All-white house by Studio Four blends indoor and outdoor spaces

Melbourne-based architecture collective Studio Four placed a garden at the centre of this all-white family home located in the city’s suburb of Glen Iris. The clients – a professional couple with two young children – asked the architects to create a home that could meet the needs of their busy lives while also functioning as

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Denizen Works designs “abstracted tree” viewing tower for Scottish botanical gardens

London-based architects Denizen Works has submitted planning for a observation tower containing a vertical gallery and bird hide at Inverewe Garden in Scotland. The design has been created in response to an open brief set for Denizen Works by the garden’s owners – the National Trust for Scotland – to create a viewing tower to draw more

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Former military lookout in Gibraltar transformed into glazed viewpoint

Arc Designs has created a cantilevered viewing platform, and walkway with a glazed floor, perched on one of the highest points of the Rock of Gibraltar. Named Skywalk, the viewing platform is built above an existing WWII military platform in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve that once served as a base for anti-aircraft Bofors guns. Arc Designs wrapped

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Estudio Carme Pinós reveals timber latticework design for 2018 MPavilion

Intersecting timber latticework frames make up Barcelona-based studio Estudio Carme Pinós’s design for this year’s MPavilion, which is set to open in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens this October. Commissioned by charity organisation The Naomi Milgrom Foundation as its fifth annual MPavilion, the newly unveiled origami-like design will be erected in the city’s historic Queen Victoria

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Adjaye and Toogood design affordable prefabricated houses for property start-up

London developer Cube Haus has commissioned Adjaye Associates, Faye Toogood, Skene Catling de la Peña, and Carl Turner Architects to design affordable modular houses for awkward urban sites. The start-up was set up last year with the aim of delivering “high-design value homes at reasonable prices” that can be configured to fit small and awkward urban sites.

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CLS Architetti and Arup use a portable robot to 3D print a house in Milan

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have used a portable robot to 3D print a concrete house, which is on show for Milan design week. Printed onsite on Milan’s Piazza Cesare Beccaria, the 100-square-metre house was formed over the course of a week. Made up of 35 modules, the house features curved walls, a living area, bedroom,

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Apple now operating on 100 per cent renewable energy

Renewable energy is now used to power all of Apple’s retail stores, offices and data centres in 43 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. Although not all of its facilities are connected to clean energy directly in some cases, the company is placing renewables back into the grid to offset

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Boris Johnson proposes 22-mile bridge to link England and France

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed building a massive bridge across the English Channel, which would see a second link created between Britain and France. The idea for the 22-mile-long Channel Bridge was reportedly put forward during an Anglo-French summit that took place on 18 January 2018. During the meeting, which was called to discuss

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Post Office Architectes adds vaulted roof extension to Paris apartment for a photographer

Post Office Architectes has added a timber-lined barrel vaulted roof extension to an apartment in Paris, giving its owner an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. The apartment building is located at the intersection of four Paris districts and was originally built in the 19th century as a two-storey department store. A third floor was added in

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Filipe Saraiva’s self-designed home is based on a child’s drawing

Portuguese architect Filipe Saraiva chose black concrete panels for the walls of his family home, which is designed to look like a child’s interpretation of a house. Built on a rectangle of land that slopes southwards down to the street, the house is surrounded by farmland and overlooks the Castle of Ourém. The difference in height between

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UNStudio plans extension to Georgia airport just four years after completing it

Dutch firm UNStudio has unveiled plans for a “user-oriented” extension to its Kutaisi International Airport terminal in Georgia, featuring a rooftop plaza.  The Ben van Berkel-led firm completed the terminal building in 2013. Just four years later, the Amsterdam-based studio was asked to design a large extension, to cater to the airport’s rapidly growing number of passengers. Passengers using the

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Fahed + Architects create bulbous copper pavilion from old bedsprings at Dubai Design Week

Architecture studio Fahed + Architects repurposed bedsprings to create this temporary pavilion in the centre of the Dubai Design District. The bulbous structure was built to house Abwab – an exhibition of 47 selected designs created by designers from 15 countries within the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region. The Abwab pavilion

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Atelier Vens Vanbelle builds pentagonal house around an oak tree trunk

In a “Gordon Matta-Clark-like intervention”, an oak tree trunk serves as a structural support for a house with a pentagonal plan in Ghent by local architects Atelier Vens Vanbelle. Owned by a musician and painter, the original old cornerhouse building consisted of two floors and an attic, plus a courtyard that is separated from the street

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London’s brutalist Welbeck Street car park could be saved with alternative design by JAA

Architecture firm JAA has developed a proposal that would see a celebrated brutalist car park in London preserved – rather than demolished to build a new hotel. The speculative scheme is being offered as an alternative to Westminister Council’s plans to demolish Welbeck Street car park, to make way for a hotel designed by Eric Parry

