This year’s roundup of UK architecture also features an intervention at an 800-year-old building, a rammed-earth yoga studio and a mammoth infrastructure project.
Read on for Dezeen’s top 10 UK architecture projects of 2022:
The building’s materials and form were designed as a nod to the college’s older buildings, with load-bearing brick elements, chimneys, timber floors and gabled roofs. RIBA president Simon Allford hailed the project as “the epitome of how to build for the long-term”.
One of London’s most recognisable landmarks, Battersea Power Station finally reopened this year more than 40 years after being decommissioned.
Architecture studio WilkinsonEyre inserted shops, office space for tech giant Apple and 254 apartments into the former power plant, while Ralph Appelbaum Associates created an elevator viewpoint at the summit of one of the famous chimneys.
Next door sits the rippling Prospect Place, the first UK housing scheme by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Frank Gehry also completed in 2022.
Built to replace a 1960s building deemed no longer fit for purpose, this 21,000-square-metre campus housing specialist teaching facilities is defined by its humble palette of pale brick, concrete and aluminium.
Reiach and Hall Architects described the project’s external appearance as “low key, reflecting the modesty of an institution that seeks to serve”.
Production studio Stephenson& made a short film about the college that was published on Dezeen.
After a series of delays, the central section of the £18.8 billion Elizabeth line finally opened in London this year, representing the biggest expansion to the city’s underground railway network for more than a century.
Nine different architecture studios were appointed to design the various London stations, with Grimshaw Architects leading a consortium ensuring line-wide consistency.
In an interview with Dezeen head of architecture for the Elizabeth line Julian Robinson described the project’s designs as taking a “more mannered, a more rationalised approach”.
Clifford’s Tower has a bloody history reaching back to the year 1068, with the 13th-century stone keep gutted by fire in 1684.
Hugh Broughton Architects worked with conservation specialists Martin Ashley Architects to protect and radically transform the tower’s interior, adding a timber deck to partially cover the ruin and provide a viewpoint overlooking the surrounding city.
Red House, in rural Dorset, was designed to look like a child’s drawing of a house from the outside, albeit with unusual twists like the oversized eaves, patterned brickwork and vibrant green detailing.
The project was named House of the Year 2022 by RIBA, with the jury praising the way it “confronts our expectations of a house in a beautiful setting”.
“We’d like to think that our Red House is surprising, if not entirely shocking, to a contemporary audience,” David Kohn told Dezeen.
Set within the hotel’s vegetable garden, the yoga studio has an insular design, with a single opening at the apex of its curving sculptural roof.
This mixed-use scheme in Hackney combines a primary school with an 11-storey residential tower all in earthy-red concrete and brick, sitting above a base of commercial units fronted by a sturdy loggia.
The pyramidal timber structure, dubbed a “treeless treehouse” by the architects”, is only accessible via a low crawlspace. Inside, two levels are connected by a timber and rope ladder and lit by an openable skylight at the pyramid’s apex that automatically closes when it rains.
Architecture studio Technique combined a pair of flats adjoining an old house to form a one-bedroom cottage clad in weatherproof black metal externally and combining exposed original stonework, red steel and beech plywood inside.
Sitting on a hillside in the Scottish village of Tighnabruaich, The Den has a panoramic outlook over the Kyles of Bute, a narrow sea channel.