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Astragal: Architectural assistant wins world cup for England

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Unbelievable, Geoff! England have won the World Cup with Squire & Partners Part 2 architectural assistant Sam Lodge scoring the winning goals

The country goes wild. This unlikely story was the outcome of the 2018 Bespoke Cup which took place in east London at the end of last month.

Practices including Levitt Bernstein, RSHP and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands drew lots to see which country they would represent and then competed through group and knock-out stages before Squire & Partners (England) beat Grimshaw (Sweden) 2-1 in the final, courtesy of Lodge’s two goals.

Group board 4

Group board 4

Lodge later admitted that, being Scottish, the ‘England’ victory was ‘bitter sweet’.

Of course the real winners were young people served by charity The Mix UK, with more than £1,000 raised at the tournament.  

The event was organised by recruitment agency Bespoke Careers, whose staff showed impressive resilience – Laura Hoggan playing on after dislocating (and reinserting) her shoulder; and Bianca Nicastro in goal using her face to make a vital save. 

Museum logo has mouths watering

Museum or felafel wrap

Museum or felafel wrap

The Egyptian government has released a video showing how Heneghan Peng’s designs for the Grand Egyptian Museum have been carried into the eagerly awaited institution’s new logo – but the internet has suggested the true inspiration may have been popular local food stalls.

The museum sits between bustling Cairo and the pyramids and is due to complete at the end of the year. The video shows how its outline has been used to define the shape of the logo.

But some of the responses have been rather mocking in tone. One much-repeated image on social media showed the museum logo as the packaging for a falafel wrap.

Elsewhere it was suggested that a competition should be launched for a replacement logo. Please feel free to send in your suggestions. Astragal would come up with its own but is feeling too hungry now. 

Putting the dampers on Serpentine Pavilion

Wet floor crop

Wet floor crop

One of the features of Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s well-received Serpentine pavilion is its triangular 5mm-deep reflecting pool – or as some health and safety enforcer has interpreted it, ‘a wet floor’.

The warning sign was photographed by architectural writer and radio presenter Bobby Jewell, who described it as ‘When Mexican design meets British guidelines’.

New record for architecture’s speed merchant

Cyclist in pants 1

Cyclist in pants 1

The best architects are always looking to push the boundaries. For some this means the innovative use of materials and form; for Neil Campbell of Colchester practice ADP it means not being satisfied with only holding the British and Commonwealth cycle speed record.

Astragal recalls Campbell reaching 114mph back in 2016 but had rather assumed he’d settled into more sedate leisure pursuits in the intervening years.

Instead, the 44-year-old was back out on the runway by the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington last month, being towed along at plain silly speeds before clocking an impressive 135mph from his own legs – breaking the European record.

He now fancies a crack at the world record – which stands at 167mph. What, pray, is wrong with a little bit of leisurely golf?

Snøhetta set to elbow out Chipperfield

Readers with long memories will recall David Chipperfield finally winning planning permission to redevelop Portland House close to Victoria Station in London in summer 2013.

Chipperfield’s plan would have overhauled the 101m-tall skyscraper, described as ‘a blot and an eyesore’ by the chairman of planning at Westminster City Council.

But now it seems developer LandSec has had a change of heart. It is understood Norway and US-based practice Snøhetta has been asked to take over the job and is working on feasibility plans.

Although Snøhetta worked on the Aberdeen Maggie’s Centre, it has only ever built one permanent scheme in England: Aesop Duke of York Square retail space in Chelsea.

And if the rumours are correct, LandSec may be looking to make further big name switches in the near future.

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