This week has been a sombre one following news of Monday evenings events at the Manchester MEN Arena.
Although business has returned to normal for some, our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families and friends of the people affected by the incident, and recognise the hard work of the emergency services and the local people who bravely and kindly responded to the aftermath.
Despite the atmosphere and the difficulties – within hours’ stories and images started to emerge that captured acts of kindness, strength & sprit of the people Manchester. The outhouse in Stevenson Square is a popular spot for graffiti artists and they were quick to show support.
The #WeLoveMCR charity campaign has raised almost a million pounds for the victims’ families. A just giving page has been set up where people can donate here:
On Tuesday, Our Studio decided to reflect and contemplate quietly over at the Manchester City Art Gallery.
The team took some time out for a relaxed lunch in the gallery café and spent the afternoon exploring the current photography exhibition on show there.
The exhibition titled: Women and Children; and Loitering Men, documents the work of Salford born artist Shirley Baker. Baker used the medium of photography to document urban, post war communities living and working in Manchester between the 1960’s and the 1980’s.
It was great to see previously unseen photographs of historic Manchester architecture and a fitting exhibition to reflect on our city’s strength, creativity and resilience.
(The Shirley Baker Exhibition is open until Monday 28 August 2017. Details can be found here. )
In case you missed it – this week saw the biggest event in the international property calendar take place in Cannes … MIPIM.
Each year in March, thousands of property professionals from all sectors of commercial, residential, and retail real estate, gather at the Palais des Festivals on the French Rivera for the four-day conference.
Our Studio have helped our clients get ready for the event by producing cgi and animations to help showcase some of Manchester’s exciting future developments such as Angel Meadows, Altair, North Central and St John’s Masterplan.
Here are just some of the projects that have attracted plenty attention over the course of the week on social media and in the press:
As well as 3D renders of proposed schemes, Our Studio produced a 3D animation fly through which was revealed in a live stream on the final day in a presentation on Manchester’s newest and eagerly awaited neighbourhood – St Johns – watch the animated fly through here
MIPIM I St John’s video released ahead of Enterprise City launch
Angel Meadows Scheme Press
This year we decided to have our Christmas Party in London… in just over 2 hours we arrived at London’s Barbican to see their latest, and brilliant photography exhibition: Constructing Worlds. We saw the inspirational works of Lucien Herve, Julius Shulman, Berenice Abbot and Nadav Kander – 18 photographers were exhibited from the 1930s to present day – their work having an impact on the way we view architecture and perceive the world we live in.
We then moved on to Embankment to sample some wine at one of our favourite London watering holes, Gordon’s Wine Bar…
Feeling a bit hungry, we decided to leave the dark caves of Gordon’s Wine Bar and make our way over to the Oxo Tower for a very late lunch…
Oxo was followed by some more drinks in London… and a couple of selfless…
After our 12 hour London Christmas experience, we got back into Manchester in time for a couple more cocktails in the Northern Quarter…
Two great cities in one day!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from us all at Our Studio!
Congratulations to Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Royal Court Theatre who have been nominated at the World Architecture Festival under the category Future Projects: Cultural
World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest, live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme. It is a unique meeting point for architects, suppliers and clients, attracting hundreds of entries and visitors from all over the world. OS attended WAF in 2009 in Barcelona, a truly fun and inspiring event!
Planning Images produced by OS for Royal Court Theatre
Last night we went to the launch of the new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North – War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914.
The building that houses the exhibition was designed by Daniel Libeskind. The concept of the building is that of a globe shattered into fragments and brought together as 3 shards (earth, water, air) that represent conflict around the globe. The building was completed in 2001 and is clad in aluminium.
The design of the exhibition was created by Hemisphere who brought Our Studio on board to put together a short motion graphics piece to be projected on the exhibition wall. The exhibition investigates the reality of life as a war correspondent: the motivations, challenges and risks they face, as well as exploring issues surrounding changing technology, censorship, objectivity, opportunism and ethics.
The exhibition will be open daily from Saturday 28 May 2011 until Sunday 2 January 2012, so go down and take a look……….