Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial breaks ground in Washington DC

The controversial memorial to former US president Dwight D Eisenhower, designed by Frank Gehry, has finally begun construction in Washington DC after years of opposition. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held yesterday, at the site on the National Mall where the $150 million memorial will be built. Honouring the 34th president of the

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Mexico City’s earthquake-hit areas at risk of becoming “a paradise for developers”

The reconstruction of Mexico City following its deadly earthquake needs urgent regulation to prevent developers spoiling the character of historic neighbourhoods, says architect and Design Week Mexico director Emilio Cabrero. Cabrero called for new zoning laws to be enacted before developers rush in to replace the approximately 38 buildings that collapsed in the city, and

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Peter Zumthor releases latest LACMA renderings after $150 million funding boost

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has produced an updated image set for his expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which recently received a major financial donation. Zumthor’s latest LACMA renderings include an image of the full building snaking over Wilshire Boulevard and touching down at eight points either side of the busy highway.

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Eerily beautiful photographs of abandoned architecture for Halloween

This Halloween, we’ve brought together the best photography of spooky spaces, including a city consumed by sand, a deserted Japanese theme park, and decaying insane asylums. Les Sables du Temps by Romain Veillon French photographer Romain Veillon explored an abandoned town that is slowly being consumed by the Namib desert to create these images of

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Snøhetta reimagines New York’s postmodern icon 550 Madison

Architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed its plans to overhaul the New York skyscraper designed in the postmodern style by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, which involve replacing the street frontage but retaining its recognisable classical pediment. The 647-foot (197-metre) tower at 550 Madison – formerly known as the AT&T Building and then the Sony Tower

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Barry Diller launches “one last attempt” to revive Heatherwick’s Pier 55 for New York

Media mogul Barry Diller is making a last-ditch effort to build Thomas Heatherwick’s “treasure island” park on the Hudson River, despite abandoning the plans last month. Diller issued a statement today outlining his revived enthusiasm for Pier 55, after announcing he was cancelling it on 13 September 2017. “I’m going to make one last attempt

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Trump wall prototypes pop up near US-Mexico border

Portions of eight proposed designs for the wall that President Donald Trump wants to construct along the US-Mexico border are to be tested over the coming months. The prototypes, all measuring 30 feet (9.1 metres) tall, have been constructed at a site close to the existing border fence south of San Diego, California. Starting next

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Richard Rogers’ Three World Trade Center nears completion in New York

The next piece in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, a skyscraper by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, looks almost complete in photos shared on Instagram. Three World Trade Center is due to officially open in spring 2018, but most of the external work on the 1,079-foot (329-metre) tower appears

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ 666 Fifth Avenue skyscraper unlikely to go ahead

The supertall tower that Zaha Hadid Architects designed for a New York site owned by the Kushner family has been rejected by the project’s partner Vornado. Kushner Companies, owned by the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, wants to raze a 1950s office building at 666 Fifth Avenue and replace it with a 1,400-foot-tall (427-metre)

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Hariri Pontarini and Pinnacle propose tower trio for Toronto waterfront

Three residential skyscrapers measuring between 65 and 95 storeys tall are to be constructed as part of a major development in Downtown Toronto. The towers will form a portion of Pinnacle One Yonge, a four-million-square-foot (372,000-square-metre) project that includes five new buildings and the renovation of an existing block. The property has been designed by

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Materia’s Design Week Mexico pavilion casts shadow patterns across itself

White concrete columns intersect with wooden beams to form the pavilion for this year’s Design Week Mexico, designed by Mexican architecture studio Materia. Materia, which is led by architects Gustavo Carmona and Lisa Beltran, chose to create a place for contemplation and reflection – as well as peaceful activities like yoga – for the 2017 edition of the annual commission.

