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.
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?
A technical look at Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk’s Concrete House
A new sports hall by Belgian architect URA
This mixed-use, seven-storey building is located adjacent to the Whitmore Bridge, over Regent’s Canal
Timber cladding contributes to the low energy footprint of a German hotel and housing development
This highly visable energy-from-waste plant in Jersey has its structure on the outside
East London firm designs structure for drinks brand
The cladding concept of Sergison Bates’ and Jean-Paul Jaccaud’s Geneva housing and creche building
The brass cladding of John Lyall Architects’ studios for the Goldsmiths Company in Clerkenwell gives a hint towards the work going on inside.
A technical look at the distinctive facade Mecanoo designed for the new Birmingham Library.
Niall McLaughlin’s new student accommodation in Oxford makes use of prefabrication in its mainly brick and timber facade.
David Chipperfield Architects was brought in at short notice to work on the Kaufhaus Tyrol retail complex in the heart of Innsbruck’s historic centre. The result is a subtle design that lives harmoniously with its ornate setting.
Contrasting external elements for residential and retail spaces merge seamlessly on the interior of this mixed-use Munich building
Temporary building is clad with agricultural fabric on a simple scaffolding structure
Black aluminium roof caps off Scottish holiday home’s simple forms
White buildings covered in coloured dots in south-east London are in fact cleverly designed temporary structures for the Games
Serie has reinvented the classical architectural hierarchy on a structure inspiried by the Victorian bandstand
Collective Architecture’s sculptural facade takes inspiration from Scotland’s steelworks
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.
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.
Architects’ obsession with glazed facades is coming to an end and the future of buildings will look very different, says Arup’s Mikkel Kragh.
Sliding fabric screens were chosen to clad this temporary venue for the Garsington Opera Company in Buckinghamshire.
Brick is used to clad a new sixth-form centre and assembly hall for Brentwood School in Essex.