Vibrant street furniture creates sociable square in south London

Central Saint Martins graduates Fiona Hartley and Ellie Fox Johnson have introduced blocky, brightly-hued outdoor furnishings to a public square in Croydon to foster interaction among locals. The project titled College Square, was developed by Hartley and Johnson while completing the final year of their architecture degrees at Central Saint Martins (CSM), during their Spatial Practices

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Bennetts and AHMM design Facebook’s new London headquarters

Bennetts Associates and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris are both designing buildings in London’s King’s Cross to house the offices of tech giant Facebook. The new Facebook headquarters will be spread across three buildings: 11 and 21 Canal Reach designed by Bennetts Associates, and P2 on Lewis Cubitt Square by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM). Combined the three offices will have

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Shipping container converted into porters’ lodge for Cambridge University college

Cambridge University college Hughes Hall has a new reception building – a converted shipping container designed by local studio Neubau. Neubau designed the structure to function as a porters’ lodge for Hughes Hall, providing a reception for visitors, an office for porters and pigeonholes for students. Before now, it was the only college at the English

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RIBA Stirling Prize 2018 shortlist announced

A Jewish cemetery, the new Tate St Ives, and Foster + Partners headquarters for Bloomberg are on the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize. The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the finalists competing for the annual prize, which recognises the building judged to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture each year.

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Denizen Works designs “abstracted tree” viewing tower for Scottish botanical gardens

London-based architects Denizen Works has submitted planning for a observation tower containing a vertical gallery and bird hide at Inverewe Garden in Scotland. The design has been created in response to an open brief set for Denizen Works by the garden’s owners – the National Trust for Scotland – to create a viewing tower to draw more

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Colourful water-tank pavilion built by Studio Weave beside River Thames

A garden within a water tank is raised up on colourful geometric columns to form this pavilion, built by Studio Weave alongside the new US embassy in Nine Elms, London. London-based Studio Weave designed the Thames Walk Pavilion to sit beside the River Thames. Set on a small square, the pavilion provides seating and shelter for those using the

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Foster + Partners works with RIBA to launch UK’s first architecture apprenticeships

Architecture apprenticeships will be made available to UK students for the first time this year, thanks to an initiative from the RIBA and a group of architecture practices led by Foster + Partners. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) worked with a “trailblazer group” of 20 British studios to develop the apprenticeships, which offer a new route to

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Baxendale’s Venice outdoor playground made permanent for length of biennale

A colourful interactive frame that Baxendale created as part of Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 has been saved from being dismantled. Originally due to be taken down at the end of June – as the Scottish budget didn’t cover renting the space at Palazzo Zenobio for the entire length of the biennale

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“Designing and writing about a building are very different processes of thought”

The Venice Biennale manifesto of Grafton Architects is proof that vapid commentary can diminish great architecture, says Owen Hatherley. “Freespace focuses on architecture’s ability to provide free and additional spatial gifts to those who use it and on its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers,” reads the manifesto of Venice Architecture Biennale curators Yvonne Farrell

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Sheppard Robson designs barn-style extension for Edinburgh horse hospital

Four-legged patients should feel at home at Edinburgh’s new equine care unit, designed by Sheppard Robson as a modern take on traditional farm architecture. The London-based architecture firm built the £3.3 million extension for The Royal (Dick) Vet Equine Hospital on the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus. The new Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit houses

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Alireza Taghaboni wins first Royal Academy Dorfman Award for promising architects

The Royal Academy of Arts has named Iranian architect Alireza Taghaboni as the winner of the inaugural Dorfman Award, set up to celebrate talent that “represents the future of architecture”. Taghaboni was selected by a jury including architects Richard Rogers and Louisa Hutton to win the £10,000 prize. The architect, founder of Tehran-based Next Office,

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Thomas Heatherwick’s vision for London’s Olympia revealed in new renderings

Visualisations have been released showing Thomas Heatherwick’s plans to transform the Olympia events centre in west London into a major hub for the creative industries. The £700 million project will see the 130-year-old exhibition venue completely overhauled, creating over 55,000 square metres of offices and studios for creative businesses, and more than 6,000 square metres

