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Open for business

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is a big step away from recent landmark City buildings, with a highly bespoke, super-sustainable design whose disciplined exterior conceals a contrastingly open, dynamic interior. James Parker reports In 2010, Michael Bloomberg, three-time New York Mayor... View Article

Roofs that strut their stuff

James Potter of Waind Gohil + Potter Architects looks at the potential to take a fresh look at roof design and create more sophisticated structures. On the island shores of Papa Westray lies the Knap of Howar. Having visited this... View Article

Optimum technologies for future-proofing homes

Architects can please builders, benefit end-users, and be kinder to the environment, by keeping up to speed. The architect’s responsibility to future- proof homes for inhabitants – at the same time as keeping construction costs down – isn’t always easy. This... View Article

Intellectual energy – Energy Academy Europe, Groningen, Netherlands

A new building in the Netherlands which brings two universities together to help the country move towards a renewables-led future, appropriately embodies sustainable design. James Parker reports on how the architects focused on passive approaches for a carbon-neutral result. While the Netherlands may... View Article

Stealth social housing – Long Lane, Southwark, London

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at how architects Levitt Bernstein applied care and precision to create a tenure-blind affordable social housing scheme on a space-constrained site in the heart of London. From a leather trade mecca in the 19th century to a... View Article

Growing acceptance of timber

Timber is seeing a strong resurgence across many construction sectors due to sustainability drivers, but obstacles remain. ADF canvasses industry views. Each year the UK produces 11 million tonnes of steel, 12 million tonnes of concrete and 11 million tonnes... View Article

Sound and vision

A major renovation of a hilltop bungalow in Devon opened up fantastic estuary views for the growing family of a music producer, while doubling as an occasional recording studio. By James Parker Paul Yeadon has had a varied life so... View Article

New beginnings

James Parker visits a self-builder who overcame a bereavement to complete a beautiful timber-framed home in Cambridgeshire Self-build projects are normally demanding and stressful, especially if it’s your first time. Nikki Scrivens had to cope with a bereavement in addition... View Article

Island Life – JW Marriott Venice resort and spa

James Parker interviews the architect behind an award-winning hotel masterplanning project on a Venetian island which sensitively re-used a variety of old buildings in an elegant new context. An artificial island in Venice’s lagoon is the location of a new... View Article

High ambition – The Beacon, Hemel Hempstead

The Beacon, shortly to begin construction in Hemel Hempstead, is set to be the world’s most sustainable residential tower. James Parker spoke to the project’s architect to hear about this proposed model of luxury eco-living. The Beacon is an ambitious... View Article

European inspiration

Eve and David Jervis travelled to Germany to find inspiration for their spacious, contemporary eco self-build in Yorkshire. Words by Heather Dixon, pictures by Feature Services Eve and David Jervis didn’t know whether to celebrate or commiserate when they realised that... View Article
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