Monthly Archives: July 2016

XTid Associates Architects & Consultants

29th July 2016

XTid Associates in collaboration with Practical AV has completed design and installation of a smart screen projector, audio system and lighting design in Canada Blanch School in Portobello.

The school brief was to make the most of the chapel to transform it into a multipurpose room. The room can accommodate 4 different scenarios depending on the requirements of the performance which is going to take place.

-Cinema: A projector has been installed with a smart screen system which drops down. When it is not in use the screen is stored as high as possible with a white cover melting with the ceiling.

-Theatre: 8 strong lights have been installed which can give the end user the opportunity to play different scenarios during a performance.

-Meeting Room: The room has been provided with 6 different types of microphones, which allow flexibility for meetings or conferences to be held for the students.

-Concerts: The sound system mixed with the lighting system gives a perfect scenario for concerts and the school choir to give performances whenever is required.

This is an example of how a room can accommodate different scenarios keeping the same shell and gives a preamble of the future dynamic architecture.

Architect: XTid Associates.
Client: Private.
Built: July 2016.
Location: Portobello Road.
Scope of Works: Concept Design| Planning | Technical Design| Structural Report | Contract Administrator

XTid Associates Architects & Consultants

15th July 2016

NEWS LETTER JULY 2016
BOLETÍN JULIO 2016

Big Changes in Battersea Area

Battersea Realm
Battersea is becoming a very busy area, apart from the huge project that is happening in Battersea power station and all the infrastructure for Embassy Gardens, we are also enjoying three new residential developments in our community: Lombard Road, York Road and Falcon Road.

Zona de Battersea Londres
Battersea está sufriendo una gran transformación, aparte del enorme proyecto que se está llevando a cabo en la central eléctrica de Battersea y todo el desarrollo en Embassy Gardens, también se están ejecutando otros tres nuevos desarrollos residenciales en la comunidad: Lombard Road, York Road y Falcon Road.

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New Building in Lombard Wharf SW11
The Award-winning architect Patel Taylor, have created a distinctive building in Lombard Wharf, Battersea. The development will be surrounded by a landscaped plaza; enhancing the public realm and reconnecting the Thames Pathway along the river.

XTid Associates is interested in following how this 28-storey building is growing, how it overcomes with the constraints of working in a hugely reduced space and the final impact in the area. The building is considered as an icon for Battersea due to its twist shape, the use of contemporary materials and views over the river Thames.

Lombard Wharf has a privileged location, which makes it more attractive. However, the disadvantage that the London Heliport and the train rails are very close, makes the noise an evident problem; especially in summer time when you want to enjoy your beautiful terrace.

Not everyone was happy with this planning decision. The Council received more than 120 objections from local residents, including: London Heliport, Wandsworth Conservation Area Advisory Committee, and Battersea Society.

However, application went through and successfully granted, but how this development got planning permission to be built in an area where tall buildings are considered to be inappropriate?

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Nuevo edificio en Lombard Wharf Londres
El arquitecto galardonado Patel Taylor, ha creado un edificio distintivo en Lombard Wharf, Battersea, Londres. El edificio estará rodeado por una plaza ajardinada: adecentando la zona pública y reconectando el paseo con el río Támesis.

XTid Asociados está siguiendo la construcción de este edificio de 28 alturas, ya que deberá superar los obstáculos debido a la falta de espacio y movilidad alrededor del edificio y el impacto final que generará en el entorno. El edificio se considera un icono para Battersea por su forma rotacional, el uso de materiales contemporáneos en fachada y fantásticas vistas al río Támesis y Londres.

La ubicación privilegiada de Lombard Wharf hace que este entorno sea aún más atractivo. Sin embargo, tiene un claro inconveniente al estar tan cerca del helipuerto y las vías del tren, ya que el ruido se convierte en un problema evidente; sobre todo cuando se quiere disfrutar de la terraza en las noches cálidas de verano.

