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AJ readers pick the schemes to watch in 2013

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The Walkie Talkie tower, Battersea Power Station’s rebirth and the Olympic park’s legacy mode are among the most-anticipated schemes for 2013, according to the AJ’s readers

We asked architects, developers and property experts: ‘Which scheme are you most looking forward to being built?’ Here is a selection of their responses:

Richard Simmons, CABE’s former chief executive
Rafael Viñoly’s 20 Fenchurch Street. There was so much controversy about the Walkie Talkie within CABE and publicly that I’m dying to see how it turns out.

Richard Rose Casemore, director at Design Engine
Anything to replace Stamford Bridge

Chris Medland of one-world design
[Our] Diamond Jubilee footbridge [which is considered by the planning committee at the end of January]

One World Design's Jubilee footbridge scheme for the Thames

One World Design’s Jubilee footbridge scheme for the Thames

Mushtaq Saleri of Studio Three Architects
The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins. I walk past the site every day and it’s a delight to see the beautifully crafted concrete emerge from shuttering. We miss the old place…but at least the promise of something even better is worth the wait.

Harriet Harriss, Oxford Brookes
Battersea Power Station - it’s almost 30 years since Margaret Thatcher sold it for mere buttons (£1 Million) to Thorpe Park proprietor, John Thorne who was later busted for fraud, saving us all from his vision of a mock-Tudor amusement park within an art deco icon of industrial innovation that once provided London with 1/5 of it’s power. The beleaguered power station has seen more drama than Jeremy Kyle. I’ll be first in line when Andrew Lloyd Webber launches BPS the musical in the West End.

Ben Derbyshire, managing director of HTA
Housing in the Olympic Park. Not since Nash have we seen placemaking on such a scale in London.

Reza Schuster, director at MJP Architects
LHA (formerly the London Hostels Association) Torquay Street scheme, a 13-storey residential tower at the end of my street [AJ News 5.5.12]. Developers and their architects really haven’t cracked how to design tall, attractive and humane student residences. Large developments are often amongst the worst examples of lowest common denominator design, construction and sustainability practice. I look forward to this building raising the bar. All the ingredients are there: a difficult but spectacular site next to the Westway, an enlightened and engaged client and, dare I say it, an exceptional architect in MJP.

Chris Williamson, Weston Williamson?
Rafael Viñolys Walkie Talkie [20 Fenchurch Street]. It promises to be one of the worst buildings in London - I hope I am wrong.

Walkie Talkie 20 Fenchurch Street skyscraper City London Sep 2012 7

Oliver Marlow at TILT
Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture by OMA

Roger Fitzgerald, chair ADP
[Our] The Forum in Southend: a library and communal facility for three clients coming together to share: Southend Borough Council, South Essex College, and University of Essex

Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio
Peter Salter’s housing development for Crispin Kelly

Murray Fraser, Professor of Architecture and Global Culture + Vice-Dean of Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
The project I am desperate to see finished is the Elbe Philharmonie in Hamburg. The installation by Herzog & de Meuron was easily the best thing in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, and along with the stunning large models in their display, they also sent up the trash press which is claiming that the project is close to bankrupting Hamburg, Germany’s wealthiest city.

Herzog & de Meuron’s concert hall needs to be seen a latter-day homage to Scharoun

That is simply not the case. Herzog & de Meuron’s concert hall needs to be seen a latter-day homage to Scharoun, and their arched entrance elevator is the ultimate staircase to heaven. It is going to be the project which is most talked about once it opens, for sure.

Martyn Evans at Cathedral Group
In David Adjaye’s studio the other day I saw a proposal for a scheme called MEMO - a monument to the world’s extinct species and a biodiversity education centre on the Isle of Portland. It’s beautiful and, for me, a perfect example of how architecture can work to educate, celebrate ideas and perfectly sum up one of our greatest global threats. Oh, and if something happens at Battersea Power Station I might even cross the river to have a look….

