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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

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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

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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

ZHA Port House Antwerp

Antwerp Port House, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects’ spaceship-like extension over the Belgian port’s old fire station is, the practice claims, a response to the site’s context and history. Ike Ijeh is unconvinced

Studio Bark - model for Orchard House

Studio Bark wins planning for green belt eco house

Architect develops passive heating and cooling system

The new, brick-clad crematorium at  Stockholm’s Woodland cemetery, now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Interview: Johan Celsing

The architect behind the restoration of the Malmö chapels, talks about following in the footsteps of Sigurd Lewerentz and the importance of ‘robust’ architecture

ThomsonAdsett concept home

Smart floors: Step-by-step care

Sensor technology embedded in floors could be about to revolutionise patient monitoring in elderly care and dementia homes

Baylis old school

Baylis Old School, Lambeth by Conran & Partners

While many brutalist schools are being knocked down, one in south London is making a virtue of its architectural heritage and being converted into housing. Photographs by Edmund Sumner

The Phase 2 building is clad in copper panels, which project outwards like a ship’s prow

Young Street Campus, Cambridge by Richard Murphy Architects

The architect has skilfully integrated Anglia Ruskin University’s new nursing and music therapy campus into a close-knit network of Cambridge terraces, writes Ike Ijeh

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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

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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

The Smile

Is hardwood the future of timber construction?

As Alison Brooks Architects’ gravity-defying installation at the London Design Festival shows off the structural benefits of cross-laminated hardwood, Amanda Birch examines the growing uptake of CLT solutions

Eastern cemetry, Malmo

Eastern Cemetery, Malmö, by Johan Celsing

Modernist architect Sigurd Lewerentz worked on the Swedish city’s cemetery for more than half a century. Now Johan Celsing has meticulously restored the canopies to two of its chapels

Ash Sakula zero carbon terrace

Architects could cash in over new zero-carbon rules

Oblivious developers ‘will need specialist help to avoid London offsetting fees’

GE building

Gensler submits sustainable HQ to Boston planners

Project for General Electric to include solar panels that can be replaced as technology improves

Hawkins Brown - conversion of Elliott School into Ark Putney Academy

Ark Putney Academy, London, by Hawkins Brown

Elliott School was one of LCC’s finest post-war comprehensives, but had its fair share of problems. When an ambitious redevelopment was announced, former pupils led a mutiny to save the buildings they loved. Five years later Chloe McCulloch returns to assess the results