Eight-storey sky atriums top a pair of skyscrapers by GMP in Zhengzhou

Gerkan, Marg and Partners has completed twin 284-metre skyscrapers that dominate the skyline of Zhengzhou, China. Two glass towers, which rise from L-shaped plinths either side of a square, have recessed “sky lobbies” positioned on alternating sides of the building. German firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners (GMP) won the competition to design the Greenland Central Plaza for developers

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Belgian Pavilion promotes a “more interesting” Europe to counter rising nationalism

Belgium’s Venice Biennale pavilion is being used as a forum for debate about the future of Europe, in a bid to prevent the continent becoming further divided. For the duration of the Venice Architecture Biennale, visitors are invited to take a seat within the bright blue amphitheatre that fills the building and consider the various issues

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Fountains jet water over entrance to Foster + Partners’ sunken Apple store in Milan

In Milan the latest Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store features a dramatic water feature in an update on the traditional Italian piazza. Sunk into the square, the steps down to the store form an amphitheatre with the curtain of water providing a backdrop. The eight-metre high glass walls contain a water feature that was, according

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Amsterdam opens new metro line with seven stations by Benthem Crouwel Architects

Benthem Crouwel Architects has designed seven new metro stations for the new Noord/Zuidlijn line through Amsterdam, which opened this week. Amsterdammers and tourists alike can now traverse the six mile north-south route through the city in just 15 minutes, 22 years after the project began. Dutch architecture firm Benthem Crouwel Architects has designed seven stations

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Beijing house by Atelier About Architecture features a storey for a disabled dog

The layout, colour scheme, materials and furniture of this house in Beijing have been built to cater to the needs of the owner’s disabled dog. Atelier About Architecture created Dog House for a client whose pet suffers from a congenital joint disease. The house’s basement is largely the dog’s space. It has been designed with soft flooring to be gentle on

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Stephan Zirwes showcases swimming pools in abstract aerial photographs

Photographer Stephan Zirwes uses drones to shoot aerial views of public swimming pools, in a bid to make people appreciate the value of free swimming facilities. The Pools series features an assortment of different public pools, from standard lap pools to ones in unusual shapes. They are all photographed from directly overhead, and set against a custom-made backdrop

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Virtual Cities explores the urban landscapes of 40 video games

Game developer and writer Konstantinos Dimopoulos has crowdfunded an atlas exploring the design of cities in video games. Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities will be published by Unbound and feature hand-drawn illustrations by visual artist Maria Kallikaki. From the irradiated post-apocalypse landscape of Fallout’s New Vegas to the supernatural horror

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RIBA Stirling Prize 2018 shortlist announced

A Jewish cemetery, the new Tate St Ives, and Foster + Partners headquarters for Bloomberg are on the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize. The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the finalists competing for the annual prize, which recognises the building judged to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture each year.

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Gensler designs pair of triangular skyscrapers for Colombo waterfront

The Gensler-designed Sapphire Residences in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be connected by a sky bridge topped with a swimming pool, and have interiors by Philippe Starck. US architectural firm Gensler designed the skyscrapers for developer ITC Hotels. The shorter tower will be a 140-metre-tall hotel, while the taller one will reach 224 metres and will be

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Sam Coulton designs environmentally friendly cemetery that would slowly dye London blue

Bartlett School of Architecture student Sam Coulton has designed a concept for a sustainable alternative to cremation to help Londoners confront death. Called London Physic Gardens: A New London Necropolis, Coulton’s proposal, which he created on his MAarch course at the Bartlett, involves building a new city of the dead where Chelsea’s pleasure gardens once stood. Here,

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Tokyo’s new Hotel Okura will recreate iconic rooms from the original

A modernist hotel that featured in 1960s James Bond film You Only live Twice is being rebuilt to be more earthquake-proof, reopening in Tokyo next year. Despite a global campaign to save the the Hotel Okura Tokyo, it was demolished three years ago to make way for a bigger and more shock-proof design. It has now

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Dulwich Picture Gallery’s 2019 pavilion will celebrate multicultural London

