Six buildings that create a buzz with honeycomb-patterned facades

Several architecture projects have recently been proposed or completed with hexagonal grids across their fronts. Here are half a dozen examples covered with six-sided shapes. Duo by Büro Ole Scheeren, Singapore Hexagonal frames cover the curved portions of these glass skyscrapers in Singapore, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren for the city-state’s Kampong Glam neighbourhood. The

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COS looks to Mies and Mondrian for first Chicago store

The works of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and artist Piet Mondrian influenced the geometric and pared-back design of this shop for fashion brand COS. The first COS store in Chicago occupies a new four-storey building on East Oak Street, designed by the company’s in-house team of architects. Sandwiched between two existing structures, the

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J Meejin Yoon to become first female dean of Cornell architecture school

New York’s Cornell University has appointed alumnus J Meejin Yoon as the head of its College of Architecture, Art and Planning. The Korean-American architect will become the college’s first female dean since it was founded in 1896. She will begin her five-year term at the school in Ithaca, New York, on 1 January 2019, succeeding

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MoMA curators select highlights from Towards a Concrete Utopia

The curators of MoMA’s recently opened exhibition about the architecture of former Yugoslavia have chosen their favourite pieces from the show, including Kenzo Tange’s masterplan for Skopje and a giant war monument in Croatia. Towards a Concrete Utopia: Architecture of Yugoslavia, 1948-1980 presents examples of the impressive buildings and ambitious masterplans created during the socialist

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Delson or Sherman Architects upgrades Fire Island House to withstand hurricanes

This house on New York’s Fire Island escaped Hurricane Sandy unscathed, despite its exposed beachfront location, thanks to an overhaul from Delson or Sherman Architects. Updates to the Fire Island House were completed just before the Category 3 storm struck the US Eastern Seaboard in 2012. The barrier islands along the south of New York’s

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BIG U flood defences for Manhattan move forward

The first phase of Bjarke Ingels’ barrier system designed to protect Lower Manhattan from tidal surges and rising sea levels is getting underway. A request for proposal (RFP) for has been issued to find a stewardship partner for the BIG U project, which was created by a team that includes the Danish architect’s firm BIG

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Seven megatall skyscrapers reaching new heights

Following the release of the movie Skyscraper, which centres around a fictional megatall tower in Hong Kong, we’ve pulled together more examples of buildings that reach over 600 metres (1,969 feet) in height that are either completed, under construction or conceptual. Burj Khalifa by SOM, Dubai, UAE Currently the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa

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Valentin Jeck photographs Yugoslavia’s concrete architecture for MoMA exhibition

Photographer Valentin Jeck has travelled around the region of former Yugoslavia to capture images of its brutalist architecture for MoMA’s Toward a Concrete Utopia exhibition. Jeck’s series of images are blown up and displayed around the galleries of the New York museum as part of the exhibition, which opened to the public yesterday, 15 July

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“We were doomed for failure in the eyes of the architectural community” says Skyscraper movie designer

The megatall tower in new action movie Skyscraper was never expected to be a hit with architects, admits production designer Jim Bissell, but he wanted the building to be a “hero” nonetheless. The task of designing The Pearl – an imaginary 240-storey tower in Hong Kong that catches on fire – fell to Bissell and

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MoMA’s Toward a Concrete Utopia exhibition presents the architecture of Yugoslavia

The impressive monuments, ambitious masterplans and unrealised visions of architects across socialist former Yugoslavia are the subject of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980 explores the use of building and urban planning to create a national identity for the country during its 45-year existence.

