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Temperate House, Kew, London, by Donald Insall Associates


The world’s largest Victorian greenhouse is about to emerge from an at times nerve-racking restoration

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“Inside this strict format, anything can happen”


Hugh Strange talks to Barcelona practice MAIO about the challenges of practising architecture in Spain

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Technical Study: 110 rooms, Barcelona, Spain

2018-01-30T07:00:00+00:00By Hugh Strange

MAIO creates flexibility and a Gaudíesque sense of playfulness within the rigid grid of a traditional Barcelona apartment block

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Technical Study: Futurehome Passivhaus, South Gardens, London

2017-12-13T07:00:00+00:00By Amanda Birch1 comments

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

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Technical Study: Melle Psychiatric Clinic, Belgium

2017-11-24T07:00:00+00:00By Hugh Strange1 comments

Architecten de vylder vinck taillieu has given new life to a partially demolished historic hospital building

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Technical Study: the Cambridge Mosque

2017-11-15T07:00:00+00:00By Thomas Lane

One of David Marks’ last projects is a contemplative Cambridge mosque with complex timber geometry

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Technical Study: Vitsoe factory, Leamington Spa

2017-10-26T06:00:00+01:00By 2 comments

The firm behind Dieter Rams’ 606 shelving system has created a temple to craftsmanship with its new HQ

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Technical Study: The Crow's Nest, Dorset

2017-09-18T09:30:00+01:00By Amanda Birch

AR Design Studio had an unusual brief - replace a holiday home destroyed by a landslip with a new building on the same high-risk site. Amanda Birch discovers how involving an engineer early on led to an innovative solution

Glazing fills the gap between the two roof structures

Technical Study: Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

2017-08-25T06:08:00+01:00By Thomas Lane1 comments

Heatherwick Studio’s shopping centre at King’s Cross links two former coal depots with a pair of extraordinary curving roofs. Thomas Lane finds out how – and why – they chose this approach

Floors are in polished concrete and ceiling and the tops of walls are clad in birch plywood

Technical study: Larkfield Road, Dublin

2017-07-24T08:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

Tom de Paor has created an expansive network of interconnected spaces next to an end-of-terrace property in south Dublin, writes Hugh Strange

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Technical study: Maggie's Oldham

2017-06-26T08:00:00+01:00By Amanda Birch1 comments

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.



AI: Are the machines coming for your job?


From drones that do site inspections, to exoskeletons that save construction workers from back injury, to algorithms that crunch building codes to churn out thousands of design variants, artificial intelligence is ushering in a fourth revolution in construction


The rebirth of the age of ornament


A Boston restoration project using advanced 3D-modelling and printing technologies could hold the key to a new age of decoration within contemporary design

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Carrowbreck Meadows, Norwich, by Hamson Barron Smith


Hamson Barron Smith has planted 14 Passivhaus homes in a woodland in Norfolk. Ike Ijeh explains why it could blossom into a scheme of nationwide significance

The former main pool hall has been restored into a soaring, multi-purpose space

Poplar Baths by Pringle Richards Sharratt


Poplar Baths in London’s East End is a historic example of state architecture used to improve public health. But to preserve this listed building, the project team had to demolish part of it and rebuild through a PPP agreement