Architecture, Design & Innovation

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What lessons can the UK learn from Norway?

Norway

The budget; a housing perspective

Last Month Chancellor Philip Hammond carried the budget statement to Parliament in the same old red box. Thankfully, it contained new ideas and much …

Housing

3Beirut / Foster + Partners

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Responding directly to the site and culture of Beirut, the scheme creates a sustainable residential and …

Foster and Partners

Aluminium systems from Reynaers frame iconic views at One Tower Bridge

<b>More than 300 sliding doors from leading aluminium systems company Reynaers have been installed at Berkeley Homes’ development at the foot of</b> …

Tower Bridge

10 of the Most Iconic Buildings by Architect Frank Gehry You Should Know

It’s rare for an architect to become a household name, but the ones who earn this distinction have their designs lauded for decades to come. Frank Gehry is one of these visionaries who has planned and built awe-inspiring structures since the early 1960s. Known for his bold architectural features …

Los Angeles

Concave and Convex Cavity Walls – Caution with Window Openings and Abutments

As well as affecting the extent of localised water-wash passing over the surface of the masonry, curved cavity walls can also change the behaviour of …

Incorporated

HVAC restoration of iconic County Hall

An iconic London building with one of the best views in the Capital has been turned into a fantastic modern meeting place.<p>I’m old enough to remember …

London

Grand Designs features 2017 RIBA House of the Year Award

The houses in the minimalist category are the last to be explored by Kevin McCloud on Channel 4's Grand Designs House of the Year series as he …

Cavity Wall Movement Challenges PD 6697

When a traditionally constructed parapet wall becomes saturated with rain and in extremes of heat and cold, expansion of the masonry can prejudice …

Matched

Parapet Walls? – Avoid Taking the Wrong Step

Parapet cavity walls behave differently because both faces are exposed. The prevailing document dealing with the design of masonry structures and …

Matched

Knauf spray-applied plasters make light work of TV superhome

Fairways, the Isle of Wight superhome showcased in September’s Grand Designs programme, features large areas of impeccable plastering made possible …

Isle of Wight

Quality assured as Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System gains BBA certificate

Knauf, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lightweight building products and systems, has achieved third party certification from the British …

Construction

Insulated floor/wall junctions and potential weakness?

The provision of insulating mediums under or on top of floor slabs and to all slab edges reduces heat loss and improves the acoustic behaviour of the …

Masonry structural stability and surface staining

The practice of providing support to cavity-spanning DPC’s by building into both masonry skins came about because there were few alternative options …

Pop Up Power Supplies ® specified at Chelsea Football Club

Pop Up Power Supplies ® recently installed nine retractable service power units within the stadium arena at Chelsea Football Club. The half tonne …

Prevent a damp outside skin becoming a damp inside wall when an extension is added

The attachment to an existing exterior skin of an extension results in the original exterior skin becoming an internal wall below the new roofline. …

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

Engineering

Hastings Pier wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2017

Hastings Pier - the vibrant community-led restored pier on the East Sussex coast - scoops the biggest award in British architecture: the RIBA …

Most Beautiful Buildings That Defy Gravity Photos

If there is one requirement of architecture, it's that the structure must remain upright. Forget any aesthetic purpose, architects would be out of a job if their buildings continually failed to meet this one test. Yet some architects push the boundaries, seemingly daring with Newton's universal law …

Frank Gehry

Bloomberg has opened a huge new Norman Foster-designed HQ in London

Bloomberg has opened a new £1 billion European headquarters in London with enough space for over 4,000 staff.<p>The 1.1 million sq ft site — based in two buildings joined by bridges — is located between the Bank of England and St Paul's Cathedral in London's famous Square Mile.<p>It features a giant 210 …

What can we learn from the 80s?

With the return of the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, Russell Jones looks at what we could possibly learn from the 1980’s.<p>Last week saw the …

Curved Cavity Wall Changes the Roof Pitch?

The pitch of an abutting roof may be constant where it strikes a flat cavity wall, but if the wall is curved the actual angle of intersection changes …

Level Threshold Openings – An Easy Method of Ensuring Damp Protection Integrity

The Type LTT is a Level Threshold Tray manufactured by Cavity Trays of Yeovil.<p>It provides a uniform standardised construction arrangement that …

StumbleUpon

Politics and housing: Welcome to the battlefield

James Parker looks at what the housebuilding industry needs from our political masters<p>It would be churlish to complain about any new announcement of …

Climate fiction Vs. science fiction

Sci-Fi fanatic Ellina Webb looks into the new science-based genre of Cli-Fi<p>On the Hub we have spoken quite a bit about the references to climate …

The Kee Klamp® slope fittings solution

<b>Kee Klamp® slope and stair fittings are perfect for installation of handrails on steeper gradients, and offer builders and specifiers an</b> …

The politics of housing

So what have we learnt about the plans our political masters have in store for the social housing sector? Housing Association's Joe Bradbury …

A mansion with glass floor and rooftop garden which a legendary singer once used as a fishing lodge

This glorious home in Lancashire lies on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and is within easy reach of Liverpool, Manchester and the Lake District.<p>In …