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Horizontal lifts: A sideways move

25 November 2015

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

30 October 2015

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

19 October 2015

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

Market square

Landmark, Nieuw-Bergen, the Netherlands, by Monadnock

6 October 2015

Monadnock’s new landmark building, cast at the centre of a pedestrianised regeneration of Nieuw-Bergen, purposefully creates a focal point for the Dutch town, without reverting to civic or religious type

3d printed glass

3D-printed glass: Print me off another Shard

18 September 2015

Glass has resisted the technological advancements in 3D printing, but now a team from MIT has invented a technique for printing fully transparent glass. The breakthrough, says Ike Ijeh, could revolutionise the way we make windows, cladding and even full facade systems


What the Dutch can teach us about cladding

11 September 2015

Energiesprong, a Dutch government-supported super-insulation approach, is being transferred to the UK housing market. Could it offer an answer to the country’s environmental and fuel poverty issues?

Binningen Switzerland

Apartment building, Binningen, Switzerland by Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten

4 September 2015

In parallel with a delicate ordering of its interiors, the exterior focus of this two-storey apartment building on the outskirts of Basel, Switzerland is its complex and playful render facade, writes Hugh Strange

Students in classes at Gallaudet

How to design for people who hear with their eyes

3 September 2015

As a $60m international design competition is launched by Gallaudet, Washington’s specialist university for the deaf, its campus architect Hansel Bauman shares insights from a decade of research into DeafSpace design


Interior flooring with a local twist

21 August 2015

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


Puukuokka Housing, Jyväskylä, Finland, by Anssi Lassila

30 July 2015

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

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