• January Question Time

    January Question Time

    This month’s question: When is architectural design acceptable as sculpture and not functioning form?     When is it ok for architectural design to exist merely as a spectacle and not to be used by the masses? This is the questions on many architectural enthusiasts lips as news of London’s Garden Bridge reveals that the

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  • Food lovers’ paradise

    Food lovers’ paradise

    In November’s Last Word feature, Ken Greig, Partner at Greig & Stephenson, reflected on how architecture affects its surrounding community; the people, the businesses and the landscape… Our involvement with Borough Market has in many ways taken us back to the grass roots, designing for small retail businesses rather than for the major multiples that

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  • Value inside and out

    Value inside and out

    Richard Beastall, Principal Director in the Interiors Division and Chris Bennie, Principal Director in the Architecture Division, at tp bennett, discuss levelling the design playing field As architectural practices struggle to give greater authority to their interior design departments, Richard and Chris explain the client value of a practice that has equalised the status of

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  • Going up!

    Going up!

    The Leadenhall Building boasts state of the art construction and extraordinary craftsmanship, just as Arup designed Standing a statuesque 224 metres tall with 46 floors, this building provides the highest offices in the City of London. Developing ideas that can be traced back to Rogers’ and Arup’s early collaborations from the design of the Centre

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  • Architect profile: Simon Mitchell

    Architect profile: Simon Mitchell

    Jade Tilley speaks to Simon Mitchell, one half of the Sybarite dynamic duo, about being a diverse architect, relocating to London and hopes of rockstardom Sybarite Architects is an architectural and design practice bringing timeless style and luxury through our work. Founders Simong Mitchell and Torquil McIntosh met at Future Systems where the experience they

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  • November Question Time

    November Question Time

    This month’s question: As a designer, architect, inventor of sorts, what do you feel are your limits when it comes to design?   Image: Rim, Anthracite collection.   Design is all encompassing: it transcends industries and artists and can be found in the most obscure of settings. At the London Design Festival just passed, Zaha

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  • The only way is up

    The only way is up

    The development of towers in central London is stirring passionate debate. Prince Charles has argued that we should ditch residential towers altogether in favour of traditional mansion blocks and the Observer has recently launched its joint “Skyline Campaign” with Architects Journal under the emotive headline “Campaigners fight to save London skyline from 230 more skyscrapers”.

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  • The architecture of risk and responsibility

    The architecture of risk and responsibility

    It is sometimes said that architects produce their best work after the age of 50 – that’s how long it takes to master all the necessary skills. As the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius put it, ‘commodity, firmness and delight’ provide the ultimate architectural synthesis.  In today’s more complicated age we perhaps need to add

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  • Thermal Bridging

    Thermal Bridging

    If a fRSi is controlled incorrectly, thermal bridging is likely to result in  mould growth problems, Chris Willett, MD at Schöck Ltd, considers the issues   To identify areas where there is a risk of condensation and therefore mould growth in different design situations, a ‘surface temperature factor’ (fRsi) can be used.    It allows

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