Concrete Elegance: Visual Contrast and Spatial Creativity (London)

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Date:Wednesday 13 April 2011
Time:00:00 - 00:00

The Building Centre26 Store Street, London, Greater London, WC1E 7BT

CPD:0.00 hours

Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge - speaker: Gavin Henderson, Stanton Williams Architects. The laboratory's different functions, and the landscape, are connected by a continuous route, recalling the 'thinking path' described by Charles Darwin - a way to reconcile nature and through through the activity of walking. The solidity implied by the strata-like conception of the building, using layers of exposed in-situ concrete and limestone, is countered by the permeability manifested in the expansive facade glazing. Dover Espanade - speaker: Mike Tonkin, Tonkin Liu Ltd Architects. The Dover Esplanade harnesses the architectural language of Dover's identity. The Lifting Wave is a repeated formation of sculptural ramps and staircases made of white concrete that rise and fall to connect the Esplanade to the lower shingle beach. The Resting Wave is a sculptural precase retaining wall that runs the length of the Esplanade, providing bay spaces with seating.