New UK architecture

Many impressive buildings opened in the UK in 2018, from big hitters like the V&A Dundee and Coal Drops Yard, to smaller projects like a six-form college in Surrey by IF_DO and Peter Zumthor’s Secular Retreat. We picked 5 of them and present them to you: Coal Drops Yard in London architect: Heatherwick Studio Within the wider redevelopment of King’s Cross in central London, ...

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Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Winners

Chapel by Craftworks has been crowned overall winner of Don’t Move, Improve! 2019! Now in its ninth year, the annual competition celebrates London’s best-designed new home extensions and improvements, promoting the value of good design to householders and the work of emerging architectural practices. The winning project was praised by the expert jury for its unique intervention into a deleterious 1935 chapel in Camberwell, ...

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Exhibition: Making It Happen: New Community Architecture

What does community architecture look like? Making It Happen tells the stories behind four very different examples of new or reimagined public areas. This immersive exhibition charts and celebrates the coming together of communities and architects to craft and create spaces that work for all. In recent years many public buildings in Britain have faced an uncertain future as a result of budget cuts ...

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FSB Plug-in handles for internal doors

Uniquely minimalist FSB provides the wherewithal for fitting handles of consistent design and material to doors and windows from the cellar right up to the loft. FSB’s new plug-in handles for internal doors follow on from those for windows and embody the same principle. FSB’s plug-in handle for internal doors is very much at home in select housing projects and, with the applicable certification ...

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Gira surface-mounted video home station 7

The Gira surface-mounted video home station 7 is a new indoor station for door intercoms. The surface-mounted home station is available in two colours, each with a matching glass surface: pure white glossy with white glass and black matt with black glass. Both variants can be integrated harmoniously into any interior design, residential environment or office situation. Ideally positioned anywhere The surface-mounted video home ...

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Affordable Palace

Proposal for refurbishment of London’s Buckingham Palace Affordable Housing is one of the key social issues in major cities of our time. The ever-increasing gap between rich and poor is growing faster than ever before. Affordable Housing? I’d prefer a palace to a house (if it is for free) … The UK is in the midst of a housing crisis: the deepest ever, centered ...

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Exhibition: Presences – Níall McLaughlin Architects

​Níall McLaughlin Architects’ contribution to the Venice Biennale 2018 Níall McLaughlin Architects’ interactive installation consists of six large-scale models, each representing a hall for gathering that the practice has designed. These models are placed upon a rotating table which is a calendar and a cosmic machine. The intention of presenting these models in this way is to emphasise the relationship between the enduring frames ...

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German Christmas markets

With a history that dates back almost 600 years ago, Dresden Christmas Market, also known as Striezelmarkt, is the oldest Christmas fair in Germany. The most celebrated of all the markets is Nürnberg’s Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt. The Frauenkirche, overlooking the market has a glockenspiel, a bell clock on which wooden figures cavort several times a day. But there are houndreds of Christmas markets ...

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Bathroom furnishing with KEUCO in Hamburg’s The Fontenay luxury hotel

With an open-minded, cosmopolitan, and classic orientation Hamburg architect Jan Störmer’s design of The Fontenay luxury hotel is an homage to the Hanseatic city. The sculptural and organic circle-shaped architecture successfully achieves a balance between the urban character of the city and its natural surroundings. Situated directly on the Alster, it is an island of tranquillity in the middle of Hamburg. The exquisite structure ...

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