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Interior flooring with a local twist

Amanda Birch’s study of three distinct examples of interior flooring examines work in London, Zanzibar and India by Amanda Levete, Jestico & Whiles and Project Orange

Dokk1

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Based at the heart of a regeneration of Denmark’s second city Aarhus, Dokk1 library rejects tradition for innovative design that borders on science fiction. But is this the library of the future?

York Art Gallery: The original building features a grand Victorian facade

York Art Gallery by Ushida Findlay and Simpson & Brown

Architects working on the £8m refurbishment of York Art Gallery have peeled away decades of callously inappropriate interventions to unlock a wonderland of architectural secrets

Julie Hirigoyen

Government axes Green Deal finance

Deal dead in water, says UK Green Building Council

George Osborne

Architects criticise government's zero carbon u-turn

Rab Bennetts and Jim Eyre among signatories of industry’s letter to chancellor

Woodspeen 10

The Woodspeen, West Berkshire by Softroom

The extension to this 1827 Victorian pub relies on natural materials, including its distinctive thatched roof, to complement the original building, despite its noteworthy design

Bradbury Place, Andover, Hampshire

Housing design awards: The winners

This year’s Housing Design Awards show that the sector’s return to strength has brought with it bold and experimental design, with council housing and housing for older people in particular taking some unexpected forms

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

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

Puukuokka

Puukuokka Housing, Jyväskylä, Finland, by Anssi Lassila

The first building to be completed in Anssi Lassila’s three-block development in Jyväskylä may now be the tallest apartment tower in Finland, but it’s the building’s innovative construction system that’s the real talking point, writes Hugh Strange

Salisbury Cathedral

Ken Shuttleworth's inspiration: Salisbury Cathedral

The founder of Make on a building with more lessons for him than any from the 20th century

Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge contest - Bystrup with Robin Snell

Shortlisted designs for Pimlico bridge go on show

Amanda Levete, Hopkins, Marks Barfield, Bystrup and Robin Snell hope for public backing

Mole's Cambridge co-housing project

Mole designs Cambridge's first co-housing

Architect working with Swedish off-site housing manufacturer

Feilden and Mawson - Parliamentary education centre

Feilden & Mawson’s Parliamentary Education Centre opens

Schools building opens after 10 years - and possibly for 10 years

Tom Bloxham

Robin Hood Gardens easier to redevelop than Park Hill, says Urban Splash founder

‘Just because it’s old, tired and unpopular doesn’t make a good reason to demolish it’

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