Case Studies

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai


18 Jan 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Donald Trump’s architecture talks louder than the man himself, with its gaudy interiors and unashamed excess. But what do his developments reveal about the man who promises to transform America?

King’s College Hospital, London

King’s College Hospital: Surgical precision

12 Jan 17 | By Andy Pearson

Inserting a new intensive care ward above the live theatre block of King’s College Hospital required meticulous planning, an ingenious solution to hoisting steelwork and a steady nerve

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie: Crown jewel

6 Jan 17 | By Ike Ijeh

Hamburg wanted the Elbphilharmonie to be an instantly discernible architectural symbol to lift the city’s prestige but got a faceless glass block sitting on top of a brick one

Prefab Housing

2016: Back to the future - part two

21 Dec 16 | By Ike Ijeh

A 1980s office went back to nature and housing went beyond postwar with 21st-century prefabs 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

2016: Back to the future - part one

20 Dec 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The Tate Modern extension provided a warped contrast against the former power station and the Design Museum gained a historically sensitive 1960s rebuild


Bacton Low Rise: Community blessed

7 Dec 16 | By Ike Ijeh

The reinvention of the Bacton Low Rise council estate shows that regeneration is as much about residents as construction - and that it is better to view the local community as an asset than a hindrance

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Project news

Google HQ Kings Cross aerial

Lendlease set for prized £650m Google HQ

17 Jan 17

Exclusive: Firm sees off remaining rival Sir Robert McAlpine for prestigious scheme

The Fellowship Inn

Pub where legendary boxer lived set to be renovated

17 Jan 17

Sir Henry Cooper lived in pub ahead of Muhammad Ali fight, while Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac played gigs there


Paris to spruce up Eiffel Tower for Olympics bid

17 Jan 17

New reception areas and upgrades to lower second-floor proposed for €300m programme

Hackney estate regeneration

Green light for £200m Hackney estate regen

17 Jan 17

Karakusevic Carson Architects-led programme set to deliver 400 new homes


Michael Gove backs opposition to £3.5bn Parliament move

16 Jan 17

One-time Tory leadership contender joins group opposed to vacating Palace of Westminster for repair work

OMA's Factory proposals

OMA's Manchester 'Factory' venue approved

13 Jan 17

£110m city-centre arts venue recommended for approval by planners

Populous Bristol Arena

Bouygues walks from £90m Bristol Arena job

12 Jan 17

Bristol City Council and contractor fail to agree price for 12,000-capacity venue

Chelsea stadium thumb

Chelsea's gothic stadium gets green light

12 Jan 17

Council planners approve 60,000 seat landmark

Sunderland bridge pic web

1,550-tonne bridge piece shipped into Sunderland

12 Jan 17

Farrans-built New Wear Crossing is taking shape

Centre Point thumb

Centre Point tower revamp nears completion

11 Jan 17

Almacantar and Multiplex progressing revamp of 34-storey brutalist tower



What to specify: Roofing

5 Jan 17

Manufacturers are keeping on top of roofing trends with products to suit all projects, from glass roof glazing to a Building Award-winning innovation


What to specify: Residential

6 Dec 16

Rapid rendering, accessible windows, vibrant carpet tiles for student housing, a deep undermount sink and a very thin radiator are among this week’s product news


What to specify: M&E

22 Nov 16

This week, Google gets an airflow system that uses technology developed for Hong Kong’s underground railway, a guide on floor plenum airtightness can be downloaded free, software maps moisture levels in projects and fans get bionic over blades

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Sketch of the week

Mega Silk Way sketch

Sketch of the week: Mega Silk Way

13 Jan 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by David O’Brien, senior landscape consultant with architect and masterplanning firm Chapman Taylor


Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Wonders & blunders with Gill Parker

12 Sep 14

London resident Gill Parker thrills to the Sackler Gallery’s contemporary spirit but is less than charmed by a sixties housing estate that has ghettoised its residents

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Claire Wansbury

How green space can pay its way in garden villages

9 Jan 17 | By Claire Wansbury

Cost-benefit analysis of the impact of the natural environment on people could be used to plan the proposed wave of garden villages

Alan Shingler

Prefabrication can have a positive impact on architecture

3 Jan 17 | By Alan Shingler

Let’s remain open-minded about the architectural quality modular construction can deliver

Chris Liddle

A chance to rehabilitate our prisons

30 Nov 16 | By Chris Liddle

The Autumn Statement recognised the importance of safety in our prisons, but we need a bigger commitment to overhauling the spaces for prisoners and prison officers

Alex Ely

The secret to a great design brief from a client

23 Nov 16 | By Alex Ely

Suprisingly councils tend to be better at discussing ideas with architects at the briefing stage than commercial developers, why is that?

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