The UK’s Best Contemporary Architecture Celebrated in New Stamp Series

The UK’s Best Contemporary Architecture Celebrated in New Stamp Series, Courtesy of Royal Mail
Courtesy of Royal Mail

The UK’s postals service company, the Royal Mail, has launched a new special stamp series celebrating 10 buildings “that represent the renaissance of contemporary architecture in the UK of recent years,” including Zaha Hadid Architects’ London Aquatics Center, Herzog & de Meuron’s Switch House addition to the Tate Modern and Mecanoo’s Birmingham Library.

Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Royal MailThe Eden Project / Grimshaw Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal MailEveryman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins. Image Courtesy of Royal MailGiants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail+11

“The past two decades has seen a surge in the construction of new public buildings in the UK,” explain the Royal Mail in a press release. “A great many of these adventurous and innovative structures, serving culture, sport, government and business, have since become popular and integral parts of their local landscapes, often playing a part in regeneration.”

Philip Parker, Stamp Strategy Manager, Royal Mail, added: “These new stamps celebrate visionary buildings which combine stunning architecture with great engineering.”

Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron

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Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

The Eden Project / Grimshaw Architects

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The Eden Project / Grimshaw Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

The Eden Project / Grimshaw Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

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Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects

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Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Imperial War Museum North / Studio Libeskind

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Imperial War Museum North / Studio Libeskind. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Imperial War Museum North / Studio Libeskind. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo

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Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects

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London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

National Assembly for Wales / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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National Assembly for Wales / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

National Assembly for Wales / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Scottish Parliament Building / EMBT

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Scottish Parliament Building / EMBT. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Scottish Parliament Building / EMBT. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

SEC Armadillo / Foster + Partners

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SEC Armadillo / Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

SEC Armadillo / Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail

Learn more about the new stamp collection, here.

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SOM Wins Competition to Master Plan Port City Colombo in Sri Lanka

SOM Wins Competition to Master Plan Port City Colombo in Sri Lanka, © SOM | Meshroom
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), in collaboration with landscape architects Grant Associates, has been selected as the unanimous winner of the International Urban Design Ideas Competition for the Financial District and Marina District of the Port City Colombo, Sri Lanka. An extension of the existingColombo Central Business District (CBD), the new Port City district will comprise a whopping 269 hectares of development, transforming the area into a hub for commerce, tourism, and culture.

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Recognized by the jury for its exceptional ecological and cultural sensitivity, SOM’s master plan consists of a series of urban elements – squares, canals, gardens, a park and harbor – that draw from Sri Lanka’s unique geography and ecology. A central civic plaza features shaded promenades inspired by hanging gardens, which extend around the perimeter of the new marina.

“The locally resonant design approach is also apparent along the canal edge promenade, where inlets of varying character reference the lagoons of Sri Lanka’s rich and articulated coastline,” the architects explain.

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A waterfront cultural venue located adjacent to the CBD of Port City Colombo will also draw people toward to marina, as well as serve as an iconic backdrop for gathering and events. The various towers designed for the plan will come together to create a “striking, legible” skyline that presents itself toward several key points throughout the city.

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The master plan has been developed within a sustainable development framework that will allow the the district to grow and adapt to future concerns. A timeline for construction estimates the project to complete by 2041.

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