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Beacon of enlightenment: The Lexicon by Carr Cotter Naessens

13-Nov-2014 | By Gary Boyd

In a time of shrinking public realm, Carr Cotter Naessens’ new library at Dún Laoghaire is a generous, well-worked example of what civic architecture can be, writes Gary Boyd. Photography by Dennis Gilbert


Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo

10-Oct-2014 | By Piers Gough

Libraries are where you go to escape and discover other worlds, and Mecanoo has provided an expansive and multi-layered location for this activity, writes Piers Gough


Community framework: JW3 by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

27-Jan-2014 | By

With some exquisite finishes, the frame of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ JW3 is elegant as well as tough, writes Felix Mara. Photography by Hufton + Crow


Concrete kaleidoscope: New Seinäjoki City Library by JKMM

30-Sep-2013 | By

JKMM’s digital-age extension to Alvar Aalto’s 1965 city library at Seinäjoki in Finland startles with its edgy angularity and tricks of perspective, writes Felix Mara

Birmingham Library

Supersize Mecanoo: Birmingham Library by Mecanoo

27-Sep-2013 | By Jay Merrick

Birmingham’s new mega-library might be the last of its kind. But that won’t stop it from becoming a great public building, writes Jay Merrick. Photography by Christian Richters


Stirling Prize revisited - is Peckham Library still a winner?

26-Sep-2013 | By

The success of Peckham Library has prompted Southwark to build two more new libraries. But how has the building stood up to 13 years of heavy use? asks Tom Ravenscroft


Wembley assembly

1-Aug-2013 | By

One-stop shop? tick. Sustainable? very. Atrium? definitely. New civic paradigm? maybe. Felix Mara visits Hopkins’ Brent Civic Centre. Photography by Morley von Sternberg


Realigning Rochdale

19-Jul-2013 | By

FaulknerBrowns Architects’ £42.5 million new council HQ is a worthy addition to the civic architecture of Rochdale, writes Richard Waite. Photography by Hufton + Crow

Keep it simple: Trafford Town Hall redevelopment by 5Plus

18-Jul-2013 | By

5Plus’s layout at Trafford Borough Council’s offices opts for elegant restraint while letting the bombastic town hall do all the talking, writes Felix Mara. Photography by Mark Waugh

Cartwright Pickard Wakefield One

Wakefield One by Cartwright Pickard Architects


Occupying a prominent position in Wakefield, Cartwright Pickard’s Wakefield One uses a small palette of robust materials

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Bisset Adams’ ‘next generation’ Idea Store opens

6-Aug-2013 | By

Bisset Adams has completed a new Idea Store in Tower Hamlets, East London


Hampshire County Council reveals woodland activity centre

18-Jun-2013 | By

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Hampshire County Council Architect’s outdoor centre alongside the Basingstoke Canal scooped a RIBA Regional Award last week


3XN extends Copenhagen courthouse

17-Jun-2013 | By

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] 3XN’s municipal courthouse in Danish capital has been awarded a RIBA EU Award


Corstorphine + Wright's Derby Council House refurb opens its doors

11-Apr-2013 | By

[FIRST LOOK] Corstorphine + Wright’s £27milion refurbishment of the Council House in Derby has officially been opened