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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PSNI Memorial Garden, Belfast, by Hall McKnight Architects

PSNI Memorial Garden, Belfast, by Hall McKnight Architects

19 February 2014

A memorial garden in Belfast pays a finely judged tribute to the sacrifices of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

Brent Civic Centre by Hopkins Architects

Brent Civic Centre by Hopkins Architects

30 October 2013

Housing everything from library facilities to formal banquets, Hopkins Architects’ Brent Civic Centre provides its local community with a bold new focus

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