Office Tests the Strength of Innovative Laminated Plywood Roof

October 28th, 2016

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After two months of construction, the Tonkin Liu team stepped out onto the roof of the Sun Rain Room to complete a load test. Our structural engineer, pictured above in the hammock seat, seemed pleased.

Hull Solar Gate submitted for planning

September 30th, 2016

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Situated in Queens Garden, Hull - the Solar Gate has been submitted for planning. The Solar gate is a public realm artwork, that casts discs of light on the ground marking 24 memorable dates that have shaped our world and Hull’s local history.

Sun Rain Room at the Summer Exhibition

August 25th, 2016

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The last few weeks to visit the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art. Pictured above is the model of Sun Rain Room which is currently under construction.


Ness Point House, Dover completed

July 29th, 2016

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Shell Lace Workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum

June 30th, 2016

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We held a shell lace workshop as part of the V&A Sanctuary for Teachers in June, part of the Victoria and Albert Museum Engineering Season which runs until 6th November 2016.

Dingley Place back in the spotlight - Warehouse apartment up for sale

May 24th, 2016

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Photos by The Modern House.


Dingley Place, a 'dramatic' live/work warehouse apartment is currently for sale with The Modern House.

A former warehouse, Dingley Place was transformed into a gallery and living space in 2001. An open plan living space with full height sliding doors opening into the patio garden, is combined with original features such as exposed brick work and steel columns. Read the full property listing here.

Kingston Ancient Market Place and Stalls Wins RIBA Award

May 4th, 2016

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Over 50 years the RIBA awards have celebrated the best in architecture across the country and globe. We are very proud to be winners in the RIBA London Award 2016 for our Kingston Ancient Market Place and Stalls .

Over four years, the Kingston Ancient Market Place and Stalls project sought to revive and regenerate the market place and bring back focus to the beautiful Market House at the centre of the square. RIBA described the project as an ‘economic and sustainable transformation of this part of Kingston', read the full article at Architecture.com

21 Landmarks of the 21st Century

August 20th, 2015

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Tonkin Liu's Singing Ringing Tree in Burley has recently been named as one of the 21 landmarks of 21st Century Britain, voted by the readers of The Independent News and BA's High Life magazine. Read more here.

We are also pleased to announce that the Singing Ringing Tree has been chosen to be included in a new sculptural park to be built in Texas, USA. We will be posting progress and photos here as it happens, so do check back with us soon.

Shortlisted, RIBA President's Awards

August 2nd, 2015

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Our ongoing research into Shell Lace, an innovative single surface structural system, has been shortlisted for the RIBA President's Awards for Research. Tonkin Liu is in the running for the ‘Outstanding Practice-located Research’ award. Read more about the award on the Architects Journal.

Ness Point House nears Completion

July 15th, 2015

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Our cliff-like and cliff-top house in Dover is progressing well on site. The building nestles into the landscape at the rear and rises up to the sea at the front, offering extraordinary views of the ocean beyond.