The first phase of DSDHA’s reimagining of the former Economist Plaza has just been unveiled. Completed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1964 for the Economist and acquired by Tishman Speyer in 2016, the iconic development has now been renamed ‘Smithson Plaza’ in honour of the original architects.
As a practice hugely indebted to the Smithson’s work, DSDHA have considered the impact of incremental changes made since 1964 and have assessed what might be preserved and what could be changed. The result is a phased framework that stays true to the original design intent while creating sustainable contemporary workspaces and maintaining this unique public space for the city.
Click here to hear DSDHA Director Deborah Saunt talking to Monocle about the project.
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The Smithson's Economist Plaza renovation by DSDHA is revealedShare:
Our model of the Albert Memorial on show at the Royal Academy of ArtCatch our model of the Albert Memorial at the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition between 12 June and 19 August.
Through the use of digital modelling and fabrication techniques, DSDHA has manipulated the geometry of the Memorial to reveal its hidden complex of brick vaults and arches: a fascinating yet largely forgotten space which could be converted to accommodate much needed cultural infrastructure in our city.Writing for the AJ about this year's Royal Academy show, Jon Astbury mentioned our piece, saying that: "DSDHA’s stunning Alternative Perspectives on the Albert Memorial is a particular highlight, its woozy twisting of perspective very much at home among Perry’s wider selection."Share:
Central Somers Town Masterplan Wins Planning Award 2018Last night, at the Planning Awards ceremony, our Masterplan for Central Somers Town was recognised with an award for the Best Use of Publicly Owned Land in Placemaking.
Somers Town is one of the few substantial areas of publicly-owned land in Central London. The single ownership of the buildings and of the public realm around them, allowed the London Borough of Camden and our team to develop an ambitious place-making strategy, which uses a self-funding development framework to enable the delivery of a new primary school, community facilities, affordable homes and a world-class public park — worthy of the site’s significance — as well as a proportion of private housing.Share:
Abell & Cleland Shortlisted for Housing Design AwardAbell & Cleland, our new-built residential block in Westminster, has been shortlisted for the Housing Design Awards 2018. The judges will visit the site on 1st May and winners will be announced during the ceremony on 2nd July.Share:
The Crown Estate and DSDHA win approval to rebuild office in London’s PiccadillyOn 27th March, Westminster City Council’s planning committee approved DSDHA's and The Crown Estate’s proposal for the redevelopment of 33-35 Piccadilly, to create a new, quality retail and office development.The proposals will replace a post-war office block, known as Airwork House, dating from 1956, and will offer retail on all of its elevations, as well as a new entrance to its commercial accommodation on the corner of Vine Street and Swallow Street.Read more about the project on the AJ website.Share:
Santo Domingo - Design Capital of the CaribbeanWith its eight schools of architecture, Santo Domingo leads the way for design in the Caribbean. DSDHA has reached the final stage in an international design competition to design the masterplan of the historic city centre of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and more specifically for the consolidation of the ruins of a colonial convent to create a new cultural building and an archeological complex.David Hills will also be speaking in the Dominican Republic on 2 December 2014, as part of two-day International Conference on Contemporary Architecture in Historic Centres at UNIBE, alongside Rafael Moneo, Cristobal Valdez and Gonzalo Byrne.Share:
Alex Monroe Studio Featured in Baumeister MagazineWe are delighted that Baumeister has featured the Alex Monroe Studio in this month's issue. Commending the design for its craftsmanship, they say: 'The narrow pilasters are hollow and handmade, corresponding to the intricate handiwork of the jewelers within.'Read more about the project here.Tags: Alex Monroe Studio Alex Monroe Snowsfield Southwark Studio jewellery studio press News article featureShare:
DSDHA Has MovedDSDHA has moved to its new studio!Find us at: 357 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall SE11 5QYAll other contact information remains the same.Share:
A Jewel BoxAlex Monroe's Southwark Jewellery Studio on Snowsfields is reviewed in Building Design:The building makes a picture of the world around it, drawing seamlessly irreconcilable parts into an artistically considered whole. In a London that grows ever more heterogeneous by the year, it is a strategy that carries continued relevance.Read the full review here.Share:
Crafting The CityDSDHA's crafted approach to scale and tectonics has revitalised South Molton Street...In a subtle duality, scale is suppressed from afar but expressed close up, an accomplished feat in DSDHA's first large urban building.- Felix Mara, Architects JournalRead the article on AJ Online here.Share: