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.
George King Architects are honoured to have been chosen to design the Sousse and Bardo Memorial in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. The memorial is dedicated to the 31 British nationals who lost their lives and to all those affected by the two terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015.
George King Architects have received planning approval for a four bedroom ‘Slate House’ in the Cornwall village of Port Isaac. The four bedroom house features a hanging slate facade and views out towards the Atlantic Ocean. Take a look at our projects page for more information.
George King has been announced as a member of the design jury for the Passageways 2.0 Design competition. Passageways 2.0 is an international call for multi-disciplinary design teams to submit proposals for a $80,000 permanent installation to be housed in a passageway in downtown Chattanooga.
Specialist architectural metal fabricators m-tec will be featuring some of GKA’s work on their stand at the 2017 American Society of Landscape Architects EXPO in Los Angeles over the weekend. GKA’s work will be featured alongside a handpicked group of other UK artists. The annual event is attracts over 5,500 attendees and 350 exhibitors. You can find m-tec at booth 1738 with the EXPO running from October 20-23.
GKA travelled to Latina, Italy last Saturday to attend the 2017 COMEL Awards. GKA’s sculpture Holding Pattern, completed for last year’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine has been nominated as a finalist in the award. A smaller version of the original sculpture was shipped to Latina for inclusion in the exhibition.
The award celebrates artwork made from aluminium and included pieces from 13 shortlisted artists from across Europe.
George King has begun teaching an undergraduate studio in the Architecture Department at the University of Greenwich in London. George will run the unit entitled ‘Artificial Future’ with Yeena Yoon. The studio is for 2nd and 3rd year students and will run throughout the 2017/2018 academic year.
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.
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.