Matthew Teague's stories
The Centre for Lifelong Learning is one of two projects for London's City and Islington College carried out under the guidance of Stafford Critchlow at Wilkinson Eyre. A radical reworking of a Victorian board school, the college has a strong new identity in the form of a new entrance and atrium, with the much-loved Victorian building at its heart. The scheme was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award in 2004.
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The design and development of the Ernsting Service Centre at Coesfeld-Lette, Germany, was overseen by Martin Ebert of David Chipperfield Architects.
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Mueller Kneer Associates has obtained planning permission for this new church on a site occupied by a modest chapel owned by the Glad Tidings religious community in east London. The church and its ancillary spaces are contained within a single form, enveloped by a skin of large brass shingles in a reddish gold.
Designed for rural locations, Sybarite's prefabricated houses offer views above the treetops and can be installed within two weeks. The underside accommodates undulating kinetic baffles, which are used to generate electricity.
Buschow Henley's design for a 400-inmate prison is a theoretical proposal developed with the Do Tank and Demos. The prison takes the form of 11 autonomous live-learn houses, each accommodating 36 people, with communal facilities below. The chequerboard arrangement allows secure gardens for each house. This limits the need for the managed movement of inmates, so giving staff more time to conduct the new regime of learning initiatives.
Piercy Conner's proposal for the regeneration of Brooks Road Estate in east London is based on the idea of adding 'overcoats' to existing dwellings. These operate as environmental buffers, harnessing solar energy, collecting rainwater and reusing clean warm air, as well as providing additional usable space. Living rooms are reoriented to face the street.