The best of design and architecture in London this month
Explore the Victoria area of London with New London Architecture this October with one of their walking tours. Much of Victoria has been redeveloped, for example the renovation of Cardinal Place by EPR Architects and the new development by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects who have restored cinema to Victoria. On this tour you will discover how these projects are helping to create a ‘high street’ feel to Victoria. For more information and tickets click here. (Saturday 13th October, tickets from £14)
Is a spot or retail therapy on the cards this month? Opening this month is the new shopping centre at London’s King Cross, Coal Drops Yard. Heatherwick Studio created Coal Drops Yard by converting and extending two Victorian industrial buildings which were originally built to store and transfer coal. Asked by developers to link the two buildings by a bridge, the studio connected them by a sinuous roof designed to make it look like the original buildings are stretching towards each other. The 35-metre-wide curved roof extension, also referred to as the ‘heart’ of the building is supported by a 52-column steel structure.
Learn a new skill this month and take part in Open City’s Architecture Photography tour. This is an introductory tour led by an acclaimed architectural photographer who will help you develop techniques such as the selection of aperture, shutter and ISO to produce best results and the optimum time to render light trails. Each course takes place a different iconic London structure such as the Wren Tower, Lloyd’s Building and Heron Tower. To book your place, click here. (Varied dates, tickets from £35.50)
Fancy getting away from London for a weekend? Why not visit Manchester whilst the Design Manchester Festival is on throughout October. We suggest catching the “Airport City x DM18 – The Future of Workspaces” which is based around the theme of designing Manchester, this talk will look at how the future of the region may look in terms of properties and workspaces and what part architects, designers planners, developers and local governments have in shaping it. For more information and tickets click here. (Thursday 18th October, Free)