GKA on shortlist for Sousse and Bardo Memorial Design Competition

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.

Zombie Bench lives on!

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!

 

1000 Thank Yous

One Thousand Thank Yous completed

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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!

George King to speak at AJ designjunction event

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.

GKA selected for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2016

George King Architects will head to Atlanta in September to take part in the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine event. GKA will be unveiling a large hanging installation entitled Holding Pattern that features 137 planes folded from sheet aluminium and arranged in a downward spiralling vortex. The planes will vary in size and the installation will be suspended from one of the underpasses along the BeltLine.
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the City of Atlanta’s largest temporary public art exhibition. It will begin with a lantern parade on September 10th and run through to mid November.
Shell pavilion

GKA take first prize in Varna

George King Architects travelled to the city of Varna last week to attend an event announcing the winners of the EFFIX Pavilion International Design Contest. GKA’s Shell Pavilion received first place honours ahead of Ice Crystal Curtain by Yusuke Kinoshita and Daisuke Sekine from France, and Cultural Constellation Project by Desislava Parlapanska from Bulgaria
The competition was organised by Devnya Cement and the Varna Design Forum. GKA will now travel to Devnya Cement’s i.lab Research Centre in Italy to develop the design, prior to its installation in Varna’s Sea Garden in 2017.

 

Shell Pavilion

GKA win EFFIX Pavilion Contest

George King Architects are delighted to announce that their Shell Pavilion has won the EFFIX Pavilion International Contest. The competition called for the design of a small trading pavilion to be situated in the Seaside Park in the city of Varna, Bulgaria.
GKA’s entry takes the form of a pristine white shell, washed up on the shores of Varna. It consists of modular components that can be arranged in different ways to give the pavilion flexibility of use. It is formed entirely from the innovative i.design EFFIX material.
The competition was organised by Devnya Cement AD, the makers of EFFIX, and the Varna Design Forum and received 95 entries from 34 countries.
Forged by Flame Eastbourne Pier

GKA successful in pier sculpture contest

George King Architects are very pleased to announce that our design Forged by Flame has been selected as the winning entry in the Eastbourne Pier Sculpture Competition. The sculpture takes the form of an elegant twisting flame and will be made from materials reclaimed from the 2014 pier fire, including 20,000 charred two pence pieces.
Forged by Flame, which was selected from four shortlisted entries, has a budget of £20,000 and will be funded from a £2 million grant pledged by former prime minister David Cameron when he visited Eastbourne shortly after the fire.
The sculpture will be in place on the seafront by summer 2017.
Baldstocks

Plans submitted for Cotswold cottage extension

GKA’s latest residential project, an extension to a 17th century Cotswold cottage has been submitted to the Stroud District Council’s planning department. The extension is clad in charred timber and features sliding glass doors which disappear into the walls.  Large ceramic floor tiles continue through into the garden providing seamless indoor/outdoor experience.
More detail on the project can be found here.

GKA take ‘highly commended’ honour in stadium contest

George King Architects are pleased to reveal their stage 2 design in the Forest Green Rovers FC stadium contest. GKA’s design takes inspiration from the surrounding countryside with an inhabitable green roof that forms a landscaped park. A series of sloped terraces rise gently in an arrangement of bands to create a recreational space for the community to enjoy.
GKA’s design received a ‘highly commended’ nod from the competition jury. Designs from Zaha Hadid Architects and Glen Howells have progressed to the final, with a winner chosen this coming September.

Forged by Flame on display at Towner Gallery

GKA’s shortlisted submission for Eastbourne’s pier fire memorial sculpture competition has gone on display at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. Formed from 20,000 two pence coins reclaimed from the 2014 fire, Forged by Flame depicts a twisting copper spire.
Members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts on the shortlisted designs by emailing sculpture@eastbourne.gov.uk

GKA make stadium design contest shortlist

George King Architects are delighted to be one of nine firms shortlisted in the Forest Green Rovers stadium design competition. The competition called for an “iconic building designed to the highest sustainability standards.”
GKA’s design takes the form of an inhabitable hill, with the stadium carved into the middle. The hill itself will be a landscaped park featuring a series of sloped terraces which rise gently in an arrangement of bands to create a space that can be used by the community for recreational activities such as walking, jogging or cycling.
The competition will now be narrowed down to two finalists, with a winner chosen in September.
Forged by Flame Eastbourne Pier

‘Forged by Flame’ makes pier sculpture shortlist

George King Architects have been shortlisted in an open design competition calling for a sculpture to reflect on the 2014 Eastbourne Pier fire. 
GKA’s submissionForged by Flame, is formed from over 20,000 damaged two pence coins that were reclaimed from the ashes of the fire. It depicts a single elegant, tapering, twisting flame, a symbol not just of destruction but of creation, rebirth and hope.
The next phase of the competition will include an exhibition of scale models and a public vote held at the Towner Gallery in late June.