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Architects Journal
Barrie Evans

  • Review - Book - Extensions

    10-Jan-2008

    Not exactly an innovative book, says Barrie Evans, but it still contains a few surprises.Extensions by Adam Mornement. Laurence King, 2007. 256pp. £25
  • Review - Book - Formations: Images From Rocks

    12-Oct-2007

    BOOKBy Barrie EvansFormations: Images From Rocks.By Richard Weston.Deukalion Press, 2007, 112pp. £16.94 from www.amazon.co.uk
  • BOOK

    28-Jun-2007

    REVIEW
  • EXHIBITION

    24-May-2007

    REVIEW
  • EXCELLENT STANDARDS WITHIN COST LIMITS

    10-May-2007

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • BOOK

    18-Jan-2007

    REVIEW
  • RENEWABLES HAVE TO FORM PART OF A DESIGN FROM EARLY ON

    9-Nov-2006

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • BOOK

    12-Oct-2006

    REVIEW
  • IDEAS, RESOURCES, INITIATIVES - SOME TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

    27-Jul-2006

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • THE SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT MAY NOT SURVIVE VALUE ENGINEERING

    20-Jul-2006

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • IT IS PREDICTED THE SYSTEM WILL HALVE CO 2 EMISSIONS

    29-Jun-2006

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • CONVENTIONAL CLOTHES WON'T HIDE THE RADICAL TECHNOLOGY FROM PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY

    8-Jun-2006

    BUILDING STUDY
  • BOOK

    13-Apr-2006

    REVIEW
  • JOINED-UP GOVERNMENT ISN'T WORKING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

    13-Apr-2006

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • THE HOUSE TOOK AROUND 35 TRUCKS OF STRUCTURALGRADE READY MIX

    2-Mar-2006

    CONCRETE QUARTERLY SPRING 06 - HOUSING
  • THIS BUILD-UP IS OFTEN USED COMMERCIALLY, BUT NOT DOMESTICALLY

    2-Mar-2006

    CONCRETE QUARTERLY SPRING 06
  • FOR SMALLER JOBS A DIY APPROACH CAN BE APPROPRIATE

    19-Jan-2006

    The initials IT have gradually morphed into ICT - with the 'C' standing for communications - and it was the range of applications that made use of communications via the web and wireless that caught the eye at the recent Construction Computing exhibition.
  • ON-SITE ASSEMBLY IS FAST AND AN AVERAGE OF A STOREY A DAY SHOULD BE READILY ACHIEVABLE

    12-Jan-2006

    METALWORKS
  • OVALS ARE NOT A BIG STEP FROM OTHER HOLLOW SECTIONS. THAT'S THE POINT

    12-Jan-2006

    METALWORKS - OVALS
  • THE IN SITU WALLS AND CEILING PROVIDE A COLOUR AND TEXTURE THAT CONTRASTS WITH THE HYGIENIC LOOK TYPICAL OF THE MEDICAL WORLD

    1-Dec-2005

    CONCRTETE QUARTERLY / WINTER 05
  • UK PRACTICES TOP THE OPTIMISM LIST WHEN CONSIDERING THEIR FUTURE PROSPECTS

    21-Jul-2005

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • Polished performance with an Italian accent

    2-Jun-2005

    CONCRETE QUARTERLY - HARD LANDSCAPE - Marshalls is bringing to the UK a range of planters, seating and other street furniture from Italy's Bellitalia, a company particularly noted for its threedimensional polished concrete products
  • STANDING STEEL

    26-May-2005

    Probably the smallest-ever subject for an AJ Building Study, this crafted studio in south Wiltshire by Klaentschi and Klaentschi Architects is both office workspace and resonant garden object
  • MAKING AN ENTRANCE

    12-May-2005

    building study - Sussex University is to be condensed into five schools, and each will be given a new entrance by John Pardey Architects
  • HOME WORK

    5-May-2005

    buildings - In 1995, Richard Murphy converted an Edinburgh mews into a single-bed house and moved in. The exercise has been repeated in a mews opposite
  • UNITED ESTATE

