Britain's Landmark Buildings issue celebrates modern architecture – Linn's Stamp News

By Denise McCarty

Nice Britain’s Royal Mail issued 10 stamps July 13 that includes landmark buildings.

In saying the stamps, Royal Mail mentioned that they rejoice excellence in modern architecture and engineering in the UK and “the renaissance in architecture of the previous 20 years in Britain.”

The Landmark Buildings stamps are se-tenant (aspect-by-aspect) in two strips of 5. All of the stamps are nondenominated with the inscription “1st,” indicating that they pay the primary-class home letter fee, at present 65 pence.

One strip of 5 footage the London Aquatics Heart, the Library of Birmingham, the SEC (Scottish Exhibition Centre) Armadillo in Glasgow, the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, and the Large’s Causeway Customer Heart in Northern Eire.

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Proven on the opposite strip are the Nationwide Meeting for Wales in Cardiff, the Eden Challenge in St. Austell, Liverpool’s Everyman Theater, IWM (Imperial Struggle Museums) North in Manchester, and the Tate Modern’s Swap Home in London.

Zaha Hadid Architects designed the London Aquatics Heart, one of many primary venues of the 2012 London Olympics.

The Hadid firm said that the idea for the design was “impressed by the fluid geometry of water in movement, creating areas and a surrounding atmosphere in sympathy with the river panorama of the Olympic Park.”

After the Olympics, the middle was reworked right into a public facility, reopening in March 2014.

Mecanoo, an architectural agency based mostly within the Netherlands, designed the Library of Birmingham. Francine Houben, one of many founders of Mecanoo, referred to as the library a “folks’s palace,” including that it serves as a middle “for studying, data and tradition that unites folks of all ages and backgrounds.”

At roughly 350,000 sq. toes, it's the largest public library in the UK. Sitting on the high of its 10 ranges is a rotunda that homes the Shakespeare Memorial Room.

The oldest constructing within the stamp set and the one one which was accomplished within the final century (1997) is Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo. Foster and Companions, the British architectural agency that designed this convention heart and live performance corridor, was impressed by the town’s shipbuilding heritage, and the constructing’s uncommon form relies on interlocking ship hulls.

The Spanish agency Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and the Scottish agency RMJM partnered to design the Scottish Parliament. Miralles, who died in 2000 earlier than the challenge was accomplished, needed the constructing to “mirror the land, which it represents.”

EMBT describes this idea: “Not like the [Holyrood] palace, which dominates the panorama, the brand new Scottish Parliament drops actually into the hillside terrain, the bottom a part of Arthur’s Seat, and seems to sprout from the dwelling stone.”

Heneghan Peng used the same idea of mixing into the panorama in its design for the Large’s Causeway Customer Heart in Antrim, Northern Eire.

In reporting that the customer’s heart had been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling prize for excellence in architecture, Lucy Townsend of BBC News wrote: “From one aspect it's basalt columns and glossy glass. From the opposite it's a grassy financial institution, barely seen in any respect. The Large’s Causeway Customer Centre is an try and steadiness buildings with the atmosphere.

“It's meant to appear like it has been pulled up from the earth. The basalt columns rise into the air, echoing the well-known stones of the Causeway.”

Based by Shih-Fu Peng and Roisin Heneghan in New York in 1999, the agency Heneghan Peng now's based mostly in Dublin, Eire, and Berlin, Germany.

Richard Rogers Partnership, now generally known as Rogers Stirk Harbour and Companions, created the design for the Nationwide Meeting for Wales to mirror the “democratic values of openness and participation.”

Whereas all the different stamps depict exterior views, the stamp for the meeting, or Senee, reveals an inside scene of the Siambr, the round debating chamber.

Tim Smit’s imaginative and prescient for Eden Challenge, an ecological park, was realized in an previous clay pit in Cornwall by means of the geodesic domes designed by Grimshaw Architects. One in all these domes comprises what has been hailed because the “world’s largest rainforest in captivity.”

Architect Nicholas Grimshaw was influenced each by the work of geodesic dome pioneer R. Buckminster Fuller and by the power of cleaning soap bubbles to “adapt to any floor they choose.”

Eden Project mentioned, “Basing the ‘lean-to’ Biome buildings on cleaning soap bubbles was an ideal approach to construct on the uneven and shifting sands of the pit.”

Liverpool’s authentic Everyman’s Theatre opened in 1964 in a constructing that had beforehand served as chapel, live performance corridor, and a cinema.

Roughly 25,000 bricks from the unique construction had been utilized in setting up the auditorium for the brand new theater. It reopened in 2014.

The architecture agency Haworth Thompkins acquired the Stirling prize for one of the best constructing of the 12 months for this redevelopment challenge.

The warfare museum IWM North was the primary United Kingdom challenge of Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind of Studio Libeskind.

Studio Libeskind mentioned of the challenge: “The design idea is a globe shattered into fragments after which reassembled. The interlocking of three of those fragments — representing earth, air, and water — comprise the constructing’s kind. The Earth Shard kinds the museum area, signifying the open, earthly realm of battle and warfare; the Air Shard serves as a dramatic entry into the museum, with its projected photographs, observatories and schooling areas; and the Water Shard kinds the platform for viewing the canal, full with a restaurant, cafe, deck and efficiency area.”

After six years of building, the Tate Modern’s Swap Home opened in 2016, including 60 % extra show area to the modern artwork museum. Earlier this 12 months, the identify of this 10-story extension to Tate Modern was modified to the Blavatik Constructing.

The Swiss agency Herzog and de Meuron designed this constructing, and was additionally the architect for the unique transformation of the Bankside Energy Station into the Tate Modern.

The design and promoting company GBH designed the stamps. Worldwide Safety Printers printed them by offset. The stamps are sq., 35 millimeters by 35mm, and are perforated gauge 14.5 by 14.5.

Royal Mail’s different merchandise for the Landmark Buildings set embody first-day covers, 10 postcards reproducing the designs of the stamps, and a presentation pack.

The pack, which is introduced within the fashion of architectural plans, contains mint examples of the stamps and textual content by architectural critic and journalist Rowan Moore.

Ordering data is accessible from Royal Mail, Tallents Home, 21 S. Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB, Scotland.

Royal Mail’s two companies in america are Interpost, Field 420, Hewlett, NY 11557; and the British Stamp Service in North America, Unicover Heart, Cheyenne, WY 82008. 

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