While many brutalist schools are being knocked down, one in south London is making a virtue of its architectural heritage and being converted into housing. Photographs by Edmund Sumner
OMA’s first UK residential project has been designed with Allies & Morrison and is arranged around Holland Park’s former Commonwealth Institute, soon to be the new home of the Design Museum. It interacts smoothly with the local context, but does it play things too safe? Ike Ijeh reports
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
Newnham Court’s postgraduate homes continue Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture’s successful relationship with the University of Cambridge
A spiral-shaped house for musician has its own soundtrack
Lynch Architects’ mixed-use scheme creates new connections in its north London neighbourhood
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
31/44 Architects — a young practice based in Amsterdam and London — is designing two sustainable houses on a former bomb-site in south-east London.
Seventeen years in the making, OMA’s latest building embodies Rotterdam‘s attempt to reinvent its passenger docks as a mini-Manhattan
Sergison Bates Architects has worked in harmony with practices Werner Neuwirth and von Ballmoos Krucker in Vienna to create an ensemble of apartment blocks with a shared vision
Single family homes
A pair of new houses on a complex angled site enjoy a comfortable relationship with their north London Victorian neighbours
A captivating view over water motivated the design of a spatially elaborate family house on an island in the Netherlands
Francis Roberts’ Poundbury houses demonstrate a sturdy arts and crafts individualism but are undermined by the duchy’s lack of attention to material detail
The latest holiday home for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project sits well with the maverick whimsy of this Suffolk seaside village
Hugh Strange’s Deptford family house creates a multi-layered drama out of its enclosed site
A striking zinc skin fitted over an eighties house in Bath demonstrates the architectural possibilities of refurb over new build
Delvendahl Martin Architects has won planning for a radical remodelling of a private house in Forest Hill, south-east London.
The windswept and unworldly coastal settlement of Dungeness provides the location for Living Architecture’s second holiday home.
David Kohn’s Norfolk home for gallery owner Stuart Shave represents a perfect marriage of architectural and human concerns
Procter Rihl’s Pull House sits amid the maple trees of rural New England and creates an architecture to match the region’s progressive politics.