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Tsuruta Architects incorporates 27,000 cat faces into five homes in Catford

September 17, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Kitchen with cat details in The Queen of Catford by Tsuruta Architects

UK-studio Tsuruta Architects has completed a housing project in south London called The Queen of Catford, which features thousands of cat faces and a pair of blue heritage plaques dedicated to fictional characters. The Queen of Catford consists of five quirky apartments located above and behind a pair of shops on Catford High Street. An

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Roman and Williams turns historic police station into NoMad’s London outpost

September 15, 2021 Ali Morris 0
NoMad London hotel by Roman and Williams

New York interior design firm Roman and Williams has combined decorative Victorian elements with references to New York’s jazz age in its ornate interior for the NoMad hotel in London. Set in the former Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station in Covent Garden, the hotel is the first international outpost from American hospitality chain

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Grenfell Tower set to be demolished over safety risks

September 6, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Inquiry: The UK government has promised to pay out £200 million to replace cladding from private high-rise housing, almost two years after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The UK government has decided to demolish Grenfell Tower four years after a fatal fire tore through the block of flats in west London, following a report that states the building should be “deconstructed at the earliest possible opportunity”. Although the government has not officially announced the decision, ministers have decided that the burnt remains of the building will

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Emil Eve Architects creates “sense of calm” in pale pink loft extension

September 6, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Bed and window in Narford Road loft extension by Emil Eve Architects

Everything is pale pink in this monochromatic loft extension designed by Emil Eve Architects for a house in east London. The London-based studio has used colour blocking to unite the various elements of the Narford Road loft, including surfaces, furniture and joinery. Studio co-founder Emma Perkin said the aim was to create a “sense of

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The DHaus Company adds hotel and Japanese-informed homes to London pub

August 30, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
The Bull and Last and Woodsome Road duplexes

Architecture and design studio The DHaus Company has overhauled The Bull and Last pub in north London, adding boutique hotel rooms and a pair of Japanese-inspired duplex flats. The project involved a complete renovation of the old pub, which started life as a coaching inn more than 300 years ago. At a time when many of

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DSDHA unveils revamped National Youth Theatre in north London

August 25, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
National Youth Theatre in north London by DSDHA

Architecture studio DSDHA has renovated and extended the home of the National Youth Theatre in north London. The studio revampede the National Youth Theatre’s existing premise on Holloway Road to improve its facilities and give the organisation a greater street presence. “We aimed to equip the National Youth Theatre with a sustainable future on Holloway Road

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Studio Hagen Hall completes 1970s-style makeover of London townhouse

August 23, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
1970s townhouse by Studio Hagen Hall

Architecture office Studio Hagen Hall has transformed a townhouse in north London into a home inspired by 1970s Californian modernism to remind its owners of time spent living in Los Angeles. Studio Hagen Hall was approached by recording artists Ben Garrett and Rae Morris to refurbish a townhouse near Primrose Hill, which appealed to the

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ConForm Architects creates “homely” office in brutalist Smithson Tower

August 22, 2021 Ali Morris 0
An office table in Smithson Tower

ConForm Architects has completed a “homely” office for a financial firm on the 11th floor of the recently refurbished Smithson Tower, the brutalist complex designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the early 1960s. Formerly known as the Economist Building – and home to the publication of the same name until 2016 – the Grade

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Antechamber by Studio Nima Sardar “could be the last” Antepavilion as planning inquiry looms

August 20, 2021 James Parkes 0
The 2021 antepavilion

This year’s Antepavilion installation opens in London tomorrow, with the charity that organises the annual competition warning that it could be forced to close. The Antechamber by Studio Nima Sardar will be unveiled at Hoxton Docks on the Regents Canal in east London this Saturday, just a few weeks ahead of a four-day planning inquiry

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Lloyd’s building in London to undergo “once-in-a-generation” overhaul

August 17, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The Underwriting Room in the Lloyd's building

The iconic Underwriting Room at the heart of Richard Rogers’ high-tech Lloyd’s building in London is set to undergo a major redesign by its owner, insurance company Lloyd’s of London. Planned for 2022, the “once-in-a-generation” overhaul of the Grade I-listed building’s central space is being carried out to better accommodate the firm’s flexible working practices

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