Monthly Round Up #2

Virgil Abloh, Pantiles, Drones, TfL, Gender (No) Pay Gap & Architect/Developers 
Image by Andrew Boyle

An unexpected, inspiring news story just before Easter focused on Virgil Abloh - a trained architect and engineer - who has landed the top design job for Louis Vuitton. His Off White™ X Ikea  collaboration is another fascinating move. 

Here’s a talk he did at Harvard about what design means to him.  It's a lengthy yet still very worthwhile watch and, as Virgil would say, ‘super interesting’.
Image of clay pantiles at Goldsmith Street
taken by Matthew Pattenden, Mikhail Riches

Norwich has a very Dutch feel, with lots of red and black pantile roofs made of clay. Historically, exports of wool meant ships returning from ‘The Low Countries’ needed ballast, so fancy pantiles and bricks became affordable. We are delighted to be able to use Crest glossy black pantiles on the roofs of our scheme in Norwich, incidentally we saved our client, The City of Norwich £250,000 compared to zinc.
Drone footage by Hexcam


You’ve seen the roofs, now let’s see the whole project. When we talked to people about 105 homes, it’s hard to appreciate the size of that figure - it’s abstract. A bit of an experiment for us - we organised a drone by HexCam to show the whole project at scale. You can see how it is built, with the Cygnum prefabricated panels coming together. General contractor RG Carter's personnel are looking good too.


The lack of high quality new housing is a critical issue for London. This month the London Mayor announced the winners of the revised TFL framework - making it easier and quicker for both TFL and Local Authorities to choose architects to develop large-scale schemes. We were chuffed to pieces to be one of the twelve practices selected. It made our year, quite frankly.


Following Ben Derbyshire's call out to all architects to publish their Gender Pay Gap details we decided to calculate ours. We are proud to announce a 0% median pay gap. We haven’t needed to positively discriminate to achieve this, the best candidate always gets the job. 

81-87 Weston Street - Image by Rory Gardiner, Project by AHMM & Solidspace


Developer Solidspace led by architect, Roger Zogolovitch has just unveiled its latest jewel; a collaboration with Simon Allford of Stirling Prize winning practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, at 81-87 Weston Street.

Archiboo are hosting an event there on Thursday 19th April and Mikhail Riches are on the bill - gamely represented by David who will be sharing what we've learned from wearing both architect and developer hats.

Find out more here. He'd love to say hello. 


Annalie will join the panel for the All Party Design and Innovation Group’s 'Design & the Future of Housing Policy' event at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 30th April. This event aims to bring together industry leaders to identify to government the role that good design can play in creating homes and communities that are fit for the future. 


19/04 - David is speaking at Archiboo's event on ‘how to develop small sites’.

30/04 - Annalie is on the panel at 'Design & the Future of Housing Policy' event.

03/05 - Annalie is speaking at an event during Urban Splash's 'It'll never work' exhibition at RIBA North. More info to follow next month. 

11/05 - Annalie is speaking about VeloCity at the NLA. 

16/05 - The Green Register will be hosting a tour of Goldsmith Street.
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