Architecture practice Pricegore and artist Yinka Ilori’s competition-winning design for next year’s Dulwich Picture Gallery pavilion fuses African and European design. Called The Colour Palace, the pavilion’s colourful exterior draws on the patterned textiles of Dutch prints found in the markets of Lagos and mirrored in Peckham’s ‘Little Lagos’. Founded by Dingle Price and Alex

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Adamo-Faiden creates rural home Macchi House inside converted livestock buildings

A pair of buildings once used to house bulls in rural Argentina have been transformed into a countryside home by architecture studio Adamo-Faiden. Located in Lobos, 60 miles south of Buenos Aires, the old agricultural structures were abandoned after advances in livestock production rendered them surplus. Adamo-Faiden, a studio led by architects Sebastián Adamo and Marcelo Faiden, were asked to convert it into

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Baxendale’s Venice outdoor playground made permanent for length of biennale

A colourful interactive frame that Baxendale created as part of Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 has been saved from being dismantled. Originally due to be taken down at the end of June – as the Scottish budget didn’t cover renting the space at Palazzo Zenobio for the entire length of the biennale

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Superimpose turns Chinese revolutionary factory into exhibition centre

Superimpose has saved a historic factory in Changzhi, China, from demolition by renovating it into a exhibition centre for the city. The Hong-Kong-based architecture studio convinced the owner to turn the derelict industrial building into the Changzhi City Expo, which contains an exhibition space, government meeting centre, offices and an auditorium. The owner of the property, who

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Sheppard Robson designs barn-style extension for Edinburgh horse hospital

Four-legged patients should feel at home at Edinburgh’s new equine care unit, designed by Sheppard Robson as a modern take on traditional farm architecture. The London-based architecture firm built the £3.3 million extension for The Royal (Dick) Vet Equine Hospital on the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus. The new Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit houses

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Foster + Partners unveils Apple Store in Macau with translucent stone walls and bamboo

Tall shoots of bamboo rise through the central atrium of a new Apple Store completed by Foster + Partners in Macau, China. Set in a plaza surrounded by dense thickets of bamboo, the cuboidal Apple Centre Cotai glows from within, thanks to an innovative facade made from a composite of glass and stone. Five layers of of glass

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Penda unveils designs for Tel Aviv tower wrapped in modular arcades

Penda has designed a residential tower in Tel Aviv, with facades made of modular archways and terraces, which aims to complement the city’s legacy of Bauhaus architecture. Vienna and Beijing-based architecture studio Penda has revealed plans for the 116-metre-high Tel Aviv Arcades, which has alternating setbacks to provide residents with sunny garden terraces or secluded private balconies.

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WAF World Building of the Year 2018 shortlist announced

Heatherwick Studio’s grain silo art gallery, Zaha Hadid Architects’ Riyadh research centre and Kieran Timberlake’s US Embassy have all been shortlisted for awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival. World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual celebration of global architecture that sees practices around the world compete for the title of World Building of the Year.

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Purcell refurbishes Bristol’s brutalist Clifton Cathedral

Bristol’s Grade II*-listed Clifton Cathedral has undergone a £3 million renovation, carried out by British architecture firm Purcell. The brutalist style Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul was designed by Ron Weeks of the Percy Thomas Partnership, with input from the Vatican, and completed in 1973. A congregation of up to 1,000

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Glasgow School of Art sprinkler system delivered day before fire

Pumps for a sprinkler system in the Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art arrived the day before fire destroyed the historic building. The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) has confirmed that the large devices required to operate the planned water mist system had been delivered before a huge fire ripped through the building. However, it

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RIBA names top 20 British homes for the House of the Year 2018 longlist

A home in an old gin distillery, a house that cost only £100,000, and a property inspired by a frustrating piano piece are among the 20 buildings vying be named RIBA House of the Year 2018. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released a longlist of 20 projects for the annual award, which recognises a

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RIBA reveals best British architecture for 2018

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the 49 winners of its national awards, including the Tate St Ives, Bloomberg’s Foster + Partners-designed London HQ, and a housing development in old gasholders. Recognising the best buildings of the past 12 months, the RIBA National Awards 2018 includes major public and commercial projects from the

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Eight key projects by Christo and Jeanne Claude

We round up eight of Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude’s most arresting temporary art interventions from the past 50 years, as their first major UK sculpture is unveiled. The art duo are famous for their large scale pieces that involve wrapping landmark buildings and landscapes in huge amounts of fabric, or creating temporary structures from

