Amanda Birch's articles

  • Futurehome passivhaus street context
    Technical

    Technical Study: Futurehome Passivhaus, South Gardens, London

    2017-12-13T07:00:00Z

    Maccreanor Lavington has pushed the boundaries of Passivhaus design by including bay windows on a scheme at Elephant Castle

  • Maggies Centre Oldham
    Technical

    Technical study: Maggie's Oldham

    2017-06-26T08:00:00Z

    dRMM’s centre for the cancer care charity hovers above its landscaped garden like a giant treehouse – and represents the practice’s most ambitious use yet of cross-laminated timber.

  • Garden Halls
    Technical

    Technical study: Garden Halls, London

    2017-03-17T08:00:00Z

    TP Bennett and Maccreanor Lavington’s elegant stepped facades in the heart of Bloomsbury show how off-site methods can help student accommodation to raise its game. Amanda Birch reports

  • Aerial view of 22 Bishopsgate
    Features

    Wellbeing: 22 Bishopsgate, London

    2017-03-10T06:00:00Z

    The team behind the City of London’s latest tower is putting employee health and happiness at the top of the design agenda, with health-food bars, meditation areas and even forest bathing all part of the mix. Amanda Birch reports on the UK’s first major WELL-certified new-build project

  • Citizen M Tower of London axometric diagram
    Technical

    Manufacturing the future

    2016-11-21T07:00:00Z

    Architects shouldn’t be frightened off by Mark Farmer’s calls for modern methods of construction - they should see it a new opportunity for creativity

  • 771_Goede_Doelen_Loterijen_N197
    Technical

    Goede Doelen Loterijen by Benthem Crouwel Architects

    2016-10-14T09:52:00Z

    Once completed, the new home of the biggest lottery charity in the Netherlands will be the first refurbished office building in Amsterdam to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding

  • The Smile
    Technical

    Is hardwood the future of timber construction?

    2016-09-16T07:00:00Z

    As Alison Brooks Architects’ gravity-defying installation at the London Design Festival shows off the structural benefits of cross-laminated hardwood, Amanda Birch examines the growing uptake of CLT solutions

  • ThomsonAdsett concept home
    Technical

    Smart floors: Step-by-step care

    2016-08-19T07:00:00Z

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

  • British Airway i360
    Technical

    The i360 tower by Marks Barfield Architects

    2016-06-17T08:00:00Z

    The £46 milllion i360 tower in Brighton may claim accolades of being the tallest moving observation tower, the first vertical cable car and the world’s most slender tower, but the execution of its design and build is the real talking point

  • David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects
    Technical

    David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects

    2016-05-13T08:00:00Z

    Nicholas Hare Architects has preserved the integrity of the original Arup Associates brutalist Cambridge landmark while ensuring the radical remodelling works well for its new users. Becoming an exemplar of sustainability was something it took in its stride