• On the drawing board: MK Gallery by 6a architects

    The UK’s largest new town has a small public gallery of contemporary art. At the end of Midsummer Boulevard, the axis of Milton Keynes’ town grid, it is separated by a dual carriageway from Campbell Park. A major extension of the MK Gallery, due to open in 2017, has given 6a architects opportunity to refer to and revive some of the ideas of the original town planners. Driven by his enthusiasm for Milton Keynes’ modernism and mysticism, 6a architects founder Tom Emerson talks with Herbert Wright about the project

  • César’s Palace: One Canada Square

    One Canada Square is a quarter of a century old. Long London’s tallest skyscraper, a symbol of the entrepreneurial spirit of the Thatcher era and London’s revival, it remains the centrepiece of the unstoppable, still-expanding Canary Wharf estate. Its architect César Pelli talks about the landmark tower, whose story also continues

  • Christian de Portzamparc in New York

    Fifty years after he plunged into New York’s alternative underground scene, Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc’s third Manhattan tower - the acclaimed 400 Park Avenue South (Prism Tower) - has been completed. Herbert Wright looks back at the architect’s engagement with the city and assesses his role in its fast-changing skyline

  • Observatory of Light, Paris / Daniel Buren

    From afar and from within, Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris has been transformed by the artist Daniel Buren. High in the building’s terraces, Herbert Wright talked to the legend of conceptual art about the work

  • Review: International Space Station: Architecture Beyond Earth

    A new tome by the co-founder of Future Systems, David Nixon, charts the history of the epic International Space Station and proves to be a fascinating read, finds Herbert Wright

  • Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners office, Leadenhall / RSH+P

    After 30 years in Hammersmith, Richard Roger’s practice has relocated to one of its newest and most iconic buildings, the Leadenhall Building in the heart of the City of London. The new office consolidates the workplace for 200 staff, creates a dynamic, refreshing environment and reasserts the practice’s ‘reveal-all’ approach to design. Herbert Wright reports

  • Switching place: Herzog & de Meuron’s Tate Modern extension

    Tate Modern’s latest extension is radical in form and surface, yet intimately relates to the vast building it joins, which opened as London’s foremost modern art gallery in 2000. The new Switch House’s angular geometry, permeability, movement and, materiality are explored by Herbert Wright, who also earlier talked to its architects, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron

  • On the drawing board: Shoreditch Highgate Hotel tower, London / Gensler

    In London, stack is back. Shoreditch High Street is the site for a 105m-high tower of stacked volumes, provisionally called the Shoreditch Highgate Hotel after the New York-based developer Highgate Hotels. The 29,600 sq m building will house a 200-room hotel, retail, events space and offices, some aimed at the tech startup sector. The base aims to bring Shoreditch streetlife into the building. Gensler’s principal and practice area leader for tall buildings Lukasz Platkowski and associate Valeria Segovia had a stack of answers about it for Herbert Wright

  • Big Mac: Entrepot Macdonald, Paris

    The longest building in Paris has just had a billion-euro makeover. The new Entrepôt Macdonald is a collaboration involving 15 architects including Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc and Kengo Kuma of Japan. This is a visionary grand projet away from where tourists tread, but some involved question the megastructure that has resulted. Herbert Wright went down the line to report

  • Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers review

    Photographer Martin Parr has curated an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery about Britain as told from the viewpoint of foreign photographers. It’s a revelation, finds Herbert Wright

  • Pablo Bronstein: A Choreography of Errors

    Pablo Bronstein’s works explore themes arising from the baroque and postmodern in media including drawings, installations and choreography. Between rehearsals for his Tate Britain commission, Historical Dances in an Antique Setting, Herbert Wright had the pleasure of an audience with him, and an opportunity to enquire about the new production, and sundry diverse matters

  • Sainsbury’s Digital Lab by Chetwoods Architects

    Maintaining a happy and productive workforce of digital creatives is one thing, but housing them in the basement is another. Sainsbury’s Digital Lab manages to do just that, thanks to a unique, collaborative design by Chetwoods Architects that repurposed unused underground space beneath a London office block. Herbert Wright digs out the story

  • All the wood’s a stage – Studio Gang’s Writers Theatre

    Timber is enjoying a renaissance as a contemporary building material, but the USA has been slow to catch up on innovations in Europe and Japan. Enter Studio Gang, one of the US’ leading practices. At the new Writers Theatre in a small town in Illinois, it has given timber a stage and pushed its performance to new levels

  • Hendrix Flat, London by Outside Studios and Haines Phillips Architects

    It was 48 years ago today, that Jimi Hendrix had a pad to stay. His bedroom’s now restored to style, pretty sure it would’ve made him smile. So let me introduce to you, the place that’s waited all those years... 23 Brook Street, Mayfair

  • Zaha Hadid 1950-2016

    Zaha Hadid, 2004 Pritzker Laureate, has changed the world forever, but left it on 31st March. Blueprint contributing editor Herbert Wright honours her genius.

  • Out There: Our Post-War Art review

    Historic England’s exhibition at London’s Somerset House provides a timely call-to-action to help save the nation’s sculptures and public art, finds Herbert Wright

  • The Woo Building by Haworth Tompkins

    A new building by Stirling Prize and Blueprint Award winner Haworth Tompkins completes its ensemble at the Royal College of Arts’ Battersea campus. The practice’s industrial approach embodies advice given by Jim Cadbury-Brown, architect of the original iconic RCA building in Kensington. Herbert Wright reports

  • King’s Cross Gasholders by WilkinsonEyre

    The vast, ongoing development of King’s Cross behind the station, led by Argent, has seen major repurposings of industrial heritage, such as the Granary Building. Perhaps the most unusual are three conjoined Victorian gasholders, Grade II listed like their neighbour gasholder no. 8. A WilkinsonEyre project will see them restored, to house three cylindrical-based volumes, rising 12, nine and eight storeys and providing 145 apartments, ready in 2017. Practice founder Chris Wilkinson talks about King’s Cross Gasholders with Herbert Wright.

  • All change: UNStudio’s Arnhem Central station

    The final element in UNStudio’s new Arnhem Central station has now opened, completing a 20-year project that gives the Netherlands’ city an integrated transport hub...and some radical architecture. Herbert Wright toured the project with UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel.

  • Diogo Seixas Lopes Obituary

    Portuguese architect, writer and curator Diogo Seixa Lopes has passed away at the age of 42