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Snow buildings, tonnes of Tunnocks and Zaha's tap feat

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Astragal: the AJ’s weekly namedropping, eavesdroppping gossip column

Snow play
As London ground to a halt during Monday’s ‘extreme weather’, Hakes Associates engaged in some team building. Actually, some bridge building (pictured) outside its office in the Jam Factory, South London. Dubbed ‘Snowbius’ in homage to the practice’s ‘Mobius’ design for a bridge in Bristol, the icy arch had to be remade three times. But at least the materials were free. And they had a ball making it. And there was no chance of it becoming a victim of the credit freeze…

Hoskin’s bru-ha-ha
The brave young hope of Scottish architecture, Gareth Hoskins, rumbled into London last week with his new exhibition, 0-10 Years. The show premiered at Glasgow’s Lighthouse and is now at the RIBA’s Portland Place HQ until 24 February. Astragal lumbered along to the opening and was overjoyed to see not only fellow Scot Rab Bennetts playing the piano, but also a selection of Glaswegian confectioner Tunnock’s sweet delights. If only Irn-Bru had been on tap…

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