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Climate Gentrification theory suggests rich are moving to higher, low-income neighbourhoods

Climate change is causing waves of gentrification in the cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels, as the wealthy move to poorer areas with a lower risk of flooding, according to a recent study. Coined Climate Gentrification, the theory and its potential affects on urban migration are outlined in a research paper written by Jesse

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Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel by Ilmiodesign is an exercise in pastel pastiche

Guests stay in candy-coloured rooms at this art-deco-influenced hotel in Ibiza, while artists in residence are offered a transparent suite in the lobby. The Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel opened last month on the Balearic island’s northwest coast, not far from the infamous nightlife in the resort of San Antonio. Its mission is to offer an

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KPF adds Pacific Gate residential skyscraper to San Diego skyline

Global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has completed a high-rise condo building on the San Diego waterfront, with a curved glass form that stands out from the city’s boxy towers. Pacific Gate by Bosa stands 41 storeys tall at the junction of Broadway and Pacific – the main access into the downtown area from the

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Seven of the biggest building projects underway in NYC

The three-day AIA Conference on Architecture kicks off in New York City today. To coincide, here’s an overview of some of the largest and most high-profile construction projects currently taking shape across the metropolis. Hudson Yards Described as New York’s largest urban development since Rockefeller Center, Hudson Yards is a $20 billion mega project on

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Morphosis unveils new home for Orange County Museum of Art in California

Architecture firm Morphosis has revealed its design for a swooping, striated building that will house an art museum in Southern California. The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is uprooting from its current location in Newport Beach, and moving inland to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Los Angeles-based Morphosis – founded

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Architectural renderings are “troublesome and problematic” says Es Devlin

British set designer Es Devlin has questioned the use of renderings to sell property because the glossy images often don’t match up with the completed buildings. Devlin criticised the “weirdly trippy” discrepancies between architectural visualisations and realised projects during an interview with Dezeen last month. “The pictures of buildings before they’re made is something I’ve

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Bjarke Ingels joins WeWork as chief architect

Co-working company WeWork has announced Danish architect and BIG founder Bjarke Ingels will join the company in the role of chief architect. WeWork co-founder and CEO, Adam Neumann, made the announcement about the newly created position in a blogpost today, 8 May 2018. He explained that Ingels has been brought on board to advise of

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Universal Design Studio erects “temporary town for art” for Frieze New York

Universal Design Studio has redesigned the venue for this week’s Frieze art fair on New York’s Randall’s Island, comprising five giant tents oriented to bathe the interior with indirect light. Rather than one vast structure, the series of large white tents provide a new layout for this year’s fair, which opened for previews yesterday, 2

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Five “dancing” architecture projects that command an audience

Architect Bjarke Ingels is building a pair of towers in New York that he says are shaped to “dance” with each other. Here’s a look at a few other buildings designed to look as if they are performing a rhythmic routine. The XI by BIG, New York, USA Ingels’ firm BIG recently unveiled new images of

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“No architect today is capable of buildings like Luis Barragán’s”

The sensual and autobiographical qualities of the house Mexican architect Luis Barragán built for himself are rarely found in today’s buildings, says Aaron Betsky. If you are going to make real architecture today it better be damn real. In a world of instant images whose truth you can never ascertain, delicate structures just won’t do.

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Five of the best houses in Indiana on Dezeen

Indiana, home to some of America’s best mid-century-modern architecture, is the next stop in our series of roundups highlighting impressive houses from each US state. Frost House by Emil Tessin, renovated by Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli This 1960s prefabricated dwelling in northern Indiana was modernised by Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli, who purchased the home

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The XI towers in New York will “dance” with each other, says Bjarke Ingels

BIG has released new renderings of the pair of towers it is building beside New York’s High Line, which architect Bjarke Ingels says are shaped out of “mutual courtesy” for one another’s views. The XI development – also known as The Eleventh – is currently rising from a full city block between the city’s Chelsea

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Christopher Hawthorne leaves LA Times to become city’s chief design officer

LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne has left his post at the newspaper to advise the city council on architecture and planning decisions. Hawthorne will begin his role as Los Angeles’ first chief design officer next month, after working at The Times since 2004. He was invited by LA mayor Eric Garcetti to fill the

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Grimshaw leads design of new $1.4 billion terminal at Newark Airport

Architecture firm Grimshaw has announced its involvement in building a new Terminal One at Newark Airport, which serves New York City. Grimshaw is acting as lead design architect for the project at Newark Liberty International Airport, which the global firm described as “the largest transportation infrastructure design-build contract in New Jersey state history”. Working with

