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'celebratory engagement with the public realm'Subscription
Phil Coffey's theoretical project for Glasgow combines an urban design proposal with a design for a new extension for the existing Tron Theatre. The public realm of the new theatre building is conceived as an extension of a promenade created by a new linear park. Outdoor rehearsal spaces allow members of the public to watch the actors at work. The project aims to link the much-neglected area of the Gorbals with Glasgow's vibrant cultural centre, the Merchant City.
Hakes Associates' competition-winning design for a £1.6 million chapel for the London School of Theology comprises a 350-seat chapel, entrance building and link block. Daylight passes through long triangular openings in the facade in order to create a soft, diffused, reflective light within the chapel.
'it's a delight to see an approach that is quite playful applied to a gritty urban context'Subscription
The Hub is a competition-winning design by Andy Puncher and Andrew Hamilton at Hawkins\Brown for a civic and cultural centre in the former steel town of Corby. The project uses the language of a department store, presenting its services in 'shop windows' to an internal street.
'a great use of material, very characterful - these buildings are talking to the public'Subscription
Adam Richards Architects' competition entry for student accommodation at the Atlantic College in Wales takes the form of four three-storey, barn-like structures linked by a woodland path. Prefabricated bedrooms and bathrooms are plugged into in-situ concrete boxes, which are stacked inside the barns. A top-lit study bedroom runs the length of each building under the eaves.
Nestled in a back garden, this newly completed London studio by Sanei Hopkins Architects has raking glass beams supporting the glass roof and fold-away glass doors. It also has a sauna and steam room, one enclosed by a white-rendered, blob-like enclosure, the other concealed in a mirrored box.
'lives, writes and breathes his architecture'Subscription
Rob Gregory acted as client, contractor and architect on the refurbishment of Becket Hall in Bristol. The project is part of an ongoing crusade to revive historic buildings by campaigning and writing, as well as by direct action. The hall is set in a medieval courtyard among a group of old buildings, including a church and 15th-century merchants' houses. Long-term development plans are still in negotiation with the owners of the medieval houses and the Churches Conservation Trust, but ...
A Very Merry ChristmasSubscription
After three years as an AJ columnist, Will Alsop signs off with a Christmas card to all our readers
It was three years ago that my editor asked me if I would like to take over this weekly column from my old chum Paul Hyett.
I was a student at the AA in London. I started in September 1968. I well remember the head of school, John Lloyd, addressing us.