The Willis Faber & Dumas building is a revolutionary high-tech office

We continue or high-tech architecture series by looking at Foster Associates’ Willis Faber & Dumas building, a revolutionary office block in Ipswich, which was completed in 1975. Built as the headquarters of insurance company Willis Faber & Dumas, the three-storey block occupies its entire site and is wrapped in a glass curtain wall that reflects the […]

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 […]

Richard Chivers photographs England’s remaining gas holders

Architectural photographer Richard Chivers has captured images of gas holders from across England to create a visual record of the remaining examples of the structures. Chivers decided to photograph the gas holders – large structures that were used to store natural gas – as many of them are under threat of demolition. Richard Chivers has […]

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 […]

Dezeen’s top 10 British architecture projects of 2019

Continuing our review of 2019, Tom Ravenscroft picks 10 architecture projects in the UK that made an impact in the past year, including a museum for boats and a football stadium. The Weston visitor centre, Yorkshire, by Feilden Fowles Architect Feilden Folwes designed The Weston as a visitor centre and entrance pavilion for the open-air Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Applications now open to Make Your Own Masters course

Stacie Woolsey has turned her experience of unaffordable further design education two years ago into her Make Your Own Masters course, which will take on 10 students in 2020. Make Your Own Masters (MYOM) is now open to applications from UK-based multidisciplinary creatives who “have all faced a barrier to post-grad learning”. The 18-month, part-time […]

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. […]

Inmos Microprocessor Factory is Richard Rogers’ high-tech factory prototype

We continue our guide to high-tech architecture by looking at the Inmos Microprocessor Factory, a key example of Richard Rogers‘ radical inside-out buildings. Completed in 1982 in Newport, Wales, the Inmos Microprocessor Factory is a highly-flexible single-storey steel structure that was conceived as a prefabricated kit of parts that could be constructed anywhere. It contains […]

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