HEKKTA’s Property Portal – London Festival of Architecture 2019

The biggest architecture festival in the world, the London Festival of Architecture is back in town this month, so HEKKTA take you through some of the top picks of the 400 events going on throughout June, as well as a round up of all other property & architecture headlines.


The London Festival of Architecture kicked off in the capital on Saturday, with over 400 events set to take place over the course of the next month. Each year, the festival is themed and this year they have decided to go with the theme of boundaries; most likely inspired by the fella hopping across the pond today.

If you can’t stretch to all of them, that is understandable, but certainly don’t miss out on the Colour Palace at the Dulwich Pavilion, a talk about Las Vegas and it’s love affair with post-modernism in Leicester Square, and also the women’s action group Part W, who are hosting an event speaking about influential women in architecture. Click here to see all the action occurring throughout the next month.

All Along the Dock Edge - HEKKTA - London Festival of Architecture
All Along the Dock Edge – HEKKTA – London Festival of Architecture

The lettings fee ban, which prevents letting agents charging upfront admin and viewing costs, has now come into effect across the UK, “bringing cheer” to tenants.


Seventeen of the top architecture firms, including Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield, have come out to declare a climate emergency, stating that there must be a paradigm shift in the way designers and architects meet the needs of the world. The collection called Architects Declare stated, “The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will.”

This follows several of the biggest property companies penning a letter to the government, showing their ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050.


Istanbul’s new 369-meter-tall Çamlıca TV and Radio Toweris nearing completion as it’s photographed by London architectural photography firm NAARO, to show off the intriguing design of the tower. Aiming to provide signal for the whole of the city, it was designed for the Ministry of Transportation and Communication and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Istanbul Radio Tower - HEKKTA - LFA
Istanbul Radio Tower – HEKKTA – LFA

The winners of this year’s Small Project Awards have been revealed, with winners including Bjarke Ingels Group for their Klein A45 prototype, a customisable property for home-owners to purchase in New York, and an equipment barn for a vineyard in the Saxum Vineyard in Paso Robles, California.

AIA Small Projects 2019 - HEKKTA - LFA
AIA Small Projects 2019 – HEKKTA – LFA

The housing market continues to struggle with the effects of Brexit, as house prices slipped another 0.2% in May.


Hungary is preparing to build a €1 billion greenhouse ‘city’, on the border between Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, with the minister of agriculture István Nagy said the development would herald an “epoch change for agriculture”. Food sources will be one of the key issues facing governments in years to come, and the agricultural centre they are building will be a farming city, covering an area the size of 500 football fields. German developers FAKT and energy providers EON are collaborating with the Hungarian government on the project.

Greenhouse City - HEKKTA - LFA
Greenhouse City – HEKKTA – LFA

Dubai is set for a new urban greenway, in an attempt to bring more greenery and community to the city. Built around the Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway runs through the United Arab Emirates, it will be a kilometre long and contain various new additions for the citizens, such as food and drink shops, pathways to encourage cycling and communal spaces. There will even be a gym and a sky garden!

X-Space - HEKKTA - LFA
X-Space – HEKKTA – LFA

Metro Bank has called time on it’s lending to the commercial property sector, as it struggles amidst it’s financial miscalculations back in January.


OMA have completed their interesting, yet smart new apartment building in Manhattan, which is their first ground-up structure in the city. They were keen to respect the pre-war architecture of its surroundings, whilst pushing the design forward. Situated on 121 East 22nd Street, OMA believe their new build, “harnesses the energy of the city and duality of the site’s urban context”.

121 East 22nd Street - HEKKTA - LFA
121 East 22nd Street – HEKKTA – LFA

Last Friday, property prices in Hong Kong hit an all time high, with no signs of a slowdown.


The gap between asking prices and what they are actually sold for is widening, as buyers negotiate harder according to data accumulated by Zoopla.


Using wood’s natural tendency to shrink as it loses moisture, the University of Stuttgart have managed to make a self-twisting tower from their Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) sectors, in which they describe the building as effectively programming the shape of wood.

Urbach Tower - HEKKTA - LFA
Urbach Tower – HEKKTA – LFA

Aberdeen is the top location in the UK for discount property, with the highest gap between asking and selling price.


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