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Serpentine cafe by Mizzi Studio will sit beneath undulating metallic canopy

Mizzi Studio has designed a glazed pavilion with a swooping brass-coated roof for a cafe opposite the Serpentine Gallery in London. Artisan coffee brand Collici commissioned the London-based architectural design studio to create the cafe, as well as nine other free-standing coffee kiosks that will be dotted around Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

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David Chipperfield Architects completes office with “hanging gardens” in Seoul

Korean beauty giant Amorepacific’s cube-shaped headquarters, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, is punctuated with voids filled with trees and pools. Arranged around a central courtyard, three of the building’s facades have large voids that open the building to the surrounding city, and serve as platforms for what the architects describe as “hanging gardens”. The 30-storey building

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Mark Wallinger and Studio Octopi unveil labyrinth and reflective pool at Runnymede

A labyrinth and reflective pool, called Writ in Water, has opened on the site near where the Magna Carta was signed, in Runnymede, England. Set in a meadow near the River Thames, the building has been designed by artist Mark Wallinger and architects Studio Octopi. Visitors enter through a doorway and can turn either left or right to walk around a labyrinth

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Berlin housing scheme designed with zig-zag facade

David Kohn Architects and Nord Studio have won a competition to design a residential block in Berlin with a zig-zag profiled facade. London-based David Kohn Architects and Berlin-based Nord Studio collaborated on a design for Lützowufer Berlin, which draws inspiration from the links between German and British architectural culture. The 75-home apartment block, for developer Euroboden, will

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Kenzo Tange’s lost house is showpiece of Japan in Architecture exhibition at Mori Art Museum

A scale model of architect Kenzo Tange’s now-demolished house and a full-size replica of a 16th century tea house feature in a blockbuster exhibition of Japanese architecture at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of its Transformation contains 400 exhibits, showcasing 100 different projects by architects including Yoshio Taniguchi, Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma and Kazuyo Sejima.

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils Morpheus hotel in Macau

Three holes punctuate the twisting geometric facade of the Morpheus hotel in Macau, China, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which opens today, 15 June 2018. According to ZHA the building is the “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton”, with its structural geometric grid negating the need for internal walls, or columns, that would clutter the hotel’s interior. “Morpheus combines

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DSDHA reveals renovation of the Smithsons-designed Economist Plaza

The brutalist complex designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, which was the offices of The Economist Magazine, has been refurbished by DSDHA. The London-based studio has completed the first stage of renovations at the Grade II*-listed Economist Plaza , adding a cafe on the ground floor and refurbishing six-storeys of the complex’s tallest tower. The Smithsons completed

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Alec Tzannes wins 2018 Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal

Sydney-based architect Alec Tzannes has won the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, the country’s most prestigious award for architecture. Awarded since 1960, the prize recognises architects who have, according to the institute, “designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture or endowed the

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Brutalist Preston Bus Station refurbished by John Puttick Associates

John Puttick Associates has completed the renovation of the Grade II-listed Brutalist bus station in Preston, in the north of England. The architects have restored the interiors and updated the layout of the bus station, which was at one time scheduled for demolition. John Puttick Associates was only founded the year before it won the RIBA-organised open

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Boris Johnson backs £15 billion post-Brexit bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has given his support to another bridge project, this time spanning 14 miles of the Irish Sea. According to a report in the Telegraph, Johnson is “seriously” considering a bridge to link Scotland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, at an estimated cost of £15 billion. The idea garnered initially garnered media

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Scrapping plans for car-free Oxford Street is a “betrayal of Londoners” says city mayor

London mayor Sadiq Khan has denounced Westminster Council for blocking a proposal to pedestrianise Oxford Street. The local council has ruled out the possibility of transforming the major shopping thoroughfare into a traffic-free zone, citing a lack of community support. Khan, who pledged to deliver the project when he ran for office, has branded the decision as “a

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot win competition to design Adelaide Contemporary

The competition to design a major new art gallery in Adelaide, Australia, has been won by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot. The winning design by New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Australian firm Woods Bagot, which was founded in Adelaide, includes “sky galleries”, a “performance lab”, and a “super lobby”. Renders show a series

