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Architecture is exploded alcohol

6-Aug-2015 | By Astragal

Jelly-maker Bompas & Parr has revealed its latest creation: an installation-cum-bar entitled Alcoholic Architecture.


Seven architects for Series 7 chair

6-Aug-2015 | By Astragal

Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, BIG and Snøhetta are among seven architects who have reinterpreted Danish designer Arne Jacobsen’s classic Series 7 chair.

The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow enjoys triple Mack restoration

6-Aug-2015 | By Astragal

More than a year after fire gutted the Mack, Glasgowis gearing up for a hat trick of Charles Rennie Mackintosh restoration projects.


Eden beats Angel as top UK landmark

6-Aug-2015 | By Astragal

Grimshaw’s Eden Project has been named as the landmark that best defines 21st-century Britain, in a ranking drawn up by The Independent and British Airways’ High Life magazine

Vanna Venturi house

Venturi house for sale: education required

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The iconic Postmodern house that Robert Venturi designed for his mother has gone up for sale. The Vanna Venturi house in Philadelphia has a hefty price tag of $1.75 million.


Piano’s training built on sand foundations

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The architect of London’s Shard, Renzo Piano recently put his architectural career down to an early training building sandcastles near his childhood home of Genoa. In an article in The Guardian, he said ‘making sandcastles was my training in fantasy’.

BBC Hair - London Eye

Hairdressing reaches its pinnacle

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The contestants on BBC2’s Hair, a competition to find Britain’s best amateur hairstylist, were asked to create a new style inspired by iconic architecture as part of the freestyle round.

Nou Camp

Make and RSHP look to score at Barcelona

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The Brits are coming for Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou.

Tower Hotel, London

Stars vie to get their hands on ugly hotel

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The gossipmongers are having a (clandestine) field day over the future of the 1970s Tower Hotel – once voted the capital’s second ugliest building.

Hampstead house Patty Hopkins

For sale: Hopkins’ High-Tech trailblazer

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

A house that was extended and remodelled by Patty Hopkins when she worked for Norman Foster in the late 60s has gone on the market for £2.25 million.

Deansgate - Castlefield Station

If Simpson’s view offends him...

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

Manchester practice Simpson Haugh & Partners is designing the redevelopment of two major tram stops in the city centre.


Pickle beats cheese in battle of nicknames

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The Gherkin has topped a poll of the best building nicknames. Foster + Partners’ Stirling Prize-winning tower saw off competition from the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater in the YouGov poll.

BPO Building

Gehry joins fight to save Decq building

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

French architect Odile Decq has launched an ‘international emergency petition’ addressed to French president Francois Hollande and culture minister Fleur Pellerin to save her 1990 BPO Building in Rennes from being razed to the ground.

Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano - completed, June 2015

Rain or shine cause pavilion problems

9-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

SelgasCano’s multicoloured Serpentine Pavilion has been struggling with the English weather. Visitors to the ‘lumpy rainbow of ETFE and ribbons’ have told of overheating and feeling as if they are sitting in a greenhouse.


Sandcastles hit by tide of destruction

9-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

A sandcastle contest organised by the RIBA as part of a local Love Architecture Festival in Grimsby lost its competitive edge, with all entrants declared winners, after encroaching tides threatened to wash away the architectural creations.

Studio Weave lego

Studio Weave breaks the Lego rules

9-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

Studio Weave’s sprawling Lego city took home the trophy at last week’s London Architecture Festival’s Lego Challenge … despite blatantly breaking the contest’s rules.

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.

ACME\'s revised Northgate plans. The proposed department store. The design of which is inspired by the various Tudor reliefs typically found throughout Chester [August 2015].

