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Wednesday25 May 2016

Tate Modern extension, London, by Herzog and de Meuron

Tate Modern extension, London, by Herzog & de Meuron

23 May 2016

Herzog and de Meuron’s much-delayed extension of the Tate Modern saw the architect handed the rare opportunity of returning to a project having worked on the original

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At 284m the Westonbirt Treetop Walkway is the longest in the UK

Treetop walkway, Westonbirt, by Glenn Howells Architects

4 May 2016

This aerial footpath snakes its way through the forest at Westonbirt Arboretum in the Cotswolds using form, structure and materials to lift visitors to a heightened communion with nature. Ike Ijeh takes a walk on the wild side

Lyndhurst School, London, by Cottrell and Vermeulen

Lyndhurst School, London, by Cottrell and Vermeulen

29 April 2016

Cottrell and Vermeulen’s third school for the London Borough of Southwark proves that intelligent design can be achieved via government school building programmes, and without reverting to cookie-cutter tropes. Ike Ijeh reports

The roof meets the plinth structure behind the diving platforms.

London 2012 Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

5 April 2016

The smoothly undulating surface of Zaha Hadid’s stingray-like Aquatics Centre belies its structural complexity. But does the last Olympic Venue to arrive at the party live up to its promise? BD’s then architecture critic Oliver Wainwright went along to have a look.

Maggies Centre, Kirkcaldy

Maggie's Centre, Kirkcaldy by Zaha Hadid

4 April 2016

In 2006, Zaha Hadid’s first UK building opened. It was a Maggie’s cancer care centre in the grounds of a Kirkcaldy hospital and BD’s then architecture critic Ellis Woodman found that it took excellent advantage of a quirky site to create architecture of a very high order. This is what he wrote

Boathouse

Boathouse 4, Portsmouth, by Walters & Cohen

1 April 2016

Formerly a boat-building shed in Portsmouth’s naval dockyards, Boathouse 4 has been transformed by Walters & Cohen into a teaching workshop that doubles up as a live exhibition

A 100m race track cuts across the plan linking the two site entrances.

Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton, by Zaha Hadid Architects

1 April 2016

The aggressive swagger of Zaha Hadid’s Evelyn Grace Academy reflects the hard-edged dynamism found within the school itself

Hiscox Building in York

Hiscox building, York, by Make Architects

24 March 2016

This triumphant fusion of heritage and modernity has at its heart a spectacular foyer of swirling concrete staircases and balconies - oh, and a rocket from the former Soviet arsenal. Ike Ijeh reports

Blavatnik

Blavatnik School of Government, by Herzog & de Meuron

26 February 2016

This departmental building for the University of Oxford entwines concepts of government and architecture and holds its own against the city’s historic fabric, says Ike Ijeh

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Ruskin

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

Woo

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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Scroope Terrace extension

Alastair Hall's inspiration: Scroope Terrace extension, Department of Architecture, Cambridge

31 March 2016

Alastair Hall recalls how Colin St John’s extension to the University of Cambridge’s architecture department felt more connected to history than the original building

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

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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