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Casagrande Laboratory designs cross-laminated timber micro house for city dwellers

To free up space in cramped cities, Finnish architecture firm Casagrande Laboratory designed this self-sufficient prefab house to fit on the footprint of a single car parking space. On show during last month’s edition of Helsinki Design Week as part of the festival’s HOP City Installations, the Tikku concept house – meaning “stick” in Finnish

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Laura Dewe Mathews creates spaces for birdwatching and painting in London home of a retired couple

Architect Laura Dewe Mathews has added a staggered red brick extension to a London house, as part of a renovation that involved creating spaces for the clients’ various hobbies. The clients, a retired couple in their 70s and 80s, specified that they wanted to remodel their semi-detached Edwardian house in Barnes, west London, to accommodate

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Haptic Architects unveils plans for domed aquarium on former airport site in Oslo

London studio Haptic Architects’ design for the New Aquarium in Oslo resembles two gently undulating rocks that stretch out into the sea. Located in Bærum, a municipality of on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, the project will form part of a wider waterfront transformation and urban development on the site of the city’s former airport.

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Plans unveiled for London’s first purpose-built design district

SelgasCano, 6a Architects and David Kohn Architects are among the eight architecture studios creating buildings for a purpose-built design district at the heart of the new Greenwich Peninsula development in London.  The new one-hectare design district will provide a permanent base for over 1,800 of London’s creatives across a range of affordable architect-designed workspaces at the centre of the riverside

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An ancient monastery wall slices through this Utrecht house extension

Utrecht-based architecture studio Richèl Lubbers Architecten has added an angular extension to a residence that sits on the site of an old monastery. Located in a leafy neighborhood of the city, the owners wanted to create an extension to their home that could be used as guest quarters with the possibility of turning it into a

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Instagrammers capture Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar as it nears completion

Images of Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar in Doha are beginning to emerge on Instagram as the building’s interlocking design nears completion. Inspired by the rose-like formations of crystal that appear in the desert sand, the building is composed of a ring of low-lying and linked pavilions, which encircle a large courtyard area and existing palace.

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Six stand-out buildings by Praemium Imperiale winner Rafael Moneo

Following the news that Rafael Moneo has been named as the architecture laureate for the 2017 Praemium Imperiale, here’s a look at six of the Spanish architect’s most prolific projects. The 2017 Praemium Imperiale is a prestigious art prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Rafael Moneo is one of this year’s five winners, alongside Latvian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour, Iranian visual artist

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Clare Cousins Architects creates first carbon-positive home in Australia’s Victoria

This timber-clad residence designed by Australian firms Clare Cousins Architects and The Sociable Weaver is the first home in the Australian state of Victoria to achieve a “10 Star” energy rating. Boasting a carbon-positive accreditation, the Cape Paterson-based 10 Star Home has been constructed using zero waste and building biology philosophies to earn it a 10 Star energy rating, after which it

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IKEA lab Space10 creates algae-producing pavilion in Copenhagen

IKEA’s external innovation lab Space10 has worked in collaboration with three young architects to create a four-metre-high bioreactor dome for growing microalgae. Described by Space10 as a “food-producing architecture pavilion”, the futuristic dome houses a photo-bioreactor — a closed system that enables the high productivity of green microalgae. The dome was installed at Copenhagen’s CHART Art Fair last

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Residents of Sydney high-rise estate use lights to protest against gentrification

Night after night, the windows of the tower blocks that make up the Waterloo Estate in Sydney have been gradually lit up in different colours as part of a public art project that aims to make the community more visible. Triggered by the NSW state government’s plans to redevelop the area, the #WeLiveHere2017 project has been gaining

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TNA’s dream holiday home is an upside-down concrete pyramid

Takei Nabeshima Architects has released new renderings of its design for an extravagant concrete holiday home, which forms part of French developer Christian Bourdais’ Solo Houses series. The Tokyo-based practice, led by Makoto Takei and Chie Nabeshima, is one of the 15 firms commissioned by Bourdais to create an ultimate holiday home, which will eventually be built in Spain’s mountainous Matarraña region as part of his

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Holiday home by Masato Sekiya cantilevers over a river bank in Nara Prefecture

Masato Sekiya’s firm Planet Creations has completed a concrete weekend house, which cantilevers six metres over a rocky ledge in Japan’s Omine mountain range. Located in Tenkawa village, 600 metres above sea level, the site is surrounded by the Omine mountain range. The house, which was designed as a holiday villa for a doctor and his wife, protrude out from the

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Isay Weinfeld reveals irregularly stacked tower block for São Paulo

