The Benefits of PVCu Windows

PVCu windows have always had a bad reputation, with people believing they look cheap and outdated and often opting for seemingly more appealing options when they are installing new windows, such as timber or wood. However, in more recent times, window manufacturers have made it their mission to change these opinions dramatically. They have created PVCu windows that not only continue to incorporate the benefits … Continue reading The Benefits of PVCu Windows

Quick read: Patrik Schumacher after Zaha Hadid

I very much miss Zaha’s caring friendship, her energy, her probing humour, and much more. As a practice we miss her indefatigable and infectious passion for architecture and her relentless drive for perfection. An interview in The Guardian at the weekend, with Patrik Schumacher, makes for a fascinating quick read. Schumacher is now in charge of the Star-architecture firm that until Hadid’s death earlier this … Continue reading Quick read: Patrik Schumacher after Zaha Hadid

Soho House looks to enter the co-living space

Further to our previous article on Co-living, and on the campus lifestyle, Dezeen has run an article today talking to Nick Jones, founder of Soho House, about their thoughts on entering the co-living market as a natural extension of their Soho Work co-working enterprise. As an opportunity for people leaving University and wanting the comfort, familiarity and safety of managed accommodation, co-living offers a stepping-stone … Continue reading Soho House looks to enter the co-living space

Concrete plan: building the Barbican in the 1970s – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

The Guardian has a fascinating collection of photographs published today, showing the construction of the brutalist icon – The Barbican Centre, under construction. An urban utopia of concert halls, fountains and art galleries at the heart of a housing estate in London? Peter Bloomfield reveals his cache of photographs charting the construction of a British brutalist icon Source: Concrete plan: building the Barbican in the … Continue reading Concrete plan: building the Barbican in the 1970s – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Campus lifestyle: future urban living

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 50th anniversary of my former university – the University of Kent. Formerly known as the University of Kent at Canterbury – UKC. Part of the scheduled festivities included attending my first lecture for 13 years, in a lecture theatre I knew well, but that had been refurbished in the intervening time. Nothing much had changed aside … Continue reading Campus lifestyle: future urban living

Jean Prouvé Demountabel House via livestream

Jean Prouvé pre-fab Demountable House up for auction

The rare post-war pre-fabricated Demountable House by French architect Jean Prouvé has been erected in London, in Berkeley Square before it is sold at auction. The Demountable House was designed in response to a housing crisis in France at the end of the Second World War. Built from wood, steel, and aluminium,  Prouvé’s solution was designed to be a low-cost, quick to erect, 6 metres … Continue reading Jean Prouvé pre-fab Demountable House up for auction

Interview with Charlotte Perriand – Architectural Review

  If like us, you are a huge fan of the work of Charlotte Perriand; and like us, think she is one of the under-rated stars of design over the last 100 years, then you too will enjoy this interview from The Architectural Review. Charlotte Ellis and Martin Meade interview Charlotte Perriand on her long and illustrious career from the AR’s November 1984 issue – … Continue reading Interview with Charlotte Perriand – Architectural Review

Darmstadt: Art Nouveau outside Frankfurt

When planning your European city break, it’s easy to focus on the main cities of Europe, the political and financial capitals, but sometimes it’s worth venturing a little further to discover the hidden gems of the wider region. Darmstadt is a city in Hesse, Germany with a population of around 150,000, located a little south of Frankfurt – about 20 minutes in autobahn time. Famous … Continue reading Darmstadt: Art Nouveau outside Frankfurt

Faithless Temples

Alain de Botton, the philosophically orientated author, schoolmaster, and sage of our time, has proposed buildings of social, ordered, congregation; inspirational architecture within which to contemplate and confess, to reinforce shared beliefs and morals, but to each other… not to a higher being. Faithless temples is not the missing seventh album from the popular london electronica group, but the concept of taking the physical manifestation of … Continue reading Faithless Temples

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Huf Haus, Grand Designs – As seen on TV

Four years ago Kevin McCloud met David and Greta Iredale, whose Huf Haus was built in a factory in Germany and put together on site. It was one of the most striking and efficient processes Grand Designs has ever seen. But four years on, is the Huf Haus still delivering perfection? David and Greta Iredale are seasoned builders. They built their first house in 1956; … Continue reading Huf Haus, Grand Designs – As seen on TV