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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McGregor Coxall proposes wetland “bird airport” for northern China

Landscape architects McGregor Coxall has won a competition to design a wetland sanctuary in Tianjin, offering migrating birds a stopover to fatten up and breed. The Lingang Eco Park contest called for a landfill site in the city’s Lingang area to be transformed to create pockets of wetland, parkland and an urban forest along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF). This route

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Hadars Hus By Asante Architecture & Design

Located on the coast of Norway, the small house was designed by Asante Architecture & Design as a part of the project Bygda 2.0, a rural development project on the island of Stokkøya, focusing on developing modern Norwegian houses into a dynamic v…

BIG and Barcode Architects unveil terraced block for IJburg waterfront

Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects have revealed their competition-winning design for an Amsterdam tower, which will terrace down to touch the surface of the IJ lake. The 46,000-square-metre mixed-use building named Sluishuis is designed as a gateway to Amsterdam’s IJburg, a neighbourhood set on artificial islands that float on IJ. Created by Bjarke Ingel’s Copenhagen-based firm BIG

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Arturo Vittori’s Warka Water towers harvest clean drinking water from the air

Future Makers: in this exclusive movie, Italian architect Arturo Vittori explains how his wooden Warka Water structures can provide clean drinking water for rural communities in the developing world. Through the Warka Water project, Vittori is investigating alternative water sources for remote communities without access to running water. “Warka Water is a philosophy looking at the

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Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa photographed by Fernando Guerra

These images by Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra offer a tour of Peter Zumthor’s thermal baths at Vals, which celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (+ slideshow). Completed in 1996, Therme Vals is widely regarded as one of the most important projects of Swiss architect Zumthor, whose accolades include the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Gold Medal. Built over the More

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Colourful beach huts will double as coastal defence wall in southern England

A row of brightly coloured beach huts and an elevated promenade will be integrated into this sea wall designed by Snug Architects to protect the coastal English town of Milford-on-Sea (+ slideshow). The Southampton-based studio collaborated with Ramboll engineers on the project, which will replace a row of beach huts destroyed by a severe storm in 2014 and improve the More

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Our 10 Favorite Ancient Indian Stepwells

Water source, meeting place, architectural wonder: The ancient Indian stepwell – a man-made, subterranean well also known as ‘vav’ or ‘baori’ – has been capturing the imagination of pilgrims and travelers for centuries.
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A Floating Office in China

Located in the Jiangsu Province of China, the ‘Building On The Water’ was built by Portuguese architects Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira.
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Matthew Butcher launches floating weather station on Essex’s Thames Estuary

This floating weather station by Matthew Butcher has been cast adrift in the flood-prone Thames Estuary, and is intended as a critique on the current trend for floating architecture (+ slideshow). Designed by Butcher, a lecturer at London architecture school the Bartlett, Flood House aims to monitor tide fluctuations in the seasonally flooded landscape of More

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A Motor-Powered Floating Sauna

Following in the Scandinavian tradition of saunas as a place for gathering, goCstudio created wa_sauna to provide a place for friends to share a unique experience on the water.
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Riverside house by Architecture Brio is partially embedded in a grassy hillock

This weekend residence by Architecture Brio is half-embedded in the bank of a river that winds its way through the foothills of the Western Ghats, a mountain range bordering India’s western coast (+ slideshow). Sitting just below the top of a hill, the 330-square-metre residence has a vegetated roof that disguises the bulk of the More

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Baca completes flood-resilient home beside an Oxfordshire brook

This larch-clad residence by floating architecture specialists Baca Architects is raised above its flood-prone site in Oxfordshire, England, on wooden blocks and an elevated deck (+ slideshow). Water Lane is the latest flood-resilient home from the London studio led by architects Richard Coutts and Robert Barker. The pair previously developed the UK’s “first amphibious house” and a concept for prefabricated floating More

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Vincent Callebaut proposes underwater “oceanscrapers” made from 3D-printed rubbish

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has developed plans for a city of futuristic ocean buildings made from 3D-printed plastic waste which extend 1,000 metres below the water’s surface (+ slideshow). Described by Callebaut as “an oceanscraper printed in 3D from the seventh continent’s garbage,” Aequorea is a fictional water city off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. It draws its name More

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“Architects are going crazy with the idea of a new relationship to water” says Tracy Metz

Architects and urban designers are finally responding to the threats of rising sea levels by welcoming the water into cities, says urbanism expert Tracy Metz. “Architects are going crazy with the idea of a new relationship to water,” said Metz, speaking at the What Design Can Do conference in São Paulo this week. “We are […]

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Arctic exploration cabins by Snorre Stinessen cantilever over the Norwegian shoreline

These glass and timber holiday cabins by Norwegian architect Snorre Stinessen overhang the coastline of Norway’s Manshausen Island, providing a base for Arctic Circle explorers (+ slideshow). The four cabins sit on the edge of the 22-hectare island, which is part of the Steigen archipelago in northern Norway. The island once had a thriving fishing industry, but outdoor […]

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David Chipperfield creates “village” of stone dwellings in Hangzhou marshland

David Chipperfield Architects has completed a series of stone apartments raised on plinths above the surface of a water garden in Hangzhou, eastern China (+ slideshow). The Xixi Wetland Estate was designed by the British architect’s Berlin and Shanghai offices for the Xixi National Wetland Park. The park stands on the outskirts of the city, which is located at one end of the world’s longest artificial […]

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Baca Architects proposes prefabricated amphibious housing for London’s canals

Following its design of the UK’s “first amphibious house”, Baca Architects has unveiled a floating house concept that could be deployed across London’s waterways as a solution to the lack of new homes in the capital (+ slideshow). The London firm worked with Floating Homes Ltd to develop the Buoyant Starts floating housing concept for a housing […]

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at home on the water

I’ve wanted to live in a bigger city for as long as I can remember. It’s still a goal of mine, to find that harmonious balance very near the city but still comfortable for the kids with easy access to the outdoors. I often imagine what I will be doing …

René van Zuuk creates a wavy pier with an integrated lightbox over an Almere lake

A huge lightbox is wedged underneath a wave-shaped viewing platform at the end of this pier, designed by Dutch architect René van Zuuk for a lake in the city of Almere (+ slideshow). The 200-metre-long pier was created by René van Zuuk Architekten for the Weerwater lake in Almere – a city that occupies a landmass across the water from Amsterdam. White, green and red lights were installed […]

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Suppose Design Office’s House in Hibaru stretches down to the edge of a reservoir

This house by Suppose Design Office slopes down beyond the boundary wall of a reservoir in Fukuoka, south-west Japan, to allow residents to be as close as possible to the water (+ slideshow). The Japanese architects – who also just completed a see-through house with sunken walls – wanted their clients to feel as close to nature as they do […]
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Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030

News: underwater cities with infrastructure networks spiralling down into the depths of the oceans could be a reality as soon as 2030, according to a Japanese construction company. The conceptual Ocean Spirals could descend by up to 2.5 miles below the oceans’ surface to create self-sustaining underwater communities that could be home to up to […]

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UK’s “first amphibious house” can float on floodwater like a boat in a dock

Work is nearing completion on the Amphibious House by Baca Architects – a family home on an island in the middle of the River Thames that can float on rising floodwater like a ship in its dock. The house by London studio Baca Architects was designed for a couple who had been looking for a […]

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