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OMA chosen to expand SANAA’s New Museum in Manhattan

The New York branch of architecture firm OMA will create an extension to the city’s New Museum next to its SANAA-designed home. The expansion will double the size of the contemporary art museum, which opened in its current location in Bowery 20 years ago. Taking the place of an adjacent property bought by the museum

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CetraRuddy’s 45 Broad Street to become Lower Manhattan’s tallest residential skyscraper

A filigree-patterned supertall tower under construction in Downtown Manhattan is set become the area’s second tallest skyscraper behind One World Trade Center. The 45 Broad Street residential skyscraper is designed by New York architecture firm CetraRuddy and planned to reach 1,115 feet (340 metres) once it tops out. It will overtake all of the high

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Five serene Canadian retreats by Omar Gandhi Architect

Omar Gandhi Architect just completed its latest house, which sits on Nova Scotia’s rugged coastline. We’ve therefore rounded up five of the Canadian firm’s residential projects, all designed to maximise their dramatic settings and create cosy escapes from harsh weather. Rabbit Snare Gorge Plates of weathering steel frame the tall doorway to this timber-clad home,

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Lot-Ek slices shipping-container stack to form Williamsburg home

New York studio Lot-Ek has built a family home in Brooklyn by stacking shipping containers, and cutting them at an angle to create terraces stepped down its back. Carroll House was designed for a couple in the restaurant business with two young children and two cats. They wanted a unique home to fill a plot

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Seven buildings that prove beige doesn’t have to be boring

Architect Jürgen Mayer H and historian Philip Ursprung are presenting a manifesto championing beige buildings, titled Cosmic Latte, at this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial. We’ve chosen eight projects from the pages of Dezeen that fit the bill. Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield, Mexico City, Mexico The striking sawtooth form of this Mexico City gallery, by

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Rafael Viñoly’s 125 Greenwich Street skyscraper to rise in Downtown Manhattan

New details and interior renderings of Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly’s latest residential skyscraper for New York City have been released. The tower under construction at 125 Greenwich Street will become the architect’s second in Manhattan, after the supertall 432 Park Avenue. Located just south of the World Trade Center development, it will climb to 912

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Studio Libeskind completes Canada’s first Holocaust monument in Ottowa

Daniel Libeskind’s architecture firm has finished work on the National Holocaust Monument in the Canadian capital, formed from tall concrete walls laid out like a warped Star of David. The country’s first monument dedicated to the Holocaust officially opened on 27 September 2017. It honours the millions of Jews murdered under the Nazi regime, and

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New images show Renzo Piano’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA

New images have been released detailing Renzo Piano’s design for a moviemaking museum in Los Angeles, following news that project has just received a $50 million funding donation. Currently under construction, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will comprise a 300,000-square-foot (27,870-square-metre) campus, in the Californian city that is home to Hollywood’s movie studios. The building

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J Mayer H champions beige buildings with Cosmic Latte manifesto

German architect Jürgen Mayer H has turned his self-proclaimed “obsession” with beige into a research project exploring the colour’s various uses and associations, which he is presenting at this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial. The founder of Berlin studio J Mayer H embarked on a quest to understand beige’s ubiquity in today’s built environment, and beyond.

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Archtober brings month-long architecture celebration to New York City

Dezeen promotion: architecture and design events including building tours, lectures and parties are set to take place across New York City for the duration of October 2017. The city’s Center for Architecture will put on a packed programme for the seventh edition of Archtober, from 1 to 31 October 2017, in collaboration with over 70

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Five of the best houses in Tennessee on Dezeen

Next up in our series looking at houses from each American state, we’re venturing south to Tennessee, where some of the best homes include a timber-framed farmhouse and a tall home squeezed onto a tight site in Memphis. Old Briar by Brian Ambroziak, Tricia Stuth, Ted Shelton and Katherine Ambroziak Nestled into a grove of mature trees

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Architect builds his own studio at the end of Toronto garden

The Brooklyn trend for backyard studios has extended all the way to Toronto, where the founder of architecture firm Six Four Five A has constructed a tiny timber workspace for himself at the end of the garden. The Garden Studio was designed by Oliver Dang at his family home in the Canadian city, where property prices

