Tonkin Liu Open Studio for London Festival of Architecture

June 5th, 2017

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As part of the London Festival of Architecture, which runs throughout June, we will be opening our studio doors for one day only. Models, drawings and prototypes will be on display throughout, showcasing a diverse and widely celebrated array of architecture, artwork, and landscape projects.

We will be on hand to answer questions about our working process. It will also be an opportunity to view our award-winning Sun Rain Rooms. Book your free tickets here.

Tonkin Liu Open Studio on Friday 23rd June 2017, 2-6pm - entry is by ticket only.

Ness Point wins RIBA Award

May 31st, 2017

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We are proud to share that Ness Point House won a RIBA South East award.

The full list of winners can be found here.

Sun Rain Room Wins RIBA London Award

May 24th, 2017

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We are very pleased to announce that our Sun Rain Room has been awarded up a RIBA London Award. After 12 years of love and labour the Sun Rain Room was recently completed, just in time for the summer!

Ness Point House shortlisted for RIBA South East Award

March 20th, 2017

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We are excited to announce that Ness Point House, Dover, has been shortlisted for the RIBA South East Award. The winner will be announced on 25th May - read the full shortlist here.

Tonkin Liu reveals Cradle Towers scheme for the Chinese city of Zhengzhou

February 20th, 2017


Tonkin Liu has unveiled its 2016 competition winning proposal for a new Trade Centre in Zhengzhou, in east-central China.

The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou comprises five mixed residential, office and hotel towers that swoop out of podium housing retail and leisure. Hollowed out to form a ring, the podium forms a threshold between the city and a soft, sheltered landscape within.

A family of five towers of varying heights swoop out of the urban block to from a mountainscape. Vertical courtyards bring daylight into the deep plan at the base of the towers and establish vertical gardens up their inside faces.

A fluid landscape spills out of the cradle and under the lifted podium ring, connecting the vast inner courtyard to the wider city sprawling beyond. At the peak of each tower a roof-top glass house simultaneously screens the mechanical plant floors and greens the skyline.

the office tests the strength of innovative laminated plywood roof

October 28th, 2016


After two months of construction, the Tonkin Liu team stepped out onto the experimental timber roof structure of the Sun Rain Room to complete a load test. Our structural engineer, hanging below in the hammock seat, seemed pleased.

Hull Solar Gate submitted for planning

September 30th, 2016

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Situated in Queens Garden, Hull - the Solar Gate has been submitted for planning. The Solar gate is a public realm artwork, that casts discs of light on the ground marking 24 memorable dates that have shaped our world and Hull’s local history.

Sun Rain Room at the Summer Exhibition

August 25th, 2016


The last few weeks to visit the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art. Pictured above is the model of Sun Rain Room which is currently under construction.

Ness Point House, Dover completed

July 29th, 2016

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Shell Lace Workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum

June 30th, 2016


We held a shell lace workshop as part of the V&A Sanctuary for Teachers in June, part of the Victoria and Albert Museum Engineering Season which runs until 6th November 2016.