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Building Awards Small Project of the Year: Maggie's cancer centre, Aberdeen

3 April 2014| By Ike Ijeh

With its streamlined, organic form enhancing its welcoming ethos, the latest Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Aberdeen, designed by Snøhetta, is a worthy winner of this year’s Small Project of the Year Building Award

Grand design

Creating the Design Museum's new home

27 March 2014| By Thomas Lane

The iconic Commonwealth Institute needed a new tenant - and the iconic Design Museum needed a new home. But adapting a fragile and low-spec sixties building to house a visitor attraction meant using some serious technical know-how

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Manchester Central Library: A modern classic

21 March 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Manchester’s thirties Central Library was a warren of rambling interiors and inaccessible book stacks. But then Ryder Architecture got to work on an edited version

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Building Magazine Small Project of the Year shortlist

13 March 2014| By Ike Ijeh

This year’s Small Project of the Year finalists include a private residence, a youth centre, a creative arts hub and an architect’s own office

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Building Magazine Project of the Year shortlist

12 March 2014| By Ike Ijeh

There’s a packed field for the Building Awards’ prestigious Project of the Year prizes, with museums and libraries jostling with the Baby Shard and London’s first inhabited bridge for 250 years

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Thames Barrier: The day after tomorrow

4 March 2014| By Ike Ijeh

With much of the Thames Valley looking like something out of a disaster movie this winter, arguments are raging over whether the Thames Barrier can cope with the consequences of climate change - or whether it’s time to start thinking about building a new one

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Building Sweden's New Karolinska Solna hospital

26 February 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Sweden’s first ever PPP project is a £1.3bn hospital that is also Europe’s greenest

Park strife

Parking problems on housing developments

11 February 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Few things outrage the driver’s innate sense of entitlement more than not being able to find a car parking space near to home. Yet planners and designers are still grappling to reconcile the need to placate the resident with the desire to minimise the impact of the car

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A case for biodiversity offsetting?

4 February 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Biodiversity offsetting is the government’s answer to the conundrum of how to speed up development while safeguarding the country’s woodland and other environmental habitats. The idea has come under fire from all sides - but also enjoyed some unexpected support

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How to make an airport fly

30 January 2014| By Mike Brown, Ike Ijeh

Boris Johnson’s plan to build an airport from scratch in the Thames Estuary may be no nearer to securing government backing, but it refuses to go away. We look at similar projects from around the world to try to work out if the idea has wings

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Such stuff as dreams are made on: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

14 January 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Seventeen years after the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse completes the vision in dazzling style

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Center Parcs: The place beyond the pines

8 January 2014| By Thomas Lane

Center Parcs’ £250m resort will cater for 4,000 visitors in a forest in the green belt just outside Milton Keynes. So how do you build a self-sufficient small town in the middle of a wood? And get permission to do it?

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Projects 2013: Six of the best

20 December 2013| By Thomas Lane, Ike Ijeh

We pick out the most impressive projects of 2013, from a graceful City tower (that doesn’t melt cars) to the world’s first zero-carbon dairy


PwC's London office: Highest BREEAM-rated building ever

6 December 2013| By Thomas Lane

When PwC decided to refurbish its unloved central London office, it thought it would be doing well to achieve a BREEAM “excellent” rating. Then it realised it could do rather better than that …


New Victorians

22 November 2013| By Ike Ijeh

A 19th-century primary school in Dulwich came with the usual set of problems associated with old buildings. To solve them, Edward Cullinan Architects took a pragmatic and piecemeal approach

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Review: Tate Britain's refurbishment

20 November 2013| By Ike Ijeh

Caruso St John’s redevelopment of Tate Britain contains no dramatic interventions. Rather, it is a masterclass in creating modern, vibrant spaces within the context of a venerable institution

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Scottish Crime Campus

15 November 2013| By Ike Ijeh

With its DNA-inspired design concept, BMJ and Ryder Architecture’s £82m Scottish Crime Campus provides compelling evidence that police buildings don’t have to be grim high-security compounds.


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre roof, Athens

7 November 2013| By Ike Ijeh

Athens’ vast £500m Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre is being crowned with a 10,000m2 ferrocement canopy, designed by Expedition Engineering. Why did the UK practice settled on this unusual choice of material?


WWF HQ: 'Stringent is an understatement'

31 October 2013| By Thomas Lane

At the World Wildlife Fund’s new HQ in Surrey, Willmott Dixon has taken sustainable construction to new levels of rigour, forensically tracking the carbon content of every single element, and even building an FSC-certified workshop on site. So has the result been worth it?

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Danish Maritime Museum: Method in the Madness

21 October 2013| By Ike Ijeh

Bjarke Ingels Group Architects’ £34m Danish Maritime Museum has been built entirely underground - in a former dock in Elsinore. The challenge was building underneath the water level without Hamlet’s old castle sinking into oblivion


Six stadiums that tell the story of English football

17 October 2013| By Ike Ijeh

The Football Association is 150 years old this week and, to celebrate, Building picks out some of the architectural highpoints of English stadiums

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The spaces in between

10 October 2013

As London’s King’s Cross Square opens at last, Ike Ijeh considers the chequered history of the capital’s spaces - and their likely future


Foster + Partners' The Hydro

4 October 2013| By Ike Ijeh

With its dazzling state-of-the-art light shows, Foster + Partners’ £125m concert arena on the Clyde could well become the main event itself


Christchurch: Rebooting the city

25 September 2013| By Ike Ijeh

Arup’s Sensing City project in New Zealand’s Christchurch


The timber trail

20 September 2013| By Ken Smith, Bureau Veritas Certification UK & Ireland

As the EU cracks down on illegally harvested timber, what are the industry’s responsibilities?


The Iceberg, Denmark: Jagged edge

19 September 2013| By Ike Ijeh

The Iceberg - a residential scheme that owes its dramatic profile to the unceasing Scandinavian quest for light


The Cheesegrater: One for heavy metal fans

13 September 2013| By Thomas Lane

How the 224m-tall Leadenhall Building was constructed in the City without disrupting the neighbours


Modular assembly forest school

5 September 2013| By Ike Ijeh

Lime Tree Primary School, a modular assembly forest school in Greater Manchester, has a sensitive design concept from standardised elements


Library of Birmingham: The borrowers

29 August 2013| By Ike Ijeh

Mecanoo’s £189m Library of Birmingham is a triumph - once you get inside

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Somerstown Central Community Hub

22 August 2013| By Ike Ijeh

A council estate cut in two by a dual carriageway has been reconnected by a community hub spanning the divide

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