Sunday20 August 2017


ThomsonAdsett concept home

Smart floors: Step-by-step care

19 August 2016

Sensor technology embedded in floors could be about to revolutionise patient monitoring in elderly care and dementia homes

Biot A Lab

Reinventing the green wall

15 April 2016

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

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

JTI Building

Cladding SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

23 October 2014

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements. Ike Ijeh finds out more

South Bank Tower

South Bank Tower: Going through the roof

16 September 2014

Faced with the task of adding an extra 11 storeys to its structure, the engineering team working on London’s South Bank Tower has found an innovative way to extend its height without the need for additional foundations or a dramatic redesign. Ike Ijeh takes a look.

Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk's Concrete House, Stange, Norway

Concrete House in Stange, Norway, by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

22 April 2014

A technical look at Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk’s Concrete House

KAU gymnasium, Brussels

KAU school gymnasium, Brussels by URA

13 March 2014

A new sports hall by Belgian architect URA

Whitmore Road mixed-use scheme

Whitmore Road by Waugh Thistleton Architects

25 February 2014

This mixed-use, seven-storey building is located adjacent to the Whitmore Bridge, over Regent’s Canal

Stadthaus M1 housing and Green City Hotel, Freiburg, Germany, by Barkow Leibinger

Stadthaus M1 housing and Green City Hotel by Barkow Leibinger

14 January 2014

Timber cladding contributes to the low energy footprint of a German hotel and housing development

La Collette energy plant

La Collette energy plant by Hopkins Architects

18 July 2012

This highly visable energy-from-waste plant in Jersey has its structure on the outside

Coca-Cola Beatbox pavilion

Coca-Cola Beatbox Olympic pavilion by Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt

16 July 2012

East London firm designs structure for drinks brand

Elevation to Rue du Cendrier.

Constructing a precast load-bearing facade

11 January 2012

The cladding concept of Sergison Bates’ and Jean-Paul Jaccaud’s Geneva housing and creche building

Goldsmiths' Centre elevation

Goldsmiths' Centre by John Lyall Architects

11 July 2011

The brass cladding of John Lyall Architects’ studios for the Goldsmiths Company in Clerkenwell gives a hint towards the work going on inside.

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

23 April 2015

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

Singapore National Stadium

What Singapore's national stadium can teach the Qatar World Cup

24 September 2014

The vast steel dome on Arup Associates’ Singapore National Stadium is impressive. But Ike Ijeh discovers that its pioneering cooling system might just come to the rescue of the 2022 Qatar World Cup

London sunset

How to be cool: Tackling overheating in UK homes

29 April 2014

Overheating in homes is set to become an increasingly urgent issue, especially in the capital, as global temperatures rise. With energy legislation demanding that buildings become ever more airtight, what is the best way for designers to respond?

Joseph Pschorr Haus building, Munich, by Kuehn Malvezzi

Joseph Pschorr Haus by Kuehn Malvezzi Architects

27 March 2014

Contrasting external elements for residential and retail spaces merge seamlessly on the interior of this mixed-use Munich building

Kineforum Misbar open-air cinema, Jakarta

Kineforum Misbar open-air cinema, Jakarta

11 March 2014

Temporary building is clad with agricultural fabric on a simple scaffolding structure

The cluster of buildings has views over Dunvegan bay.

Colbost house, Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects

11 February 2014

Black aluminium roof caps off Scottish holiday home’s simple forms

Magma Architecture's Olympic shooting venue

Magma’s London 2012 Olympic shooting venue

23 July 2012

White buildings covered in coloured dots in south-east London are in fact cleverly designed temporary structures for the Games

Serie Architects

BMW Group Olympic pavilion by Serie Architects

17 July 2012

Serie has reinvented the classical architectural hierarchy on a structure inspiried by the Victorian bandstand

Centrepoint Community Hub by Collective Architecture

Community hub's concrete cladding echoes industrial past

21 June 2012

Collective Architecture’s sculptural facade takes inspiration from Scotland’s steelworks


Cladding the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, by Hat Projects

12 July 2011

Every one of the 8,000 tiles used to clad Hat Projects’ Jerwood Gallery on Hastings beach has been glazed by hand to produce a dramatic effect.

Bermondsey Island cladding

Bermondsey Island housing by Urban Salon

11 July 2011

By adopting two contrasting facade treatments, Urban Salon’s Bermondsey Island housing deftly negotiates the conflicting demands of noisy roads, sustainability requirements and a sensitive historic site.

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