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Special Mention at the Stephen Lawrence Prize

Arboreal received a Special Mention for their Bethnal Green Memorial project at the Stephen Lawrence Prize giving. The RIBA hosted both the Stirling Prize for the best building of 2018 and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for the best building with a budget under £1m.

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Construction completes on the Loft Library

The Loft Library has reached Practical Completion and the 40 linear meters of shelving are filling up fast with the client's book collection.

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Memorial wins RIBA National Award

We are very happy to announce that following its success at the RIBA London Awards, the Bethnal Green Memorial was honoured today with an RIBA National Award. The judges described the project as "a striking memorial that is part sculpture, part architecture and that has intellectual conceptual rigour, a poignant justification for its form, a clear consideration to the viewer's experience and spatial interaction, a construction and structural complexity, and is built to an impeccable level of finish and detail."

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Arboreal explores living root bridges

Earlier this year we visited the living root bridges in the Indian state of Meghalaya. In the mountainous region of Cherrapunjee near the border with Bangladesh local people have found a unique way to cross the many rivers and streams. Where people the world over have felled trees to build bridges, the villagers here have chosen a different approach.

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Double win at RIBA London Awards

It gives us great pleasure to announce a double victory at last night's RIBA London Awards. Our Bethnal Green Memorial won a London Award and will now go through to be considered at the national level. To our surprise and delight at the end of the evening Harry Paticas was honoured with the award for Project Architect of the Year 2018 for his role in bringing the memorial to fruition over 12 dedicated years.

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Solar office generating power

Our Solar Office is harvesting plenty of sunlight even on these overcast Spring days! The solar socket and display gives a direct experience of exactly how much energy is used and how much energy the solar panels are producing.

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Bucharest House nears completion

Our Bucharest House project is nearing completion and its solar-powered home office is up and running.

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Treehouse project starts

Arboreal have been commissioned to design a house on stilts that can harmoniously integrated into a mature woodland site. The trees will be as much our clients as the owner on this project!

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Bethnal Green Memorial Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for the Bethnal Green Memorial was attended by over 500 people including survivors, relatives, charity trustees, locals, Pearly Kings and Queens and politicians.

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Teak stairway arrives in Bethnal Green

Trustees of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust today watched the arrival of the teak stairway 11 years after the Bethnal Green Memorial was originally proposed.

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Curved glulam beams installed at Bucharest House

These beautifully curved glulam beams have recently been installed in the loft office of Bucharest House.

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Arboreal presents at Schools Energy Project in the New Forest

Arboreal were delighted to be invited to talk to children about building performance and retrofit as part of the Schools Energy Project Cafe Conference.

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Construction starts on Bucharest House

Construction has started on this deep retrofit and loft extension project. Works are progressing quickly and the original small rooms of this terraced property are being radically opened up into larger contemporary spaces with interconnecting views.

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Student-built shelter opens to the public

Our third year architecture students at the University of Westminster have designed and built a timber “laavu” or shelter in the Punkaharju forests of eastern Finland. The structure was built without the use of power tools from locally sawn Red Pine. The building was opened to the public on the 9th May and is located just off a popular hiking and skiing path in the forest.

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Globe House exhibited at Don't Move, Improve!

Globe House was shortlisted for this year's Don't Move, Improve! awards and exhibited at the Building Centre in Bloomsbury, London. The competition is organised by New London Architecture and showcases designs that demonstrate exceptional innovation and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of better living space for Londoners.

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Construction completes at Globe House

Works have finished at Globe House - a tiny extension with a tremendous impact. It turns an Edwardian scullery into a bright contemporary kitchen with a built-in diner and window seat.

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Arboreal wins Planning Appeal

After our Bucharest project was refused planning permission by Wandsworth Council back in February, we are very happy to announce that it has been granted permission by The Planning Inspectorate after a successful appeal. In a victory for contemporary design, the national planning inspector stated, “I consider the Council’s concerns as to the modernity of the roof extension’s design and form to be misplaced. To me, this imaginative and creative scheme represents a design approach that would add visual interest to the rear of these dwellings.”

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Zero waste week

Arboreal co-director, Tom Raymont, spent this past week attempting to live without creating any waste. He collected everything that he threw away with the aim that all of it should be either recyclable or compostable. After seven days he had just over a kilogram of material: 600g (56%) was compostable, 460g (42%) was recyclable and 25g (2%) was rubbish that could only be sent to landfill or incineration. Currently, about half of UK rubbish is sent to landfill and half incinerated but this balance is changing quickly and is likely to be 90% incineration and 10% landfill by 2020.

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Clapham Retrofit wins Residential Project of the Year

At the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016 ceremony, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, it was announced that our Clapham Retrofit project was the winner of the Residential Project of the Year. The judges considered that the project "most effectively demonstrates high levels of user satisfaction and comfort whilst delivering outstanding measured building performance."

