HEKKTA’s Property Portal – House of the Year

The big hitting headlines of the last week included the revealing of the RIBA House of The Year 2018, the government’s announcement to appoint a new head of UK architecture and also criticism towards Foster + Partners’ new skyscraper The Tulip.

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Putting simple sustainability at the heart of this year’s awards, the winner of the RIBA House of the Year was revealed to be a humble house nestled into the snowy hills of the Scottish Highlands. Lochside House, designed by Haysom Ward Millar Architects, impressed the judges with it’s understated quality and also the way it perfectly mirrors and complements it’s stunning surroundings.

Lochside House

Lochside House

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Foster + Partners big new project in London, The Tulip, has encountered some criticism from architect Peter Cook, who claims the design isn’t “spooky” enough, and he wants more “drama” within the building. London City Airport have also raised concerns over the height of the building, potentially affecting it’s radar system.

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The government have announced they are on the hunt for a new head of architecture within the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government – they are looking for a quality architect in which they hope can deliver good design for several new housing schemes.

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Büro Ole Scheeren has completed his sensational pixelated building in Bangkok, with the tower becoming the second tallest building in Thailand’s capital. Inspired by the rush of the city, Scheeren wanted to reflect this in the design stating, “take the life of the city and bring it up the tower in a dramatic, spiralling movement.”

MahaNakhon - HEKKTA - House of the Year

MahaNakhon – HEKKTA – House of the Year

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The 2019 shortlist for the Don’t Move, Improve! awards have been revealed. Click here to have a look at the nominees.

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House prices experience a small rise, but ‘subdued’ demand is leaving the housing market stagnant over concerns of the UK’s future.

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David Adjaye has come out to criticise the ‘crazy’ amounts of money that architecture projects are costing, saying that it is corrupting architecture’s true form and value stating, “Money has totally corrupted the ability to make a meaningful form,” the architect told the audience, “It’s all about money now. Architecture in the west is absurdly expensive – projects cost billions and it’s crazy.”

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3XN have revealed their vision for a huge fish market in the Australian city of Sydney, which would be the biggest investment in a New South Wales building since the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Fish Market- HEKKTA - House of the Year

Sydney Fish Market- HEKKTA – House of the Year

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The winner of Architecture Project of the Year at the 2018 Dezeen Awards went to this fantastic fake shop-front theatre seating area by Matthew Mazzotta called The Storefront Theatre. Built in the quiet town of Lyons in Nebraska, Mazzotta reimagined the shop, after the town had experienced a decline in it’s high street and a rising number of empty shops.

The Storefront Theatre - HEKKTA - Lochside House

The Storefront Theatre – HEKKTA – Lochside House

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Architecture firm BIG have released their plans for the Oakland A’s new baseball stadium, in renderings littered with greenery. The beautful undulating roof with a glass ceiling was intended to draw fans together as BIG founder Bjarke Ingels explains, “Our design for the A’s new home at the heart of Oakland’s revitalised waterfront seeks to return the game to its roots as the natural meeting place for the local community,”.

A Stadium - HEKKTA - Lochside House

A Stadium – HEKKTA – Lochside House

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Letting agents are reportedly charging people hundreds of pounds to be able to view properties, with letting agent Flintons among the accused.

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British firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have finished their Passenger Clearance Building to house immigration facilities for passengers and goods entering Hong Kong. The wavy roof will serve as the “architectural front door” to the city from the recently completed Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge.

Passenger Clearance Building - HEKKTA - Lochside House

Passenger Clearance Building – HEKKTA – Lochside House

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The UK government have revealed a ban on combustible building materials on external walls, as a response to the Grenfell Tower tradegy. Included in this will be student accommodation, registered care homes, hospitals and boarding school dormitories.

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Beautiful mussels dotted on the coast of Morecambe, on the north-west coast of England, have been imagined for the new Eden Project North. The ecological resort will twin the current Eden Project down in Cornwall, also designed by Grimshaw Architects and is part of a huge expansion of the Eden Project concept, with the firm designing attractions in China, Australia and New Zealand.

Eden Project North - HEKKTA - Lochside House

Eden Project North – HEKKTA – Lochside House

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