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Architects' Journal

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Past articles by Jon:

Mulroy Architects play with shadows in rusticated rear extension

New kitchen and sun-room, faced in blue engineering brick, open up end-of-terrace home in Crouch End, London → Read More

Hackney eruption: Volcano House by Urban Mesh

The newbuild family home features a façade of specially commissioned ‘Black Volcano’ brickwork which lends the house its name → Read More

Fourth_space completes £3 million infill housing in Islington

The 10-unit Grosvenor Avenue scheme draws on a townhouse typology to infill a Victorian terrace → Read More

Elmgreen & Dragset transforms Whitechapel Gallery into abandoned swimming pool

The installation, part of the artist duo’s survey exhibition This is How We Bite Our Tongue, points to ‘a loss of faith in public space in an era of austerity’ → Read More

Lipton Plant converts Whitechapel umbrella factory into apartments

The building’s former use has inspired the design of this £750,000 retrofit and extension → Read More

Studio 54 Architecture converts Art Deco Camden substation into flats

Retaining three of the original façades, this retrofit provides 21 new housing units → Read More

Studio Partington refreshes Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s Golden Lane community centre

The £1 million refurb has stripped away incremental alterations to the 1950s building and restored its original colour scheme → Read More

New block for the kids: Haverstock’s Belham Primary School

A vacated Grade II-listed Victorian school building in south-east London is back in use with a modern extension clad in weathering steel, writes Jon Astbury. Photography Sean Kennedy, Hufton + Crow → Read More

CODA Projects’ New Jersey house echoes London home by architect’s father

For the design of this new house in New Jersey, USA, the client sought out the son of the architect who designed his childhood Hampstead home → Read More

Architype completes Passivhaus affordable housing in rural Shropshire

The £2 million scheme – drawing on local vernacular – aims to provide a model for rural developments in the West Midlands → Read More

Studio Mills converts Victorian terrace into contemporary studio

A run-down mixed-use space in Walthamstow has been reconfigured to create a workspace for a 25-person team → Read More

Reed Watts completes ‘pergola’ café for V&A

The project is the third – and largest – at the V&A for the emerging practice, which previously completed two entrance spaces for the museum → Read More

Carmody Groarke extends rural Sussex home via 40m-long tunnel

A family farmhouse has been extended with two pavilions which provide spaces for a residential retreat and creative work → Read More

Bogle Architects completes Schrödinger Building for Oxford Science Park

The £13 million latest addition to the Oxford Science Park provides both workplaces and laboratories over four storeys → Read More

Gray Macpherson Architects completes distillery in Hawick

New whisky distillery and visitor centre scheme eschews tradition for picturesque greenfield sites in favour of town retrofit → Read More

AJ Student Prize 2018 nominees revealed

Jon Astbury introduces the contenders for the inaugural AJ Student Prize, submitted by architecture schools from across the nation → Read More

Degree show review: Newcastle University

There is a remarkable clarity to much of the work at Newcastle University’s end-of-year show, dealing with practical situations but with twists that reveal students’ preoccupations → Read More

Knox Bhavan completes visitor centre in listed Cassiobury parkland

The multi-purpose building provides leaning spaces, a café and changing rooms in Cassiobury Park, Watford → Read More

McGinlay Bell completes redevelopment of Glasgow Film Theatre

The final phase of alteration works to the listed 1930s building reconfigures the interior and improves accessibility → Read More

Stirling shortlist verdict: some great projects, but where’s the housing?

The AJ’s Jon Astbury takes a critical look at the six buildings in contention for UK architecture’s top prize → Read More