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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.

Stanbrook Abbey, York - by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

RIBA national winners announced

Starting gun fired for the Stirling Prize

Redefining Sustainability

Ecobuild challenges industry to redefine sustainability

The Ecobuild team launches its #SustainabilityIs campaign focusing on the business case for sustainable construction

Serpentine Pavilion 2016

The verdict: Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion - and four summer houses

After 15 years the Serpentine has added four summer houses to its series of single pavilions. Is it enough to revive an ageing format? Ike Ijeh is in no doubt

Tate Modern extension, London, by Herzog and de Meuron

Tate Modern extension, London, by Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog and de Meuron’s much-delayed extension of the Tate Modern saw the architect handed the rare opportunity of returning to a project having worked on the original

David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

Nicholas Hare Architects has preserved the integrity of the original Arup Associates brutalist Cambridge landmark while ensuring the radical remodelling works well for its new users. Becoming an exemplar of sustainability was something it took in its stride

Lyndhurst School, London, by Cottrell and Vermeulen

Lyndhurst School, London, by Cottrell and Vermeulen

Cottrell and Vermeulen’s third school for the London Borough of Southwark proves that intelligent design can be achieved via government school building programmes, and without reverting to cookie-cutter tropes. Ike Ijeh reports

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

Scroope Terrace extension

Alastair Hall's inspiration: Scroope Terrace extension, Department of Architecture, Cambridge

Alastair Hall recalls how Colin St John’s extension to the University of Cambridge’s architecture department felt more connected to history than the original building

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

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

ecobuild 2017 logo

Ecobuild launches with sustainability roundtables

First discussion will be chaired by UK-GBC chief executive Julie Hirigoyen this month

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Holland Green, London, by OMA + Allies & Morrison

OMA’s first UK residential project has been designed with Allies & Morrison and is arranged around Holland Park’s former Commonwealth Institute, soon to be the new home of the Design Museum. It interacts smoothly with the local context, but does it play things too safe? Ike Ijeh reports

Ecotricity stadium competition - Richard Kroeker

Zaha Hadid shortlisted for £100m stadium by £1m club

International shortlist for Forest Green Rovers eco-park

At 284m the Westonbirt Treetop Walkway is the longest in the UK

Treetop walkway, Westonbirt, by Glenn Howells Architects

This aerial footpath snakes its way through the forest at Westonbirt Arboretum in the Cotswolds using form, structure and materials to lift visitors to a heightened communion with nature. Ike Ijeh takes a walk on the wild side

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

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

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

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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