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The best office in the world? Selgas Cano's new work space in London Subscription

29 January 2015 | By Will Hunter

Selgas Cano’s inventive new workspace for creative start-ups in London’s Tech City quarter performs more like a piece of urban fabric than a conventional office


Helsinki University Library in Finland by Anttinen Oiva Architects Subscription

13 January 2015 | By

Enticing both town and gown, Helsinki University's new central library marries scholarliness with commerce, reflecting the changing character of academic institutions and the nature of public space


Mews House in Bloomsbury by Jamie Fobert Architects Subscription

9 January 2015 | By Daniel Rosbottom

Reconsidering the archetype of the mews dwelling, this new house explores the tension between the rigour of its street presence and a fluid inner realm


Markthal in Rotterdam by MVRDV Subscription

5 January 2015 | By Rob Bevan

Despite its gutsiness, MVRDV’s new market hall is emblematic of Rotterdam’s inability to conceive and sustain a sense of urban life


Library and Concert Hall in Bodø, Norway by DRDH Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

In a remote Norwegian town on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a new library and concert hall transcend their cultural brief to become, in effect, the town's public realm


Highly Commended: School Floating in the Sky in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand by Kochi University of Technology Subscription

12 December 2014

Catering for the children of refugees and orphans, organic, earthbound domes support a lightweight steel structure


Highly Commended: Nursery School in Japan by Takahashi Ippei Subscription

12 December 2014

The result of a collaboration between Takahashi Ippei and the local community, this school doubles as a new garden and social space for the town


Highly Commended: Winter Garden Facade in Brisbane by Studio 505 Subscription

12 December 2014

Inspired by the vibrant, luxuriant colours of a winter garden, Studio 505’s facade is a dynamic interplay between colour and technical sophistication

Wind Tower

Highly Commended: Wind Tower in Lincolnshire by MSA Gruff Subscription

12 December 2014

A viewing tower resembling a giant whistle redefines the meeting of land, sea and air on the Lincolnshire coast


Highly Commended: Metropolitan Design Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Paolo Gaston Flores Subscription

12 December 2014

Proto-industrial insertions restore this old fish market in Buenos Aires without compromising its distinctive historical character


Highly Commended: Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects Subscription

12 December 2014

A continuous green roof provides children with the experience of cultivating food at this low-tech Kindergarten in Vietnam


Highly Commended: Void Temple in Mexico by Dellekamp Arquitectos and Rozana Montiel Subscription

12 December 2014

Exploring the language of simplicity and sobriety, this circular wall reconceptualises the notion of pilgrimage


Runner up: Long Museum in Shanghai, China by Atelier Deshaus Subscription

12 December 2014 | By

Shaped by the cultural currents of history and its physical remains, the industrial landscape of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai is now the site of a radical new art gallery


Runner up: Equestrian Centre in Valle de Bravo, Mexico by CC Arquitectos Subscription

12 December 2014 | By Susanne Kennedy

At the foot of a Mexican mountain, a shingle-clad barn and sunkenstables elegantly accommodate domestic and equestrian pursuits


Runner Up: Lune de Sang Sheds in Queensland, Australia by CHROFI Subscription

12 December 2014 | By Andrew Mackenzie

Emerging Architecture Runner Up: Two monumental sheds in the Australian bush attempt to encapsulate architecture's elusive sense of immortality


Winner: Boundary Window in Tokyo by Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Subscription

12 December 2014 | By Taro Igarashi

The winner of this year’s awards for Emerging Architecture, this modest addition experiements with ideas of physical and perceptual transformation


Book Nook: Cultuurhuis Rozet, Arnhem, the Netherlands, by Neutelings Riedijk Architects Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Encompassing a diverse arts programme, Arnhem's new Cultuurhuis has a spatial and textural richness that seeks to consolidate the city's diffuse historic centre


Taking Root: Joan Maragall Library, Barcelona, Spain, by BCQ Arquitectura Subscription

13 November 2014 | By David Cohn

The fragmented, verdant structure of this semi-subterranean library creates a different kind of public space in Barcelona's urban milieu


School of Shakira: Lomas del Peyé School, Cartagena, Colombia, by Giancarlo Mazzanti Subscription

4 November 2014 | By Felipe Walter

Funded by the Colombian chanteuse’s charity, this school rises above the slum that surrounds it, catalysing social uplift and forming a new anchoring point in a marginalised community


Court Report: Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany, by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

The ghosts of Stuttgart’s past gather in this palimpsest of historical layers, drawn together in a building of unusual inclusiveness to form a new headquarters for the Protestant Church in Germany


Carte Blanche: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, by Gehry Partners Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

Tumescently emerging from the Bois de Boulogne, Frank Gehry's new Fondation Louis Vuitton is an architecture of perpetual indulgence


