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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

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

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

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

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?

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

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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