No todo el mundo estaba de acuerdo con esta licencia de obras, el ayuntamiento recibió más de 120 objeciones de vecinos locales incluyendo el helipuerto, el comité de conservación de Wandsworth y la asociación de Battersea.

Sin embargo, el ayuntamiento de Wandsworth concedió la licencia de obras. ¿Cómo es posible que una construcción de 28 plantas consiga licencia en una zona en la que el Plan Urbanístico no considera adecuados este tipo de edificios en altura?

’’Modern Life demands, and it is awaiting for a new Architecture.’
‘’La vida moderna evoluciona y está a la espera de una nueva Arquitectura.’’

RIBA Stirling Prize Awards 2015 London

Vaulted House
The Vaulted house is a challenge of how to bring light into every single space of a house without using façades. Zenith light is brought to all rooms of the upper ground floor and two patios give light to the lower ground floor where all bedrooms are located.

The geometric language used by the architect configures six vault roofs topped each one with a skylight. These vaults define internally the living room, kitchen and dining room, without the need of using any internal partition. The technique used makes the sufficient disjunction between the areas of the upper ground floor.

This project brings to light concepts from last century like “less is more” as it uses an ingenious method to individualise spaces, which do not need to be physically independent as they have a close relation to each other. However, this concept has been developed since then, as it has not been translated straight forward from idea to drawing with just 90º angles like it happened in the past.

There will be always the debate between open spaces and privacy like on the patio shared by the three bedrooms. Nowadays, the technology is trying to sort these issues with changing materials like electrochromic glass, which changes from clear glass to opaque with just a click, but it is still a technology not everyone will be able to afford.

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Architect/Arquitecto                      Built/Construido en:
vPPR Architects.                                    2014.
Type/Tipo:                                            Location/Ubicación:
Residential/Residencial.                      Chiswick, London/Londres.
Client/Cliente:                                     Awards won/Premio Ganado:
Private/Privado.                                    RIBA London Award 2015.

Casa de las bóvedas
La casa de las bóvedas es un reto de cómo introducir luz en los diferentes espacios de una vivienda prescindiendo de ventanas en fachada. Luz cenital penetra en todas las estancias a través de los lucernarios en planta primera y dos patios que iluminan los dormitorios situados en planta baja.

El lenguaje geométrico utilizado configura 6 bóvedas con sus correspondientes lucernarios. Las bóvedas dividen internamente un gran espacio conformado por salón, cocina y comedor, sin necesidad de usar particiones interiores. Este tipo de técnica crea la suficiente diferenciación entre los espacios de la planta primera.

Este proyecto hace recordar conceptos del siglo pasado como “menos es más” utilizando un ingenioso método para la distinción de las estancias, las cuales no son físicamente independientes, dado que tienen relación unas con otras. Sin embargo, este concepto se ha desarrollado desde entonces, ya que, tal y como vemos en el proyecto no se ha traducido literalmente con la idea de ángulos de 90º como ocurría en el pasado.

Siempre estará el debate sobre la mesa entre espacios abiertos y la privacidad, como ocurre con el patio compartido por los tres dormitorios de planta baja. Hoy en día, la tecnología trata de resolver este tipo de conflictos con materiales cambiantes, como el vidrio electrocrómico transformando un paño de vidrio transparente a un vidrio opaco con un simple interruptor. Pero esta tecnología sigue sin estar al alcance de todo el mundo.

XTid Associates Architects & Consultants

15th July 2016

3D Printing is an Innovative Technology whereby an object is built up from a 3D Computer Design.

This method is being used at the moment for small objects and now is getting into the food market without us even realising. This way of “cooking” enable us to control exactly what are we eating. In the future, if this technology develops enough to be affordable for a domestic use, we will be able to elaborate a custom diet for each person depending on specific needs mixing all types of ingredients.

This technology has a huge potential, as whatever is designed on a computer can, in a few minutes, be transformed into a 3D object, made out of food, plastic… We are not far to incorporate this technology into construction. Nowadays, it is already used to make models, but in a few years, we might be able to build a complete building using this technology.