AY Architects have been shortlisted for the final phase of The Lansdowne Club Courtyard Design Competition. The building in Berkeley Square originated as Lord Bute’s residence in 1761, designed by Robert Adam, but has undergone several and significant changes since then. Few of the original rooms have remained untouched. Adam’s First Drawing Room and Great Eating Room are now displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum respectively while a number of diverse in character rooms and features remain in the building and create an eclectic atmosphere. The new scheme will include a retractable roof above the courtyard in the heart of the The Lansdowne Club and support the necessary operations for indoor/outdoor dining across all seasons. The successful design will aim to ‘deliver an elegant and delightful structure that will become a destination in itself’. Final competition results will be announced in December 2017.
We are excited to see construction of three of our buildings currently progressing on site for two exemplary schools in Camden. From the top: Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab; Camden School for Girls 6th Form Building; and Camden School for Girls Main Building.
We are delighted that Montpelier Community Nursery opens its doors to the public on Sunday 17 September, 1-5pm, as part of Open House London 2017. Yeoryia and Anthony will host visitors and talk about how the project was initiated, funded and built. Montpelier Community Nursery has won a RIBA National Award and the Stephen Lawrence Prize, and it was also mid-listed for the Stirling Prize in 2013. For more information and travel advice please visit the Open House London page here.
Currently Recruiting: We are looking for a Part II architectural assistant with a minimum of two years of experience or for a recently qualified architect. We will be delighted to hear from committed, skilled and experienced applicants. Hard copy applications, sent by post, are preferred. AY Architects is an equal opportunities employer.
We are delighted to be participating in this year’s London Festival of Architecture through a group exhibition at the Clerkenwell Gallery. Out exhibit ‘Ministry of Transport’ displays a large personal photographic collection of burnt out vehicles found in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets between 1999 and 2002. The setting within which the vehicles are photographed describes East London at a particular time, when it was in its early phases of gentrification, while the violent act of burning evokes associations with contested and tragic incidents in the capital and other parts of the world today. Opening Hours: 12.00 – 17.30, Tue 27 June – Sun 2 July.
Yeoryia is invited to lead an international design studio at the School of Design, University of Quebec in Montreal, as part of its Design International week between 6-13 May. Guest studio leaders come from a range of practices and are asked to expose students to different ways of thinking about design at the scale of the object, building and the city. Yeoryia will lead her studio under the title Lattice and explore drawing as and through construction. The week will start with a series of public lectures in which Yeoryia will present the work of AY Architects.
We are delighted to be giving two further lectures this month at University College Cork and the University of Lincoln. The first one will trace selected works by AY Architects with a focus on the passage from drawing to construction and drawing again; the second will discuss critical design.
Two forthcoming talks by Yeoryia with Niall McLaughlin about their recent collaboration that explores dementia, architecture and drawing, particularly through the contrast between the architect’s intention for a building and its subsequent inhabitation. Losing Myself represented Ireland at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Held on 27 February, 4.00-7.00pm at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture as part of the Bartlett Research Exchange: Health, Wellbeing and the Built Environment event; and on 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm at the Wellcome Trust, London.
We are excited that two further school buildings go on site this month. We have worked closely with Camden School for Girls to design two two-story building extensions in order to add vital space to its existing facilities. The first intervention will extend the Main Building to develop a new entrance and foyer area, a larger dinning hall and a more spacious staff area. The second will extend the 6th Form Building, facing Camden Road. Both designs will improve the buildings’ associated landscapes. The buildings will be completed in the Autumn of 2017.
We are pleased to announce that construction of the Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab starts in mid February. We worked closely with the school and, through a series of iterations, developed a unique yet affordable design specifically created for young people. The timber building extends into a science garden and is seen as an instrument for learning which will enhance children’s understanding of architecture and construction. Integrated within the roof are two triangular volumes that extend upwards creating extra space for daylight, ventilation and science experiments. Completion is expected in the summer of 2017.
A new exhibition celebrating contemporary architecture in Highgate, London, and featuring AY Architects’ St Anne’s Close, is open in the Highgate School Museum, Southwood Lane, N6 5EE. Entitled ‘Highgate Modern Homes’, the exhibition concentrates on modern homes in Highgate that have high design quality and advance ideas about living. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Highgate Society and brings to light buildings by a new generation of architects in connection with the modern tradition of Lubetkin, Segal and Winter. It will be open until 30 October, accompanied by a series of related talks hosted at the Highgate Society’s premises.
We are pleased to see the main reception and offices of Torriano Primary School being completed. See more about this project here.
Our design for a new Science & Technology Lab building for Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Kentish Town, London, has received planning approval. The Lab is designed for children of nursery and primary school age and includes a dedicated science garden. Construction will start in October 2016. To find out about the design, please visit this page.
Dartmouth Park House has been completed. We will upload photographs of the finished project onto this page shortly.
‘Losing Myself’ represents Ireland at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The project, created collaboratively by Yeoryia Manolopoulou and Niall McLaughlin, involves a multimedia installation and ongoing research about architecture and dementia. The Pavilion was opened by the Irish Ambassador for Italy Bobby McDonagh, followed by an introduction by Raymond Ryan, Curator of the Heinz Architectural Centre, Carnegue Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. It will be open to the public until 27 November 2016. For more information visit our website, documentation on vimeo, coverage by ArchDaily and WIRED.
AY Architect’s Flutes is exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 in a twofold display of a prototype and a drawing study. A 248-year-old institution, the Summer Exhibition presents ‘art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture’. 13 June – 21 August 2016.
Construction on the York Rise renovation is progressing – the welded steel staircase taking shape.
Losing Myself has just been launched. The website documents our research and design for Ireland’s representation at the 15th International Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, a collaborative project produced with Niall McLaughlin Architects. The website, designed by objectif, is conceived as an ongoing repository. It will collate interdisciplinary conversations with experts in fields associated with cognitive processes, architectural design and representation; stories of personal interactions with dementia; and a diary that will follow our design project from initial sketch to final installation in Venice. For regular updates visit www.losingmyself.ie
Forthcoming lecture at The Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen on Friday 15 April 2016, 2pm. The lecture will focus on AY Architects’ recent projects with references to some of Yeoryia’s theoretical work from her book Architectures of Chance.
Our two-session workshop at the Architecture School of University College Dublin was titled ‘Polyphonic Drawing’. Focused on different actions (such as layering, stamping, rubbing out), the students explored drawing as construction rather than image, a process of developing ideas rather than illustration. The workshop included playing music by Xenakis and students responding with live notations.