Archive for April, 2018

Snug is recruiting Project Architect’s

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Snug is looking to #recruit a talented project architect to join our team. The practice is growing in influence, having recently become one of only 9 RIBA Role Model Practices. This is an exciting time to join the practice and, having recently won a series of exciting new projects, we have a robust pipeline of work.

Our offices are based on the edge of the New Forest so if you are looking for a family friendly place to work at the centre of the south coast, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for someone with at least 3 years experience, ideally in the design and delivery of high quality commercial housing.

Applicants should send their CV and a portfolio of their work to the contact details on our website, addressed for the attention of the managing director.

The Ring Of Remembrance

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

After ​​two days visiting the battle fields of the Somme, a visit to The Ring Of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial Of Notre-Dame-De-Lorette, is all the more poignant. This is a powerful memorial to the sacrifice of life made in the Great War. The structure is designed by Agence D’architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) on behalf of the Conseil Regional Nord-Pas-De-Calais and won the RIBA Award for International Excellence in 2016.

For me this was not only a personal journey of discovery, visiting the battlefield where my great grandfather gave his life 100 years ago this month, it was also an opportunity to study the architecture of remembrance. The majority of the monuments we visited where built in the years immediately after the war and all are of their era. Always monumental, and often neo-classical in design. It was therefore interesting to see how my own generation of architects has sought to contribute.

Unlike most war memorials, where one moves around the monument, the names of the dead lining the outer walls, this structure draws you in, the names enclosing, wrapping and immersing you on all sides. It is a dramatic contrast.  Everything external drops away. There is only the visitor and the 600,000+ names that enclose them.

The only relief to this is the dramatic moment when the ring cantilevers out and across a natural drop in the topography. This opens up glimpses of the battlefields beyond in the plains below. This moment leads to my only criticism. It is the entrance. It feels overly pragmatic that the entrance cuts through the sides of the ring, breaking the purity of the enclosure. It would surely have been more powerful to enter from below, from the ground, where the battle was fought. Entering under the ring one could then emerge fully enclosed and at the centre rather than at a specific point, with the inevitable hierarchy that this creates.

None of this diminishes the beauty, simplicity and power of the Ring of Remembrance. These are only the thoughts of an architect seeking to learn and, when the opportunity arises, try to achieve something greater still.

 

 

Great sketch

Friday, April 13th, 2018

We received these two wonderful sketches from site today. We love the power of sketching, what we call ‘thinking on paper’. It is great to see a contractor who is confident to sketch. They may not have intended to create art but we think they are beautiful, as well as practical. Keep #sketching

Snug was the 70th most awarded practice in 2017

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

If industry prizes are the marker of success, which architectural practices came out on top this year? The RIBA Journal thought it was time to find out. The list was published in this months Journal and we were delighted to see we came joint 70th.

Here is the list of our awards successes from 2017:

Civic Trust Awards – Winner

RIBA Southwest Awards – Shortlisted

MacEwen Awards – Shortlisted

LABC ‘Best Individual Home’ E.Anglia – Winner

GAGA ‘In Detail’ Award – Winner

South Coast Property Awards – Best Practice of the Year – Nominated

ICE Innovation Award – Shortlisted

ICE South Award for Engineering Excellence – Shortlisted

ICE Best Infrastructure Project – Shortlisted

South Coast Property Awards – Regeneration Project of the Year – Finalist

South Coast Property Awards – Development of the Year – Finalist

South Coast Property Awards – Architect of the Year – Shortlisted

Concrete Society Awards – Shortlisted

RIBA Southwest Awards – Shortlisted

 

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