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Sunday30 August 2015

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

ALA VA

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

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

St Mary of Eton

St Mary of Eton, Hackney Wick by Matthew Lloyd Architects

29 June 2015

With its ancillary buildings converted into new flats, the main building of this 1892 Hackney Wick church has been refurbished and retained as a place of worship - creating a unique ecclesiastical blend for new residents

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Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux by Herzog & de Meuron

1 June 2015

Herzog & de Meuron’s new sports stadium in Bordeaux is part of the wider regeneration of the area and taps into the classic French idea of the ‘grand projet’. But is it great architecture? Ike Ijeh takes a tour with Pierre de Meuron

The National Theatre’s entrance has been recongfigued with additional glazing and stronger reference to Lasdun’s original design.

National Theatre redevelopment by Haworth Tompkins

28 April 2015

Haworth Tompkins’ £80m redevelopment of the National Theatre - a traditionally uncompromising building - is its biggest reworking since Denys Lasdun’s original design

The ‘floating’ bookstack structure is suspended over the new entrance hall

Bodleian library: The new edition

7 April 2015

As custodian of millions of precious books and manuscripts, Oxford’s Bodleian library needed a much bigger - and safer - building to house its collection. With the new Weston Library, Ike Ijeh discovers Wilkinson Eyre provided this and much more

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Next, Southampton by Stanton Williams

Next, Southampton by Stanton Williams

26 March 2015

Can Stanton Williams work its magic on the most depressing of building typologies, the out-of-town shopping centre? Ike Ijeh is prepared to buy it

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Carnal hall

Carnal Hall

27 February 2015

Beneath its armour-like steel dome, Bernard Tschumi’s new Swiss concert hall houses a naturally lit and wooden auditorium, as well as a dynamic sequence of interior spaces. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Harvard gallery

Light at the museum

20 February 2015

Exposure to natural light can be damaging to the rare and valuable pieces on display at museums. Amanda Birch investigates how three galleries have employed innovative lighting set-ups to keep their displays illuminated, while remaining protected from harmful ultraviolet rays

Bristol Life Sceinces

Bristol Life Sciences: Split personality

2 February 2015

Sheppard Robson’s Bristol Life Sciences building comprises a sober street facade that apes Georgian townhouse vernacular; and a dramatic, industrial laboratory elevation that ripples like a giant metallic wave. Ike Ijeh reports

Philharmonie de Paris: West elevation

Philharmonie de Paris, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

27 January 2015

Built on the edge of the Périphérique, Jean Nouvel’s concert hall has ambitions of serving as common ground between central Paris and the less affluent suburbs

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

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Edward Jones' Inspiration: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan

17 February 2015

The Dixon Jones co-founder marvels at a building which draws comparisons with the Bauhaus

Carbuncle Cup

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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Carbuncle Cup 2015

Carbuncle Cup: City Gateway, Swaythling, Southampton

20 August 2015

This hall of residence by Fluid Design for Southampton University is so unpopular with locals they have christened it the ‘fag butt’

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Wing visitor centre by Godden Allen Lawn at the Battle of Britain National Memorial to the Few in Kent

Carbuncle Cup: Wing building, Battle of Britain Memorial, Kent

14 August 2015

Designed by Godden Allen Lawn, this nomination is for the new visitor centre at the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne

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YMCA carbuncle

Carbuncle Cup: Waltham Forest YMCA building, London

7 August 2015

Designed by Robert Kilgour Architects, this nomination is for an extension to a building in east London

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