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MAD’s museum for George Lucas breaks ground in Los Angeles

Fresh renderings of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by Beijing studio MAD have been released to coincide with the project’s groundbreaking in Los Angeles. Construction began this week on the museum that will be dedicated to the work of filmmaker and Star Wars creator George Lucas, following the project’s own saga that has involved

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Five of the best houses in Minnesota on Dezeen

As we pass the halfway point in our series of roundups of houses from each US state, we’re visiting Minnesota to spotlight projects, including a trio of woodland cabins and a house with a mirrored shed. Larson Bergquist Residence by Salmela Architect This cabin by American studio Salmela Architect has a courtyard, framed by a

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Hawaiian house by LifeEdited harvests more energy and water than it consumes

Design consultancy LifeEdited has built a family home on Hawaiian island Maui, as a model for sustainable, off-grid living. The LifeEdited: Maui residence was completed last year to showcase methods of constructing, furnishing and running a house with as little environmental impact as possible. The black building is entirely self-sufficient, boasting a combination of design and technology

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Herzog & de Meuron completes Jade Signature skyscraper in Miami

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has completed a residential tower north of Miami Beach, featuring terraces formed by extended concrete floor slabs. Set to open officially on 16 March 2018, the Jade Signature development is located beside the beach in the Sunny Isles district and includes 192 condominiums. The 57-storey concrete tower, which tapers

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New York’s The Shed releases updated images and programme details

More details about the expandable cultural venue at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards have been revealed, including construction photos, new interior renderings, and information about its first commissions and exhibitions. The updated images show views of the flexible gallery, performance and events spaces that will be formed in and around The Shed, designed by New York studios Diller

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RB Systems envisions super-slender cylindrical skyscraper for New York

Design studio RB Systems is following the trend for super-slender towers in New York with a speculative proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, which would be supported by spiralling steel cables rather than columns. Potentially soaring above all of the neighbouring high-rise structures, the tube-like office building would be built on a currently

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“Trump economics” boosts Manhattan’s luxury property market

The high-end housing market in Manhattan is booming thanks to President Donald Trump’s economic policies and tax cuts for the wealthy, according to a prominent real-estate broker firm. Sales and enquiries for upscale townhouses and mansion-like properties across the New York City borough have skyrocketed over the past year, said a statement from broker Leslie

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Five of the best houses in Virginia on Dezeen

Waterfront properties and woodland retreats in Virginia feature in the latest instalment of our series profiling enviable residences in each US state. James River House by Architecturefirm This modern vacation dwelling by US studio Architecturefirm consists of three rectilinear volumes arranged on a bluff “like a scattered group of stones around a campfire”. Situated on

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Glass-bottomed pool extends from Honolulu tower by SCB

A skyscraper in Hawaii has become the latest to feature a vertigo-inducing swimming pool, allowing brave swimmers to look down through its transparent base. The glass-bottomed pool extends out from the seventh floor of the Anaha complex in Honolulu, designed by Chicago-based studio Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) in collaboration with local firm Benjamin Woo Architects.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company receives go-ahead to start DC to NYC Hyperloop tunnel

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has been given written permission to begin digging a transportation tunnel in Washington DC, which could eventually facilitate a 29-minute journey between the capital and New York City. Musk’s infrastructure firm The Boring Company now has the paperwork to start work on a Hyperloop transport link in the US Northeast, after receiving

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Twin Palms by E Stewart Williams provided a private retreat for Frank Sinatra

Our series covering the best mid-century architecture in Palm Springs, to coincide with the California city’s Modernism Week, continues with the sprawling estate created for music and film legend Frank Sinatra. Twin Palms was designed by E Stewart Williams, one of several architects that have become synonymous with Palm Springs’ unique brand of “desert modernism”.

