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Science fiction and climate facts – the Met Office

A new sci-fi-inspired Met Office base in Devon is set to become an architectural landmark as well as a top destination for environmental scientists exploring how our climate works. Stephen Cousins reports from the scene. Devon’s reputation for cider and... View Article

Steeling the limelight – Four St Pancras Square

Part of the swathes of land being revived by the the King’s Cross regeneration, Four Pancras Square is a steel giant which conjures up memories of London’s industrial heartland. Steve Menary reports. Replicating rusty metal might not seem an obvious... View Article

Travelling light – Travel Centre, Lahti, Finland

Bus and rail shelters are rarely seen as works of art but the copper-clad shelter for a new road-rail intersection in Lahti, Finland, is something of a metal masterpiece. Michael Willoughby reports from the Land of the Midnight Sun. What... View Article

A model for a brighter sort of retirement living

A new and more socially-inclusive form of retirement living is being designed and built in High Wycombe, writes Steve Menary. Retirement housing was once acerbically described in the hit 1980s comedy-drama, Auf Wiedersehen Pet as “A little box before the... View Article

The art of connection – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Norwegian architectural practice Snøhetta’s crinkly white extension to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art stands in stark contrast to the existing museum’s geometric form, but as Stephen Cousins discovers, there is more to this unusual architectural marriage than meets the... View Article

Sitting comfortably in the Hart of the community

GT+3 Architects is set to complete an ambitious project for a contemporary leisure centre which has to provide distinctive architecture as a community hub but also blend with its parkland surrounding. Steve Menary explores further. In the current political environment,... View Article

Flagship private hospital will set new standards

Halliday Meecham’s design for a state-of-the-art private medical facility boasts some interesting features. Jess Unwin finds out more £63 million landmark building that wlll raise the bar for hospital design is being constructed in Manchester. Innovative private hospital group Spire Healthcare has... View Article

Artful design makes all the difference at state-of-the-art facility

Improving the patient experience is one of the primary objectives of the architects behind Scotland’s newest, hi-tech cancer treatment centre but, as Ray Philpott reveals, taking an unconventional design approach pays dividends From an architectural perspective, designing a radiotherapy-based cancer... View Article

Arachnitecture

A reinforced ETFE dome, inspired by the bubble-shaped nest of the water spider, demonstrates the feasibility of virtually formwork-free carbon fibre construction. Stephen Cousins reports. Carbon fibre–reinforced polymers are an extremely strong, rigid and light form of reinforced plastic, commonly... View Article

A study in glass

A landmark educational building featuring an innovative use of glazing has lit up a run-down part of the Spanish town of Torrelavega, writes Steve Menary. A mix of squares, circles and an innovative use of glazing has been used to create... View Article

A refreshingly different view of mental health

Suburban Liverpool is home to a highly praised example of the new generation of sophisticated mental healthcare facilities that are emerging across the UK. Ray Philpott explores how its design contributes to a better patient experience. Clock View Hospital in... View Article

Hilton’s industrial inspiration

London’s grimy industrial past was the unlikely inspiration behind the £48 million Hilton London Bankside hotel, which conjures up an understated refinement from a palette of robust and exposed materials. Stephen Cousins reports. Take a stroll along the riverfront at... View Article
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