The world’s first shadowless skyscrapers


Shadowless buildingsArchitecture firm NBBJ has revealed its plan for a couple of very unusual buildings in London.

These two skyscrapers won’t cast a shadow, thanks to their innovative design.

They will use concave reflective surfaces which are adapted to the sun’s path in the sky, significantly reducing their shadows.

The unique towers will be built on Greenwich Peninsula; find out more about the project here.

YouTube stars reveal the secrets of their success to marketers


YouTube's creatorsA new documentary that goes behind the scenes of successful YouTubers has been launched.

The Creators, premiered last week by The Drum, stars famous vloggers such as Zoella and twins Niki & Sammi.

The 30 minute film was shown at the Curzon Soho cinema to marketers and agency executives, who were eager to learn more about the impact of the online platform and its stars.

Anomaly London executive creative director, Alex Holder, commented on the phenomenon: ‘for any brands talking to young people, YouTube needs to be part of the answer’.

Being authentic, providing regular content, and working on charisma is some of the advice that the vloggers give in the documentary.

Find out more about YouTube’s impact on brands here and tell us if you follow any vloggers.

Valspar creates illusionary artwork for its UK launch


Valspar has unveiled its UK launch campaign with a piece of illusionary street art on London’s Clerkenwell Road.Valspar street art

Tying in with the campaign’s theme, the artwork by the paint brand was made to look like a family home with a wall knocked through.

The art installation, which was designed by Will Taylor and painted by Nina Camplin, is part of Valspar’s ‘Colour Outside the Lines’ campaign . 

The artwork will be on display throughout March.

Have a look at the installation here and tell us what you think.

Shortlist announced for RIBA London awards


RIBA London has announced its shortlist for the 2015 Awards.RIBA London Awards shortlist

68 buildings are part of this shortlist, with buildings designed by AHMM, Roger Stirk Harbour, and John McAslan + Partners being recognised.

The nominations will be assessed by a regional jury, before being considered for the RIBA National Awards.

Take a look at the list of shortlisted projects here and tell us which ones you like.

74 designs revealed for new bridge in London


Thames bridge designsDesign proposals have been unveiled for a new bridge to be built on the River Thames.

The competition, launched in December, has received 74 proposals from all over the world, for a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico. 

The project submissions each have different and unique features, from red bicycle paths to pink spotlights.

The jury, which includes architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, will select up to four designs next month.

Have a look at these designs here and tell us what you think about them.

Iconic building gains trompe l’oeil wrap


Building wrapThe famous Banqueting House in Whitehall is to feature a stunning trompe l’oeil wrap as it undergoes major restoration work.

Banqueting House will be covered in a full-height wrap giving the illusion of a torn façade revealing its five hundred year history.

The façade, designed by Northover & Brown, references the building’s striking ceiling by the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens and the sketches of designer Inigo Jones.

Northover & Brown has also created a series of animations based on the Banqueting House’s history, which will be projected onto the windows from inside the building.

Let us know if you would like to see more conservation schemes given a creative twist.

Artist recreates famous pictures with Pantone swatches


An artist uses Pantone Swatches to recreate famous paintings. 

Nick Smith uses hundreds of different Pantone swatches in order to give life to work of arts with a pixelated impression.

He has recreated masterpieces of legendary artists such as Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci.

You can discover Smith’s artworks at his art show, ‘Psycolourgy’, held at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London until 21 February 2015.

Have a look at some of them here and tell us what you think about it.

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