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CEIP 215 school

CEIP 215 school, Girona, Spain by H Arquitectes

This refurbishment of a 1980s school in the small Catalonian village of Vidreres prioritises durable, low-cost construction while instilling a greater sense of space that values daylighting and a stronger relationship with the outdoors

St Mary of Eton

St Mary of Eton, Hackney Wick by Matthew Lloyd Architects

With its ancillary buildings converted into new flats, the main building of this 1892 Hackney Wick church has been refurbished and retained as a place of worship - creating a unique ecclesiastical blend for new residents

additive manufacturing

Could you 3D print your building components?

New developments in additive manufacturing are being used to make real building components that are lighter, more cost effective and structurally just as strong as their counterparts, but use 75% less material

H71a

H71a, Reykjavík, Iceland

Studio Granda replaced a dilapidated structure with an extension to the studio of Icelandic photographer Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson. The project utilised several long-standing collaborative relationships, not least that between architect and client, writes Hugh Strange

Enterprise Centre

Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia by Architype

The £11.6m Enterprise Centre in Norfolk is one of the most innovative green buildings in the UK. But for its prefabricated cladding, it relies on the region’s most traditional building method

A double height atrium has been carved out of the building to create a sense of drama and maximise natural lighting.

Institution of Structural Engineering by Hugh Broughton Architects

Hugh Broughton and Expedition Engineering have turned an awkwardly shaped existing office building in Clerkenwell into a showcase of structural innovation

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

Mcgrath Road by Peter Barber Architects - sketch

First Look: McGrath Road by Peter Barber Architects

London council project reinvents back-to-back housing

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London Business School by Sheppard Robson

Sheppard Robson’s partial conversion of the Westminster Register Office complex includes a glazed link building for the entrance

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux by Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron’s new sports stadium in Bordeaux is part of the wider regeneration of the area and taps into the classic French idea of the ‘grand projet’. But is it great architecture? Ike Ijeh takes a tour with Pierre de Meuron

Igualada Cemetery

Duggan Morris' inspiration: Igualada Cemetery

Joe Morris and Mary Duggan, founding partners of Duggan Morris, on a cemetery like no other

Galway

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 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