Buildings

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

SG2

Review of 2014's Serpentine Pavilion

25 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Architect Smiljan Radic’s design is perhaps one of the most whimsical Serpentine Pavilion ever commissioned

Southmead Hospital

Southmead: The UK's greenest hospital

19 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Carillion’s new £430m super-hospital in Bristol can lay claim to being the greenest hospital in the UK - and it’s all thanks to some fresh thinking on ventilation.

Estadio Beira-Rio

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Estadio Beira-Rio, Part 12

12 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

In the final part of our series on World Cup stadiums in Brazil, we look at the biggest venue in the south of the country, Estadio Beira-Rio

Estadio Mineirao

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Estadio Mineirao, Part 11

12 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

We head to the venue of England’s third group match against Costa Rica, Estadio Mineirao

Baixada

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Arena da Baixada, Part 10

11 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Building looks at the tournament’s smallest offering, Arena de Baixada

Estadio Castelao

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Estadio Castelao, Part 8

11 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Building’s World Cup stadium review continues with the recently renovated Estadio Castelao

Maracana

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Estadio do Maracana, Part 9

11 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Building’s review of the World Cup stadiums profiles the national stadium, Estadio do Maracana

Richard Rogers' doomed plans for the South Bank

Grand projects that might have been

11 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Thirty years ago, Prince Charles’ infamous attack on the proposed National Gallery Extension pretty well assigned the project to oblivion. To mark the occasion, here’s a collection of other grand construction projects that, for good or ill, never saw the light of day

Arena Sao Paulo

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Arena de Sao Paulo, Part 7

10 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

A review of the stadium set to host the tournament’s opening match, Arena de Sao Paulo

Estadio Nacional

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Part 6

10 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

We deconstruct the world’s second most-expensive stadium, Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

Arena Pantanal

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Arena Pantanal, Part 5

10 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Building focuses on the stadium set to face some of the hottest temperatures of the tournament, Arena Pantanal

Arena Fonte Nova

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Arena Fonte Nova, Part 4

9 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

This time our review of the 12 stadiums hosting the World Cup in Brazil focuses on the rebuilt Arena Fonte Nova

Arena Pernambuco

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Arena Pernambuco, Part 3

8 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

As Building’s review of the 12 stadiums hosting the Brazil World Cup continues, we look at the most environmentally ambitious of the World Cup stadiums, Arena Pernambuco

Arena de Amazonia

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Arena de Amazonia, Part 2

7 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

As Building’s review of the 12 stadiums hosting the World Cup in Brazil continues, we head to the stadium where England play their first group match against Italy, Arena de Amazonia

Arena das Dunas

Brazil's World Cup stadiums: Arena das Dunas, Part 1

6 June 2014| By Ike Ijeh

While the football on the pitch will be making headlines in Brazil this month, it’s the host nation’s stadium construction that has been highly scrutinised in the build-up. Building reviews the 12 showcase stadiums that have seen groundbreaking design as well as serious set backs during the build, starting with Arena das Dunas

National Graphene Institute, Manchester

National Graphene Institute, Manchester: Graphene content

29 May 2014| By Ike Ijeh

As the place of study for what is potentially the most groundbreaking scientific discovery in manufacturing of recent times, it seems fitting that the construction of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute should be a testament to modern science itself

Whitmore Park Primary School, Coventry

Whitmore Park Primary School, Coventry: Examination time

14 May 2014| By Ike Ijeh

All eyes are on the newly opened Whitmore Park Primary School in Coventry, the first completion under the government’s Priority School Building Programme. So how exactly was it built in just 47 weeks, for £4.8m?

Knauf building

A lesson in geometry: Knauf's UK headquarters

8 May 2014| By Ike Ijeh

AHMM’s design for the new Knauf HQ is a masterclass in lineal precision, fitting seamlessly into its industrial riverside setting despite its modernist white exterior. Here’s how, with the use of some of the manufacturer’s own materials, the project stacked up to just £1.8m

Marks and Spencer Cheshire Oaks

The eco-supermarket pioneers

30 April 2014| By Ike Ijeh

As Sainsbury’s Greenwich, the pioneer of retail sustainability, prepares for possible demolition just 15 years after its opening, we look at how eco-stores have evolved since, with supermarkets attempting to save energy and boost their green credentials

London sunset

How to be cool: Tackling overheating in UK homes

22 April 2014| By Ike Ijeh

Overheating in homes is set to become an increasingly urgent issue, especially in the capital, as global temperatures rise. With energy legislation demanding that buildings become ever more airtight, what is the best way for designers to respond?

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Coming out of its shell

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

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