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Maagdentoren

Maagdentoren, Zichem, by De Smet Vermeulen and Studio Roma

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

Ruskin

Ruskin School of Fine Art, by Spratley Studios

Contrasting with its cool, minimalist interiors, this Oxford university arts space relies on an innovative smart glass window to connect with its residential surroundings. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Crouch end picture house

Crouch End Picture House, by Panter Hudspith

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

Forvik

Forvik ferry terminal, by Manthey Kula

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

Woo

The Woo Building, Battersea, by Haworth Tompkins

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

lift

Horizontal lifts: A sideways move

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?

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

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

Here East Gantry

Here East, Hackney Wick, by Hawkins Brown

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

Reiach and Hall - Maggie's Lanarkshire

If the Stirling Prize was about sustainability, who would win?

Ahead of next week’s ceremony, Simon Sturgis takes a critical look at the carbon performance of the six finalists

Birmingham New Street station

Birmingham New Street Station by AZPML

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

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, by Rafael Moneo

Hugh Broughton's inspiration: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Hugh Broughton knows the Spanish capital’s buildings intimately but the one that really stood out was Rafael Moneo’s magnificent art gallery

Flood

Flood-proof? Designing against the tide

Our attitude to rising sea levels remains as defensive as ever. With 20% of British homes now at risk, this is a mistake, says Robert Barker

Binningen Switzerland

Apartment building, Binningen, Switzerland by Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten

In parallel with a delicate ordering of its interiors, the exterior focus of this two-storey apartment building on the outskirts of Basel, Switzerland is its complex and playful render facade, writes Hugh Strange

Bordeaux’s vast Génicart estate houses 10,500 and occupies 10% of all municipal land owned by the city

District 33, Bordeaux, by LAN

LAN’s £12m urban renewal of part of the gigantic Génicart housing estate in the Bordeaux suburb Lormont relies on a radical over-cladding strategy and distinguishes public and private space. Could this model influence British cities?

Dokk1

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Based at the heart of a regeneration of Denmark’s second city Aarhus, Dokk1 library rejects tradition for innovative design that borders on science fiction. But is this the library of the future?

York Art Gallery: The original building features a grand Victorian facade

York Art Gallery by Ushida Findlay and Simpson & Brown

Architects working on the £8m refurbishment of York Art Gallery have peeled away decades of callously inappropriate interventions to unlock a wonderland of architectural secrets

Frampton Park Baptist Church

Frampton Park Baptist Church, Hackney, by Matthew Lloyd Architects

A Baptist church in Hackney, east London, has broken with the archetypes of church design to place community facilities, a cafe, creche and offices at the congregational heart of the building – prayers go on up on the third floor

Clare Bowman, Broadway Malyan sustainability leader

Whatever the politicians decide in Paris, industry's resolve must not falter

Construction accounts for half of global energy and water consumption - but is also best-placed to make the economic case for sound environmental practices, says Clare Bowman

Paris

Built environment on climate talks agenda

RIBA-backed manifesto presented in Paris

Jane Duncan

Design is critical to chancellor's pledges, warns Duncan

New homes, schools and infrastructure must have design at their heart, says RIBA president

The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

University of Sussex arts centre by RH Partnership

The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue

Architype and Jon Broome Architects - RUSS self-build project in Lewisham - image shows control scheme before community design process

Architype and Jon Broome land Segal-style housing project

Community land trust beats housing association to develop Lewisham site

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John

Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, Caruso St John

Caruso St John’s new gallery for Damien Hirst in the industrial back streets just south of the Thames is one of the practice’s best projects yet, says Ike Ijeh

Market square

Landmark, Nieuw-Bergen, the Netherlands, by Monadnock

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

Broad

Broad Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Sitting opposite the brash Walt Disney Concert Hall, Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s £90m museum of contemporary art brings a more understated form to LA’s streets with its perforated shell. A marked contrast to its playful interiors, says Ike Ijeh

3d printed glass

3D-printed glass: Print me off another Shard

Glass has resisted the technological advancements in 3D printing, but now a team from MIT has invented a technique for printing fully transparent glass. The breakthrough, says Ike Ijeh, could revolutionise the way we make windows, cladding and even full facade systems

Energiesprong

What the Dutch can teach us about cladding

Energiesprong, a Dutch government-supported super-insulation approach, is being transferred to the UK housing market. Could it offer an answer to the country’s environmental and fuel poverty issues?

Students in classes at Gallaudet

How to design for people who hear with their eyes

As a $60m international design competition is launched by Gallaudet, Washington’s specialist university for the deaf, its campus architect Hansel Bauman shares insights from a decade of research into DeafSpace design

ALA VA

Interior flooring with a local twist

Amanda Birch’s study of three distinct examples of interior flooring examines work in London, Zanzibar and India by Amanda Levete, Jestico & Whiles and Project Orange

Puukuokka

Puukuokka Housing, Jyväskylä, Finland, by Anssi Lassila

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