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AJ 25.05.23: Ornament

AJ 25.05.23: Ornament


This month’s AJ takes delight in ornament. Three building studies explore some beautifully detailed schemes, with colour, texture and pattern all coming to the fore.

We visit the Gilbert & George Centre, a brewery conversion designed by SIRS Architects; vPPR’s Camden Market canopy bar perched atop an old horse hospital; and a Hampshire temple combining Byzantine forms with sustainable design by James Gorst Architects.

Another feature profiles three interior designs employing a range of approaches to the use of decoration, which each reflect the clients’ identities, including the vivid Prada Caffè at Harrods.

In the Culture section, we review an exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid’s first built project outside the UK, a restaurant in Japan.

This month’s news features profile some architects who recently protested against the government’s inaction on reducing carbon emissions, but went unheard; plus we meet a group of developers focused on counting the cost of carbon.

The issue also includes columns by Hattie Hartman, the Secret Architect and David Grandorge; the monthly competitions round-up; a cartoon by Hellman; and Sketchbook.