Monday08 February 2016


Ruskin School of Fine Art, by Spratley Studios

27 January 2016

Contrasting with its cool, minimalist interiors, this Oxford university arts space relies on an innovative smart glass window to connect with its residential surroundings. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Frampton Park Baptist Church

Frampton Park Baptist Church, Hackney, by Matthew Lloyd Architects

13 January 2016

A Baptist church in Hackney, east London, has broken with the archetypes of church design to place community facilities, a cafe, creche and offices at the congregational heart of the building – prayers go on up on the third floor


The Woo Building, Battersea, by Haworth Tompkins

26 November 2015

The second half of two interconnected buildings designed for the Royal College of Art, the Woo Building in Battersea shares a visual duality with its counterpart The Dyson, while remaining ruggedly distinct

The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

University of Sussex arts centre by RH Partnership

18 November 2015

The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue

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Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John

Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, Caruso St John

9 October 2015

Caruso St John’s new gallery for Damien Hirst in the industrial back streets just south of the Thames is one of the practice’s best projects yet, says Ike Ijeh

Birmingham New Street station

Birmingham New Street Station by AZPML

29 September 2015

It was never going to take a lot to improve on the squalid eyesore of the 1960s incarnation of Birmingham New Street Station. Shame though about the whiff of fakery

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Broad Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

24 September 2015

Sitting opposite the brash Walt Disney Concert Hall, Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s £90m museum of contemporary art brings a more understated form to LA’s streets with its perforated shell. A marked contrast to its playful interiors, says Ike Ijeh

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Facebook and other social media

How to manage your online reputation

17 September 2015

It’s easy to neglect what your online presence says about you. But risky. Gemma Smith from Houzz, the online community for architecture, home renovation and design, shares some advice ahead of her seminar at Decorex next week

Bordeaux’s vast Génicart estate houses 10,500 and occupies 10% of all municipal land owned by the city

District 33, Bordeaux, by LAN

1 September 2015

LAN’s £12m urban renewal of part of the gigantic Génicart housing estate in the Bordeaux suburb Lormont relies on a radical over-cladding strategy and distinguishes public and private space. Could this model influence British cities?

York House

A day at the office: Your guide to human happiness

27 August 2015

How can you use design to actively influence and improve people’s lives? British Land is using its own headquarters as a test bed for incorporating wellbeing principles that it hopes will foster a happier, more productive workforce


Interior flooring with a local twist

21 August 2015

Amanda Birch’s study of three distinct examples of interior flooring examines work in London, Zanzibar and India by Amanda Levete, Jestico & Whiles and Project Orange


Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

4 August 2015

Based at the heart of a regeneration of Denmark’s second city Aarhus, Dokk1 library rejects tradition for innovative design that borders on science fiction. But is this the library of the future?

York Art Gallery: The original building features a grand Victorian facade

York Art Gallery by Ushida Findlay and Simpson & Brown

28 July 2015

Architects working on the £8m refurbishment of York Art Gallery have peeled away decades of callously inappropriate interventions to unlock a wonderland of architectural secrets

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, by Rafael Moneo

Hugh Broughton's inspiration: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

21 September 2015

Hugh Broughton knows the Spanish capital’s buildings intimately but the one that really stood out was Rafael Moneo’s magnificent art gallery

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Salisbury Cathedral

Ken Shuttleworth's inspiration: Salisbury Cathedral

24 July 2015

The founder of Make on a building with more lessons for him than any from the 20th century

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Igualada Cemetery

Duggan Morris' inspiration: Igualada Cemetery

20 May 2015

Joe Morris and Mary Duggan, founding partners of Duggan Morris, on a cemetery like no other

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Eames House

Chris Williamson's Inspiration: Eames House, Los Angeles, California

15 April 2015

Weston Williamson founding partner Chris Williamson on the building that has everything

Mass at St Peter’s Church, Klippan, Sweden, by Sigurd Lewerentz

Patrick Lynch's Inspiration: St Peter’s Church, Klippan

17 March 2015

The founder of Lynch Architects is moved by the visceral drama of this Swedish church

Carbuncle Cup

Walkie Talkie

It should never have been built

2 September 2015

The Walkie Talkie is a disaster for London and its planning system, says Ike Ijeh

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The Walkie Talkie, 20 Fenchurch Street

Have we learnt anything from the Walkie Scorchie?

2 September 2015

Behind the headlines ridiculing the Walkie Talkie for its death ray and wind scoop effects are serious issues that should concern us all, says architect and urban climatologist Julie Futcher

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Carbuncle Cup

Carbuncle Cup 2015 winner announced

2 September 2015

Decision to award Carbuncle Cup to Walkie Talkie was unanimous

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Carbuncle Cup 2015

Carbuncle Cup 2015 shortlist unveiled

28 August 2015

Six of Britain’s worst buildings in the running for architecture’s wooden spoon

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Parliament House on Black Prince Road, with a Royal Doulton turret just visible beyond the viaduct

Carbuncle Cup: Parliament House, Lambeth, London

25 August 2015

These baleful flats on Black Prince Road designed by Keith Williams Architects would look more at home on Stratford High Street than in central London, says the nominator

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