The following are a range of articles on conservation, heritage, education, public, commercial, religious, residential and urban design by architects firm in London, Wimbledon, Marcus Beale Architects
The Pantin Library at Oriel College Oxford is now on site. It expands the College library onto the Grade I Listed St Mary’s Hall, involving a complex reordering of environment, security and routes within the College. It unveils a new purpose made adaptable desks and working system designed by MBA and executed by Opus Magnum Joinery. The project resulted from the Oriel College Conservation Management Plan (Stow&Beale) and the MBA Master Plan. It has been the subject of much participation and consultation, including learned discussion on the educational use of the colour red. Completes October 2012.
Merton Priory Trust releases plans on 1 August 2012 for the most subtle, surreal piece of community archaeology yet. It involves taking down a wall, lifting some finishes, and allowing a previous building footprint and logic to shine through. And a bit more…
“It’s like a mega-version of lifting a rug and finding a tile pattern underneath. A pattern involving William Morris and Thomas Becket, and the first statute in the statute book of England”
For a good briefing see Current Archaeology August 2012.
The Secret Life of Buildings a new series on Channel 4 in which “Tom Dyckhoff explores the impact the design of buildings can have on us – on our identity and self-esteem, and on relationships, our chances at school, and even our weight and immune system.”
MBA have once again planned the Wimbledon Village Fair, a temporary city of over 150 stalls, 15 food outlets, theatre, dog show, show jumping, farmers market and other entertainments. The fair attracts over 20,000 visitors to Wimbledon Common. For a map click the link below.
MBA have been working with Holy Trinity Clapham on a conservation-heritage programme of alterations and improvements to the church, including landscape, accessibility, internal reordering, and a new extension to form meeting rooms and a cafe at the east end of the church.
William Casey, Carmen Curreli and Chris Benson have joined or rejoined MBA in the new year. This reflects an exciting and expanding range of projects from residential, education to conservation, and our commitment to maintain and strengthen MBA’s resources in design and project management.
David Bass has become a director of the company. David has consulted with MBA since October 2006, developing the design base within the practice. In his role as director he will help lead the practice, which has enjoyed steady growth in turnover and the quality of projects despite the recession, into the next phase of our development. MBA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in August 2011. (more…)