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Tuesday25 July 2017

The Sackler Courtyard

V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, London by AL_A

4 July 2017

Amanda Levete’s £48m expansion of London’s V&A connects the museum with the public realm through a superb porcelain-paved courtyard. But it’s the sheer immersive power of its vast subterranean exhibition hall that will make visitors stand and gawp

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The bridge between the main extension and the existing gallery spans a new pedestrian route

Musee D’Arts, Nantes by Stanton Williams

30 June 2017

Stanton Williams set out to reinvent the Breton city’s beaux-art palais as an open, welcoming institution while complementing the spectacular (not to say elitist) architecture. It’s a neat trick to pull off. Ike Ijeh finds out if it succeeded

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré

The verdict: Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion

21 June 2017

This simple structure is laced with countless stories of inclusivity which speak to a London in grief, finds Ike Ijeh

La Seine Musicale

La Seine Musicale, Paris, by Shigeru Ban

22 May 2017

The second concert hall to be completed in the French capital within three years is a showcase to innovation and style. Ike Ijeh admires the distinctive features of this venue, which was designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

Storyhouse

The Storyhouse, Chester by Bennetts Associates

15 May 2017

The Storyhouse in Chester is a daring construction of opposites, with a theatre, cinema and library brought together in a space that combines new-build and the spirit of the orginal 1930s picture house. Ike Ijeh reports on how the building energetically opens up storytelling to the local community

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Berlin concert hall

Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin by Gehry Partners

5 May 2017

Frank Gehry’s £28.5m Berlin concert hall is an unusual building for this celebrated creator of the unusual. Ike Ijeh finds that through its sharp contradictions of age, shape and material, it achieves a kind of peace

Warwick Hall

Warwick Hall, Burford by Acanthus Clews Architects

24 April 2017

Building anything new in a Cotswold village is hard enough, but when it’s next door to one of the nation’s best-loved churches, you know you’ve got your work cut out. Ike Ijeh admires a deft piece of architectural reinterpretation by Acanthus Clews Architects

Entrance

Bush Theatre, London by Haworth Tompkins

29 March 2017

In its renovation of west London’s Bush Theatre, Haworth Tompkins was asked to make the building and the theatre it contains accessible and approachable to all the local community. The result, says Ike Ijeh, is full of twists and turns

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Precast concrete frame

City Campus, Glasgow by Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects

20 March 2017

Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects’ last project for City of Glasgow College nearly ran off with the Stirling Prize. Would the same team be able to repeat the trick at the college’s massive new campus? Ike Ijeh finds out

L2

The Loom, London by Duggan Morris

20 February 2017

Duggan Morris has respun a former east London wool warehouse as a 21st-century office through an elegant balance of intervention and restoration. Ike Ijeh reports

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Street detail

Live Works, Newcastle by Flanagan Lawrence

15 February 2017

Live Theatre has ventured into the high-stakes world of property development to enable it to plough the profits back into making plays. Ike Ijeh takes a look around Live Works, the theatre’s £10m office project, to see how the building fits into Newcastle’s historic Quayside

OMA Caen library

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, Caen by OMA

1 February 2017

With its regular glazed facades and cruciform shape, the northern French city’s new library  is surprisingly understated for an OMA project. But as you would expect from the Dutch practice, there are some clever architectural manoeuvres at play – as Ike Ijeh finds out

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Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg by Herzog & de Meuron

6 January 2017

Hamburg wanted the Elbphilharmonie to be an instantly discernible architectural symbol to lift the city’s prestige but got a faceless glass block sitting on top of a brick one. Yet in its theatrically wavy rooftop, Herzog & de Meuron has brilliantly conjured up an emblematic national icon - just don’t ask how much it cost. By Ike Ijeh

50 Architects 50 Buildings

Book review and competition: 50 Architects 50 Buildings - The buildings that inspire architects

23 June 2016

BD’s long-running Architects’ Inspirations series is one of the magazine’s best-loved features. Now the twentieth-century buildings have been brought together for the first time in a new book. Paul McGrath takes a look.

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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Carbuncle Cup

Canaletto top

Carbuncle Cup: Canaletto by UNStudio

19 July 2017

Yet another nomination from London’s City Road

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Greetham St 1

Carbuncle Cup: Greetham Street Student Halls, Portsmouth by Cooley Architects

12 July 2017

This project takes the worst aspects of several former Carbuncle Cup contenders and combines these into one…

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Preston Railway Station entrance

Carbuncle Cup: Preston Railway Station Butler Street Entrance by AHR Subscription Required

6 July 2017

The residents of Preston took to Twitter in droves to denounce Preston Railway Station’s new entrance

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NV1

Carbuncle Cup: Nova Victoria by PLP Architecture

28 June 2017

This mixed-use development sets a new benchmark for urban horror

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Lincoln Plaza, London

Carbuncle Cup 2016 winner: Video tour Video

8 September 2016

A walk around Lincoln Plaza in London’s Docklands

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