In this issue, we bring you news on a tree-like column, a ceramic tile mural, the best choice of brick for your build, and more...

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In this issue, we bring you news on a tree-like column, a ceramic tile mural, the best choice of brick for your build, and more...

The best bricks for your build

Jason Hughes of Imperial Bricks has tips on choosing bricks for your self-build. Many self-build projects may be on hold while we work through the COVID-19 crisis, with homebuilders and renovators using the time to research the right products for their projects and compare for value, durability and the all-important kerb appeal... Read more...
Published 13/08/2020 via

Balustrading best practice

Dominic Meakins of Demon Designs explores the different factors to be aware of when specifying glass or appointing a glass contractor for your self-build, in particular when it comes to getting glass balustrades right. Stunning, unique features can be achieved by the use of glass within your building. But when it comes to considering glass for... Read more...
Published 13/08/2020 via

Revamp, don’t replace

Lindsay Appleton of William Smith Group looks at how vinyl wrapping can enhance interior designs using architectural finishes, as part of the trend to reuse and recover furniture on sustainability grounds, rather than rip out and replace. The trend for upcycling shows no sign of abating; clients are increasingly looking to upgrade their interiors... Read more...
Published 13/08/2020 via

Climate control

A new Canadian engineering faculty building will research and develop solutions for clean power innovation, as part of the Government’s response to climate change. ADF’s Sébastien Reed speaks to its architect Venelin Kokalov about a project that uses glazing to engage with its surroundings. Revery Architecture was first approached by... Read more...
Published 12/08/2020 via

Reclaiming control

Rob Lea had always wanted to design and build his own home, and convert an old barn, so when the opportunity came to do both – using reclaimed materials – he jumped at the chance. Self-confessed “serial refurbisher” Rob Lea had dreamed of becoming an architect and designing and building his own home since he was a young child. It’s therefore... Read more...
Published 24/07/2020 via

Tree-like column is centrepiece of Apple Central World by Foster + Partners

A timber-clad column and overhanging roof that resembles a tree canopy characterise Foster + Partners' latest Apple Store, which it has completed in Bangkok, Thailand. Named Apple Central World, the store is designed by Foster + Partners with "a quiet sculptural presence" to juxtapose with the lively plaza of Central World – the capital city's largest... Read more...
Published 13/08/2020 via

Ceramic tile mural for public swimming pool on Spånga town plan

Swedish design duo Folkform has installed a mural composed of over 1,000 individual glass and ceramic pieces in an indoor public swimming pool in Spånga, Stockholm. The mural was commissioned as an art installation by Stockholm Konst, a municipal fund for public art works, and inspired by Spånga's town plan. Its pattern forms an abstract... Read more...
Published 10/08/2020 via

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