Custom-made furniture takes centre stage in Ozone’s second London roastery

Coffee roaster Ozone has opened a new space inside an east London warehouse, featuring plywood interiors by local studio Box 9. Box 9 has created custom tables and bench seating to complement the bright and airy aesthetic of the restaurant and roastery. Located in Bethnal Green, it is the second venue that New Zealand-based Ozone has […]

Alex Michaelis wraps his London family home with curvy brickwork walls

London architect Alex Michaelis, co-founder of Michaelis Boyd, has designed a home for his family as a “striking, contemporary take on Corbusien modernism”. Michaelis completed the residence for a “challenging long and narrow site” on Blythe Road in West London’s Hammersmith area, in place of a disused garage that was demolished. The creamy brick house’s […]

Bath’s Francis Gallery is set inside a Georgian townhouse

Homely living spaces serve as a backdrop to artworks inside this gallery in Bath, England, which has been created by editor Rosa Park and designer Fred Rigby. Occupying the ground floor of a heritage-listed Georgian townhouse, Francis Gallery has been designed to be a cosy, domestic setting that “shows people how to live with their […]

Hopkins’ Portcullis House demonstrated that high-tech could be adapted to historic settings

Next up in our high-tech architecture guide, we look at Portcullis House in London, which demonstrated how the style could be used in historically sensitive locations. Built opposite the Palace of Westminster, Portcullis House is an office building designed by Michael and Patty Hopkins’ studio, now called Hopkins Architects, as offices for the UK Parliament. The […]

Adam Richards models his home on Roman architecture and Soviet science fiction

The brick-clad Nithurst Farm contains grand concrete rooms that are modelled on the Soviet science-fiction film, Stalker. British architect Adam Richards designed the house, which replaced an old farmworker’s cottage in the countryside near the town of Haslemere, England, as his own home. It is intended to evoke the ruin of a Roman villa and contains […]

Herman Miller Factory was a flexible, non-monumental high-tech factory

We continue our high-tech architecture series by looking at the highly flexible and adaptable Herman Miller Factory in Bath, which was designed by Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. The factory for the furniture company was one of many high-tech buildings, including the Park Road Apartments completed by Farrell Grimshaw Partnership six years earlier, which was designed […]

Sunken steel-clad Brexit Bunker built in garden of London house

Rise Design Studio has sunk a weathered steel-clad extension in the garden of a London house as a sanctuary from the UK’s Brexit-dominated political climate. Dubbed the Brexit Bunker, the small studio provides a place to work or relax. Hot-rolled steel, the same material used in the construction of the railway track directly behind the […]

Reading nook and a hidden room added in London house extension

Architecture practice Thomas-McBrien extended a London house, adding a oak-lined reading nook and a utility room hidden behind a secret door along with a kitchen and dining space. Pale, mortar-washed brick and lightly washed oak joinery were used, said the studio, to create a “calm and relaxing” space. Called Dollis Hill Avenue, the project occupies […]

Studio Ben Allen designs artichoke-shaped garden room

Green shingles cover the exterior of this octagonal, flatpack garden room in south west London, designed by Studio Ben Allen. The design of A Room in the Garden was informed by the bizarre and playful 18th-century Dunmore Pineapple pavilion in Scotland, as well as the form and colour of an artichoke. Inside, the space can […]

Competition: win a three-night stay with five friends at Cabü by the Sea in Kent

In our latest competition, we’re offering one reader and five friends a three-night stay in the Boat House cabin at Cabü by the Sea in Kent. Located in St Mary’s Bay, near Romney Marsh wetlands on the Kent coastline, the timber-frame cabins offer a chance to relax outdoors by the English coast. The winner and […]

Foster + Partners completes luxury Principal Tower in London

Architect Foster + Partners has completed its first residential skyscraper in London, which contains 299 luxury apartments. Named Principal Tower, the 50-storey building marks the completion of Principal Place, which is a mixed-use development positioned between Shoreditch and the capital’s financial district. As part of the development Foster + Partners also designed a 15-storey office for […]

London pop-up House of Harth is filled with rentable furniture

Buyers can borrow pieces of furniture from this pop-up shop, which online sharing platform Harth has opened in north London. Founded by editor Henrietta Thompson and her husband Edward Padmore, Harth allows customers to rent design-focused furnishings, accessories, and artworks instead of disposing of them once their tastes or living circumstances have changed. The House […]

The Lloyd’s building is Richard Rogers’ first high-tech office block

Continuing our high-tech architecture series, we take a look at the inside-out Lloyd’s building in London, Richard Rogers‘ second major building following Centre Pompidou. One of the 1980s most recognisable pieces of architecture, the Lloyd’s building demonstrates many of the key traits of the high-tech architecture style that emerged in the UK in the late 1960s. The […]

Design Museum will showcase Prada, trainers and electronic music in 2020 as visitor numbers rise

London’s Design Museum has unveiled its exhibition programme for 2020, with a major show about fashion brand Prada due to open in September. The show, called Prada. Front and Back, is described as “the first major museum exhibition of one of the world’s most influential fashion houses”. The exhibition will include input from architects Rem […]

Norman Foster’s Renault Distribution Centre is high-tech architecture’s most flamboyant structure

Next in our high-tech architecture series is Norman Foster‘s Renault Distribution Centre in Swindon, one of the most expressive and distinctive examples of the style. Completed in 1982 by Foster Associates, which became Foster + Partners, the Renault Distribution Centre was the main UK distribution facility for French car manufacturer Renault. With its expressed structure it […]

London cafe in spiral concrete shell has retractable windows

A spiral cafe with a rooftop garden in Chelsea, London, by architecture studio NEX has curved windows that can retract fully when the weather is good. The windows of the the Cadogan Cafe can retreat into the ground, allowing the dining area to to spill out into the surrounding square. Wrapped in a slender arcade […]

Madeline Hall reinterprets religious imagery as “psychedelic” ceramic sculptures

Ceramicist Madeline Hall’s graduation project from Central Saint Martins was this collection of brightly coloured, gravity-defying sculptures based on religious scenes. Hall completed the project, called Stations, during her final year on the undergraduate ceramic design programme at London’s Central Saint Martins art school. Hall manipulated coils of clay into three-dimensional forms that reference scenes […]

Park Road Apartments is a radical housing tower clad in “ridiculous” metal

Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw built Park Road Apartments, which contained their own homes, in the 1970s. We continue our high-tech architecture series by looking at the metal-clad housing block. Working together as the Farrell Grimshaw Partnership, the architects completed the Park Road Apartments’ high-rise housing block in 1970. The pioneering building demonstrated many of the attributes of […]

RIBA Gold-medal winner Ted Cullinan dies aged 88

RIBA Royal Gold-medal winning architect Edward Cullinan, founder of Cullinan Studio, has passed away aged 88. Cullinan died in his sleep on Monday 11 November. The architect, who was known as Ted, was awarded the 2008 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in recognition of his “inspirational practice and teaching”. Alongside creating buildings that included […]

Hopkins House – a high-tech home

Hopkins House was designed by Michael and Patty Hopkins as their own home. We take a look at the lightweight steel and glass house as part of our series on high-tech architecture. Completed in 1976 in the north London suburb of Hampstead, Hopkins House was the first project designed by the husband-and-wife team. The two-storey, lightweight steel […]

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