Architecture

The exterior of Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire, designed by Henry Flitcroft

How the Versailles of Yorkshire was saved from ruin

Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest stately home in England, has at last been restored to something of its former glory

28 Apr 2022
Procuratie Vecchie

Full circle – the Procuratie Vecchie in Venice returns to its social roots

Formerly home to the Venetian officials who cared for the city’s poor, the newly restored historic building now serves the local community as well as tourists

21 Apr 2022
Photo: CAMimage/Alamy Stock Photo

Bastion House – the passing of a London landmark

140 London Wall is an imperious piece of 1970s architecture – so why is it being replaced by a generic office block, at great environmental cost?

5 Apr 2022
The Smithsonian’s Arts And Industries Building, Washington, D.C. Photo: Ron Blunt; courtesy Smithsonian

‘It has always been a museum of the future’ – at the original Smithsonian

The Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall has finally reopened – and it remains as forward-looking as ever

31 Jan 2022
The new town centre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, opened in 1959

Are New Towns a thing of the past?

The ambitious post-war planning programme was an extraordinary achievement – and one that is ripe for reassessment 

4 Jan 2022
Richard Roger in front of the Centre Pompidou in Paris in November 2007.

Richard Rogers was as significant an architect as Lutyens

The architect who created some of the most memorable buildings of the last century and was a major influence on urban policy in Britain has died at the age of 88

21 Dec 2021
A Bird’s-eye view of the Bank of England (1830), Joseph Gandy. Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

The visionary artist who saw into the mind of John Soane

Joseph Gandy’s dramatic paintings turned John Soane’s neoclassical designs into full-blown Romantic fantasies

1 Sep 2021
Raymond Erith inspecting work in progress at 10 Downing Street in 1962.

The architect who did up Downing Street without a fuss

Raymond Erith adapted classical architecture for a modern age

10 Aug 2021
The Spanish Steps starring alongside Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday (1953).

Flight of fancy – the spectacle of the Spanish Steps

Sitting on the steps is now forbidden – but for centuries, the monumental staircase has been one of Rome’s most theatrical attractions

7 Jul 2021
Napoleon visiting the stairs of the Louvre, guided by the architects Percier and Fontaine

What did Napoleon really want from his architects?

The emperor of France longed to rival the emperors of ancient Rome, reorganising the great cities of Europe and creating a few of his own

26 Jun 2021
Requiem for a dream: a shuttered Debenhams on Oxford Street, March 2021.

Shutting up shop: an elegy for the department store dream

These vast, bustling buildings were once emblems of city life – but they’ve been in decline for years and the pandemic has only hastened their demise

29 Mar 2021
National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, Dhaka (1962–83), designed by Louis Kahn (1901–74).

Keep cool: the concrete castles of Louis Kahn

The architect wreathed his buildings in mystical language – but his modern citadels are clearly among the great achievements of 20th-century architecture

An architectural frieze is the icing on the cake, for a building

They’re the classic way to embellish a building – and for all their suspicion of ornament, even modern architects went in for them

22 Feb 2021

The school that gave us starchitecture

The Architectural Association in London has always been a quirky place, writes Douglas Murphy, but its pupils still go on to dominate the profession

18 Feb 2021
The old Royal High School, Edinburgh.

From the Apollo archives – Gavin Stamp on the sorry saga of Edinburgh’s Royal High School

As the future of one of Edinburgh’s greatest buildings hangs in the balance, we republish Gavin Stamp’s call from 2015 to preserve its architectural integrity

11 Feb 2021
Replica of the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the International Exposition of 1929 and rebuilt in 1983.

Making an appearance – architectural copies and cover versions

Replicas and reconstructions are often regarded as inauthentic, but what does authenticity mean in the case of a building?

1 Dec 2020
The refurbished exterior of Buxton Crescent, Derbyshire, designed by John Carr of York and built in the 1780s.

From Buxton to the Barbican – the enduring appeal of the crescent

Whether for grand prospects or compact residential buildings, it seems as though architects never tire of the crescent form

5 Nov 2020
The Humboldt Forum in the centre of Berlin, due to open in December 2020.

Why are Berlin’s new buildings so intent on looking backwards?

The reconstruction of the Berlin Palace is just one example of the city’s nostalgia for the past

20 Oct 2020
The lower precinct, Coventry, built by the city’s Architect’s Department in 1957–60 and connecting to the upper precinct and the cathedral beyond (photographed in 1960).

In defence of Coventry’s post-war architecture

Why is the city so determined to destroy one of the best civic centres of the post-war period?

21 Sep 2020
Photo: Longs Peak/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Redeeming features – how Palladio marked the end of the plague in Venice

Built to give thanks for Venice’s deliverance from the plague, the church of Il Redentore remains the centre of an annual festival marking the event

13 Jul 2020
New Baris, a village in Egypt designed by Hassan Fathy (1900–89) and partly built in 1965–67.

Down to earth – the revival of building with mud

The Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy breathed new life into this ancient material in the 1940s – and it’s time it made another comeback

8 Jul 2020
Nithurst Farm in West Sussex, designed by Adam Richards and completed in 2019.

‘Like the sudden revelation of something ancient’ – in praise of contemporary follies

The best recent takes on this architectural form have a hint of magic about them

The dining room of the Villa Majorelle, designed by Henri Sauvage (1873–1932) and built in 1901–02, with a fireplace designed by Alexandre Bigot (1862–1927) and stained glass by Jacques Gruber (1870–1936). Photo: S. Levaillant; © musée d’École de Nancy

‘Living in it would be delectable but exhausting’ – at the Villa Majorelle

The art nouveau house Henri Sauvage designed for the manufacturer Louis Majorelle has been restored to its richly decorated former glory

30 Mar 2020
The interior of St Martin-in-the-Fields, showing the plasterwork ceiling made by Giuseppe Artari and Giovanni Battista Bagutti.

Instant classic – the many versions of St Martin-in-the-Fields

Commissioned 300 years ago, James Gibbs’ design for the London church was soon replicated around the world

17 Mar 2020