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Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

Keith Williams' Inspiration: The Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

Keith Williams explains how Mies’ German Pavilion for the Barcelona Exhibition of 1929 still has the power to enthral

The facade has been upgraded with new glazing designed to replicate the 1950s original

Bikini Berlin redevelopment by Hild und K

Hugh Strange examines how architect Hild und K brought new life to a grade II-listed icon of post-war West Berlin, balancing historical sensitivity and environmental performance

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Farmhouse observatory, Carnforth, Lancashire

Paul Archer Design updates a 17th-century farmhouse in the Red Rose countryside

Baakenhafen Bridge, Hamburg

Baakenhafen Bridge, Hamburg

Wilkinson Eyre and Buro Happold came up with an ingenious and highly sustainable solution for lifting the central section of their new crossing over a Hamburg dock

JTI Building

Cladding SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements. Ike Ijeh finds out more

Heathrow Schools

Enjoy the silence

Hounslow’s £150m school rebuilding programme aims to give children under Heathrow’s flight path quieter classrooms and better ventilation

Kings Cross Central

King's Cross Central and Two Pancras Square by Allies & Morrison

The completion of Allies & Morrison’s Two Pancras Square office building is a good moment to assess the practice’s Kings Cross Central masterplan, writes Ike Ijeh

Singapore National Stadium

What Singapore's national stadium can teach the Qatar World Cup

The vast steel dome on Arup Associates’ Singapore National Stadium is impressive. But Ike Ijeh discovers that its pioneering cooling system might just come to the rescue of the 2022 Qatar World Cup

Paul King

Green chief to take key role at Lend Lease

UK Green Building Council chief executive Paul King to step down next year

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Merrion Cricket Club, Dublin

TAKA Architects has ensured the members of this flood-hit cricket club face many more innings thanks to the waterfproofing armoury of their club house’s latest incarnation, says Hugh Strange

Design for the Garden Bridge

Richard Rogers backs Heatherwick's garden bridge

£150m Thames crossing would ‘enrich’ London, says architect

H.O.U.S.E 1

H.O.U.S.E by Saint Gobain and University of Nottingham

Combining the benefits of high enviromental efficiency and prefabricated design and assembly, the student-designed H.O.U.S.E is setting the benchmark for regulation friendly housing

Heathrow T5 pod

CBI throws weight behind Heathrow

Business group wants single hub solution to airport capacity crisis

Speller Metcalfe's Western Power Distribution Depot

'Very exciting shed' gains top BREEAM score

Speller Metcalfe’s Western Power Distribution depot scores 102% under BREEAM standard

Ruyte

Deruyte children's shoe shop, Belsele

ONO Architectuur has combined sophisticated detailing and inexpensive materials to create a shop and apartment building with a difference in Belgium

View from the north

Caught between two stools

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners doesn’t quite get the British Museum right, says Ike Ijeh

Dorsett Hotel

Dorsett Hotel, west London by Flanagan Lawrence

Flanagan Lawrence has skilfully recaptured the golden age of cinema with the sensitive renovation of the derelict, grade II-listed Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion

E1027

John Tuomey's inspiration: E1027

As BD reprises its celebrated Inspirations series, in which architects reflect on the buildings that have influenced their work, the O’Donnell & Tuomey co-founder recalls E1027, the house in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, by Eileen Gray which was completed between 1926-29

LVMH Foundation

LVMH Foundation for Creation by Frank Gehry

Bringing his futuristic flourishes to suburban Paris, Frank Gehry’s privately funded art gallery shoots for the spectacular. But does it thrive or flounder amid the sedate streets of the French capital? Ike Ijeh reports.

Lydia Eva

Lydia Eva Court by Barron and Smith Architects

By 2051 it is predicted over two million people in the UK will have dementia and more care homes will need to be built that are adapted to these complex needs. One pioneering care home in Norfolk shows how it can be done, says Ike Ijeh

Nuno Graca Moura Rural House Refurbishment

Nuno Graca Moura Rural House Refurbishment, Portugal

Turning former farm buildings into a hotel manages to retain their original identity, says Hugh Strange

Heatherwick Studio's Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The gilded palace of gin Video

Heatherwick Studio’s new state-of-the-art Bombay Sapphire Distillery assaults the senses in every way, says Amanda Birch

South Bank Tower

South Bank Tower: Going through the roof

Faced with the task of adding an extra 11 storeys to its structure, the engineering team working on London’s South Bank Tower has found an innovative way to extend its height without the need for additional foundations or a dramatic redesign. Ike Ijeh takes a look.

RSHP's Leadenhall Building

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners

RSHP’s Leadenhall Building – or Cheesegrater – which has just completed its shell and core stage, is an exhilarating skyscraper that does more than any other to open itself up to the public. But Ike Ijeh says it’s a shame that it merely adds to the chaos of London’s skyline

Neptunus apartment block

Recyclable housing

Technology used to build the world’s largest McDonald’s is being adapted to build temporary, highly flexible, 100% recyclable housing in Holland. Could the model be brought here to solve the UK’s affordable housing crisis?

Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus

Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus by Gollifer Langston Architects

The procurement method was instrumental in the success of a highly bespoke project combining two schools on one inner-city site

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Urbed wins Garden Cities Wolfson Prize

Winner claims £250,000 top prize

PRP Wolfson Prize

£250k Garden Cities Wolfson Prize winner due next week

Three of finalists say 40 new garden cities needed

Copper Lane

1-6 Copper Lane by Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects

Cohousing is a concept proving popular in North America and parts of mainland Europe but, despite being a potentially viable answer to the housing shortage, it is yet to catch on in the UK. Ike Ijeh visits the first cohousing build in London to see if it’s an idea worth sharing

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre

Haworth Tompkins has subtly remodelled Chichester Festival Theatre, a 1960s classic that has regained its original vision while also achieving modern performance and efficiency standards