Lots Road power station next to The Balloon pub, 1951
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New life for forgotten London power plant

After Bankside and Battersea, it is the turn of Lots Road in Chelsea to be converted into housing

Dame Sally Davies in her office at home in north London
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Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer

England’s health chief on people’s lack of exercise, alcohol consumption and our growing resistance to antibiotics

Gardens

Cypripedium reginae album, by Jacques Amand ©jacquesamand.co.uk
Chelsea Flower Show offered plenty of inspiration for urban gardeners, from cypripediums to violas
Six-bedroom house in Woodside

Facebook’s effect on Menlo Park property

The arrival of the tech giant has helped turn the Californian city into one of the strongest housing markets in the US

©Richard Lewisholm

The last rattan workshop in Britain

Two craftsmen in the Midlands have spent decades weaving the material into wondrous forms

Botanical drawings
©Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France

Botanical drawings from the 1620s

Illustrations reveal the first use of a microscope to study plants close-up

Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Crystal’ extension at the Royal Ontario Museum
©Oleksiy Maksymenko

Perspective: daring museum extensions

Contemporary additions that fail to respect place and context can end up as monstrosities, comments Marcus Binney

The fishing village of Sai Kung, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, at sunrise
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Hong Kong’s quiet side offers green escape

Buyers priced out of central districts are moving to outlying areas in search of space and gardens

Biju Bubble Tea Room in Soho
©Hufton & Crow

Cork rises to the top as design material

The flexible and environmentally friendly bark product is increasingly being used in furniture and furnishings

The BT Tower seen from Fitzroy Square in central London
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London’s Fitzrovia hits the big prime

A series of new residential projects is set to give a lift to the bohemian neighbourhood — and its prices

Mathilde Thomas in Bryant Park, New York
©Sara Hylton

French beauty-brand founder in New York

How a chance meeting led to Mathilde Thomas creating one of the top skincare treatments in the US

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