Grenfell tragedy shows “architectural intervention must not be limited to facades” says Ole Scheeren

The fatal fire at Grenfell Tower shows that architects need to be reevaluating the functionality and safety of old buildings, as well as their aesthetics, according to architect Ole Scheeren. The Buro Ole Scheeren founder, who has just unveiled plans to radically transform an old office block in Frankfurt, claims that tower blocks in particular

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“Let’s save some of the Whitechapel Fatberg”

The 130-tonne “fatburg” discovered below the streets of east London earlier this month serves as a reminder of how sophisticated Victorian engineering has liberated people from having to think about waste, says Will Wiles. In 1965, American sculptor Claes Oldenburg proposed an object of quite unforgettable brute simplicity for New York City. Oldenburg may be best

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Apple store was proposed for Garden Bridge in return for sponsorship

Boris Johnson had secret talks with Apple over a ‘mad’ mid-bridge store during a 24-hour visit to the tech company’s San Fransisco headquarters to secure funding for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge. The idea for an Apple retail store on the middle of bridge was suggested by the tech giant in return for sponsoring the project,

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Thomas Heatherwick to transform London’s Olympia into “world-leading” cultural hub

Thomas Heatherwick is to completely overhaul of the Olympia events centre in west London, creating a hotel, a theatre and suite of new entertainment venues within the Victorian exhibition hall. Heatherwick Studio is working with London-based architectural practice SPPARC on the overhaul the Olympia London venue in Kensington. In addition to the hotel and theatre, the duo are expected to

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Universal Design Studio builds daydreaming hub for Shoreditch workers

Universal Design Studio has designed a slatted-timber pavilion in Shoreditch for this year’s London Design Festival to offer office workers a retreat where creative juices can flow. The On Repeat structure is slotted between two buildings on Rivington Street in east London, a hub of creative businesses. London-based Universal Design Studio teamed up with The Office Group,

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Populous updates Lord’s cricket stand with fan-shaped roof

Splayed wooden ribs support the new gauze-like roof of the Warner stand at Lord’s cricket grounds, and was designed by Populous as part of a wider overhaul of the stadium. The update of the Warner stand is the first phase of a 20-year masterplan orchestrated by Marylebone Cricket Club, the owners of Lord’s, which will see extensive

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10 buildings worth visiting during Open House London this weekend

It’s Open House London this weekend, meaning hundreds of buildings that are usually inaccessible to the public are throwing open their doors. Here’s a look at 10 properties worth braving the early morning queues for. Dezeen is media partner for Open House London, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. For two days, over 800 buildings

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Office Sian completes brick and limestone community building for Phoenix Garden

An arched opening in the brick wall of this building in central London leads to a community centre lined internally with glazing that looks out onto garden hidden from the street. East-London firm Office Sian Architecture + Design designed the building for the Phoenix Garden Trust, which operates a community garden tucked away in the

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The D*Haus Company designs Devon house with a swivelling top

UK designers David Ben-Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson have updated their shape-shifting D*Haus to create a residence with a rotating roof for a site in Devon, England. The D*Haus Company founders see the residence as the next generation of its Dynamic D*Haus, which was first unveiled in 2012 and was designed to respond to the changing times of the day, seasons and

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Slatted-steel facade allows partial views into jewellery workshop by DSDHA

Local firm DSDHA has completed a workshop building for jeweller Alex Monroe near London’s Tower Bridge, featuring a facade covered by horizontal metal slats that allows passers by a glimpse of the jewellers at work. DSDHA previously designed a studio and boutique for Monroe that was completed in 2012 in the same area of Bermondsey on the

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Baynes and Mitchell creates museum complex within historic buildings of Chatham Dockyard

A pointy black entrance building has been added to the historic dockyards of Chatham, England, as part of a major expansion of the local nautical museum – one of six projects in the running for this year’s Stirling Prize. London studio Baynes and Mitchell Architects was employed by Historic Dockyard Chatham to overhaul its site on the River Medway in Kent, creating

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“The Garden Bridge’s cancellation provides an opportunity that mustn’t be wasted”

