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XAPO (pronounced ‘sapo’) provides online banking services for cryptocurrencies. The company’s Director, Wences Casares, commissioned Lagranja to create its flagship headquarters; the first physical HQ for XAPO, and the first transformation of a historical building for Lagranja..

Several years after 3deluxe transformed the downtown Noor Island into a green, urban paradise, the German architecture office is designing a vibrant, attractive urban beach with a marina as part of more comprehensive tourist infrastructure measures in Sharjah City – a metropolis that is home to millions.

It’s been more than 18 months since the majority of office workers have been in the office full time. While it’s too soon to say exactly what lasting impact the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have had on the UK’s office culture, it’s clear to see that for the time being at least there is likely to be a significant shift towards a more flexible, less regimented approach to workplace-based work, with staff splitting time between home and the office, which has led to a boom in refurbishments as landlords refresh their facilities.

Modern construction projects are more complex than ever, as the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry integrates state-of-the-art materials and technologies into designs to increase usability, maximise resource efficiencies and promote sustainability.

Niralee Casson came to architecture slightly later than most, having already achieved a degree in law before deciding to make the switch. With her student loan already used up, she undertook all of her architectural education on a part-time basis whilst working full-time at Assael Architecture; in 2018, she was finishing her Part 2, starting her Part 3 and working all simultaneously. Here, we talk to Niralee about her switch from law to architecture.

The Global Flora Conservatory, an internationally-renowned botanical collection at Wellesley College, was designed by the American architecture firm Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA Matx) in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team at Wellesley College.

Designed by CLOU architects, Sanya Farm Lab is a 4000m2 four-storey exhibition space, located in the Nanfan High Tech District of Sanya, the southernmost city on tropical Hainan Island. The design focus of this project was to combine the climate characteristics of Sanya, integrate the regional scientific and technological agricultural elements and create a multi-functional research compound and commercial display space.

Rebekah Bishop, Marketing Manager for Taylor Lane Timber Frame, explores the versatility of timber frame and explains how it enabled Acorn Property Group to realise a striking and complex design and meet stringent environmental demands on its Cubis Bruton development.

Throughout the UK, showers account for the largest use of water within domestic properties, totalling over 840 billion litres per year. As the nation’s water supply continues to face significant stress, Martin Walker, CEO of Methven, explores the opportunity architects, specifiers and designers have to help protect the UK’s diminishing water supply by improving the water and energy efficiency of upcoming residential and commercial developments.

30-year-old James Brett is Managing Director of family-owned firm Edgeley Construction. Having spent a considerable amount of time on sites throughout his life, he leads from the front and drives growth with investment in digital construction and training. Here, James talks to FC&A about his journey to becoming the Managing Director of Edgeley Construction.

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