All Case studies articles – Page 6

  • Buccleuch House

    Intergenerational housing: Side by side


    One answer to the question of how to house the rapidly ageing UK population is to use an intergenerational model, that mixes housing for all ages, from young to old

  • Battersea Power Station

    Battersea Power Station: Pigs might fly


    Battersea Power Station was a landmark beloved of the public even before it appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals album. So the pressure was on when Historic England insisted on replacing the four iconic chimneys with perfect replicas of the originals

  • lift

    Horizontal lifts: A sideways move


    ThyssenKrupp has come up with a lift that not only functions without cables, but is also able to move horizontally as well as vertically. So what might this mean for the future of building design?

  • The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

    University of Sussex: The second act


    The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue

  • notre dame

    School building: Top form


    Sheppard Robson and Willmott Dixon have teamed up to create a new model of school that aims to be economic, quick to build and flexible enough to be used for multiple alternative uses. Key to all this is the structurally independent, over-sailing glulam roof

  • Van Gough museum

    Van Gogh Museum: Going Dutch


    Hans van Heeswijk Architects has used pioneering techniques in structural glass to build a new entrance to Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum

  • waste-wood

    Recycling timber: Wasting away


    We recycle just one-tenth of our waste wood - the rest ends up in landfill, meaning we lose out on the huge economic and environmental benefits of using the wood again

  • LA aerial

    Los Angeles: That's sprawl, folks


    The city is undergoing its biggest construction boom since the 1980s but regeneration has to battle suburban spread, and economic and racial segregation

  • CROP

    Los Angeles: Bloc party


    The £117m redevelopment known as The Bloc is the largest scheme to tap into LA’s need for mixed-use spaces

  • hacking

    Building hacking: Who's in control?


    As building management systems become a greater part of our daily lives, their susceptibility to cyber attack is ever increasing. How would your building handle getting hacked?

  • Nova Victoria

    Victoria’s super Nova


    The £2.2bn Nova Victoria scheme was always going to be a star project. But, on a hemmed in space, it needed some special solutions to make it shine

  • Birmingham New Street station

    Birmingham: New Street cred


    It was never going to take a lot to improve on the squalid eyesore of the 1960s incarnation of Birmingham New Street Station. Shame though about the whiff of fakery

  • London City Cruise Port

    London City Cruise Port: In at the deep end


    Greenwich looks set to be home to a cruise ship terminal big enough to compete with New York’s and Sydney’s and which will be part of a much larger commercial and residential development. But its relatively shallow, narrow river setting makes the project an ambitious undertaking

  • 3d printed glass

    3D-printed glass: Print me off another Shard


    Glass has resisted the technological advancements in 3D printing, but now a team from MIT has invented a technique for printing fully transparent glass. The breakthrough, says Ike Ijeh, could revolutionise the way we make windows, cladding and even full facade systems

  • Walkie Talkie

    Tall buildings: Height vs heritage


    London’s lack of a coherent tall buildings policy has led to controversial ‘carbuncles’ such as the Walkie Talkie crowding its skyline

  • Staircases are configured as bold single flights to aid legibility and accessibility

    The Plimsoll Building: Close encounters


    The incorporation of two schools into a residential building is an example of school designers becoming more responsive to the changing physical and political environment

  • York House

    A day at the office: Your guide to human happiness


    How can you use design to actively influence and improve people’s lives? British Land is using its own headquarters as a test bed for incorporating wellbeing principles that it hopes will foster a happier, more productive workforce.

  • The proposed ‘road’ elevation after refurbishment

    Wilmcote House: Thermal vision


    The flaws of Portsmouth’s Wilmcote House may have been indicative of 1960s social housing, but now its mass adoption of Passivhaus principles could see it used as a model for sustainable retrofit

  • Heathrow-1955

    Heathrow: Growing Pains


    As Heathrow’s controversial third runway tries to chart a route through the political turbulence ahead, does it have anything to learn from its expanded international rivals?

  • York Art Gallery: A new mezzanine level reveals the once secret gallery

    York Art Gallery: Show time


    Architects working on the £8m refurbishment of York Art Gallery have peeled away decades of callously inappropriate interventions to unlock a wonderland of architectural secrets