Now that the Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge has been officially scrapped, its time to think again about London really needs, says Owen Hatherley. The cancellation of the Garden Bridge is one of those rare and precious moments where concerted campaigning, from a variety of groups, over several years, has managed to have a decisive effect. In the

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Beech Architects adds zinc pod to derelict Windmill in Suffolk

UK firm Beech Architects has converted a 125-year-old windmill stump in Suffolk, England, into a guest house topped with an elliptical zinc-clad pod. Once a prominent feature of the landscape, the 60-foot-tall (18-metre) converted windmill now houses two bedrooms, a kitchen-diner, a bathroom, and a viewing pod that offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from

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Bulldozers move in on Robin Hood Gardens

Despite years of campaigning from architects and heritage bodies, demolition is now underway on Robin Hood Gardens, the post-war housing estate in east London designed by exponents of new brutalism, Alison and Peter Smithson. Images showing the the historic 1970s housing estate being pulled down began appearing on social media earlier this week, although its demolition has

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HASA Architects converts derelict glasshouses into events space in Highgate

Birch plywood panels form partitions, platforms and furniture inside these greenhouses at a former garden centre in Highgate, north London, converted into an events and exhibition space by local practice HASA Architects. The six glasshouses, which terrace down the gently sloping site, once formed part of the Capital Gardens garden centre in Highgate Bowl. It was bought by

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs reveal new Hodder + Partners-designed tower for Manchester

Former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have revealed a new Hodder + Partners-designed tower for Manchester, England, after dropping their original designs following uproar over the plan to raze several historic buildings. The former Manchester United players-turned-devlopers are working with Burnley Football Club owner Brendan Flood on the plans for the St Michael’s scheme, which they first unveiled in August 2016. But the

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The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Self-contained micro homes are being installed inside vacant buildings across London as part of an initiative called The SHED Project, which features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. The project sees property management company Lowe Guardians create temporary affordable housing for young professionals inside empty properties like warehouses and office blocks. By doing so, the company is also helping to keep

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Old Suffolk barn transformed into countryside bed and breakfast by Blee Halligan Architects

Bedrooms inside this barn conversion extension in the English countryside are defined by the peaks of a sawtooth roof, which Blee Halligan Architects added during the building’s renovation. The Five Acre Barn is home to a bed and breakfast, and is set between the Suffolk seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thropness in the East Anglia

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Glowing polycarbonate “lighthouse” designed to rejuvenate industrial stretch of River Thames

London-based studios DK-CM and The Decorators created this pop-up polycarbonate events space to test the waters for long-term cultural programming in the Thames-side town of Erith. The pavilion is located on the waterfront of Erith, a town on the outskirts of Greater London in the borough of Bexley. Made of pink and blue polycarbonate, the Erith Lighthouse

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge officially scrapped

The final nail in the coffin for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge has come today, as the trust behind the project announced its closure following lack of support by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity set up to build and run the £200-million Garden Bridge, announced its closure and the end of the project this morning.

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Feilden Clegg Bradley creates barn-inspired art building at Bedales School in Hampshire

A building with a row of pitched roofs forms Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ art and design block at Bedales School – a liberal independent school on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, England. Clad in rough-sawn Siberian larch, the Bedales School Art and Design Building is constructed around a 300-year-old oak tree

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“Stunning” car park will be demolished to make way for Eric Parry-designed hotel

The demolition of a brutalist-era car park behind London’s Oxford Street has been approved to make way for a hotel designed by Eric Parry Architects. Westminister Council has approved the demolition of the Welbeck Street car park, which was designed by Michael Blampied and Partners in 1971 for the department store Debenhams. It will now be

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Robin Hood Gardens demolition is an “act of vandalism” says Simon Smithson

Simon Smithson, the son of the architects behind the soon-to-be-demolished Robin Hood Gardens, has attacked politicians for tampering with the heritage-listing system, to erase prime examples of the UK’s post-war architecture. An architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Smithson was a key figure in the campaign to save the brutalist landmark designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. Despite nationwide

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Liverpool gives go-ahead for towers despite UNESCO warnings