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Large openings connect grey-brick extension by Soup Architects with landscaped garden

This angular extension to a typical suburban house in the English town of Weybridge was designed by Soup Architects to make the most of the unusually shaped plot. Soup Architects, which has offices in London and on the island of Guernsey, was asked to propose a strategy for modernising and extending the existing 1920s three-bedroom

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Studio Mutt creates Ordnance Survey Pavilion from cartographic symbols

Icons from Britain’s historic Ordnance Survey maps are reinterpreted as colourful architectural elements in this pavilion designed by Studio Mutt for England’s Lake District National Park. The studio founded by Graham Burn, James Crawford and Alex Turner, developed the proposal in response to an open call organised by Lakes Culture, the body responsible for promoting

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Fumihiko Maki unveils Aga Khan Centre in London’s King’s Cross

Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki has completed an educational centre, with a series of roof spaces, terraces and courtyards that contain eight Islamic gardens, for the Aga Khan Foundation. The nine storey block, which stands next to a millennial-pink office designed by Duggan Morris, is the latest building to be completed as part of the development of King’s Cross, London. Containing

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Purcell refurbishes Bristol’s brutalist Clifton Cathedral

Bristol’s Grade II*-listed Clifton Cathedral has undergone a £3 million renovation, carried out by British architecture firm Purcell. The brutalist style Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul was designed by Ron Weeks of the Percy Thomas Partnership, with input from the Vatican, and completed in 1973. A congregation of up to 1,000

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Glasgow School of Art sprinkler system delivered day before fire

Pumps for a sprinkler system in the Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art arrived the day before fire destroyed the historic building. The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) has confirmed that the large devices required to operate the planned water mist system had been delivered before a huge fire ripped through the building. However, it

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Matheson Whiteley adds pared-back brick extension to Sebastian Wrong’s Victorian house

Matheson Whiteley has completed a simple brick extension to designer Sebastian Wrong’s east-London house, featuring a combination of traditional and contemporary details. The studio led by Donald Matheson and Jason Whiteley was tasked with designing an addition to the semi-detached Victorian townhouse that could accommodate a workshop on the ground floor with an en-suite bedroom

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RIBA names top 20 British homes for the House of the Year 2018 longlist

A home in an old gin distillery, a house that cost only £100,000, and a property inspired by a frustrating piano piece are among the 20 buildings vying be named RIBA House of the Year 2018. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released a longlist of 20 projects for the annual award, which recognises a

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“Glasgow School of Art simply cannot be razed”

Glasgow School of Art must be rebuilt, argues Mark Cousins, not just because it’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece, but because it’s an invaluable showcase for Scottish craft skills. The role of the architect is often overly romanticised in popular culture. Think Liam Neeson in Love Actually or Gary Cooper’s portrayal of Howard Roark in The Fountainhead. Roark exemplifies the

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Drone footage reveals damage to Glasgow School of Art as investigation into fire begins

The extent of damage to the Glasgow School of Art, following a devastating fire last week, has been revealed in drone footage of the wreckage. Glasgow School of Art released a video shot using a drone showing the damage to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building, after a visit to the site on Monday 18th June. The seminal building

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“Don’t create a sad replica of Glasgow School of Art”

Glasgow School of Art is gone, says Alan Dunlop, and to honour Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s legacy, we need to come up with new ideas for its replacement. In 2014, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art was assaulted by fire. The neighbourhood was evacuated, people watched in horror as flames engulfed the building. The damage was

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“We need to become better at explaining the power of architecture” says new AA director Eva Franch i Gilabert

Eva Franch i Gilabert takes up her role as the first female director of the crisis-hit Architectural Association in London next month. In this interview, she explains her vision for the influential school and her views on the problems facing architecture. The Catalan was elected as director of the Architectural Association (AA) in March this

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Rebuild of “irreparable” Glasgow School of Art estimated at over £100 million

