Basalt Architects completes hotel at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon resort

Guests at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland can look out onto the turquoise water of the famous lagoon from hotel suites nestled into the lava formations. The Blue Lagoon is situated within the UNESCO Global Geopark and comprises a series of pools containing geothermal seawater rich in minerals like silica and sulphur that are

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Wooden “treasure chest” wraps Tel Aviv’s new museum of natural history

A bulging, elevated timber structure wraps the exhibition spaces of the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, completed by Israeli studio Kimmel Eshkolot Architects. Open since last week, the new museum becomes Israel’s national centre for biodiversity studies. It contains a publicly accessible home for the natural history collections of Tel Aviv University, as well as research laboratories

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Neumann Monson turns Iowa farmhouse from “dog’s dinner” into liveable home

Neumann Monson Architects has restored a 1850s farmhouse in Iowa, stripping away a series of poorly coordinated additions before updating it for the owners’ “modern” lifestyle. Located outside Iowa City, the Foster Road Retreat is a single-bedroom residence that overlooks the Iowa River. The original building dates back over 150 years, but had been updated

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Studio Libeskind’s Museum of Zhang ZhiDong references Wuhan’s industrial past

Daniel Libeskind’s studio has completed its first project in China – a museum in Wuhan featuring an arcing steel-clad volume elevated above a new public plaza. Libeskind’s New York-based studio designed the museum in collaboration with the City of Wuhan and China’s largest property developer Vanke, which the architect created a dragon-inspired pavilion for at the

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Colourful water-tank pavilion built by Studio Weave beside River Thames

A garden within a water tank is raised up on colourful geometric columns to form this pavilion, built by Studio Weave alongside the new US embassy in Nine Elms, London. London-based Studio Weave designed the Thames Walk Pavilion to sit beside the River Thames. Set on a small square, the pavilion provides seating and shelter for those using the

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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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Skyscraper movie director wanted “a tower based on real possibilities” says Adrian Smith

This summer’s blockbuster movie Skyscraper centres around a fictional megatall tower that is intended to be as realistic as possible, according to architect Adrian Smith, who was consulted during its development. Drama in the action-adventure film – released in the US tomorrow, 13 July 2018 – revolves around an imaginary 240-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong,

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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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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill reveals skyscraper for 160 Front Street in Toronto

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled plans for a glass office tower in Downtown Toronto, the latest in a string of skyscrapers proposed for the city. 160 Front Street will rise 46 storeys close to the Entertainment District and the iconic CN Tower. The area is already dense with skyscrapers, but several more

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Miró Rivera Architects designs Hill Country House as sustainable prototype in rural Texas

Texas firm Miró Rivera Architects has built a partially off-grid house with a jagged roofline, as a prototype for a sustainable community in the countryside. Miro Rivera Architects designed the Hill Country House for a very rural setting. It is independent of the municipal water supply, and provides its own heating and cooling via a geothermal

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Foster + Partners unveils plans for Madrid office with diamond-shaped facade

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans to turn a 1970s building in Madrid, Spain, into offices, which will feature a diamond-patterned exterior and a rooftop terrace. The four-storey building, which will be named Axis Madrid, is situated at one of the city’s key intersections, perched between the main north-south artery, Paseo de la Castellana, and Génova

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Christian de Portzamparc wins 2018 Praemium Imperiale for architecture

French architect Christian de Portzamparc has been awarded the 2018 Praemium Imperiale award for architecture by the Japan Art Association. De Portzamparc is one of five winners of the prestigious art award, which is awarded annually in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film. This is the 30th year that the architecture prize has been awarded, with previous

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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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“Climate Gentrification theory illustrates the ethical problems facing architects”

Architects must consider not just the environmental, but the social and economic repercussions of building in places at risk from climate change, urges Jesse M Keenan, co-author of a recent study into Climate Gentrification. Every designer knows what a sh%tshow is. It is that project that takes on a life of its own. You aren’t

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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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Michael Maltzan’s Crest Apartments provide housing for southern California’s homeless

