Shortlisted, RIBA President's Awards

August 2nd, 2015

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Our ongoing research into Shell Lace, an innovative single surface structural system, has been shortlisted for the RIBA President's Awards for Research. Tonkin Liu is in the running for the ‘Outstanding Practice-located Research’ award. Read more about the award on the Architects Journal.

Ness Point House nears Completion

July 15th, 2015

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Our cliff-like and cliff-top house in Dover is progressing well on site. The building nestles into the landscape at the rear and rises up to the sea at the front, offering extraordinary views of the ocean beyond.

Load Testing

July 15th, 2015

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Ed Clarke, Director and structural engineer at Arup, tests the strength of a Shell Lace Structure prototype here in the office. The ultra-light single surface structure is just 0.7mm thick.

New Shell Lace Book Published

September 15th, 2014

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To coincide with current RIBA Exhibition, we have published 'The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure'.

The book charts the last five years of practice-based research in the innovative single-surface structural technique we call Shell Lace. Covering projects ranging in scale between the relief shelter, the bridge, and the ferry terminal, the book tells the story of Shell Lace through its many structurally efficient - yet beautiful - guises. The book can be purchased in stores and online here.

RIBA Exhibition Now Open

September 2nd, 2014

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'Tonkin Liu: The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure' is now open at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London. The exhibition showcases the practice's broad range of work developing the innovative single surface structure technique alongside engineers Arup.

Winner, RIBA Bridge Competition

January 22nd, 2014

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We are very pleased to announce that our design for a new bridge in Salford has won a RIBA design competition that saw 172 entries from 31 countries.

The design was the product of a close collaboration between architects at Tonkin Liu and structural engineers from Arup. Competition Adviser Renato Benedetti of bridge specialists McDowell + Benedetti said: ‘Tonkin Liu with Arup are worthy winners - their unique bridge is poetic, innovative and elegantly engineered with sinuous curves seamlessly linking the Meadows with the new public space to be created. Its sculptural qualities ensure it will be a joy to look at and to use, becoming an inspirational new urban marker for Salford.’

Seasons Greetings from Tonkin Liu

December 24th, 2013

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RIBA Research Trust Award

November 14th, 2013

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Tonkin Liu has been awarded a research grant from RIBA for the continued development of Shell Lace Structure.

The innovative structural technique, which generates ultra-light single-surface structures, is being developed with engineers ARUP. Advanced digital design, analysis, and fabrication tools, together with traditional tailoring techniques, are used in the Shell Lace Structure’s iterative design process, to construct complex three-dimensional forms using the minimum amount of material. The first large-scale built prototype is Rain Bow Gate.

Shortlisted, Cantebury Cathedral Competition

July 30th, 2013

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Our proposal for a new landscape and public space surrounding Canterbury Cathedral has been shortlisted.

Spiral Mountain

June 29th, 2013

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We recently entered a competition for a landmark cultural centre for Taichung. We proposed a spiralling mountain structure for both the City Library and Fine Art Gallery. The continuous bookshelves and ramping galleries wrap a vast inner atrium lit from a great oculus in the roof. The building offers visitors a climb to its summit through raised parkland on its spiralling roof, which appears to float in the landscape upon a mirrored structure lost in the trees.