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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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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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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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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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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Fumihiko Maki unveils Aga Khan Centre in London’s King’s Cross

Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki has completed an educational centre, with a series of roof spaces, terraces and courtyards that contain eight Islamic gardens, for the Aga Khan Foundation. The nine storey block, which stands next to a millennial-pink office designed by Duggan Morris, is the latest building to be completed as part of the development of King’s Cross, London. Containing

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Drone footage reveals damage to Glasgow School of Art as investigation into fire begins

The extent of damage to the Glasgow School of Art, following a devastating fire last week, has been revealed in drone footage of the wreckage. Glasgow School of Art released a video shot using a drone showing the damage to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building, after a visit to the site on Monday 18th June. The seminal building

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Amelia Tavella Architectes completes stone and timber school in Corsica

A combination of traditional stone walls and surfaces wrapped in pine battens help the Groupe Scolaire à Strega school in Corsica blend in with the surrounding wooded landscape. Amelia Tavella Architectes designed the school for a site in the Corsican village of Santa-Maria-Siché. Located on the edge of the village in the island’s Corse-du-Sud region, the

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Transborder Studio’s Holocaust study centre extension will be embedded into hill

Transborder Studio has unveiled plans to add a contemporary extension to a Holocaust research centre in western Oslo, Norway, composed of box-shaped volumes that will be built into a hill. Local architects Transborder Studio were charged with designing the extension to the Villa Grande on Oslo’s Bygdøy peninsula, following an invited competition that included practices Snøhetta,

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The Glasgow School of Art is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s “masterwork”

In celebration of the 150th birthday of influential Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh this week, we’re looking back at five projects that defined his career. Next up is his most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art. The art school is described by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society as the architect’s “masterwork”, as it seamlessly

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen to create maritime education hub for Liverpool

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has unveiled plans for a maritime education centre in Birkenhead, across the river from central Liverpool, which will be anchored by 19th-century hydraulics tower. The £20 million Maritime Knowledge Hub will become of the Wirral Waters redevelopment scheme, which is being overseen by Peel Land & Property. Following an invited competition, Danish firm

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Yellow metal walls wrap Animo South Los Angeles High School by Brooks + Scarpa

Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has reconstructed a high school in Los Angeles after it was destroyed by a fire, choosing a bright yellow finish for its aluminium facades. Animo South Los Angeles High School is wrapped in anodised-aluminium panels that all carry the same bold shade of yellow, making the complex dramatically stand out

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University of Silesia’s Department of Radio and Television is wrapped in “net curtain” of hollow blocks

Hollow clay bricks form the gridded facade of this faculty building at a university in the Polish city of Katowice, providing privacy and shade to the interiors while still allowing light to enter. The Department of Radio and Television building was designed for the University of Silesia by Warsaw studio Grupa 5 Architekci, Barcelona firm BAAS Arquitectura,

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MVRDV to convert communist monument in Albania into technology centre

Dutch studio MVRDV has unveiled plans for a new technology education centre in the Albanian capital of Tirana, which will be housed within a pyramidal monument to communism. Set within the city centre, The Tirana Pyramid was first erected in 1988 but has since undergone a variety of uses. First opening as museum dedicated to Albania’s long-serving

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Kientruc O completes kindergarten made from a cluster of gabled blocks

Architecture studio Kientruc O has designed a kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City, which is made up of a stack of gabled brick blocks and features a curving cantilevered staircase leading to a roof garden. In 2015, the firm headed up by architect Đàm Vũ converted an old townhouse in the Vietnamese capital’s District 1

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Diamond Schmitt creates white facades with pops of colour for Vancouver art school

Canadian studio Diamond Schmitt Architects has completed a new home for the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, which features white facades that are meant to evoke a blank canvas. Located just east of Downtown Vancouver, the building serves as the new “campus” for the 93-year-old arts institution that formerly was located on Granville

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Steven Holl ramps garden over Houston’s Glassell School of Art

Architect Steven Holl has completed this concrete and glass art school at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, where students can relax in an outdoor sculpture park and a ramped roof garden. New York-based firm Steven Holl Architects’ Glassell School of Art replaces a 35-year-old building as part of a major redevelopment of the Museum

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Niall McLaughlin Architects updates Cambridge college using historically appropriate materials

Niall McLaughlin Architects has refurbished a 1970s building at Jesus College, Cambridge, adding a new facade with a vertical composition of stone and timber elements that complements its historic context. The London-based practice won a competition in 2014 to redevelop parts of the University of Cambridge college and introduce new facilities including an auditorium, archive

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A+I designs New York City school with colourful panels and tiered seating

New York studio Architecture + Information has completed a school in Manhattan, using colour to differentiate between public and private spaces, and create an environment that is “playful, not childish”. AltSchool is an educational startup that was founded in 2014 with locations in New York and San Francisco. Its teaching methodology is intended to respond

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Staggered towers form university campus in Hangzhou

Chinese studio WSP Architects has completed a university campus complex in Hangzhou, China, featuring a cluster of buildings with irregular stacked floors arranged around a central square. The masterplan for the Hangzhou Normal University comprises more than a dozen independent colleges each with their own unique architecture. WSP Architects was tasked with creating a central building to

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KPMB updates gothic-style academic building on Princeton University campus

New atria and glazed rooftop pavilions are among the alternations to a historic educational building on Princeton’s campus in New Jersey, as part of a project overseen by Canadian studio KPMB. The project entailed the renovation of a 1929 gothic-style building that formerly housed chemistry laboratories. Originally designed by American architect Charles Klauder, the three-storey,

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Sliding doors connect classrooms by Studio Weave to playground and woods

This school by Studio Weave features a scalloped roofline and double doors that slide back to connect the classrooms with their woodland setting on the outskirts of London. The Hackney-based architecture studio created the classrooms with curving roofs for Belvue School, a mixed-gender secondary school for children with moderate to severe learning difficulties. The school had previously

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Zaha Hadid Architects will use robots to build barrel-vaulted school in rural China

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a primary school in China’s mountainous Jiangxi province, which will feature a series of barrel-vaulted classrooms built in part by robots. Lushan Primary School will be situated 160 kilometres north-west of the province’s capital, Nanchuang, and perched on a small peninsula. It will be able to accommodate up

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Architecture students use cross-laminated timber to build tiny classroom in Oregon forest

Prefabricated panels of cross-laminated timber were used to construct this micro cabin in the Pacific Northwest, designed and built by architecture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Emerge cabin is located near Eugene, a small Oregon city that is surrounded by forests and farmland. The compact structure was created in three weeks by 13

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House-shaped windows puncture perforated-metal facades of Yokohama nursery

Japanese practice Hibinosekkei has completed a nursery in Yokohama, which features plywood-lined interiors and house-shaped openings set into its dark facades. MK-S Nursery was designed by local architecture office Hibinosekkei to accommodate a classroom for pre-school children and an after-school childcare centre within a former residential building. The project was overseen by the studio’s dedicated childcare division,

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Dinosaur fossil park in Texas gains rust-coloured visitor centre by Lake Flato

American firm Lake Flato used tough materials like weathering steel to create an off-grid educational facility for Big Bend National Park, known for its dinosaur skeletons. The Fossil Discovery Exhibit building was constructed on a flat site within the federal park, which stretches along the Mexico border in southwest Texas. Encompassing 801,163 acres (324,219 hectares),

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Barclay & Crousse’s Peruvian university building incorporates shaded communal spaces in “labyrinthine” layout

Architecture studio Barclay & Crousse has completed a board-marked concrete university building in the Peruvian city of Piura. The Lima-based practice, which is led by Woman Architect of the Year Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse, designed the building for the Universidad de Piura’s campus, a 1,000 kilometres north of the Peruvian capital. The design responds

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Glass walls create visual connection between Strasbourg sports hall and its surroundings

Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a sports centre for a school in Strasbourg, featuring a pair of double-height halls that project upwards from a concrete-and-glass base. Dominique Coulon’s practice designed the building for a school created for the children of the international civil servants who work at the nearby European Parliament and European Court of

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Hawkins\Brown completes robotics lab for The Bartlett at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Hawkins\Brown has designed a new robotics campus for The Bartlett architecture school as part of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. The 6,200-square-metre campus provides specialist teaching, fabrication and robotics facilities for University College London’s (UCL) The Bartlett architecture school and its new Real Estate Institute. The facilities occupy the former Broadcast Centre and Press Centre, originally designed by

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MB Architecture constructs university building from shipping containers in one day

American firm MB Architecture has used shipping containers to quickly and cheaply build a media lab for Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. Bard College Media Lab comprises four containers that are stacked two wide and two high, forming a larger rectangular structure. It took just half a day for MB Architecture, led by Maziar Behrooz,

