A model of a thatch panel that was used on the Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia has been selected for this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. The brief called for projects with a strong sustainable agenda.
The Enterprise Centre, designed by Architype and our engineers, is a low carbon exemplar and pushes the boundaries of the design approach to sustainable buildings with the involvement of local trades, the local sourcing of materials and the extensive use of recycled materials. The building has won numerous awards, including the British Council for Offices Best of the Best where the judges noted that the building “pushed the boundaries of ecological development in almost every way possible, with this commercial building setting the benchmark high for future sustainable development across the globe.”
Civil and structural engineering director Malachy McNamara said: “We need to tackle the climate and ecological crisis we are currently experiencing, and to do this we urgently need to reimagine how we live and work. For our part, we know that one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse emissions is the built environment. This gives us a fantastic opportunity to drive change from within the building industry, but to do this our immediate response to the crisis requires a fundamental upgrade if we are to become more sustainable.”
Architect Chiara Hall has also had her drawing Construction of the Ise Shrine accepted for the Architecture Room. It is one of a series of drawings that tells the story of the reconstruction ceremony of the Ise Shrines in Japan, and is based on research into the aesthetics of 12th century Japanese narrative handscroll paintings.
The Summer Exhibition is in its 251st year, and is the world's largest open contemporary art exhibition and features paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and architectural models. An essential part of the London art calendar, the show draws over 120,000 visitors during its three-month run. The exhibition runs from 10 June to 12 August at the Royal Academy in London