Stirling Prize Winner: Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins critiqued Subscription

16 October 2014 | By Brian Hatton

Intimate yet epic, Liverpool's famous Everyman Theatre has a striking new home that thrives on indeterminacy and is a crucible for experimentation


Learning Process: Justus-von-Liebig School, Moers, Germany, by Peter Hubner Subscription

14 October 2014 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Participatory design lies at the heart of Peter Hübner’s practice, and in this new school in Germany it comes into its own as students and teachers collaborated with the architects to create a space of their own


Five Fold: Apartment block, Basel, Switzerland, by Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

A laconic facade folds around this block of five apartments in Basel, yet its thoughtful Swiss sobriety is also undercut by a more complex and contradictory language


Carsten Höller's helter-skelter and Alvaro Siza's promenade at the Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, Germany Subscription

29 September 2014 | Updated: 10 December 2014 | By

With the addition of two new elements, the German furniture-maker is stitching together its experimental Wunderkammer of architectural follies


Cleft Bank: Long Art Museum, Shanghai, by Atelier Deshaus Subscription

23 September 2014 | By

Industry and its aftermath collide on the banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, where a concrete canopy of arches shelters a new gallery full of surprising spaces


Origami Lesson: Swimming Pool in Beaconsfield by Duggan Morris Architects Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

Capped by a delicately folded timber roof, this new school swimming pool reflects the rigour and resourcefulness of its client and architect


Land Art: Gallery in Somerset by Luis Laplace Subscription

9 September 2014 | By Isabel Allen

Rural Somerset's bucolic idyll is the unexpected setting for a new gallery of contemporary art that perceptively unites buildings, works and landscape


Dark Matter: Musée Soulages in Rodez by RCR Arquitectes Subscription

1 September 2014 | By William JR Curtis

Dedicated to the work of French abstract artist Pierre Soulages, the eponymous Musée Soulages is a tough yet poetic synthesis of steel, darkness and light


Beton Doux: Concrete Silos in Paris by Vialet Ballus Subscription

26 August 2014 | By Andrew Ayers

On the edge of Paris, a utilitarian complex of cement silos is elevated into a sculptural composition that animates a dreary and dislocated urban enclave



Lubetkin in Russia: From civil war-ravaged USSR to Socialist Realism Subscription

9 October 2014 | By Owen Hatherley

Lifelong Marxist and proletarian architect Berthold Lubetkin shed light on all things Russian, critically presenting the stories of avant-garde Soviet architecture, Constructivism and Socialist Realism to the rest of the world


Opera Index

Typology Quarterly: Opera Houses Subscription

25 October 2013 | By

Since its birth in the Renaissance, opera has been claimed as a reincarnation of community-forming Greek drama, while being used to represent the power of the state - whether feudal, dictatorial or democratic


Typology Quarterly: Museums Subscription

19 December 2012 | By Antonello Marotta


Typology Quarterly: Offices Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

Conceived in an era of command and control, constrained by paper and fixed technology, reflective of hierarchy and order with a culture of presenteeism and paternalism, the traditional fixed and stratified office is evolving to embrace more fluid and intuitive ways of working

Patients at St Bartholomew\'s Hospital, Lodnon in 1929 being wheeled out in their beds

Typology Quarterly: Hospitals Subscription

27 April 2012 | By Sunand Prasad

Ancient civilisation advocated letting the wider world’s healing power flow through the body and mind, but the industrialisation of healthcare isolated patients from these larger contexts. From city centres to sylvan settings, today’s hospitals must reintegrate the public realm into the healing process

Jan Steen, A School for Boys and Girls, c.1670

Typology Quarterly: Schools Subscription

29 March 2012 | By Christian Kuhn

In the industrial era, schools developed as highly controlled environments to instil the discipline to thrive in a machine age. Now, to prepare pupils for success in a knowledge economy, the evolving typology is more fluidly conceived to provide flexibility, connectivity, and spaces for social and educational encounters



Revisiting Siza: An archaeology of the future Video Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

Álvaro Siza’s Quinta da Malagueira estate offers radical lessons in the relationship of architecture and time


Lethbridge University: The Spaceship-like Prairie School Comes of Age Subscription

13 February 2014 | By Hadani Ditmars

In the late 1960s, Arthur Erickson’s heroic campus for the University of Lethbridge in Alberta emerged from the coulées of the Canadian prairie. Assailed by insensitive additions of intervening decades, a new masterplan promises renewal



31 January 2013

Two office buildings in Sacramento, California. The Bateson Building, completed in 1978, and the Lincoln Center in 1986 take different approaches to environmental concerns, using concrete, organic materials and an unusual air-conditioning system