Photography: John McDavid

From Assemble: “Yardhouse is an affordable workspace building based in Sugarhouse Yard, funded by the LLDC as a pilot for the provision of new creative workspace in the Olympic Park.

The layout of the building reflects an aspiration to create a sociable and collaborative work environment. The building is arranged as a simple 2 storey, 3 aisled structure. The side aisles are used as individual studio spaces, and open onto a generous double height communal area. Studios are provided without partitions, but tenants are free to adapt their space to suit their practice, combining adjacent units or enclosing their space for greater privacy.

The main structure is formed from a barn-like timber frame and enclosed by insulated panels. The front facade facing onto the Sugarhouse Yard is made from concrete tiles handmade on site. The unlikely scale, intricacy and beauty of this frontage creates an active backdrop for the public yard onto which it faces.

Through utilizing off the shelf materials and taking an extremely economic approach to construction, the project provides the generous scale, light quality and ceiling heights appropriate for creative uses at a fraction of the cost of a conventional new build. Constructed for only £291/m2, the project presents extraordinary value for money and guarantees the spaces provided can be affordably let to its end users. The building was fully let prior to completion, oversubscribed with 10 applicants for every space.”

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Photographer Pete Lopeman took this series of images of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus before demolition work began earlier this year, in preparation for a £500m redevelopment programme. The collection forms a fond farewell to the estate, which covers a 17-acre site. In 2009 the Twentieth Century Society lost a high-profile bid to get the concrete city-centre landmark, including John Madin’s Brutalist central library, listed. In 2012 Birmingham Council gave the go-ahead for the new scheme, headed up by developer Argent and Glenn Howells Architects, which will see the area transformed over the coming decade. For more information visit the Architects’Journal.

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House in London by Rado Iliev. Photography: Assen Emilov

House in London by 6a Architects. Photography: Johan Dehlin

House in Somerset by Hugh Strange Architects. Photography: David Grandorge

Five UK residential schemes are among the shortlist of projects competing for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The European Commission have named the 420 projects competing for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, which has a top award of £48,000. The prize is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The five UK residential schemes on the shortlist are: a house in London by Rado Iliev; a house in the highlands, Scotland, by Raw Architecture Workshop; a house in London by 6a Architects; a house on the Isle of Tiree by Denizen Works; and a house in Somerset by Hugh Strange Architects. Finalist works will be judged by the end of January. For more information visit the Mies van der Rohe Award website.

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Sundays: 11am–5pm, Bank Holidays: 12pm –5pm
Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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Photography: John McDavid

The Barbican Conservatory is London’s second biggest conservatory after Kew. The glassy, green oasis is in stark contrast to the brutalism of the Barbican Centre. And although in the heart of the city, it’s a relatively unknown bucolic spot. There are over 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plantlife in the glasshouse, plus exotic fish, an Arid House for cacti and a small aviary, including finches and quails. The conservatory is built around the fly tower of the Arts Centre theatre. It opened in 1984, eight years after the completion of the Barbican, and is open for free to the public on Sundays and bank holidays. The Barbican complex itself features a wildlife garden, containerized allotments in the walkways, and around 12km of balconies, with numerous window boxes. For more information visit the Barbican website.

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Thamesmead steps
Photography: Ventures in Topography/ David Secombe

This short film follows The Architecture Foundation’s Urban Pioneers programme, in which a group 17-19 year olds took part in workshops with well known architects, writers and artists to investigate different perceptions of Thamesmead. The film shows a local young person’s movements around the estate, including the picturesque lakes they still hang around, a decanted home and the monastic ruins they played in as children. The group considered the area’s conception as a 1960’s urban utopia, its immediate visual link to youth violence as setting for the 1971 film ‘A Clockwork Orange’, its local reputation as gangland and its connection to more recent conversations on regeneration. For more information visit The Architecture Foundation .

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Tues 13 January 2015, 7pm (UK Preview)
Cinema 1, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Palácio da Abolição. Photography: Thiago Braga

House in Petrópolis, Brazil. Photograph: Arquivo Sérgio Bernardes

This new documentary on the life and work of Brazilian architect Sérgio Bernardes features interviews, visits to architectural projects and archival footage. Bernardes began as a contemporary of Oscar Niemeyer and designed the first house in Brazil to use steel construction. The film, made by his grandson, documents his transition from a star of 60s Brazil to setting up a progressive architectural research studio. It also investigates why his place in 20th century Brazilian architecture has been overlooked to date. For information on the film and screening visit the Barbican website.

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Sammlung Boros, Bunker, Reinhardtstr. 20, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Mon – Wed, 9am – 6pm, Tours take place Thurs – Sun and must be booked in advance


This listed World War II air-raid bunker in Mitte, Berlin, now houses the Boros Collection of contemporary art, after it was converted in 2007 by architects Jens Casper, Petra Petersson and Andrew Strickland. The current exhibition, ‘Sammlung Boros #2′, features 130 works by 23 artists, including Ai Weiwei, Thea Djordjadze, Klara Liden, Wolfgang Tillmans and Cerith Wyn Evans. The permanent collection has pieces by Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen and Dragset and Sarah Lucas. The bunker includes 3,000 sq m of exhibition space spread over 80 rooms. Tours of the collection must be booked in advance at the Sammlung Boros website.

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