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Beginning with the simple table from which they take their name, banks developed into one of the most splendid urban building types as they sought to reassure depositors. Today they are on the verge of disappearing altogether
Big houses for feudal rulers advertised the right to power of those within, while protecting them from the people they exploited to build them – today, the tradition continues in the hands of oligarchs
The pedestrianisation of the pier creates a new kind of seafront, that re-envisages and reinvigorates the traditional archetype
Aarhus’s new baths extend the public realm into the water, revitalising a former industrial area
The remodelling of the former military port for San Francisco Art Institute combines drama and intimacy, lending itself surprisingly well to its new role
Zaha Hadid’s cruise terminal reframes the role of the pier as indeterminate terrain, mediating between land, sea and sky
Devised by pleasure-seeking Victorians but now undermined by social change and physical neglect, does the building that defined the seaside have a future?
Is the solution to obsolescent gasholders demolition, building housing developments within them or, perhaps best yet, parks?
Parasitic orchids of zinc mesh shroud the cooling towers of this brewery conversion in central Sydney
Inventive reuse of a German Second World War bunker provides energy, and public space and amenities, in Hamburg
The sloping ‘hill’ design of this waste-to-energy plant, naturally, features a ski slope and requires more waste than the city produces to run at profit
Faced with planetary catastrophe, does the future of energy generation lie in a return to its historical origins?
This woodland pavilion in blackened timber provides a collection of amenities for the local community and its visitors, bundled together in three distinct but linked volumes
Staggered cubic volumes in white-painted concrete link two streets that are separated by a steep incline
This new market hall joins an imposing 19th-century hall in iron and glass – in use as an abattoir until the 1990s – and a large open-air market
The Modernist motif of the floating roof, whether cantilevered or supported on impossibly spindly legs, found its ideal functions in the factory and the market
The market hall shelters a cornucopia of delights, but the traffic and mess it generates presents a challenge to planners
This extraordinary looming monolith on the Piazzale Roma provides offices and a grandly scaled public entrance for the Venetian law courts
An undulating grey roof shelters the courthouse, announcing the building’s presence without admonishment
The courtrooms occupy the upper storey up to the roofline, giving these spaces impressive volume
The building takes the form of a blob erupting from a rectangular podium, and, with its somewhat 1970s orange and brown colour scheme, is wilfully ungainly
From Kafkaesque labyrinths of columns and arches to the abstraction of Modernist towers: the representation of justice in a world ruled by its absence is an intractable task
This jail is currently under construction outside Nuuk, in one of the world’s most dramatic locations for such a facility
The undulating green roof echoes the canopy of the surrounding woodland bridging an otherwise insuperable divide between inside and out
The recurring prison cell extrusions connect the inmates to the surrounding landscape while isolating them from one another
To confine, secure, rehabilitate or punish: the prison has several, sometimes contradictory aims, but however humane its approach, penal architecture is essentially cruel
Designing buildings for animals has prompted an extraordinary range of responses, from palace to cat flap, which say more about humans than the residents
Buildings for elephants necessarily curtail the inhabitants’ freedom, as they usually roam around six miles a day across the savannah. However, these animals are also accustomed to a certain degree of warmth and dryness, and so when transplanted to colder climes they need a roof over their heads. This problem was addressed by Virgilio Cestari, who created a fantastic Hindu temple for the elephants at Buenos Aires Zoo in 1904, and more recently by Hugh Casson, who completed the corduroy ...
The horse is a noble beast, and as such has sometimes been treated to luxurious quarters, for example by architects as distinguished as Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Johann Fischer von Erlach. (Sometimes, but not always, as those who have seen the film Maîtresse, with its scene set in a horse abattoir, can attest.) Seth Stein and Watson Architecture + Design’s Equestrian Centre Merricks on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is an impressive addition to this tradition, with its elegantly curved ...
Constructed in the Jura hills of Switzerland, the timber beams traditionally used in local barns are employed here to create an unusually complex roof form
Thanks to human-caused climate change, many scientists argue that the world is entering the sixth mass extinction in its history. Bats are among the species under threat. Over a million have died in the USA, where they have succumbed to a fungal infection, and in the UK, bats are vanishing as they lose their habitats and food supply thanks to non-porous buildings, pollution and pesticides, despite being protected by law. One way to mitigate these problems is to provide roosts that compensate ...
Mikve Rajel, with subdued lighting and expanses of wood and marble lining the communal areas, gives the ritual bath a setting not unlike a modern spa
The folded wooden envelope provides a place for locals to meet, creating a transitional social zone between the intimate spaces of the interior and the urban space of the waterfront
Prodded by President Trump, the cold war between North and South Korea – which never formally declared a truce – threatens to return to boiling point, with potentially world-ending consequences. What solutions can architecture offer to the crisis? This is of course a ludicrous question; nevertheless, architectural research group Arch Out Loud recently held an open competition to design an underground bathhouse in the demilitarised zone, with the aim of emphasising the shared culture ...
