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

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

Glasgow College's new Riverside Campus

Glasgow College: Tales from the riverbank

Caught between the River Clyde and the notorious Gorbals neighbourhood, Glasgow College’s new Riverside Campus attempts to engage with both as part of a new wave of regeneration across the city

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard: Crime scene

In converting a 1930s police station into the Metropolitan Police’s new HQ, contractor Bam faced a difficult case. But noise reduction criteria, a cramped site and a high level of security were no match for Bam’s trusty team

Baylis old school

Baylis Old School: Brute strength

While many brutalist schools are being knocked down, one in south London is making a virtue of its architectural heritage and converting into housing. Photographs by Edmund Sumner

One Carter Lane

Europe's first WELL Building

There is now an international standard for measuring how a building impacts on its users’ health and wellbeing. Ike Ijeh looks at how Studio Ben Allen Architects’ One Carter Lane will become the first European project to receive the accreditation


Housing design awards

This year’s entries reveal some interesting trends in housebuilding in the UK such as a reduction in common space, urban design principles being applied to greenfield sites and the successful use of custom build

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Athens

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre: Hit or myth

Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens puts the Ancient Greek concept of an ‘agora’ or meeting place at its heart

V and A 4

V&A: Underground art

The V&A’s £49.5m subterranean extension had to be built without closing the main museum and without damaging the listed facades of the surrounding buildings. Building reports on how Arup, AL_A and Wates made it without a wobble

The hoUSe concept is a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional terraced house

Prefab housing: Here’s one we made earlier

A new range of low-cost prefabricated housing solutions is being rolled out across the country with the potential to help tackle Britain’s affordable housing crisis


Cycle lanes: On yer bikes

London’s £4bn Roads Modernisation Plan aims to radically redesign the way we travel through the capital’s streets

Thrale Almshouses

Almshouses: Charity begins at home

Renovating an almshouse site in Streatham, south London, meant a balancing act between upgrading outmoded 1930s housing and staying true to the Edwardian aesthetic


Holy Cross School: A class of its own

Cullinan Studio’s prefabricated school in Swindon extracts spatial and architectural delight from a lean, compact template and answers today’s challenge of how we can build more schools for less money, while maintaining design quality

The new Grande Stade de Lyon is encased in concrete walls with narrow openings to mimic a medieval fortress

Grande Stade de Lyon: Stadium Franglais

Olympique Lyonnais’ new £340m home, designed by Populous, will host Euro 2016 matches this summer. But is it more typical of English stadium design than its continental counterparts?

The last train carrying the general public left Aldwych underground station on the evening of 30 September 1994, 87 years after the station first opened to the public

Underground London: Secrets of the deep

Beneath the streets of London lies a little known world of labyrinthine tunnels, disused tube stations, underground rivers and even a Post Office railway

Dalston Lane project

Dalston Lane: Tall Timber

At 33m high, a Hackney apartment block is set to become the world’s tallest cross-laminated timber building

Frampton Park Baptist Church

Frampton Park Baptist Church

A long way to heaven: A Baptist church in Hackney, east London, has broken with the archetypes of church design to place community facilities, a cafe, creche and offices at the congregational heart of the building - prayers go on up on the third floor


Projects for 2016: Heathrow airport

The wrangling over a third runway is one of the longest-running farces in recent British political history

Elbphilharmonie? Concert Hall

Projects for 2016: Elbphilharmonie​ Concert Hall

This £617m Herzog & de Meuron project was originally costed at less than £60m and scheduled to complete in 2010

M&E features


Engineering the Serpentine Pavilion

8 Jun 16

Augmented reality helped unzip the designs for this year’s challenging build

M&E feature

Renewable Heat Incentive: The heat is on

2 Oct 13

Andrew Brister looks at plans to reignite the Renewable Heat Incentive and asks whether the moves will achieve the government’s targets


John Lewis

What to specify: Off-site

21 Feb 17

Manufacturers offer a range of off-site solutions to suit projects of every size, from the modular building complexes at Hinkley nuclear power station to luxury bespoke panels featuring gold-printed wool


What to specify: Education

7 Feb 17

There’s lots to learn this week about the new products for schools and universities, from hard landscaping for a primary school to Portakabin modules and floor screed


What to specify: Cladding

24 Jan 17

This week, cladding systems are bolstered by heavy duty bonding for natural stone and a windproof membrane, and given a makeover with translucent panels and a traditional red brick finish



Big data and virtual reality in architecture

20 Feb 17

By combining big data and VR, architects can significantly improve design


Why have EU workers' pensions become a tax target?

13 Feb 17

HMRC must lift its block on French and Italians in the UK transferring their pension pots tax free, or risk losing the benefits their professional expertise brings to construction

Jack Pringle


1 Feb 17

Smart technologies could allow us to turn cities such as London into more healthy and less frustrating places to live. One Asian state has an app for that

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