Wednesday14 October 2015

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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

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

Southwark Park Primary School, Bermondsey, south London by AOC

Southwark Park Primary School, Bermondsey, south London by AOC

16 August 2013

New extensions provide internal and external learning spaces

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John

Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, Caruso St John

9 October 2015

Caruso St John’s new gallery for Damien Hirst in the industrial back streets just south of the Thames is one of the practice’s best projects yet, says Ike Ijeh


Broad Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

24 September 2015

Sitting opposite the brash Walt Disney Concert Hall, Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s £90m museum of contemporary art brings a more understated form to LA’s streets with its perforated shell. A marked contrast to its playful interiors, says Ike Ijeh

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

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

More Civic building studies

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

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

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

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

Ortus Maudsley Learning Centre by Duggan Morris Architects

Ortus Maudsley Learning Centre by Duggan Morris Architects

14 August 2013

Duggan Morris’s precisely considered learning centre provides an elegant oasis of openness that links a south London psychiatric facility with its historic urban surroundings

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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