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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

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

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

One Carter Lane

Wellbeing registration: Europe's first project

There is now an international standard for measuring how a building impacts on its users’ health and wellbeing. Ike Ijeh looks at how Studio Ben Allen Architects’ One Carter Lane became the first European project to receive the accreditation

Hawkins Brown - conversion of Elliott School into Ark Putney Academy

Hawkins Brown completes refurbishment of listed LCC school

Energy bills drop by three-quarters, says architect

Knut Hjeltnes

Interview: Knut Hjeltnes

Following the success of his House Bøe Møller in Oslo, architect Knut Hjeltnes discusses his architectural position on creating houses that are materially rich but that always keep the focus on the occupant

50 Architects 50 Buildings

Book review and competition: 50 Architects 50 Buildings - The buildings that inspire architects

BD’s long-running Architects’ Inspirations series is one of the magazine’s best-loved features. Now the twentieth-century buildings have been brought together for the first time in a new book. Paul McGrath takes a look.

British Airway i360

The i360 tower by Marks Barfield Architects

The £46 milllion i360 tower in Brighton may claim accolades of being the tallest moving observation tower, the first vertical cable car and the world’s most slender tower, but the execution of its design and build is the real talking point


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


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

Senate House

Senate House north block by Mace and Rock Townsend

A Mace-led team has turned the north end of Senate House into a light-filled learning space and glazed courtyard for the School of Oriental and African Studies

Knut Hjeltnes

House Bøe Møller, Norway, by Knut Hjeltnes Arkitekter

Knut Hjeltnes’ single-storey house in Oslo, Norway, continues the architect’s experimentation with materials and succeeds in creating spatial variety despite its simple plan

Renzo Piano's New Cultural Center in Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens, by Renzo Piano

Greece’s most significant cultural project in more than a decade - housing the National Opera House and National Library - is impressive in scale. But do all the elements live up to its immense ambition?

Stanbrook Abbey, York - by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

RIBA national winners announced

Starting gun fired for the Stirling Prize