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Temple for Burning Man 2017 highlighted the problem of America’s dying forests

The temple at this year’s Burning Man festival was designed by artist Marisha Farnsworth, and built from 100 dead trees to emphasise “dramatic changes occurring in our forests”. Farnsworth worked with project manager Steven Brummond and structural engineer Mark Sinclair to create the festival’s 18th temple, which is used as a memorial by participants. The

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Chicago Biennial promotes performance art as “a medium of growing importance” for architects

The opening week of this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial featured three architecture-related performances, which artistic directors Johnston Marklee included in the programme to highlight a trend for this mode of expression. A dance piece at the iconic Farnsworth House, a colourful collaboration between artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang, and a musical performance with

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BIG, MVRDV, James Corner and more to tackle Bay Area climate change

Ten teams of architects and engineers have been chosen to design solutions that will help San Francisco and the surrounding region combat the effects of climate change. Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge asked entrants to come up with ideas to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels, flooding and earthquakes. As the global climate

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“The more we build in areas that endanger us, the more we erect defensive systems”

Disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are inevitable when we construct cities in harm’s way, says Aaron Betsky, who believes we have designed ourselves into a Catch-22 of create and protect. It could have been worse. That is the best you can say about the twin natural catastrophes that hit Texas and Florida recently. The

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FR-EE plans Hyperloop corridor to create Mexican “megalopolis”

A team led by Fernando Romero’s Mexican studio FR-EE has won a competition to design a Hyperloop high-speed transport line, which will link urban areas from Mexico City to Guadalajara. The Mexloop is set to become one of the world’s first Hyperloop corridors, and will connect central Mexico’s major metropolises to form a “megalopolis”. FR-EE

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Architects reimagine Chicago’s Tribune Tower with abstract skyscraper models

Fifteen alternative visions for the famous 1920s Tribune Tower competition are presented as giant models at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Architects, studios and teams from around the world have contributed their abstract skyscraper designs for the Vertical City exhibition at the biennial, which opened to press today. They were asked to interpret the brief for

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DFA proposes tallest timber observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir

New York studio DFA has envisioned a prefabricated timber tower for New York’s Central Park that would both filter a contaminated reservoir and provide views over the city. The temporary 712-foot-tall (220-metre) Central Park Tower would sit in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the park’s area and

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Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater opens to host 2017 keynote

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially opened the auditorium and events venue at the company’s Foster + Partners-designed campus, where today’s Apple Event took place. Named after Apple’s late founder, the Steve Jobs Theater held its first event today, during which the tech giant unveiled a variety of products including the rumoured iPhone X. A

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Second Chicago Architecture Biennial will “look back to look forward” say artistic directors

This year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial will ask architects to consider history in order to shape a direction for future architectural practice, say artistic directors Johnston Marklee. Set to open next week, the second Chicago Architecture Biennial will show “a cross-section of the best and most innovative work from around the world” according to Mark Lee,

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Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 “MoMA tower” progress shown in photographs

Construction photos, released along with new renderings, show that French architect Jean Nouvel’s supertall skyscraper in Manhattan has reached the 58th floor. Rising above New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 53 West 53rd Street, the 53W53 residential tower is due to reach 1,050 feet tall once complete. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Nouvel’s design has

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Construction sites and cranes pose threat to Miami residents in Hurricane Irma’s path

Miami residents in the shadow of heavyweight construction cranes have been told to evacuate, as the structures could be toppled by the high winds anticipated to arrive with Hurricane Irma. The City of Miami issued a statement on Twitter warning citizens of the potential toppling danger of the 20 to 25 cranes in the city,

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Five skyscrapers set to transform Chicago’s skyline

Chicago – the birthplace of the skyscraper – is poised to host its second architecture biennial, so we’ve rounded up five of the tallest towers either approved or underway in the city. Vista Tower by Studio Gang Set to reach 1,186 feet at its highest point when it completes in 2020, local architect Jeanne Gang’s

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Richard Neutra’s Chuey House up for sale as a developable lot

