Building Studies

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  • Postal museum courtyard
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    The Postal Museum by Feilden Clegg Bradley


    Feilden Clegg Bradley’s quiet restoration and intelligent extension of a former post office at London’s gargantuan Mount Pleasant sorting office betrays little of the astonishing visitor attraction below

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    Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Oxford by Níall McLaughlin Architects


    At Worcester College, Oxford, Níall McLaughlin Architects has created an elegant building that manages to be both proudly contemporary and almost classically formal while moulding into the landscape. Ike Ijeh finds out how the architect managed it

  • The Sackler Courtyard
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    V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, London by AL_A


    Amanda Levete’s £48m expansion of London’s V A connects the museum with the public realm through a superb porcelain-paved courtyard. But it’s the sheer immersive power of its vast subterranean exhibition hall that will make visitors stand and gawp

  • The bridge between the main extension and the existing gallery spans a new pedestrian route
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    Musee D’Arts, Nantes by Stanton Williams


    Stanton Williams set out to reinvent the Breton city’s beaux-art palais as an open, welcoming institution while complementing the spectacular (not to say elitist) architecture. It’s a neat trick to pull off. Ike Ijeh finds out if it succeeded

  • Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré
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    The verdict: Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion


    This simple structure is laced with countless stories of inclusivity which speak to a London in grief, finds Ike Ijeh

  • 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

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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

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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

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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