American studio Michael Maltzan Architecture has completed a bright white residential complex in the Los Angeles area, which contains over 60 studio apartments and various support services for its formerly homeless tenants. Crest Apartments was built on a slender, rectangular parcel in Van Nuys – a suburban district northwest of Downtown LA. Totalling 45,000 square

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Glasgow School of Art “will be rebuilt” says school’s director

The Mackintosh Building will be rebuilt as a fully working art school says Tom Inns, director of the Glasgow School of Art. The announcement from the Glasgow School of Art ends weeks of speculation over what will happen to the historic building, which was devastated by a fire last month. “The Mackintosh Building will be rebuilt and

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Schemata Architects contrasts original features with modern interventions for Japanese office

Schemata Architects, headed by Jo Nagasaka, has converted a traditional house in Kamakura, Japan, into an office featuring modern fitted furniture. The building is located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood in a city just south of Tokyo, surrounded by lush gardens. Nagasaka and his colleagues at Schemata Architects set about transforming the 80-year-old house into a residence

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MAPA assembles “simple and austere” Sacromonte Chapel in Uruguay over one day

Architecture studio MAPA has designed this simple prefabricated wooden chapel for a vineyard in Maldonado, Uruguay, puncturing a black box through one of its slanted walls to provide a shrine for the patron saint of winemakers. The prefabricated open-air chapel is located in the 101-hectare Sacromonte vineyard, which forms part of The Sacromonte Landscape Hotel in Pueblo Edén. Brazilian and Uruguayan studio

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Casa La Quinta: A Home In Mexico Designed Around Voids

In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City-based architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojos have designed ‘Casa La Quinta’, a home where swimming is a main attraction.
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Foster + Partners works with RIBA to launch UK’s first architecture apprenticeships

Architecture apprenticeships will be made available to UK students for the first time this year, thanks to an initiative from the RIBA and a group of architecture practices led by Foster + Partners. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) worked with a “trailblazer group” of 20 British studios to develop the apprenticeships, which offer a new route to

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Will Alsop’s only African project to be fun-filled shopping centre

The late Will Alsop’s first project built in Africa, a shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, will feature a monorail with “jellybean” carriages and a “piano staircase”. All Design has won planning permission for The Beacon, which was designed by studio founder Alsop before he passed away earlier this year. It is the first new project revealed by the London-based

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OOPEAA’s floating sea pools offer new swimming facilities to waterside cities

Architecture studio OOPEAA plans to introduce waterborne swimming pools to coastal and riverside cities around the world, with the first set to be built in Oulu, Finland. Finland-based OOPEAA, short for Office for Peripheral Architecture, won a competition to develop the global concept for the Allas Sea Pool. The studio’s vision is to create a worldwide family of public saunas, spas,

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Hugo Correia creates elliptical concrete church in Portugal

This oval-shaped church in the Portuguese town of Vila Nova de Famalicão is surrounded by rings referencing the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head. Architect Hugo Correia designed the Church of San Tiago de Antas for a site overlooking the town and the wooded countryside of the Braga district in northern Portugal. According to the

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Mobil Arquitectos designs Tierra Chiloe hotel for exposed Chilean island site

This boutique hotel by Chilean firm Mobil Arquitectos perches atop a grassy hill, with a glazed dining and lounge area offering ocean views, and a subterranean spa. Tierra Chiloe is located on the main island of the Chiloe archipelago in Chile, much of which is hilly and pastoral, with expansive views of the water. Guests

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Jeanne Gang closes gender pay gap at her architecture firm

Architect Jeanne Gang has closed the gender pay gap at her firm Studio Gang, and called for others to follow suit and “fix pay inequity now”. Gang revealed that after looking into the issue, she found that male employees in her firm were paid a small margin more than their female counterparts. The architect therefore moved to

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A Modernist Mexican Tree House By AS Arquitectura

‘Casa Del Árbol’, or ‘Tree House’ in English, is the award-winning residential home designed by the Mérida-based architecture team, AS Arquitectura.
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Culture “is now used just to promote” says Olafur Eliasson

