03 Jan 2010
UK's cultural building boom

Recession, what recession? The cultural-buildings juggernaut rolls on.

Recession, what recession? The cultural-buildings juggernaut rolls on.

You know them when you see them, the great public buildings. It’s all to do with unshakable confidence. The 1842 portico and façade of the …

 
22 Nov 2009
Art of climate change

How do you solve a problem like the Royal Academy? How about an exhibition inspired by climate change?

How do you solve a problem like the Royal Academy? How about an exhibition inspired by climate change?

If you look closely at the word “Earth”, you will discover that its middle three letters spell “art”. This little bit of serendipity has …

 
01 Nov 2009
New Ashmolean Museum

This was the first museum. More than three centuries on, Oxford’s Ashmolean has reinvented itself.

This was the first museum. More than three centuries on, Oxford’s Ashmolean has reinvented itself.

There are museums, and then there is the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. This was the first of its kind, in 1683. The first purpose-built place …

 
20 Sep 2009
New Supreme Court, old building

A comic-opera stage-set: Britain’s new Supreme Court is in a funny old building. That’s the way we do things.

A comic-opera stage-set: Britain’s new Supreme Court is in a funny old building. That’s the way we do things.

Suppose you were French president Nicholas Sarkozy, and you had invented an important new top tier in your legal system. You need a building to …

 
20 Sep 2009
Old Arsenal, new homes

Home advantage: how the famous old Arsenal stadium became a new London square.

Home advantage: how the famous old Arsenal stadium became a new London square.

I sat high in the North Stand for one of Arsenal’s last football matches – a patrician dismissal of Everton – at its old Highbury …

 
20 Aug 2009
Snohetta's Oslo opera house

The edges of things: meeting Snøhetta in Oslo.

The edges of things: meeting Snøhetta in Oslo.

At first, I think the taxi driver has taken a wrong turning. I’m in Oslo, and he’s meant to be going to the studio of …

 
28 Jun 2009
Tschumi in Athens

A rock and a hard place: the New Acropolis Museum, Athens

A rock and a hard place: the New Acropolis Museum, Athens

>Up there on the rock of the Acropolis, that’s the Parthenon. Down here on the lower slopes, that’s the £110m New Acropolis Museum. Inside the …

 
20 Jun 2009
The Dark Knights return

The dark knights return: four profoundly unfashionable buildings in London.

The dark knights return: four profoundly unfashionable buildings in London.

Number One, Poultry, is an office and retail corner block at the heart of the City of London by James Stirling, first designed in 1985, …

 
31 May 2009
Britain's best building

Stirling of Stirlings: Mackintosh, the lion and the unicorn.

Stirling of Stirlings: Mackintosh, the lion and the unicorn.

Well, I’m surprised. When I asked you to vote online for the best British-designed building of the past 175 years, I imagined you might go …

 
10 May 2009
Sex, spies, and the Mini

Sex, spies, the Beatles and the Mini: the original minimalist motor car.

Sex, spies, the Beatles and the Mini: the original minimalist motor car.

They nicknamed it “Sputnik”, did the people charged with the task of designing and building the original Mini car. It was the end of …

 
01 May 2009
Prince Charles and Chelsea Barracks

Woke up on a Chelsea morning…. Ten things you need to know about that Richard Rogers/Prince Charles/Chelsea Barracks rumble

Woke up on a Chelsea morning…. Ten things you need to know about that Richard Rogers/Prince Charles/Chelsea Barracks rumble

In case you missed it, the twattish heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has been caught out trying to subvert the planning process again …