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post updated 11 May 2023

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Tonkin Liu Architects News

11 May 2023
Three Waves, Dover, south east England, UK
Three Waves Dover Southeast England
photo : Mike Tonkin
Three Waves Dover Esplanade
Dover’s Esplanade has been given a radical overhaul by Tonkin Liu. The Three Waves project has been conceived as three artworks, Lifting Wave, Resting Wave, Lighting Wave, that have grown out of their social and environmental context and the way they are constructed.

27 May 2022
York Minster Stonemasonry Training Centre, York, northern England, UK
York Minster Stonemasonry Training Centre
image courtesy of architecture practice
York Minster Stonemasonry Training Centre
Plans to establish the York Minster Precinct as a world class campus facility for research, education and training in ancient craft skills have taken a major step forward. The Centre of Excellence for Heritage Craft Skills and Estate Management will bring benefits including continuing the craft of stonemasonry and encouraging global learning and knowledge sharing, as well as being a shining example of best practice in managing complex heritage estates.

4 Mar 2022
Tower of Light, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M1 5HA, north west England, UK
Tower of Light and Wall of Energy Manchester
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Tower of Light and Wall of Energy, Manchester
The Tower of Light is a 40-metre tall tower supporting and enclosing flues for a new low-carbon energy centre in Manchester’s city centre. The biomimetic structure has built on the decade- long innovation and research, Shell Lace Structure, pioneered by Tonkin Liu and developed in collaboration with engineers at Arup.

6 Nov 2021
York Minster’s Centre of Excellence, York, North Yorkshire, northern England, UK
York Minster Centre of Excellence Building: Tonkin Liu
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York Minster Centre of Excellence Building Design
Tonkin Liu has won a competition to provide facilities that establish the York Minster Precinct as an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for heritage craft skills. Three architecture practices (confidential) submitted designs as part of an invited competition.

5 Aug 2021
Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley, Lancashire, north west England, UK
Singing Ringing Tree Burnley Lancashire
photo courtesy of architects office
Singing Ringing Tree
The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree set in the landscape of the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley, in Lancashire, England. From far and wide, the tree’s profile is visible on the horizon, appearing and disappearing in the mist.

12 Aug 2019
Mist, Mirror, and Megaliths Exhibition Design, Barbican Centre, London, England, UK
Mist, Mirror, and Megaliths Exhibition Design by Tonkin Liu
photo : Alex Peacock
Mist, Mirror, and Megaliths Exhibition Design by Tonkin Liu
To visit an exhibition is to make a journey through a landscape of new information and experiences. The aim of the exhibition is to inform and inspire with an unfolding story through ideas over time.

24 May 2018

Old Shed New House wins RIBA Yorkshire 2018 Architecture Award

Old Shed New House is one of seven buildings to win RIBA Yorkshire (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2018 Awards.

Old Shed New House
photo © Greg Storrar

RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2018

27 Mar 2018
RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2018 Shortlisted Buildings

Old Shed New House, North Yorkshire is one of thirteen buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA Yorkshire (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2018 Awards; the winners will be announced at an Awards evening at The Museum Gardens, York on Thursday 24 May.

RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2018

26 Jan 2018
Tonkin Liu’s ‘Sun Rain Rooms’ revealed as the winner of ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ 2018
Sun Rain Rooms, Finsbury home interior
photo : Edmund Sumner
Sun Rain Rooms by Tonkin Liu Architects
‘Sun Rain Rooms’ has been crowned London’s best and most innovative home extension as overall winner of New London Architecture’s (NLA) annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition.

21 Mar 2017
New House in Kent Shortlisted for RIBA Southeast Awards 2017

One of fourteen buildings shortlisted for RIBA Southeast 2017 Awards:

Private house, Kent, England:
Private House Kent by Tonkin Liu
photo : Nick Guttridge

RIBA Southeast Award in 2017 for this Kent house design.

Dover Esplanade, Dover, southeast England
Date built: 2010
Dover Esplanade
photo © Robbie Polley
Dover Esplanade
RIBA Award winner, 19 May 2011
The Dover seafront has been transformed by artworks that take the form of three waves gently washing up against the sheltered beach. The Lifting Wave is a repeating form of curving white concrete ramps and staircases that rise and fall to connect the Esplanade to the lower shingle beach.
The Resting Wave; a second sculptural white concrete wall made up of a series of moulded curves. The recesses house oak benches, the promontories raised lawns.

Oct 2010

Shell Lace Structure : Shi Ling Bridge

Continuing development of Shell Lace Structure, Tonkin Liu have used the technique to design a pedestrian and cycling bridge across a site in China.

Shi Ling Bridge
image from Tonkin Liu

Spanning 75 metres, Shi LIng Bridge is a highly-efficient structure made of lightweight perforate torsion beams, turning and joining to land as a composite column.
Exhibition at Arup Phase 2, 8 Fitzroy St, London W1T 4BJ

22 Oct 2010 – 21 Jan 2011

Key Projects by Tonkin Liu

Featured Buildings by the architects, alphabetical:

Burnley Panopticon, northwest England, UK
Date built: –
RIBA National Award 2007 : The Singing Ringing Tree

Promenade of Light, London, UK
Date built: 2007
Client: London Borough of Islington
PM Better Public Building Award – Promenade of Light : PM’s Award Finalist 2007

Shoreditch rooftop apartment, 20 Clere Street, Islington, London, England, UK
Date built: 2006
Design with Richard Rogers
Shoreditch rooftop apartment
photo © Nick Weall
Shoreditch rooftop apartment

More architectural projects by Tonkin Liu Architects online soon

Location: London, England, UK

London Architects Practice Information

Architect studio based in London, England

London Architect Practices

Design studio led by Anna Liu + Mike Tonkin


Mike is an Architect and Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience developing innovative and creative projects in architecture, art, and landscape. He graduated in Architecture at the Royal Collage of Art, London. Mike has taught and lectured at numerous schools of architecture in England and the Far East, and he currently teaches at the University of Bath. He lectures on a number of subjects including world vernacular architecture, using the experience and photographs taken from his extensive travels.

Anna is an Architect with over 15 years of experience in architecture, art, and landscape. She graduated in Architecture at Columbia University. Anna has worked for practices in China, Japan, the USA and the UK. Having previously worked for Arup Associates in Hong Kong and in London, she set up Tonkin Liu with Mike Tonkin in 2002. Together they taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture for four years, exploring studies of patterns in nature and in human nature.

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