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DRDH Architecture's concert hall and library in Bodo, Norway

Stormen Concert Hall, Bodø, Norway by DRDH Architects

A three-auditorium concert hall was tasked not only with complementing the character of this Norwegian town, but navigating the acoustic challenges that come with a multi-purpose space

Next, Southampton by Stanton Williams

Next, Southampton by Stanton Williams

Can Stanton Williams work its magic on the most depressing of building typologies, the out-of-town shopping centre? Ike Ijeh is prepared to buy it

Mass at St Peter’s Church, Klippan, Sweden, by Sigurd Lewerentz

Patrick Lynch's Inspiration: St Peter’s Church, Klippan

The founder of Lynch Architects is moved by the visceral drama of this Swedish church

BedZed roof cowls

List BedZed warts and all, says C20 Society

But RMC HQ architect Ted Cullinan says listing should be based on quality of architecture only

Greenwich eco-supermarket

Eco-supermarket should be replaced by building of equal merit, says developer

Planners urged to take tough line over pioneering buildings

Carnal hall

Carnal Hall

Beneath its armour-like steel dome, Bernard Tschumi’s new Swiss concert hall houses a naturally lit and wooden auditorium, as well as a dynamic sequence of interior spaces. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Houses of Parliament

Ecobuild 2015 programme preview

From an election manifesto for construction to the latest in biophilic design, there is something for all tastes at Ecobuild. Andrew Brister picks out some of the highlights

Harvard gallery

Light at the museum

Exposure to natural light can be damaging to the rare and valuable pieces on display at museums. Amanda Birch investigates how three galleries have employed innovative lighting set-ups to keep their displays illuminated, while remaining protected from harmful ultraviolet rays

SPECIFIC’s first ‘Building as a power station’ prototype

Buildings as power stations

Scientists are working hard to make the built environment principally reliant on renewable energy. But, as Ike Ijeh finds out, with only 10% of their ideas leading to commercial application, a Swansea-based innovation centre aims to turn theory into practice

Philharmonie de Paris: West elevation

Philharmonie de Paris, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Built on the edge of the Périphérique, Jean Nouvel’s concert hall has ambitions of serving as common ground between central Paris and the less affluent suburbs

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

Dominic Papa's Inspiration: Schiphol Airport

S333 founder praises the clarity and logic of Schiphol Airport’s transparent design

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And the Oscar for best architect goes to...

Ike Ijeh on how Academy Award-winning special effects software is being combined with BIM to give architects mind-bending simulation capacity

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

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.

Rcka

Can BIM put architects back in control of projects?

Amanda Birch looks at how a widespread roll-out of BIM could offer architects the chance of a more central role on projects

Kavel Houses, Ghent by Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

Kavel Houses, Ghent by Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

An innovative Belgian development of four terraced houses, designed in collaboration with young families, packs a huge amount of variety into its small, irregular site

Alison Brooks

Regulate foreign property investment, says leading architect

‘Legislation is only solution,’ Alison Brooks adds

Wayne Hemingway

House builders putting up rubbish, says Hemingway

‘They took notice of Cabe because they had to,’ adds design guru

Hong Kong skyline

Can tall buildings ever be sustainable?

With debate still raging over the 230 towers lined up to make the London skyline look more like Hong Kong’s, Ike Ijeh looks at whether tall buildings can ever be sustainable

Zappos HQ, Las Vegas

Get happy: Wellbeing in buildings

There is a strong body of evidence of the tangible ways that building design can improve wellbeing. Now an increasing number of major clients are realising that this is not just good for employees’ health – it’s good for business. Katie Puckett reports

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Edward Jones' Inspiration: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan

The Dixon Jones co-founder marvels at a building which draws comparisons with the Bauhaus

Bristol Life Sceinces

Bristol Life Sciences: Split personality

Sheppard Robson’s Bristol Life Sciences building comprises a sober street facade that apes Georgian townhouse vernacular; and a dramatic, industrial laboratory elevation that ripples like a giant metallic wave. Ike Ijeh reports

Countryside: Safe from harm?

Wolfson Prize winner’s frustration at Garden City ‘impasse’

Urbed’s David Rudlin hits out at councils’ response to his winning idea

House on a Hillside, Wyhlen by Gian Salis

House on a Hillside, Wyhlen by Gian Salis

Hugh Strange explores how architect Gian Salis not only navigated his way around a building on a steep incline, but made it a complementing feature of this concrete-framed house

Brighton College

Victorian tower extension, Brighton College by Richard Griffiths Architects

Landmark ‘stump’ reaches its intended height - more than a century after it was completed

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