New ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ Commission Announced

The UK’s Secretary for Housing, James Brokenshire, has recently launched a new commission to promote better design and style of new homes.

The ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ commission will work to expand on the recently revised National Planning Policy Framework and aims to “champion beauty in the built environment.”

Brokenshire recognises that more new homes are […]

Roof light door

UPDOOR Rooflight

Designed for flat roofs, the stylish UPDOOR rooflight offers safe and smooth access to outside spaces, such as roof terraces or rooftops.

Its modern minimalist profile integrates seamlessly with the architecture of a building, while the large panes of glass ensure optimum levels of daylight into the space below. Plus, it can be used to […]

Panovscott rearranges Sydney cottage around central courtyard garden


Local architecture studio Panovscott has modernised a cottage in Sydney by introducing a courtyard that the living spaces and bedrooms all open directly onto.

The house, which was likely constructed in the 1980s, occupies a plot on a lane lined with a variety of small dwellings, garages and sheds, in a suburb of the Australian city.

Rather than increasing the dimensions of the compact […]

Premier Loft Ladder introduces the Italian Collection

Premier Loft Ladders have launched a carefully selected range of products encapsulating Italian innovation and design while benefiting from high standards of workmanship and the use of quality materials.

Italian manufacturer Rintal has over 40 years of experience in the industry and has become renowned for creating innovative products with a particular focus on design, technology […]

The Continuous line Acoustic Louvre System by Caice

Caice has introduced its new Continuous Line Acoustic Louvre System. With no visible vertical joints it is the preferred aesthetic solution for many Architects and Developers, as well as being the design solution for Acoustic Consultants.

Traditionally many projects requiring acoustic louvres comprised an architectural louvre in front of acoustic louvre so that the unsightly vertical […]

New Wall-top seating range from Furnitubes

Furnitubes has launched a new range of wall-top seating. Low level retaining walls are increasingly popular features in new landscape schemes, serving to deal with level changes across a site and often as containment for raised planting beds or grassed areas.

When designed at a suitable height, walls can also act as informal seating provision, but […]

Housing shortage:could this flat-pack £50k ‘modulhus’ be the future of new homes for first-time buyers?


Pre-built, customisable homes are being touted as a way to help get first-time buyers onto the property ladder.

A far cry from the low-quality post-Second World War prefab houses, new technology means that factory-built houses can be at the cutting-edge of architecture – functional, sustainable and generally more affordable than traditional brick.

The Modulhus is one such […]

Challenges and opportunities in the next decade

What part will Brexit, housing policy and industry innovation play in meeting the nation’s housing challenges?

The 10th RESI conference is focussed on the challenges in housing the next generation. It will mark my fourth appearance providing the market context for the presentations and debate that follow.

Some would argue that the lack of this kind of […]

The Creative Process of Zaha Hadid, As Revealed Through Her Paintings

Today, on October 31st, we celebrate what would have been the 66th birthday of Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) who tragically died in March. Internationally renowned for her avant-garde search for architectural proposals that reflect modern living, Hadid made abstract topographical studies for many of her projects, intervening with fluid, flexible and expressive works that evoke the dynamism of contemporary […]

OBLON Bathroom furniture set

Oblon is the new line of bathroom accessories and containers by Novello that combines the refined purity of Japanese culture with contemporary taste and living requirements. Essential, rigorous and at the same time harmonious forms, for a project that recalls on the one hand the simplicity of the Bentō, the traditional tray container with a lid […]