London Assembly calls on architects to design for a circular economy

The UK‘s London Assembly has published a primer calling on property developers and architects to design for a circular economy, with ideas such as rental furnishing and using blockchain technology. Called Design for a Circular Economy, the document was published yesterday with a call to action for London‘s architects, along with a guide to the […]

Aesop opts for a more luxurious feel with marble fittings at Piccadilly Arcade store

Geometric floor tiles, marble fixtures and flesh-coloured hues appear inside this Aesop store in central London, which has been designed by film director Luca Guadagnino. The Aesop store is set on the corner of London’s Piccadilly Arcade, a covered passageway of luxury shops that includes fine jewellery boutiques, bespoke tailors and small-scale art galleries. Its […]

Pierre Yovanovitch opts for salmon pink in revamp of London restaurant

Salmon-coloured surfaces, curved furnishings and a cooking-themed wall mural appear inside high-end restaurant Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, which has been recently refreshed by Pierre Yovanovitch. The restaurant is located in London’s Mayfair neighbourhood, set within luxury hotel The Connaught. To mark its 10-year anniversary, French designer Pierre Yovanovitch was tasked with overhauling the dining […]

Tim Marlow appointed director and first CEO of the Design Museum

Tim Marlow has been named the next director and first chief executive of the Design Museum in London, after co-directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black announced their departure last week. He will take on the role as of January 2020, leaving his current position as artistic director at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). Until now the […]

Proctor & Shaw use faceted 3D tiles to create “rhythmic” London house extension

Angular three-dimensional tiles have been used to create textural interest inside and out at this south London house extension, designed by architecture studio Proctor & Shaw. Tile House is located in the neighbourhood of Clapham and has been overhauled by locally-based studio Proctor & Shaw to boast a “subtly complex display of pattern and ornamentation”. […]

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners anchors LSE campus with high-tech tower

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed Centre Building, the tallest and largest department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As its name suggests, the 13-storey structure is positioned at the centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE) campus in Bloomsbury, London. It is designed by Rogers Stirk […]

Conran and Partners overhauls office lobby to feature hotel-style leisure areas

Architecture practice Conran and Partners has renovated the ground floor lobby of a central London office to create a shared space that “blurs the edges between work and play”. Conran and Partners has redesigned the ground floor of Holborn’s 200 Gray’s Inn Road building to be a bright and comfortable shared workspace that functions more like […]

Shed prints plastic pollution on walls to highlight the problem of ocean waste

London pop-up store Pass on Plastic was decorated floor to ceiling with wallpaper depicting plastic waste to serve as a visual reminder to consumers of the growing problem of ocean plastic. The temporary store which ran in London until earlier this year was intended to raise awareness of the use of single-use plastic products, which […]

AY Architects adds timber science laboratory to London school

A zigzagging structure of spruce beams supports the roof of a science laboratory at the Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Kentish Town, London, designed by AY Architects. The single-storey school has been built entirely out of timber, using beams, columns and joists of standard sizes with built-in plywood furniture and clad with horizontal slats of Siberian […]

John Pawson pares back Barbican apartment to “a state of emptiness”

British designer John Pawson has applied his signature minimalist aesthetic to a Barbican flat, which is simply arranged around a timber volume. Set within London’s brutalist Barbican estate, the apartment has been overhauled by John Pawson to feature pale surfaces and just a smattering of furnishings. “The architectural reimagining of the space began with the […]

Morris + Company clads Hampstead retirement home in modulated brick

Morris + Company has completed a retirement living scheme with a bevelled brick facade for developer Pegasus Life in Hampstead, London. Called Belle Vue, the development is sandwiched between the Royal Free Hospital and a series of 19th-century brick residential and civic structures in a conservation area. Belle Vue’s exterior has a textured brick base […]

Kirkby Design creates fabric collection based on London Underground seats

Textile brand Kirkby Design has collaborated with Transport for London to recreate seven heritage moquette designs featured on the city’s Underground tube seats. The Underground Vol. II collection saw Kirkby adapt the scale and colour of various designs found in the London Transport Museum archives to create a series of velvet upholstery fabrics patterned with […]

Materials unite old and new living spaces inside De Beauvoir Townhouse

Brickwork, terrazzo surfaces and green-hued furnishings add character to the interiors of this east London townhouse, which has been renovated and extended by architecture studio HÛT. De Beauvoir Townhouse was previously host to dark and disconnected living spaces that were undesirable to its creative owners – a musician and a furniture designer. For the overhaul […]

London Underground’s waste heat to warm hundreds of homes

Waste heat from one of the London Underground’s tube lines will be used to warm over a thousand homes in the UK capital from this winter. The warm air will be channelled from the Northern Line to support the London Borough of Islington’s district heating, which will provide offices, leisure centres and 1,350 homes with […]

Holland Harvey Architects transforms disused London supermarket into homeless shelter

Warm and tactile materials help create a domestic feel inside this north London homeless shelter, which Holland Harvey Architects has created inside a former supermarket. Shelter from the Storm is located in Islington, north London and provides 42 beds for the homeless, as well as freshly cooked meals and rehabilitative support. The shelter – which […]

London introduces guidance to protect cyclists from wind tunnels created by skyscrapers

The City of London has introduced a set of guidelines for proposed developments to protect pedestrians and cyclists from wind tunnels created by the increasing number of skyscrapers. Described by the City of London Corporation as the “UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines”, the rules will require proposed buildings over 25-metres high to undergo strict wind-testing […]

Otherworld is an immersive VR arcade with interiors influenced by James Turrell

Architecture studio Red Deer has completed a virtual reality entertainment space in an east London railway arch with neon interiors that draw on the work of light artist James Turrell. The Otherworld arcade concept is the first of its kind in the UK, and combines 14 virtual-reality immersion rooms, a bar and a poke kitchen serving […]

Graphic details appear inside north London’s House for a Stationer

Architecture for London has designed the interiors of this north London extension to appear “like a neatly ruled grid in a notebook”, hinting at the professions of its two inhabitants. Set on a terrace of Victorian properties in Islington, House for a Stationer has been designed with details that subtly nod to the occupations of […]

Bennetts Associates completes new HQ for the Royal College of Pathologists

Angled windows in deep reveals zig-zag across the elevation of Bennetts Associates‘ new brick and concrete home for the Royal College of Pathologists in Aldgate, London. The new build, which occupies the site of a demolished 1980s building, marks the final step in the college’s move from Grade I-listed buildings in St James’ in central London […]

Ganni’s first UK flagship is meant to resemble a Danish home

Danish fashion label Ganni has opened a UK store in London’s Soho that’s been completed with homely, pastel-tone interiors created in collaboration with Stamuli Architecture. The store opened its doors on Soho’s Beak Street this weekend, signalling the first time that UK shoppers are able to “experience the Ganni universe in full” – until now […]

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