Natural History Museum Project leaves Wilder Associates shortlisted for BALI Award by Kate Baker

  The Natural History Museum.

The Natural History Museum.

The re-generation of one of London’s most iconic buildings has led to Wilder Associates being shortlisted for a prestigious BALI award, in the Hardscaping non-domestic project over 1.5 million category.

Extensive refurbishment of the main entrance was completed in June this year, to coincide with the opening of the Hintze Hall, opened by the Duchess of Cambridge alongside Sir David Attenborough on July 13th 2017.  

The project is part of the overall strategy for the re-generation of the grounds that will see the return of ‘Dippy’ the Diplodocus, grazing in a primordial forest of ferns and cycads.  

The main entrance, previously a sea of tarmac and mismatched stone, has been refurbished to accommodate wheelchair access whilst presenting the heritage stone work. This required extensive reconstruction of the vaults below the entrance and the world-famous carriage ramps.  

The scheme involved the re-use of existing stone setts and a national search for stone to match the existing material including sandstone, granite and porphyry. The large forecourt has been reconfigured in elegant arc laid setts, with new technology enabling a surface water storage tank beneath.  

To complete, the large bastions on either side of the reconstructed steps, have been re-imagined as planters exhibiting plants from the Canary Islands, one of the first places that Charles Darwin stopped on his journey in HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands. It is a demonstration of the museums continuing work in the construction of the environment across the globe.

Although integrating the new design into the existing heritage proved challenging, the execution depicts a seamless transition from the museum’s original architecture to a more modern standard. Whilst ensuring the ethos of the original architect, Alfred Warehouse, is kept alive. 

The Bali awards take place at the Grosvenor Hotel on the 7th December, where the winner will be announced.

 

Teaching at Oxford Brookes by Peter Wilder

Today saw a lively debate at Oxford Brookes University about the influence of AI and AR in architecture with a lecture by Peter Wilder on the impact of drones, Big Data and cloud processing on the design studio. The lecture was rounded off with a demonstration of our Inspire 1 Drone in the courtyard and an afternoon of critiques on student work. With just four weeks to go until the end of the semester, some amazing work is emerging with themes that vary from mental health and well being, biomimicry, augmented reality, fractal and algorithmic design, and a human upgrade factory. 

It clear that technology is influencing the design direction of many students and symbiotic relationships with nature seem to be at the forefront of student work. Im looking forward to a return visit in the next academic year!

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Crit at Oxford Brookes

Looking for new talent by Peter Wilder

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Water is the driving force behind many of nature’s most inspiring creations, and it continues to inspire our work as landscape architects.

Our ability to think creatively and adapt to our surroundings have enabled us to transform communities in over 14 countries. If you are looking for an opportunity to flex your muscles and be a force for change then simply send us some examples of your most exceptional work, 150 words on how you would like to change our world and a photo of the landscape that inspires you the most and why.

We are looing for candidates with a minimum of two years post graduate experience in a UK practice, excellence in written and graphic communication, a solid grasp of industry software including AutoCAD, Rhino, Revit, Lumion, and Keyscape. Applicants should apply to info@wilder-associates.com and any attachments larger than 10mb should be sent via WeTransfer. A shortlist of candidates will be selected for interview in the week commencing 19th March.

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment by Peter Wilder

The cold snap has provided an ideal time to go out and obtain landscape views without foliage on the trees. We are currently working on a scheme in Kent where proposals for an acoustic bund will change the short term and long term views from the North Downs AONB. If you are considering carrying out visual impact work for a proposed development then now is a good time to contact us.

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Escaping 2017 by Peter Wilder

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2017 was an incredible year for us with a host of new projects and new clients as well as some great events. We have watched our scheme at the Natural History Museum slowly take shape and we look forward to its official opening in April this year. It has involved working closely with a great team including Kim Wilkie, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Expedition Engineering, Atelier Ten, Thomas Mathews, Jane Toplis Associates, Blakedown landscape and of course the Natural History Museum. The scheme is complex and involves working both with a Grade 1 listed building and a highly used public realm, heritage materials and modern access standards. So just to keep the team on their toes we embarked on an escape room challenge to test our ability to work together to solve complex problems. And the result? Well you'll have to ask us next time you see us!

Wilder Associates Featured in Pro Landscape Magazine by Peter Wilder

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Wilder Associates were featured in the December issue of Pro Landscape Magazine which also featured the first of a three part series written by Peter Wilder on the role of technology in the diversification of the industry. Starting with Communication, the series will explore the opportunities and challenges that virtual reality, automation and artificial intelligence will bring to the field of planning and design.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the article.

Waterloo Sunset by Peter Wilder

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Not everything about London is doom and gloom in winter. Sometimes the grey overcast skies let a slim crevice of light to spill across Londons skyline. Old brick buildings are set aglow whilst shiny new skyscrapers become beacons in the afternoon sun. Regardless of whether we have a white Christmas or a grey one, we wish all of our clients, colleagues and co-collaborators the very best for the holiday season and we look forward to another successful year in 2018. 

Celebrating Young Talent by Peter Wilder

 The WA Team at Futurescape 30 Under 30 ceremony on the 14th November

The WA Team at Futurescape 30 Under 30 ceremony on the 14th November

Our rising star Valya was recently recognised at the Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30 awards held at Futurescape on the 14th November. The scheme recognises rising stars in organisations and promotes the training of the next generation of landscape professionals. In addition to her 30 Under 30 success Valya was also successful in passing her pathway to chartership exam and from January next year she will become a Chartered member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI).