ÉCAL students design dedicated farming, napping and gym office cubicles

Office workers can sleep, grow plants, pour themselves a cocktail and work out in each of these specialised hubs created by students at ÉCAL university. The structures are created using Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Workbays system – a set of flexible dividers for Vitra that are designed to let offices be customised into different areas

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Wheelys’ Moby-Mart is a self-driving store with a holographic shop assistant

Retail startup Wheelys has designed a prototype self-driving supermarket that navigates to different locations throughout the day and uses artificially intelligent holograms to help customers. The vehicle is designed to be almost completely self sufficient, relying on software that tracks its inventory and alerts the Moby-Mart when it’s time to restock. It runs from an

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Marta Colmenero illustrates brutalist landmarks around the world

Spanish designer Marta Colmenero has created a set of illustrations that capture the concrete forms of brutalist architecture across the globe. The series features some of the world’s best-known brutalist buildings, from Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 to Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation. Commissioned by insurance comparison site Go Compare for its Concrete Feats microsite, Colmenero has illustrated

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NP2F Architectes squeezes football and tennis courts onto narrow Paris site

French studio NP2F Architectes has squeezed a football field, tennis court and running track onto a long strip of land in Paris’s Saint-Paul area. The practice had to work with a limited amount of land, as well as design facilities that wouldn’t detract from the appearance of the buildings on either side of the playing field. Different courts

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Zaha Hadid’s early paintings to go on show at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

An exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings by late architect Zaha Hadid is to be hosted at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London.  Calligraphy and sketches from the architect’s notebooks will be included in the show, which opens on 8 December and brings together work that dates back to the 1970s. The focus of the Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and

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Architect proposes Mars Utopia towers to terraform red planet into breathable environment

Spanish architect Alberto Villanueva’s Mars Utopia concept would see the planet transformed into an inhabitable environment using towers formed by bacteria (+ slideshow). Villanueva, who works at Idea, created the project while completing a masters in Environment Design at London’s Ravensbourne College. Related story: 3D-printed Ice House by Clouds AO and SEArch wins NASA Mars Habitat contest More

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Allies and Morrison among architects awarded in 2016 New Year’s Honours

Architects Bob Allies and Graham Morrison are among the figures from the architecture and design world awarded in the UK’s 2016 New Year Honours. Allies and Morrison, who founded their eponymous architecture firm in London in 1984, will both be awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for “services to architecture”. The pair are currently More

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Pininfarina and AECOM win competition for air-traffic control tower at Istanbul New Airport

Pininfarina and AECOM have beaten proposals from Zaha Hadid and Moshe Safdie in a contest seeking a design for an air-traffic control tower at Istanbul’s new airport. Pininfarina, an Italian design studio, and AECOM, a global architecture firm, were selected ahead of five other shortlisted teams in the competition, which also included Fuksas, RMJM, and Grimshaw and Nordic – the More

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V+’s Chateau d’Eau water tower rests on crossed concrete struts

Belgian architecture studio V+ has completed a mesh-covered water tower that is supported by angled concrete columns. The 50-metre-tall structure houses a circular vat for storing water, which sits on a slender concrete platform. The tank is covered by a rectangular metal grid that partially obscures the vat in daylight, but allows it to be partly visible when the tower More

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Lego introduces Skyline building kits for recreating cityscapes

Danish toy brand Lego has released a set of kits that allows architecture lovers to build skylines of cities around the world. The first three sets to be launched are Venice, Berlin and New York City, with each of the cities’ well-known buildings reconstructed in miniature brick form. The New York City kit features the Empire State Building, More

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Mark Foster Gage proposes elaborate gargoyle-covered skyscraper for New York

New York architect Mark Foster Gage has proposed a 102-storey tower covered in Gothic sculptural elements for Manhattan, in response to the city’s supertall skyscrapers that are “virtually free of architectural design” (+ movie). Foster Gage designed the highly decorative residential building for West 57th Street as an alternative to the more conventional skyscrapers currently springing More

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Llowarch Llowarch Architects completes raven enclosure for the Tower of London

