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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Buddhanimit Temple extension contains dormitory for novice monks

A team of local architects has added new amenities to a temple school in rural Thailand, using affordable materials and parts of an existing building to keep project costs down. Architects Skarn Chaiyawat, Rina Shindo and Witee Wisuthumporn designed a dormitory for the school at Buddhanimit Temple, which is located near the city of Udon

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JRKVC Designs A Contemporary Yurt Beside A Slovakian Lake

Drawing inspiration from the traditional yurts of Central Asia, Slovakian architecture studio JRKVC has designed ‘Attila’, a holiday home that sits nestled in a field thick with poppies beside a lake in Vojka nad Dunjom.
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Shortlist unveiled for AHEAD MEA 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: A grain store-turned-hotel and an open-air lodge located on a wildlife reserve are among the projects to be shortlisted in this year’s AHEAD MEA awards. The AHEAD MEA awards celebrate hotels and hospitality projects from across the Middle East and Africa that were launched between January 2017 and February 2018. Entries have been

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Henning Larsen builds town hall that bridges a river on the Faroe Islands

The Eysturkommuna Town Hall, designed by Scandinavian firm Henning Larsen, bridges across a river to physically and symbolically connect two formerly separate municipalities on the Faroe Islands. Designed to serve the municipality of Eystur, the town hall is located in the small town of Nordragota on the eastern coast of the Faroe Islands – a self governing archipelago in the North

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Sleep Beneath The Stars In Ark Shelter’s Off-Grid Cabin

Ghent-based architecture studio Ark Shelter has just released their latest prefabricated construction: ‘Into The Wild’ is a minimalist dark wood cabin that open to the outdoors and allows you to watch the stars from your bed.
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Studio KO’s Moroccan Villa Overlooks The Snowy Atlas Mountains

Situated just a half-hour drive from Marrakech outside a small town called Tagadert is ‘Villa K’, a five-bedroom retreat designed by French firm Studio KO that sits softly on the land.
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EMA Designs A Home Around A Tree In Mexico

In Sierra de Mazamitla, a small town south of Guadalajara in Mexico, it is said that the air smells like permanently like pine because of the densely forested surrounds. Here, local firm EMA has designed a building that fits with local vernacular archi…

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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Herzog & de Meuron to overhaul Harvard GSD’s Gund Hall

Architecture firms Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle have been enlisted to renovate and expand the main building at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, in order to support “groundbreaking collaborations” between its programmes. The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) revealed today, 26 July 2018, that Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron

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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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Arata Isozaki Designs Transcendent Space Between Heaven And Earth

Amongst the cactuses, rocks and ruddy earth of the Mojave Desert stand three sculptural concrete pavilions designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki for his friend, LA art collector Jerry Sohn.
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Cube-shaped skylights illuminate Deloia Residence by Salmela Architect

US firm Salmela Architect has completed its second commission for a family in Duluth, Minnesota: a single-storey residence overlooking Lake Superior that is dotted with geometric skylights. The studio, also based in Duluth, was tapped by clients for whom they had previously designed a rural residence. “Deciding to move into the city of Duluth, our

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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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Dezeen Awards: architecture longlist announced

A theatre for flying monks, a pink and green striped house and tower complex built around a “plant-covered mountain” are among 218 architecture projects that made the longlist for the first Dezeen Awards. We attracted over 3,500 submissions from 91 different countries for the inaugural edition of our new awards programme, which celebrates the world’s best new architecture, interiors and

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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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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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Juergen Teller’s Award-Winning London Studio

Prominent German photographer Juergen Teller’s workspace is a multifaceted concrete photography studio, designed by 6a Architects and located in West London, England.
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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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Benni Allan gives his old school a facelift for just £1,000

Architect Benni Allan has used colourfully painted panels to create an all-new facade for his former school in Alicante, Spain, on a very meagre budget. The London-based Estudio B founder sourced corrugated bitumen panels and painted them in varying shades of red and pink, to create a new exterior for the 30-year-old prefabricated building where the

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Smiljan Radić works on fire station and playground for Chilean civic hub

Architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Danilo Lazcano teamed up on this community hub in San Pedro de La Paz, Chile, featuring a bright red fire station, raised black walkway and a playground. Radić, Castillo and Lazcano won a contest to design the 15,050-square-metre masterplan for the Boca Sur neighbourhood. The competition titled I Love my Suburb called for a

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Vibrant street furniture creates sociable square in south London

Central Saint Martins graduates Fiona Hartley and Ellie Fox Johnson have introduced blocky, brightly-hued outdoor furnishings to a public square in Croydon to foster interaction among locals. The project titled College Square, was developed by Hartley and Johnson while completing the final year of their architecture degrees at Central Saint Martins (CSM), during their Spatial Practices

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Arcop arranges Afghan hospital around public and private courtyards

This hospital nestled in a valley in Afghanistan’s central highlands features a sequence of courtyards intended to “foster healing and well-being” that become increasingly more private within the complex. Bamyan Provincial Hospital is part of an urban masterplan for the town of Bamyan, which is situated in an area called Village Mullah Ghulam on the

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Foster + Partners plans new Federation Square Apple Store to replace “Pizza Hut pagoda” design

Foster + Partners has completely overhauled its plans for an Apple Store in Melbourne’s Federation Square, but critics claim it has “simply swapped a Pizza Hut pagoda for an oversized iPad”. The London-based firm has developed a more streamlined form for the shop, which Apple wants to build on the south side of the publicly owned city plaza.

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Plans for “pioneering” Portland wooden high-rise put on hold

Construction of a timber-framed high-rise building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District, which would have become one of the USA’s tallest wooden structures, has been postponed indefinitely. Local firm Lever Architecture designed the 130-foot (40-metre) mixed-used Framework tower to be one of the country’s first high-rises to adopt a wooden construction, employing a mix of two types of engineered wood: cross-laminated

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Balenciaga Flagship Store By Gonzalez Haase AAS

Balenciaga’s flagship boutique on the upscale Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, France, has been given a sharp, industrial redesign by Berlin-based architects Gonzalez Haase AAS.
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Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus to build Sydney’s tallest residential tower

Düsseldorf-based Ingenhoven Architects and Australian practice Architectus have won a competition to design a 79-storey skyscraper for Sydney, set to become the city’s tallest residential building. The architects won the invited competition to design the tower at 505-523 George Street, in downtown Sydney, from a shortlist that included SOM, Wilkinson Eyre, Foster + Partners, FJMT and Bates Smart.

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SAOTA turns Spanish-style house into Stradella villa in Bel Air

South African firm SAOTA has completed its first project in Los Angeles, which involved converting a 1970s Spanish-style residence into a more minimal dwelling. The Stradella house is situated on a promontory in Bel Air, an affluent LA neighbourhood in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Wrapped in stone, stucco and glass, the residence

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AWE Office creates apartments with angular stone-clad facade in Iran

This residential building containing two apartments, in the Iranian city of Yazd, has an angular form influenced by vernacular cottages. Amir Shahrad of Tehran-based AWE Office oversaw the design of the Yazd Urban Villa, which is located in the city’s densely populated Koocheh Biuk neighbourhood. Koocheh Biuk is a relatively poor area that lacks a

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Cody Seipp imagines Detroit as Amazon’s “hyper-designed” headquarters

Detroit is taken over by Amazon in architecture student Cody Seipp’s conceptual project, which envisions the US city in 2051 following a major redevelopment orchestrated by the retail giant. Created by Seipp as his final project at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Expo ’51 Detroit imagines the US city 33 years after it was acquired

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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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Bennetts and AHMM design Facebook’s new London headquarters

Bennetts Associates and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris are both designing buildings in London’s King’s Cross to house the offices of tech giant Facebook. The new Facebook headquarters will be spread across three buildings: 11 and 21 Canal Reach designed by Bennetts Associates, and P2 on Lewis Cubitt Square by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM). Combined the three offices will have

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Oskar Zieta inflates steel to create Daliowa island pavilion in Poland

Polish designer Oskar Zieta has created a public sculpture in Wrocław using an inflated steel technique he plans to use for larger works of architecture. The Nawa pavilion is installed on Daliowa, one of many small islands in the Oder River where it runs through Wrocław. The reflective, undulating structure — composed of 35 metal