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Architecture Schools Database launched to help students find the right course

The Architecture Foundation has launched a free schools database to help students discover architecture schools and their research projects. The Architecture Schools Database is a free-to-access platform that provides a fully searchable collated list of every educational facility in the UK that teaches architecture. It also has a function for academics and current students to register an account

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Architecture students build community hall in Utah desert using repurposed materials

A large white canopy helps shade this building clad in hot-rolled steel, which was created by university students in a Colorado design-build programme that is known for its work in rugged settings. The project, called Confluence Hall, was designed and built in 19 weeks by a team of 27 graduate students from the Colorado Building

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Sou Fujimoto unveils designs for Swiss university centre made of stacked cubes

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has designed a learning centre for the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, which will comprise a stack of glass cubes held within white frames. The Tokyo and Paris-based studio led by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto won a contest to design the HSG Learning Center at the University of St Gallen with its proposal called Open Grid

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Geometric brick-clad boarding house by MICA references its traditional neighbours

British architecture studio MICA has completed a boarding house in the grounds of Stowe School in England, featuring an assemblage of pale-brick volumes including a cylindrical tower and glazed bridge. Stowe School is an independent school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, which was founded in 1923 and is situated within 750 acres of landscaped gardens that also

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Metro adds science building to Niemeyer-designed tech campus in Brazil

A university campus designed by Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil’s São José dos Campos has gained a huge new science building, which is intended to echo a nearby education wing built by the modernist architect. The project – a collaborative effort between São Paulo-based firms Metro Architects, MMBB and Piratininga Arquitetos – marks the first stage of a

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Stefano Boeri Architetti to design 24-hour schools in Albanian capital

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed three schools in Albania’s capital city, Tirana, that will remain open around the clock to double as community hubs. While schools typically are shut to the public after classes end, Italian studio Stefano Boeri Architetti has proposed making use of the buildings 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. After school

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Gluck+ designs coastal laboratory in North Carolina to withstand extreme weather

The broken-up massing of this Duke University research facility by US firm Gluck+ is meant to help protect the building from storm surge. The Dr Orrin H Pilkey Research Laboratory is situated on the southern tip of Pivers Island, in the village of Beaufort, North Carolina. The building is part of Duke University’s Marine Lab

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Domed sports hall by Sporadical is covered in scale-like aluminium shingles

Reflective aluminium panels cover the rounded shell of this school sports hall near Prague, helping to disguise its scale. The sports hall, designed by local architecture office Sporadical, adjoins a recently modernised and extended primary school in the town of Dolní Břežany, to the south of the Czech capital. In addition to providing a space for

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Piet Zwart Institute launches online archive of student design research

Dezeen promotion: the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam has created a digital archive of student projects, in a bid to share its research with a wider audience than ever before. The archive platform showcases projects by the institute’s Master of Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) programme, a two-year course that encourages design-led research in the field of

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Sasaki creates two landmark buildings for Monterrey Tec campus in Mexico

Design studio Sasaki has completed a minimalist white pavilion and a glazed library for a growing university in Monterrey, with terraces that offer generous views of the city. The Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, often referred to as Monterrey Tec, is situated on an urban site in the capital of Mexico’s northeastern state of Nuevo León.

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Giant metal lattice fronts atrium of Texas engineering school by Ennead

American firm Ennead has completed a new building for the engineering programme at the University of Texas in Austin, where two towers are linked by a central glass volume with diamond-patterned structural supports across its facade. Located on the university’s campus in central Austin, the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) houses part of the

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Preston Scott Cohen creates jagged-roofed building for Michigan architecture school

Ironspot brick and a sawtooth roof define the exterior of this new wing for the University of Michigan’s architecture and planning college, designed by US studio Preston Scott Cohen. Located on the university’s campus in Ann Arbor, the Taubman Building adjoins the existing Art and Architecture Building – a low-slung, brick-and-glass structure that opened in

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LMN Architects combines textured surfaces for Iowa City concert hall

American studio LMN Architects has completed a performing arts centre for the University of Iowa that features twisted terracotta panels, glass shingles and bespoke acoustic panels made of metal and felt. The Voxman Music Building is situated between the university’s campus and the downtown core of Iowa City. L-shaped in plan, the six-storey building occupies

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Stanton Williams completes contemporary extension to historic Cambridge university campus