A midcentury Hollywood Hills home designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra is potentially in jeopardy, as the property has hit the market as “a unique development opportunity”. The two adjacent lots that make up the Chuey House property have been posted on a real-estate site as one listing, described as “collectively ideal for a compound,

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Tulum Treehouse by CO-LAB Design Office provides a jungle escape

This white-concrete guest house in the Mexican resort of Tulum is surrounded by dense tropical foliage, which can be viewed from above thanks to a large roof terrace. Opening this month, Tulum Treehouse was designed by local firm CO-LAB Design Office as a five-bedroom private guest retreat nestled among the dense mangrove jungle and array

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11 important modernist buildings in Columbus, Indiana

The architecture of Columbus, Indiana, has made the city an unlikely modernist mecca and is used as the setting for a new feature film. We’ve rounded up 11 of the best examples, which include a house by Eero Saarinen, a fire station by Robert Venturi and a library by IM Pei. First Christian Church by

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Five of the best houses in North Carolina on Dezeen

North Carolina is the next US state we’re featuring in our ongoing series of American residential architecture roundups. Our top five in the region include a renovated mid-century residence and a stacked-volume house overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Corbett Residence by In Situ Studio In Situ Studio clad this rural cabin in darkened wood and

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Shallow pools mirror sugar-cube suites at Hotel Mar Adentro by Taller Aragonés

White blocks containing guest accommodation appear to float on expansive reflecting pools at this minimalist Mexican hotel by Taller Aragonés. Hotel Mar Adentro sits on the coast of San José del Cabo, at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The popular resort has myriad accommodation options, including the Drift San Jose boutique hotel.

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US architects see salaries rise as economy strengthens

Business is booming for American architecture firms, who say staff salaries are going up as workloads increase and the country’s economy makes progress, following a report released by the AIA. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2017 Compensation Report found that the average salary for architectural staff is now $84,000 ($65,000) per year, up about

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HGR Arquitectos uses orange bricks to build Mexico City apartment block

Brickwork panels alternate with gaps up the sides of this housing project in Mexico City, which local firm HGR Arquitectos has organised around a line of patios at the centre. Named after a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the Emiliano Zapata 167 apartment block is located in the sprawling city’s south-central Portales Norte neighbourhood.

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OMA’s Park Grove towers in Miami shown in new renderings

This new set of images provides a closer look at the trio of towers designed by architecture firm OMA for Miami’s Coconut Grove. Currently under construction, the Park Grove development occupies the last open lot in the waterfront area south of Downtown Miami. It sits along Bay Shore Drive’s “wall of towers”, made up of

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Eric Randall Morris mutates architectural photos to show “a distorted vision of the American dream”

Vernacular American architecture is removed from its context, distorted and turned into fantastical patterns in this manipulated photography set by architect and designer Eric Randall Morris. The ongoing series, titled An American Hyperreality, “explores a distorted vision of the American dream” according to Morris. The set is roughly split into two types of image. The

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Escape One XL is a two-storey micro home on wheels

This recreational vehicle masquerading as a tiny cottage is clad in charred wood and sleeps up to eight people. The Escape One XL was launched this month by Escape Homes. “Measuring just under 400 square feet, the tiny home on wheels can sleep up to eight and expands on the organic design of its slightly

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Five of the best houses in New Jersey on Dezeen

It’s over to New Jersey for the next instalment in our series of roundups of houses from each US state. Our selection ranges from a beach retreat on the Jersey Shore to a contemporary suburban home in Princeton. Beach Haven Residence by Specht Architects American firm Specht Architects has built this cedar-clad house on Long Beach

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils mountain-ridge campus for Berggruen Institute in LA

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has taken cues from “monastic architecture” to design a research campus high above Los Angeles. After a lengthy process, the studio was selected for the project by the Berggruen Institute – founded in 2010 with the aim to “study and apply new ideas to the workings of social, economic,

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Murray Legge’s Texas pool house avoids and incorporates tree trunks

