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Only one of 20 RIBA House of the Year longlisted projects achieved top sustainability grade

December 8, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Devon Passivhaus by McLean Quinlan

Only one of the 20 projects longlisted for the RIBA House of the Year 2021 achieved an A-rated energy performance certificate according to research by British studio Hawkes Architecture. The research revealed that nine of 20 longlisted projects received a B-rated energy performance certificate (EPC), while the remaining projects were C, D and E-rated. An EPC

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SIRTA Research Observatory / R architecture

December 8, 2021 Paula Pintos 0

This atmospheric research observatory is a French national experimental facility dedicated to climate and environmental research. It is one of the few sites in Europe offering the instrumentation, laboratories, and reception capacities necessary to study atmospheric Physico-chemical processes, from the surface to the top of the troposphere to better understand, anticipate and predict heat waves and pollution peaks as well as to find innovative solutions for renewable electricity production. 

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Gresford Architects adds charred-timber extension to London terrace

December 8, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Charred timber extension

Oxford-based practice Gresford Architects has used a stepped stack of charred-timber-clad forms to extend a Victorian terrace in Walthamstow, London. Designed for a family with a strong interest in sustainable design, the Copeland Road property has been extended at the roof, side and rear with cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures that improve the home’s circulation and

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Henning Larsen draws on domestic interiors for office in Copenhagen

December 8, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Wooden office staircase

Wood-lined meeting areas that imitate the living room of a house are intended to create a sense of “hyggeligt” or coziness in this office building in Copenhagen, designed by Danish practice Henning Larsen. Described as “A Home for Housing”, the 7,400-square-metre office was completed for KAB, Denmark’s largest administrator of non-profit housing which manages over

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M&S Oxford Street demolition “simply incompatible” with net-zero commitment says C20 Society

December 8, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
M&S Oxford Street store

The Twentieth Century Society has launched a petition calling on Marks & Spencer to abandon the controversial demolition of its store on London’s Oxford Street or risk “betraying its own carbon targets”. Launched on 2 December and already supported by more than 1,400 signatures, the petition asks the high-street retailer to retrofit its art deco

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les Prealpes Guesthouse / Charly Jolliet Architecte

December 8, 2021 Andreas Luco 0

The former guesthouse « Les Préalpes » is situated in a short distance from the famous sanatorium le Rosaire, in the Gruyère valley. It was originally a boarding house and a dairy factory. It became a place of social gathering when it was transformed into a guesthouse. Thus its social importance, the building with its location, orientation, proportions, and design stands out within the village fabric: set back from the road protected nowadays with trees, facing the alps with crafted ribbons of glazed openings, wooden paneling, and balconies.

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“The great transformer of Barcelona” architect Oriol Bohigas dies aged 95

December 8, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Spanish architect Oriol Bohigas

Oriol Bohigas, the Catalan architect behind the modernisation of Barcelona, has died at the age of 95. Bohigas, who had Parkinson’s disease for a number of years before his death, passed away on 30 November 2021. An architect and urban planner who co-founded the firm MBM Arquitectes, he was best known for his work transforming

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