The Tower of London’s famous resident ravens have a new home in a set of oak and mesh-encased aviaries designed by local firm Llowarch Llowarch Architects (+ slideshow). The enclosures are installed in the grounds of the Tower, and replace the “ad hoc collection of sheds” the birds had previously inhabited. According to English legend, More

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Eric Parry Architects unveils tallest tower in City of London

Eric Parry Architects has unveiled designs for 1 Undershaft, a 73-storey tower that will be the tallest building in London’s financial district. The rectangular tower, which will be the second tallest in London after The Shard, has been commissioned by Singapore property developers Aroland Holdings. Containing 90,000 square metres of internal space, it will sit amongst a […]

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten wins competition to design Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

German studio KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten’s glass-covered design for the Shenzhen Art Museum and Library complex in China beat proposals from a number of star architects. The practice winning-design was selected from a shortlist that included schemes by high-profile architecture firms including Steven Holl Architects, Mecanoo, and OMA. The design features a pair of glass-encased cubic structures that house a museum, library […]

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London’s first public suspended swimming pool planned for Croydon

After a spate of luxury developments with private suspended swimming pools, developer Guildhouse has announced plans for a Croydon skyscraper with a glass-bottomed pool on the 14th floor that would be open for everyone. The company has amended earlier plans submitted for the One Lansdowne Road building, which was originally designed as a 55-floor skyscraper that would house offices, […]

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Carl Turner’s Peckham plans will provide spaces for “ordinary people” as well as creatives

A London borough came under fire earlier this month for rejecting plans to transform a south London car park into 800 creative studios, but architect Carl Turner says his alternative proposal will offer a resource for the entire local community, not just artists. Turner teamed up with property developers The Collective on the Pop Community proposal – one of three […]

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World’s tallest building planned for Iraq’s Basra Province

AMBS Architects has proposed a 1,152-metre-tall skyscraper for Iraq’s Basra Province, which would surpass Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to become the tallest building in the world (+ slideshow). Composed of four conjoined towers, The Bride tower’s 230 storeys would be topped by an 188-metre-tall antenna. This would make the structure 152 metres higher […]

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Rejection of plans for 800 art and design studios is “a terrible result for London”

A proposal by architects SelgasCano to turn a south London car park into 800 creative workspaces has been rejected in favour of a scheme by a Mayfair property developer. The Bold Home studios were set to be affordable self-build spaces for the creative community, costing £100 a month before bills. Occupants were to be provided with the infrastructure and materials to construct their […]

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Muji launches trio of prefab minimal cabins by Morrison, Grcic and Fukasawa

Muji’s set of ready-constructed huts were designed by Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa as minimal rural refuges for escaping the “hustle and bustle” of the city (+ slideshow). The three cork, aluminium and wood Muji Huts were launched by the Japanese brand during Tokyo Design Week 2015, and were created for construction in countryside locations. […]

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“Most buildings are drawings filled in by engineers” says Piet Hein Eek

Dutch Design Week 2015: Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek has joined the debate about whether non-architects should design buildings, saying most architects are “not interested” in construction. Eek, who is currently working on a number of architectural projects in the Netherlands, said many architects do little more than produce drawings and leave others to […]

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Bouroullec brothers install matching steel Kiosque units for Paris art fair

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have unveiled a pair of identical glass and steel containers for the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris (+ slideshow). On display side by side in the Jardin des Tuileries, the twin Kiosque units were commissioned by Paris property developer Emerige and are built from powder-coated steel. Both structures feature a single end wall constructed from […]

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Maarten Baas oversees architectural battle for “ugly location” in the Netherlands

Maarten Baas has become the latest designer to foray into architecture, partnering with two teams of architects to unveil designs for a residential development in Eindhoven’s De Bakermat plaza. Baas is working with Dutch developer SDK Vastgoed on the new residential and commercial building, which will be located on a site that was previously awarded fourth […]

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MVRDV’s plant-covered proposal wins Ravel Plaza Amsterdam competition