    28-Apr-2005

    The completion of the first phase of ECD Architects' social housing in south London is a good occasion to assess its aim of creating 'an exemplar of sustainable urban regeneration'
  • Home made

    31-Mar-2005

    Metal Works - In this issue of MetalWorks we look at a range of projects and initiatives that will become a new housing 'tradition', offering new options for design and construction methods
  • Thinking outside the box

    31-Mar-2005

    Metal Works - Ed Donald of Corus Living Solutions, set up last year to design, manufacture and deliver accommodation modules, talks of a step change coming in house construction
  • The new order

    24-Mar-2005

    interiors - A radical reordering of Reading's St Laurence church as a new faith centre by RRA Architects seeks to move from old certainties to an optimistic, if uncertain, future
  • A suitable case for treatment

    17-Mar-2005

    Campbell and Arnott's most recent medical centres, in Arbroath and Penicuik, show a practised hand while illustrating the trend towards bringing diverse medical services under one roof
  • Closing the loop

    17-Mar-2005

    In its care home extension to a 1840s building for the Actors' Charitable Trust, Acanthus LW Architects needed to develop a compact form and find an appropriate architectural language
  • REBUILDING LIVES

    17-Mar-2005

    buildings - Both form and atmosphere are central to Grace Architects' Kaleidoscope Project building for rehabilitating drug users, located in Kingston upon Thames
  • Hit or Swiss?

    3-Mar-2005

    Westminster wants to upgrade London's less-than-salubrious Leicester Square.Will it see Avery Associates' proposed intervention as too radical?
  • A rich history

    24-Feb-2005

    Allen Tod's full restoration of the 1788 Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, Yorkshire, now offers the closest to an authentic Georgian theatre experience in Britain
  • THE SIMPLE LIFE

    24-Feb-2005

    David McDowell's delightfully crafted house is a reworking and extension of the stableyard of his family farm
  • LIGHT HEART

    10-Feb-2005

    building study - Peralta is a highly accomplished family house by Stan Bolt, where a Modernist language draws in the daylight and captures stunning views
  • BOXING CLEVER

    3-Feb-2005

    building study - Under a sheltering portal roof, Alsop and Partners has created a nursery world for young children to explore, including accommodation in stacked sea containers and a Mongolian yurt
  • Healing hand

    3-Feb-2005

    The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture needed a design of great psychological sensitivity from RyderHKS
  • LOFTY AMBITIONS

    27-Jan-2005

    interiors - Turning a 1920s assembly hall into an apartment confronted architect Eldridge Smerin with issues of space, light and views typical of a loft
  • Case study: the Sage Gateshead

    1-Jan-2005

    Arup Acoustics' work on the main spaces of Foster and Partners' new Sage Gateshead music centre has produced two very different halls, varying in both sound and style
  • Design of the times

    25-Nov-2004

    STIRLING PRIZE 04 - Addressing issues from energy efficiency to staff transportation, 30 St Mary Axe has been labelled London's first 'environmentally progressive' tower.Barrie Evans nvestigates what makes his 'gherkin' ick
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE

    11-Nov-2004

    building study - Gareth Hoskins Architects' Sandy Road Clinic is a striking public building punctuating a tenemented street in Glasgow, that provides a new focus and symbol for local healthcare
  • Millstone to milestone

    11-Nov-2004

    buildings - Greenhill Jenner Architects helped nurse St Bartholomew's Hospital's West Wing back to life
  • GROUND FORCE

    4-Nov-2004

    building study - An earth-red cob wall introduces you to an atmospheric, ecologically designed house by Associated Architects on the River Severn
  • Serious abot data

    4-Nov-2004

    buildings - At its Experian Data Centre, Sheppard Robson had to create a high-security building that was also a congenial workplace
  • Sky's the limit

    28-Oct-2004

    interiors - Luz Vargas Architects had first to establish its role before it could create a light, sharply detailed office refurbishment in a 1960s block for a firm of solicitors
  • Higher ground

