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 […]

Fashion and Status in Tudor and Stuart times

Fashion and Status in Tudor and Stuart times

After visiting the State Rooms and Coronation exhibition, visitors could do no worse than going to see the current exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery.  Somehow many people miss it, perhaps because its subject appears unexciting, but it has had stunning reviews – by Richard Dorment in the Telegraph and, most unusually, from Brian Sewell in the Evening Standard who […]

Seeing Red with Hugo Boss

Seeing Red with Hugo Boss

In the project space at the Saatchi Gallery is an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Hugo Boss.  Unusually – and to be commended – Hugo Boss has commissioned 20 international artists to create interactive artworks that reflect the brand’s key colours.  This is a fun exhibition where the visitor can enjoy and participate in the […]

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 […]

Superb Scottish craftsmanship in the 2014 Commonwealth Games baton.

Superb Scottish craftsmanship in the 2014 Commonwealth Games baton.

  The stunning new baton designed by  Glasgow-based 4c Design, the Games’ equivalent of the Olympic torch, made of Scottish materials with a hint of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, will take a 288-day journey through the Commonwealth before returning to Scotland for the start of the Games next July. Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin […]

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 […]