Monday21 August 2017

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Lock Keepers

Lock Keepers, London by Allies and Morrison

3 November 2016

Allies and Morrison has updated the Victorian warehouse typology with an ingenious apartment block on an awkward canalside site in east London, writes Ike Ijeh

Baylis old school

Baylis Old School, Lambeth by Conran & Partners

11 August 2016

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

more housing building studies

Victoria Gate

Victoria Gate by Acme

21 October 2016

A modern city centre retail project in Leeds harks back to the city’s grand Victorian shopping arcades

Sheppard Robson

New Science Building by Sheppard Robson

5 October 2016

Laboratories are most often architecturally dull affairs but not Sheppard Robson’s New Science Building

Renzo Piano's New Cultural Center in Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens, by Renzo Piano

29 June 2016

Greece’s most significant cultural project in more than a decade - housing the National Opera House and National Library - is impressive in scale. But do all the elements live up to its immense ambition?

Serpentine Pavilion 2016

The verdict: Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion - and four summer houses

7 June 2016

After 15 years the Serpentine has added four summer houses to its series of single pavilions. Is it enough to revive an ageing format? Ike Ijeh is in no doubt

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

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

More Civic building studies

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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