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Oranjeboomstraat

Oranjeboomstraat, Rotterdam, by Hans van der Heijden

Hans van der Heijden’s housing scheme on the Oranjeboomstraat avenue in Rotterdam rekindles the tightly built, historic parcelling of the Feijenoord district, while bringing a new typology to the area

Hans van der Heijden

Interview: Hans van der Heijden

Fresh from his Oranjeboomstraat housing scheme, architect Hans van der Heijden discusses with Hugh Strange his relationship with Dutch architectural culture and bringing traditional style to a modern market

Biot A Lab

Reinventing the green wall

A new bio-receptive concrete panelling system could mean urban green walls that don’t need expensive maintenance and provide a better environment for plants too

The roof meets the plinth structure behind the diving platforms.

London 2012 Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

The smoothly undulating surface of Zaha Hadid’s stingray-like Aquatics Centre belies its structural complexity. But does the last Olympic Venue to arrive at the party live up to its promise? BD’s then architecture critic Oliver Wainwright went along to have a look.

Boathouse

Boathouse 4, Portsmouth, by Walters & Cohen

Formerly a boat-building shed in Portsmouth’s naval dockyards, Boathouse 4 has been transformed by Walters & Cohen into a teaching workshop that doubles up as a live exhibition

Hiscox Building in York

Hiscox building, York, by Make Architects

This triumphant fusion of heritage and modernity has at its heart a spectacular foyer of swirling concrete staircases and balconies - oh, and a rocket from the former Soviet arsenal. Ike Ijeh reports

Dudley Zoo in the Black Country - Lubetkin and Tecton's bear ravine

Biggest garden city set for Black Country brownfield land

West Midlands architecture centre behind plan for 45,000 homes across 30 sites

Blavatnik

Blavatnik School of Government, by Herzog & de Meuron

This departmental building for the University of Oxford entwines concepts of government and architecture and holds its own against the city’s historic fabric, says Ike Ijeh

holycross

Holy Cross School by Cullinan Studio

Cullinan Studio’s prefabricated school in Swindon extracts spatial and architectural delight from a lean, compact template and answers today’s challenge of how we can build more schools for less money, while maintaining design quality. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Ruskin

Ruskin School of Fine Art, by Spratley Studios

Contrasting with its cool, minimalist interiors, this Oxford university arts space relies on an innovative smart glass window to connect with its residential surroundings. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Crouch end picture house

Crouch End Picture House, by Panter Hudspith

Having given new life to a nondescript 1950s building, this £4.5m north London picture house is setting new standards for sustainable cinema design

Forvik

Forvik ferry terminal, by Manthey Kula

Manthey Kula’s repositioned ferry terminal building in Forvik caters for the influx of visitors to the Norwegian village, while boasting an emphatic character that keeps it visually connected to its predecessor

Woo

The Woo Building, Battersea, by Haworth Tompkins

The second half of two interconnected buildings designed for the Royal College of Art, the Woo Building in Battersea shares a visual duality with its counterpart The Dyson, while remaining ruggedly distinct

lift

Horizontal lifts: A sideways move

ThyssenKrupp has come up with a lift that not only functions without cables but is also able to move horizontally as well as vertically. So what, asks Ike Ijeh, might this mean for the future of building design?

Christ Church Spitalfields - Joost de Boer preparing an original pipe of 1735 for reinstallation in the case front

1735 organ, Christ Church Spitalfields, by Dow Jones Architects

Following completion of the building renovation works at the Hawksmoor gem in 2004, its organ remained unrestored. Determined teamwork has now led to the renovation and reinstallation of the instrument to its former glory

Here East Gantry

Here East, Hackney Wick, by Hawkins Brown

The former media hub of the London 2012 Olympic Games is presently the focus of a £100m redevelopment and soon to be a creative hub – in what its developers hope is the start of a wider regeneration in the east London region

Industry is working to ensure Green Deal qualifi cations and accreditation procedures are in place to protect consumers

Lords reopen the door to zero carbon homes

Industry ‘hopeful’ that peers’ rebellion could put sustainable homes back on statute books

Sainsbury's, Greenwich

Demolition starts at prize-winning Greenwich store

Chetwoods’ Sainsbury’s to be replaced with IKEA building

Maggies Centre, Kirkcaldy

Maggie's Centre, Kirkcaldy by Zaha Hadid

In 2006, Zaha Hadid’s first UK building opened. It was a Maggie’s cancer care centre in the grounds of a Kirkcaldy hospital and BD’s then architecture critic Ellis Woodman found that it took excellent advantage of a quirky site to create architecture of a very high order. This is what he wrote

A 100m race track cuts across the plan linking the two site entrances.

Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton, by Zaha Hadid Architects

The aggressive swagger of Zaha Hadid’s Evelyn Grace Academy reflects the hard-edged dynamism found within the school itself

Virtual reality headset

Virtual reality: A whole new world

Convincing virtual reality used to be the stuff of science fiction but now the technology is catching up. With Oculus Rift and PlayStation releasing home devices, VR is finally going mainstream. Could it be a useful tool for architects?

Sculptor

Sculpture workshop by Gijs De Cock, Freek Dendooven and Peter Van Gelder

A trio of young Belgian architects has designed work and living spaces for a local sculptor in Mariakerke, East Flanders, which share a design flow and innovative material palette. Hugh Strange reports

Arup

Technical: Seeing the light

Research has shown the effects that the brightness and colour of indoor lighting can have on personal wellbeing and performance, which could impact on the way interior architects are expected to approach new designs. Amanda Birch reports

Maagdentoren

Maagdentoren, Zichem, by De Smet Vermeulen and Studio Roma

Following a collapse in 2006, this 14th-century tower in the Belgian town of Zichem has been restored to designs by De Smet Vermeulen and Studio Roma. Hugh Strange reports

Frampton Park Baptist Church

Frampton Park Baptist Church, Hackney, by Matthew Lloyd Architects

A Baptist church in Hackney, east London, has broken with the archetypes of church design to place community facilities, a cafe, creche and offices at the congregational heart of the building – prayers go on up on the third floor

Clare Bowman, Broadway Malyan sustainability leader

Whatever the politicians decide in Paris, industry's resolve must not falter

Construction accounts for half of global energy and water consumption - but is also best-placed to make the economic case for sound environmental practices, says Clare Bowman

Paris

Built environment on climate talks agenda

RIBA-backed manifesto presented in Paris

Jane Duncan

Design is critical to chancellor's pledges, warns Duncan

New homes, schools and infrastructure must have design at their heart, says RIBA president

The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

University of Sussex arts centre by RH Partnership

The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue

Architype and Jon Broome Architects - RUSS self-build project in Lewisham - image shows control scheme before community design process

Architype and Jon Broome land Segal-style housing project

Community land trust beats housing association to develop Lewisham site