urban development, housing and culture


London is a metropolis known for its cultural buildings. This historic city keeps reinventing itself.


Regional development

The planning of residential areas is a continuous process in a metropolis. Current renewal projects in London are paying special attention to social structures and services and the prevention of social exclusion, as well as ecological sustainability. In addition, London is a prime example of new trends in suburban-like low-rise construction.

The Barking area in East London was revitalised through the construction of a new building complex. Barking Central has brought supplementary services and new apartments to the area, and has also given it a new, colourful appearance.

The development of the South Bank from an industrial area to a centre of tourism and a lively pedestrian boulevard is one of the most significant urban development projects in the centre of London of late.

Cultural buildings through conversions

London is a hub for culture, and new museums have been built there through interesting conversion projects. The conversion of an old power plant into the modern art gallery known as Tate Modern was designed by the Swiss agency Herzog & de Meuron. Switch House, an extension to Tate Modern, was designed by the same agency. The Design Museum, which opened in 2016, was built in an administrative building from the 1960s.

Through Archtours, you can study the architecture in London with a local guide. The boldface titles are examples of our tour themes in London.


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