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EBBA Architects builds Construction Skills School using only reusable components

October 3, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Wooden screens on Construction Skills School by EBBA Architects

EBBA Architects has used hundreds of pieces of timber to give identity to a set of repurposed cabins, creating a temporary education centre that can be easily recycled in the future. Located on London’s Olympic Park, the Construction Skills School will occupy its site for a minimum of five years, providing building skills training to local

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VATRAA adds brick-clad gabled extension to Victorian house in Camden

September 27, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A brick house extension by VATRAA

Architecture office VATRAA has reused bricks salvaged from the demolition of an existing sidewall to construct this extension to a Victorian house in north London. The owners of the house in the borough of Camden had lived in the property for 15 years before asking VATRAA to design a rear extension housing a new kitchen

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Unboxed Homes unveils “London’s first custom-build homes”

September 27, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Blenheim Grove by Poulsom Middlehurst

Developer Unboxed Homes has created a terrace of customisable homes in Peckham, south London, which were designed by architecture studio Poulsom Middlehurst. Described by the developer as “London’s first custom-build homes”, the houses on Blenheim Grove were designed to be sold as structural shells so that people buying the properties could customise the interior layouts

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Proctor and Shaw designs London micro-apartment with translucent “sleeping cocoon”

September 25, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Translucent sleeping cocoon

London-based studio Proctor and Shaw has completed a 29-square-metre micro-apartment in Belsize Park, with an elevated sleeping area wrapped in translucent panels that reference Japanese shoji screens. Called Shoji Apartment, the project involved transforming a first floor, one-bedroom flat into a compact, open-plan studio apartment that takes advantage of the original building’s 3.4-metre-high ceilings. “This

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“Paris is green with envy” at London’s sustainable policies says Sadiq Khan

September 23, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
London mayor Sadiq Khan

Paris is “jealous” of London’s cycle lanes and is copying London’s green initiatives, according to London mayor Sadiq Khan. Khan, who has been mayor of London since 2016, told Dezeen that he is aiming to make London “the greenest city in the world”. According to Khan, London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, tree-planting initiatives and cycle

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London Festival of Architecture appoints Rosa Rogina as director

September 21, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
London Festival of Architecture director Rosa Rogina

The London Festival of Architecture has been appointed a new director, Rosa Rogina, who is the event’s outgoing programme director. An architect, researcher and curator, Rogina served as the London Festival of Architecture’s (LFA) programme director from 2016 and has also been involved in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and 2020 Venice Design Week. She

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Tsuruta Architects incorporates 27,000 cat faces into five homes in Catford

September 17, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Kitchen with cat details in The Queen of Catford by Tsuruta Architects

UK-studio Tsuruta Architects has completed a housing project in south London called The Queen of Catford, which features thousands of cat faces and a pair of blue heritage plaques dedicated to fictional characters. The Queen of Catford consists of five quirky apartments located above and behind a pair of shops on Catford High Street. An

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Roman and Williams turns historic police station into NoMad’s London outpost

September 15, 2021 Ali Morris 0
NoMad London hotel by Roman and Williams

New York interior design firm Roman and Williams has combined decorative Victorian elements with references to New York’s jazz age in its ornate interior for the NoMad hotel in London. Set in the former Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station in Covent Garden, the hotel is the first international outpost from American hospitality chain

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Grenfell Tower set to be demolished over safety risks

September 6, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Inquiry: The UK government has promised to pay out £200 million to replace cladding from private high-rise housing, almost two years after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The UK government has decided to demolish Grenfell Tower four years after a fatal fire tore through the block of flats in west London, following a report that states the building should be “deconstructed at the earliest possible opportunity”. Although the government has not officially announced the decision, ministers have decided that the burnt remains of the building will

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Emil Eve Architects creates “sense of calm” in pale pink loft extension

September 6, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Bed and window in Narford Road loft extension by Emil Eve Architects

Everything is pale pink in this monochromatic loft extension designed by Emil Eve Architects for a house in east London. The London-based studio has used colour blocking to unite the various elements of the Narford Road loft, including surfaces, furniture and joinery. Studio co-founder Emma Perkin said the aim was to create a “sense of

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