Glasgow School of Art has been destroyed beyond repair, say experts, with the costs of rebuilding estimated at more than £100 million. The historic building, designed by Scottish architect Charle Rennie Mackintosh, suffered extensive damage from the fire that started on Friday, 15 June 2018. Glasgow-based architect Alan Dunlop, who visited the site over the

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DSDHA reveals renovation of the Smithsons-designed Economist Plaza

The brutalist complex designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, which was the offices of The Economist Magazine, has been refurbished by DSDHA. The London-based studio has completed the first stage of renovations at the Grade II*-listed Economist Plaza , adding a cafe on the ground floor and refurbishing six-storeys of the complex’s tallest tower. The Smithsons completed

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Brutalist Preston Bus Station refurbished by John Puttick Associates

John Puttick Associates has completed the renovation of the Grade II-listed Brutalist bus station in Preston, in the north of England. The architects have restored the interiors and updated the layout of the bus station, which was at one time scheduled for demolition. John Puttick Associates was only founded the year before it won the RIBA-organised open

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Serpentine Pavilion 2018 shows “what you can create with simple things” says Frida Escobedo

In this exclusive Dezeen movie, Mexican architect Frida Escobedo explains why she used stacks of roofing tiles to create this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. Escobedo’s pavilion, which was unveiled outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London, this week, is a secluded courtyard framed by latticed walls made from grey concrete roofing tiles. “We wanted to

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Boris Johnson backs £15 billion post-Brexit bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has given his support to another bridge project, this time spanning 14 miles of the Irish Sea. According to a report in the Telegraph, Johnson is “seriously” considering a bridge to link Scotland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, at an estimated cost of £15 billion. The idea garnered initially garnered media

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Scrapping plans for car-free Oxford Street is a “betrayal of Londoners” says city mayor

London mayor Sadiq Khan has denounced Westminster Council for blocking a proposal to pedestrianise Oxford Street. The local council has ruled out the possibility of transforming the major shopping thoroughfare into a traffic-free zone, citing a lack of community support. Khan, who pledged to deliver the project when he ran for office, has branded the decision as “a

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Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion revealed in photography by Ste Murray

This slideshow of images offers a closer look at this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, which was unveiled yesterday in Kensington Gardens, London. Escobedo’s pavilion is framed by walls of concrete tiles, designed as a reinterpretation of the perforated “celosia” wall that is common in Mexican architecture. It also features a

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Frida Escobedo builds Serpentine Pavilion featuring “woven tapestry” of concrete tiles

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has completed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, a secluded courtyard framed by decorative, latticed walls. Located outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London, Escobedo’s pavilion features walls of concrete roofing tiles, a curving mirrored ceiling and a shallow, triangular pool of water. The aim was to reference the courtyards that are a

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Westminster Abbey extended with “steampunk gothic” tower by Ptolemy Dean Architects

Ptolemy Dean Architects has added a star-shaped tower to London’s Westminster Abbey, the most significant addition to the building since 1745. Standing at seven stories tall, the £23 million Weston Tower is a modern take on gothic, which has been been described as “sci-fi gothic” by Guardian critic Olly Wainwright, and “steampunk gothic” by broadcaster and

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Willow Tea Rooms is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most complete interior design

To mark 150 years since the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we’re looking back at five influential projects that defined his career. We round off our celebration with the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow. Regarded as Mackintosh’s most complete interior design, Willow Tea Rooms is the best surviving example of a tea room designed by

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House for an Art Lover was built 60 years after Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s death

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh we are looking back at his most significant works. Next up is the House for an Art Lover, which remained unbuilt during his lifetime. Originally a disqualified entry in a magazine-run competition to design a country house, the drawings of House for an Art Lover helped

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London off-licence transformed into industrial-style apartment building by Emulsion

London architecture office Emulsion has built a trio of homes around the structure of a former corner shop, including an apartment for studio director Michael Deeley and his partner. Albany Road is Emulsion’s first self-initiated development and is situated directly opposite the newly redeveloped Burgess Park in Southwark. The site was previously home to a 1950s building containing

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The Glasgow School of Art is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s “masterwork”