Governments are using culture purely as a promotional tool rather than recognising its social value – and this is contributing to the rise of popularism, according to artist Olafur Eliasson. States are exploiting culture for commercial gain, the artist told Dezeen, while failing to recognise culture’s role in forging communities and shared values. “The cultural

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Explore Olafur Eliasson’s Fjordenhus in 360-degree video

Take a tour of Olafur Eliasson’s first building, a castle-like office in a fjord in Denmark, in this 360-degree video filmed by Dezeen. The Danish-Icelandic artist designed the fortress-like structure, called Fjordenhus, to stand on the water in the harbour Vejle. The building opened last month. The upper floors serve as the headquarters of holding and investment company

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Process Architecture designs low-cost houses in Florida for recovering drug addicts

American studio Process Architecture has completed four drug rehabilitation homes that had to meet stringent design requirements, including a budget of under $200,000 per dwelling. The project was commissioned by Aspire Health Partners, a healthcare provider in Orlando, Florida, that specialises in rehabilitation services for drug users. Rehab facilities have become increasingly critical in America,

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Kaan Architecten’s Utopia combines music school and library

Kaan Architecten has extended a 19th century school to create the Utopia building in Aalst, Belgium, which contains a music school and library. Utopia, the Library and Academy for Performing Arts, is named after the book by Thomas Moore, which was first printed in Aalst. Kaan Architecten won a competition to overhaul an existing block

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TAO converts huge Beijing warehouse into moody office and exhibition space

Towering steel bookcases divided up this warehouse building in Beijing, which Trace Architecture Office converted into an office for a local magazine publisher. The office designed by Trace Architecture Office (TAO) for Lens Magazine is located in a warehouse previously operated by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation. The building was constructed in 1958 and

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Save the Children’s Madrid headquarters designed to promote “emotional attachment”

Madrid-based Elii used unusual materials, plants and bright colours to give the interiors of this headquarters and childcare facility in Madrid a sense of personality to encourage users to interact with it affectionately. The studio, headed by Uriel Fogué Herreros, Eva Gil Lopesino and Carlos Palacios Rodriguez, was selected from an invited competition to oversee the

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Ignacio Corre elevates Casa Mujeres in Chile to provide ocean views

Santiago-based architect Ignacio Correa has built this stilted wooden holiday home on the Chilean coastline and added long expanses of glazing to offer its residents views of the Pacific Ocean. Casa Mujeres provides a retreat for a family in the rural area of Maitencillo, which is roughly a one-hour drive north of the of city Valparaiso.

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Climbing wall and swing promote play at Hibinosekkei’s Tokyo childcare centre

Japanese architecture studio Hibinosekkei incorporated structures intended to encourage play into the interior design of this Tokyo support centre for children with developmental difficulties. The studio, which specialises in healthcare-related architecture, designed the facility for a site in Hamura, on the western edge of the Tokyo metropolitan region. The building’s design responds to the needs

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Aurora Aquitectos turns Portuguese family home into brightly-hued hostel

Portuguese practice Aurora Aquitectos has transformed an old family home near Lisbon into a hostel, with colourful accents throughout based on the tropical patina of sunshine and vacations. The hostel is situated just west of the capital in the coastal town of Cascais, an area frequented by both locals and tourists for its marina and

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Cascading boxes with green roofs form coastal Washington home by Prentiss Balance Wickline

American firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects has created a dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that consists of timber-clad volumes that step down a rocky hillside. The Bailer Hill house is anchored to a boulder-strewn slope on San Juan Island, which is part of an archipelago just off the coast of Washington state. The clients – a

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Edward Ogosta brightens Californian bungalow with Rear Window House extension

Edward Ogosta Architecture has renovated a 1940s house in California with light-filled white interiors and a master bedroom extension overlooking the garden. The house, originally built in 1944, was overhauled with a glazed expansion towards the back of the lot by the local firm. Architect Edward Ogosta and his team sought to breathe new life into

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Wowowa adds fluted-brick extension to refurbished Melbourne house

