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One Carter Lane

Wellbeing registration: Europe's first project

19 July 2016

There is now an international standard for measuring how a building impacts on its users’ health and wellbeing. Ike Ijeh looks at how Studio Ben Allen Architects’ One Carter Lane became the first European project to receive the accreditation

Senate House

Senate House north block by Mace and Rock Townsend

15 July 2016

A Mace-led team has turned the north end of Senate House into a light-filled learning space and glazed courtyard for the School of Oriental and African Studies

Knut Hjeltnes

House Bøe Møller, Norway, by Knut Hjeltnes Arkitekter

30 June 2016

Knut Hjeltnes’ single-storey house in Oslo, Norway, continues the architect’s experimentation with materials and succeeds in creating spatial variety despite its simple plan

British Airway i360

The i360 tower by Marks Barfield Architects

17 June 2016

The £46 milllion i360 tower in Brighton may claim accolades of being the tallest moving observation tower, the first vertical cable car and the world’s most slender tower, but the execution of its design and build is the real talking point

Oranjeboomstraat

Oranjeboomstraat, Rotterdam, by Hans van der Heijden

28 April 2016

Hans van der Heijden’s housing scheme on the Oranjeboomstraat avenue in Rotterdam rekindles the tightly built, historic parcelling of the Feijenoord district, while bringing a new typology to the area

Biot A Lab

Reinventing the green wall

15 April 2016

A new bio-receptive concrete panelling system could mean urban green walls that don’t need expensive maintenance and provide a better environment for plants too

Sculptor

Sculpture workshop by Gijs De Cock, Freek Dendooven and Peter Van Gelder

29 February 2016

A trio of young Belgian architects has designed work and living spaces for a local sculptor in Mariakerke, East Flanders, which share a design flow and innovative material palette. Hugh Strange reports

holycross

Holy Cross School by Cullinan Studio

12 February 2016

Cullinan Studio’s prefabricated school in Swindon extracts spatial and architectural delight from a lean, compact template and answers today’s challenge of how we can build more schools for less money, while maintaining design quality. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Crouch end picture house

Crouch End Picture House, by Panter Hudspith

17 December 2015

Having given new life to a nondescript 1950s building, this £4.5m north London picture house is setting new standards for sustainable cinema design

lift

Horizontal lifts: A sideways move

25 November 2015

ThyssenKrupp has come up with a lift that not only functions without cables but is also able to move horizontally as well as vertically. So what, asks Ike Ijeh, might this mean for the future of building design?

Here East Gantry

Here East, Hackney Wick, by Hawkins Brown

19 October 2015

The former media hub of the London 2012 Olympic Games is presently the focus of a £100m redevelopment and soon to be a creative hub – in what its developers hope is the start of a wider regeneration in the east London region

Knut Hjeltnes

Interview: Knut Hjeltnes

30 June 2016

Following the success of his House Bøe Møller in Oslo, architect Knut Hjeltnes discusses his architectural position on creating houses that are materially rich but that always keep the focus on the occupant

David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

13 May 2016

Nicholas Hare Architects has preserved the integrity of the original Arup Associates brutalist Cambridge landmark while ensuring the radical remodelling works well for its new users. Becoming an exemplar of sustainability was something it took in its stride

Hans van der Heijden

Interview: Hans van der Heijden

28 April 2016

Fresh from his Oranjeboomstraat housing scheme, architect Hans van der Heijden discusses with Hugh Strange his relationship with Dutch architectural culture and bringing traditional style to a modern market

Virtual reality headset

Virtual reality: A whole new world

18 March 2016

Convincing virtual reality used to be the stuff of science fiction but now the technology is catching up. With Oculus Rift and PlayStation releasing home devices, VR is finally going mainstream. Could it be a useful tool for architects?

Arup

Technical: Seeing the light

19 February 2016

Research has shown the effects that the brightness and colour of indoor lighting can have on personal wellbeing and performance, which could impact on the way interior architects are expected to approach new designs. Amanda Birch reports

Maagdentoren

Maagdentoren, Zichem, by De Smet Vermeulen and Studio Roma

28 January 2016

Following a collapse in 2006, this 14th-century tower in the Belgian town of Zichem has been restored to designs by De Smet Vermeulen and Studio Roma. Hugh Strange reports

Forvik

Forvik ferry terminal, by Manthey Kula

3 December 2015

Manthey Kula’s repositioned ferry terminal building in Forvik caters for the influx of visitors to the Norwegian village, while boasting an emphatic character that keeps it visually connected to its predecessor

Christ Church Spitalfields - Joost de Boer preparing an original pipe of 1735 for reinstallation in the case front

1735 organ, Christ Church Spitalfields, by Dow Jones Architects

30 October 2015

Following completion of the building renovation works at the Hawksmoor gem in 2004, its organ remained unrestored. Determined teamwork has now led to the renovation and reinstallation of the instrument to its former glory

Market square

Landmark, Nieuw-Bergen, the Netherlands, by Monadnock

6 October 2015

Monadnock’s new landmark building, cast at the centre of a pedestrianised regeneration of Nieuw-Bergen, purposefully creates a focal point for the Dutch town, without reverting to civic or religious type

Regulations

ARB logo

EU referendum triggers ARB review delay

25 July 2016

Communities department tells board it needs to review impact of vote

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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