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Picture Palace, Galway, Ireland by dePaor Architects

In the heart of Galway, architect Tom dePaor has transformed a once-Georgian merchant’s house into a monolithic, concrete-clad, 276-seater independent cinema. But one that still hints at the city’s roots, writes Hugh Strange

The National Theatre’s entrance has been recongfigued with additional glazing and stronger reference to Lasdun’s original design.

National Theatre redevelopment by Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins’ £80m redevelopment of the National Theatre - a traditionally uncompromising building - is its biggest reworking since Denys Lasdun’s original design

Massing options for the East India Dock residential project in Tower Hamlets

BIM: Early adopters

Ramboll has developed an early stage modelling process that combines the qualitative capabilities of parametric design with BIM’s algorithmic, analytical strengths. Ike Ijeh wonders where this leaves designers

The ‘floating’ bookstack structure is suspended over the new entrance hall

Bodleian library: The new edition

As custodian of millions of precious books and manuscripts, Oxford’s Bodleian library needed a much bigger - and safer - building to house its collection. With the new Weston Library, Ike Ijeh discovers Wilkinson Eyre provided this and much more

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

COD____Alamy

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

The new building uses traditional materials to provide a link with its historic neighbours but is clearly a modern intervention.

Mansfield College East Range building, by Rick Mather Architects

This modest two-storey building involves a high level of technical complexity to work round a grade II* listed building and a tricky site in the centre of Oxford

Eames House

Chris Williamson's Inspiration: Eames House, Los Angeles, California

Weston Williamson founding partner Chris Williamson on the building that has everything

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

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