ACME reworks £300m central Chester plans

28-Aug-2015 | By

ACME is set to revise its Northgate masterplan in Chester city centre to include a new four star hotel


RIBA Future Trends sounds cautionary warning

28-Aug-2015 | By

The latest RIBA Future Trends survey has revealed a drop in both workloads and staffing forecasts


Allies and Morrison submits plans for Ealing Broadway revamp

28-Aug-2015 | By

AJ120 big hitter Allies and Morrison has submitted plans to redevelop a major site at Ealing Broadway


Sean Griffiths reveals Distant Drumbeat installation Video

27-Aug-2015 | By Flora Neville

Sean Griffiths, ex director of FAT, has created an architectural art piece for the National Trust’s Lyme Park on the edge of the Peak District

Zaha: ‘Our Tokyo stadium designs cannot be improved’ Video

27-Aug-2015 | By

Zaha Hadid Architects has released a new video explaining why the Japanese government was wrong to scrap its proposed £1.3 billion Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

Rest and Be Thankful visitor centre - proposed - August 2015 by KennedyTwaddle

Plans revealed for Scottish mountain pass visitor centre Video

27-Aug-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

Scotland and London-based practice KennedyTwaddle has revealed plans to create a visitor attraction overlooking the old Military Road at the Rest and Be Thankful

Pentagon infographic

Pentagon: the world's largest office building - in infographics

27-Aug-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

Sixty years since the death of the Pentagon architect, G Edwin Bergstrom, these jaw-dropping new infographics show the scale of the world’s largest office building

LGBT flag

Is architecture really LGBT friendly?

27-Aug-2015 | By Rakesh Ramchurn

Our industry-wide survey revealed architecture fared better than engineering and contracting for LGBT equality. But what does this really mean for sexual minorities in the profession? Rakesh Ramchurn reports

Palazzo del Lavoro, Turin under construction 1960s Architectural Press Archive/RIBA Collections

Nervi's Palace of Labour hit by arsonists

27-Aug-2015 | By Colin Marrs

Turin’s Palazzo del Lavoro, designed by Pier Luigi Nervi, has suffered serious fire damage after a suspected arson attack


Design advisory services sought for Parliament revamp

27-Aug-2015 | By Gavriel Hollander

The first contracts for the restoration of the Palace of Westminster, a job that could cost up to £7 billion, will be awarded next summer


Architect fined over eco-home costs wrangle

27-Aug-2015 | By Jim Dunton

An architect who failed to tell his clients the conversion of a 1970s bungalow into an eco-home was not achievable on their budget has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and fined £4,000


Studio Spicer completes £675k Stratford villas

27-Aug-2015 | By

Studio Spicer has completed this pair of ‘strikingly bold and contemporary’ homes in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire


Conran to turn Barbican youth hostel into luxury flats

27-Aug-2015 | By

Conran and Partners has revealed plans to turn a tower at the Barbican, which was used as a youth hostel, into luxury apartments

Terry Farrell\'s masterplan for Bicester eco-town

Shelter fears Starter Homes will only help high earners

27-Aug-2015 | By Colin Marrs

The Government’s Starter Homes initiative will narrow housing options for the lowest paid while helping mainly higher earners, according to homelessness charity Shelter

David Hutchison (1937-2015) - co-founder of HLM

HLM co-founder Hutchison dies

26-Aug-2015 | By Colin Marrs

David Hutchison, one of the founders of Hutchison Locke and Monk (HLM) has died aged 78.


Gillespie Yunnie transforms naval base into studios

26-Aug-2015 | By

Gillespie Yunnie has transformed a former naval base in Plymouth into a series of artist’s studios


Serie lands major Singapore scheme

26-Aug-2015 | By

London’s Serie Architects has revealed its competition-winning design for a new neighbourhood centre and clinic in Singapore

Designer crowdfunds to build pods for homeless Video

25-Aug-2015 | By

Architectural designer James Furzer has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a modular homeless shelter which would hang off the sides of buildings

Grimshaw - internal - crop

Grimshaw completes £180m energy-from-waste facility Video

25-Aug-2015 | By

Grimshaw Architects has completed this £180 million power plant in Great Blakenham, Suffolk


Myerscough builds pop-up viewing platform on Swedish bridge

25-Aug-2015 | By

Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan have released these pictures of a colourful, temporary installation on Stockholm’s Norrbro Bridge


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