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Montreal home by Dominique Jacquet and Anne Sophie Goneau is minimal inside and out

A dark blue storage unit stands boldly against the otherwise all-white kitchen at this house in Montreal, where the same minimalist aesthetic continues throughout the interior. The House on Drolet Street is a combined effort from Dominique Jacquet and Anne Sophie Goneau, who designed the new residence to be as pared back as possible while

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Faceted structures and colourful holds form climbing walls in Minneapolis bouldering gym

Brightly coloured hand and foot holds form climbing routes across turquoise walls at this bouldering centre, set inside an industrial building in Minneapolis. Following the success of the franchise in Seattle and Austin, the Minneapolis Bouldering Project opened in November 2017 at a riverside complex. The building formerly housed office, manufacturing and warehouse spaces, but

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SHoP completes first building at Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory site

The first of a series of waterfront buildings that New York firm SHoP Architects is creating at the former Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg has opened. Named 325 Kent, the 16-storey residential block is situated between the Williamsburg Bridge and the factory’s former refinery building – the only structure on the 11-acre site that escaped demolition. Its 522 residences are

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GRT Architects restores facade and overhauls lobby of New York’s Fashion Tower

New York studio GRT Architects has uncovered and repaired the decorative facade of a tower in the city’s Garment District, during the renovation of its entrance inside and out. The Fashion Tower is a 23-storey art deco building by architect Emery Roth – best known for residential towers in the city like the San Remo

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Hacker Architects designs Basecamp housing in central Oregon for outdoorsy types

Weathered cedar and warm pine wrap these townhouses by Hacker Architects, which are geared towards residents who enjoy Oregon’s wealth of outdoor pursuits. The small Basecamp development is located in Bend, a small city in central Oregon within easy reach of ski slopes and trails in the Cascade Mountains. “As a haven for those who

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Super Bowl stadiums of the past, present and future

Since the 52nd Super Bowl is taking place this weekend at a new stadium in Minneapolis, here’s a look at some of the other giant venues that have previously hosted, or will host, the NFL’s annual American football championship. US Bank Stadium by HKS, Minneapolis, Minnesota Super Bowl LII This year’s Super Bowl will be held at

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Atlanta stadium by HOK hosts American football games under retractable “petals”

Giant triangular panels overlap to surround this American football stadium in Atlanta by architecture firm HOK, which has a roof that “opens and closes like a camera aperture”. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August 2017, provides a large-scale entertainment venue for the city and a new home for the Atlanta Falcons. It replaces the

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New York’s best emerging architecture studios of 2018 revealed

Five young architecture studios based in the Big Apple have been selected for this year’s New Practices New York awards, set up to promote the city’s best up-and-coming talent. Agency–Agency, MABU, NHDM, Only If Architecture and PRO have all been named as 2018 winners of the awards, which are awarded biennially to studios headquartered in

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Gabled kiosks by Atelier Urban Face tilt away from Mount Royal’s slope

These kiosks on Montreal’s namesake peak lean away from the hillside at different angles to look as if they’re being blown over by the wind. The trio of Mount Royal Kiosks is situated close to Beaver Lake, an artificial pond within the Mount Royal Park – inaugurated in 1876 and designed by landscape architect Frederick

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Five of the best houses in Hawaii on Dezeen

The volcanic archipelago of Hawaii is next in our series spotlighting residential architecture from each US state. The tropical islands are home to clifftop dwellings, beachside abodes and palm-fringed villas. Hut House by Johnston Marklee Traditional Hawaiian hut geometry informed this courtyard house by Johnston Marklee, which comprises four separate volumes grouped beneath a single

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Salesforce Tower by Pelli Clarke Pelli completes in San Francisco

San Francisco’s tallest skyscraper, designed by US firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, has completed as part of a major development in the city’s Downtown area. Reaching 1,070 feet (326 metres) and 61 storeys tall, the Salesforce Tower celebrated its official opening on 8 January 2018 and will become the headquarters of cloud computing company Salesforce.