Local architecture studio Wowowa has renovated a Victorian house in Melbourne and added an extension with a scalloped brick facade that contains an open-plan living space. The practice was invited to oversee the modernisation of a property in the city’s Fitzroy North neighbourhood by a client who had watched one of a series of YouTube

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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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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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Studio Gang proposes honeycomb-like One Delisle skyscraper for Toronto

US architecture firm Studio Gang has unveiled its first project for Canada: a Toronto skyscraper made up of stretched hexagonal volumes topped with terraces and planters. The One Delisle skyscraper is proposed for the Canadian city’s Deer Park neighbourhood, on the corner of Delisle Avenue and Yonge Street – a major arterial route that runs north-south.

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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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Eight eye-catching homes made from bamboo

Architects around the world are capitalising on the versatility of bamboo, so we’ve selected eight of the best homes that incorporate the material, including a prefabricated social housing project in Mexico and a holiday home on stilts in Sri Lanka. Social Housing Production, Mexico, by Comunal Taller de Arquitectura  Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura produced

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Robert Young’s East Lake House in Montauk is designed to weather over time

American studio Robert Young Architects has created a weekend home in a coastal hamlet on Long Island, clad in rough-sawn cedar planks that were left untreated so they can age naturally. The East Lake House is located in Montauk, a village at the eastern tip of New York’s Long Island. Robert Young Architects, which has offices

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Atsuko Mochida creates revolving floor and walls in abandoned house

This captioned movie shows an installation by Japanese artist Atsuko Mochida, who has cut a volume out of an abandoned house and rebuilt it on top of a revolving platform. The piece, titled ‘The Revolving House of T’, is located in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture in central Japan. To create the installation Mochida cut a

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UNStudio references luxury yachts with marina and clubhouse on China’s Xi River

UNStudio’s Keppel Cove Marina and Clubhouse provides a hub for maritime activities in Zhongshan, China. The waterfront clubhouse is located on the banks of the Xi River. Designed by UNStudio’s Asian office, which is based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, it is styled to replicate the look and experience of a luxury yacht. “The concept for the clubhouse was

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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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“Designing and writing about a building are very different processes of thought”

The Venice Biennale manifesto of Grafton Architects is proof that vapid commentary can diminish great architecture, says Owen Hatherley. “Freespace focuses on architecture’s ability to provide free and additional spatial gifts to those who use it and on its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers,” reads the manifesto of Venice Architecture Biennale curators Yvonne Farrell

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A Japanese Home Designed For Closeness

In Toyota, Japan, Katsutoshi Sasaki and Associates has designed a black-wash wooden house whose narrow width serves to bring those living inside closer together.
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Belgium’s gravity-defying Vlooyberg Tower to be rebuilt and extended following arson attack

Engineering studio Close to Bone has announced plans to rebuild and enlarge the cantilevered viewing platform it built in Flanders, Belgium, which was severely damaged in an apparent explosion. Vlooyberg Tower was the victim of an arson attack in the early hours of Friday 29 June, according to a report by Flemish public broadcaster VRT. “The

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Miami parking facility Museum Garage combines several exterior designs

Five architecture studios have contributed facades to this parking garage in Miami Design District, resulting in a mash-up of bold eclectic styles. The seven-storey cast-concrete building, known as Museum Garage, was designed and engineered by Miami studio Tim Haahs with project manager Javier Fernandez. It is located at the intersection of NE First Avenue and NE

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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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Alireza Taghaboni wins first Royal Academy Dorfman Award for promising architects

The Royal Academy of Arts has named Iranian architect Alireza Taghaboni as the winner of the inaugural Dorfman Award, set up to celebrate talent that “represents the future of architecture”. Taghaboni was selected by a jury including architects Richard Rogers and Louisa Hutton to win the £10,000 prize. The architect, founder of Tehran-based Next Office,

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Eduardo Souto de Moura teams up with Meta to design Bruges exhibition hall

