Toronto’s Tree Tower (Design & Build Review)

Penda is planning a modular wooden skyscraper for Toronto that could provide a more sustainable model for high-rise city living. Frances Marcellin talks to Chris Precht, Partner at Penda, to find out more Continue reading Toronto’s Tree Tower (Design & Build Review)

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Sustainable design: a Passiv retrofit (Design & Build Review)

A 19th century mews house in Chelsea, UK, has recently become one of only a handful of PassivHaus properties in the country, thanks to a retrofit by Cadogan. Frances Marcellin speaks to the company to discover the challenges of such a retrofit and how the project was achieved Continue reading Sustainable design: a Passiv retrofit (Design & Build Review)

Work, live, play, grow – beyond the modern office (Design & Build Review magazine)

Co-working spaces aren’t that new, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be innovative. Frances Marcellin speaks to CL3, the architects behind the Gaysorn II office development in Bangkok, Thailand, to find out what its “work, live, play, grow” concept means in reality. Since co-working was introduced in 2005, independent workers’ passion for sharing common, productive spaces has driven the concept into the mainstream market. Now … Continue reading Work, live, play, grow – beyond the modern office (Design & Build Review magazine)

Maintaining heritage: Transforming a ruin into one 2015’s most celebrated conservation projects (Design & Build Review magazine)

St Giles House, the ancestral home of Lord Shaftesbury in Dorset, UK, was transformed from a state of ruin to one of the most celebrated building conservation projects of 2015. Frances Marcellin spoke to the restoration team to find out how they took on such a sensitive project. Continue reading Maintaining heritage: Transforming a ruin into one 2015’s most celebrated conservation projects (Design & Build Review magazine)