Answers on a postcard is a new work by writer Rosa Ainley that launches a period of thinking about cultural space in Whitstable. This afternoon, as part of this year's Biennale, Rosa and M&W's Stephen Beasley will talk about architecture and spaces, how architects and writers can work with users of buildings, and ways of getting people talking about how we use buildings.
As a first step towards the transformation of the Horsebridge Arts Centre in Whitstable, Manalo & White have designed a pop-up cinema for this year's Biennale. Exploring alternative ways of using the building, we opened up an unused staircase to direct cinema-goers on a new route to the top floor. Between screenings, a projected view of the seafront suggests the potential for future views and new ways of relating to the town.
Focal Point Gallery wishes to provide affordable artist studios in Southend-On-Sea. Manalo & White have been selected by public tender to commission demand surveys and test the viability of converting existing buildings, including a seafront building that previously housed the Beecroft Collection in Westcliff-on-Sea. We'll be working with consultant Douglas Thackway, who was instrumental in setting up the White Building in London’s Hackney Wick.
Construction work has begun at Aspex Gallery on alterations to its historic waterfront building in Portsmouth. Manalo & White were asked to help improve the way the organisation engages with its audience, through the creation of a larger education and events space, relocating the cafe, and creating an artist’s studio to be used for residencies. The work will be completed in June when the gallery will welcome its first artist-in-residence.
Manalo & White have won the competition to design a new surfing and coastal community centre in Strandhill, County Sligo, Ireland. The development will create a distinctive new facility for the surf club, and a vibrant and unifying new central hub for the village of Strandhill. The building’s upper floor and roof will be clad in black rubber, and the full-height concrete panels of the perimeter walls will be etched with wild Celtic seascapes and surf scenes by pioneering Donegal surfer and graphic artist Barry Britton. Read more in the Architects' Journal.
For the month of August, Power Plant took over Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s gallery and outdoor spaces. The centre was transformed through a series of free workshops run by printmakers, architects, painters, horticulturalists, ceramicists and bakers to celebrate growing, making and eating. We worked with children of all ages, using bamboo and knots, to create a 'house' for hanging objects crafted from fruit and vegetables, drawing on influences from the natural and supernatural world.
With the shell & core works almost complete, Brian leads a tour of the site to review progress.
Focal Point Gallery invited us, alongside every artist who has ever exhibited there, to create an old-fashioned GIF animation. Our GIF collages Southend-on-Sea sunsets, and will be on show as part of ‘Graphics Interchange Format: 25 Years of Focal Point Gallery’ a collaborative project with Fraser Muggeridge Studio. The show opens this week and runs until 19th September 2015.
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Planning permission has been granted for a slate-clad rear extension to a terraced house in central Hackney.
Strip out completes on the conversion of a beauty spa into an apartment within a Grade II listed building.
Fluorescent green signage going up for Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, which opens this Saturday 6th June.
Work has started on our 40 room Boutique Hotel project on Newman St in Central London.
40,000 m of translucent cord refract and reflect light, giving a shimmering impression of water, in Harry Molyneux's RIBA Shanghai Windows "Fountain" installation. With CTHM, Atelier I-N-D-J and the support of BuroHappold Engineering with the lighting department at WSP.