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Sharjah Architecture Triennial will seek to overturn “orientalist cliches”

A new architecture triennial launching in the United Arab Emirates next year will challenge “pernicious” western views of Asian, African and Middle Eastern architecture, according to curator Adrian Lahoud. The Sharjah Architecture Triennial, debuting in the Emirati city in November 2019, aims to tackle stereotypes about the region and its architecture. “There’s going to be

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Cruising Pavilion aims to show how sex “is always latent or silenced” in architecture

The practice of “cruising” is changing the way that buildings are designed, according to the curators of a Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition that brings together sex and architecture. Featuring a flatpack maze containing a glory hole, and artefacts from famously secretive Berlin nightclub Berghain, the Cruising Pavilion explores the subversive architecture of, and architectures subverted by, casual

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Dutch Pavilion invites you to explore a Narnia-like locker room

Orange lockers open to reveal secret rooms, windows, videos and images inside The Netherlands’ Venice Biennale Pavilion, in an exhibition that explores the future of physical labour. Called Work, Body, Leisure, the exhibition in the Dutch Pavilion appears to comprise a single room lined on all sides by lockers. But as visitors pull open the

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Caruso St John builds rooftop “island” above British Pavilion to make statement about Brexit

Architecture firm Caruso St John and artist Marcus Taylor have installed a huge platform atop the UK’s Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion, to create a ” place of both refuge and exile”. The curators chose to build scaffolding all around an empty British Pavilion, to support the wooden “island” perched on top. The claim the project, called Island,

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Twelve Architects unveils Rostov-on-Don airport in time for World Cup in Russia

Platov airport in Rostov-on-Don, designed by Twelve Architects, has completed ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when the city will be hosting games. The London-based architects designed the terminal, which will see five million passengers travel through it each year, for the Renova Group, Russia’s largest airport holding company. Twelve Architects masterplanned the entire site, which

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Rolling wildflower roof covers Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Scottish distillery

Undulations in the green roof of the Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hint at the bulbous whiskey stills situated below. Cut into the hills of Speyside, the new distillery sits on the Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the single malt whiskey since 1824. Costing £140 million, the

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Remote Airbnb hut offers holidaymakers vistas over the Kimo Valley

Anthony Hunt Design and Luke Stanley Architects have designed a tent-shaped rental hut for the summit of a hill in rural New South Wales, Australia. The Geelong-based studio and the Ballarat-based studio collaborated on of the A-frame structure, which was designed to be assembled in situ by a two-person team. Kimo Hut is the latest addition to

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Super-skinny triangular tower proposed as Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper

DeciBel Architecture has revealed its design for what could become Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper, a skinny 330-metre-high tower rising from a triangular plot. Proposed for an angled plot just half the size of a tennis court, the Magic tower would be the tallest building in the city, outstripping the 297.3-metre Eureka tower. The design has been submitted

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OMA and Morphosis unveil competing designs for island of unicorn startups in Chengdu

OMA and Morphosis have unveiled their visions for Unicorn Island, a new technology hub proposed for Chinese city Chengdu, which are competing against two other yet-to-be-revealed designs. Four architects were named as winners in the Unicorn Island competition: OMA, Morphosis, Foster + Partners, and Arata Isozaki & Associates and Jun Aoki & Associates. But it is unclear

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Pritzker Prize-winners’ best buildings transformed into animated toy blocks

My First Pritzker is an animation by Andrea Stinga that reimagines the works of architecture’s Pritzker Prize-winners as children’s building blocks. Barcelona-based architect and motion designer Stinga chose one building from each the 40 winners of the prize to animate as children’s toys in a satisfying video that romps through 39 years of architectural history.