Since time immemorial, and from continent to continent, saunas or bathhouses have played a community role, stripping their users of social distinctions and affording a rich seam for architects
Shortlisted and winning projects by architects such as Aulets Arquitectes, Carla Juaçaba Studio, and Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter were presented and judged at the 20th edition of the AR Emerging Architecture awards held at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam
Winner of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2019, photographer Hélène Binet talks dreams, Zaha Hadid and photography you can hold in your hands following the Women in Architecture awards in March
Sheila O’Donnell, founding director of O’Donnell + Tuomey alongside John Tuomey, talks Brexit, Irish architecture, and ‘damn fine women painters’, after winning Architect of the Year at the Women in Architecture awards 2019
Xu Tiantian, founder of DnA (Design and Architecture), talks about acupuncture, ancient Chinese building techniques and rejecting icons after winning the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture at the Women in Architecture awards 2019
Winner of the Jane Drew Prize 2019, Elizabeth Diller, co-founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, talks Trump, High Lines and the state of American architecture when we catch her at the Women in Architecture awards in March 2019
View the shortlisted and winning projects from architects such as Avenier Cornejo, Studio Anne Holtrop and Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter, at the 19th edition of the AR Emerging Architecture awards held at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin
Winner of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2018, Madelon Vriesendorp talks Lina Bo Bardi, bitches and cosmic jackets following the Women in Architecture awards in March
Gloria Cabral from Gabinete de Arquitectura talks about inequality in Paraguay, Peter Zumthor, and how to change the world, after winning the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture at the Women in Architecture awards 2018
Sandra Barclay from Barclay & Crousse talks about who shouts the loudest and fighting for quality in public buildings in Peru, after winning the Architect of the Year 2018 at the Women in Architecture awards 2018
Ada Louise Huxtable Prize winner 2018 Madelon Vriesendorp discusses women being written out of the script, defending her legacy and #MeToo heralding an end to mother-in-law jokes
Jane Drew Prize 2018 winner Amanda Levete talks tinned tuna, taking off your shoes and women doing it their own way at the Women in Architecture Luncheon on 2 March 2018
2017 Ada Louise Huxtable prize winner Rachel Whiteread talks to us about her ‘shy sculptures’, working in series, how Gordon Matta-Clark influenced her student days and why she finds it difficult to collaborate with architects.
Jane Drew Prize 2017 winner Denise Scott Brown on sexism, prizes, low architectural pay and the fight for self-esteem
The Moira Gemmill Prize shortlist: interview with Ada Yvars Bravo
The Moira Gemmill Prize shortlist: interview with Rozana Montiel
The Moira Gemmill Prize shortlist: interview with Johanna Hurme
The Moira Gemmill Prize shortlist: interview with Jing Liu
The global winners from this year’s International VELUX Award 2016 on rethinking daylight in architecture
Ellis Woodman revisits the building that brought Aalto international attention
Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai explains his concept and the realisation of the MPavilion 2016 in Melbourne, Australia
The judges, winners and supporters of last year’s Emerging Architecture awards share their experiences
As an experience, the pavilion is just as much a physical reality as any other form of architecture
Even simple pavilion projects have the potential to affect change
How can housing offer residents a sense of agency?
Architects’ ability to synthesise is crucial to help Indian cities keep up with unprecedented migration and provide necessary infrastructure to its newcomers, says Kundoo
Norman Foster discusses the importance of the campaign as well as the judging process and award winners of 2016
Eva Jiricna, Norman Foster, Martha Thorne, Terry Farrell and more discuss the challenges facing women in architecture and the shortisted architects for the 2016 Women in Architecture awards
Produced by Architectural Video, the story of a building is described in a day
‘I became an architect out of curiosity’: Winner of the 2016 Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture
‘Rammed earth and bamboo are not materials of the past’: Heringer on architecture’s impact on the planet’s resources
From projects for the official home town of Santa Claus to underprivileged communities in Africa
‘I like to go through the emotional route for things’: Founder of WAA (We Architech Anonymous) discusses the work of her practice in Beijing’s competitive market
‘There’s not a lot of historical boundaries’: Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph on Los Angeles’ history of architectural experimentation
‘Feminine values are very important’: Co–founder of Burnazzi Feltrin Architects who fell in love with architecture as a girl scout
‘As an architect you have to be optimistic’: Co–founder of onSITE and director of the design/buildLAB on how architecture must set things in motion
An atmospheric film of Architect of the Year Jeanne Gang’s award-winning building at Kalamazoo College, Michigan