Hong Kong skyline

Can tall buildings ever be sustainable?

25 February 2015| By Ike Ijeh

With debate still raging over the 230 towers lined up to make the London skyline look more like Hong Kong’s, Ike Ijeh looks at whether tall buildings can ever be sustainable

Thames View East

Council housing: Maybe this time…

18 February 2015| By Ike Ijeh

After years of decline, council house building looks set to enjoy something of a resurgence. But can the new generation of council homes avoid the stigmas of the past?

Housebuilders building schools

Trading places: Housebuilders building schools

11 February 2015| By Ike Ijeh

With the critical shortage of school places likely to be a hot political topic in the run-up to the general election, Ike Ijeh reports on a growing trend for housebuilders to build the schools themselves

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SPECIFIC’s first ‘Building as a power station’ prototype

Buildings as power stations

4 February 2015| By Ike Ijeh

Scientists are working hard to make the built environment principally reliant on renewable energy. But with only 10% of their ideas leading to commercial application, a Swansea-based innovation centre aims to turn theory into practice

Bristol Life Sceinces

Bristol Life Sciences: Split personality

28 January 2015| By Ike Ijeh

Sheppard Robson’s Bristol Life Sciences building comprises a sober street facade that apes Georgian townhouse vernacular; and a dramatic, industrial laboratory elevation that ripples like a giant metallic wave

British pavilion, Milan

British pavilion, Milan: Get the buzz

21 January 2015| By Ike Ijeh

Much of the site of this year’s British pavilion in Milan will evoke the spirit of British landscapes. But its crowning achievement will be a gigantic recreation of a beehive

Sydney Opera House

Not on the money: Over budget projects

14 January 2015| By Ike Ijeh

When finally completed last autumn, New York’s One World Trade Center clocked in at a total expense of £2.5bn, making it not only the most expensive skyscraper of all time, but also costing eight times its original budget. But is it the most over budget project ever to be built?


BIM: Visualisation technology

7 January 2015| By Ike Ijeh

Software used in the gaming industry is being integrated within a BIM platform to give enhanced architectural visualisation - offering designers a mind-bending simulation capacity

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Whitmore Park Primary School

Projects 2014 review: part 3

19 December 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014

Heathrow Airport Queen’s Terminal 2

Projects 2014 review: part 2

18 December 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Two more completed projects that impressed in 2014 - the British Museum and Heathrow’s T2

Slackwood Farm

Slackwood Farmhouse: Ahead of the curve

9 December 2014| By Amanda Birch

Adjoining a 17th-century Lancastrian farmhouse, Paul Archer Design’s curved-glass pavilion is both strikingly modern and a discreet addition to the landscape


The rising: World Trade Center

5 December 2014| By Ike Ijeh

The completion of the £2.4bn One World Trader Center is a milestone in the painstaking redevelopment of the former Ground Zero site in New York. But with two towers and Santiago Calatrava’s vast station still under construction, there’s plenty of work yet to be done.

Magdalen College Library

Magdalen College Library: The great unknowns

26 November 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Refurbishment projects are infamous for their unforeseen difficulties - like the 100 bodies that had to be dug out of the ground before work could begin on the renovation of Magdalen College Library


BIM architecture: The vision thing

19 November 2014| By Ike Ijeh

BIM isn’t normally seen as a design tool but increasingly it can influence what a building looks like. We explore the possibilities and dangers of BIM-inspired architecture

Sea Containers House

Sea Containers House: Ahoy there!

12 November 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Chosen as a Building ‘blunder’ more times than any other building, Sea Containers House has undergone an extensive salvage operation by TP Bennett. So, how successful is it?

Pheonix Island

Horrific architecture: Part 3

31 October 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Continuing our Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe, here’s the third of our three part mini-series

JTI Building

Skin deep: SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

22 October 2014| By Ike Ijeh

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements

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Lydia Eva

Designing for dementia

13 October 2014| By Ike Ijeh

A pioneering scheme in Norfolk shows how care homes can be adapted to the complex needs of people with dementia

Heathrow Schools

Schools under the flight path: A breath of fresh air

10 October 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Hounslow’s £150m school rebuilding programme aims to give children under Heathrow’s flight path quieter classrooms and better ventilation

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute's All-weather Lifeboat Centre

Shored up: The RNLI's lifeboat centre in Poole

1 October 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Before the Royal National Lifeboat Institute could begin construction on its All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole Harbour, Dorset, it first had to find a way to manage the flood risk of its quayside location

Singapore National Stadium

Singapore National Stadium: Breaking new ground

24 September 2014| By Ike Ijeh

It isn’t so much the Singapore National Stadium’s vast steel dome that sets it apart, as the pioneering cooling system that might just come to the rescue of the 2022 Qatar World Cup

South Bank Tower

South Bank Tower: Coming out on top

16 September 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Faced with the task of adding an extra 11 storeys to its structure, the engineering team working on London’s South Bank Tower have found a way to extend its height without additional foundations or a dramatic redesign

RSHP's Leadenhall Building

Thin end of the wedge

11 September 2014| By Ike Ijeh

The Cheesegrater does more than any other skyscraper to open itself up to the public, but it’s shame it merely adds to the chaos of London’s skyline

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Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus

Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus: Down on the farm

4 September 2014| By Ike Ijeh

The Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus accommodates on one site both special educational needs and mainstream schooling and is the culmination of a radical programme of inner-city renewal

Lime pozzolan

The advantages of lime pozzolan

19 August 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Lime pozzolan concrete’s environmental and flexibility advantages could make it a revolutionary replacement to conventional concrete types. But the foundations of this ‘new’ material can actually be traced back to ancient history

Shenzen International Airport

Airports: Flights of fancy

8 August 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Airports have become air-conditioned nightmares beset by security checks and endless queues. But some designers, intent on reviving the Golden Age of Aviation, have let their imaginations fly. Building looks at five of the newest terminals

Zaha Hadid Softbridge project

Zaha Hadid: Softbridge Project, Oxford

30 July 2014| By Ike Ijeh

The groves of academe have been buzzing with debate about Zaha Hadid’s Softbridge project, now on site at St Anthony’s college, Oxford. But for Bam’s engineering team constructing its cylindrical form in a desperately constrained site was an education in itself

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Adobe Great Kneighton

Housing Design Awards: Addresses to impress

17 July 2014 |Updated: 5 August 2014| By Ike Ijeh

From radical warehouse conversions to art deco elderly care, this year’s Housing Design Awards show an industry emerging from the recession with a spring in its step and unafraid to experiment

North facade

Rogers Stirk Harbour's British Museum

14 July 2014| By Ike Ijeh

RSHP’s World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum strives both to harmonise with its neoclassical context and set itself in contrast to it. But does it succeed?

One Brighton

One Brighton: Five years on

11 July 2014| By Ike Ijeh

One Brighton, the UK’s largest private car-free development, was built as a model for sustainable living. Now, five years on, Ike Ijeh visits to ask whether it has lived up to its green promises

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