    21-Oct-2004

    building study - Incorporating a 40m-high water tower was the biggest challenge for architect Loates-Taylor Shannon in creating a new hill-top home in Shooters Hill, south London
  • Two become one

    21-Oct-2004

    buildings - A budget conversion of two adjoining warehouses from the 1900s and 1980s into one building of speculative offices was a challenge for Wells Mackereth Architects
  • Mint condition

    14-Oct-2004

    buildings - Nicholas Burwell Architects has reworked the Trebor factory as housing while retaining the original character
  • Top of the class

    7-Oct-2004

    building study - The first of four schools we look at this week is a nursery in Hounslow by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, most identifiable for its 'big top' roof that shelters classrooms, courtyards and outdoor play areas
  • Piece of China

    23-Sep-2004

    OMI Architects' Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester is a successful reworking of a historic building with a mission to celebrate and convey the message of contemporary Chinese arts
  • Stairway to haven

    23-Sep-2004

    interiors - Simon Miller Architects' house conversion in Muswell Hill, north London, is tied together by a spectacular cantilevered oak and glass stair
  • Space odyssey

    9-Sep-2004

    building study - Peter Foggo and David Thomas' pioneering 1960s Space House has been refurbished, gently reorganised and, dare one say it, improved by Lee/ Fitzgerald Architects
  • First things first

    26-Aug-2004

    The three buildings this week - Black House, Double House and In-Between - are the shortlisted projects for the AJ First Building Award in association with RobinEllis Design and Construction, with the winner to be announced at the Stirling Prize event in October. We begin with the Black House by Mole Architects, a striking presence in the flat Fenland landscape The windy flatlands of East Anglia are home to many small, dispersed communities, the longer-established hamlets often protected ...
  • Share alike

    26-Aug-2004

    The In-Between project is an innovative reworking of the terrace, creating three dwellings in a joint self-build project by two architects and a designer - Annalie Riches, Silvia Ullmayer and Barti Garibaldo
  • Two's company

    26-Aug-2004

    Double House by Woolf Architects is a project of two adjoining houses in northwest London, a modern reworking of the brick house, focused on its garden spaces
  • IDEAS IN STORE

    12-Aug-2004

    building study Adjaye/Associates' first public building, an Idea Store for Tower Hamlets, is a striking landmark, built in a tight urban context and making inventive use of materials
  • Flight of fantasy

    8-Jul-2004

    interiors In Tokyo, designer Hussein Chalayan's first shop, by Block Architecture, gives a narrative edge to a cool interior
  • Flying high

    1-Jul-2004

    buildings
  • Flying high

    1-Jul-2004

    buildings
  • Home from the office

    1-Jul-2004

    A pioneering project of high-density key-worker housing by Hawkins\Brown looks set to make the most of its tight site and budget
  • Home from the office

    1-Jul-2004

    A pioneering project of high-density key-worker housing by Hawkins\Brown looks set to make the most of its tight site and budget
  • Opening The Gate

    3-Jun-2004

    buildings
  • Pools winner

    27-May-2004

    building study
  • TIGHT FIT

    27-May-2004

    building studyOn an extremely tight, part-buried site, Buckley Gray's houses are private worlds of dramatic light and enclosed outdoor spaces
  • Classrooms of the future

    20-May-2004

    buildings
  • Conservation piece

    13-May-2004

    Hampshire County Council had to keep a clear vision when painstakingly restoring a local museum
  • HUB OF ACTIVITY

    13-May-2004

    building study
  • University of life

    25-Mar-2004

    building study
  • An Englishman's home

    18-Mar-2004

    buildings
  • Making space

    18-Mar-2004

    building study
  • Lighting the match

    11-Mar-2004

    buildings - Daylighting and a refined use of steelwork mark out David Morley Architects' National Cricket Academy
  • A MACHINE FOR WORKING IN