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has designed a tower for São Paulo comprising four irregularly stacked volumes fringed with greenery, which is expected to complete later this year. Construction is already underway on Weinfeld’s mixed use tower, which is positioned in the city’s Jardins area just one block from the main avenue – Avenida Paulista. It was designed for São Paulo-based real estate developer

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Beech Architects adds zinc pod to derelict Windmill in Suffolk

UK firm Beech Architects has converted a 125-year-old windmill stump in Suffolk, England, into a guest house topped with an elliptical zinc-clad pod. Once a prominent feature of the landscape, the 60-foot-tall (18-metre) converted windmill now houses two bedrooms, a kitchen-diner, a bathroom, and a viewing pod that offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from

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Carlo Ratti to transform Italian military barracks into open-source architecture laboratory

Architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans to transform a former 19th-century military complex in Turin, Italy, into a campus where students, workers and makers can set up their own labs and studios. Carlo Ratti Associati will transform the 20,000 square-metre Caserma Lamarmora barracks into “a testing ground for an open-source approach to architecture”. Using the barracks’ modular structure as a base, the Italian firm wants to open the building up

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World’s largest bicycle parking garage opens in Utrecht

Ector Hoogstad Architecten has completed the first stage of the world’s largest bicycle parking facility, in Utrecht’s Central Station area in the Netherlands. Located below the city’s new Station Square – also designed by Ector Hoogstad Architecten – the garage currently offers 6000 parking spaces over three levels. Another 1,500 parking places will be added over the next few

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Cassidy Reid devises Hyperloop network to “make Europe great again”

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Cassidy Reid has designed a concept for a high-speed transport network based on Hyperloop to create infrastructural and cultural corridors across Europe, and shrink travel time between cities. Connecting London to Krakow in just one hour and ten minutes, and passing through Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt and Prague, Reid’s Pan-European Corridor network leverages newly developed Hyperloop

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Scullion Architects adds charred-larch tower to terraced home in Dublin

Located near Dublin’s docklands, this three-storey Georgian terraced house has been converted from three bed-sits into one light-filled “upside-down house” with a charred-larch extension at the back. Designed by Scullion Architects, the refurbishment flips the traditional house layout on its head, positioning the open-plan kitchen and living room on the top floor, bedrooms on the floors

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Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami create three-pronged visitor centre for Dutch park

Three intersecting glass corridors sweep outwards from a sunken, triangular-shaped visitors centre designed by Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami + Associates for Park Vijversburg in the Netherlands. Recently refurbished, Park Vijversburg has been open to the public since 1892. Throughout the year, the park hosts events such as art exhibitions, musical performances, church services and excursions. To accommodate the

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Austin Maynard Architects builds recycled brick house on top of former Melbourne garage

Small red- and blue-glazed bricks pattern the exterior of this house by Austin Maynard Architects, which replaces a garage in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. Located on a corner plot, hard up to a laneway on two sides, the red brick house acts as a bookend to a row of garages and outbuildings that extend down a hill. The

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals progress on Beijing skyscraper with “world’s highest atrium”

Zaha Hadid Architects has released a series of black-and-white photographs showing construction of the vast atrium inside its 207-metre skyscraper in Beijing. The newly released photographs show the building’s twisted structural skeleton at about three quarters complete, with three of the walkways that wrap the central atrium in place. Zaha Hadid Architects report that the

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Eda Kutluozen proposes affordable housing above tube stations for London’s key workers

Royal College of Art architecture graduate Eda Kutluozen’s Vertical Open City project proposes inserting dense affordable housing and public spaces into disused sites across London. Designed for key workers and other marginalised citizens, Kutluozen proposes vertically stacking highly compacted public and domestic spaces into disused infill sites across the capital, such as the dead space above tube

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Feilden Clegg Bradley creates barn-inspired art building at Bedales School in Hampshire

A building with a row of pitched roofs forms Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ art and design block at Bedales School – a liberal independent school on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, England. Clad in rough-sawn Siberian larch, the Bedales School Art and Design Building is constructed around a 300-year-old oak tree

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Andrew Burges Architects transforms Sydney warehouse into “mini city” for kids

This Sydney childcare and community centre by Andrew Burges Architects is filled with tiny house-shaped rooms and has a sandpit on its roof. Conceived as a city at child’s scale, the East Sydney Learning Centre is housed in a four-storey former warehouse building from the 1920s that is nestled within a tight network of lanes and streets. The architects were asked to

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Centre Pompidou to open Shanghai outpost in David Chipperfield’s West Bund Art Museum

The Centre Pompidou has announced that it will open a Chinese outpost in Shanghai’s David Chipperfield-designed West Bund Art Museum in 2019. Called the Centre Pompidou Shanghai, the new gallery will be installed as part of a long-term cultural cooperation project between France and China that will start in 2019 and run until 2025. The announcement

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Alberto Campo Baeza’s Madrid sports centre is a “box of light”

Two enormous translucent walls flood the playing court of this bright white sports centre by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza with dazzling light. Located on the Francisco de Vitoria University campus in Pozuelo, Madrid, the sports complex comprises two clean, white boxes joined together by a low-rise building whose roof becomes an interconnecting patio at the first floor level.

