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Pirajean Lees and Olly Bengough design “timeless” interiors for House of Koko members’ club

April 27, 2022 Jane Englefield 0
House of Koko bathroom

Low-lit bathrooms informed by dressing rooms and a stage-kitchen-like restaurant feature in a members’ club at iconic music venue Koko, which pays homage to its theatrical past.  Local studio Pirajean Lees and owner and creative director of Koko Olly Bengough collaborated to create a members’ club within the London venue, which has been renovated over

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Haworth Tompkins creates “sense of arrival and intrigue” with chainmail theatre entrance pavilion

April 25, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Entrance pavilion for Punchdrunk theatre company by Haworth Tompkins

Architecture studio Haworth Tompkins has connected a pair of listed warehouses with a chainmail-clad pavilion to create an entrance to immersive theatre company Punchdrunk’s London home. Built across a road that separates two cannon-manufacturing warehouses in Woolwich that will be used as a venue for Punchdrunk’s immersive shows, the pavilion was designed to create a street presence

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Studio McW carves up “post-lockdown” London home extension with darkened oak joinery

April 25, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
Dining room interior of Aperture House by Studio McW with wooden cabinet, table and chairs

Umber-coloured oak joinery divides the interior of this end-of-terrace home in London’s Willesden Green, which has been extended and refurbished by local architecture firm Studio McW. The two-storey Aperture House now features an additional pitched-roofed volume at its rear, that can be accessed via the main home or a second, less formal entrance set at

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Daytrip transforms east London terrace house into understated apartments

April 24, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
Garden and kitchen of Reighton Road house by Daytrip

Design studio Daytrip has taken a less-is-more approach to the renovation and extension of this Victorian terrace house in London’s Clapton, which is now home to three separate apartments. The 250-square-metre Reighton Road development was designed as a “minimalist sanctuary” that could act as a blank canvas for residents’ belongings. “A good home should be

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Yinka Shonibare and India Mahdavi bring “a warm feel of Africa” to London restaurant Sketch

April 22, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Golden yellow interiors of Sketch, London

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare and architect India Mahdavi have redesigned the Gallery dining room at London venue Sketch, adding site-specific artworks, warm golden colours and textured materials to its interior. The project, which is the latest in a string of artist collaborations from Sketch, features a series of 15 artworks by Shonibare dubbed Modern Magic. These

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Retention of existing buildings must be “the starting point” for major London developments

April 21, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0
Crane in Canary Wharf demolition project used to illustrate story about London Plan Guidance about building retention

Large projects in London will have to meet embodied carbon benchmarks and prioritise retaining existing buildings over demolition under updated planning guidance published by mayor Sadiq Khan. Released last month, the two-part London Plan Guidance package sets out how significant developments will need to report and cut down on waste and whole-life carbon to further

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Controversial Oxford Street M&S demolition blocked by UK housing secretary

April 20, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
M&S Oxford Street

UK housing secretary Michael Gove has halted the planned demolition of Marks & Spencer’s flagship store on London’s Oxford Street to allow the scheme to be reviewed. Gove has issued a “direction preventing Westminster Council from issuing a final decision” on the demolition of the art deco Marks & Spencer (M&S) flagship store. Application will

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Simon Gill Architects “juxtaposes a house for the living beside a home for the dead”

April 15, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0
Stone exterior of The Lodge house

London studio Simon Gill Architects has extended and renovated a Victorian lodge in Fulham cemetery to create a house with a subterranean pool, courtyard gardens and lightwells. Aptly named The Lodge, the luxury residence was created for an army veteran who had once lived opposite the cemetery and wanted to use the existing building to

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“The red flags raised by the MSG Sphere relate not to aesthetics but to democratic failure”

April 14, 2022 Anna Minton 0
MSG Sphere

More important than the aesthetic shortcomings of London’s planned spherical venue is the failure of democracy that is allowing it to be built, writes Anna Minton. A decade on from London 2012, a gigantic sphere as tall as Big Ben and as wide as the London Eye looks set to be the latest piece of

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London mayor will not halt M&S demolition as “grounds did not exist” to intervene

April 13, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
M&S Oxford Street store

London mayor Sadiq Khan will not intervene to stop the controversial demolition of the Marks and Spencer store on Oxford Street after a “thorough assessment” of its carbon footprint. Following a review, the mayor of London’s office has determined that the demolition of the art deco Marks & Spencer (M&S) flagship store can proceed as it

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