Protruding bay windows and angular balconies feature in Rotterdam firm MVRDV’s proposal for a greenery-covered high-rise complex in Amsterdam’s financial district. Working with property developer OVG Real Estate, MVRDV was selected by the municipality of Amsterdam to design the Ravel Plaza Amsterdam, which will house apartments, offices and commercial spaces. The proposal features three conjoined buildings of varying heights, with flat […]

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BIG designs stepped 79 & Park residential development for Stockholm

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled plans for a foliage-covered terraced block of apartments, which are under construction in Stockholm’s Gärdet district (+ slideshow). The stepped glass and cedar wood building is adjacent to the Royal National City Park, and echoes its greenery with rooftops covered in plants – similar to recent proposals for buildings by Thomas […]

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Zaha Hadid’s first residential building in New York includes $50 million penthouse

New York developer Related Companies has released a new image of Zaha Hadid’s High Line-adjacent building to tempt buyers into investing in the project (+ slideshow). The 11-storey glass and steel building – which was announced in 2013 – is situated on West 28th Street, beside the popular High Line park built on formerly derelict railway tracks. […]

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10 bizarre proposals for 3D-printed NASA bases on Mars

We’ve selected 10 of the most unusual and far-fetched proposals for Mars housing submitted as part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. A shortlist of 30 designs has been chosen for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, launched in May by US space agency NASA and America Makes, the country’s national additive-manufacturing innovation institute. Entrants were challenged […]

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SURI modular housing system provides emergency shelter for refugees

This adaptable shelter system is providing temporary housing for refugees displaced by conflict in their home countries. Designed by building initiative Suricatta Systems, the Shelter Unit for Rapid Installation (SURI) is both easy to transport and assemble, while still functioning as a comfortable habitat for individuals and families. Originally designed to provide shelter after earthquakes, the system […]

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Timothy Hatton Architects designs floating steel staircase for Deirdre Dyson gallery

London firm Timothy Hatton Architects has added a burnished steel staircase to rug designer Deirdre Dyson’s Chelsea carpet gallery as part of a renovation of her studio. Deirdre Dyson had previously used the building as a studio and showroom, but decided to overhaul the space to incorporate a gallery that could also display rugs as works […]

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3D-printed bubble house proposed for living on Mars

French 3D-printing company FABulous has brought together a team of scientists and architects to imagine a bubble-shaped habitat for Mars that can be printed on the red planet. The Sfero house features an internal and external dome, with a protective pocket of water between the two. A single corridor rests on the planet’s surface and […]

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Grimshaw unveils revised entrance and platforms for HS2 addition to London’s Euston Station

London’s Grimshaw Architects and engineering firm Arup Associates have submitted an updated proposal for a new entrance and 11 additional platforms to bring high speed rail to Euston Station. Grimshaw and Arup’s revised design could see the station transformed into a new hub for the HS2 high speed railway, planned for construction between London and the Midlands. […]

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H&P Architects sources recycled materials to build Re-ainbow community shelter in Vietnam

Vietnamese studio H&P Architects has used leftover construction materials to build a multicoloured community building in the grounds of a stadium in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province (+ slideshow). Named Re-ainbow, a combination of the words re-use and rainbow, the structure comprises a small rectangular building and a multicoloured canopy that shelters both it and the space in […]

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Transparent swimming pool to bridge Indian tower blocks 12 storeys up

Developers in London claim to be building the world’s first sky pool, but an even more extreme suspended glass-bottomed swimming pool is already underway in India (+ movie). The five-tower Twilight Star development in Surat, Gujarat, will feature a 20-metre-long, seven-metre-wide suspended swimming pool that is entirely transparent. It will link two residential blocks in much […]

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Jun Sekino’s Tinman house in Bangkok features a steel structure and colourful staircases

Prompted by the client’s love of the Tin Man character in the Wizard of Oz, architect Jun Sekino left the steel framework of this Bangkok house exposed inside and out (+ slideshow). Set in the centre of the city, where land is often limited, the three-storey 415-square-metre building is designed to make the most of the space available. […]

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