In celebration of the 150th birthday of influential Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh this week, we’re looking back at five projects that defined his career. Next up is his most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art. The art school is described by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society as the architect’s “masterwork”, as it seamlessly

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House was designed from the inside out

To mark 150 years since the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we’re looking back at five influential projects that defined his career. First up is Hill House in Helensburgh, widely recognised as the Scottish architect’s most important residential work. Hill House exemplifies Mackintosh’s approach to combining traditional Scottish values with modern international ideas. Located in Helensburgh,

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen to create maritime education hub for Liverpool

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has unveiled plans for a maritime education centre in Birkenhead, across the river from central Liverpool, which will be anchored by 19th-century hydraulics tower. The £20 million Maritime Knowledge Hub will become of the Wirral Waters redevelopment scheme, which is being overseen by Peel Land & Property. Following an invited competition, Danish firm

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10 of the best events at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

The London Festival of Architecture kicks off today. Dezeen’s deputy editor Tom Ravenscroft reveals 10 of the best events and installations, featuring buildings with mistaken identities, data centres and a house in a skip. Dezeen is media partner for the 11th London Festival of Architecture (LFA), which takes place throughout June. There are 400 events taking place across the

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Chelsea FC shelves plans for Herzog & de Meuron-designed stadium

Herzog & de Meuron’s plans to update Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium have been put on hold indefinitely amid an “unfavourable investment climate”. Chelsea Football Club released a statement today saying the £500 million renovation plans by the Swiss firm had been put “on hold”. “No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur. The

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Liddicoat & Goldhill squeezes asymmetric Makers House onto narrow plot in Hackney

Skylights and large glazed surfaces that open onto a secluded courtyard allow natural light to pour into the interior of this house designed by architects David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill for a narrow site in east London. The husband-and-wife team, who run their studio Liddicoat & Goldhill from an office in Clerkenwell, bought the site

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Simon Astridge adds white-brick extension to refurbished Victorian house

A large porthole-like window punctures the white-brick facade of this extension to a terraced house in north London, designed by Simon Astridge. London-based Astridge was tasked with renovating and extending the property near Highbury Fields, to create a sequence of more contemporary spaces for a scientist and her family. He set about remodelling the semi-detached

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AHMM completes “spatial puzzle” of interlocking flats

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has created a mixed-use building in the London borough of Southwark, featuring wood-lined windows set into brick facades. The building at 81-87 Weston Street, occupies a gap site close to Renzo Piano’s Shard, which previously housed a single-storey warehouse building used by leather traders. AHMM designed the building for developer Solidspace, which

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Caruso St John builds rooftop “island” above British Pavilion to make statement about Brexit

Architecture firm Caruso St John and artist Marcus Taylor have installed a huge platform atop the UK’s Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion, to create a ” place of both refuge and exile”. The curators chose to build scaffolding all around an empty British Pavilion, to support the wooden “island” perched on top. The claim the project, called Island,

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Movie reveals view of London skyline from atop Cooke Fawcett’s Peckham Observatory

This captioned movie offers a tour of the elevated walkway created by architecture studio Cooke Fawcett atop a multi-storey car park in south London. Peckham Observatory stands on the roof of the car park that hosts Franks Cafe, as well as an open-air gallery run by Bold Tendencies. The space opens for the 2018 season tonight, with a new

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“Siloed thinking” not cladding to blame for Grenfell Tower fire claims report

Ignorance, indifference and inadequate regulation led to the Grenfell Tower disaster, not its cladding alone, claims a new report, which does not recommend a ban on the combustable building materials blamed for the fire.  Overseen by engineer Judith Hackitt, the Building a Safer Future report reviewed current building and fire-safety regulations and how they related to

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Norman Foster and Richard Rogers pay tribute to “genius” Will Alsop

British architectural heavyweights Norman Foster and Richard Rogers have written tributes to Will Alsop, who passed away earlier this week. Foster called Alsop a “truly unique individual”, while Rogers said he was a “wonderful, warm, brilliant architect and friend”. Alsop, who was nominated for the Stirling Prize four times and won UK architecture’s highest honour in 2000, died

