Rain Bow Gate Wins RIBA Award

June 9th, 2013

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Rain Bow Gate has been selected as one of the winners of this year's prestigous RIBA Awards.

The project is just a stone's throw away from another of our RIBA award winning projects, the Singing Ringing Tree. The judges commented that "one can only hope the authorities in Burnley will continue their wonderful patronage of the art of architecture with these thoughtful and inventive designers." This is the 6th RIBA Award for Tonkin Liu in the past ten years, which cements the practice's position in the listings of Britain's Best Architects.

Book | Creating Shade

February 8th, 2013

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Rain Bow Gate is featured in Braun's new book 'Creating Shade: Design, Construction, Technology'.

Prototyping Architecture Conference

February 4th, 2013

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Tonkin Liu is presenting Shell Lace at this year's Prototyping Architecture Conference hosted by the Building Centre. Shell Lace is an innovative single surface structural system being developed by Tonkin Liu and Arup.

The full paper can be downloaded here.

Kingston Market Stalls

December 3rd, 2012

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We recently won the competition to redesign Kingston Ancient Market stalls, following on from our appointment to redesign the public realm, lighting and street furniture in the historic centre of Kingston-Upon-Thames. The design for the new market stalls is progressing quickly. We are exploring perforated cross laminated timber panels which will transform the closed stalls into a glowing orchard in the evening.

Paper Moon

December 2nd, 2012

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This ultra-thin pendant light has been designed and developed in collaboration with 3D-printers Chalk Studio. We are exploring a means by which to make the fitting in ultra-light mulched paper, like egg crate packaging.

Kingston Ancient Market Place

September 21st, 2012

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Our proposed design for the new public realm and marketplace at the heart of Kingston-upon-Thames has been signed off by the council.

Book | Going Public

September 7th, 2012

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Dover Esplanade has been feature in Gestalten's 'Going Public', a book of exemplary urban and architectural design for public space.

Clere Street goes green

July 14th, 2012

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Summer is here and our roof garden appartment in Shoreditch has grown back to life once again, greening the skyline of East London.

Baku Sfera

May 19th, 2012

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Baku Sfera is an observatory made entirely of glass. The complex geometries are formed through a simple offset layering technique, creating stairways, floors, and structural ribs. A model of the structure has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show in London.

Taiwan Design Workshop

May 6th, 2012

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Tonkin Liu directors Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu led a two day Shell Lace design charette with Architecture students at Shichein University. Shell Lace is an innovative single surface structural system being developed by Tonkin Liu and Arup.