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Citizen M Tower of London axometric diagram

Manufacturing the future

21 November 2016

Architects shouldn’t be frightened off by Mark Farmer’s calls for modern methods of construction - they should see it a new opportunity for creativity

A deep canopy and colonnade are wrapped around the new museum

Voorlinden museum by Kraaijvanger Architects

8 November 2016

The Voorlinden museum in Holland wanted naturally lit gallery spaces full of light. But how to do that while protecting the superlative art collection on display? Arup came up with a highly imaginative solution. Ike Ijeh reports

Exposed concrete columns

Herdernstrasse apartments, Zurich

31 October 2016

Lütjens Padmanabhan tackles a complex urban condition with a residential block that embraces modern and classical influences, writes Hugh Strange

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Goede Doelen Loterijen by Benthem Crouwel Architects

14 October 2016

Once completed, the new home of the biggest lottery charity in the Netherlands will be the first refurbished office building in Amsterdam to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding

Eastern cemetry, Malmo

Eastern Cemetery, Malmö, by Johan Celsing

1 September 2016

Modernist architect Sigurd Lewerentz worked on the Swedish city’s cemetery for more than half a century. Now Johan Celsing has meticulously restored the canopies to two of its chapels

ThomsonAdsett concept home

Smart floors: Step-by-step care

19 August 2016

Sensor technology embedded in floors could be about to revolutionise patient monitoring in elderly care and dementia homes

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

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?

The former main pool hall has been restored into a soaring, multi-purpose space

Poplar Baths by Pringle Richards Sharratt

19 October 2016

Poplar Baths in London’s East End is a historic example of state architecture used to improve public health. But to preserve this listed building, the project team had to demolish part of it and rebuild through a PPP agreement

The Smile

Is hardwood the future of timber construction?

16 September 2016

As Alison Brooks Architects’ gravity-defying installation at the London Design Festival shows off the structural benefits of cross-laminated hardwood, Amanda Birch examines the growing uptake of CLT solutions

The new, brick-clad crematorium at  Stockholm’s Woodland cemetery, now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Interview: Johan Celsing

1 September 2016

The architect behind the restoration of the Malmö chapels, talks about following in the footsteps of Sigurd Lewerentz and the importance of ‘robust’ architecture

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

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

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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