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UK government will foot £400 million bill to replace Grenfell-style cladding

UK prime minister Theresa May has pledged £400 million to remove and replace dangerous cladding on social housing blocks, one year after the Grenfell Tower fire. May made the pledge during prime minister’s question time when quizzed by Conservative MP Bob Blackman on how the government planned to make towers across the UK safe following the

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Work begins on world’s second-tallest skyscraper in Shenzhen

Construction is underway on the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre, a 668-metre-high megatall skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. The skyscraper is set to rise above China’s current tallest building – the 632-metre-high Shanghai Tower – which is also currently the world’s second tallest building behind SOM’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Details of the design are sparse and the architect

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Foster + Partners to masterplan new sustainable city in India

Foster + Partners is masterplanning the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh in India, which will centre on a governmental building with a needle-like roof. Set on the banks of River Krishna, the new city of Amaravati will cover 217 square kilometres and is set to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world, according

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One quarter of UK architects experience racism at work, survey reveals

A race survey conducted by The Architects’ Journal shows that 24 per cent of black and minority-ethnic architects have been victims of racism in UK workplaces. The AJ’s first race survey investigates attitudes to race in architecture and was conducted in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Lawrence, an aspiring architect, was murdered in a racially motivated attack

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Adjaye, Ingels and Chipperfield reveal shortlisted designs for Adelaide Contemporary gallery

David Adjaye, Bjarke Ingels and David Chipperfield are among the big-name architects vying to design new art museum in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide Contemporary is set to become a landmark cultural destination for the Australian city, combining exhibition galleries, research facilities and education spaces with a public sculpture park. There are six teams shortlisted to design it, with

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Donald Insall Associates restores Victorian glasshouse at London’s Kew Gardens

The Temperate House conservatory at Kew Gardens in Richmond upon Thames, London has reopened to the public following a five year restoration by Donald Insall Associates. The London-based firm, which specialises in consulting on historic buildings, was appointed as conservation architects by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2012. A masterpiece of 19th-century design, the Grade

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Shipping container village by Julius Taminiau offers space for startups in Amsterdam

Dutch architect Julius Taminiau has created a temporary startup hub using shipping containers in an Amsterdam science park. Taminiau was with Carl Turner Architects during the design and build process for the practice’s south London container park, Pop Brixton, which turned an disused plot into a base for events and independent business. Back in his native Netherlands and having founded Julius Taminiau Architects,

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XTU Architects proposes algae-covered towers for Hangzhou

French studio XTU Architects has developed a concept for four twisting glass towers in Hangzhou, China, featuring facades covered in panels impregnated with micro-algae. The studio’s design for French Dream Towers includes its patent-pending “bio facade” technology. The concept involves introducing a layer of algae to provide natural insulation, as well as offsetting the building’s environmental

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Monet and Architecture exhibition curator picks five must-see paintings

An exhibition at London’s National Gallery brings together 78 paintings by French impressionist artist Claude Monet that explore works of architecture. Curator Rosalind McKever selects her highlights. While Monet is most famous for his depictions of the natural world, particularly his Water Lily series, The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture turns its attention to the artist’s

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Nomad pavilion designed to double as shelter and water-collecting tower for Jordanian desert

A concept for a pointed pavilion made from Corten steel pipes and woven goat hair could provide oasis-like respite in the deserts of Jordan. Architects Dina Haddadin and Rasem Kamal have designed a hybrid shelter and water tower that could provide drinking water, as well as shade in the summer and warmth in the winter. The concept

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Facebook to move into Jean Nouvel’s Barcelona skyscraper

Facebook has reportedly rented eight floors of office space inside the Jean Nouvel-designed Torre Glòries skyscraper in Barcelona, Spain. Competence Call Centre (CCC), a company hired by Facebook to combat the spread of fake news, hate speech and violent content on the social media platform, has acquired 9,000 square metres of office space in the building, according

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OMA stacks green glass boxes to create architecture centre on Copenhagen waterfront

An architecture centre, co-working space and apartments are housed within a development of stacked glazed blocks by OMA, which creates a “knot” around a busy intersection in Copenhagen. Blox incorporates the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), offices for creatives and build-to-rent apartments. Dutch architecture firm OMA was commissioned to design the development by the Danish philanthropic organisation Realdania back in 2006.

