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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

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

Churchill College, Cambridge

Technical study: Churchill College, University of Cambridge

6a Architects’ new timber-clad student court is a clever inversion of the original brutalist college, writes Hugh Strange

The Bartlett by Hawkins Brown

The Bartlett School of Architecture, by Hawkins Brown

Loved and loathed by its users, renewing the Bartlett School of Architecture’s home was always going to be a sensitive project. Joe Morris returns to his alma mater to assess the transformation of Wates House into 22 Gordon Street

Citizen M Tower of London axometric diagram

Manufacturing the future

Architects shouldn’t be frightened off by Mark Farmer’s calls for modern methods of construction - they should see it a new opportunity for creativity

A deep canopy and colonnade are wrapped around the new museum

Voorlinden museum by Kraaijvanger Architects

The Voorlinden museum in Holland wanted naturally lit gallery spaces full of light. But how to do that while protecting the superlative art collection on display? Arup came up with a highly imaginative solution. Ike Ijeh reports

Exposed concrete columns

Herdernstrasse apartments, Zurich

Lütjens Padmanabhan tackles a complex urban condition with a residential block that embraces modern and classical influences, writes Hugh Strange

The former main pool hall has been restored into a soaring, multi-purpose space

Poplar Baths by Pringle Richards Sharratt

Poplar Baths in London’s East End is a historic example of state architecture used to improve public health. But to preserve this listed building, the project team had to demolish part of it and rebuild through a PPP agreement

Sheppard Robson

New Science Building by Sheppard Robson

Laboratories are most often architecturally dull affairs but not Sheppard Robson’s New Science Building

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

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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

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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

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg by Herzog & de Meuron

Hamburg wanted the Elbphilharmonie to be an instantly discernible architectural symbol to lift the city’s prestige but got a faceless glass block sitting on top of a brick one. Yet in its theatrically wavy rooftop, Herzog & de Meuron has brilliantly conjured up an emblematic national icon - just don’t ask how much it cost. By Ike Ijeh

Holy Trinity Primary School, Dalston

Holy Trinity Primary School, London by Rock Townsend

A lack of space means that many new schools in London are built within residential schemes and lack a visual expression of their own

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Design Museum, London, by John Pawson, OMA and Allies and Morrison

The former Commonwealth Institute has been resurrected as London’s new Design Museum. But how do the new interventions match up to the original 1960s architecture and that memorable roof? Ike Ijeh finds out

Lock Keepers

Lock Keepers, London by Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison has updated the Victorian warehouse typology with an ingenious apartment block on an awkward canalside site in east London, writes Ike Ijeh

Victoria Gate

Victoria Gate by Acme

A modern city centre retail project in Leeds harks back to the city’s grand Victorian shopping arcades

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Goede Doelen Loterijen by Benthem Crouwel Architects

Once completed, the new home of the biggest lottery charity in the Netherlands will be the first refurbished office building in Amsterdam to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding