Whole earth approach

A new district has been created near Montpellier that brings together 400 homes of different tenures, in a holistic design that helps buildings blend into a former quarry site. Jack Wooler reports The new Mas de Rochet district in Castelnau-le-Lez,... View Article

Playing partner

When it was commissioned to double the size of an established golf resort with ambitions to host the Ryder Cup, architects ReardonSmith paid sympathetic tribute to the original historic manor house The daunting brief from the owner of Adare Manor,... View Article

The enduring warmth of wood

Katherine Mathews of Kährs UK explains why engineered wood comes out on top for a great looking, hard wearing floor covering that can offer the ‘human touch’ to interiors Despite its having been used for centuries, many architects and designers... View Article

Behind the headlines

Mark Blewitt of ESSE explains why environmental issues attributed to wood burning stoves are not as straightforward as they seem, and the impact of a new eco standard It is true that recent headlines relating to wood burning stoves have... View Article

Pushing the envelope with future facades

Aliva UK’s James Ormerod reports on how, while trends in facades are ever changing, environmental standards and end user demands call for new materials, fixing systems and different approaches, but signature facades can be created that will stand the test... View Article

Roofing elements of designing to Passivhaus

As designing to the Passivhaus standard continues to grow in popularity, not only for residential builds but also increasingly for commercial constructions, architect Nicolas Tye shares insights on the specific considerations a Passivhaus-accredited roof requires Over the last few years,... View Article

Ask the Architects

Leading female UK architects share their experiences of being a woman in the profession, and the challenges that still exist for achieving gender diversity. Participants: Sadie Morgan, co-founder, dRMM Architects; Jane Duncan, director at Jane Duncan Architects & RIBA past president; Fionn... View Article

Why timber is the answer

ADF caught up with Jeremy English of Sӧdra to discuss why he feels timber is the solution to the UK’s housing crisis, and how the material can help architects adopt less labour-intensive, offsite building techniques What do you see as... View Article

Extracting the maximum from close study

James Parker found out how the new extension to the Cambridge Judge Business School provides the space for modern teaching methods by extracting the greatest potential from a challenging city centre site Cambridge Judge Business School was founded in 1990,... View Article

Practice Profile: Weston Williamson + Partners

Now big players in the transport and master planning sectors, Weston Williamson + Partners have helped shape infrastructure across London and the wider UK, with major clients including Crossrail and HS2. Sébastien Reed speaks to partners Chris Williamson and Philip... View Article

The first line of defence

Mark Stone of Securiscape explains how designers are using street furniture and planters as part of a defensive strategy to protect the public from terrorism We have come a long way since 2007, when, in the wake of a vehicle-borne... View Article

Form follows function

Making an entrance better by design is a process of consideration and elimination, as GEZE UK’s Richard Richardson-Derry explains ‘Form follows function’ may be a basic tenet of modern architecture, but when it comes to designing entrances, aesthetics are inevitably... View Article

Water water (isn’t) everywhere

Lisa Farnsworth of Stormsaver discusses how rainwater harvesting is critical to the design of future building design in the context of UK water scarcity It is impossible to not notice the changes in weather conditions that we have been experiencing... View Article

Let there be light

Patients may leave hospital quicker when they are on wards with high levels of natural light – in this context Scott Leeder of Velux Modular Skylights looks at the health and wellbeing benefits of bringing in daylight Over the last... View Article

Down the garden path

On a choice site in fashionable Fitzrovia sits a mixed-use scheme offering high-end flats, office space including the UK home of Facebook, and public green space – in a design carefully bedded into its context. Sébastien Reed reports A stone’s... View Article

View Point – Nigel Ostime from Hawkins\Brown

Nigel Ostime of Hawkins\Brown Architects and chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group, says that without measuring feedback, architects can’t improve Manufacturers ask for feedback as a matter of routine and use it to improve their products in the next... View Article

Keeping an eye on the past

Architect RO&AD’s timber watchtower project in the Netherlands engaged the community in innovative ways to generate a new enthusiasm for the area’s rich history. Sébastien Reed reports Construction of the defensive West Brabant Water Line was started in 1627 by... View Article

Swimming among the timbers

A competition-level swimming pool has been constructed at a Surrey school, integrating a high level of quality in the design of its timber elements while embracing ancient woodland surroundings. Adam Cossey from the project’s architects Hawkins\Brown tells Jack Wooler how... View Article

The most sustainable material of them all

Sean Parnaby of West Port says that the timber industry is gradually winning the war against misconceptions about what he claims is not only the oldest, but the best fenestration material There’s a growing awareness that timber isn’t the expensive,... View Article

The timber revolution

Sarah Harding of Accsys Group reports on how the UK is experiencing a revolution in timber in architecture, as designers and specifiers increasingly embrace the material’s combination of beauty and environmental advantages Running earlier this year at the Roca London... View Article