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Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Oxford by Níall McLaughlin Architects

At Worcester College, Oxford, Níall McLaughlin Architects has created an elegant building that manages to be both proudly contemporary and almost classically formal while moulding into the landscape. Ike Ijeh finds out how the architect managed it

Floors are in polished concrete and ceiling and the tops of walls are clad in birch plywood

Technical study: Larkfield Road, Dublin

Tom de Paor has created an expansive network of interconnected spaces next to an end-of-terrace property in south Dublin, writes Hugh Strange

Artist's impression of the Segal-inspired self-build training centre.

Self-builders crowd-fund Segal-inspired training centre

Facility to be built in Lewisham close to 1980s Walter Segal-designed homes

The bridge between the main extension and the existing gallery spans a new pedestrian route

Musee D’Arts, Nantes by Stanton Williams

Stanton Williams set out to reinvent the Breton city’s beaux-art palais as an open, welcoming institution while complementing the spectacular (not to say elitist) architecture. It’s a neat trick to pull off. Ike Ijeh finds out if it succeeded

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré

The verdict: Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion

This simple structure is laced with countless stories of inclusivity which speak to a London in grief, finds Ike Ijeh

Neasden-Temple

The rebirth of the age of ornament

A Boston restoration project using advanced 3D-modelling and printing technologies could hold the key to a new age of decoration within contemporary design

Carr Croft

Peak practice turns derelict cottage into green exemplar

Scheme seeks to update 1930s holiday home with Passivhaus principles

La Seine Musicale

La Seine Musicale, Paris, by Shigeru Ban

The second concert hall to be completed in the French capital within three years is a showcase to innovation and style. Ike Ijeh admires the distinctive features of this venue, which was designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

Berlin concert hall

Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin by Gehry Partners

Frank Gehry’s £28.5m Berlin concert hall is an unusual building for this celebrated creator of the unusual. Ike Ijeh finds that through its sharp contradictions of age, shape and material, it achieves a kind of peace

Monadnock

“We're very happy with the term magic realism"

Job Floris and Sandor Naus of Monadnock talk to Hugh Strange about the mixed legacy of the Superdutch generation and the importance of creating new stories from old traditions

Entrance

Bush Theatre, London by Haworth Tompkins

In its renovation of west London’s Bush Theatre, Haworth Tompkins was asked to make the building and the theatre it contains accessible and approachable to all the local community. The result, says Ike Ijeh, is full of twists and turns

Garden Halls

Technical study: Garden Halls, London

TP Bennett and Maccreanor Lavington’s elegant stepped facades in the heart of Bloomsbury show how off-site methods can help student accommodation to raise its game. Amanda Birch reports

St Peter’s Seminary

St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross by Avanti Architects & McGinlay Bell

St Peter’s Seminary near Glasgow is a brutalist ruin that is being given new life as an arts venue. What makes the refurb unusual is that the crumbling decay, instead of being covered, will be used as a central feature. Ike Ijeh reports

L2

The Loom, London by Duggan Morris

Duggan Morris has respun a former east London wool warehouse as a 21st-century office through an elegant balance of intervention and restoration. Ike Ijeh reports

OMA Caen library

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, Caen by OMA

With its regular glazed facades and cruciform shape, the northern French city’s new library  is surprisingly understated for an OMA project. But as you would expect from the Dutch practice, there are some clever architectural manoeuvres at play – as Ike Ijeh finds out

Churchill College, Cambridge

“Buildings are used, mis-used, re-used, and they get old, decay, are worn out –watching that happen is the most exciting thing”

Tom Emerson of 6a Architects talks to Hugh Strange bout incorporating the passage of time into the practice’s work and the joy of watching buildings take on a life of their own

Tom de Paor

“The creative act is making the rules up until the point they break”

Hugh Strange talks to Wicklow-based architect Tom de Paor about his most significant projects, his polymathic approach to architecture and his ‘paradise garden’ on an abandoned farm

The Sackler Courtyard

V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, London by AL_A

Amanda Levete’s £48m expansion of London’s V&A connects the museum with the public realm through a superb porcelain-paved courtyard. But it’s the sheer immersive power of its vast subterranean exhibition hall that will make visitors stand and gawp

Maggies Centre Oldham

Technical study: Maggie's Oldham

dRMM’s centre for the cancer care charity hovers above its landscaped garden like a giant treehouse – and represents the practice’s most ambitious use yet of cross-laminated timber.

Construction

Behind the scenes at the V&A Dundee

Realising Kengo Kuma’s extraordinarily complex design for the V&A’s outpost in Dundee would not have been possible without sophisticated modelling tools and precision construction techniques.

Jane Duncan

RIBA president slams US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Giving up on tackling climate change “is to give up on prospects for future generations”, says Jane Duncan

Tate St Ives extenation front

Technical study: Tate St Ives extension, St Ives, Cornwall

Jamie Fobert’s discreet subterranean gallery extension has calmed locals’ concerns about the impact on the town’s skyline and reflects in its design all the elements that make St Ives special

Storyhouse

The Storyhouse, Chester by Bennetts Associates

The Storyhouse in Chester is a daring construction of opposites, with a theatre, cinema and library brought together in a space that combines new-build and the spirit of the orginal 1930s picture house. Ike Ijeh reports on how the building energetically opens up storytelling to the local community

Monadnock

Technical study: Atlas House, Eindhoven

Monadnock has created a three-storey house of clarity, rigour and poetic flourishes on a Dutch woodland estate, writes Hugh Strange

Warwick Hall

Warwick Hall, Burford by Acanthus Clews Architects

Building anything new in a Cotswold village is hard enough, but when it’s next door to one of the nation’s best-loved churches, you know you’ve got your work cut out. Ike Ijeh admires a deft piece of architectural reinterpretation by Acanthus Clews Architects

Precast concrete frame

City Campus, Glasgow by Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects

Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects’ last project for City of Glasgow College nearly ran off with the Stirling Prize. Would the same team be able to repeat the trick at the college’s massive new campus? Ike Ijeh finds out

Aerial view of 22 Bishopsgate

Wellbeing: 22 Bishopsgate, London

The team behind the City of London’s latest tower is putting employee health and happiness at the top of the design agenda, with health-food bars, meditation areas and even forest bathing all part of the mix. Amanda Birch reports on the UK’s first major WELL-certified new-build project

Carrowbreck Meadows

Carrowbreck Meadows, Norwich, by Hamson Barron Smith

Hamson Barron Smith has planted 14 Passivhaus homes in a woodland in Norfolk. Ike Ijeh explains why it could blossom into a scheme of nationwide significance

Street detail

Live Works, Newcastle by Flanagan Lawrence

Live Theatre has ventured into the high-stakes world of property development to enable it to plough the profits back into making plays. Ike Ijeh takes a look around Live Works, the theatre’s £10m office project, to see how the building fits into Newcastle’s historic Quayside

The new facade; the team created a thermally broken extrusion 119mm wide with the glazing fixed in with structural silicone.

Great Arthur House, London, by John Robertson Architects

Chamberlin, Powell & Bon’s grade II-listed Great Arthur House in the City of London urgently needed a new facade but double glazing was too heavy for its structure. Thomas Lane found out how John Robertson Architects came up with a solution that retains its distinctive appearance