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 […]

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 […]

Larry Achiampong overhauls London’s tube roundel with pan-African designs

British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong has replaced the well-known blue, red and white design of London Underground’s roundel with colours and patterns from the pan-African flag. Achiampong has reimagined the famous tri-coloured tube signage symbol for Westminster’s Underground station to spotlight those who have been “erased from history”. The design was a public commission for Transport for […]

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 […]

Glossier’s floral pop-up store in London blooms with colour

Glossier‘s in-house design team channelled 19th-century splendour for the interiors of its pop-up shop in London, which is covered in colourful flower-print wallpaper. The beauty brand’s in-house design team said they looked at the history of London design through “Glossier-coloured glasses” to develop the aesthetic of the pop-up, which is nestled along a boutique-lined street […]

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 […]

Flow Architecture lines stairwell of London house conversion with timber slats

Flow Architecture and Maria Grazia Savito Architects have wrapped timber slats around the lightwell of a Victorian house conversion in Kensington, London. Called Light Falls, the project involved the complete remodelling of a 19th century end-of-terrace, stacking its living spaces on top of each other to maximise natural light. Due to its location in the […]

Norman Foster’s Stansted Airport “challenged all the rules of terminal design”

Thirty-six structural trees support the roof of Stansted Airport by Norman Foster‘s studio, which is the next project in our high-tech architecture series. At London’s Stansted Airport, British firm Foster Associates, which is now Foster + Partners, turned the typical airport layout upside-down by placing all of the heavy environmental services underground, instead of on the rooftop. […]

31/44 Architects puts a modern spin on a Victorian terrace in south London

31/44 Architects shows how London‘s 19th-century townhouses can be brought into the 21st century, with this three-home development in Peckham. The London-based studio renovated an end-of-terrace property, to create a garden flat and a two-storey maisonette, then added a new-build, three-bedroom house alongside. Called Corner House, the development is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Victorian-era […]

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 […]

Competition: win a copy of London’s Great Theatres by Simon Callow and Derry Moore

In our latest competition, we’re offering five readers the chance to win a copy of London’s Great Theatres by Simon Callow with photography by Derry Moore. Published by Prestel, the book offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the city‘s renowned stages and to see the spaces without crowds. From the West End to east […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gus Casely-Hayford appointed as first director of V&A East

British historian, curator and broadcaster Gus Casely-Hayford has been appointed the inaugural director of V&A East, the South Kensington museum’s east London outpost. Casely-Hayford will leave his post as director of the David Adjaye-designed Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, US, to begin his new role at V&A East early next year. “I […]

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