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Typology: NightclubSubscription

The last thing on a clubber’s mind is architecture, but that doesn’t mean design can’t shape a night out

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Typology: GymnasiumSubscription

Invented by the Ancient Greeks, the gym has served as a social institution that has impacted not only the body but also the mind

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Typology: EmbassySubscription

Redolent of the geopolitical climate, embassy design has shifted to create symbols of protection as well as power

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Typology: BankSubscription

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

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Typology: PalaceSubscription

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


Typology: PierSubscription

Devised by pleasure-seeking Victorians but now undermined by social change and physical neglect, does the building that defined the seaside have a future?


Typology: Power stationSubscription

Faced with planetary catastrophe, does the future of energy generation lie in a return to its historical origins?

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Typology: Market hallSubscription

The market hall shelters a cornucopia of delights, but the traffic and mess it generates presents a challenge to planners

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Typology: Law CourtSubscription

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 

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Typology: PrisonSubscription

To confine, secure, rehabilitate or punish: the prison has several, sometimes contradictory aims, but however humane its approach, penal architecture is essentially cruel

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AR June 2020 on InsideSubscription

Home in the time of coronavirus | Quarantine architecture | Interior landscapes | Windows | Corridors | Desks | The couch |  Tom de Paor | Mill & Jones | Anni Albers 

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Typology: Buildings for animalsSubscription

Designing buildings for animals has prompted an extraordinary range of responses, from palace to cat flap, which say more about humans than the residents


Typology: BathhouseSubscription

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


Typology: Public toiletSubscription

From the pissoir to the sanisette, from the communal to the stand-alone pod, from male to female provision, a rich seam of history runs through toilets

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Typology: ShopSubscription

Sacred lair of the commodity, its mysteries veiled by plate glass: who can resist the lure of the shop? 

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Typology: HotelsSubscription

Anonymous rooms for anonymous and rootless lives, the hotel has long been a giant metaphor for modernity

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Typology: DamsSubscription

The control of nature promised a world transformed for the benefit of humans, but have gigantic dams drowned such hopes?

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Typology: AirportSubscription

Once glamorous gateways to freedom, airports have become zones of consumerist tedium and state terror – but the emotional intensity of the departure gate endures


Typology: Public SquareSubscription

When human particles collide in the accelerator of the square, the public comes into being – as evanescent as an unstable element


Typology: CrematoriumSubscription

Our final encounter with architecture increasingly takes place in crematoria but, despite an association with modern bureaucratic society, the type has a long history


Typology: PubSubscription

Idealised as a comforting refuge and a site of warm conviviality, the public house can also be divisive

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Typology: Housing EstateSubscription

From the green quadrangles of medieval almshouses to towering banlieues, the history of mass housing represents architecture at its most high-minded – which makes its failures all the more painful

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Typology: New townsSubscription

Creating new urban areas from scratch may appear to be a utopian exercise, but more frequently it entrenches existing systems of power

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Typology: Corporate campus Subscription

With the 1940s came a compulsion to move headquarters from the inner-city sprawl to more tranquil environs out of town. Is the resurgent migration a retreat to a natural idyll or a calculated isolation?

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Typology: Multifaith Subscription

Religious belief systems remain powerful and distinct but, alongside the differences, comes a call for greater tolerance and cohesion. Can the worship of different gods take place under one roof?

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Typology: Fire StationsSubscription

The fire station is a unique blend of domesticity and workplace, with the engines brought as close as possible to the living quarters in search of the world’s briefest commute (preferably via pole)

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Typology: CinemasSubscription

Gloriously kitsch picture palaces engulfed the masses in darkness, while opening virtual space through the screen


Typology: FactoriesSubscription

Commodities flowed from them, along with money for their owners - but the factory also produced new ways of living, of thinking, and of designing


Typology: UniversitiesSubscription

The university is one of the oldest surviving institutions in the western world. It has colonised the globe, its architecture reflecting the prevailing ideology – of which it is the reproductive machinery

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Typology: TombsSubscription

A sealed volume, the tomb has no interior – or if it does, you really don’t want to go there. The exterior, by contrast, is a screen onto which we project our hopes and fears about the other side of life