HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Kew Gardens

The opening of the Temperate House in Kew Gardens was the story dominating the headlines this week, as the iconic Victorian glasshouse opened it’s doors to the public for the first time in five years. Other news stories include Bjarke Ingels switching allegiances and Kanye West entering the architecture business. Read on to enrich your property & architecture knowledge!

After a five-year conservation mission, the iconic Temperate House in Kew Gardens opens it’s doors once again. London based firm Donald Insall Associates were appointed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2012 to renovate and repair the ageing building. The conservatory is the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse and is of Grade I listed status, therefore the firm were meticulously detailed in everything they did. Aswell as restoring the building to it’s former glory, they incorporated more modern technology into the glasshouse so that there was improved environmental control within the glasshouse, optimising air flow and light levels for the benefit of the plants. The huge project was reported to have cost a huge £41million.

The Temperate House - Kew Gardens

The Temperate House – Kew Gardens

Silver Lake, a US private equity firm, have bought the company behind the UK property sites Zoopla and PrimeLocation and the price comparison service uSwitch for a reported £2.2bn.

RIBA have announced their shortlist of the world’s best buildings. The RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018 was handed out to 20 remarkable properties, who all in turn, were automatically shortlisted for this year’s RIBA International Prize. Click here to check out the array of properties that promise to drop your jaw.

The Mayor of London has called in a new housing scheme for East London after it was blocked by Havering Council last month. The neighbourhood was set to be built on a derelict former Ford assembly plant in South Dagenham, with the Beam Park scheme including 50% affordable homes, a new rail station, schools and community facilities on the 29 hectre site. Developers are now confident the scheme will get the go-ahead, due to the large number of affordable housing they are promising to provide in this opportunity area.

The super-futuristic, Foster + Partners-designed headquarters for Shenzhen-based robotics company DJI will feature a skybridge, so that the company can showcase their drones, which are used widely by architectural photographers and filmmakers.

DJI's new HQ by Foster + Partners - HEKKTA - Kew Gardens

DJI’s new HQ by Foster + Partners – HEKKTA – Kew Gardens

Danish architect and BIG founder Bjarke Ingels has announced he will join co-working company WeWork, in the role of chief architect.

Controversial rapper Kanye West has announced he is setting up his own architecture company, as an arm off his existing fashion company Yeezy, with the goal of “making the world better”.

New research has revealed that a third of homeowners have been priced out of their own home, as they wouldn’t be able to afford their home if it were listed on the property market at today’s value.

The shortlist for the revamp of the Eiffel Tower has been announced with architects Amanda Levete, Carlo Ratti and Junya Ishigami just a few names on the list. Four teams of architects, landscape designers and urban planners have been assembled to get Paris ready for the the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

UNStudio have won the competition to design a new bridge that will cross the Danube river in Budapest. The bridge will be accessible for trams, cars, bicycles and pedestrians, acting as gateway to the city, whilst connecting the areas of Ujbuda and Csepel in the south of the city. The cable-stayed structure has a main span of 220 metres between two 93-metre-tall triangular-shaped pylons, and the side spans of the bridge bring the total length to 500 metres.

Galvani Bridge, Budapest - HEKKTA - Kew Gardens

Galvani Bridge, Budapest – HEKKTA – Kew Gardens

British set designer Es Devlin has taken issue with architectural renderings calling them “troublesome and problematic” due to their frequent inability to accurately represent the future building.

VolkerFitzpatrick has been appointed by the Port of Dover to deliver the £21m paving, utilities and infrastructure contract for the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

Uber have imagined their own “skyport” for Uber’s flying taxis, which would allow them to land and pick up passengers similar to an airport. This follows Uber’s announcement that they are working on prototypes for ‘flying taxis’ that will fly people around through smartphones,  just the same as their current car service. Could these skyports soon be a feature in our cities?

UberAir Skyports - HEKKTA - Kew Gardens

UberAir Skyports – HEKKTA – Kew Gardens

The Government has granted development consent for the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel under the Thames in east London.

French studio XTU Architects have combined modern architecture with the environment as they unveil their design for four twisting glass towers in Hangzhou, China. The twisting glass has scattered patches of micro-algae within, which provide natural insulation, as well as offsetting the building’s environmental impact by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

French Dream Tower, XTU Architects - HEKKTA - Kew Gardens

French Dream Tower, XTU Architects – HEKKTA – Kew Gardens

Manchester’s tower boom continues to grow as plans for a 51-storey building and a 21-storey building were announced this week by Renaker Build.