The RIBA last night presented bere:architects with a London Region Award for the Focus House project in North London. The house will now be put forward for the RIBA National Awards in June.



The amazing thing about Comfort-Haus is that it doesn’t need a boiler. It has no radiators, no underfloor heating or air conditioning, yet it stays warm in winter and cool in summer. With insulation three times better than current building standards and air-tightness 14 times better than building regulations, the heat from people, appliances and the sun are retained in the building to maintain a comfortable year-round temperature.



By Amanda Birch

Building Design

4 May 2007

James Bond eat your heart out. I’m standing in a vast, 12m x 12m x 13.4m, brick-built bascule chamber 5m below water level and a 420-tonne counterweight is slowly moving towards me.

London’s Tower Bridge is being raised and like Bond, I will manage to get out of this fix in the nick of time. When the bridge is fully raised, the counterweight will stop with inches to spare.


Published by Ecotech

Commentary by Justin Bere

5 April 2007 

Each spring Germany’s Passivhaus Institute holds its annual conference within a European city. The conference probably represents the largest gathering of low energy construction research academics and professionals in the world and without a doubt it presents the most experienced, the most scientific and the most professional low energy and ecological papers presented to construction professionals at any single international conference.


By Elaine Knutt

Building Design

23 February 2007

Surfaces lay bare the architect’s imagination and clients’ aspirations, say BD’s surfaces experts


BBC London have created a 360 degree image of the new Monument Square.


Building Design

10 November 2006

In tune with last month’s Stern Review, a house squeezed between Victorian terraces in north London takes its own action to combat climate change, observes Graham Bizley


By Richard Waite

The Architects Journal

22 September 2005


In the Sunday Times on 27 July 2003, Victoria O’Brien said

‘The smoothly sculptural central staircase bears echoes of theGuggenheim Museum in New York, and yet the outside is a traditional brick facade spanning the width of three London mews houses.


In The Times on 21 June 2003, Jon Ashworth said

‘A Barrister’s chambers has turned the tables on some of Britain’s biggest companies with an innovative office makeover.

The chambers of Mark Platt-Mills, QC, who represented the Beatles in a landmark action over amateur tape recordings, is among the top entries in The Times & Gestetner Digital Office Collection 2003. This seeks to showcase visually exciting and inspirational workplaces.


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