David Adjaye's MEMO scheme

David Adjaye’s MEMO scheme

Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE
I’m intrigued to see the legacy of the Olympic Park evolve. As a major piece of investment and redevelopment it has already been remarkable, but the opportunity to develop this infrastructure into real communities is really exciting and has to be done carefully and wisely.

Angela Brady, RIBA President
Any quality social and affordable housing and flats to be built for those who cannot afford high prices in central London. We must maintain the diversity of London at all costs. I’d also like to see more alternative types of housing like the co-housing projects now gaining support and projects that address including our ageing population without pushing them together into early retirement homes. They can teach our younger generation a thing or two!

Hari Phillips, Bell Phillips Architects
Gasholder No.8 gradually re-appearing on the King’s Cross skyline.

Hank Dittmar, chief executive Prince’s Foundation
King’s Cross development, a whole new mid-rise transport orientated quarter of London, driven by a strong master plan by Demitri Porphyrios and Allies and Morrison, and a real focus on putting the placemaking first.

Naushad Islam, director, idp north west.
Sky City, China - Will they build it [in 90 days as planned]? Can they build it [it is 220-storeys tall]? Should they build it? What does it mean for the rest of us?

The 220-storey sky City scheme in Changsha, China - it will be built in 90 days

Tom Holbrook, 5th Studio
Our Fatwalk project in 2013. As a plan, the project has won a rake of awards and validations, but it’s frustrating not having stuff to experience physically.

Nick Johnson, formerly of Urban Splash
MUMA’s reworking of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Galley.

Luke Tozer of Director, Pitman Tozer Architects
Our housing scheme for Peabody at Bethnal Green.

Hugh Brought director of Hugh Broughton Architects
Apart from seeing our own work being built - obviously - I am looking forward to visiting Tate 2 and [RSH+P’s] Cheesegrater.

Matthew Wells, Director, Techniker. Image attached.
The Walkie Talkie and the uproar that will follow

Erin Davidson, partner at Feilden and Mawson
The completion of my own house. For the past three years my fiancé and I have spent all our weekends converting two cottages into a home in the lovely South Norfolk countryside. I’m also looking forward to the regeneration of London’s Elephant and Castle.

Lyn Edwards, senior partner at GMW
I am most looking forward to seeing the successful delivery of the Olympic Legacy projects, some of which we hope to be involved with.

Simon Allford of AHMM
Selfishly but honestly those projects I am most looking forward to being built are our own, a good number of which enforce our demand that we continue to rethink what we do.

David Birkbeck, chief executive Design for Homes
After two flawed towers in Birmingham and Manchester, Ian Simpson’s No 1 Blackfriars should be London’s best residential skyscraper, thanks to a clever rethinking of its base. But I’m most excited by Proctor Matthews’ Great Kneighton scheme for Countryside on edge of Cambridge. This is unlike anything in the UK, a miniature linear city with surprising typologies, including flats at 160m². One to watch.

Dieter Gockmann, director at EPR Architects
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, particularly the [reworked] aquatics centre [by Zaha Hadid Architects]

Lee Bennett of Sheppard Robson
Siemens Headquarters Abu Dhabi. It is shaping up well on site

Andrew Whalley, deputy chair at Grimshaw
Fulton Street Transit Center, the new station in Lower Manhattan that we have designed, is finally approaching its completion. I moved to New York in 2003 for this ‘fast track’ project. Ten years later in 2013 it will largely be complete, and it has been worth the wait.

Fulton Street Transit Center in New York by Grimshaw

Fulton Street Transit Center in New York by Grimshaw

Ben Addy of Moxon Architects
I’m really intrigued to see how Zumthor’s project for Living Architecture will turn out.

Peter Morris, founder of Peter Morris Architect
I’m looking forward to seeing how Stuart Lipton’s team will regenerate Tottenham following the riots of 2011. We are keen to put our research at Birmingham University into practice.

Cindy Walters, co-founder of Walters and Cohen
Alison Brooks’ housing scheme for South Kilburn, FCB’s proposals for the QEH, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, Grafton Architects’ buildings for Lima University, Peru, and Kengo Kuma’s Dundee V&A.



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