    4-Mar-2004

    building study Foster and Partners'centre for TAG McLaren at Woking is an impressive theatre for technology
  • Inner calm

    4-Mar-2004

    review Shigeru Ban By Matilda McQuaid. Phaidon, 2003. 240pp. £45
  • Connect and contrast

    26-Feb-2004

    Buildings
  • Work in progress

    26-Feb-2004

    Having given an inter-war suburban house a strong new identity, Jeffrey James Design has handed the project over to the client Clients determined to be different have provided Jeffrey James with his first new-build project. They are determined enough to have built themselves a timber 'garden shed' at the bottom of the garden, some 7 x 4.5m, where the family of five lived while the refronting and first fix was done. They then moved in and are now gradually completing the job as time, ...
  • Flat calm

    12-Feb-2004

    New riverfront housing in Leith by Fraser Brown MacKenna with Dignan Read Dewar is a landmark of relaxed quality in an area on the up
  • Civic presence

    5-Feb-2004

    buildingsLee Boyd's contemporary housing association HQ reflects both the client's values and the area's regeneration
  • Paisley pattern

    5-Feb-2004

    buildingsPage & Park Architects' fun students' union has helped to put Paisley University on the map
  • Age of Enlightenment

    29-Jan-2004

    buildings
  • Masterplant

    29-Jan-2004

    building study
  • Community service

    18-Dec-2003

    buildings
  • Flight of fancy

    18-Dec-2003

    building study
  • Closed encounters

    4-Dec-2003

    Terry Farrell & Partners' rekindled interest in housing finds expression in three exceptional courtyard houses for Berkeley Homes Richmond, though part of London's inner commuterland, 16km from central London, has much of the residual character of a separate market town. And Petersham, 2km to its south across open Thames-side water meadows, retains much of the rural village.
  • The odd couple

    4-Dec-2003

    Developer Tony Pidgley and Terry Farrell's three courtyard homes near Richmond are just one element of their shared interest in the advancement of housing Terry Farrell and Tony Pidgley are something of a mutual admiration society. Different personalities certainly. But both are committed to changing housing provision and to getting things done. Pidgley (left) was in a particularly good mood when we met; his Berkeley Group (and the local authority) having just received English Partnership's ...
  • Back to school

    20-Nov-2003

    building study
  • Go with the flow

    20-Nov-2003

    An eye-catching, sinuous design by architect Sybarite aims to unite the levels of a new Marni store
  • Light work

    20-Nov-2003

    Piers Ford Architects has reworked the daylighting and circulation of a mews house to notable effect
  • Making an entrance

    13-Nov-2003

    buildings
  • Supporting role

    13-Nov-2003

    building study
  • Ace service

    23-Oct-2003

    buildings
  • The appliance of science

    23-Oct-2003

    building study
  • Balancing act

    16-Oct-2003

    buildings
  • Matters of Trust

    16-Oct-2003

    building study
  • Model answer

    9-Oct-2003

    building study
  • We are not a mews

    2-Oct-2003

    Little-used space behind the client's shops on Camberwell New Road in south London has become the site for three new houses for rent. Required not to overlook the residential units above the shops, MMM Architects has turned its back on these units, adopting the mews-like character of a single-aspect terrace, though here set on the pavement edge of the street behind Camberwell New Road.
  • The symbol life

    25-Sep-2003

    review
  • Expanding Eden

    11-Sep-2003

    Cullum and Nightingale has created a beautiful, contextual beach house in a Caribbean palm grove
  • Period performance

    11-Sep-2003

    Central School of Speech and Drama has been reshaped by Cullum and Nightingale, with restrained conservation telling the story of its past
  • Clean living

    4-Sep-2003

    building study
  • Inside story

    4-Sep-2003

    Cox Bulleid Architects has taken an unremarkable five-storey house in west London and significantly reordered it to make a striking, modern family home
  • Light therapy