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Clapham Retrofit is shortlisted for CIBSE Building Performance Awards

Our Clapham Retrofit project has been shortlisted for the CIBSE Building Performance Awards Residential Project of the Year. As the first listed building in England to meet the AECB Silver Performance Standard the measured actual gas energy use for the year from January 2014 (9146kWh) was under the predicted energy demand.

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High Commendation for Mazarin House

After being short listed earlier this year in the category of Best Private Housing Project, Mazarin House was Highly Commended by the jury of the Structural Timber Awards.

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Lynton Retrofit receives planning approval

Our Lynton Retrofit project, located inside a Conservation Area, has received Planning Permission for a proposal to thermally upgrade the building fabric to Enerphit Standard.

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We are teaching at the University of Westminster

Arboreal are teaching a 3rd year design studio on the architecture degree course at the University of Westminster, Faculty of the Built Environment.

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Beijing Landscapes photography exhibition at The Gallery Cafe

In September 2015 St.Margaret's House Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Arboreal co-director Harry Paticas. Raising questions about current Chinese attitudes towards landscape and nature this exhibition encourages a dialogue between two catalogues of photographs taken in Beijing, China. The viewer is invited to engage with the ephemerality of modern day consumer waste and timeless markings on ancient trees.

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Mazarin House is finalist for Structural Timber Awards

Mazarin House has been selected as a finalist for the Structural Timber Awards. It is one of 8 projects nominated for private housing project of the year.

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Clapham Retrofit is short-listed for the AJ Retrofit Awards

The Clapham Retrofit project has been shortlisted for the 2014 Architect's Journal Retrofit Awards in the Heritage category.

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Guerrilla planting

We celebrated the 4th anniversary of Arboreal Architecture by guerrilla planting the roadside in front of our office. We chose to celebrate some of the quintessential London pioneer species Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and Buddleia (Buddleia davidii) which can be found growing in unpromising places all over the city.

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Clapham Retrofit is England's first listed building to achieve AECB Silver Standard

The Clapham Retrofit project has been awarded the Silver Standard for energy performance from the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB). It is the first English Heritage listed building in England to achieve this.

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Construction completes at Brenthouse

Construction is complete at the Brenthouse project allowing the clients to make use of the Spring weather and enjoy the indoor-outdoor living spaces of their new extension.

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Mazarin House close to completion

Mazarin House is close to completion with the interiors finished and work to the front and rear landscaping almost done.

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Scaffolding comes down from Mazarin House

The scaffolding has come down from Mazarin House revealing for the first time the overall appearance of the building.

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Twisted and contorted purple carrots from the Arboreal allotment

Over thirty wonderfully contorted carrots were harvested today from the Arboreal allotment in Bethnal Green.

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Arboreal takes part in London Open House 2013

Arboreal and the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust welcomed over 250 visitors to the London Open House event on Saturday. Visitors to the memorial came from across the city and included relatives of victims and survivors, locals of all ages and people generally interested in the design of the memorial.

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Zinc roofing installed at Mazarin House

The faceted zinc roofing is being installed at Mazarin House. The 17 sides of the roof give the project its name as the Mazarin cut was an early method for cutting diamonds that created 17 faces.

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Max Creasy photographs the Bethnal Green Memorial

Arboreal have commissioned the Australian photographer Max Creasy to take photographs of the Bethnal Green Memorial bench for their entry into the Wood Awards 2013. This photograph captures the essence of our design for the bench - an inviting and comforting place for reflection set back from the vibrant junction of Bethnal Green Road.

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Cross-laminated timber going up at Mazarin House

Cross-laminated timber panels have arrived at the Mazarin House site and are going up quickly. The digitally fabricated panels are going together smoothly to create the faceted building geometry.

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Memorial opened to the public

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Bethnal Green tube disaster the memorial was opened to the public for the first time.

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Memorial presented at House of Commons

Arboreal presented the Bethnal Green Memorial project at a fundraising event at Speaker's House in the House of Commons.

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Mazarin House starts on site

The Mazarin House project for a block of six 2-bedroom flats has started work on site.

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Clapham Retrofit receives planning and listed building consent

Our Clapham Retrofit project has received Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for a proposal that represents one of the most radical thermal upgrade of a listed building in the UK to date.

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Arboreal wins RIBA Live Pitch event

Arboreal wins Live Pitch event at the RIBA Small Practice Conference with their approach to working in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

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Living wall installed in Exchange Flat

The plants have arrived and are being installed on the living wall in the Exchange Flat. They have been growing in the planting medium off-site for 3 months and are now taking shape on the wall.

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Memorial model selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Arboreal were selected to exhibit their model of the Bethnal Green Memorial for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

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