Stanton Williams has completed a four-storey addition to a business school at the University of Cambridge, England, which features social and circulation areas that adjoin an existing historic building and are illuminated by large roof lights. The expansion of Cambridge Judge Business School provides a hub for postgraduate and executive business education, incorporating flexible teaching

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Kosher cookery school in Mexico City features board-marked concrete walls

Californian studio Belzberg Architects has built a concrete culinary school in Mexico City, offering a range of facilities to the local Jewish community, including rooftop yoga and art galleries. The 650-square-metre Taller Estrella Jafif is located in Bosques de las Lomas neighbourhood, where a large majority of the city’s Jewish community moved to between the 1950s

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Steven Holl’s Institute for Contemporary Art comprises sculptural blocks of zinc and translucent glass

Architect Steven Holl has completed an exhibition and performance centre for Virginia Commonwealth University, which has been captured by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan. New York-based Steven Holl Architects designed the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) to provide the American university with classrooms, galleries and outdoor facilities for its theatre, music and dance programmes. The building comprises a

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Sandstone and metal louvres wrap massive student housing complex in Arizona

American architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz took cues from the colours and textures of the Sonoran Desert while designing this giant residential facility in Phoenix, for engineering students at Arizona State University. Highly visible from a main thoroughfare, the seven-storey Tooker House is situated on ASU’s main campus in Tempe, which is part of the Phoenix

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Hawkins\Brown uses engineered wood to build swimming pool for City of London Freemen’s School

Architecture firm Hawkins\Brown used two types of engineered timber to build this swimming facility at a school in Surrey, England. Located at the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead, the swimming pool building boasts an exposed timber frame that incorporates windows looking out onto the surrounding woodland. Hawkins\Brown chose materials and construction methods to complement the building’s natural

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Sculptural Arizona research building takes cues from desert topography

CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross have completed a copper-clad laboratory complex in downtown Phoenix that evokes jagged and striated rock formations found in the American Southwest. The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building is part of a 28-acre (11-hectare) medical and bioscience campus in the city’s urban core. Other new buildings on the campus include a cancer

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El Dorado and Modus Studio repurpose old warehouse for Arkansas art school

A steel-framed building in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has been transformed into an educational facility with the addition of white cladding, tall linear windows and a second floor. The facility, which houses a range of spaces for students and faculty, is part of the School of Art at the University of Arkansas. The building is the first phase

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Herzog & de Meuron reveals design for new £108 million RCA campus

Herzog & de Meuron has submitted a planning application for the new Royal College of Art campus in London’s Battersea, revealing a design that features textured brickwork and a sawtooth roof profile. The Swiss firm won a competition in late 2016 to design a new £108 million campus for London’s foremost art and design school. A

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Mirrored panels and stripy tiles cover walls of Spanish school by ABLM Arquitectos

Spanish studio ABLM Arquitectos used mirrored panels to create an “almost invisible” upper floor for this school in the city of Salamanca, but the lower storey covered in stripes of brightly coloured tiling. The locally based architects designed the 2,600-square-metre building for a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city in north-west Spain, which is transforming into an

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Climbing nets surround tree extending through balcony of Osaka nursery school

The balcony play-area of this Osaka kindergarten by Hibinosekkei and Youji no Shiro provides children with an obstacle course of ramps, benches, monkey bars, and climbing nets around a tree. Located on the site of a former fire station, the architects wanted to provide a hub for the local community in Chitose New Town, Japan.

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School extension by DSDHA features rough-edged timber cladding and outdoor learning spaces

This new building added to a school in the English town of Beaconsfield by London architecture office DSDHA flanks a tree-lined playground and is clad in waney-edged timber to give it a natural appearance. DSDHA was invited to oversee the final phase of a 20-year masterplan at Davenies School, which was established in 1940 and

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

Hexagonal pods interlock like honeycomb to form the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, built by Zaha Hadid Architects in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. The huge building was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects to provide facilities for researchers investigating the transition towards more sustainable power sources in one of the most oil-rich countries in the world. With a mission

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New Sandy Hook school is designed to “prevent unwanted intrusions of any kind”

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the site of the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, has been rebuilt by architects Svigals + Partners to incorporate the latest anti-terror measures. Working alongside the traumatised community of Newtown, Svigals + Partners designed the outside of the school to include a long walkway through

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Vo Trong Nghia incorporates trees into chequerboard facade of Hanoi university building