    4-Sep-2003

    buildings
  • Intelligent response

    28-Aug-2003

    buildings
  • Island gardens

    14-Aug-2003

    review
  • Balancing act

    31-Jul-2003

    building study
  • Leading the dance

    24-Jul-2003

    building study
  • Home improvements

    17-Jul-2003

    Chester is a historic city that both draws the tourist and acts as an important regional centre. Its regional role arises not just because there are few major towns around but, unusually, also because many of Chester's historic core buildings were, and remain, in retail use, notably its distinctive two-storey galleried shops.
  • Breathing space

    10-Jul-2003

    refurbishment
  • TERRACE MEETS FLAT

    3-Jul-2003

    building study
  • Quarts in pint pots

    26-Jun-2003

    building study
  • Plane sailing

    5-Jun-2003

    building study
  • Welcome break

    5-Jun-2003

    buildings
  • Sporting life

    29-May-2003

    interiors
  • Gateway of opportunity

    15-May-2003

    An entire terrace of Victorian shops in Forest Gate, east London, has been refurbished as the first phase of an ambitious scheme to regenerate the high street
  • In character

    15-May-2003

    Burrell Foley Fischer has sympathetically conserved the best elements and features of Islington's Almeida Theatre, while improving facilities and creating a new front of house
  • The best of health

    8-May-2003

    building study
  • Turn of the Century

    8-May-2003

    refurbishment
  • Hot spot

    1-May-2003

    The Hub, more formally the Whitechapel Threshold Centre, is a product of the government's push for joined-up thinking. A series of Hubs will provide social, welfare and employment support on six sites in some of London's most deprived boroughs. Based on joint bids by local authorities and other agencies for Single Regeneration Budget money, this particular Hub in Tower Hamlets has been developed with the Peabody Trust. The trust found a 10x10m site in the corner of one of its estates, ...
  • Heart transplant

    24-Apr-2003

    aj interiors
  • Work experience

    24-Apr-2003

    Inclusive design - providing accessibility of buildings for all, without special-needs addons - is a design philosophy being pushed to the fore by the staged introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. Levitt Bernstein's fit-out for the Workforce charity near Old Street in central London is generally a good example of inclusive design but, paradoxically, also a product of the current lack of inclusion in the employment market.
  • Academic prowess

    17-Apr-2003

    aj building study
  • Working party

    20-Feb-2003

    In this week's workplace special, we look at two BCO award winners - a new generation business park by Richard Rogers Partnership and Powell-Tuck Associates' animated fit-out for Bloomberg
  • Nautical, but nice

    6-Feb-2003

    aj building study
  • Calming club class

    30-Jan-2003

    ajinteriors
  • Hallmark of success

    23-Jan-2003

    aj refurbishment
  • Little and large in Jersey

    7-Nov-2002

    Naish Waddington Architects has just completed two contrasting housing projects in Jersey - a single family house, South Wind, near St Peter (below), and flats for Jersey Homes Trust housing association in central St Helier (right and top). Tenants from across the island are just moving into the 113 single-bed flats of Berkshire Court. Two blocks of deck-access accommodation for the over-50s face each other across a landscaped courtyard.There is 56-bay basement parking below.On the ...
  • Boxing clever

    24-Oct-2002

    Having decided to demolish the previous owner's conservatory to this mid-Victorian villa in Wandsworth, London, the brief to the Pike Practice was in essence to create a glass wall to the back of the house. The work involved was more radical than that implies.
  • The sound of history

    10-Oct-2002

    aj refurbishment
  • Wild at art

    3-Oct-2002

    review
  • Retail therapy

    19-Sep-2002

    building study
  • Avant gardens

    1-Aug-2002

    review
  • Asylum seekers with a difference

    27-Jun-2002

    With mental health care high on the NHS agenda, the approaches not just of the old asylums but of much more recent care programmes are being rethought.
  • reborn in the USA

