Friday19 December 2014

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LVMH Foundation for Creation by Frank Gehry

24 October 2014

Bringing his futuristic flourishes to suburban Paris, Frank Gehry’s privately funded art gallery shoots for the spectacular. But does it thrive or flounder amid the sedate streets of the French capital? Ike Ijeh reports.

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Lydia Eva

Lydia Eva Court by Barron and Smith Architects

14 October 2014

By 2051 it is predicted over two million people in the UK will have dementia and more care homes will need to be built that are adapted to these complex needs. One pioneering care home in Norfolk shows how it can be done, says Ike Ijeh

Kings Cross Central

King's Cross Central and Two Pancras Square by Allies & Morrison

30 September 2014

The completion of Allies & Morrison’s Two Pancras Square office building is a good moment to assess the practice’s Kings Cross Central masterplan, writes Ike Ijeh

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RSHP's Leadenhall Building

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners

11 September 2014

RSHP’s Leadenhall Building – or Cheesegrater – which has just completed its shell and core stage, is an exhilarating skyscraper that does more than any other to open itself up to the public. But Ike Ijeh says it’s a shame that it merely adds to the chaos of London’s skyline

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Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus

Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus by Gollifer Langston Architects

8 September 2014

The procurement method was instrumental in the success of a highly bespoke project combining two schools on one inner-city site

Copper Lane

1-6 Copper Lane by Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects

14 August 2014 | Updated: 14 August 2014

Cohousing is a concept proving popular in North America and parts of mainland Europe but, despite being a potentially viable answer to the housing shortage, it is yet to catch on in the UK. Ike Ijeh visits the first cohousing build in London to see if it’s an idea worth sharing

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre

28 July 2014

Haworth Tompkins has subtly remodelled Chichester Festival Theatre, a 1960s classic that has regained its original vision while also achieving modern performance and efficiency standards

View from the north

Caught between two stools

14 July 2014

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners doesn’t quite get the British Museum right, says Ike Ijeh

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Westlegate Tower, Norwich by 5th Studio

Westlegate Tower, Norwich by 5th Studio

14 February 2013

5th Studio’s transformation of a city centre eyesore will also regenerate the surrounding urban realm

40 Chancery Lane by Bennetts Associates

40 Chancery Lane by Bennetts Associates

13 December 2012

Some 14 years after the initial feasibility study, Derwent London is going ahead with a £30 million office and retail development on 40 Chancery Lane, designed by Bennetts Associates.

Salters’ Hall, Fore Street, London

Salters’ Hall, Fore Street, London by de Metz Forbes Knight

19 November 2012

Basil Spence’s livery building is being sensitively remodelled by de Metz Forbes Knight

Sans Souci hotel in Vienna by David Archer Architects

Sans Souci boutique hotel by David Archer Architects

18 October 2012

London-based David Archer Architects and Yoo Ltd are designing an opulent interior for the Sans Souci hotel in Vienna

City Making

Looking across the man-made corniche to West Bay in the distance.

City Making: Doha

11 April 2012

The discovery of oil propelled Qatar’s capital from pearl-fishing village to world city. Now architects have created a new scheme that attempts to reconnect Doha with its past

The redevelopment of  Het Eilandje emerging around the recently completed Museum aan de Stroom.

City Making: Antwerp

8 February 2012

In the first of a new series looking at exemplary city planning projects, Ellis Woodman investigates the ‘slow urbanism’ being engineered at Antwerp’s former docks

University of Birmingham sports centre

University of Birmingham sports centre by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

17 March 2014

Building designed as a gateway to the campus

Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

Keith Williams' Inspiration: The Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

15 December 2014

Keith Williams explains how Mies’ German Pavilion for the Barcelona Exhibition of 1929 still has the power to enthral


John Tuomey's inspiration: E1027

10 November 2014

As BD reprises its celebrated Inspirations series, in which architects reflect on the buildings that have influenced their work, the O’Donnell & Tuomey co-founder recalls E1027, the house in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, by Eileen Gray which was completed between 1926-29

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Steinhof church, Vienna, by Otto Wagner

David Archer's inspiration: Steinhof church, Vienna

7 March 2014

David Archer finds modernity and tradition meet in Otto Wagner’s creation of a complete artistic environment for the Steinhof church in Vienna

Russell Curtis (left), Dieter Kleiner and Tim Riley of RCKa at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

RCKa’s inspiration: the Palais de Tokyo by Lacaton & Vassal

5 February 2014

RCKa’s Russell Curtis, Dieter Kleiner and Tim Riley celebrate the freedom and generosity of Lacaton & Vassal’s reworking of the Palais de Tokyo

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Just how did Woolwich Central get planning? (by the man who gave it)

4 September 2014

Councillors fell for promises that the brief was never going to deliver, says Alex Grant

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It's time architects admitted their role in Carbuncles

4 September 2014

Architects and planners have to take the blame, writes Ike Ijeh

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The building fills its irregular T-shaped site, rising behind the spire of Wren’s St Stephen Walbrook church.

Rothschild Bank headquarters, London, by OMA

7 December 2011

This light, agile new building for the Rothschild banking dynasty is a model of discretion when contrasted with its attention-seeking City neighbours

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The blocks are in an interlocking circle around a planted courtyard

Maggie’s Centre Gartnavel by OMA Video

5 October 2011

OMA wilfully subverts expectations at its Glasgow Maggie’s Centre, which melts unassumingly into the background.

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The café looks out on to the newly landscaped lawn of Baillie Scott’s Cory Lodge.

Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University, by Stanton Williams

29 June 2011

This laboratory in the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Gardens is the ideal habitat for botanists

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There is something elemental about these fixed masses anchored on the sloping site with their carved, faceted forms

Lyric Theatre in Belfast by O’Donnell & Tuomey

15 June 2011

O’Donnell & Tuomey’s joyful new building is the stuff of theatrical legends,

The gallery’s cluster of concrete containers are huddled at the end of a new footbridge to the town centre.

Hepworth Wakefield, by David Chipperfield Architects

18 May 2011

Chipperfield’s gallery, which opens this week, draws on the power and heritage of its mill-town setting

The stadium sits on its own island at the southern end of the Olympic Park. The Aquatics Centre and Orbit sculpture are to its right.

London 2012 Olympic stadium by Populous

6 April 2011

Despite a spiralling budget and uncertainty over its legacy, Populous’s Olympic stadium emerges as a lithe all-rounder.

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