Building Studies

  • La Seine Musicale
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    La Seine Musicale, Paris, by Shigeru Ban


    The second concert hall to be completed in the French capital within three years is a showcase to innovation and style. Ike Ijeh admires the distinctive features of this venue, which was designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

  • Storyhouse
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    The Storyhouse, Chester by Bennetts Associates


    The Storyhouse in Chester is a daring construction of opposites, with a theatre, cinema and library brought together in a space that combines new-build and the spirit of the orginal 1930s picture house. Ike Ijeh reports on how the building energetically opens up storytelling to the local community

  • Berlin concert hall
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    Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin by Gehry Partners


    Frank Gehry’s £28.5m Berlin concert hall is an unusual building for this celebrated creator of the unusual. Ike Ijeh finds that through its sharp contradictions of age, shape and material, it achieves a kind of peace

  • Warwick Hall
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    Warwick Hall, Burford by Acanthus Clews Architects


    Building anything new in a Cotswold village is hard enough, but when it’s next door to one of the nation’s best-loved churches, you know you’ve got your work cut out. Ike Ijeh admires a deft piece of architectural reinterpretation by Acanthus Clews Architects

  • Entrance
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    Bush Theatre, London by Haworth Tompkins


    In its renovation of west London’s Bush Theatre, Haworth Tompkins was asked to make the building and the theatre it contains accessible and approachable to all the local community. The result, says Ike Ijeh, is full of twists and turns

  • Precast concrete frame
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    City Campus, Glasgow by Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects


    Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects’ last project for City of Glasgow College nearly ran off with the Stirling Prize. Would the same team be able to repeat the trick at the college’s massive new campus? Ike Ijeh finds out

  • L2
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    The Loom, London by Duggan Morris


    Duggan Morris has respun a former east London wool warehouse as a 21st-century office through an elegant balance of intervention and restoration. Ike Ijeh reports

  • Street detail
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    Live Works, Newcastle by Flanagan Lawrence


    Live Theatre has ventured into the high-stakes world of property development to enable it to plough the profits back into making plays. Ike Ijeh takes a look around Live Works, the theatre’s £10m office project, to see how the building fits into Newcastle’s historic Quayside

  • OMA Caen library
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    Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, Caen by OMA


    With its regular glazed facades and cruciform shape, the northern French city’s new library  is surprisingly understated for an OMA project. But as you would expect from the Dutch practice, there are some clever architectural manoeuvres at play – as Ike Ijeh finds out

  • Hamburg Elbphilharmonie
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    Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg by Herzog & de Meuron


    Hamburg wanted the Elbphilharmonie to be an instantly discernible architectural symbol to lift the city’s prestige but got a faceless glass block sitting on top of a brick one. Yet in its theatrically wavy rooftop, Herzog de Meuron has brilliantly conjured up an emblematic national icon -