George King Architects have been named as a finalist in the year’s COMEL Award. The award, which celebrates the use of aluminium in contemporary art, received hundreds of entries from artists around the world.
GKA is one of 13 finalists whose work will be included in an exhibition in Latina, Italy in October.
A sculpture by George King Architects entitled Iron Ring has been selected as the winning entry in a nationwide contest to design a landmark sculpture at Flint Castle celebrating Wales’ 2017 ‘Year of Legends’
The £395,000 sculpture symbolises a giant rusted crown representing the intimate relationship between the medieval monarchies of Europe and the castles that they built. The sculpture’s precarious balanced form, half buried beneath the ground, half projecting into the air, demonstrates the unstable nature of the crown. Its location at Flint Castle marks the spot where the crown was famously transferred from one medieval dynasty to another, as described in Shakespeare’s Richard II. Flint Castle was the setting as Richard II surrendered the crown to Henry IV, a momentous event that shaped the history of Britain and Europe.
The illuminated sculpture standing at seven metres high and 30 metres in diameter is designed as a cantilevered bridge structure formed from weathering steel. The structure touches the earth gently, entering the ground in a delicate manner at only two points. The sculpture will be fitted with LED lights and will be engraved with carefully chosen words to be developed with the local community.
When the Iron Ring is installed in spring 2018 visitors will be able to walk along the sculpture through a carefully carved passage, taking in views across the estuary and of the castle itself.
Work has begun on GKA’s latest residential project, an extension to a 17th century Cotswold cottage. Located in a conservation area and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the key design feature of the extension is a set of sliding glass doors which disappear behind timber bookcases to open the entire room up to the garden. Combined with a cantilevered roof structure the effect is of a room that in the summer can be completely opened up, creating an unenclosed space that bleeds into the landscape, ideal for relaxing, entertaining and enjoying the sunshine.
George King Architects have been included on the shortlist for the 2015 Sousse and Bardo Memorial design competition. The memorial will be located within Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham and will commemorate the British victims of these two terrible attacks.The design competition has been organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with the chosen design to be announced later in the year.
Buried amongst the brambles, weeds and ant nests, a spooky discovery has been made on an East London development site…
And it goes by the name of ZOMBIE BENCH!
Nearly five years after George King installed his Zombie Bench as part of the London Pleasure Grounds event, GKA have been to the Silvertown development site in Newham to see how the bench has fared. Remarkably, the sturdy concrete structure has survived almost entirely intact, looking all the more surreal abandoned on the apocalyptic site!
We are now searching for a new home for the bench, somewhere a little more accessible, where Zombie Bench can delight, scare and amuse the public once again!
GKA have completed a hanging installation entitled One Thousand Thank Yous at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The piece was commissioned by the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Organ Donation Committee and Partners to provide a permanent reminder of the power of organ and tissue donation and to commemorate this gift of life.
The work consists of 1000 gold anodised aluminium gift tags, some inscribed with messages from transplant recipient to their donors. The tags are hung from the ceiling in the central atrium of the hospital and come together in the shape of a heart, one of the most common forms of organ transplant, providing the gift of life to hundreds of people each year.
As well as recognising and thanking all organ and tissue donors, One Thousand Thank Yous forms part of a wider NHS campaign to raise awareness about organ donation.
2016 has been a busy year for GKA with four competition wins, planning permission for two projects and two more in the pipeline.
It looks like 2017 is going to be even busier, with seven projects due for completion including our glowing Stargazer’s Cabin featured below which will be lighting up Eastbourne beachfront in time for summer!
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the very best for the New Year!
GKA are very pleased to announce that our Cotswolds cottage extension project has received planning approval. The addition to the 17th century cottage will feature sliding glass doors that disappear behind bookcases to open the inside space out into the garden. The site falls within a conservation area and an AONB.
Work will begin on site later this year for an early 2017 completion date.
George King will join a panel of architects to discuss the latest radical forms of practice at an Architects’ Journal event taking place at designjunction, King’s Cross. George will discuss GKA’s latest projects and take part in a debate about what is being done to shake-up the profession.
The event is free to attend and will take place Friday 23 September from 6pm-9pm.