Tuesday, 29 November 2011

John Burrell contributes to '10 x 10' drawing project

John Burrell is amongst one hundred prominent architects and artists who have contributed to ’10 x 10’,  drawing project which divides the City of London into a 10 x 10 grid.  The resulting 100 squares have been allocated to individuals who have  come together to draw the city.  The artworks will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at an exclusive event on 1st December, 2011 at the German Gymnasium in the new King’s Cross Development, courtesy of Argent.

SQUARE E9 - Sidelined ….off Martin Lane, London, EC4R ODP

This scene off Martin Lane is located in a short, privately owned pedestrian space linking Martin Lane and Laurence Pountney Lane, both of which run southwards downhill to the busy traffic congested Upper Thames Street.  The ‘alleyway’ is used now by office workers as a place to gather, chat  and smoke cigarettes.  The projecting masonry, steel doors and alcoves on the flank wall of 6 Martin Lane (now El Vinos) that were revealed and left when the terrace of houses was cut demolished in the sixties to make way for new buildings.

Visit the '10 x 10' Website to see all 100 drawings

Contributing architects and artists include Lord Norman Foster, Will Alsop, Odile Decq, Sunand Prasad, David Adjaye, Sir Jeremy Dixon and Professor Sir Colin Stansfield Smith, as well as British designer, writer and television presenter Kevin McCloud.  All funds raised will go towards the projects of Article 25, an international development and disaster relief charity which provides free or not-for-profit architectural, design and construction expertise to ensure that the right to adequate shelter is being met in some of the poorest nations. 

UPDATE - Friday 2 December 2011 : Raising £600 for Article 25 Charity

John Burrell's drawing 'Something in the City' was sold for £600 at the auction by Sotheby's held at the German Gymnasium last night, 1st December. It was among the 25 artworks  chosen for live auction out of the 100 works featured. 

The drawing explores the ever changing surface patina of London as observed in a left over, but much used space in the City of London. The remains of previous interior fittings have been left, almost as if 'on display' to suffer the elements. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Private home created in early Georgian property

We have handed over to a private client their new family home, created for them in an early Georgian terraced linked to a mews house in central London.  The Listed Grade II building had for the last century been used as offices by a firm of solicitors and BFF secured Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for the scheme.

The house, over 5 floors, was completely refurbished installing new services, contemporary bathrooms and providing a workspace for the client.  A new “heart of the home” has been achieved by creating a glazed enclosure in a light well, allowing a spacious kitchen, dining and living area on one floor.  Purpose built joinery throughout contributes to the modern, quality but understated feel in accordance with the Client’s brief.

The property does not have a garden so a new roof terrace has been created, nestled between the retained original rear roof pitches and set 1.1m below the line of the front ridge so that it is not visible from the street in a sensitive area of London.  It will provide the family with a private oasis of calm in the middle of the bustling city.   

Friday, 11 November 2011

Onassis Cultural Centre featured in Auditoria Magazine

The new Onassis Cultural Centre in central Athens, is featured in the 2012 Annual of Auditoria Magazine.  The two auditoria were designed by Burrell Foley Fischer, in a building designed by French architectural firm, Architecture Studio.

The main auditorium is designed to respond to a variety of performance types, including opera, symphony concerts, music theatre, drama and dance.  The smaller second auditorium is designed with a variable acoustic to suit small scale music, dance, drama and lecture presentations.

 View the Auditoria Magazine 2012 Annual

Friday, 4 November 2011

Model of new sinuous bridge for the Royal Academy of Engineering

A visit has been made by the project team to view a one-fifth scale model of the new stainless steel and glass entrance bridge, which will be installed on the forecourt of No.3 Carlton House Terrace.  The new bridge, to be manufactured by Babcock International Group PLC, will provide a single accessible approach to the refurbished headquarters of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The ‘S’-shaped bridge fuses engineering, art and architecture to create a spectacular landmark, showcasing innovation and design excellence whilst being sensitive to the historic external landscape.  Balancing heritage with modernity, the bridge will lead visitors into the Royal Academy of Engineering, across a landscaped garden inspired by the designs of Decimus Burton (1800-1881), one of the original architects of Carlton House Terrace.