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Monthly Round Up #5

Super Eagles, Quick Dips, Alien Mothership, Fairyland, School's Out & Triple Wins

This month's editors:
Alim Saleh & Edward Hemmings
Image taken from Shaun Brooks via Nike
SUPER EAGLES

As we fly towards the finale of the World Cup, we’ve reminisced all the emotions of the last few weeks. A highlight for us, besides England's amazing run, had to be the bold retro kit of the Nigerian football team.

Inspired by the Eagle wings of their classic 1994 shirts, this colourful interpretation became somewhat iconic throughout the tournament. What we loved most was how this design effortlessly aligned with the mood & swag of a nation & ultimately elevated them to soaring levels of popularity.  The design sold out immediately, demonstrating the power of design as a business asset.
Image by David Churchill, Kindly given by Pollard Thomas Edwards
QUICK DIPS

The sun is shining, London is sweltering.  Perfect time for a summer cool off.
 
If you’re looking for a classic outdoor swim spot, Brockwell Park or Parliament Hill Lidos are definitely firm favourites. However, for the more adventurous, the West Reservoir Centre in Stoke Newington offers a great alternative wild swim to the more traditional Hampstead Heath Ponds. 

Also, if you manage to escape the capital & find yourself in deepest Cornwall, the Jubilee Pool in Penzance shouldn't go a miss for its elegant art deco design. For further inspiration check out this great book, Liquid Assets, which highlights some of the nation's outstanding architectural lidos.
 
Image by David Levene

ALIEN MOTHERSHIP

An alien trapezoid has landed & Hyde Park's Serpentine lake became the final destination.

This temporary barrel sculpture by Christo, named 'The London Mastaba,' represents the life’s work of both himself & his late wife Jeanne-Claude. Stunning reflections are made from its colourful mosaic sides & its unforgiving form creates an intriguing physical presence to the leafy park & city beyond.  If you haven't already seen it, watch this brilliant film.

A transient landmark given freely to the beholder, it’s an inspiring gesture & a great weekend outing. While you're there, why not take a quick dip in the Serpentine Lido.
 

Image by Oliver Wainwright
 
SOCIALIST FAIRYLAND

Colour is a hot topic in the office at the moment – from Goldsmith Street front doors to Park Hill Facades - we are always looking for colour inspiration, such as Oliver Wainwright's new book, which offers a rare glimpse inside the worlds most secretive country.  When North Korea opens its doors we’ll be the first on the plane to visit these pleasing pastel palettes.
Image by Katrina Duncan
 
SCHOOL'S OUT

We are excited to welcome back Matthew Pattenden & Katrina Duncan to our talented team after completing their Part II studies at The Cass & the London School of Architecture.  Distinctions were awarded to both, & a special congratulations to Maelys Garreau who has been nominated for the RIBA Dissertation Medal, a fantastic achievement.

If you're interested in joining our growing team, we are always interested in receiving outstanding applications.
St Andrews Riverside, image by Forbes Massie.
Housing Design Awards 2018
We are delighted to have won 2 Housing Design Awards.  St Andrew's Riverside in Tiverton, Devon for 3 Rivers Developments Ltd & Croydon Smaller Sites for Brick X Brick in Croydon.

With a health & wellbeing theme for this years seminar, David spoke about how design can support better health outcomes. From promoting outdoor activity to providing communal spaces to encourage neighbourliness. All of which helps to create spaces that people love.
 
Image by Alim Saleh
 
IT'S COMING HOME

Nothing better than spending a sunny evening in the park with a few beers & a softball victory against KCA.  If anyone fancies a game - get in touch!
NEWS/ UPCOMING EVENTS 

15/07 - World Cup Final

18/07 - We're all going on an office trip to Park Hill to see the brutalist gem before it undergoes its transformation
 
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