Murray Legge Architecture has shaped the roof of this pool-side pavilion to navigate around the twisting trunks of oak trees on a site in East Texas. La Grange Pavilion was created as part of a landscape intervention for a hillside house with vistas over the southern US state’s forest and farmland. The structure shades an

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Competition: win a book full of architecture projects by SO-IL

Dezeen has teamed up with Lars Müller Publishers to give readers the chance to win one of five copies of a book exploring work by New York-based architecture firm SO-IL. The Brooklyn studio’s first book – titled Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura – brings together its buildings, interiors and installations that fall into these carefully selected

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Central Park Tower to become world’s tallest residential skyscraper

New details about the future tallest residential building on Earth have been released, along with an updated rendering showing the supertall skyscraper towering over New York City. Sales of the ultra-high-end residences at Central Park Tower are slated to commence imminently, as the structure continues to rise at 225 West 57th Street. Designed by Adrian

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Casa Xixim by Specht Architects opens up to Tulum’s jungle and ocean

Bedrooms at this holiday villa in the Mexican resort of Tulum open onto expansive terraces overlooking the tropical forest and beach. Casa Xixim serves as a fully rentable guesthouse for large groups. It was squeezed onto a thin site by New York studio Specht Architects, which created a contemporary architectural aesthetic with white walls, timber

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Nova Scotian house by Omar Gandhi Architect sits between rocky outcrop and expansive views

Boulders strewn across the landscape informed the disjointed massing of this house in Nova Scotia, which architect Omar Gandhi designed to look like local sheds. The home’s location in Purcell’s Cove, just south of Halifax, is scattered with large outcrops and giant rocks left behind by an ancient glacier. It is named Float, after the

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Frank Lloyd Wright-designed private island asks $14.9 million

A private island located 47 miles north of New York City and complete with a home by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is currently on the market. Yours for $14.92 million (£11.6 million), the heart-shaped Petra Island sits in the middle of Lake Mahopac – just 15 minutes from Manhattan by helicopter. On its western

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Sea Del House by Robert Gurney faces the beach in Delaware

Strict building codes and environmental controls dictated the layout of this oceanfront house in Delaware by American architect Robert Gurney. Sea Del House sits in a gated community in Bethany Beach, among a cluster of second homes built in the 1970s and 1980s. It replaces a small, wood-framed structure that didn’t meet the owners needs,

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ASP constructs Cumbres House using compressed earth blocks formed on-site

To build the walls of this house in Mexico City, architecture firm ASP took soil excavated from the site and turned it into blocks. Arquitectura Sergio Portill (ASP) designed the Cumbres House for a plot in the Cumbres de Santa Fe housing development, in the southwest of the sprawling metropolis. During construction, soil that was

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Helmut Jahn’s 1000M skyscraper poised to rise in Chicago

New renderings have been released of American-German architect Helmut Jahn’s tower for Chicago’s South Loop, as preparations for construction begin and sales of its luxury condominiums get ready to open. Due to imminently rise from a vacant lot at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the residential skyscraper dubbed 1000M will reach 832 feet (254 metres) once

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Omar Gandhi’s Fyren house is a hilltop beacon above Halifax

Overlooking the coastal city of Halifax, Canada, this hilltop house by architect Omar Gandhi is made up black cuboids stacked at slightly different angles to offer a variety of views. Gandhi designed the Fyren house as “a beacon high atop the hillside”. It sits at one of the highest points in the area, known as Purcell’s Cove,

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Mexico’s Hotel San Cristóbal boasts prime beachfront location

Whitewashed walls provide backdrops for cacti and frame ocean views at this boutique hotel in Mexico, by Austin architecture firm Lake Flato and designer Liz Lambert. Hotel San Cristóbal Baja overlooks the white sand beach on the coast of Todos Santos, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. Located a three-mile bike ride from the town,

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Cube House by Leroy Street Studio is a family beach retreat in the Hamptons

