Loyn & Co reveals proposal for carbon neutral neighbourhood in Wales

Loyn & Co has unveiled its design for Parc Hadau, a net-zero-carbon housing scheme in Wales that will be built from timber and powered by renewable energy. Developed by Loyn & Co and landscape architects Farrer Huxley for Sero Homes, the Parc Hadau neighbourhood will comprise 35 eco-friendly dwellings on a scrubland site in Pontardawe. […]

Cristina Iglesias wins 2020 Royal Academy Architecture Prize

London’s Royal Academy of Arts has named Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias the winner of its 2020 architecture prize for her urban sculptures in public spaces. This is the third year the 2020 Royal Academy Architecture Prize has been awarded. Previous winners are Diller Scofidio + Renfro founders Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, and Japanese architect […]

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 […]

Philosopher and architecture writer Roger Scruton dies aged 75

Roger Scruton, the British conservative thinker, author and architecture critic, who was co-chair of Building Better, Building Beautiful, has passed away at the age of 75. Scruton, who died after a short battle with cancer, was a controversial figure throughout his career as a right-wing philosopher. Author of The Aesthetics of Architecture and The Classical Vernacular: […]

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 […]

Seven unique homes on Dungeness beach

Over the past decade a succession of architects have designed holiday homes among the fisherman’s huts in the shadow of a nuclear power station on Dungeness beach, Kent. Here are seven of the most interesting. Black Rubber Beach House by Simon Conder Associates, 2003 Simon Conder Associates wrapped a fisherman’s hut built in the the […]

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 […]

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 […]

British album cover designer Vaughan Oliver dies at 62

Graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, who created album covers for bands the Pixies, Cocteau Twins and The Breeders, has passed away at age 62. Oliver was best known for the numerous covers he designed for independent British record label 4AD, where he created the majority of its album artwork between 1982 and 1998 via the graphic […]

Sadie Morgan and Jamie Fobert recognised in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Jamie Fobert has received a CBE for services to architecture, Sadie Morgan has received an OBE for services to design advocacy, and Forensic Architecture‘s Eyal Weizman has been made a MBE in the New Year Honours list 2020. Canadian-born British architect Fobert, who designed the cliffside extension to the Tate St Ives, has been made […]

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 […]

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 […]

RIBA launches sustainability guide to “deliver real and lasting reductions in carbon emissions”

The Royal Institute of British Architects has published the Sustainable Outcomes Guide to help its members and the wider architecture industry avert the climate disaster. The publication concisely outlines the design principles and performance metrics that the architecture profession must follow in order to achieve a sustainable future. It supports the RIBA‘s 2030 Climate Challenge, an […]

“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 […]

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