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Tuesday28 March 2017

Civic

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

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

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

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

Christ Church Spitalfields nursery and community centre

Christ Church Spitalfields nursery and community centre by Scabal

9 October 2013

In the shadow of Christ Church Spitalfields, Scabal’s school building is enmeshed in a dispute that threatens its existence

JW3 Jewish Community Centre by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

JW3 Jewish Community Centre by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

25 September 2013

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ new Jewish Community Centre in north London carefully avoids clunking symbolism, but does it take neutrality a step too far?

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

Santa Caterina Market by EMBT

Alex Mowat's inspiration: Santa Caterina Market by EMBT

3 October 2013

Eight years after its completion Alex Mowat remains in awe of EMBT’s Santa Caterina Market both for its contrast of textures and its social inclusivity

Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo

Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo

29 August 2013

The flashy exterior of Birmingham’s new library overshadows an interior that is rich in ingenuity and style

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