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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hidden roof terrace added to North London townhouse

A hidden roof terrace and minimal wood-lined interiors are among the features that O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects and Cathie Curran have added in an overhaul of this north London house. Aptly named North London House, the renovation and extension added an attic bedroom, a ground floor studio flat and a private terrace connected to the kitchen and […]

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 […]

Takero Shimazaki Architects infuses Barbican flat with Japanese details

A client’s strong ties to Japan informed the interiors of this Barbican apartment, which has been overhauled by Takero Shimazaki Architects. The apartment is within Shakespeare Tower, one of three high-rise buildings on London’s Barbican estate – a housing complex completed by architecture firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in 1976. Its two owners had moved […]

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 […]

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