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

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.
Book Box Open

Book Box to showcase at London Festival of Architecture

GKA’s submission in the RIBA’s Constructing Communities competition has been shortlisted and will appear as part of the London Festival of Architecture alongside other shortlisted designs.
The Book Box works as a community books exchange and meeting place. Books are stored within timber boxes arranged around the facade of the box that can be accessed when the box is closed. During the day the Book Box opens up, transforming into a flexible space for community use containing seating, desks, power and internet connectivity.
The exhibition will take place at the Peckham Levels from 02 June through 30 June.
One Thousand Thank Yous

GKA commissioned for NHS installation

George King Architects have been commissioned by the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to create an installation celebrating the life changing gift of organ donation. Following an open call, GKA’s design submission, One Thousand Thank Yous, was selected by a panel of representatives from the hospital.
The installation is formed from 1000 gold anodised aluminium laser cut gift tags that will hang from the ceiling of the hospital foyer. Each gift tag will be engraved with a thank you message penned from recipient to donor.
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. A national campaign has been launched to help collect the 1000 messages from donor recipients.
Stargazer's Cabin

The Stargazer’s Cabin a winner at Eastbourne

We are very excited to announce that The Stargazer’s Cabin has been selected as one of the four winning entries in Eastbourne Borough Council’s The Huts international competition. The winners were revealed at a gala event in Eastbourne on the 16th of March and the results made public in a feature in The Sunday Times on the 20th of March.
The Stargazer’s Cabin features a laser cut façade perforated with thousands of small holes which are precisely mapped to form the star constellations of the night sky. LED lights mounted behind illuminate the perforations creating a beacon on the beach. Check back soon for more details on The Stargazer’s Cabin’s impending construction.

Baldstocks design revealed

GKA’s latest residential project is an extension to a 17th century cottage in The Cotswolds. Located in a conservation area and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the design features a set of sliding glass doors which disappear behind timber bookcases to create a flawless indoor/outdoor space.
The project is currently at the planning stage and due for completion in summer 2016.
Stargazer's Cabin

GKA progress to ‘Huts’ shortlist

George King Architects have progressed to the next phase of the ‘The Huts’ competition. We can now reveal our design, entitled, ‘The Stargazer’s Cabin,’ which will take the form of a glowing lantern, with a laser-cut facade depicting constellation maps.
The final stage of the competition will include an exhibition of scale models of the shortlisted designs and public vote from March 9th – 14th. Winners will be announced at a gala event on March 16th. Click here for more information about The Stargazer’s Cabin.
Check back soon to learn how your vote can help to make The Stargazer’s Cabin a winner!
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!
We look forward to sharing some exciting new GKA developments with you all early next year!
The Huts Eastbourne

GKA make longlist for ‘The Huts’

George King Architects are among 12 practices longlisted for The Huts, a competition launched earlier in the year to find ‘iconic designs for bespoke beach huts’ to be commissioned for the Devonshire Ward in Eastbourne. The competition, which was open to all registered architects, will now proceed to a shortlisting phase, where eight designs will be chosen and revealed to the public who will have the chance to vote for their favorite.
This is GKA’s second foray into the beach hut typology, having previously created beach huts made of steel on Bondi and Cottesloe beach in Australia:
More information about The Huts in Eastbourne can be found here:
Lasermaze Detroit Design Festival 2015

Lasermaze debuts in Detroit underpass

George King Architects have completed an installation for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival made from over three miles of glowing UV string.
Situated in an underpass along the Dequindre Cut, a former railroad which has been converted to a walking path and greenway, Lasermaze is suspended from an industrial structure of steel scaffolding and chains. The three miles of string was carefully threaded through the structure over the course of a week, secured with over 3000 hand tied knots.
Lasermaze is a temporary installation located at the Dequindre Cut in Detroit until mid-October 2015. Click here for more information 
GKA AJ Feature

GKA in AJ New Practice Feature

George King Architects has been featured in the Architect Journals’ New Practice business section. In an interview published in the Vol 242/10 issue George King spoke about the practice’s brand philosophy, perceived challenges and upcoming work. The complete interview can be found here
Non-subscribers can read a transcript of the interview below.

Lasermaze Detroit Design Festival 2015

GKA selected for Detroit Design Festival

George King Architects are very excited to announce that our submission to the Detroit Design Festival’s public design competition has been selected for the 2015 program. The competition called for large scale outdoor installations centered around the theme of play.
Our winning proposal, Lasermaze, is formed from three miles of wool carefully wrapped around a 6m x 6m scaffolding grid to form a maze. The wool is dyed with UV ink and at night the entire structure will be lit with UV lights which will give the walls of the maze and an ethereal, semi-transparent nature. Lasermaze was the only international installation selected from over 50 entries to the competition. If you would like to come play with us in our maze the Detroit Design Festival 2015 runs from September 22 – 26. For more details please visit
GKA attends Yarkyfest

GKA promote Camera House at Yarkyfest

George King Architects visited St Petersburg’s Yarky Hostel last week to check on the build of our latest project, The Camera House. The “freestanding hotel room” was promoted during the week long Yarkyfest celebrations. A press conference, lectures, tours and other events were attended by local media, overseas visitors and St Petersburg residents alike.
The Camera House takes the external shape of a bellows camera and uses the principles of a camera obscura to project an ever changing image of the outside onto the inside of the structure. Check back soon to see the completed Camera House on site at Yarky Hostel & Space.

Zombie Bench among best designed benches

We were very pleased to discover that our super spooky Zombie Bench, designed by George King in 2012 for the RIBA’s Pews and Perches competition has been named as the #2 Best Designed Bench in the World by design site Design Curial.
The bench is made from 70 pre-fabricated concrete arms cast from a real human arm. Follow the link below to have a look at the other contenders which include designs by Gaudi, Thomas Heatherwick and Mies Van Der Rohe.