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Reiulf Ramstad’s kiln-inspired learning centre will celebrate Denmark’s farming culture

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has unveiled plans for a new agricultural and baking education centre in Denmark’s Jutland region, which will feature teaching spaces skylit by a pair of kiln-shaped forms. Called Kornets Hus – translating from Danish as Grain House – the new timber-framed learning centre will be completed this year in the town of Hjørring, on a patch of

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Bartlett student Freja Bao designs pilgrimage destination “to rebrand China”

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Freja Bao has devised a masterplan for a new Chinese cultural capital that could help to change the country’s political image. Called Splendour, the fictional city is a tourist destination located on the disputed territories in the South China Sea. Bao imagines it as an open pilgrimage destination for all Chinese speaking global citizens. “China has

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Elding Oscarson creates “slightly bent” weathering steel extension to Lund’s Skissernas Museum

Architecture studio Elding Oscarson has added a Corten steel extension to the Skissernas Museum in Lund, Sweden, designed to open the building up to the adjacent sculpture park. Founded in 1934, the Skissernas Museum is part of Lund University and houses the world’s largest archive of works documenting the artistic process. The Lund-based museum is made up of a large cluster

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Arcgency transforms former Copenhagen coal crane into private retreat

Architecture firm Arcgency has turned an industrial coal crane in a Copenhagen harbour into a luxury two-person retreat. Located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbours under renovation in Denmark’s capital, The Krane sits on the waterfront and accessed by a drawbridge-like staircase. The multi-tiered structure comprises a reception area on the

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Portakabin builds temporary school for pupils of academy next to Grenfell Tower

A temporary secondary school is being built to accommodate students of Kensington Aldridge Academy, a school next to Grenfell Tower, which has been shut ever since the devastating fire last month. UK company Portakabin is using its modular construction system to build the school just over a mile away, next to Wormwood Scrubs – an open space in the London Borough of

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Royal Mail’s latest stamp collection celebrates the UK’s “renaissance of contemporary architecture”

Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre, EMBT’s Scottish Parliament and Haworth Tompkins’s Stirling-Prize-winning Everyman Theatre are just some of the landmark buildings featured on a new set of UK stamps dedicated to contemporary architecture. Designed by London design agency GBH, the Royal Mail Special Stamps Collection features 10 of the most famous public buildings from the last two decades. The buildings

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AART designs pop-up train carriages to rejuvenate an old railway in Aarhus

A single-room hotel, a public greenhouse and a set of polling booths are just some of the unusual functions assigned to a set of train carriages designed by Danish studio AART for an old industrial area of Aarhus. AART worked with local non-profit organisation Givisme on the design for the pop-up carriages, which were created to inject life back into an area of

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SelgasCano creates undulating pavilion from sheets of corrugated plastic in Cognac courtyard

Spanish architecture studio SelgasCano has unveiled its first commission in France – a vast pavilion of translucent waves that fills the courtyard of the Fondation d’entreprise Martell in Cognac. Spread across 1,340 square metres in the venue’s extensive courtyard, the pavilion is made up of 31 rows of undulating steel structures covered with a sheer translucent polyester and fibreglass

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Minecraft video game used to design public space in more than 25 developing countries

Local authorities have been “amazed to see that young women from slums could design as architects or urban planners”, according to the co-ordinator of a United Nations initiative using the video game Minecraft to get communities designing their own public spaces. The Block by Block project is the work of UN-Habitat – the United Nations agency

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Easy-to-assemble city building kits aim to inspire new generation of urban planners

Architectural model-building kit manufacturers Arckit has designed a series of accessible three-dimensional modelling sets for aspiring and professional architects, and urban planners. Called Arckit Cityscape and Arckit Masterplan, the new city-building kits are designed to appeal to a broad audience ranging from young children, to hobbyists and professionals. The kits follow on from the original

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Directory of female creatives aims to tackle the “stone-aged” under-representation of women in design

Australian studio Double Days has created a publicly editable directory of women in design that can be used by conference organisers to source female speakers for panel discussions. Published on Google Docs by Double Days founder Bonnie Abbott, the list is comprised of names and short descriptions of women recommended by peers and admirers for being “inspiring

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