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Mexican research facility El Humedal designed by TAAR to be completely self-sustaining

An environmental research centre in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, designed by Taller de Arquitectura de Alto Rendimiento, produces all of the resources it needs onsite. Mexico City-based Taller de Arquitectura de Alto Rendimiento (TAAR) built El Humedal, or The Wetlands, from a mixture of natural and recycled materials according to the principles of zero waste and

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Snøhetta to design Norwegian planetarium surrounded by a constellation of cabins

The golden cupola of Snøhetta’s planetarium will be orbited by seven “interstellar cabins” as part of Norway’s largest astronomical facility. Architecture studio Snøhetta has unveiled designs for the Solobservatoriet, which is to be built on the site of a current observatory. The Tycho Brahe Instituttet, named after the 16th century Danish scientist who founded modern

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Interlocking indoor and outdoor levels bring Japanese house close to nature

For this lakeside house in Japan, Tokyo-based studio Sugawaradaisuke used five interlocking levels to create multiple viewing platforms both inside and outside the property. Rather than a traditional two-storey structure, the architecture practice designed a multi-level layout for the cottage, that gives the occupants multiple perspectives of the surrounding forest. The house, called called Nojiri-ko Nature Platforms, sits

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Frank Gehry’s plans for Berlin’s tallest skyscraper put on hold

Plans for a 150-metre-tall skyscraper in Berlin designed by Frank Gehry have been put on hold due to safety issues with subway stations below the site. Gehry Partners won a competition in 2014 to design the Hines-Hochhaus tower for international real-estate firm Hines. It was expected to become the tallest building in the German city. But

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Charles Holland installs parrot-like pavilion in National Trust garden

Polly is a brightly-coloured pavilion designed by Charles Holland Architects, which has taken up residence in the grounds of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in North Yorkshire. The pavilion is one of four temporary art installations that can be found in the water gardens of the National Trust property, as part of the Folly! 2018 programme of outdoor

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Paris stadium to be covered with greenery in bid to become Olympic venue

SCAU is set to cover the Clamart stadium in Paris with verdant foliage, as part of a renovation that will be completed in time for the Olympic Games in 2024. The French architecture practice has won the competition to overhaul the stadium in Clamart, which backs onto the Meudon Forest in the Parisian suburbs, in a bid to

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Twelve Architects to turn the ruins of Bodmin Jail into a hotel

An abandoned and bat-infested 18th century prison in Cornwall, England, is being turned into a hotel and tourist attraction by Twelve Architects. The London-based studio was commissioned by Interstate Europe Hotels to transform Bodmin Jail into destination accommodation, and to re-home the bats that have been roosting in its ruined walls in a bespoke bat-house.

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Hotel of concrete pods proposed by WSP for remote locations

Engineers from WSP are working with architects at Innovation Imperative to create a carbon neutral modular hotel made from groups of concrete pods.  Created by engineering firm WSP’s new in-house design studio and David Ajasa-Adekunle’s architecture practice, the project called Tetra Hotel is currently at proof-of-concept stage. Each of the futuristic faceted pods, which appear to teeter

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Architects reveal ideas for £15 million refurbishment of Grenfell Tower estate

Architects including Adjaye Associates have presented ideas for the refurbishment of the Lancaster West Estate in London, site of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Cullinan Studio, Maccreanor Lavington, Murray John Architects, Levitt Bernstein and Penoyre & Prasad also contributed concepts to the report produced by Lancaster West Residents Association, exploring the future of the estate. The

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Lazzarini Design wants to build a city of floating pyramids

Architect Pierpaolo Lazzarini is trying to crowdfund the creation of a self-sufficient floating city-hotel of modular pyramids. Waya is a conceptual project from Lazzarini Design that is currently crowdfunding its first prototypes by offering investors citizenship of Wayaland – the name for the conglomeration of buoyant platforms. “The project was inspired by Mayan architecture, with

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes twisted Generali Tower in Milan

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a twisted tower that soars 170 metres above Milan, making it the third tallest building in the city. The international architecture firm’s recently completed Generali Tower is one of three skyscrapers being built at the CityLife development on the previous site of Milan’s trade fair grounds. Nicknamed Lo Storto, or, The Twisted One, Zaha Hadid Architects’

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Dorte Mandrup designs third Wadden Sea centre for the Netherlands

Rooftop seal pools and a sloping plinth that meets the tide will feature in Dorte Mandrup’s visitor centre for the UNESCO-protected Wadden Sea in the Netherlands. The Danish architecture studio founded by Dorte Mandrup, one of the judges in the inaugural Dezeen Awards, has already won the commission to design the other two centres in the

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