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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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Joseph Mercer suggests creating more “feral” London green belt

Royal College of Art graduate Joseph Mercer has proposed building Netherlands-style greenhouses on London’s green belt to intensity food production and allow farmland to be returned to a wilder natural state. Mercer envisions building a series of greenhouses on the Metropolitan Green Belt, a band of countryside that runs around London to control urban growth. As

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Fijal House by Mole Architects borrows details from Ely cathedral

The sawtooth brick facades and steeply pitched roof of this house designed by Mole Architects in Ely, Cambridgeshire, are derived from architectural features found at the city’s famous cathedral. The Cambridge-based studio was tasked with developing a two-storey family house on a plot in Ely’s central conservation area. Fijal House replaces a garage on a site

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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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Dive into the best pools from around the world via our Pinterest board

Inspired by the summer heat, we’ve updated our Pinterest board dedicated to swimming pools, including a Mexican residence with a secluded pool and Stephan Zirwes’ aerial views of public pools. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›
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Lisbon’s concrete cruise terminal is topped with rooftop viewing platform

Passengers arriving at the João Luís Carrilho da Graça-designed cruise terminal in Lisbon can use a series of ramps to reach a rooftop viewing platform that offers a panorama of the Tagus river. João Luís Carrilho da Graça won an international competition in 2010 to oversee the project for a terminal building in the Portuguese

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Two brothers share La Fraternelle retreat by Atelier Pierre Thibault

The brothers that commissioned Quebec City-based Atelier Pierre Thibault to create them a shared weekend house each have a separate black block to accommodate their family. Completed last year, La Fraternelle – or The Brotherly – is located in Charlevoix, a popular ski destination outside Quebec City. The clients tasked Atelier Pierre Thibault with completing

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Red concrete meditation space sits under pyramidal roof in rural India

This simple concrete temple in a village near the Indian city of Pune is topped with a pyramidal roof and incorporates a channel that allows ceremonial holy water to flow out into its lush surroundings. Designed by locally based Karan Darda Architects, the temple is located within an orchard of chikoo trees in a traditional farming region

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Carlo Ratti and Sidewalk Labs collaborate to build reconfigurable Dynamic Street

Italian architect Carlo Ratti and Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs have worked together on a modular paving system that can change the use of a street throughout the day. Dynamic Street is a prototype paver developed by Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) alongside Sidewalk Labs — the urbanism-focused subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet. The system of

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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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Sculpting Light In Álvaro Siza’s Off-Grid Chapel

In Barão de São João Portugal, Álvaro Siza Viera has designed a place of worship and warmth—the minimal, off-grid hillside chapel ‘Capela do Monte’.
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Shipping container converted into porters’ lodge for Cambridge University college

Cambridge University college Hughes Hall has a new reception building – a converted shipping container designed by local studio Neubau. Neubau designed the structure to function as a porters’ lodge for Hughes Hall, providing a reception for visitors, an office for porters and pigeonholes for students. Before now, it was the only college at the English

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Latest MINI Living Urban Cabin references “dynamic construction of Los Angeles”

Oke Hauser and Corinna Natter of MINI Living and architect David Freeland explain how the micro home they built on a Los Angeles rooftop responds to the city in our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie. MINI Living collaborated with local architecture firm FreelandBuck to create the tiny home, which was installed on the roof

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Aztec Influence Abounds In Casa Zicatela

In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, beside Puerto Escondido’s famed pipeline, you’ll find the architect Ludwig Godefroy’s board-marked concrete masterpiece: ‘Casa Zicatela’.
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Bloco Arquitetos gives “abstract character” to Cora House in Brasília

A stark white palette is used both outside and in this Brazilian home, designed by local firm Bloco Arquitetos as a series of angular volumes on a steep site. Cora House is situated on a sloping property in Brasília, and the incline of the land played a pivotal role in the massing of the building.

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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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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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Word Of Mouth House Designs A Verdant Villa In The Balinese Jungle

East of the Balinese capital Denpasar is a village called Buwit, here, amidst dense rainforest overlooking a river stands Word of Mouth House’s ‘Chameleon Villa’. A multi-level home where the jungle has been allowed to take over in the most artful way….

