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AMAG 20

TONY FRETTON ARCHITECTS MONOGRAPH


This new edition of AMAG is a beautifully designed, 200 page, large format Monograph printed beautifully on quality paper, covering 14 of the latest and most important projects by Tony Fretton Architects. This is a trilingual edition, in English, French and Portuguese.

ISBN: 978-989-54620-9-4.

You can follow the link below to order from the publishers.

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Cantine at Camden Art Centre

Cantine, a new café, designed by Tony Fretton Architects for Camden Arts Centre has opened. You can book a table via the link below to enjoy the new menu .

Cantine at Camden Art Centre serve sweet and savoury treats, as well as breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. A selection of artisanal coffee & tea, beers and natural wines and are also on offer.

Cafe opening hours are Thursday to Sunday – 9am to 6pm..

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WORK

PLACE

DESIGN


Innovative working environments from the last decade by Tony Fretton Architects

A microsite that celebrates Tony Fretton Architects' innovative contribution to the development of workplace design over the last decade has been launched.

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Tony Fretton Architects

We have compiled Tony Fretton's recent Architecture Foundation Lectures, which were presented as a part of the Foundation's 100 day studio. 

‘THE 100 DAY STUDIO’

Boccaccio’s fourteenth century classic The Decameron takes the form of 100 tales told by a group of young people who have retreated to a villa while waiting for their native Florence to escape the grip of the Black Death.

The 100 Day Studio was an initiative devised by The Architecture Foundation that adapts this model to our current health crisis. For 100 weekdays from Monday April 6th to Thursday August 27th, the 100 Day Studio brought a daily diet of online lectures, interviews, building tours, panel discussions and quizzes.

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The Architectural Review’s post-Venice catch-up with Sejima


‘If it were up to you, to whom would you give the Golden Lion?’

Sejima sat back, then prefaced her answer with an immensely polite praise of the jury, expressing her deferral to their decision - it was not a question, she said, of ‘if she had been on the jury’, she could only express what she herself preferred.

‘Actually,’ she admitted ‘I liked Fretton and Pimlott. This was maybe because I had followed carefully their intention, which was to simultaneously express the spatial experiences of the interior of a palazzo and the square that sits in front of it. And in a strange way I think this was very successful. I really had the sense of the space always changing between public and domestic.’

20 OCTOBER 2010 BY JACK SELF 

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Tony Fretton Architects
Under Construction

We have a number of projects on site that are nearing completion.

In the North of Holland we are completing the third phase of our mixed housing types along Molenplein, in Den Helder.

In Copenhagen, Denmark the completion of the Marmorkirken Metro has allowed access for Realdania to complete the oversailing facade packages on our mixed use Tietgens Ærgrelse project.

In the UK the enabling works are nearly complete on our mixed use workplace and residential scheme on Berners Street and Berners Mews


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Fuglsang Kunstmuseum

Realdania have produced a film about Fuglsang Kunstmuseum.

The subject is the architecture at Fuglsang Kunstmuseum and how Tony Fretton Architects  incorporated the cultural heritage and the surrounding nature.

It also includes the internal architecture and how it all supports the exhibitions and the whole experience of visiting the museum.

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Ten groundbreaking housing projects of the last decade by Tony Fretton Architects

A microsite has been launched that celebrates Tony Fretton Architects' significant contribution to the development of housing design over the last decade.

The featured designs have provided a blueprint for developers and housing providers in the UK and internationally and continue to be an influence on Architects proposing housing at scales varying from the terraced street to the tower.

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Education First HQ, London

Education First (EF) is a major international company offering study abroad, language learning, cultural exchange and academic degree programmes around the world. Its headquarters building in London is the centre of their international activity and houses a large and diverse group working in all sectors. EF’s progressive culture provides good collective places and facilities for sociability and eating during the working day, which often extends into the evening because of the different time zones in which the company works.

EF’s headquarters occupy the ground and first floor plinth of a1960’s modernist development of residential towers. It has an interesting history of use, originally as a car showroom and later as a data centre. EF’s in-house design team had made interventions in the building in the recent past and gave us a foundational brief for further changes that reflected the company’s developing patterns of work and sociability.

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In the scheme we realised, visitors arrive in the centre of the ground floor where they see the reception desk and a new wider and more dignified stair up to the first floor. To the right a view through a glass screen shows the new cafe bar, the place for office time recreation, lunching and afterwork sociability and its rear part, which is divided by a glass screen and seating bank so that it can also be used for meetings and briefings. To the left hand side of the entrance working spaces of EF can be seen through a glass screen. Together with the cafe bar, they are visible through the ground floor windows, giving visitors a sense of the culture of EF as they arrive.

On the first floor the offices were reorganised to place working spaces close to the window, the ventilation ductwork and lighting modified to serve the working area more effectively and a long corridor opened up to connect the back and front of the building. A vehicle ramp from when the building was a car showroom has been made into a characterful meeting room with windows to the surrounding offices. The effect of our scheme is to create different characters in each part of the workspace and pleasure in the places where people come together, formally and informally.

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Tony Fretton Architects

The Financial Times recently featured the work of the practice in an atricle entitled; ‘Like bees, we are building a world’

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Houthaven, Amsterdam

Houthaven, is a redevelopment area in the former timber harbour in Amsterdam West. It has great scenic character, with views over wide areas of water back towards Amsterdam Central station, which is 10 minutes away by bicycle. Amsterdam City Council’s masterplan is very ambitious: A main road running at the edge of the site has been placed in a tunnel so that Houthaven can connect directly into the rest of the city. New buildings for the creative industries have been constructed and a system of new canals is being provided along which a mix of housing for collective groups and developers has been planned. Kopblock is the head of the first array of housing, and consists of three apartment buildings by architects Geurst & Schulze of the Hague, Tony Fretton Architects London and the Amsterdam practice Van Dongen-Koschuch. Amsterdam City’s master plan required blocks of apartments 9 floors high along the north and intermittent terraces of 4 storeys high on the south, arranged around a parking podium. Our blocks comprise 30 no apartments and houses ranging in area from 56 m2 to 329m2. Amsterdam City’s Pictorial Quality Plan required brick facades, and we have used three different types, to give different emphases to the facades, each having a matching stone plinth.

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Dunant Gardens

A newly completed residential and retail complex by Tony Fretton Architects in Gent, Belgium. It presents generous landscape courts and elegant facades to the streets and provides 201 apartments, of which 52 are for assisted living, along with 1,300 m2 of retail space and a site wide underground parking garage.

Facades of an architecturally significant 1960s industrial building were incorporated into the scheme and a series of mansion blocks added in matching materials.

Apartments are generously spaced around four connecting courtyards that provide quiet, secure communal spaces for apartment dwellers, older residents and children in addition to the individual outdoor space of their apartments.

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Website

We hope you are enjoying our new website. It has been reconfigured with larger pictures and explanatory text. Project Pages with detailed information are available to download. There is also a page which maps the Geographic Spread of the Practice.

Geographic Spread