The impact of Covid-19 on every aspect of life is undeniable. As the pandemic began to spread throughout March 2020, no one could have foretold the ways in which this disease would change society. One industry that has remained open throughout lockdown and been forced to quickly innovate is construction – and Matt Linekar and Stephen Moore from contractor Willmott Dixon have been at the forefront.
COVID has changed the way we all live, and for most people that involves spending extra time at home. From the way we build homes and interact with clients to make it happen to the contents of the homes themselves, many of the steps along the way are subject to change in this new reality. Building spaces for people to relax and feel truly at home will never change, but the world of COVID has brought a few considerations for the best practices in getting there.
When designing an outdoor space, you can really dress it up however works best for you and your style. Even when you’re satisfied with the build you’ve always dreamed of, dressing up the space and making it feel like home is the other half of the fun. Thinking about decorative priorities and ideas can even help when structuring your build for practical purposes. Knowing how a space is actually going to be used is one of the key pieces of building it well.
Good architecture does more than simply function. It plays a major role in the health and wellbeing of those who use the building. This is the beating heart of Blichfeldt Architects. Now being recognised in BUILD’s 2020 Design & Build Awards as Best Specialist Passive House Design Firm 2020 – Denmark, we look more closely at the firm to see just what it offers in the way of designs that can heal in style.
Architecture and design is an often overlooked art form by many. Where some people see buildings and houses, architecture firms and their teams see a myriad of shapes and movements, each part linking together seamlessly for a powerful or subtle effect. Residential architecture and design in particular, is a speciality of Ukrainian firm, KYB Architects. The firm was recognised in BUILD’s Design and Build Awards 2020, with the title of Specialists in Residential Design: “Private Houses” in Ukraine – 2020, so we took a closer look at its work to learn more about why.
As summer quickly approaches, now’s a perfect opportunity to head outside and work on some projects. From painted front doors to backyard fire pits, there’s a ton of different ways to add a little curb appeal to your house. These ideas don’t take too much time or effort, either – which makes for an awesome weekend remodel.
In May 2016, one of the UK’s leading independent environmentalists, Chris Baines, wrote a thought-provoking article for the BBC’s Wildlife magazine. In the article, he put forward the novel idea that developments, such as the construction of high speed rail line HS2, could actually be good for nature. Controversial though this might be to environmentalists and naturalists, the fact is, with an increasing population comes an increasing need for more infrastructure. So, it’s never been more important to try to align the two problems; that is nature vs developments.
All across the globe, people are turning to more simple styles of living. Often, this means downsizing their collection of things as well as the size of their home. While tiny homes can be affordable, environmentally friendly and simplistic, potential buyers still need to feel that the space is enough to live in. Regardless of square footage, there are several ways builders and designers can create accommodating homes.
For Lydia Kallipoliti, research and design are indivisible and intertwining. Her thinktank, ANA cycle reframes contemporary discussions on global warming, recycling, and sustainability by demonstrating the roots of current thought in experimental positions in the context of natural history, environmental science and visual culture in the twentieth century. We caught up with this leading architect, engineer, scholar and curator to see what made her and her experimental studio Best of BUILD.
The times, they are a’ changing. Technology has become more widespread than ever before, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Founded in 2018 and capitalising on the latest advancements in technology across a wide variety of mediums, BeeByte Software Solutions are a fresh software development company seeking to help clients in their digital evolution.
Established in August 2018 by experienced architect and interior designer Tara Lamb, LAM Architects is a chartered architecture firm based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We profile the firm to learn more about its resounding success and Tara’s considerable efforts to stand out as a woman in a male dominated industry.
Refik Anadol Studio finds its creative inspiration at the intersection between humanity and machine. Whilst many designers and artists alike have forged remarkable statement pieces and entire exhibitions around this cornerstone, Refik Anadol has moved a step beyond, looking to innovate, challenge and drive the future of art and expression. We spoke to the data artist himself to find out more about his work, creative ambition and achievements.
Based in Massachusetts, European Home provides expertly crafted gas, wood and electric fireplaces to their high-end clientele. Following their success in the 2019 Design and Build Awards, where they were recognised with the title ‘Excellence in Modular Interior Products – Modular Fireplace Surrounds’, we spoke with Liz Lee, Lead Product Coordinator, to find out more.
The key to any business is making the most profit for the least expense, and the most essential indicator of how well your business will flourish is its efficiency. Whether your company centers around manufacturing or this is just a small part of your business, improving efficiency in this area is key to providing a good service and making the most of your time.
Raw material costs are rising, gas and fuel prices fluctuate and the costs of running heavy machinery and related equipment change. It’s clear then that cutting down on operating costs is vital to success in today’s world. The question is, how does one make that happen? What can construction crews and homebuilders do to reduce costs?
MODIS Architects is an architectural and planning firm which offers full professional services specializing in the mixed use, residential, commercial, office, and retail industries. Recently, the firm found success in BUILD’s Design & Build Awards where they were recognized as the Ones to Watch Florida. On the back of this recognition, we profile the practice to discover more about the innovative services the team offers their clients.
There is a certain beauty and character in an older building that modern ones seldom have. Sure, new construction is built for current needs, but personality can sometimes be lacking. If someone is thinking about taking on an older building remodel and adapting it for modern needs, here are a few things to keep in mind.