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Inspiration from above

Tony Isaac of Brett Martin Daylight Systems delves into the key recent trends in rooflights, from ‘designability’ to ensuring safety for users: The desire for the latest products is not uncommon in the world of rooflights, and the urge for... View Article

Stay on top of new Regs

Hugh Harkin of Kytun Dry Roofing Products discusses the new British Standard for roofing and why these regulations matter Dry fix systems have sparked plenty of debate since the 1980s when they were first introduced onto the market. Driven by... View Article

The Age of Enlightenment

A formerly aloof monument to ancient art has been opened up in the French city of Nantes, with a precise handling of light and form as the keys to a unifying extension and refurbishment by Stanton Williams. James Parker reports... View Article

Clarity of vision

Forming a cluster of overlapping, pristine volumes, a new university campus in Milan brings an artistic formal composition together with leading edge medical practice, research and study. Sébastien Reed reports With its origins in the creation of a nursing degree... View Article

Enlightened efficiency

Martyn Frear of CP Electronics explains how efficient, effective and beneficial lighting control can be in the education sector, and how it impacts on design of school buildings The design of school buildings is advancing fast, with quicker construction via... View Article

Precision-made for flexibility

With flexibility and functionality as key drivers, Bond Bryan Architects designed a state of the art autopart manufacturing facility which allowed for future expansion on demand. Sébastien Reed reports Magna International is a leading automotive supplier with 327 manufacturing operations... View Article

Halls of elegance

Student accommodation and flooring have improved to a level which is almost unrecognisable compared with a few years ago, reports Nav Dhillon of Gerflor Forget the drab, dull and dreary student accommodation of yesteryear; things have changed – the students... View Article

Bathrooms for all

Mark Bowman of Marmox offers some advice on ensuring that design and installation of bathrooms both large and small is a success From the Supreme Court of America to the smaller council chambers across rural England, the issues regarding the... View Article

The direct route to a sustainable solution for schools

Carole Armstrong of Delabie UK considers the compelling advantages of direct flush over cistern flush WCs for projects in the education sector In the education sector, WCs account for over two thirds of total water consumption. Traditional cistern flush mechanisms... View Article

View Point – Nigel Ostime from Hawkins\Brown

Nigel Ostime, delivery director at architects Hawkins\Brown and chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group, looks at how a ‘chain of custody’ approach is fundamental to a new toolkit created to ensure a focus on quality in projects Last December... View Article

A small victory

Discreetly hidden in a quiet cul-de-sac in Finchley, north London is an unconventional compact home, designed for a young client who was looking for a way to combat London’s housing shortage. James Parker reports According to its architect Nick Pocock... View Article

Village vanguard

Overlaying the former site of a piecemeal-built country club just west of Bristol, a new retirement village offers a refreshingly social approach to long-term living, combined with sympathy for the local vernacular. Sébastien Reed reports Ascending to Clifton Village to... View Article

State of the art

The University of Bergen’s departments of art and design have been brought together as a new landmark in the Norwegian city’s emerging artistic hub. Jack Wooler spoke to architects Snøhetta to hear how the design displays the building’s true character,... View Article

A brighter future for our kids

Imma Boada of Kingspan Light + Air looks at how the need for effective daylight within our schools extends far beyond issues of academic attainment In 1999, Heschong Mahone Group conducted a comprehensive study that analysed the academic performance of... View Article

More than just doors

Holly Graham at Premdor explains why doors can be the key design feature which will define a space, while reflecting an interior design vision Great interiors rely on balance and getting the essentials of the room right, and it’s a... View Article

Taking a circular route to emergency care efficiency

A new hospital in Cramlington, Northumberland, is the first in the NHS to be purpose-designed for emergency cases. Neil Harvey of Ramboll explains how the building simplifies the route from admission to specialists using a ‘panopticon’ ward design The Northumbria Specialist... View Article

The many faces of polycarbonate

With a plentiful range of benefits, not least its versatility, James Patrick from Kingspan Insulated Panels explains why designers can view polycarbonate as an architectural material in its own right: Introducing as much natural light into a building as possible... View Article

The power of nature

HLM’s Aline Browers and David Greig explain how the benefits of biophilia are increasingly being recognised by designers working in educational environments Biophilia is a term popularised by American psychologist Ed Wilson in the 1980s. When you ask people where... View Article
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