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RIBA Announces the 2022 London Building of the Year

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects as the 2022 London Building of the Year. Sited beside the Clancarty Lodge in the northwestern corner of South Park, the community center is a development comprising several new pavilions arranged around the existing Clancarty Lodge, a landmark included in the project and refurbished as an exhibition space.

36 Storey's Way, Churchill College by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture. Image © Anthony  ColemanMaggie’s Yorkshire by Heatherwick Studio. Image © Hufton and CrowGuildford Crematorium by Haverstock. Image © Simon  KennedySands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects. Image © Rory Gardiner+ 11

Royal College of Art / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan+ 26

333 Kingsland Road & Hackney New Primary School / Henley Halebrown

© Nick Kane© Nick Kane© Nick Kane© Lorenzo Zandri+ 25

Douglas Fir House / Christian Brailey Architects

Courtesy of Christian BraileyCourtesy of Christian BraileyCourtesy of Christian BraileyCourtesy of Christian Brailey+ 28

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  65 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Fisher & Paykel, Ikea, Laufen, Vola, Decor Solutions, +3

Camden Highline, London’s New Park in the Sky, Is Submitted for Planning

The Camden Highline, a London project that plans to turn a disused stretch of railway viaduct into a new elevated park and walking route, was submitted for planning. The 1.2km route, 8 meters above ground, will connect Camden Gardens in the west to York Way in the east. The design was awarded to a team led by James Corner Field Operations, the practice behind the New York High Line, who will work with Kentish town-based vPPR Architects, London artist Hew Locke, community consultation organization Street Space and Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, among others.

Courtesy of James Corner Field OperationsCamden Highline aerial view visualisation. Image © Hayes DavidsonCamden Highline ground level view visualisation. Image © Hayes DavidsonCamden Highline axon drawing. Image © Camden Highline+ 5

N Family Club Nursery Schools / Kennedy Woods

© Taran Wilkhu© Taran Wilkhu© Taran Wilkhu© Taran Wilkhu+ 25

RIBA Announces 2022 London Awards Winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winning projects for the 2022 RIBA London architecture awards. The list of 42 buildings includes projects ranging from a sustainable council housing development to a cookery school for children, showcasing the best architectural interventions in London over the past two years. The projects were selected by a regional jury, who visited all 66 shortlisted projects. RIBA London Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.

The Library House, Macdonald Wright Architects. Image © Heiko PriggeBreakers Place, Nottingdale. Image © Rob ParrishVictoria House, Bloomsbury. Image © St†le EriksenWoods Quay. Image © Richard Oxford+ 43

Sayer Street / Jan Kattein Architects + BD Landscape Architects

© Jack Hobhouse© Jack Hobhouse© Jack Hobhouse© Jack Hobhouse+ 13

Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio Selected to Design UK's Barbican Centre Refurbishment

A collaborative design team led by Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio has been selected to renew the famed Barbican Centre in London, United Kingdom. The winning design proposal preserves the building’s original architectural language and provides new opportunities for the center's diverse community of artists, audiences, and partners, boosting the building’s accessibility and performance quality.

Barbican Center. Image © Max Colson Courtesy of Barbican CentreRoyal Festival Hall by Allies and Morrison. Image © Allies and MorrisonSouthbank Centre by Allies and Morrison. Image © Allies and MorrisonExpo 2020 Dubai Portals by Asif Khan Studio. Image © Asif Khan Studio+ 8

Meta Headquarters / Bennetts Associates

© Hufton + Crow© Hufton + Crow© META© Hufton + Crow+ 16

Jeffrey’s Place / Tasou Associates

© Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner© Rory Gardiner© Rory Gardiner© Rory Gardiner+ 24

New Exhibition Co-Curated by Kazuyo Sejima Explores the Art and Architecture Programme Reviving the Island of Inujima

A new exhibition at the Japan House in London explores the large-scale art and architecture project driving the transformation of the Japanese island of Inujima for the past 13 years. Titled Symbiosis: Living Island, the show co-curated by the project's artistic director Yūko Hasegawa and architect Kazuyo Sejima showcases how the innovative scheme of accessible art, pavilions and creative projects brought together artists and locals in the effort to revitalize and secure a future for this island in the Seto Inland Sea confronted with diminishing population. Running from 21 May to 4 September 2022, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey around the island that illustrates the transformative impact of the Inujima' Art House Project' through architectural models, photography, videos and testimonies of the residents.

Inujima "Art House Project" S-Art House Haruka Kojin : contact lens, 2013. Image © Takashi HommaInujima "Art House Project" A-Art House Beatriz Milhazes : Yellow Flower Dream, 2018 . Image © Yoshikazu InoueFormer site of a stonecutter's house Yusuke Asai : sprouting 01, 2016. Image © Yoshikazu InoueInujima "Art House Project" F-Art House Kohei Nawa : Biota (Fauna/Flora), 2013 . Image © Takashi Homma+ 8

Flow Gallery / John Pardey Architects

© James Morris© James Morris© James Morris© James Morris+ 17

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  130
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Keller, RIW, Delta Membrane Systems, Tyvek, VMZINC

Taylor & Chatto Courts + Wilmott Court Frampton Park Estate / Henley Halebrown

© David Grandorge© Jim Stephenson© Jim Stephenson© Nick Kane+ 68

Adulation and Demonisation: Materiality vs. Morality

For centuries and centuries we’ve built – and the diversity in our global built environment is a testament to that. The many different cultures around the globe have had different ways of building throughout history, adapting locally found materials to construct their structures. Today, in our globalized present, building materials are transported across the globe far from their origins, a situation that means two buildings on completely opposites sides of the world can be more or less identical. 

Rondavel in Lesotho - Vernacular architecture in Lesotho. Image © Rich TracyJaci's Lodges, Madikwe Game Reserve, North West, South Africa. Image © South African Tourism under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.Royal National Theatre, South Bank / Denys Lasdun. Image © Flickr User Rory Hyde under the (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license.Tricorn Shopping Centre / Owen Luder and Rodney Gordon - Portsmouth, England (Demolished in 2004) . Image © Wikimedia User Alexanderfbooth under the Creative Commons  Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.+ 10

The Hithe Business Incubator Space / IF_DO

© Mike Massaro
© Mike Massaro

© Mike Massaro© Mike Massaro© Mike Massaro© Mike Massaro+ 18

  • Architects: IF_DO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Professionals : Measur, Weber Industries