Appeal launched for rejected Foster + Partner’s Tulip tower in London

An appeal has been launched for the 305.3-metre-high Tulip tower designed by Foster + Partners, which was blocked by London’s mayor Sadiq Khan last year. The necessary papers were lodged at the City of London Corporation three days before the official six month window to appeal expired, reported Building Design. Plans for the concrete tower […]

Interiors of London’s Paradise restaurant nods to Sri Lanka’s brutalist buildings

Cement, concrete and black steel merge to form the Brutalist-inspired interiors of this Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho, London, which Dan Preston Studio has dotted with tropical details. Paradise – which formerly housed another eatery – is located on Soho’s busy Rupert Street and measures just 51-square-metres. Designer Dan Preston was asked by the restaurant’s […]

Waldo Works pulls elements from post-war British interiors for Television Centre apartment

Design studio Waldo Works has completed the interiors of a penthouse apartment inside London’s Television Centre, which takes cues from the “pure geometrics” of post-war British aesthetics. The apartment takes over the top two floors of the ring-shaped Helios building in west London’s Television Centre. Having served as the headquarters for the BBC until 2013, […]

Don’t Move, Improve! 2020 shortlist names London’s best new house extensions

An experimental brick extension, a house with fir-lined reading nooks and an apartment covered in 30,000 wooden blocks are three of the projects vying to be named London’s best home improvement of 2020. There are 25 projects shortlisted to win this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! contest – an annual awards programme held by New London Architecture […]

John Pawson designs his own minimalist rural retreat

Home Farm is John Pawson‘s self-designed minimalist second home in the Cotswolds, England, featuring three kitchens but no clutter. John Pawson, a British designer known for his minimalism, converted the farming complex that dates from 1610 into a family retreat in the English countryside. His signature minimalist style, displayed in projects including the recent renovation […]

Bell Phillips builds curved white-brick pavilion in a London park

A sweeping, white-brick pavilion in Southwark Park in London by architecture studio Bell Phillips curves along the park‘s historic pathways. Housing a cafe, offices and public amenities, the single-storey pavilion is one element of a wider masterplan for the area by Kinnear Landscape Architects. With a loosely triangular plan, the pavilion’s three convex elevations face […]

ACME reinterprets the traditional Kentish oast house as a modern family home

Five tile-clad towers make up this house in southeast England, designed by ACME as a modern interpretation of a hop-drying kiln. Oast houses can be found all over the Kent countryside and today many of them are converted into homes. They would be built with pointed towers, so that hops harvested from the surrounding fields could be […]

Holland Harvey revamps Georgian townhouses to form London’s Inhabit hotel

A row of heritage-listed townhouses in central London is now home to the Inhabit hotel, which Holland Harvey has designed to have relaxed, Scandi-inspired interiors. The 88-room Inhabit hotel, which takes over six heritage-listed Georgian townhouses, had previously contained a labyrinth of rooms which were conventionally divided into front- and back-of-house. East London-based practice Holland […]

Hemp is used on the inside and out of Cambridgeshire’s Flat House

Practice Architecture worked alongside hemp farmers to erect this zero carbon home in Cambridgeshire, England, from pre-fabricated panels in just two days. Flat House is located on Margent Farm, a 53-acre farming facility in rural Cambridgeshire that aims to show off the capabilities of hemp – a fast-growing strain of the cannabis plant. Hemp is […]

Zaha Hadid Architects wins approval for world’s first all-timber stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects has won planning permission for the world’s first wooden football stadium, which will be built in Gloucestershire, England. When complete it aims to be the world’s greenest football stadium, constructed entirely from timber and powered by sustainable energy sources. It was the second attempt to gain planning permission for the 5,000-seat timber stadium […]

Haeckels’ Victorian bathing machine warms up winter seaside dippers

Skincare brand Haeckels has built a traditional wood-burning sauna on the sands of Margate beach, in a bid to “reacquaint the community” with the health-giving properties of their local waters. Located in the town of Margate on Britain’s southeast coast, the bathing machine is constructed from traditional sauna wood planks, with oak wheels attached to […]

Backlit gemstone floor illuminates London restaurant The Ivy Asia

A vivid green floor covered in semi-precious stones is the focal point of this decadent Asian restaurant in central London, which has been created by The Ivy in collaboration with Adam Ellis Studio. Nestled in the shadow of London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, The Ivy Asia has been designed to be a “beautiful, experiential and […]

Kirkwood McCarthy creates earthy interior for Terence Conran’s new restaurant Wilder

Legendary British designer Terence Conran has opened a restaurant in east London, where a menu of foraged food is complemented by natural tones and grassy installations. Habitat founder Conran brought in architecture studio Kirkwood McCarthy to design the interior of Wilder, his new venture with chef Richard McLellan. The restaurant boasts a menu where every […]

Russell Jones inserts small black home into Victorian outbuilding in London

London-based architect Russell Jones has designed a house in Tottenham clad in corrugated cellulose sheets, which peeks up from behind the brick wall of a former Victorian outbuilding. Jones transformed the outbuilding, which has over the years served as a beer store, stable and a workshop, into a two-bedroom home that has a minimal impact […]

“The past has a lot to offer to contemporary debates”, says Museum of the Home director

As London’s Geffrye Museum sets to reopen as the Museum of the Home for summer 2020, director Sonia Solicari explains why she thinks the history of interiors is “absolutely relevant” in contemporary society. After receiving an £18.1 million capital development fund, the Geffrye Museum in east London’s Hoxton neighbourhood will reopen its doors in 2020 […]

DROO completes London building with “crumpled paper” facade

Walls with the texture of scrunched-up paper feature on this residential and office building that architecture studio DROO has completed in east London. The Paintworks is a four-storey building in Shoreditch, containing two office units and seven apartments. The site was once home to art studios and an art-supply store. DROO wanted to pay tribute to […]

Yinka Ilori creates brightly coloured Christmas tree for London hotel

Yinka Ilori has rounded off a busy year by designing a stylised Christmas tree for London‘s Sanderson hotel, featuring his signature colourful and graphic aesthetic. Ilori designed the 2.5-metre-tall Christmas tree to greet guests as they enter the lobby of the Philippe Starck-designed hotel on Berners Street. The sculptural installation comprises five geometric forms that […]

CAN adds blue and white striped extension to London house

Architecture studio CAN has added a blue and white striped extension to a Victorian terrace in London, which features a statement pink curtain. CAN extended and renovated the house’s kitchen adding a side extension that expanded the room to fill the entire width of the site and a small rear extension. The studio named the project A Brockley Side. The […]

Anne Hardy transforms Tate Britain into a ghostly ruin

Artist Anne Hardy has decorated the facade of London’s Tate Britain gallery to make it look like a temple marooned by rising sea-levels, in a bid to raise awareness about the impact of climate change. Hardy’s installation for the gallery‘s annual winter commission uses tangled lights, tattered banners and other objects to transform the 19th-century […]

Material palette of London’s Forte Forte boutique is a “visual and chromatic melody”

Clay bricks, onyx and plush velvet are just some of the materials that creative duo Giada Forte and Robert Vattilana have used for the interior of this fashion boutique, which has opened in west London. Located in London’s affluent Chelsea neighbourhood, Forte Forte has been decked out in a medley of materials that are meant […]

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