Liverpool’s docks may lose their UNESCO World Heritage status following the approval of a pair of high-rise residential blocks facing the city’s River Mersey. Part of the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, the Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks towers by Hodder and Partners and Brock Carmichael Architects were granted approval despite ongoing concerns. Renderings of the pair of towers show

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Over 800 buildings open to the public for Open House London 2017

Dezeen promotion: a quirky Haringey house, a Stirling Prize-nominated apartment block with wicker balconies and the new home of New Scotland Yard are among the buildings that open up their doors to the public next month, as part of Open House London. Dezeen is media partner for Open House London, a two-day festival that will see over 800 buildings – from private

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PUP Architects builds rooftop pavilion disguised as warehouse air duct

PUP Architects has installed a “subversive” duct-shaped pavilion on the roof of a canal-side warehouse in east London, to provoke local planning authorities to reconsider the area’s development. The London studio run by Theo Molloy, Chloe Leen and Steve Wilkinson drew up the design for the Architecture Foundation’s new Antepavilion programme, an annual commission sponsored by the property

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“Designers, contractors or the local authority could all be blamed for breaching a duty to warn”

Six weeks on from the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, architects, construction firms or the council could be found liable under the “duty to warn” principle, says construction lawyer Jason Kallis. In the refurbishment of a high-rise building such as Grenfell Tower, there would have been more than one person or corporation responsible for design. Simultaneously, it

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Glass box defines extension with basement pool for Victorian home in south London

British studio Guarnieri Architects has added a glazed box containing a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room to the rear of a Victorian terrace in Clapham Common, south London. A new floor excavated below the level of the main house provides space for these leisure facilities within the glazed extension, while a mezzanine above hosts a

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Grace Quah’s Bartlett graduation project is a feminist film featuring homes that perform domestic chores

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Grace Quah has produced a feminist film featuring a conceptual housing estate where appliances become the architecture, reducing the amount of unpaid domestic labour women are required to carry out. Quah developed her Silvertown Plug-In project during her studies on the Bartlett’s MA programme. She was part of Unit 26, led by Simon Kennedy

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Plywood-lined bedrooms feature in London loft conversion by Widger Architecture

Behind a charred larch exterior, this London loft extension contains a pair of plywood-lined bedrooms that double up as quiet study spaces. British studio Widger Architecture designed the extension for a first-floor flat in Walthamstow, east London. The brief was to transform the old attic floor into new living spaces, including two generously sized bedrooms. The sloping roof presented

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Cooke Fawcett’s rooftop observatory gives views of London’s skyline from above a Peckham car park

Architecture studio Cooke Fawcett has built an elevated walkway atop a multi-storey car park in south London, a space that is also used as an open-air gallery by arts organisation Bold Tendencies. Called the Peckham Observatory, the steel-framed structure stands like a table over the entrance to the rooftop, which is also the venue of Frank’s Cafe – a campari bar covered by

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Tsuruta Architects designs staircase in London house from thousands of plywood pieces

Nearly 2000 pieces of plywood slot together like a puzzle in this staircase, which features in a London home that has been overhauled by local studio Tsuruta Architects. The architects were tasked with reconfiguring the layout of a seven-bedroom 20th-century house to create an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room; two bathrooms; and four bedrooms on the upper three

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British seaside pier gets 21st century update by dRMM

Architecture studio dRMM created a visitor centre clad in salvaged wooden boards as part of its overhaul of a seaside pier in Hastings, England – one of six projects in the running for this year’s Stirling Prize. The architects were tasked with repairing the century-old pier after a devastating fire in 2010, which swept through the pavilion and destroyed the amusements, kiosks,

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31/44 Architects builds grey-brick house around three small courtyards in London

One of the founders of 31/44 Architects has built his own London home, which is arranged around three courtyards to make it easy for domestic life to spill outdoors. The two-storey house, named No 49, provides a home for Stephen Davies, who is one of three founders of London- and Amsterdam-based 31/44 Architects. It is is located on an infill site in

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Portakabin builds temporary school for pupils of academy next to Grenfell Tower

A temporary secondary school is being built to accommodate students of Kensington Aldridge Academy, a school next to Grenfell Tower, which has been shut ever since the devastating fire last month. UK company Portakabin is using its modular construction system to build the school just over a mile away, next to Wormwood Scrubs – an open space in the London Borough of