OJT creates compact “starter home” for skinny site in New Orleans

Architecture firm Office of Jonathan Tate has designed a tall, narrow dwelling in Louisiana that offers a new approach towards entry-level homes in America. The project – Starter Home No 1, 3106 St Thomas – is located in New Orleans’ Irish Channel neighbourhood, which runs alongside the Mississippi River. It is the first completed dwelling in a

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David Chipperfield Architects completes pink visitor centre and chapel at Inagawa Cemetery

A pink pigmented concrete building designed by David Chipperfield’s studio for a cemetery in the Japanese town of Inagawa has been captured in photographs by Edmund Sumner. Inagawa Cemetery is situated on a hillside in the Hokusetsu Mountain Range of the Hyogo prefecture, around 25 miles north of Osaka. David Chipperfield Architects developed the visitor and

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Michael Jantzen’s imaginary Chapel For New Mexico is open to all religions

US artist and designer Michael Jantzen has envisioned a non-denominational chapel in New Mexico, featuring a series of gabled frames that stretch up to the sky to represent its “openness to all”. The conceptual Chapel For New Mexico is imagined for a location near the US state’s capital city Sante Fe, which the designer describes

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Casa L4 Features A Rooftop Pool With Ocean Views

In Costa Esmerelda, a holiday area overlooking the South Atlantic Ocean in Argentina, architect Luciano Kruk and his partner Ekaterina Künzel designed ‘Casa L4’—a concrete home set amongst a grove of maritime pines.
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Cutler Anderson designs Studio/Bunkhouse for dad’s work and daughter’s sleepovers

A principal at US firm Cutler Anderson Architects has created a small outbuilding at his residence overlooking the Puget Sound, which serves as both his studio and a place for his daughter to bring friends. Architect James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects created the Studio/Bunkhouse for his home on an island near Seattle. The goal

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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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Ares Partners converts former granary into hotel in rural China

Chinese architecture office Ares Partners has completed a hotel nestled among the mountains of Ninghai County, China, in a collection of refurbished stone warehouses. The studio headed by architect Helen Wang designed the Huchen Barn Resort for the site of a former granary in the Huchen township, which lies between Tiantai Mountain and Siming Mountain

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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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Watch Grafton Architects speak live at the Royal Academy annual architecture lecture 2018

Grafton Architects founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara explain their theme for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 in the Royal Academy of Arts’ annual architecture lecture, which we are streaming live. The stream is now live. You can watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Farrell and McNamara chose Freespace as the theme for this year’s Venice Biennale, which

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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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The Concrete Monoliths Of Yugoslavia Explored In MoMA’s Latest Exhibition

In the first exhibition of its kind in America, ‘Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980’ explores the push and pull of capitalist West and socialist East through the prism of architecture in the former republic.
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Craig Steely positions Pam and Paul’s House on hillside in Silicon Valley

US studio Craig Steely Architecture has created a two-level home for a sloped site in northern California, with vast stretches of glass that overlook the treetops. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the residence – called Pam and Paul’s House – is located in Cupertino – the city where Apple has its vast headquarters.

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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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Dezeen and MINI Living launch £10,000 contest to design a home for 100 years in the future

How will we live in cities in 100 years’ time? To find out, Dezeen has teamed up with MINI Living to invite readers to design an urban home of the future, with £10,000 to be won. The Future Urban Home Competition is an extension of the ongoing Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative, a collaboration between Dezeen

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Atelier Ordinaire’s house in Beaune is made almost entirely from wood

French architecture studio Atelier Ordinaire has completed a prefabricated house in the Bourgogne region featuring an interior lined with knotted timber boards to complement the surrounding nature. The Strasbourg-based studio founded by architect Thomas Walter in 2014 has completed a series of energy-efficient prefabricated houses that are constructed almost entirely from timber. The property in

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White Arkitekter to create psychiatric clinic in Greenland

Scandinavian architecture firm White Arkitekter has unveiled plans to build a pale yellow psychiatric clinic in Nuuk, Greenland, which will frame views of the surrounding arctic landscape. The construction of the clinic was proposed by the leading committee of Greenland’s health care department, who approached White Arkitekter to create a space that “strikes the perfect

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