Sustainability: Efficient offices

How do you create an energy-efficient office that is cost effective and great for the workforce?


Trump International Golf Club, Dubai


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

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

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

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

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

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

Holy Trinity Primary School, Dalston

Holy Trinity Primary School: Dual distinction

A lack of space means that many new schools in London are built within residential schemes and lack a visual expression of their own

Design Museum index pic

New Design Museum: Raising the roof

The former Commonwealth Institute has been resurrected as London’s new Design Museum. But how do the new interventions match up to the original 1960s architecture and that memorable roof? Ike Ijeh finds out


Carbon Neutral Laboratory: Out of the ashes

Catastrophe struck the construction of GlaxoSmithKline’s Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry when, at nearly two-thirds complete, it was burnt to the ground

BIM Initiative 2016 - BIMSpace

Taking off into BiMSpace

Balfour Beatty has been co-ordinating the National Automotive Innovation Centre project from its digital modelling powerhouse hut, developed by Cullinan Studio. We took a look into BiMspace, winner of BIM Initiative of the Year

A deep canopy and colonnade are wrapped around the new museum

Voorlinden museum: A light touch

The Voorlinden museum in Holland wanted naturally lit gallery spaces full of light. But how to do that while protecting the superlative art collection on display? Arup came up with a highly imaginative solution. Ike Ijeh reports

One Place

Battle of the BIM

Building Information Modelling is seen by many as the future of the industry, but who has made it to this year’s Building Awards BIM Initiative of the Year shortlist?

The new purpose-built pool incorporates original features such as the ‘slipper bath’ cubicles

Poplar Baths: Pooling resources

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 PFI agreement


Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Part 2

In this year’s Building Awards Small Project of the Year category, old and new meet in a cornucopia of diverse projects


Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Part 1

In this year’s Building Awards Small Project of the Year category, old and new meet in a cornucopia of diverse projects

New Science Building

New Science Building: Unsolved mysteries

Laboratories are most often architecturally dull affairs but not Sheppard Robson’s New Science Building

Mersey bridge

Building a bridge across the Mersey

Constructing a six-lane road link across the River Mersey involved several challenges

Man on roof

Sustainability: The housing ‘trilemma’

How can the UK deliver the volume of new homes required without sacrificing wellbeing or environmental performance?

Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist: Part 2

The Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist puts the spotlight on transformative projects that have raised the bar for excellence

Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre, University of Essex

Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist: Part 1

The Building Awards Project of the Year shortlist puts the spotlight on transformative projects that have raised the bar for excellence. Here’s part 1


Claire Wansbury

How green space can pay its way in garden villages

9 Jan 17

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

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

Chris Liddle

A chance to rehabilitate our prisons

30 Nov 16

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

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

Jack Pringle

It's immigration and jobs – stupid, not the economy

18 Nov 16

Brexit and Trump’s election victory are just the start, western democracies will have to rethink their policies and how they serve ordinary people

Mark Leeson

Architects must improve relationships with contractors

15 Nov 16

A recent report found architects receive poor satisfaction ratings from contractors, which comes from a failure to treat contractors like an end-user client

Philip Watson

How automated design can unleash creativity

11 Nov 16

Automating the design process won’t take creativity out of architecture, but free us up to embrace a more human-centred approach

david hill

How to avoid 'chaos' with shared space schemes

8 Nov 16

Projects aiming to declutter our streets have come in for a bashing but with careful planning they improve the experience of all road users

Martin Wright

Innovation is the cure to construction's ills

28 Oct 16

We cannot afford to ignore the Farmer Review and we should see Brexit as a catalyst for change