Architecture - Archive Articles

Articles about (mostly) London architecture, heritage, new buildings, and refurbishments.

Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library
Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library

Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library

This is a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lambeth Palace Library, along with the Great Hall, and parts of the Palace building itself.

Aug
05
2018
New skyscraper to sit next to Leadenhall Market
New skyscraper to sit next to Leadenhall Market

New skyscraper to sit next to Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall in the City isn't exactly short of a skyscraper, or five, and now one is planned that will sit right next to the famous Victorian market building.

Jul
21
2018
Disappear Here – Playing with your perspectives at RIBA
Disappear Here – Playing with your perspectives at RIBA

Disappear Here – Playing with your perspectives at RIBA

The display space inside architectural head office for RIBA has been given over to to the notion of perspective.

Jul
15
2018
Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge
Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge

Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge

It doesn't look like much, but the train station at Kew Gardens has a remarkable survivor of early reinforced concrete -- and most people have no idea that the shabby looking footbridge is it.

Jul
14
2018
Over 3,000 buildings opening their doors for Heritage Open Days 2018
Over 3,000 buildings opening their doors for Heritage Open Days 2018

Over 3,000 buildings opening their doors for Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days, the (two) weekends of the year when lots of buildings open their doors to the public has published its initial list of properties.

Jul
13
2018
The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda
The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda

The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda

Famous for its long since removed dragons, the Great Pagoda in Kew has rarely been open to the public. Until now. And the dragons are back.

Jul
12
2018
A second cheesgrater skyscraper for London
A second cheesgrater skyscraper for London

A second cheesgrater skyscraper for London

The City of London has granted planning permission to a tower that will become the third tallest in London, and is already being nicknamed "Cheesegrater 2" thanks to its shape.

Jul
10
2018
Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off
Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp the Olympia Exhibition Centre could see the main road outside pedestrianised and the facade restored, but also several extra stories added to the office block next door to pay for it.

Jul
08
2018
Win a chance to sleep the top of the BT Tower
Win a chance to sleep the top of the BT Tower

Win a chance to sleep the top of the BT Tower

A chance to visit the top of the BT Tower is pretty high up most people's "bucket list" of things to do in London, but how about spending the night sleeping there?

Jun
29
2018
Prince of Wales’s London home opens to the public
Prince of Wales’s London home opens to the public

Prince of Wales’s London home opens to the public

In August there will be a chance to go inside Clarence House, the official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Jun
28
2018
Competition to design a railway footbridge
Competition to design a railway footbridge

Competition to design a railway footbridge

Network Rail has opened a competition to design a new footbridge that can be used to improve accessibility at stations and level crossings.

Jun
22
2018
See inside Crossrail’s Farringdon Station
See inside Crossrail’s Farringdon Station

See inside Crossrail’s Farringdon Station

An almost modest ticket hall conceals a marvel deeper underground as Crossrail gave the public their first chance to see the massive platforms that will soon throng with paying passengers.

Jun
16
2018
Peckham’s own “highline” moves forward to being built
Peckham’s own “highline” moves forward to being built

Peckham’s own “highline” moves forward to being built

A mini-Highline is a step closer to be being built in Peckham following the completion of the crowdfunded feasibility process.

Jun
05
2018
City office block swapping cars for bicycle racks
City office block swapping cars for bicycle racks

City office block swapping cars for bicycle racks

A sign of the times, as a large office in the City of London wants to get rid of most of its car parking space, and replace it with bicycle racks and cycling facilities.

May
27
2018
City of London mulls making Bank traffic ban permanent
City of London mulls making Bank traffic ban permanent

City of London mulls making Bank traffic ban permanent

Safety improvements at the road junction outside Bank tube station have reportedly seen casualties reduced by 52% since they were implemented last year.

May
14
2018
Consultation on redevelopment of Tesco Kennington
Consultation on redevelopment of Tesco Kennington

Consultation on redevelopment of Tesco Kennington

The sprawling Tesco superstore and car park in Kennington could be replaced with blocks of flats, if approval is given to redevelop the site.

May
06
2018
Disused tube station cleared ahead of construction works
Disused tube station cleared ahead of construction works

Disused tube station cleared ahead of construction works

The derelict site of the former Aldgate East tube station, which closed in October 1938, has been cleared ahead of construction works which will see the area covered over once more.

May
05
2018
Have you seen the Metropolitan Arcade at Liverpool Street Station?
Have you seen the Metropolitan Arcade at Liverpool Street Station?

Have you seen the Metropolitan Arcade at Liverpool Street Station?

An early precursor of the modern shopping centre is the Arcade, and a rather fine example can be found just outside Liverpool Street station.

Apr
17
2018
Westminster Abbey gets a new tower
Westminster Abbey gets a new tower

Westminster Abbey gets a new tower

Slightly hidden away, Westminster Abbey has gained a striking new bronze tower that sits well against its ancient stones.

Apr
16
2018
Concrete Dreams at the Southbank Centre
Concrete Dreams at the Southbank Centre

Concrete Dreams at the Southbank Centre

To mark its reopening following refurbishment works, the brutalist heart of the Southbank has thrown open its backstage to the public for an artistic minded tour.

Apr
15
2018
East London’s Minnie Lansbury suffragette Memorial Clock
East London’s Minnie Lansbury suffragette Memorial Clock

East London’s Minnie Lansbury suffragette Memorial Clock

A grand green clock hangs off the side of an otherwise unremarkable block of flats in memory of a quite remarkable woman.

Apr
06
2018
Lego, postboxes and 3d maps – 150 years of the Chartered Surveyor
Lego, postboxes and 3d maps – 150 years of the Chartered Surveyor

Lego, postboxes and 3d maps – 150 years of the Chartered Surveyor

If you've ever seen people in hi-vis standing on street corners holding rulers and odd looking contraptions, then you've seen a surveyor, the people who measure things.

Apr
06
2018
A stone obelisk with a hidden secret
A stone obelisk with a hidden secret

A stone obelisk with a hidden secret

Just outside Finsbury Circus near Liverpool Street station is a small stone obelisk that looks like just another city monument, but in fact conceals a hidden purpose.

Apr
03
2018
London’s Pedways are back – and they’re magnificent
London’s Pedways are back – and they’re magnificent

London’s Pedways are back – and they’re magnificent

Long maligned as bad planning done worse, the pedways are making a triumphant return to the City of London. Away with windswept concrete plazas that sat leaden upon the land and hello to filaments of steel dancing around buildings.

Apr
02
2018