Turner Prize: 2015

I’m sure that you’ve all heard of the Turner prize, even if you don’t follow the arts world. The shortlist of the artists considered for this prestigious prize is available to see online here.

The Turner prize is awarded to british artists under 50 years of age for the presentation of their work up to a year preceding the award being awarded to one of the nominees.

The nomination which we’ll be talking about in this post is a nominee called Assemble. You may have heard of them, they’re becoming quite popular. They’re a London-based group of 18 designers, architects and architectural students under 30, who were nominated for their work in transforming some run down houses in Toxteth.

The estate in question was being neglected to the point that rows of boarded up windows and half demolished buildings were becoming a normal sight there in the rather abandoned area. However, when you turn onto Cairns Street, it comes to life with lots of people, climbing plants, trees and markets with trainee builders creating scaffolding across the frontages of the homes either side of the road. Bringing it back to life.

The residents of the area were not happy with the idea of demolishing the buildings when in the past, there had been schemes and plans which promised to renovate these buildings (which came to no avail). Therefore, they took the matter into their own hands by establishing a community land trust, taking ownership of the derelict buildings from the council and renovating them themselves. The community land trust, and project attracted a Jersey based investor – Steinbeck Studios, to put together a plan for the area, which was drawn up by Assemble.

“We want to retain the generosity and flexibility of the original buildings,” says Assemble’s Lewis Jones, pointing out how nearby pathfinder new-builds have much meaner windows and tighter space standards. “We’re also celebrating the idiosyncrasies of what’s already there: if a floor is missing, why not leave it out and have a double-height space? There isn’t the usual pressure to extract the maximum possible value from the site and put profit before people.” [Source].

Find out more about Assemble here.

Written by Jade Turney  – Building Tectonics

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

Here’s hoping that once the grogginess of last nights celebrations is gone, 2015 is a good year for all, what are your goals for the year?

If you haven’t already done so, when you take your Christmas decorations down, why not change the room around a little bit, give a fresh look to the new year. It could be anything as simple as putting some furniture back in different spaces to where they originally were. Even hanging your art in different spaces or changing the colour of the walls could do the trick.

If you want something a bit more substantial, please bear us in mind, as we’d be happy to help in any way that we can.

Looking forward to 2015.

Well, it’s our office Christmas party tomorrow, so now is a good time to look back and reflect upon the year which has passed.

This has been a rollercoaster of a year for us. At times it was difficult, and there were a lot of hurdles to overcome, but we have dodged any obstacles which have gotten in our way and come out on top.

It’s great being able to look back on all of the accomplishments of the year. We’ve taken on another employee, re-designed our website, our apprentice finished her apprenticeship and has been kept on as an employee, we’ve launched a whole new sister company with its own website, started doing magazine articles…a lot has happened this year.

We’ve had some interesting jobs this year as well. Loft conversions were a sort of theme of 2014 it seemed. We can’t blame the clients who had these done, it is an easy way to create more livable space, and it is the sort of work which we thrive on.

Let’s hope that next year brings lots more interesting jobs, clients and challenges with it.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New year.

Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics Ltd.