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The Flax Mill House / T.A.P.

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  • Architects: T.A.P.
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  120
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Russwood, ADW glazing

Recycling Brick Constructions in the UK: 14 Building Restorations and Extensions

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The use of brick plays a very important role in the architectural history of the United Kingdom. Construction techniques that involve brick and stone have been in constant progress. In fact, brick production improved over time, making the material the most popular one in the construction industry. From the 18th century onwards, brickwork was predominantly used in domestic and industrial architecture, but later on, it was introduced to the structure of warehouses and factories, as well as other various forms of infrastructure.

While many of these buildings are still operating to this day, it comes as no surprise. Refurbishment and reuse are highly recommended techniques, and in many cases, the only methods to maintain densely populated European cities. Therefore, the challenge lays in reusing these buildings and recycling the materials available, always trying to retain as much of the original structure as possible.

Beat Guhl: "We Allow Architects to Build Fluid, Uninterrupted, and Digitized Spaces"

We spoke with Beat Guhl, CEO of Sky-Frame, during the Swiss Bau fair – one of the largest events in the materials industry. Sky-Frame produces frameless sliding window systems; vital components to achieve an effective and efficient transparency in architectural projects. The company is constantly pushing for technical innovation and works closely with architects to help achieve fluid spatial concepts.

Maidenhill Primary School & Nursery / BDP

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  • Architects: BDP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4725
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aurubis, AutoDesk, Enscape, Euroclad, Russwood, +6

Edinburgh Pavilion / Archer + Braun

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Faith Schools’ Joint Campus / BDP

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  • Architects: BDP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5920
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Euroclad, Velfac, XAL, Versa Design

James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell's Caring Wood Wins 2017 RIBA House of the Year

Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris
Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris

James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell’s reimagining of the English country house, “Caring Wood,” has been selected as the 2017 RIBA House of the Year, bestowed annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the “best new house or house extension designed by an architect in the UK.”

Inspired by the traditional ‘oast houses’ – agricultural buildings used for kilning hops – found in the county of Kent, the house was lauded by the jury for its celebrating of local building crafts and traditions, including the use of handmade peg clay tiles, locally quarried ragstone and coppiced chestnut shingles.

Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James MorrisWinner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James MorrisWinner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James MorrisWinner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris+ 28

Tinhouse / Rural Design

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  • Architects: Rural Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Knauf, Plaka, Rationel, Bradstone, Caley Timber, +1

RIBA Announces 46 Winners for 2016 National Awards

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2016 RIBA National Awards. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from these 46 award-winning buildings.

Technology and Innovation Centre / BDP

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  • Architects: BDP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  25000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project

House in Elie / WT Architecture

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  • Architects: WT Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  275 Area:  275
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA North West Awards

A total of 15 projects have been shortlisted for RIBA North West 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by John McAslan + Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, MUMA and Carmody Groake. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize. The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize was won by Haworth Tompkins for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, a project which was shortlisted by this branch of the RIBA. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios' Manchester School of Art also made it to the national finals.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

St John Bosco Art College / BDP

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  • Architects: BDP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  11000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: KI Europe

Haworth Tompkins' Everyman Theatre Wins the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize

Haworth Tompkins' Everyman Theatre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize for 2014, beating competition from Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, Mecanoo, O'Donnell + Tuomey and Feilden Clegg Bradley. The result was announced last night by RIBA President Stephen Hodder at an event held at the RIBA's Headquarter's in London, with Hodder saying that "Haworth Tompkins have struck the perfect balance between continuity and change" and calling the scheme "a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring, bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre."

RIBA Selects Six Houses for 2014 Manser Medal Shortlist

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for this year's Manser Medal, the award given for Britain's best new house. With a shortlist comprising a mixture of two London townhouses, a seaside getaway and three remote getaways in Scotland and Wales, the winner of this year's Manser medal will be announced at the RIBA's awards ceremony on October 16th.

RIBA President Steven Hodder said of the shortlisted schemes: "With each of the projects, the architects have added real value to the homeowner’s happiness and wellbeing. The originality, ingenuity and innovation on show in this shortlist should be an inspiration for anyone planning to build or make improvements to their own home. I encourage the UK’s volume house builders to look at the shortlisted schemes – we all deserve to live in homes that comfort and delight us."

Read on after the break for all six shortlisted projects

Cliff House / Dualchas Architects. Image © Alistair NichollsLuker House / Jamie Fobart Architects. Image © Oliver HessThe Kench / Meloy Architects. Image © Jim StephensonHouse no 7 / Denizen Works. Image © David Barbour+ 34

House No.7 / Denizen Works

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  • Architects: Denizen Works
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  170 Area:  170
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012