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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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?
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.