    27-Jun-2002

    people
  • Take your seats

    27-Jun-2002

    aj interiors: spectrum
  • Bite-sized fit-out

    30-May-2002

    As a PR agency, Bite briefed its designer, Brinkworth, in much the same way it would be briefed itself when pitching for work. Bite 'wanted to avoid being prescriptive', to give the designers a sense of 'our brand, our people and the way we work', and for Brinkworth to 'come back with four or five possible design solutions that we can present to the group'.
  • Home turf

    2-May-2002

    aj building study With its latest contribution to Manor Farm in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, architect Proctor Matthews has designed a 'modern' family house that integrates itself with the variety of other building styles already on site
  • Getting down to earth

    28-Feb-2002

    review
  • Beyond Shelter: Anatolian Indigenous Buildings

    14-Feb-2002

    REVIEW
  • The growth of form

    21-Sep-2000

    Ninth International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire. Daily until 22 October. (On the Paris-Tours local rail line, a mile from Onzain station)
  • Going once, going twice, going Internet . . .

    8-Jun-2000

    AJ Column
  • Architecture interpreted on the move

    11-May-2000

    The restless world of it appears always to be focused on the new, without ever quite digesting the previously new. Proliferation outstrips integration. Because novelty makes headlines. Because being first to market is important in it where imitation is relatively easy. Because integration often needs standards, which evolve slowly.
  • The World Wide Web can be at your service

    6-Apr-2000

    .column
  • Prophet motive

    10-Feb-2000

    e-topia: 'Urban Life, Jim - But Not As We Know It' by William Mitchell. MIT Press, 1999. 184pp. £13.95
  • Towers of comfort

    29-Jul-1999

    technical & practice: Wind towers are emerging as part of the architectural roofscape. Battle McCarthy has produced a guide BY BARRIE EVANS
  • Breaking down barriers Help in following an access-for-all approach was on offer at Naidex, the exhibition for the disabled community BY BARRIE EVANS

    22-Jul-1999

    The idea of designing an environment that is accessible to all, without special provision for different sectors of the community, is at the extreme an impossible dream. But it is worth working towards to make buildings more accessible to more people and to avoid stigmatising what is a growing proportion of the population. This includes the recognisably disabled but also a growing number of elderly infirm and others disabled by the difficulty of using buildings. Before long the uk will ...
  • Growing stylish The quality of exhibits at Landscape 99 shows that landscapes could be more interesting places than they often are BY BARRIE EVANS

    22-Jul-1999

    The Landscape 99 exhibition, mostly devoted to hard landscape, included a sharpness of design ideas often missing from the hard landscape designs we see around us. Not on every stand, but evident. Is it just that hard landscapes are designed down to a price or cut back as the project budget gets used up? Often they look like space left over after building rather than achieving a sense of place, as is notable in Barcelona. Lack of source materials is evidently not the problem.
  • From pictures to projects

    24-Jun-1999

    technical & practice
  • Setting the standard

    24-Jun-1999

    An industry study of prefabrication and preassembly sets out challenges for all stages of projects BY BARRIE EVANS
  • Clad in glass Glass is one of the few areas of strong technical innovation in construction, showcased at a recent cladding conference

    22-Apr-1999

    technical & practice
  • Pillow talk

    15-Apr-1999

    technical & practice
  • RIBA unveils proactive 'think-and-do tank'

    15-Apr-1999

    The riba's Future Studies initiative had its first public airing this week, appropriately with the two main speakers from outside uk architecture. The intention of the initiative is to focus on architecture rather than on architects, exploring half a dozen themes in the first two years by commissioning studies from experts in the chosen fields. Architects might be included. Themes being considered are the economic benefits of good design, how regulation relates to quality, standardisation, ...
  • Time's up for terraces asprogressive collapse looms

    16-Jul-1998

    news
  • Government gets serious about energy saving

    30-Apr-1998

    news
  • Scene on the screen

    12-Mar-1998

    The recent Construct IT and ICAT exhibitions provide the year's main showcases for developments in computing for designers
  • Touching the earth lightly

    18-Dec-1997

    Jorg Schlaich is one of the pioneers of lightweight structures. Barrie Evans reviews a new monograph that charts his contribution
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