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McLaren Excell adds contrasting pale-brick extension to black-painted Victorian house

A pair of interlocking volumes clad in pale brick and fronted by large, frameless windows extend the rear of this Victorian house in west London, which has been overhauled by McLaren Excell. Local studio McLaren Excell was tasked with renovating the property and a former stable yard in the Richmond area of London to create a house

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Richard Pender and Dan Kerr combine local materials at self-built Shawm house

Richard Pender was involved in every stage of this self-build project to create a sustainable and accessible house for his parents in rural Northumberland, which involved fabricating the wooden frame on site in a disused barn. Pender’s parents previously resided in a traditional farmhouse and wanted to continue living on the same site, but needed

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The Houseboat by Mole Architects evokes the underside of a ship’s hull

Mole Architects has completed a house in the English seaside town of Poole, comprising a pair of blackened-timber volumes that resemble the upturned hull of a boat. Cambridge-based Mole Architects designed The Houseboat for architect and developer Roger Zogolovitch, who wanted a space his family could use as an alternative quiet retreat to their main

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Studio Morison installs origami-like “pineapple” in Berrington Hall’s 18th-century garden

Artistic duo Studio Morison has erected a pink pavilion shaped like an origami pineapple in the centre of the 18th-century walled garden of the Berrington Hall country estate in Herefordshire, England. Local artists Heather and Ivan Morison were asked to design a contemporary structure that would attract visitors and kickstart fundraising for the restoration of Berrington Hall’s walled garden. The construction

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Simone Bossi captures glimpses of light in Amanda Levete’s subterranean gallery at London’s V&A museum

Architecture photographer Simone Bossi honed in on just the skylights and staircases of the newly opened underground gallery at the V&A museum, which was designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A. Bossi used a tripod to create a series of restricted viewpoints of the recently completed gallery and courtyard known as the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter for Issue 43 of the

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Architecture Foundation launches free app guide to London’s best buildings

The Architecture Foundation has launched a free app that maps the location of over 1,100 historic and contemporary buildings in London, and provides a brief overview of their architectural significance. The app – named Guide to the Architecture of London – expands on a book originally published by architects Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward in

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CF Møller appointed on Robin Hood Gardens replacement scheme

Scandinavian firm CF Møller has been appointed alongside Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop on the housing scheme that will replace Robin Hood Gardens, the brutalist estate in east London designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. CF Møller’s housing will take the place of the eastern block of the iconic estate, while residences by Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop – who were appointed to the scheme

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AL_A completes tile-covered entrance and subterranean gallery for London’s V&A museum

Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A have completed a new porcelain-tiled entrance and underground exhibition hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter comprises an alternative entrance to the museum, as well as extra gallery space and a courtyard. The £54.5 million scheme by Levete’s London-based firm, which was first announced back in

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John Outram’s “Temple of Storms” pumping station heritage listed as one of UK’s finest postmodern buildings

A London pumping station designed by British architect John Outram has been Grade II* listed, in a move that Historic England hopes will see other postmodern buildings recognised for their architectural significance. The Isle of Dogs Storm Water Pumping Station was built between 1986 and 1988 in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets. It was

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60 UK towers fail fire safety checks following Grenfell tragedy

The number of towers that have failed fire safety checks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 60, as the government urges councils to submit cladding samples for testing. So far, all 60 of the cladding samples submitting for combustibility checks at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) have failed the test. BRE is able to test up to 100 samples

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AA Design & Make students test the limits of timber in tensile woodland canopy

A sculptural, tensile timber canopy has been constructed in Dorset woodland by five students from the Architectural Association as part of the school’s Design & Make programme. Built on the school’s Hooke Park forest campus in Dorset, England, Sawmill Shelter provides rain cover for the campus’ sawmill and its operator. However, it also forms part of

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RIBA North architecture centre opens on Liverpool’s Mann Island

The new Broadway Malyan-designed RIBA North has opened its doors on the Liverpool Waterfront in northern England, with an exhibition of architectural drawings of unbuilt proposals for the city.  The London-based studio created the Mann Island centre as a space for the public to discover more about architecture through an exhibitions, talks and tours programme, and it also hosts a café and

