The Sousse and Bardo Memorial has been included in a new book published by Phaidon called In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials. The book features sixty of the most important memorials of our time, ranging from Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York. The book was written by Spencer Bailey, with a foreward from Sir David Adjaye.
The Sousse and Bardo Memorial is located in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham and was created to honour the 31 British nationals who died, and those affected by the 2015 terror attacks in Tunisia.
George King has begun his fourth year of teaching at the University of Greenwich. George leads the Unit 3 undergraduate studio with his former ZHA colleague Alex Bilton. The unit brief this year is titled ‘The Geography of Thought’ and will focus on the current shift in our relationships with cities and how we live work and connect with them. The year kicked off with a talk from the Director of Education at the Guggenhiem, New York who walked students through Rem Koolhaas’s current Countryside exhibition.
Following on from this the students all travelled to the countryside for a site visit at Woodchester Mansion, an unfinished Gothic revival mansion house in Woodchester, Gloucestershire. The 16 students were given a tour of the mansion by archivist Liz Davenport and had some hands on experience of stone masonry.
In the second half the year students will focus once again on the city, endeavouring to develop a new form of architecture that combines the best parts of the city and countryside.
GKA is pleased to reveal our latest finished project, an extension to a 17th century Cotswold cottage.
The extension has been designed as an indoor/outdoor space, with glass doors that open up and disappear behind bookcases.
GKA have designed bespoke modular furniture for the project. The Mod Series can be reconfigured from single seats into larger sofas and can be moved outdoors when the weather heats up.
For more information please see our projects page
George King designed the Zombie Bench waaaaaay back in 2012.
Zombie Bench had its 15 minutes of fame before its site near London’s Millennium Mills was abandoned.
Since then nature has had its way with the Zombie Bench and claimed it for itself.
Yet still it lives on. Silently, patiently waiting for a new home…
GKA’s Sousse and Bardo Memorial has been nominated for Building of the Year 2020. The annual award from ArchDaily asks readers to nominate their favourite buildings published on the site in the previous year. The Sousse and Bardo Memorial has been nominated in the Religious Architecture category. The entries from each category with the most nominations by February 10th 2020 will then move onto a shortlist, from which an overall winner will be decided.
George King Architects attended the 43rd BALI National Landscape Awards in London on Friday where the Sousse and Bardo Memorial won two awards, one in the category of Hard Landscaping under £500k and a Special Award for an Outstanding Memorial. The ceremony, held by the British Association of Landscape Industries, is the largest landscaping awards in Europe and celebrates professional excellence within the industry.
The Memorial was submitted into the 2019 Awards by Blakedown Landscapes, the landscaping contractor appointed by GKA to complete the project.
Plans for the redevelopment of Kings Square in Gloucester were announced at a media briefing earlier today.
Inspired by the beauty of the Severn Bore, GKA has designed a series of sculptural stone waves which flow around the four edges of the square. The sculptural edge will be formed from a high quality concrete and aggregate mix and will provide areas of seating and planting and integrates steps and retaining walls.
Read more about the project here
George King has begun his third year of teaching at the University of Greenwich.
This year’s unit brief is entitled Alchemy and will focus on the intersection between craft and technology.
George teaches 2nd and 3rd year students in undergraduate Unit 3 with fellow architects Yeena Yoon and Irene Astrain.
Groundwork has begun in the picturesque Cornish Village of Port Isaac on a four bedroom home designed by GKA.
The house is will be clad in slate, a material traditional to the town. The master bedroom on the first floor will open out onto a balcony with views out towards the Atlantic ocean.
For more information on the Slate House visit our projects page
George King Architects have been appointed by Gloucester City Council to create a series of sculptures as part of the multi million pound regeneration of Gloucester’s Kings Square. Following an open call GKA’s submission was chosen ahead of 33 other entrants.
GKA will now begin work on the design before presenting it to the Kings Quarter Art Commissioning Panel in July.
Construction of the Sousse and Bardo Memorial began in early 2018 and finished in early 2019. The pictorial timeline below shows each key stage of the construction process.
The Sousse and Bardo Memorial designed by George King Architects was officially opened with a ceremony held on Monday 4th March 2019.
Around 300 people attended the ceremony hosted by BBC presenter Ben Brown, with readings from family members who lost loved ones in the attacks and a dedication from Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.
The memorial is dedicated to the 31 British nationals who lost their lives, and all those affected by the two terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015.
More information about the memorial can be found on our projects page.
On Monday 4th March 2019 the Sousse and Bardo Memorial will be opened by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. The memorial, design by George King Architects, is dedicated to the 31 British nationals who lost their lives in two terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015.
At the centre of the memorial is a sculpture entitled ‘Infinite Wave’’ which recreates a single wave formed from 31 individual streams, one for each British national who lost their lives in the attacks. The sculpture is made from 745 meters of mirror finish stainless steel tube and is inspired by the fluid geometry of flowing water, frozen in place, as if time has stood still at the moment of the attacks. The landscape surrounding the sculpture continues the theme of water, with a granite amphitheatre flowing out from the sculpture in concentric circles.
The memorial sits within Birmingham’s Grade II listed Cannon Hill Park.
The Cotswold District Council has granted planning permission for a wedding and event space designed by George King Architects.
The Gallery consists of a new 120 capacity venue to be built alongside a number of existing barns. It has been designed to offer a balance between traditional and contemporary architecture. The new building is set behind a wall of curved glass, framing views out across the rural landscape. A sweeping rooftop garden above the venue links the existing Cotswold stone structures with the surrounding landscape.
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GKA travelled to Venice earlier in the week to attend the Architecture Biennale. The visit was arranged as a field trip for the Unit 3 architecture studio that George King teaches at the University of Greenwich. We explored the many pavilions and exhibitions at the Giardini and Arsenale and took in the sites that make up the incredible city of Venice! See below some highlights of the trip.