RIAS Andrew Doolan Award 2013
November 15, 2013
NORD are delighted to announce that Wasps South Block in Glasgow has won the 2013 RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) Andrew Doolan Award for the Best Building in Scotland. The Doolan Award sets out to find and celebrate the best buildings in Scotland and is the UK’s richest architectural prize.
Why WASPS won – the judges’ Citation:
‘This building points towards an architecture of humanity rather than show. It defines a new set of principles where the architect is, above all, the orchestrator of spatial constructs that offer opportunities for a life lived with greater social sympathy. The building is peppered with moments of generosity that delight and enchant. Whether NORD Architecture is seen as interpreters of their client’s visions or as curators of atmospheric working, this building is an architecture gift worth emulating.’
‘NORD has crafted and choreographed the renovation of this existing building with extraordinary rigour. With great sensitivity and the slimmest of budgets, the architects have produced a specific environment for creative industries. Normally office buildings speak of generic environments, here, within a tailored set of spaces, interaction and the promise of collaboration is easy to imagine.’
Glasgow Film Theatre – Phase 1
November 15, 2013
NORD’s first phase of works to the Glasgow Film Theatre is now nearing completion. The Phase 1 development of the B-listed, James McKissack designed building is for the creation of a new 60 seat third cinema as well the re-configuration of the entrance sequence and box office areas.
Photographs online soon.
Westbourne Drive wins Saltire Housing Design Award
September 10, 2013
NORD’s Westbourne Drive project was given the top award in the Alterations, Renovations and Extensions category at Scotland’s oldest National design awards yesterday. In all three projects received an award in four separate design categories, with presentations made by the Scottish Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess MSP. The win follows a Scottish Design Award for the scheme in June.
“Client and architect have transformed a suburban house in Bearsden, Glasgow by extending attic rooms with bold dormer windows, careful internal reorganisation and remodeling of an existing extension. The house has been transformed to create a light and airy interior with a sophisticated, balanced exterior. A delicacy of detailing combined with careful handling of space and light sets a fresh, high standard for suburban alterations and extensions,” said the judging panel, which visited the shortlisted schemes.
The Lodge Design Ideas Exhibition
August 15, 2013
As part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invited designers to participate in a Design Ideas Competition calling for a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.
NORD were delighted to be awarded 2nd prize from a total of 242 entries. The Lodge Design Ideas Exhibition opens today at the Gallery of Australian Design (GAD) in Canberra and will showcase a shortlist of entries from the competition, ending on October 19th.
RIAS & Historic Scotland Award 2013
June 15, 2013
NORD are delighted to have won an RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) and Historic Scotland Special Category Award (Conversation & Climate Change) for Wasps South Block.
Historic Scotland’s Chief Executive, Ian Walford said:
”The work undertaken to the Glasgow’s WASPS South Block is a prime example of the efforts and ingenuity being taken across the historic environment to ensure it plays its part in combating climate change and delivering long term sustainable uses for traditional buildings.”
Wasps South Block, as one of the 12 RIAS 2013 winners, has also been shortlisted for this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan ‘Best Building in Scotland’ Award which is to be announced on the 7th November 2013 at the Scottish Parliament.
Ryder 60 Years Exhibition
June 15, 2013
Following Ryder Architecture’s successful ‘Celebrating 60 years, 1953-2013′ exhibition launch in Glasgow’s Briggait, the NORD designed touring exhibition has now moved to The Building Centre in London for the London Architecture Festival.
Exhibition Touring Dates:
London _ The Building Centre, June
Liverpool _ Mann Island, October
Newcastle _ Baltic, November
Scottish Design Awards 2013
June 15, 2013
At the recent Scottish Design Awards Ceremony NORD were delighted to pick up two category trophy wins & two project commendations.
NORD won best ‘Interior Design’ for Wasps South Block and best ‘Low Cost Project’ for Westbourne Drive.
Commendations were received for the Bridge of Dye Steadings in the residential category and Wasps South Block ‘Anchor Tenant Fit Outs’ in the low cost category.
The Lodge on the Lake Competition – 2nd Prize
May 23, 2013
NORD have been awarded ’2nd prize’ from 250 entries in a single stage ideas competition to design a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia.
As part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invited designers to participate in a Design Ideas Competition for a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
The competition, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, is significant because of the role and cultural value of the Prime Minister’s residence at Australia’s seat of government. The exciting competition for a building of national significance sought design solutions that would spark the national imagination and stimulate debate throughout Australia.
Designing with Black
May 22, 2013
NORD’s Shingle House, Dungeness features in the recently published Australian book ‘Designing with Black – Architecture & Interiors‘ (Images Publishing, Stephen Crafti, 2013).
Stephen Crafti, a Melbourne based architecture writer, has always been drawn to black houses irrespective of the materials they are constructed in, be they zinc, timber or simply painted. The book showcases black houses and is organised according to the following themes: Black Exteriors; Living in Black; Details of Black; Kitchens & Dining in Black; and In Black And White.
Shingle House – Revisited
May 22, 2013
NORD’s Shingle House, Dungeness has been recently documented by contemporary photographer Jim Stephenson.
With a lifelong love of architecture, Jim trained as an architectural technologist and after graduation he worked in the industry for almost ten years, on both sides of the Atlantic. During this time he began to take photographs for architectural practices, eventually setting down his pen to photograph buildings full time.
More of click click jim’s photo essay shown in projects.
PPWH – Approvals
May 21, 2013
NORD are delighted to announce that the planning application for the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice has been approved by Glasgow City Council Planning Applications Committee.
This recommendation is subject to conditions and final approval by Scottish Government.
Welcome to Australia
April 19, 2013
NORD’s Alan Pert is now a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
RIAS Awards 2013 Nominations
April 19, 2013
NORD are delighted to announce that Wasps South Block has been shortlisted for this year’s Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 2013 Awards.
The judging panel for this year includes RIAS President Elect Iain Connelly FRIAS, Dr Joyce Deans CBE PPRIAS, Lori McElroy MBE, Kathy Li of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Roger Stephenson OBE, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects. The panel will visit all 25 shortlisted projects before deciding which will receive awards.
Glasgow Film Theatre – Approvals
March 05, 2013
NORD are pleased to announce that they have received Planning & Listed Building Consent approvals for the refurbishment and internal re-configuration of Scotland’s first prestigious Grade B – Listed Art house Cinema.
The project is currently out to tender and the proposed ‘phased’ alteration works is programmed to start on site in the forthcoming months.