Alex Vellins and Alfie Vellins have been specially commissioned by Raynes Architecture to produce this Christmas Video. Using only stop frame animation and an iphone, the 13yo and 6yo have once again captured the spirit of a hand made production in a world of fast and sophisticated graphics.
Here's our Christmas Video from 2014
The inaugural Manchester Curious festival, which took place from 1 – 4 October, has been very well received with almost all 36 behind-the-scenes tours selling out and more than 500 people attending.
Tours took places across the city from New Islington and Ancoats to Castlefield and Birley Fields and were led by some of Manchester’s most notable names in property, people who have shaped the city’s architecture including Tom Bloxham, Roger Stephenson and Warren Marshall. The festival also provided the chance to peek behind the scenes of some of the city’s major visitor attractions including the Whitworth Art Gallery, Warehouse Project and Chetham’s School of Music.
Founder Lisa Raynes explains the reasons for the festival's creation, 'Architecture is an art form you engage with on a daily basis but we don't always give it the attention it deserves. There is also a perception that architecture is for 'them' as opposed to 'for everyone' and this festival hopes to democratize this art form and break down barriers between the professional and wider audience.
We achieved its aim of engaging a large number of people who aren’t architects or planners but just members of the public who are curious about Manchester.
We’re grateful to our sponsors, Mills and Reeves, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio, BDP and Civic Engineers for making it possible. We are delighted to have supported our charity partner Mustard Tree and we’re already planning the programme for 2016 ‘
To offer feedback on this year’s Manchester Curious festival and to find out about next year’s, sign up at www.manchestercurious.com
Manchester Curious 2015
Manchester Curious is a celebration of Manchester's buildings; old, new, hidden and landmark. The festival is run in association with RIBA and Manchester Architects.
From October 2nd - 4th 2015 discover the secrets and innovations behind some of Manchester's finest buildings and hidden spaces. Visit the website for a full programme of events.
Manchester Curious Opens The City's Secret Spaces in Autumn 2015 Manchester Curious is a three day festival running from October 2-4 2015, in association with RIBA and Manchester Architects. The celebration of Manchester's secret spaces will open the city's buildings to the public with the aim of increasing engagement in architecture. By encouraging exploration of the incredible places and spaces that Manchester has to offer, the festival hopes to make the architecture of the city more accessible to all. Manchester Curious will be running walking tours and talks to highlight the value of the architecture around us. Locations confirmed include Chetham's School of Music, Warehouse Project, Old Granada Studios and No 2 St Peter's Square. Founder Lisa Raynes explains the reasons for the festival's creation, 'Architecture is an art form you engage with on a daily basis but we don't always give it the attention it deserves. There is also a perception that architecture is for 'them' as opposed to 'for everyone' and this festival hopes to democratize this art form and break down barriers between the professional and wider audience. Manchester Curious runs in partnership with Mustard Tree, a charity which creates choice and opportunity for people who are homeless and marginalised. The event is being sponsored by Mills and Reeves, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio, BDP and Civic Engineers. Access to events is by way of tickets available via the website www.manchestercurious.com. A full schedule of events is available online. Manchester Curious is organised and delivered entirely by volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved with next year's festival sign up on the website or by email firstname.lastname@example.org More information about Manchester Curious is available online at www.manchestercurious.com, on Twitter @mcrcurious2015, on Instagram @mcrcurious and on Facebook www.facebook.com/manchestercurious.
Click here to view the Manchester Curious 2015 press release.
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Voting for the RIBA National Council will soon be open. I am standing for a National seat, with the support from Stephen Hodder, Geoff Alsop, Jane Duncan, Rachel Haugh, Ged Couser, Daniel Leon and Ron Gonshaw
Please read my manifesto here http://www.raynesarchitecture.co.uk/vote-lisa-for-riba-council.html and vote for Lisa Raynes
Only RIBA members can vote, so it would be great if you could forward this to RIBA members within your company
Wanted: People with a healthy interest in the City of Manchester seeking a peek behind the scenes at some of the City's most inspiring buildings.
Manchester is opening it's doors this October. Loosely based on Open House London, from 2-4 October 2015 Manchester Curious has lots of cool, special and amazing buildings and spaces open to the public.
The idea is to get people excited about our city by showing them the architecture that brings it to life. Manchester Curious is part of Manchester Architects celebration of its 150 year anniversary and is supported by the RIBA NW, BDP and Hobs. We're also working with Maggie's.
To date confirmed venues include the Warehouse Project, Urban Splash, BDP, 42nd Street, RNCM. We'd love to get more buildings involved especially private homes in and around Manchester.
If you want to open your special place, you know of one that should be part of this new event, or you'd like to be one of our volunteers please get in touch via
Join in the conversation on Twitter @mcrcurious1 and Instagram #manchestercurious
And so Alfie, my 5 year old son makes his screen debut in this very informative video....
As you know Raynes Architecture was up for 2 awards last Friday at the prestigious RICS North West Awards in the Residential Category for the Quoins and Lapwing Lane Arcade in the Community Category. Unfortunately we were pipped to the post on both occasions.
Lancaster Moor Hospital, Lancaster
PJ Livesey Group
Manchester Fitzwarren Phase 3,
Nelson Queens Mill,
Burnley Cooper House,
Manchester Lancaster Moor Hospital, Lancaster Islington Wharf Mews,
Manchester Browning Close,
Manor Farm, Huyton
Community Benefit Winner
All Souls Bolton
Owner The Churches Conservation Trust
Surveyor Poole Dick Associates
Architect OMI Architects
Developer/Contractor Walter Carefoot and Sons / Lambert and Walker
All Souls Bolton went on to win multiple awards and won the coveted Project of the year.
The space can be hired out for conferences and is well worth a visit. click here
Lapwing Lane Arcade, West Didsbury
Grosvenor Park Restoration, Chester
All Souls, Bolton
Cooper House, Manchester
Macmillan Delamere Centre, Runcorn
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
Raynes Architecture are delighted to have 2 schemes shortlisted for RICS NW awards....
The awards are being held on 30th April 2015 at Gorton Monastery
Lisa Raynes says 'I'm delighted to be recognised by the property
community for the work that we've been doing over the past few years. I've got my fingers crossed that we win on 30th April.'
The Lapwing Lane Arcade originally built in 1913, including a glass canopy with ornate wrought-ironwork, sits opposite the new Metrolink station in Didsbury.
Fundraising started in 2012 for it’s refurbishment when the arcade's cast-iron frame was rotting, cracks had appeared in the glass panes and ornate wrought iron brackets had fallen off. One part had to be removed entirely after a council van accidentally reversed into it.
Raynes Architecture came on board in March 2013 to oversee the project.
A family in Chorlton are now living in the home of their dreams after their dated 1920’s bungalow was given a stunning, modern redesign by Raynes Architecture. The brief was to create something that is fully accessible to all, without diminishing a feeling of style and space. For the owners of The Quoins, the reconfiguration was not only a way of invigorating their home and making it accessible, but also of future proofing the building.
In this testimonial, our client Georgia from Whalley Range explains the architectural design process
click here to find out more about the Concept Design Workshop
Raynes Architecture wish you Season's Greetings...animation by Sasha Vellins (Lisa's 12yo daughter)
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