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New visuals emerge of development risking Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage status 

The design of the £5 billion development set to transform the northern docks of Liverpool, England, has been revised in response to concerns from the UNESCO conservation committee. New CGI visuals show the latest plans for the Central Dock section of the Liverpool Waters masterplan, which were changed after a warning from UNESCO that the development could

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UK government will foot £400 million bill to replace Grenfell-style cladding

UK prime minister Theresa May has pledged £400 million to remove and replace dangerous cladding on social housing blocks, one year after the Grenfell Tower fire. May made the pledge during prime minister’s question time when quizzed by Conservative MP Bob Blackman on how the government planned to make towers across the UK safe following the

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David Chipperfield completes major expansion of London’s Royal Academy of Arts

British architect David Chipperfield has upgraded the Royal Academy of Arts in London, with a concrete bridge that connects two buildings, a new auditorium and renovated galleries. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the institution, David Chipperfield Architects has rejuvenated the Royal Academy’s (RA) “unloved building” at 6 Burlington Gardens and connected it to the institution’s main building, Burlington House.

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“Will Alsop had the balls to think differently”

The late Will Alsop wasn’t always right, nor was his work always great – but his wild imagination and generous spirit were much needed in British architecture, says Sam Jacob. It’s 4pm, at Will Alsop’s office in Battersea. Someone says “Tea?”. Then the man himself walks in: “Tea? G&T more like!”. And with that the

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17 postmodern buildings join UK’s listed building register

The fate of 17 of the UK’s postmodern buildings has been secured by preservation body Historic England, in a bid to “stem losses of this important style of architecture”. The newly additions to the National Heritage List for England were all designed between the 1970s and 1990s, and encompass a range of uses, including housing, education and

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One quarter of UK architects experience racism at work, survey reveals

A race survey conducted by The Architects’ Journal shows that 24 per cent of black and minority-ethnic architects have been victims of racism in UK workplaces. The AJ’s first race survey investigates attitudes to race in architecture and was conducted in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Lawrence, an aspiring architect, was murdered in a racially motivated attack

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Donald Insall Associates restores Victorian glasshouse at London’s Kew Gardens

The Temperate House conservatory at Kew Gardens in Richmond upon Thames, London has reopened to the public following a five year restoration by Donald Insall Associates. The London-based firm, which specialises in consulting on historic buildings, was appointed as conservation architects by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2012. A masterpiece of 19th-century design, the Grade

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Theresa May praises UK architects at 10 Downing Street reception as artists slam schools policy

UK prime minister Theresa May highlighted the importance of creativity to the nation on a day when over 100 leading artists claimed government policies were putting the creative industries at risk. May spoke at a reception for the creative industries held at her 10 Downing Street residence yesterday, praising “not just the stars”, but also

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Eckford Chong adds blackened-timber garden studio to refurbished London house

UK architecture office Eckford Chong has renovated and extended an end-of-terrace property in east London, adding a garden studio that evokes traditional Japanese tea houses. The studio headed by Doug Eckford and Tania Chong was tasked with overseeing the internal and external renovations of the property in Walthamstow, which is occupied by a growing family.

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Community bid launched to buy Stirling Prize-winning Hastings Pier

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to purchase the Stirling Prize-winning pier on England’s south coast, which was redesigned by architecture studio dRMM. Hastings Pier is currently for sale after the charity behind the project went into administration, less than a month after winning UK architecture’s top accolade. The Friends of Hastings Pier (FOHP), established after the Hastings Pier Charity went into administration,

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Unfettered capitalism “can solve the housing crisis” says Patrik Schumacher

Height restrictions, space standards and rent controls should be scrapped in order to solve the housing crisis, according to Zaha Hadid Architects’ principal Patrik Schumacher. Instead, market forces should be allowed to determine where and what type of housing is built, the architect argues. Schumacher sets out his thinking in an essay written for free-market

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Architects reveal ideas for £15 million refurbishment of Grenfell Tower estate

