As we strive to navigate through these difficult times, one essential trend is firmly manifesting in all industries – wellbeing. The breakout of the Coronavirus has locked thoughts of our health and wellbeing securely into the front of our minds. While many construction projects may temporarily be on hold, what’s certain is that when a sense of normality finally returns, both wellbeing and sustainability will be leading construction from the front.
In this month’s issue, this aim of putting people first within the built environment shines brighter than ever before. Firstly, Architect Christopher Sykes reveals his opening column instalment with a piece on how sustainability and wellbeing encourage healthy town centres. Turn to page 20 to find out more about the community spirit we’re all encountering with a wellbeing-first viewpoint. Elsewhere in our May edition, we’ve interviewed Anna Broadbent, Senior Architect at Saunders Boston Architects, who has recently been appointed as Head of Sustainability. Flick to pages 08-09 to read up on Anna’s career and learn more about what Saunders Boston Architects has in store for the next year. And, last but by no means least, on page 22 we’ve talked to Jacqueline Hughes, Senior Risk Analyst at risk management consultancy, Equib, about what the construction industry could be doing to be that bit greener.
As always, our portfolio pages are brimming with inspirational projects from across the globe. This month, we’ve showcased two stunning yet vastly diverse projects. On page 12, we take a look at Greater Copenhagen’s new public transport landmark, Køge Nord Station. Designed by an architectural team from practices COBE and DISSING+WEITLING architecture, the resulting futuristic design has provided an eye-catching architectural attraction for the area. Meanwhile, on page 16, we take a look at a biophilic-inspired apartment in Amsterdam named ‘Freebooter’. Having recently won the ‘Large Apartment of the Year’ award at the Frame Awards 2020, the building’s materials were limited to wood, steel and glass.
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Biophilic-inspired apartment Freebooter has recently won the ‘Large Apartment of the Year’ award at the Frame Awards 2020
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