Features

A new work and retail space for a bakery at the RIBA Stirling Prize nominated Neo Bankside reflects the building’s contemporary style while staying true to its handmade, artisanal nature and ethos. Jonathan Harvey, Director at Holland Harvey Architects, explains more.

Michael Metcalfe, Commercial Sales Manager at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, explains how coloured glass has been used to create an architectural landmark in the centre of Stoke-on-Trent, one reminiscent of the city’s past.

Synthetic rubber roofing membranes specialist, Firestone Building Products, has recently supplied the thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) roof for the ‘Reception Building’ of a ‘natural burial ground’ in Merseyside designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB).

A pioneering South Wales developer has set the standard for sustainability excellence at its flagship housebuilding project – fitting eight properties with exhaust air heat pump (EAHP) systems.

When Andrew Marston stumbled across a moored WWII Ferro concrete barge on the Penryn harbour in Cornwall, he saw beyond the rust – envisaging a workshop space bringing together functionality, contemporary design and sustainable living.

The Cross Street Eco Town Development is an award-winning sustainable development which involved the construction of four new 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings ranging in size from 63 to 102m².

Introducing Aktivhaus, a triple zero home that generates 200% energy. The design is based on spaces and shows how even the smallest of London sites could use this model. As the design is also stackable, in the future, it also could also apply to med-high rise developments.

Rory Bergin, Head of Sustainability & Innovation at HTA, the architecture firm commissioned by VELUX to design its CarbonLight Homes, explains how technology can be used to provide energy efficiency and comfort.

Green shroud

It is not everyday we see the surface area of a whole building covered with vegetation. For the parliament of the German Speaking Community in Eupen, they have put this into action on their new legislative building. FC&A explains more.

Architects today are preoccupied with ‘green’ thinking, ‘eco’ design and carbon footprint. Fundamental to designing and realising all this, it is vital to have an understanding of what makes for a good performance, healthy and cost effective environment. Architect Christopher Sykes examines how our senses are influenced by what we perceive, what we see and what we hear.

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