Architects including Adjaye Associates have presented ideas for the refurbishment of the Lancaster West Estate in London, site of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Cullinan Studio, Maccreanor Lavington, Murray John Architects, Levitt Bernstein and Penoyre & Prasad also contributed concepts to the report produced by Lancaster West Residents Association, exploring the future of the estate. The

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Niall McLaughlin Architects updates Cambridge college using historically appropriate materials

Niall McLaughlin Architects has refurbished a 1970s building at Jesus College, Cambridge, adding a new facade with a vertical composition of stone and timber elements that complements its historic context. The London-based practice won a competition in 2014 to redevelop parts of the University of Cambridge college and introduce new facilities including an auditorium, archive

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Forensic Architecture shortlisted for Turner Prize 2018

Investigative agency Forensic Architecture has been shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, the UK’s most important art award. The research group, based at Goldsmiths University in London, has been recognised for its investigative exhibitions, which recreate events using spatial analysis to reveal human rights violations. Founded in 2010 by Israeli architect Eyal Weizman, the architectural investigative agency is currently working to

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Porthole openings connect community centre and kindergarten in Cambridge

Porthole windows with brightly coloured frames, a soaring spiral staircase and waterfall gutters are among the playful touches MUMA Architects has included in this community centre in Cambridge, England. The London-based practice arranged the community centre and nursery school around a landscaped courtyard, which provides a secure playground for the children without the need for fences. With

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Foster + Partners completes BBC headquarters in Cardiff

Foster + Partners has completed a new headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff, which features a broad metal canopy supported on slender columns. The building designed for the Welsh division of the broadcaster has now been handed over for internal fit out by Overbury and Sheppard Robson in time to welcome 1,200 staff in 2019.

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Developer to replace dangerous cladding on Croydon tower block

Developer Barratt Homes has promised to cover £2 million of work on a high-rise block in Croydon, south London, which failed cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower fire. Residents were left in fear of debt after the building’s private owners refused to pay the cost of removing and replacing the dangerous cladding, insisting the leaseholders

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Sliding doors connect classrooms by Studio Weave to playground and woods

This school by Studio Weave features a scalloped roofline and double doors that slide back to connect the classrooms with their woodland setting on the outskirts of London. The Hackney-based architecture studio created the classrooms with curving roofs for Belvue School, a mixed-gender secondary school for children with moderate to severe learning difficulties. The school had previously

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Sean Griffiths uses visual trickery inside London house extension

Optical illusions including a trompe l’oeil painting and mirrored walls alter the perception of space inside this extension to a south London house by architect Sean Griffiths. The property is situated in a conservation area bordering Brockwell Park in the London Borough of Lambeth. Griffiths’ design for the extension aims to increase the amount of

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Fly-through video shows impact of 500 tall buildings planned for London

This fly-through video created for the NLA’s annual London Tall Buildings Survey shows how over 500 towers currently proposed for London will affect the capital’s skyline. The digital model of London was created by VU.CITY for New London Architecture (NLA) as part of its fifth annual London Tall Buildings Survey, which was published today. The results of

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Renovation works at Grenfell Tower added “fuel” to fire, reveals leaked report

“Deficiencies” introduced during renovation works at Grenfell Tower contributed to fire deaths, according to a leaked report by fire safety experts. Poorly installed fire barriers, gaps around window frames, and flammable cladding and insulation were introduced to the west London tower in renovation works by Studio E Architects before the fire, states the report. The 210-page document prepared by

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Hayhurst and Co adds charred-timber extension to basement flat in north London

Dark timber cladding applied to the exterior of this extension to a London flat by Hayhurst and Co contrasts the white-oiled boards that line the kitchen and dining space within. The east-London studio headed by architect Nick Hayhurst was tasked with reorganising the layout of the flat in a Victorian terrace, and enhancing its connection

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Prefabricated cabin can be transported to remote locations by lorry

This £39,000 prefabricated cabin by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod is designed to be easily transported on the back of a lorry. School friends Niven and MacLeod designed the small hut, known as the Artist Bothy after the Scottish name for a shelter, for artists wanting to set up studio in isolated locations.  The compact

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