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Heliport Heights will use stilts to extend an existing building by sitting on top of it

Extending buildings upwards usually means simply adding new levels on top of the existing ones. A building in London, however, is being extended by having another one on stilts sat on top of it. Heliport Heights will feature office spaces, new apartments and a refurbished existing building.  Read More

The bookcase and canopy are the main design elements (Image: Coffey Architects)

A new library and research facilities are at the center of refurbishment plans for the London Science Museum. The commission to refurbish around 400 square meters (4305 sq ft) of space on the ground floor and mezzanine levels was recently awarded to Coffey Architects. As well as providing space for research and study, the new facility will allow access to more than half a million sources contained in the Wroughton Library, including archives and original materials.  Read More

Eastern aspect of Battersea Power Station Phase 3 proposal

London's iconic Battersea Power Station has had numerous proposed reincarnations over the years, including being turned into a "green mountain" and livening up the design with a roller coaster. Now, as part of its regeneration, architecture firms Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners have announced their plans for it, which sees the building becoming the focal point of a new town center.  Read More

The Madrid-based Didomestic, by Elii Architects (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)

Fun-loving Spanish architects Elii, the same firm responsible for the JF-Kit House, recently completed a loft apartment refurbishment in Madrid. Coined Didomestic, the ambitious project sees the company's creative flair focused toward maximizing flexibility and storage space, with thought-provoking results.  Read More

The newly opened installation will stay put until October, 2014 (Photo: Alex Chinneck)

It's not unusual to see a project that straddles the worlds of art and architecture, but this piece by Alex Chinneck, wonderfully titled From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes, is surely a stand-out. I'm not sure which is the most eye-catching feature of this bizarre refurbishing of a four-story house: the curving brick facade that seems to have slipped down onto the ground, or the gaping cavity exposing the innards of the top floor as the notional result of said slide.  Read More

Battersea Power Station reimagined, with roller coaster (Image: Charles Wallon/Airstudio/A...

The architects of whimsy at Atelier Zündel Cristea have released what is the latest in a long line of proposals to redevelop Battersea Power Station as a museum of architecture. Oh yes, and it's one with a rollercoaster. Gizmag takes a moment to consider Battersea Power Station's heritage, and ponder a future befitting the iconic structure.  Read More

Schlump ONE: before and after ('after' photo: Jan Bitter)

Taking its name from Schlump, the Hamburg underground station where the building stands, Schlump ONE is a 1950s administration block that has been transformed into a modern office thanks to a dramatic facelift conceived by the architects at J. Mayer H.  Read More

ROKU Edogawa drop-in cafeteria (Photo © Kai Nakamura)

Architects, it seems, are increasingly interested in transforming a building's use without making permanent changes to the fabric itself. If the BEEBOX we covered in January (a sort of drop-in, self-contained office desk) is exhibit A, then B is an altogether grander intervention. A design team led by Tokyo's Masatomo Kojima has cooked up ROKU Edogawa, a flexible aluminum structure designed to transform any interior space into a cafeteria.  Read More

'Tower House' converted water tower in London's North Kensington

Maybe its their height. Maybe it's because they're round. But clearly there's something about abandoned water towers that makes people want to transform them into residential accommodation. Tower House in West London's desirable North Kensington neighborhood (though admittedly, not the plushest part) appears to be the latest addition to an ever-growing set; a set that includes the converted World War II tower, Chateau D'eau.  Read More

EXIT Architects' 'rehabilitation' of a 19th century prison

That EXIT Architects describes the redeveloped Palencia Civic Center as a rehabilitation rather than a refurbishment is apt considering the 19th century building was originally a prison. Somehow, refurbishment is too small a word for such a radical change of use, implying a mere lick of paint here and a scrubbed-down banister or two. No. EXIT quite literally tore the roof off the place.  Read More

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