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BIG revises Smithsonian campus masterplan in Washington DC

Architecture firm BIG has updated its plans for the revitalisation of the Smithsonian Institution campus in the US capital, after the initial designs sparked opposition. BIG’s $2 billion proposal – which involves lifting up two corners of the Enid A Haupt Garden and create entrances to an underground concourse connecting the campus’ museums – was

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MoMA announces exhibition exploring Yugoslavia’s concrete architecture

New York’s Museum of Modern Art will examine former Yugoslavia’s impressive concrete structures and bold urban planning visions created during its communist years, in an exhibition opening this summer. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, will present examples of the distinct style that emerged in the state, which occupied the Balkans region of

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Apple outlines plans for another US campus

Apple has announced plans to build a new campus in the United States, in addition to the recently completed Apple Park, as part of a major investment and job creation strategy. The tech company’s giant Foster + Partners-designed campus has barely finished, but Apple already has its sights on another construction venture – away from

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Five of the best houses in Pennsylvania on Dezeen

We’re heading to Pennsylvania for the next in our series of roundups featuring homes from each US state, where projects vary from an all-white farmhouse to a residence cantilevered over a factory. Pennsylvania Farmhouse by Cutler Anderson Architects Double-height rolling shutters can open up or enclose this pitched-roof farmhouse, which Cutler Anderson Architects designed for

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Obamas reveal more details and images for Presidential Center in Chicago

Barack and Michelle Obama have released a set of new renderings and a movie showing the cultural complex celebrating his presidency, which is to be built on Chicago’s South Side. Designed by US firms Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), the Obama Presidential Center is planned for a site in the

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Black concrete fireplace warms Quebec ski lodge by DKA Architects and Kl.tz Design

Chopped wood fits into the side of a huge black fireplace at this chalet in Quebec, which provides a winter retreat for a family of skiers. The Ski Lodge in Val Saint-Côme was designed by DKA Architects, based in Boisbriand, with interiors by Chambly studio Kl.tz Design. An hour north of Montreal, the chalet provides

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Surging Seas software shows potential impact of rising sea levels on US cities

An interactive mapping tool provides a scary glimpse of how cities such as New York, Boston and Miami might end up if sea levels continue to rise. The Google Earth plugin, Surging Seas: Extreme Scenario 2100, allows users to pan around 3D imagery of America’s coastal cities and see what they would look like if

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“America’s hinterlands now serve as playgrounds for the few wired haves”

Globalisation isn’t killing the USA’s backwater cities and rural areas, but rather turning them into escapes for wealthy “digirati” who are pumping money into regeneration projects, says Aaron Betsky in response to a New York Times article. Big cities operate globally. Well, duh. It took the “newspaper of record”, the New York Times, only about

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BIG and Google team up for terraced offices in Sunnyvale

Architecture firm BIG is working on yet another project for Google, this time a pair of offices blocks with ramping roofs in Sunnyvale, California. Bjarke Ingels Group – which is also working with Heatherwick Studio on the Google HQ in neighbouring Mountain View and the company’s main offices in London – has now designed two

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American architect and atrium aficionado John C Portman Jr dies aged 93

Atlanta-based architect and developer John C Portman Jr, renowned for his buildings designed around vast atria, has died aged 93. Portman’s architecture firm made the announcement the day after his death on 29 December 2017, which was followed by a string of tributes from the international architecture community. Thank you John C Portman for bringing

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Arthur Mamou-Mani unveils twisting temple for Burning Man 2018

Burning Man festival has revealed a spiralling wooden pavilion as the main temple to be built and then sent up in flames in the Nevada desert this year. The design, by Arthur Mamou-Mani of London-based Mamou-Mani Architects, was selected by the Burning Man Arts organisation, which oversees the creative programme for the annual nine-day event.

