Stow), has agreed to pre-let 43,000 square feet of retail space to Adidas. The scheme involves the reconfiguration and extension of the lower five floors of the ten storey building. This will create a larger unit for adidas, which aims to create a new flagship store in the prime retail location, opposite Selfridges Department store in the heart of London’s West End.

     

    Consultation with the local community and stakeholders is underway in advance of a planning application to Westminster City Council. If plans are approved, the new flagship store will open in 2018, with double height windows on the ground floor and extensive frontage onto Oxford Street, one of the world’s foremost shopping destinations. The redevelopment aims to reduce the number of service vehicle movements.

     

    The designs by PLP Architecture include improvements to the outward appearance of the building, which currently has four different retail units at ground level. The new store aims to further enhance Oxford Street and the West End’s reputation as a shopping district.

     

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    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP Architecture’s 22 Bishopsgate tower receives resolution to grant planning permission

    We welcome the Corporation of London Planning Committee's resolution to grant planning permission for 22 Bishopsgate. 22 Bishopsgate is designed as an elegant, abstract, faceted form. The tallest office building in the City of London, at 278m, it is sculpted to consolidate the cluster of towers in the heart of the City, when seen from the surrounding townscape views.

     

    22 Bishopsgate will enhance the quality of life for its occupiers and local pedestrians through a number of distinguishing and innovative characteristics, and thus appeal to a variety of tenants including financial, insurance, financial technology, and technology sectors. Amenity spaces dedicated on a number of floors across the building allow tenants to share, to eat, meet others, or relax. Uses will range from independent food stalls, to services such as medical, personal well-being, a library, seminar areas. Small tenants will especially benefit from 22 Bishopsgate's choice of amenities, normally offered only by larger companies. Technology will improve visitor arrival experience, as well as the occupant use, of the building, through the latest data sharing apps.

     

    At the top of the building, amenities for the public include a restaurant and bar and a free-to-visit viewing gallery, open daily, accessed via a dedicated entrance on Bishopsgate with express lifts to the top. The highest viewing gallery in London offers a new way to experience the City, with spectacular views to the Thames, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Westminster.

     

    22 Bishopsgate is designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating.  Occupancy density is designed to accommodate up to one person per 8m2, or up to 11,568 people overall, as tenants seek to make their space more effective, requiring more lifts and increased mechanical equipment provision. The already built basements and foundations are being largely reused, saving construction time and reducing impact on neighbours. The steel frame weights fifteen percent less than the previous design for the same site, despite its larger size, thanks to its efficient shape.

     

     

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • PLP unveils London’s first Co-Living scheme, The Collective Stratford

    PLP Architecture have partnered up with The Collective to conceive a new model of housing called ‘Co-Living’ which is tailored to suit the changing lifestyles of young people living and working in London. The Co-Living component aims to create a long-term, sustainable community both within and outside the building with the intention to create an environment where the tenants rent for an extended period of time to ultimately establish roots locally and settle within the borough.

     

    This accommodation is designed to create a sense of community within the building, while providing a high level of service including a concierge, weekly linen change, room cleaning, free wi-fi, and a simple all-inclusive bill for utilities, broadband and council tax. Residents will benefit from a wealth of amenity spaces provided for residents throughout the building including a cinema room, games room, library, secret garden, spa, disco laundrette, and gym. The residential component of the building is accompanied by The Collective’s design-led, flexible co-working product.

     

    So far PLP Architecture and the Collective have developed two projects together. The first, located in west London, will deliver 323 units, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in Q2 2016. The second, located near the Olympic Park, will deliver 300 units and is currently in planning, with a proposed launch date in Summer 2019.

     

     

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • The Edge wins AIA Continental Europe Awards 2015 Environmental Design Award

    PLP was awarded the Environmental Design Award at the AIA Continental Europe Awards 2015 held in Vienna on October 3rd 2015 for its project The Edge, located in Zuidas, Amsterdam. Partner, Kevin Flanagan was there on behalf of PLP to accept.

     

    The building, developed by OVG Real Estate, sets a new global benchmark for the office environment by prioritising the comfort, health and productivity of its end-users. The project is the world’s most sustainable office building, having been awarded the highest rating ever recorded by the Building Research Establishment, the global assessor of sustainable buildings. By employing innovative smart technology, the project achieved a BREEAM new construction certification of ‘Outstanding’ and a score of 98.36 per cent.

     

    The Environmental Design Award was intended to recognize exemplary sustainable design in the planning and execution of a project that has considered all strategies for reduced environmental impact. Projects were judged on how successfully they integrated sustainability and energy efficient strategies into their design. PLP are delighted to have been recognised internationally for their contribution to environmentally motivated workplace design.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
  • The Edge is shortlisted for the Blueprint Awards 2015 ‘Best Sustainable Design Project or Product’ category

    The Blueprint Awards 2015 for Architecture and Design have shortlisted The Edge for the ‘Best Sustainable Design Project or Product’ category.

     

    The Edge has attracted public attention for the unique way in which the building responds to both its external and internal environments.  Externally, the benefits of natural light are maximised, with a glass façade allowing natural daylight into office space, whilst the south façade houses solar panels to produce energy and electricity for the building.  Additionally rainwater is collected and recycled for irrigation and aquifer thermal energy storage controls the temperature of the building.  Internally, employees can use their smartphones to adjust lighting and room temperature, as well as monitor their energy consumption allowing them to alter their working patterns to be more sustainable.  The Edge combines outstanding architecture with exceptional standards of sustainability to create a building which is both energy and work efficient.

    PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal
PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal

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