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Grenfell Tower residents to be rehomed in luxury Kensington apartments

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are to be given permanent homes in a luxury apartment block nearing completion at High Street Kensington, London. The UK government’s communities secretary Sajid Javid announced the plans earlier today, one week after the fire that has so far claimed 79 lives. The Corporation of London has bought 68 flats

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dRMM builds Oldham Maggie’s Centre around a courtyard with rippling glass walls

A courtyard with undulating glass walls descends from the base of the stilted wooden structure of this Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in Oldham, England, which has been designed by London studio dRMM. The studio used tulipwood to clad the structure, which at one side projects out over a stone wall. Selected for its positive connotations, the material is intended to

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Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion photographed by Jim Stephenson

These images by architectural photographer Jim Stephenson offer an in-depth look at this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, an indigo-blue structure designed by Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. Stephenson took the photographs at a press preview of the pavilion this morning, ahead of its official opening on 23 June. The oval-shaped structure, designed by Berlin- and Burkina Faso-based Kéré, is defined by curving indigo-blue

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Diébédo Francis Kéré unveils Serpentine Pavilion containing a waterfall-cum-courtyard

African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has unveiled this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, an indigo-blue structure with a latticed canopy and a courtyard at its centre that will be transformed into a waterfall when it rains. Kéré is the 17th architect to take on the annual commission for the pavilion, which is erected each summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.

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Grenfell Tower fire triggers emergency safety review across UK’s 4,000 high-rises

The UK government has launched an emergency review of the country’s high-rise apartments following the Grenfell Tower fire, with cabinet minister Sajid Javid saying residents of similar buildings could be rehoused for their safety. The communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC Breakfast programme this morning that an emergency fire safety review

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“A lethal failure of oversight, like at Grenfell Tower, was going to happen sooner or later”

The devastating fire at London’s Grenfell Tower has highlighted the widespread neglect of the UK’s residential high-rises, and the undeserved contempt held for the people that live in them, says Owen Hatherley. This column was going to be about the election of a left-wing architectural historian and housing campaigner as Member of Parliament for Kensington in the UK’s general

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Theresa May orders public inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire as renovations blamed

Labour MP Emma Dent Coad has speculated that recent renovation works may have contributed to the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, as prime minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry. The death toll from the fire has now risen to 17. Following a visit to the site earlier today, May announced from 10 Downing Street

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Grenfell Tower fire deaths raise questions about safety of post-war renovations

Architects and construction experts are trying to understand the cause of a devastating fire at a recently refurbished tower block in west London, which has killed 12 people. The fire broke out at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower near Notting Hill in the early hours of this morning. Twelve residents have been confirmed dead, with the toll expected to rise.

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Vision unveiled for London school powered by Thames tide

Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture has drawn up plans for “London’s greenest public building”, a school that would be entirely powered using the tidal movements of the River Thames. The conceptual plans for the Thames Tidal Powered School involve a building that juts out over London’s principle waterway. A series of large turbines positioned underneath would then allow

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Macdonald Wright models Kentish country house on traditional hop kilns

Rooms topped with chimney-like roofs surround a secluded courtyard to from this house in Kent, England, which takes its angular form and russet colouring from the area’s hop-drying oast towers. British architect James Macdonald Wright of Macdonald Wright Architects worked with Niall Maxwell of Rural Office for Architecture on the design for Caring Wood house, which provides a residence for three generations of the same family.

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Guard Tillman Pollock slots modernist-styled Holm House behind Highgate residence

British firm Guard Tillman Pollock punched a hole through a detached Edwardian property in north London to create a driveway leading to this modernist-inspired house that faces onto a secluded garden. The existing house is situated on a landlocked site at the end of a terrace in Highgate, north London. Its previous owners had also purchased an

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School children design and build green den with moving walls for Hull allotment

Architectural educationalists Matt+Fiona worked with school pupils in the city of Hull to design and build a classroom with pivoting walls on their allotment. The green timber pavilion was created as part of the Made in Oakfield project, which was devised by architect Matthew Springett and educator Fiona MacDonald. It allowed pupils aged between 11 and 16

