Restoration and reuse
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19 June 2018
Photo: Grant Smith
We meet the architect giving a new lease of life to a brutalist complex in London and find out how a brewery in Athens became the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Plus: Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto on his upcoming exhibition in London.
19 June 2018
Photo: Grant Smith
Alison and Peter Smithson’s crown jewel, the former Economist Plaza, gets a dose of TLC in anticipation of its new tenants. We speak to DSDHA, the architecture firm behind the renovation alongside real estate developers Tishman Speyer.
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