img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

Through a glass, sparingly

If you want to make 26m2 of space appear twice as big, look no further than Spheron Architects’ Urban Hermitage, a small flat on the first floor of a Victorian house in Clapham, London. The firm was asked by the artist owner to transform it into a tranquil, hermetic cell, less bustling city and more ‘remote monastery in Belgium’. The folding mirror wall hiding the bed and storage, positioned opposite the discreet kitchen wall, is the understated but transformative centrepiece of the room. Atkinson & Kirby supplied its Concept range of stained, engineered flooring to complement the dark painted wall finishes and counterpoint the diffuse light from the floor to ceiling curtains, helping generate this sparingly Cistercian space.

Latest

A set of sleek Lifeline Speedlane Swing turnstiles guides workers and visitors into the Stiff + Trevillion office refurbishment above London Cannon Street Station

Lifeline Speedlane Swing turnstiles guide workers into the Stiff + Trevillion office reburbishment

Pooja Agrawal takes up the role of chief executive of Public Practice in June. She talks about the successes and ambitions of the organisation she co-founded and its impact on local authorities and the profession

The new CEO on why local authority placements work

Edmund Harris’ intriguing cataloguing of Less Eminent Victorians is an engaging, enlightening and diverting investigation, finds Hugh Pearman

Edmund Harris’ engaging, enlightening and diverting investigative online blog

The time for fine words on inclusion is over: a group in Bath is taking decisive practical action to recognise all the world’s architecture, storm the discipline’s privilege and face down imperialism’s legacy

Political context must make way for real inclusivity

K-Briqs contain 90% certified construction waste and are made without the use of a kiln, to challenge traditional bricks with just over one tenth of their embodied carbon

Kenoteq start-up says K-Briq has potential to meet entire UK demand