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10 events that are not to be missed at London Festival of Architecture 2017

With London Festival of Architecture kicking off today, architecture editor Jessica Mairs has revealed her top picks, from a stomach-churning installation based on the Smithfield meat market to tours of the capital’s ill-fated housing estates.  Now in its 10th year, the London Festival of Architecture takes place throughout June. This year’s programme takes the theme of Memory, a topic that participants have

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Google finally reveals its plans for London HQ by BIG and Heatherwick

Two years after inviting Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick to design its new London campus, Google has submitted a planning application for a building featuring a huge rooftop garden, a running track and a swimming pool. Google submitted an application to Camden Council this week for a 93,000-square-metre structure – one of three buildings that will form a

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Anish Kapoor’s plans for London studio extension cause “upset and dismay” for local residents

Anish Kapoor’s plans to add a roof extension to his studio in London’s Camberwell may be scuppered by complaints that it will block light and create “prison-like” homes for neighbours. Plans for the corrugated aluminium-covered addition to the artist’s studio by London architecture studio Caseyfierro Architects have been submitted to planners at Southwark Council in March. But local

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“The Japanese House is about fear, imagination, aggression and dreams”

The Japanese House exhibition at London’s Barbican doesn’t offer solutions to the housing crisis, says Owen Hatherley, but it does show what’s possible when architects respond to extreme change and instability. In most places, certainly in Britain, the point of the private house is stability and predictability. Increasing in correlation with the rise of the house as

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Mulroy Architects extends Edwardian home in north London with angled skylights and glazed passage

Mulroy Architects has added a glass passageway to the side of this three-storey house in north London, which features an interior fitted with bespoke oak joinery and furnishings by local studio Manea Kella. London-based Mulroy Architects maintained the period character of the facade of the end-of-terrace Edwardian home, while modernising the interior with minimalist furnishings by interior

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Arup Associates completes enormous day-lit factory for Jaguar Land Rover in England

Giant saw-tooth sections containing north-facing windows channel daylight into the machine and assembly halls of this car manufacturing factory for Jaguar Land Rover in England’s West Midlands. The new £900 million facility designed by Arup Associates is located on a brownfield site near the city of Wolverhampton and was developed to accommodate approximately 1,400 staff. Arup Associates was

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Bennetts Associates converts Art Deco cinema into cultural centre in northern England

Bennetts Associates has renovated a 1930s cinema and added a brick, frosted-glass and copper extension to create this cultural centre in Chester, England. The British studio carried out the £37 million transformation for the listed Odeon cinema in Chester – a walled city in the northwest of England. A library, cinema, restaurant and cafe are set in the existing

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Trevor Horne Architects completes 12-sided art gallery in south London park

London studio Trevor Horne Architects has completed a gallery and apartment building on the site of the former Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, featuring folded brick walls topped with a glazed events space. The building on Tyers Street is the first permanent location for Cabinet Gallery, which was founded in Brixton in 1991 but had previously been operating from premises

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Hand-glazed tiles cover Savile Row office building by EPR Architects

Ten thousand ceramic tiles make up the facade of this office building on London’s Savile Row by EPR Architects, which is shown in a movie by photographer Jim Stephenson. The seven-storey structure is situated on the corner of Conduit Street and Savile Row, the street synonymous with London’s tailoring history, and home to the city’s

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Simon Astridge stacks shipping containers to create backyard London office

UK architect Simon Astridge has used shipping containers, exposed plasterwork and clay lighting to create the offices and showroom for a London tile manufacturer. Astridge designed the Porcelain Gallery for Pentagon Tiles in a conservation area within Hatton Garden in London’s Camden. As part of the brief, Astridge was tasked with creating office space in the backyard of the showroom, and so chose

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Colonnade-like glazing fronts Birmingham house extension by Intervention Architecture

Glass doors are set into arched frames resembling a colonnade in this extension to a Victorian-era house in Birmingham, England, which Intervention Architecture designed for a choir singer. Local studio Intervention Architecture was asked to update the house in the suburb of Moseley to provide the singer’s family with an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room in an extension that references the heritage

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