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Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour

Soft option as Rogers takes to the field

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Richard Rogers may be nearly 82 years old but he’s still up for a game of sport. The architect turned up at Regent’s Park recently when it was the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners team’s turn to compete against RCKa in the London architectural softball league.

Barbara Weiss

Feminism’s triumph is a blow for skyline

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Campaign queen Barbara Weiss – the mastermind behind both Skyline and Women in Architecture – must have been conflicted by news that a female architect was behind London’s newest skyscraper, PLP’s 20 Bishopsgate

BT Tower revolving restautant

Take a turn in the BT Tower restaurant

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Those seeking a novelty dining experience closer to home will be excited to learn that the BT Tower’s revolving restaurant is set to open to the public again for the first time in 35 years. The opening will mark the building’s 50th anniversary.

Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano - completed, June 2015

Silva lining undermines pavilion’s hipness

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

At the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion the assembled press were treated to the sight of culture minister Ed Vaizey taking to the stage to express his admiration for the project.


Lego’s block grant

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

The University of Cambridge is on the hunt for a professor of Lego. But architects hoping for a career move that will let them build from the plastic blocks all day long may be disappointed.

Park Hill parties all weekend long

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

The design world once again descended on Sheffield’s Park Hill last weekend when the housing estate played host to a party kicking off the city’s design week.

Assemble\'s Brutalist Playground

Brutal let-down for playground visitors

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Last Tuesday saw one of the RIBA’s busiest events when more than 900 people showed up to the launch of Turner Prize-shortlisted Assemble’s Brutalist Playground.

Heatherwick Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge struck by satirical blow

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

It is safe to say Joanna Lumley’s proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames has split opinion – not least because of the large amounts of money needed for what some regard as a ‘vanity project’.

Mossessian Architecture - Kings Cross

Sneak preview of King's Cross project at Mossessian party

11-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

A top secret scheme for King’s Cross was given a cheeky airing at Mossessian Architecture’s 10 year anniversary celebrations last week.

Wes Anderson pinball

Wes Anderson’s latest creation is Prada bar

11-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Film director Wes Anderson, best known for his lavishly eyecatching production design, has turned his hand to interiors, designing a café inside OMA’s recently completed Fondazione Prada in Milan.

1st Thomas Heatherwick

Heatherwick takes inspiration from Zaha

11-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Is Thomas Heatherwick about to take a leaf from Zaha Hadid’s book by appointing a chief executive?

Hall McKnight\'s \'yellow pavilion\'

Festival shivers for Gold Medal winners

11-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Cold weather, wind and rain didn’t stop architects turning out in force for the launch of the London Festival of Architecture last week.

Space Group hotel

Space Group stakes a claim in the final frontier

28-May-2015 | By Astragal

London and planet Earth-based practice Space Group Architects has taken the search for the next emerging market to a new, extra-terrestrial level 

Evelina learns from glazing mistakes

28-May-2015 | By Astragal

Nearly 10 years after first opening its doors the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Evelina Children’s Hospital is poised for a major expansion.

FAT and Grayson Perry\'s House for Essex

Skewed concerns at Grayson Perry house

20-May-2015 | By Astragal

Security was tight at the press opening of the much-photographed, two-bedroom holiday home designed by the now-dissolved FAT together with artist Grayson Perry.

RIBA Gold Medal

Close encounters with the stars

20-May-2015 | By Astragal

Ever fancied a helicopter ride over London? Well one lucky winner could be in with the chance for a ride in Norman Foster’s private helicopter.

Jeremy Paxman in 2009

HS2 fails to capture Paxman’s heart

20-May-2015 | By Astragal

No longer able to attack politicians on Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman has turned his attention to a much bigger, less animate target: the construction of High Speed 2.

Piano’s Whitney Museum is in the bag

14-May-2015 | By Astragal

As his new $422 million Whitney Museum in New York opens to the public, Renzo Piano has joined the ever-growing list of architects trying their hand at fashion design.

Owen Luder, former president of RIBA who has been re-elected to the RIBA council

Luder proves a shrewd political gambler

14-May-2015 | By Astragal

Such sentiments certainly won’t have been appreciated by most architects, who, according to the AJ’s pre-election poll, were hoping for a Labour victory. 

An unseemly display of post-election glee

14-May-2015 | By Astragal

As a rule, press releases should not enrage, so perhaps the authors of a post-election media bulletin issued this week should have considered the fact that 75 per cent of the electorate did not vote Conservative.

