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’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.
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.
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.
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.
Fabrication has begun on GKA’s new furniture line, MOD Series. Designed in collaboration with Harris & Harris, MOD Series features two different modules which can be combined in multiple ways to create the perfect furniture layout for any space. MOD Series is formed from marine grade birch plywood and waterproof cushions, making it the perfect solution for an indoor/outdoor space.