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Puukuokka

Puukuokka Housing, Jyväskylä, Finland, by Anssi Lassila

30 July 2015

The first building to be completed in Anssi Lassila’s three-block development in Jyväskylä may now be the tallest apartment tower in Finland, but it’s the building’s innovative construction system that’s the real talking point, writes Hugh Strange

Woodspeen 10

The Woodspeen, West Berkshire by Softroom

17 July 2015

The extension to this 1827 Victorian pub relies on natural materials, including its distinctive thatched roof, to complement the original building, despite its noteworthy design

CEIP 215 school

CEIP 215 school, Girona, Spain by H Arquitectes

2 July 2015

This refurbishment of a 1980s school in the small Catalonian village of Vidreres prioritises durable, low-cost construction while instilling a greater sense of space that values daylighting and a stronger relationship with the outdoors

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London Business School by Sheppard Robson

15 June 2015

Sheppard Robson’s partial conversion of the Westminster Register Office complex includes a glazed link building for the entrance

Enterprise Centre

Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia by Architype

21 May 2015

The £11.6m Enterprise Centre in Norfolk is one of the most innovative green buildings in the UK. But for its prefabricated cladding, it relies on the region’s most traditional building method

Galway

Picture Palace, Galway, Ireland by dePaor Architects

1 May 2015

In the heart of Galway, architect Tom dePaor has transformed a once-Georgian merchant’s house into a monolithic, concrete-clad, 276-seater independent cinema. But one that still hints at the city’s roots, writes Hugh Strange

Massing options for the East India Dock residential project in Tower Hamlets

BIM: Early adopters

16 April 2015

Ramboll has developed an early stage modelling process that combines the qualitative capabilities of parametric design with BIM’s algorithmic, analytical strengths. Ike Ijeh wonders where this leaves designers

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Can BIM put architects back in control of projects?

20 March 2015

Amanda Birch looks at how a widespread roll-out of BIM could offer architects the chance of a more central role on projects

Hong Kong skyline

Can tall buildings ever be sustainable?

25 February 2015

With debate still raging over the 230 towers lined up to make the London skyline look more like Hong Kong’s, Ike Ijeh looks at whether tall buildings can ever be sustainable

SPECIFIC’s first ‘Building as a power station’ prototype

Buildings as power stations

6 February 2015

Scientists are working hard to make the built environment principally reliant on renewable energy. But, as Ike Ijeh finds out, with only 10% of their ideas leading to commercial application, a Swansea-based innovation centre aims to turn theory into practice

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And the Oscar for best architect goes to...

8 January 2015

Ike Ijeh on how Academy Award-winning special effects software is being combined with BIM to give architects mind-bending simulation capacity

additive manufacturing

Could you 3D print your building components?

19 June 2015

New developments in additive manufacturing are being used to make real building components that are lighter, more cost effective and structurally just as strong as their counterparts, but use 75% less material

H71a

H71a, Reykjavík, Iceland

2 June 2015

Studio Granda replaced a dilapidated structure with an extension to the studio of Icelandic photographer Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson. The project utilised several long-standing collaborative relationships, not least that between architect and client, writes Hugh Strange

A double height atrium has been carved out of the building to create a sense of drama and maximise natural lighting.

Institution of Structural Engineering by Hugh Broughton Architects

15 May 2015

Hugh Broughton and Expedition Engineering have turned an awkwardly shaped existing office building in Clerkenwell into a showcase of structural innovation

The new building uses traditional materials to provide a link with its historic neighbours but is clearly a modern intervention.

Mansfield College East Range building, by Rick Mather Architects

23 April 2015

This modest two-storey building involves a high level of technical complexity to work round a grade II* listed building and a tricky site in the centre of Oxford

DRDH Architecture's concert hall and library in Bodo, Norway

Stormen Concert Hall, Bodø, Norway by DRDH Architects

27 March 2015

A three-auditorium concert hall was tasked not only with complementing the character of this Norwegian town, but navigating the acoustic challenges that come with a multi-purpose space

Kavel Houses, Ghent by Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

Kavel Houses, Ghent by Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

13 March 2015

An innovative Belgian development of four terraced houses, designed in collaboration with young families, packs a huge amount of variety into its small, irregular site

Harvard gallery

Light at the museum

20 February 2015

Exposure to natural light can be damaging to the rare and valuable pieces on display at museums. Amanda Birch investigates how three galleries have employed innovative lighting set-ups to keep their displays illuminated, while remaining protected from harmful ultraviolet rays

House on a Hillside, Wyhlen by Gian Salis

House on a Hillside, Wyhlen by Gian Salis

16 January 2015

Hugh Strange explores how architect Gian Salis not only navigated his way around a building on a steep incline, but made it a complementing feature of this concrete-framed house

Brighton College

Victorian tower extension, Brighton College by Richard Griffiths Architects

5 January 2015

Landmark ‘stump’ reaches its intended height - more than a century after it was completed

TECTONICS

House of straw brings a sustainable harvest

18 December 2009

White Design’s BaleHaus explores the use of prefabricated straw panels for mass housing

Adrian Friend’s 21st Century Span House design.

Span house comes out of woodwork

20 November 2009

Using a modular typology of timber and glass, Friend & Company has reinvented an Eric Lyons Span house in south-east London

Grey granite forms the hard landscaping and plinth of the buildings.

Bennetts Associates’ Edinburgh rock

16 October 2009

Edinburgh University’s Potterrow development draws on the city’s traditional stone building form to provide an airy home for its philosophy, psychology and language science departments

Supporting character

18 September 2009

Brickwork plays a starring role in articulating the exterior and interior spaces of Lundgaard & Tranberg’s Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen

The interior curves around a oversized version of a Chanel bag.

Hadid’s Chanel pavilion proving to be a classic in plastic

17 July 2009

Inspired by the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag, Zaha Hadid’s Mobile Art structure reshapes the way polymers can be used by architects

South African nursery school

Nottingham students put this South African community on a learning curve

19 June 2009

Nottingham University students designed a timber-framed building for a South African nursery school and then built it in seven weeks

The clubhouse reflects the natural environment of the Hongluo Villa district.

Surface tension at Hongluo Clubhouse near Beijing

15 May 2009

The Hongluo Clubhouse, by Beijing-based MAD Office, uses curved steel sections to create a roof structure that blurs boundaries with the surrounding landscape

The Eon house with laboratory attached.

The Eon house and the architecture of climate change

17 April 2009

The half a semi-detached house built to 1930s Building Regs and monitored for energy efficiency at the University of Nottingham is an architectural experiment that could benefit millions of British homes

Morphosis Architects’ US Federal Building in San Francisco

Morphosis Architects’ cooling runnings at the Federal Building in San Francisco

20 March 2009

Morphosis Architects’ US Federal Building in San Francisco uses concrete’s thermal mass and natural ventilation

The Pod follows the medieval street grid.

Benson & Forsyth’s Nottingham Pod finds its place in past and present

20 February 2009

Aluminium proved the versatile solution when it came to integrating this a mixed-use hotel and retail scheme with the city’s medieval layout

The three-storey home overlooks Highgate Cemetery.

Eldridge Smerin’s stunning glass house at Highgate Cemetery

23 January 2009

Eldridge Smerin’s new house in Highgate is the subject of the first in a new BD series on materials in application. Here, Michael Stacey explores the way glass is used inside and out at the house

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