Architecture

Our fascination with derelict buildings

Our fascination with derelict buildings

Buildings are like people – they are born, they develop, they age and they die.  Photographers love buildings when they are new, often before people have even inhabited them; photographers often also like them when they are in decline. A sad reflection of the changing industrial landscape is the impact on the historic and forgotten […]

Highest garden in London?

Highest garden in London?

At the top of the Walkie Talkie in London, and hopefully not affected by rays of sun as the facade has been, will be the highest gardens in Europe – on the 35th floor.  Designed by landscape architects Gillespies, with over 2000 plants selected with advice from Kew Gardens, the Sky Garden will compliment the […]

London Design Week: designjunction in New Oxford Street

London Design Week: designjunction in New Oxford Street

In the surroundings of a dereict old sorting office, designjunction exhibited a wide range of exciting new furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, including both leading global brands and emerging enterprises. This year, designjunction returns to the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office, where a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge […]

High Quality architecture at Denmark Hill – the Ortus Maudsley

High Quality architecture at Denmark Hill – the Ortus Maudsley

On the edge of the psychiatric hospital of the Maudsley at Denmark Hill is the new classical and contemporary Ortus Maudsley, a learning centre with a simplicity and high quality of detailing that suits its location at the bridge between the hospital and streets of residential houses. Designed by architects Duggan Morris’s, this building compliments […]

Is it Art or is it Achitecture??  –   New Image for Automobile Museum

Is it Art or is it Achitecture?? – New Image for Automobile Museum

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has proposed surrounding the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in a “cloak of steel ribbons” as part of major refurbishment. Housing one of the world’s largest automotive collections, the Petersen Museum  occupies a former 1960s department store on Wilshire Boulevard. In 2014, the museum will celebrate its twentieth anniversary and […]

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

The London School of Economics new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is progressing well.  The striking architecture, the result of an architectural competition by Dublin architects O’Donnell Tuomey, will provide new student facilities and a striking new building at the heart of the campus.  It is great to see the imaginative use of brick instead […]

Help solve the housing problem – conversion of bus into home

Help solve the housing problem – conversion of bus into home

Problem with not enough affordable student residences in London?   Hotels too expensive. University of Minnesota architecture student converts a $3,000 bus into a mobile minimalist home for 6 people, starting as a project to respond to the ‘tiny house movement’ which advocates pared-down sustainable living and which building codes for housing don’t help: ‘building code […]

Colourful and economic – Richard Rodgers house appears at the Royal Academy

Colourful and economic – Richard Rodgers house appears at the Royal Academy

The calm classical setting of the Royal Academy has been startled by the appearance of a colourful economic house designed by Richard Rogers, which sits alongside the exhibition of his work in the Burlington Gardens wing.  Suggested as a solution to the housing crisis, the house arrives as a flat-pack and can be constructed within […]