All articles by Gemma Carroll

Gemma Carroll

Californian state utility plant achieves LEED Platinum certification

The Department of General Services’ (DGS) new state utility plant in California, US, has secured LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.

Broadway Malyan-designed shopping centre opens in China

Bailian Ivanhoe Shopping Center, a 60/40 joint venture between Bailian Group and Ivanhoé Cambridge has opened a shopping centre, La Nova in Changsha, China.

Northrop Grumman opens new green headquarters in US

Northrop Grumman has opened its new corporate headquarters building at 2,980 Fairview Park Drive in Falls Church, Virginia, US, which was designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification.

Vinci to build Brakes Group distribution centre in UK

Vinci Construction UK has won a £19m contract from Standard Life Investment to build a new temperature-controlled distribution centre and offices for Brakes Group.

Rem Koolhaas: preservation, politics and progress

Bill Millard catches up with Rem Koolhaas of OMA following the opening of the Cronocaos exhibition in New York. They discuss historic preservation and what it means for the future of architecture.

In-key construction: acoustic design

New concert halls in Reykjavik and elsewhere are leading a wave of advanced design and construction. Guided by sophisticated quantitative analyses and close collaborations between architects and acousticians, these facilities combine art and science to optimise the production and reception of music. Bill Millard investigates.

Shady character: Seville’s Metropol Parasol

At first glance, Seville’s Metropol Parasol looks like something from another planet. Jürgen Mayer and Andre Santer tell Rod James about its innovative use of materials, the challenges posed by a Sevillian summer and how, aesthetically, it is more firmly rooted in Andalucían history than one might think.

A rediscovered tradition: the Trinity Long Room Hub

The Trinity Long Room Hub has been quickly embraced as a prized addition to Ireland’s oldest university. Trinity graduate and Irish historian Professor Roy Foster argues that the overall effect is a beautiful fusion of imagination and tradition, distinctively Irish and determinedly outward-looking.

Practice makes perfect: Qatar stadium architecture

The choice of Qatar to host the 2022 Football World Cup was a universal surprise. Considering its blisteringly hot summers, Mike Beaven of Arup tells Rod James about how a new prototype stadium could point the way to producing the optimum sporting atmosphere at no cost to the environment.

Ideas take flight: airport design

With the world’s leading architects competing furiously, the airport has become an aspirational building type. But, as two of the discipline’s most notable practitioners explain, this has not always been the case. Phin Foster meets Curtis Fentress and Santiago Calatrava to discuss new projects, the birth of the airport city and the importance of icon.