Architecture - Archive Articles

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

Unfurling ice-rinks onto the River Thames
Unfurling ice-rinks onto the River Thames

Unfurling ice-rinks onto the River Thames

An architectural practice has shown off a concept for an unfolding ice rink which can be installed in places along the river and unfurl like a flower when the weather is right to form a natural ice rink.

Dec
08
2015
Ticket Alert — Lord Adonis and Norman Foster debate
Ticket Alert — Lord Adonis and Norman Foster debate

Ticket Alert — Lord Adonis and Norman Foster debate

Potentially interesting talk and debate at the LSE later this month with three significant figures, Lord Adonis, Norman Foster, and Deyan Sudjic.

Nov
15
2015
Giant model of Canary Wharf
Giant model of Canary Wharf

Giant model of Canary Wharf

Sitting alongside the marketing suite half-way up the main Canary Wharf can be found the estate's marketing suite, and in a side room, to show off the development, a gigantic scale model of the estate.

Oct
19
2015
Inside St Pancras Chambers
Inside St Pancras Chambers

Inside St Pancras Chambers

A decade ago, work started on refurbishing one of London's more famous derelict buildings, and a few years ago, it opened as a posh hotel.

Sep
28
2015
The Festival of Britain’s clock tower in East London
The Festival of Britain’s clock tower in East London

The Festival of Britain’s clock tower in East London

A remnant of the 1951 Festival of Britain can be found in East London far from the South Bank, but is, for locals, as vibrant a focal point.

Sep
22
2015
Photos from inside the derelict Millennium Mills
Photos from inside the derelict Millennium Mills

Photos from inside the derelict Millennium Mills

A monumental block of industrial heritage that has stood empty for roughly 35 years is about to be returned to new use.

Jul
20
2015
London Underground HQ to be turned into flats
London Underground HQ to be turned into flats

London Underground HQ to be turned into flats

Westminster Council has given permission for London Transport's iconic headquarters building to be converted into flats. Permission was granted yesterday at the Planning Applications Committee meeting.

Jun
17
2015
East London office gets its own private tube train
East London office gets its own private tube train

East London office gets its own private tube train

An office block with an entrance next to Aldgate East tube station has installed its own private tube train — as a waiting room.

Jun
11
2015
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

It was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London: a building so unusual that a suspicious public were unconvinced it would remain standing when it was built in 1762.

Jun
03
2015
Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house
Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house

Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house

A note for your diaries, as next month there will be a rare opportunity to explore a tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant's house

May
05
2015
Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard
Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard

Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard

Around 160 years ago, plans were announced for a skyscraper in London that would have a summit even higher than The Shard stands today.

May
04
2015
Drinks and a talk on the roof of London Underground’s HQ
Drinks and a talk on the roof of London Underground’s HQ

Drinks and a talk on the roof of London Underground’s HQ

A summer's evening in June could be an ideal time to spend sipping drinks on the top of London Underground's famous art-deco headquarters before it is turned into luxury flats.

May
03
2015
The Post-War Plans to Rebuild Shoreditch & Bethnal Green
The Post-War Plans to Rebuild Shoreditch & Bethnal Green

The Post-War Plans to Rebuild Shoreditch & Bethnal Green

As World War Two started to approach what seemed to be its final conclusion, city planners turned their minds to the aftermath, and the rebuilding of homes and factories damaged by wartime bombing.

Apr
26
2015
Easier access to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel shaft planned
Easier access to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel shaft planned

Easier access to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel shaft planned

Plans to make entry to an underground chamber in Rotherhithe moved a step closer following the unveiling of the design of the new staircase that will sit inside the space.

Apr
25
2015
London’s most significant modernist building
London’s most significant modernist building

London’s most significant modernist building

Just around the back of Belsize Park tube station, on an otherwise unremarkable suburban street can be found one of the wonders of London architecture -- the Isokon Flats.

Mar
27
2015
Photos from inside the SkyGarden
Photos from inside the SkyGarden

Photos from inside the SkyGarden

After much anticipation, and recent complaints, the SkyGarden has accepted its first paying customers, and non-paying voyeurs and at last a chance for us mere mortals to see what the fuss has been about.

Jan
12
2015
The time when London’s streets were paved with wood
The time when London’s streets were paved with wood

The time when London’s streets were paved with wood

London’s streets may be famously paved with gold, but more realistically, they were once paved with wood — quite a lot of streets and an awful lot of wood. As roads were increasingly paved to cope with carriages and later,

Jan
10
2015
Visit the Barbican’s garden conservatory
Visit the Barbican’s garden conservatory

Visit the Barbican’s garden conservatory

Although as much loved as loathed for its expansive use of brutalist concrete, the Barbican is a surprisingly green place, with lots of open spaces and gardens.

Jan
04
2015
As the walkie-talkie prepares to open to the public…
As the walkie-talkie prepares to open to the public…

As the walkie-talkie prepares to open to the public…

Central London's highest garden opens to the public at some point shortly, depending on which newspaper you read, even though in reality it is less a garden than a waiting area for a nearby restaurant.

Jan
04
2015
Guided tours of Two Temple Place
Guided tours of Two Temple Place

Guided tours of Two Temple Place

There is one more opportunity this year to have an extended private tour of Two Temple Place.

Oct
04
2014
Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower
Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower

Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower

150 years ago a meat market opened on the edge of London to cater to its growing population. To mark the location a mighty clock tower was built.

Sep
25
2014
Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway
Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway

Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway

Just under 150 years ago, a subway was built linking a railway station to a shopping arcade, but was closed 60 years ago, and has been largely sealed up ever since. Which is a pity as it is a true marvel of Victorian brickwork.

Sep
06
2014
London Open House Weekend Bookings
London Open House Weekend Bookings

London Open House Weekend Bookings

The guide to the London Open House weekend will go live on Friday morning, and reveal the details of those venues that need booking in advance.

Aug
14
2014
9 minutes of Canary Wharf in 1996
9 minutes of Canary Wharf in 1996

9 minutes of Canary Wharf in 1996

Some years ago, the BBC commissioned a series of short films to fill gaps in their schedules, each being 10 minutes long, including trailers, about architecture.

Jul
22
2014