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Sound and vision

A major renovation of a hilltop bungalow in Devon opened up fantastic estuary views for the growing family of a music producer, while doubling as an occasional recording studio. By James Parker Paul Yeadon has had a varied life so... View Article

Choosing the right external doors

From front doors to garage doors, David O’Mara of Hörmann UK answers all of your portal-related questions When it comes to front doors, what are the trends for 2017 in self-builds? The demand for unique, stylish and secure entrances that... View Article

Designing a home for life

Inclusive design can help adapt homes to cater for the needs of an ageing population, writes Barry Eagle of anti-slip flooring solutions supplier GripClad. According to a YouGov poll, more than four in 10 Londoners aged over 55 believe they... View Article

Better safe than sorry

Door closers may not define an interior design, but their clear impact on safety and aesthetics should convince architects to think twice before specifying them. Samuel Heath comments. Despite being essential safety features, door closers are rarely of the highest priority... View Article

Turning a greener shade

James Parker spoke to Peter Howard of Dulux Trade to find out how the firm is attempting to get a clear message to specifiers to drive use of sustainable paint alternatives, and whether the industry is on board. The true... View Article

Renewing the bond

From the spiky Stirling Prize-winning Newport Gallery to sensitive restorations and new build schemes, architects continue to reinvent brick in their designs. Jason Hughes examines the trends. Brick may be one of the oldest construction materials, but its popularity hasn’t... View Article

Delivering the fully accessible dream

Alastair Stannah, managing director of Stannah Lifts, looks at the development of accessible lifts over recent decades and the options now available to specifiers. As a lift supplier with a 150 year history, accessibility has always been .our business. However... View Article

Offsite for sore eyes

Often seen as the panacea for the housing crisis, is offsite construction methodology able to live up to its potential in terms of design quality as well as volume? Teo Lyubomirova spoke to four architects to hear their views. Imagine... View Article

Future-proof buildings now

Jim Lowther assesses how we can future-proof a new generation of buildings through the specification of the latest rooflights and fire protection products. Specifying products for domestic and commercial building projects can be a daunting process, one which has to... View Article

The energy revolution underway in glass extensions

Christian Wiegel at Solurlux discusses glass as a construction material in the context of a research project on the development of ‘energy self-sufficient’ glass extensions. Constructions made of glass have their own special charm. As a trained architect and engineer,... View Article

Don’t break the chain

Phil Savage of Pilkington United Kingdom explores the use of structural glazing in modern building design and explains why the ‘value chain’ is integral to successfully fulfilling an architect’s vision. Structural glazing is a common feature of architectural projects across... View Article

Materials 2017 promises a convincing debut

Materials 2017 will debut this month in London, as an event with a comprehensive approach to materials for architecture, construction and design. Materials 2017 arrives in London on 25 and 26 April, transforming the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court into... View Article

Composed of sustainability

Alex Collins from Ecodek says that wood polymer composites present a new world of sustainable, durable construction materials. Wood Polymer Composites (WPCs) were first developed in the US in the early 1990s as an alternative to timber used in applications... View Article

Under the skin

As well as aesthetic and performance requirements, the need for more sustainable envelopes is influencing architects’ choice of materials when it comes to facades, says Simon Wild of Formica Group. Architecture has been described as “a visual art where buildings... View Article

Designing-in the benefits of UFH

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit looks at some of the key design considerations for modern house design when it comes to underfloor heating. Housebuilders are fast realising the benefits of underfloor heating solu- tions (UFH), prompting architects to give more... View Article

Practice Profile – Märraum Architects

James Parker spoke to an emerging young practice to find out how they got off the ground in Cornwall, including putting a focus on using virtual reality to give clients exactly what they want. Märraum Architects is an exciting new... View Article

Design in Mental Health returns in May

Now in its fifth year, the event awaits its biggest audience to date of architects, contractors and their clients on the 16-17 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Design in Mental Health focuses on creating therapeutic environments in... View Article
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