After winning the RIBA South East Regional and National Award, Command of the Oceans at The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling prize building of the year. It joins a diverse list of finalists, including the British Museum extension, Hastings Pier, City of Glasgow College, Juergen Teller’s photography studio and Barretts Grove.
Congratulations to architecture firm Baynes and Mitchell and the team whose designs have transformed the 18th-century dockyard in Chatham, Kent. The project tells the story of the most complete dockyard of the age of sail to be fully told for the first time and centres around the Namur, ‘the ship beneath the floor’ uncovered by chance in 1995.
It was a real pleasure to have been a part of the story with our interpretation of Chatham’s great history through multiple AV installations and interactives.
See Glasgow-set sci-fi film-noir Death Watch in the subterranean screening room of Merchant City’s newly renovated ISO HQ building. The Merchant city features prominently in this cult classic by Bernard Tavernier. Harvey Keitel plays a reporter with a camera implanted in his brain who secretly records the final days of terminally ill writer, Romy Schneider. With its satirical prophecy of reality TV, media paranoia, surveillance and celebrity, this chilling film is more appropriate now than ever.
One of our very first Channel 4 TV Title commissions was for Mirrorball – rarely seen and hugely influential documentaries made in 1999 by Blackwatch Media with Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry, Mike Mills & Spike Jonze. These will be screened at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival.
The Sub Tub set sail last weekend using the Dazzle pattern we designed for Sub Club’s latest identity refresh. Since the early 2000s, the annual boat party on Glasgow’s River Clyde has become a tradition with a belter of a sound system controlled by special guest DJs and residents Harri & Domenic.
We’re collaborating with artist, John Butler to create a virtual reality installation for an exhibition next month at Crate Studio in Margate. The work involves using realtime rendering and is the first in a series of life-size digital tableaux we’re exploring with John and plan to premiere in Glasgow later this year.
Congratulations to the supremely talented Brian McGinlay and Mark Bell at McGinlay Bell, winners of The DRUM’s Scottish Design Award for Best Commercial Project for our new studio in Glasgow’s Merchant City.
McGinlay Bell transformed the dilapidated building (previously used as a hairdressers, a tobacco merchant and one of Glasgow’s earliest print shops) by exposing the masonry shell and re-modelling the internal floor space into a new multi-layered arrangement with fit for purpose workstations, meeting rooms, a flexible screening space, an event and exhibition space. The three story Victorian unit now has a spacious open plan studio for our designers and developers.
The annual Museums + Heritage Awards recognises ground-breaking exhibitions and we’re delighted they’ve awarded the National Museum of Scotland the Permanent Exhibition accolade for their ten new state-of-the-galleries.
We created ten films and five interactives for the award-winning galleries dedicated to art, design, fashion, science and technology, which opened in July 2016.
Three is indeed our lucky number as for the third year in a row, we’ve been shortlisted for the RTS Scotland Awards.
We are thrilled to have been nominated for Mentorn’s New Town & BBC Scotland’s Beyond the Battlefield: 100 years of Erskine in the Graphics and Titling category. As well as our work for Future Cities Catapult’s UK Data Dome which is in the running for the Best Innovation award.
We hope to add to our growing collection of RTS Awards (5 so far) at the big event next month. See the full list of nominees here.
This year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence shortlist include two museums we’ve worked on. The Crystal is a finalist for the Business Tourism Provider of the Year Award and The Roman Baths & Pump Room is a contender for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year. Both museums are well-deserving of the awards and you can see the work we created for them on our projects page.
We captured Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie in free fall for his fourth solo album, This Is My Kingdom Now due for release 12 May.
Our art direction and design was complimented by longterm friend and collaborator Armando Ferrari’s photography skills.
Our oldest client is celebrating their 30th birthday this year. We created the official branding for Sub Club to mark its time underground since 1987. Take a look at our Instagram channel for accompanying videos and follow us for forthcoming promos and behind the scenes content.
From festivals and neon lights to off-site parties, find out what the world’s best underground club has planned on Resident Advisor.
Our first immersive 360-degree virtual reality short film will premiere at the tenth Glasgow Short Film Festival this week from 16-19 March. Directed by Prof Nick Higgins and produced by staff and students at the UWS Creative Media Academy in collaboration with ourselves, this ground-breaking production was filmed at Ayr Racecourse and follows champion jockey, Jason Hart on race day.
Gaining access to areas rarely seen by the public, the team used multi camera 360° filming rigs and 3D audio to capture a series of scenes; from the jockeys weighing in room, in amongst the horses as they race and alongside the punters at the finishing line. We also worked closely with Elevator Audio to create a specially designed 360° spatial ambisonic mix for the film.
Stornoway’s Lews Castle Museum was officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week. The £19.5m five-year regeneration of the iconic Outer Hebridean castle houses AV installations and interactives created by ourselves including an immersive media presentation which takes the visitor on a journey of the natural environment across the islands throughout the seasons.
This is the first Gaelic-led museum anywhere in the world and is home to six of the Lewis Chessmen on long-term loan from the British Museum. A multimedia approach alongside more traditional museum displays enables visitors to learn more about the society, culture and history of the Outer Hebrides.
Frontman from Cast, John Power performed at last night’s press launch for the British Music Experience at the iconic Cunard Building on Liverpool’s waterfront. The BME officially opens to the public tomorrow and is the UK’s Museum of Popular Music in Britain. The collection includes iconic memorabilia from rock, pop, dance and other genres. Think Ziggy Stardust costumes and the original handwritten lyrics to Blue Monday by New Order.
Four of our original media installations from BME O2 Arena have been freshened up and moved north to the grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pier Head at Liverpool Docks. Book your tickets here.