Loyn & Co‘s Outhouse in the Forest of Dean (pictured) is partly buried, the elevated structure of Dursley Treehouse by Miller & Howard Workshop protects the surrounding trees’ roots and Alma-nac‘s House in the Woods is carefully integrated into its surroundings. Tinhouse on the Isle of Skye, by Rugged Design, evokes agricultural structures, Hadlow Down House by BBM Sustainable Structures subverts an energy-hungry brief into a low-energy development and James Gorst Architects‘ contemporary country house in the Midlands is clad in ironstone and bronze to evoke the earthy tones of the surrounding countryside. An urban infill house in London by 31/44 Architects is organised around three courtyards, McGarry Moon has transformed a dilapidated London cottage and Studio 304‘s Sunken Bath project reworks a gloomy London flat. Plus houses in progress by John Pardey Architects and Hudson Architects.

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The autumn 2016 issue of inform reports on the latest phase of Grimshaw Architects‘ London Bridge Station renewal scheme. Our recent arts and leisure projects include the Lighterman restaurant in King’s Cross, London, by Stanton Williams, and four theatres: De Matos Ryan‘s reworking of York Theatre Royal; Aedas Arts Team‘s redevelopment of the Tara Theatre in Earlsfield, London; the Box Theatre in Romford by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt and Van Heyningen & Haward‘s Whitty Theatre at Luckley House School in Wokingham, Berkshire. Plus pages of news, awards and products.

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This issue’s Report focuses on commercial buildings: the Citizen M Tower Hill pod-hotel in London by Sheppard Robson and Concrete; HGP Architects‘ PTFE-clad LandRover BAR building in Portsmouth; a converted industrial building by Collado Collins Architects in Shepherd’s Bush, crowned by a striking lattice roof structure; a mixed-use development by Stiff & Trevillion for the Cadogan Estate in Chelsea; and an office development by TP Bennett at the Sea Containers House site on London’s South Bank. Plus three inventive staircases by Patalab, Jamie Fobert Architects and Umf architecture/art; and Juan Carlos Baumgartner of Mexican architectural practice spAce on Neuro-architecture, suggested by advances in the understanding of human cognition.

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From the urban loft conversion to the rural hill-top dwelling, the projects in this issue demonstrate how architects can bring creativity and freshness to some of the most familiar domestic typologies. In London, Madoc Architecture explores a contemporary architectural language for ending a Victorian terrace; Henning Stummel infills a land-locked site with top-lit metal-clad pavilions; and Pricegore reworks an unprepossessing top-floor flat, creating a bold new identity and re-engaging with the local context. A project by Hugh Strange Architects in east London transforms an existing two-bedroom house so that its interior is a rich combination of new and old; Madoc Architecture has designed a new end-of-terrace brick house in Finsbury Park; a two-storey Passivhaus near London Fields is zinc-clad by Tectonics; and a pair of townhouses by Belsize Architects are clad in Iroko timber and Jura limestone.

Moving out of the city, Sutherland Hussey Harris wraps Edge Hill house in Northumberland with a finely detailed hardwood timber screen to maintain privacy and promote daylighting, while Glazzard Architects’ hilltop house in Worcestershire balances the need for light and views with high levels of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Plus houses in progress by CaSA Architects and Modern Architect.

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This issue reports on seven housing projects: Design Engine‘s Bradbury Place zinc-clad housing for disabled people in Andover; Cinque Ports Street, a sensitive development employing prefabricated timber panels  in the historic town of Rye, East Sussex, by JD Architects; Studio Verve‘s black brick, green-roofed Domino Houses in north London; Frampton Park Baptist church and housing in east London by Matthew Lloyd Architects; Pollard Thomas Edwards‘ environmentally-responsible, mixed-tenure housing in north London; a mixed-use development in London’s Nine Elms by The Manser Practice, combining student accommodation with a hotel and offices; and Architecture PLB‘s Cromwell Road housing development in Winchester. Plus an inventive entrance wall at 140 Fenchurch Street London by Bogle Architects, the latest admissions to the ARB register, news and products.

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