Saturday28 May 2016

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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.

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

Shakespeare house

Shakespeare House, Hackney, east London by BPTW

4 July 2014

Through its transformation of a 1930s block of council flats in Hackney, east London, BPTW has proved that refurbishment need not be a second-class citizen

more housing building studies

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


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

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

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

More Cultural building studies

Archive at Shatwell Farm

Archive at Shatwell Farm by Hugh Strange Architects

26 February 2014

Housing an architectural archive on a working farm requires a sensibility both rural and urban

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation by Malcolm Fraser Architects

22 January 2014

Transformation of Edinburgh’s 18th century Old High School required a deft touch and awareness of the need to deliver a low carbon building

more refurbishment building studies

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

Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre by Reiach & Hall Architects

Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre by Reiach & Hall Architects

12 March 2014

Opening in the run-up to the 700th anniversary of the battle, Reiach & Hall’s Bannockburn visitor centre finds itself at the heart of a new era of conflict

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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


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

more office building studies

HSSP eco-village

Eco-village in Leicestershire by HSSP Architects

7 June 2013

Practice has designed a carbon-neutral development for Kirby Bellars near Melton Mowbray

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

more masterplan building studies

Headquarters for Dutch fashion brand G-Star, Amsterdam

OMA’s HQ for G-Star Raw fashion brand in Amsterdam

14 April 2014

Rem Koolhaas’ open-plan building is the perfect fit for the Dutch denim clothes manufacturer

Callan, Co Kilkenny, Ireland by The Cowshed Collective

The best architect-designed cow sheds in the Mooniverse

3 January 2013

If you think farm buildings have to be corrugated iron boxes, then you haven’t seen these yet

more industrial building studies

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

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

more healthcare building studies

View from the roof terrace, the height of which is determined by St Paul’s.

One New Change, London, by Jean Nouvel

05 November 2010

While the form of Jean Nouvel’s One New Change is designed to respect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the mixed-use scheme has an exotic geometry that contrasts with its ’polite’ neighbours

The back-lit acrylic ceiling unites the food hall space.

Dramatic overheads at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ refit of La Rinascente, Milan

BD Magazine - Retail - May 08

The dramatic honeycomb ceiling for top Milan retailer Vittorio Radice inspires a sweet response. Photographs by Chris Gascoigne

more retail building studies

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

King's Cross western concourse

King's Cross western concourse by John McAslan and Partners

21 March 2012

Fifteen years in planning, John McAslan’s ambitious concourse underpins a major transformation of the hitherto neglected London station

more transport building studies

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

London's concrete quarter

London's concrete quarter

21 Feb 2014

The transformation of King’s Cross includes some of the UK’s most sustainable office buildings - and concrete is key to all of them

more sustainability building studies

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