Tom Wilkinson's stories
This jail is currently under construction outside Nuuk, in one of the world’s most dramatic locations for such a facility
Mas d’Enric Penitentiary in Tarragona, Spain, by AiB estudi d’arquitectes and Estudi PSP ArquitecturaSubscription
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
While there are some interesting contributions, the main exhibition’s incoherence proves that brilliant architects do not necessarily make good curators
The darkness of the nightclub is deployed to conceal bodies and acts that may not be acceptable in the sunlit street
Equestrian Centre in Melbourne, Australia by Seth Stein Architects and Watson Architecture + DesignSubscription
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 ...
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
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 ...