Architype UEA Enterprise Centre

Architype completes thatch-clad enterprise centre

6-Jul-2015 | By

Architype has completed this £11.6 million enterprise centre at the University of East Anglia

Allies and Morrison Imperial College

Allies and Morrison wins go-ahead for biomedical research building

6-Jul-2015 | By

Allies and Morrison has won planning for a biomedical engineering building at Imperial College’s White City campus

Cefn Castell, Criccieth by Stephenson: ISA Studio

Revealed: Shortlist for 'best new building in Wales'

6-Jul-2015 | By

The eight schemes in the running for the Welsh Gold Medal for Architecture have been revealed

The Guts, Manchester

Manchester launches £300m housing fund

6-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

Manchester City Council has launched a £300m housing fund to unlock stalled sites in the city for development and build up to 220,000 homes over the next two decades

Construction site

Election uncertainty weighed on construction industry output

6-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

The UK construction sector is still feeling the effects of the activity drop prior to the general election in May, according to industry analysts Glenigan

Karen Holmes, chief executive of the ARB June 2015

ARB appoints Karen Holmes as chief executive

6-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has appointed Karen Holmes as the new registrar and chief executive

Unexpected Hill by So? Architecture

SO? Architecture unveils ceramic installation at the RA

3-Jul-2015 | By

So? Architecture has completed this installation at the Royal Academy

Zaha Hadid Architects\' reworked designs for the Tokyo National Stadium

Japan gives final go-ahead for Zaha's £1.3bn Olympic stadium

3-Jul-2015 | By

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Tokyo Olympic stadium will start on site in October and cost £1.3 billion to complete, the Japanese government has confirmed

Hawkins Brown Newcastle Science Building

Hawkins\Brown wins planning for £58m Newcastle Uni science building

3-Jul-2015 | By

Hawkins\Brown has won planning for a new £58 million Urban Sciences building at Newcastle University

Spinners garden new house by PAD Studio

PAD Studio completes £550,000 New Forest house

2-Jul-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

Hampshire-based PAD Studio has completed this two-storey home set within a woodland garden

RCKa London College of Fashion

RCKa to create ‘rooftop folly’ for London College of Fashion

2-Jul-2015 | By

RCKa has won a contest for a new roof garden at the London College of Fashion

Winner: Isabel Garriga and Clara Garriga

Garriga sisters win Royston Spire contest

2-Jul-2015 | By

Isabel Garriga and Clara Garriga of Holmes Miller Architects have won the Glasgow Institute of Architects’ competition for a £40,000 overhaul of Royston Spire

Video: Construction of RSHP's Jean Prouvé demountable house Video

2-Jul-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has modernised the iconic design for the ‘6 metre x 6 metre’ demountable house for use as a holiday home

Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Tower scheme in Paris

Paris u-turns on Herzog & de Meuron 'triangle tower'

2-Jul-2015 | By

Herzog & de Meuron’s £430 million ‘triangle tower’ has been approved by the Council of Paris in a surprise u-turn


Whitworth named Museum of the Year

2-Jul-2015 | By

MUMA’s £15 million revamp of the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester has been named Museum of the Year


Assemble to ‘inject joy’ into Seven Sisters station

2-Jul-2015 | By

Assemble has been appointed to work on a new public art piece at Seven Sisters as part of TfL’s Art on the Underground programme

Heneghan Peng\'s competition-winning Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt

In pictures: Heneghan Peng completes Giza Museum shell

1-Jul-2015 | By

Heneghan Peng has completed the concrete shell on its competition-winning Grand Egyptian Museum project which is now due to complete in 2018

Video: Howard Davies on the Airports Commission's final report Video

1-Jul-2015 | By

In this video Howard Davies discusses the Airports Commission’s decision to reccomend a third runway at Heathrow to increase the UK’s aviation capacity

Levitt Bernstein’s design to convert the main 1950s Granada Studio building into a 200-bedroom hotel

Plans submitted for Granada Studios redevelopment schemes

1-Jul-2015 | By Colin Marrs

Three detailed planning permissions within the masterplan area for the former Granada Studios in Manchester have been submitted – with a fourth set to follow within weeks

Winner: Art in the City by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes

Helsinki poll casts doubts over Guggenheim approval

1-Jul-2015 | By

Only half a dozen City of Helsinki councillors have confirmed they will support the high-profile Guggenheim museum project