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.

‘Polar bear’ takes a ride on the London Underground


Sky Atlantic has promoted the launch of a new series with a realistic ‘polar bear’ wandering around London.
Polar bear

For the launch of Fortitude, a new Arctic-based crime thriller, Sky Atlantic and Taylor Herring released a life-sized ‘polar bear’ into the city streets and also on London Underground, much to the amusement of passers by.

Eight weeks and a team of nineteen designers were required to create this massive bear.

Check out the ‘polar bear’ in action in the video below.

Endless City: a skyscraper metropolis


Endless CityAn architecture firm has unveiled a design for a skyscraper accommodating an entire city.

SURE Architecture’s ‘Endless City’, which won a SuperSkyScrapers Award, would be constructed in London and continue the city’s trend of building upwards.

The firm used the competition’s brief of ‘inspirational typology for a high-quality organic skyscraper concept to be used as a tech city’ for its design.

The 300-metre plan incorporates a pair of irregular ramps that spiral up around the skyscraper, which allows more levels to be added to the tower.

Accommodating residences, leisure facilities, businesses, and schools, Endless City would even have its own ecosystem.

Take a closer look at the design here and let us know what you think.

10×10 auction for Article 25


The ShardAs you may know, last year we helped promote the 10×10 exhibition and auction event for architecture charity, Article 25.

This year’s event will be held at Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, and our Senior Account Executive, Kate Stewart, is donating her photography for the cause.

The 10×10 concept brings together 100 artists, designers and architects, and assigns them each a square of London, within a grid of 100 squares.

For 2014, it surrounds The Shard and we look forward to seeing the artworks of the skylines and Bermondsey area.

The event, which is in its fourth year, always has the lively highlight of the auction by Sotheby’s, which will no doubt be particularly special, as it will be held at this prestigious venue.

All proceeds raised will be sent to Article 25’s projects where there is conflict, poverty, or disaster.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the website here.

Kate is also running the Run to the Beat 10k for Article 25 – if you’d like to donate, please visit her fundraising page here.

Spectra lights up the night sky


SpectraA pillar of light in London has commemorated the beginning of World War I.

Spectra, by Ryoji Ikeda, shot up through the night on 4th August to mark the centenary of the War, just as landmarks were dimmed and the final candle in Westminster Abbey was snuffed out.

The installation, located in Victoria Tower Gardens, was part of the Royal British Legion’s ‘Lights Out’ campaign and lit up the night sky for a week.

Take a look at more pictures of Spectra here and let us know what you think.

‘Dead parrot’ installed in London


Dead parrotA giant dead parrot was installed in London last week to celebrate the last Monty Python show.

The 50 foot fibreglass sculpture was a tribute to Monty Python’s famous ‘dead parrot’ sketch and was placed near Tower Bridge in the run-up to the last show.

The sculpture took more than two months to complete; lead sculptor Iain Prendergast said: “The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes.”

The parrot was delivered to the O2 Arena for the final performance of Monty Python’s ‘Live (mostly)’ farewell show on Sunday.

Find out more about the dead parrot here and tell us what you think of the stunt.

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