Flood danger and a footprint restriction led to the elevated cube-like design of this Hamptons house by New York firm Leroy Street Studio. The Cube House is located beside Westhampton Beach in Long Island, and area popular with wealthy New Yorkers who like to holiday a short ride from the city. It was designed for

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Bostudio updates Sunset Park Row House with fibre-cement cladding and open layout

The renovation of this Brooklyn row house by local firm Bostudio Architecture involved recladding the property in grey fibre-cement board and reworking its internal layout. Bostudio principal Ula Bochinska overhauled the Sunset Park Row House, with the help of a relative of her clients. “When Ula… first met her clients for a row house renovation

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Hawaii house designed as a mini village by De Reus Architects

A series of steep-roofed pavilions linked by gardens and external corridors make up this home by De Reus Architects on Hawaii’s Big Island. The studio designed Kauhale Kai for a client who is fond of modern art and architecture, and spent years living in Tahiti, and their extended family. The sprawling house is located on

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World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge traverses a Swiss valley

Brave hikers in the Swiss Alps can now walk almost half a kilometre across this thin metal suspension bridge to reach trails on either side of a huge valley. The Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke, also known as the Europe Bridge, gently swoops across Switzerland’s deepest valley, which stretches between the popular ski resorts of Zermatt and

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Leroy Street Studio updates traditional New England architecture for harbour-side Cove House

A harbour view is framed through the gap between the two sides of this house in Massachusetts by New York firm Leroy Street Studio. Cove House extends across a sea-facing slope in Woods Hole, a coastal town in the south of the state, overlooking the Vineyard Sound. Leroy Street Studio designed the home as a

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Phoenix House sits at the base of the world’s most active volcano

This tiny guest house by designer Will Beilharz stands on a lava field on Hawaii’s Big Island, and has views of the steam produced where molten rock flows into the sea. The 450-square-foot home is named Phoenix House as it is “literally rising from the ashes” of volcanic activity in the area. It is located

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Public hotel guests’ X-rated activities anger New York neighbours

Horny guests at New York’s newly opened hotel Public are ruffling the feathers of neighbours by leaving the curtains open while they have sex. Developed by legendary hotelier Ian Schrager and designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the 28-storey building at 215 Chrystie Street has only been open for two months. But complaints

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The Ranch Mine modernises mission-style architecture for Canal House in Phoenix

Phoenix architecture studio The Ranch Mine based this canal-side home on the missions built in the American West over 200 years ago. Canal House is aptly named for its location on the 181-mile channel that brings water into the suburbs of northern Phoenix. The waterway was first created over 2,000 years ago, then rebuilt for modern

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Modest holiday retreat by David Cervera nestles amongst the palms in Mexico

A natural finish made from tree sap covers this compact summer house on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, which has plenty of hammocks for relaxing in the shade. Designed by local architect David Cervera, El Palmar is sits within a grove of palms in Chuburná – a narrow barrier island north of Mérida. The home measures just

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Penda proposes Toronto Tree Tower built from cross-laminated timber modules

Plants and trees sprout from the modular units that make up this timber-framed high-rise, proposed by architecture firm Penda for Toronto. Penda, which has offices in China and Austria, collaborated with Canadian company Tmber for the Toronto Tree Tower project. They propose an 18-storey residential block that would stand 62 metres tall, with a modular

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Kengo Kuma uses “borrowed scenery” to infuse nature into Suteki House

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has used an ancient East Asian landscaping principle to inform the design of this house outside Portland, Oregon. Kuma designed the concept house for Japanese builder Suteki, which constructed the residence as part of this year’s NW Natural Street of Dreams. The project in the leafy Happy Valley neighbourhood, southeast of

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Anmahian Winton’s zinc-clad observatory enables stargazing from a New Hampshire mountain

The top of this faceted private observatory in central New Hampshire, by Anmahian Winton Architects, rotates to provide different views of the night sky. The Gemma Observatory sits on a remote peak in the northeastern state, at the centre of a “dark” zone with a three-mile radius. Unobstructed by light pollution, the setting is ideal

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