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 […]

Tractor shed converted into house clad in scorched wood

HeathWalker has turned a tractor shed in Hertfordshire into a house clad in timber cut from trees on the client’s own land and scorched using a blowtorch. Called the Tractor Shed, the house was built for for an artist who grew up in a farmhouse, with a “love of open landscape and barn-like spaces but also […]

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 […]

Banksy launches range of branded merchandise to maintain custody of his name

Graffiti artist Banksy has launched his own merchandise line, with items on sale for as little as £10, to protect his brand against a greeting-card company that is trying to “seize legal custody” of his name. Banksy unveiled a pop-up-shop installation, named Gross Domestic Product, in Croydon, UK, to announce the launch of the merchandise range. According to […]

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 […]

Bureau de Change covers barn-style Cotswolds house with ombré effect charred larch

Architecture studio Bureau de Change has covered a Cotswolds house formed of a pair of interlocking barn-style buildings in stone and larch, which has been charred for a graduated effect. Long House is comprised of two parallel volumes that appear pushed together so they overlap, merging internally to create a large living space overlooking a […]

Governments threatens to “name and shame” owners that do not replace Grenfell-style cladding

The UK government says building owners will face “consequences” if they do not use a new £200 million fund to remove dangerous cladding, 26 months after the Grenfell Tower Fire. UK secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick said that building owners who do not remove unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) from residential tower blocks will […]

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 […]

Competition: win an adventure-packed stay at Samling Hotel in the Lake District

In our latest competition, we’re offering readers the chance to win a two-day stay at Samling Hotel, located at the heart of the Lake District in England. Explorers and adventurers will be entertained by hiking in the mountains, while those looking to relax can enjoy the landscape from the serenity of the hotel. Along with […]

Johnson Naylor and MS-DA create Dungeness holiday home on site of radar station

Two dilapidated sheds built in 1961 on the shingle beach of Dungeness in Kent have been replaced with a cosy holiday home by London studios MS-DA and Johnson Naylor. The corrugated metal structure with its interlocking pitched roofs replaces a pair of sheds that were built in the 1960s to test radar equipment. The project […]

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 […]

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 […]

“The basic foolishness is compounded by a screamingly patronising name – Whey Aye”

As Europe’s largest Ferris wheel is set to be built in Newcastle, Owen Hatherley questions why the giant wheels are still being built in cities across the world. Another Ferris wheel has just won planning permission, this time for a site on the Newcastle quayside. It provides an occasion to think about why there has been […]

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