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura and Belgian practice Meta have unveiled plans for an exhibition hall and conference centre in Bruges, which can be opened up to a public square. Souto de Moura and Meta’s 4,480 square-metre hall will serve as a space for trade fairs, concerts, and other events. The Beursplein & Congresgebouw

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Luxembourg Pavilion calls for architects to “give more space to the public” by building on stilts

Projects by Aldo Rossi, Paul Rudolph and Le Corbusier show how buildings on stilts can be used to covertly introduce public space onto private land, according to the curators of the Luxembourg Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition features 13 towering MDF models of buildings on stilts, which were all proposed but never

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“Personal data could be a vital tool in designing our cities”

The Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed how personal data is being mistreated. But used responsibly, this information could be hugely beneficial for developing our cities, says Eleanor Jolliffe. For years we have unwittingly been giving away reams of personal data to private companies without considering the broader consequences. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, fake news, and various global elections

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Renderings Of An Ancient Monolith In Santorini

Santorini rises from a volcanic caldera, the largest island of a small archipelago off the coast of Greece. Here, Kapsimalis Architects has proposed ‘House in Finikia’, a man-made monolith that draws its inspiration from volcanic stone.
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Five pool houses ideal for cooling off this 4th of July

In celebration of Independence Day in the US, we’ve picked out five pool houses and pavilions around the country that would be perfect for relaxing during the public holiday. They include a concrete and glass cabana topped with shrubs, and an pavilion beside an infinity pool with submerged lounge seats. La Grange Pavilion, Texas, by Murray Legge Architecture At

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Remix Studio wraps metal mesh around artists studios and residences in Beijing

Layers of metal mesh are used to regulate the level of privacy and daylight for glazed creative studios added to a residential building in Beijing by local architecture firm Remix Studio. The WanWanShu project involved renovating two existing buildings and adding an extension that connects them in a single volume, to creates private residences topped

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JBAD builds farmhouse-style Sullivan House in Ohio

The traditional gabled roofs of nearby farm structures influenced this single-family residence outside Columbus, Ohio, by Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. Located on a three-acre (1.2-hectare) lot overlooking a ravine in Worthington, the Sullivan House nods to the area’s typical barn structures. “The project formally references the farm structures common to the area at the

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MAD’s Gardenhouse residences takes shape in Beverly Hills

New photographs reveal that MAD’s residential complex in California, designed to look like a village on top of a hill, has topped out. Slated for completion later this year, Gardenhouse is under construction at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. It will be the first US project by the Chinese architecture studio. The construction photos, released

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Casa Xólotl, A Home On The Yucatan Peninsula

Previously a run-down property, ‘Casa Xólotl’ is the result of an ingenious renovation by Mérida-based firm Punto Arquitectónico’s, that links earth with water.
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Ole Scheeren designs twin Vancouver skyscrapers to be vertical villages

Büro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a pair of skyscrapers in Vancouver that would be formed from irregularly stacked glass boxes interlaced with greenery. Named the Barclay Village, the pair of towers will be located in the city’s West End on a plot set between the Davie and Robson Villages. According to the architect

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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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Thomas Heatherwick’s vision for London’s Olympia revealed in new renderings

Visualisations have been released showing Thomas Heatherwick’s plans to transform the Olympia events centre in west London into a major hub for the creative industries. The £700 million project will see the 130-year-old exhibition venue completely overhauled, creating over 55,000 square metres of offices and studios for creative businesses, and more than 6,000 square metres

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O-office Architects reinterprets traditional Chinese courtyard house in concrete and steel

This contemporary reinterpretation of a vernacular courtyard house in the Chinese city of Guangzhou features a sequence of living areas and bedrooms arranged around a central pond. Local studio O-office Architects designed the three-bedroom Veranda Courthouse for a site on a gently sloping south-facing hillside in a northern suburb of Guangzhou. In response to the

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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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The Opulent Public Toilet On A Norwegian Scenic Highway

Oslo studio Morfeus Arkitekter has completed a mirrored toilet block on the Norwegian coastline of Andøya, a magnificent rest break for road trippers passing by.
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