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed an office building at Hanoi’s FPT University, featuring gridded facades that incorporate recessed windows shaded by trees. Nghia’s firm, which has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, designed the administrative building as part of the first stage of a masterplan to upgrade the university’s campus, making it

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Diébédo Francis Kéré says school that launched his career is “not a traditional African building”

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, Serpentine Pavilion architect Diébédo Francis Kéré reveals how building a school for his home village in Burkina Faso was the starting point for his career. Kéré was born in a village named Gando, a village on the east side of the African country. While studying to become an architect in Germany, back

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NL Architects completes Belgian school featuring low-lying rooms surrounded by a colonnade

A pyramidal turfed roof tops one of several teaching and administrative spaces clustered around a multipurpose hall at this school in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist by Amsterdam studio NL Architects. The Scholencampus De Vonk was designed by NL Architects to accommodate the merger of two primary schools in the Flemish coastal city. The building

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Our latest Pinterest board features impressive universities

We’ve created a new Pinterest board featuring university buildings of all shapes and sizes, from Thomas Heatherwick’s parsnip-shaped towers in Singapore to Wingårdhs’ leaning auditorium in Stockholm. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Jürgen Mayer H’s FOM Hochschule building features bulging balconies and seamless stairs

The metal cladding of German architect Jürgen Mayer H’s FOM Hochschule university building in Düsseldorf is carved into sculptural shapes that connect windows, balconies and stairs. The Berlin-based studio of Jürgen Mayer H designed the building for Germany’s largest private university, FOM Hochschule, which required additional space for its increasing student intake. The new facility is located within

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Snøhetta makes every interior surface a canvas in new £100-million arts school in Bergen

Students at this new Snøhetta-designed Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in Bergen are invited to use the inner walls as a canvas for their work. The Norwegian architecture firm won a competition to design the faculty in 2005 and completed it earlier this year. The students have just moved in to their new space in

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Steven Holl’s arts complex for Princeton surrounds courtyard reflecting pool

New York firm Steven Holl Architects has completed a multi-building arts complex for Princeton University, linked by a concourse underneath a large reflecting pool. The Lewis Center for the Arts comprises three buildings, which accommodate the American university’s dance, music and theatre departments. They face onto an outdoor plaza filled by an expansive shallow pool, with

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Colourful house-shaped boxes surround windows at nursery school in northern Japan 

Bay windows with colourful house-shaped frames extend from the front of this nursery school in the city of Sendai, which was designed by Tokyo-based architect Masahiko Fujimori. The Morinoie kindergarten in Sendai is designed to cope with the area’s rising number of inhabitants and their young families. The four-storey nursery occupies a small area of land that has

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Lille school extension by LT2A features porthole-like windows and golden details

Architecture studio LT2A has added a brick extension to a school near Lille, featuring an entrance sheltered by an anodised-aluminium canopy, and circular windows that provide glimpses of courtyard gardens. Located southwest of the city in the suburb of Loos, the old school is set among large blocks of social housing that were erected in the 1970s. The

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Tokyo kindergarten by Tezuka Architects lets children run free on the roof

The oval-shaped roof deck of this playful Tokyo kindergarten allows children to play and run endless laps around it – a feature that has just won it the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize. Completed by Tezuka Architects 10 years ago, Fuji Kindergarten is located in the Tachikawa suburb of the city. It accommodates 600 children aged between two and six.

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Mirrored ceilings reflect surroundings along walkway installed at Australian university campus

Australian firm Wilson Architects has added a meandering covered walkway to the campus of James Cook University in Townsville, which incorporates a polished aluminium soffit to reflect views of the landscape. The Verandah Walk was designed by Wilson Architects as a new circulation route that traverses the campus on the outskirts of the coastal city

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Cornell Tech campus opens on New York’s Roosevelt Island

Morphosis and SOM were among the architecture firms involved in the design of a new permanent home for Cornell Tech university, described as “the first campus ever built for the digital age”. The Cornell Tech campus, which opened last week, was constructed on a slender island in New York’s East River, between the boroughs of Manhattan

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Slices of timber align to form roof of outdoor classroom near Moscow

A huge tree trunk has been sliced into sections to create the slatted roof of this outdoor classroom designed by architecture students for a school at an art park in Russia’s Kaluga region. The semi-outdoor classroom is affixed to an existing school building set within Nikola-Lenivets, an art park in a village around four hours from

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