Presentation by Robert Mantho on The Urban Section

Robert is the Stage 5 leader in the Mackintosh School of Architecture and was invited to come office to chat to us about his most recent publication, The Urban Section, which investigates street profiles and city sections from around the world in an attempt to identify best practice for street and city design. His presentation used examples from the book and led to an office wide discussion covering a wide range of topics from the challenges and methodologies for designing urban streetscapes to individual’s personal favourite streets.

For those interested in the book it can be purchased here on the RIBA bookshop website


Lunchtime Design: Hermitage Park Pavilion Ideas

After winning the bid to redevelop Helensburgh’s historic Hermitage Park for Argyle & Bute Council along with landscape architects, Gillespies, we held another of our regular office-wide design charrettes. Once again a there was a wide range of ideas put forward, from an imposing brick arched structure in the middle of the Park, an extended wall linking the pavilion to the Park entrance, to a timber clad glass box with an intimate walled garden around one of the burns which run through the Park.  The client was delighted with the range and quality of ideas that came forward in the charette and the resultant discussion has led to a reconsideration of the brief and the building’s location.


Weltmuseum Vienna gets green light

Plans for the Weltmuseum in Vienna took a step forward this month, with the approval of the budget by Culture Minister Ostermayer. KHM Director Dr. Sabine Haag and Weltmuseum Director Dr. Steven Engelsman announced the decision here: http://www.weltmuseumwien.at/

The approval allows the collaborative team of Hoskins Architects and Ralph Appelbaum Associates to execute the plans to redevelop the exhibition areas and visitor facilities in the Weltmuseum in the historic Hofburg Palace in Vienna. The museum closed its doors in November 2014 in preparation for the refurbishment and is planned to reopen again in 2017.