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Paolo Soleri exhibition at SMoCA celebrates the architect’s visionary ideas and legacy

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a retrospective of work by the late, local architect Paolo Soleri, from craft objects to plans for vast eco-cities. Curator Claire Carter has picked out her highlights for Dezeen. The exhibition, Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature, comprehensively summarises the breadth of Soleri’s art, architecture and design

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Dezeen’s top 10 US houses of 2017

The crop of homes we’ve featured from across America this year range from quaint cottages in Vermont to a luxurious villa with a private lagoon in Florida. US editor Dan Howarth has selected 10 of the best examples for our review of 2017. House in Jackson, Wyoming, by McLean Quinlan British architecture firm McLean Quinlan

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ICA Miami opens permanent home in metal-faced building by Aranguren + Gallegos

Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art has opened its dedicated building in the city’s Design District, featuring a metallic facade designed by Spanish firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos to act as a “magnet” for visitors. The ICA is now welcoming visitors to its new permanent home, after operating from the historic Moore Building close-by. The opening

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Five of the best houses in Montana on Dezeen

The dramatic mountains and vast plains of Montana are the next stop in our series rounding up residential architecture across the US. Cabin on Flathead Lake by Andersson-Wise Texas firm Andersson-Wise completed this rustic wooden cabin, which is raised on stilts to provide views of a nearby lake. The single-storey cabin is entirely made of

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New images released of MAD’s design for hilltop village in Beverly Hills

These new renderings reveal more details of the plant-covered residential complex that Chinese architecture studio MAD is building in Beverly Hills. Designed like a hilltop village, the Gardenhouse development at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard is under construction in the affluent California city. The new images show typical interiors for the 18 white gable-fronted dwellings, which sit atop a podium

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Snøhetta unveils “chiseled” New York tower with bronze details

Architecture firm Snøhetta has designed a residential skyscraper for Manhattan’s Upper West Side, which will feature an angular terrace cut into its side. Close to Lincoln Center and Central Park, the tower at 50 West 66th Street will feature several slices up its form, as it narrows in stages from base to top. “The design

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Foster + Partners’ Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

The visitor centre designed by Foster + Partners as part of Apple’s new California headquarters has welcomed its first guests. The centre on Tantau Avenue, Cupertino, opened its doors on Friday 17 November 2017. It is one of the several buildings that architect Norman Foster’s studio has created for the tech giant, as part of

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American modernist architect Albert C Ledner dies aged 93

Albert C Ledner, an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright who helped proliferate modern architecture across the US, has died in New Hampshire aged 93. Ledner, who died last Monday, 13 November 2017, was best known for his trio of meeting halls and facilities for the National Maritime Union. They include a building in Manhattan’s Chelsea

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StudioAC opens up interior of century-old Hilton House in Toronto

Toronto firm StudioAC has gutted a Victorian property in the city to reconfigure the layout and create more spaces for entertaining. The Hilton House, which dates back almost 100 years, is located east of the Wychwood Barns arts centre, northwest of Downtown Toronto. Previously divided into two apartments, the building was returned to a single

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Cards Against Humanity buys land on US-Mexico border to fight Trump’s wall

The creators of adult game Cards Against Humanity have purchased a vacant plot along America’s southern border, in the hopes of preventing the controversial wall the country’s president Donald Trump is planning to build. The team made the purchase, and hired a lawyer that specialises in preventing the state from taking private land for public

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Bill Gates plans smart city in Arizona desert

Tech billionaire Bill Gates has invested in a huge patch of land west of Phoenix, Arizona, with the intention of building a new smart city. Mt Lemmon Holdings – an affiliate of Gates’ firm Cascade Investment – has paid $80,000 for a stake in almost 25,000 acres of unpopulated desert. The area is reportedly earmarked

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Some “cartoonish” postmodern buildings are worth saving, says Norman Foster

British architect Norman Foster has criticised postmodern architecture for not being serious enough, but believes important examples like Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building in New York should still be preserved. Foster told Dezeen he dislikes the controversial movement. But despite that, he has lent his support to a campaign to prevent Johnson’s iconic New York skyscraper – one

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Architects protest AT&T Building plans with “Hands off my Johnson” placards

Architects and preservationists including Robert AM Stern were among those protesting Snøhetta’s plans for Philip Johnson’s postmodern AT&T Building in New York today. A small crowd attended a planned protest at the base of the Midtown Manhattan skyscraper this afternoon, carrying signs that read “Hands off my Johnson”, “Granite is great” and “Save AT&T”. Reporters

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