Today we like: weathering steel

Weathering steel – often known by the brand name Corten – continues to remain popular with architects. The pre-rusted metal, which is created when chemicals are used to speed up the oxidisation process, has recently been used to clad a Brisbane community centre and a mountaintop family retreat. The rust forms a weatherproof layer of protection. See all our stories about weathering […]

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Zaha Hadid says Japan ignored warnings over Olympic stadium construction costs

Zaha Hadid Architects says its design for the Tokyo stadium design should be revised rather than scrapped, to avoid missing the immovable deadline of the 2020 Olympics. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has issued a statement to “set the record straight” over accusations that its design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium led to spiralling construction costs, […]

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Noma Bar’s bird-shaped treehouse provides a vantage point over a Japanese woodland

Israeli illustrator Noma Bar has created a wooden pavilion shaped like a bird with a leafy back among the trees of a wood in central Japan (+ slideshow). Bar was commissioned by the Momofuku Ando cultural foundation – named after its founder, a 20th century inventor who was one of the creators of instant noodles – […]

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Today we like: mirrored buildings

Mirrored panels can be used to create architectural illusions and disguise buildings in their surroundings, like this desert shack that looks as if it’s see through. Other recent examples include a mirror-clad woodland installation and a camouflaged countryside gallery. See all our stories about mirrored buildings »

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Today we like: perforated metal facades

Cladding a building with perforated metal is an easy way for architects to enliven the facade of an otherwise simple structure, like this honeycomb-patterned office in Germany. Other examples on Dezeen include a truck-driving school in Paris, a water-cooling facility in Ohio and a parking garage in Miami. See all our stories about perforated metal […]

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Japan scraps Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium

Zaha Hadid’s controversial plans for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo have been scrapped. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced that the design of the stadium will be started again from scratch due to spiralling costs, according to the Guardian. “We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium […]

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Alex de Rijke resigns as Royal College of Art’s dean of architecture

The Royal College of Art’s dean of architecture Alex de Rijke has become the latest staff member to announce their departure from the London institution. De Rijke has led the RCA’s School of Architecture for four years, but will now leave at the end of September 2015 to focus on his practice dRMM, which he founded with Sadie […]

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Replacement for London’s Pinnacle skyscraper revealed by developers

These official images show the skyscraper planned to replace the part-built Pinnacle and become the tallest building in the City of London. The 278-metre-tall office building at 22 Bishopsgate looks largely the same as in early visualisations of the design by London-based PLP Architecture, which were leaked in February 2015. At 62 storeys, the glass-clad […]

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Metallic cardboard tubes form latticed Ekklesia pavilion in Valencia

Shiny cardboard tubes were arranged in a patterned grid to create this cube-shaped pavilion in Valencia, designed by art collective Pink Intruder (+ slideshow). The Ekklesia pavilion – named after the principal assembly of Athenian democracy in Ancient Greece – was installed to coincide with the city’s Fallas music festival in March. “The installation represented a […]

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Atelier van Lieshout sculpts a hybrid cave dwelling and pool house

Design Miami/Basel 2015: this inhabitable sculpture by Dutch studio Atelier van Lieshout is a cross between a luxury lounge and a primitive dwelling (+ slideshow). Unveiled at this week’s Design Miami/Basel fair, the organically shaped fibreglass structure is designed to house a fictional tribe. “The Original Dwelling is part of the ongoing series New Tribal […]

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Karim Rashid asks Facebook followers to pick facade for NY building

New York designer Karim Rashid has asked his Facebook fans to select their preferred option from four facades for a building in the city’s SoHo district. Rashid is currently developing the design for a seven-storey structure at 30 Thompson Street, sandwiched between historic buildings on a narrow plot. The building will include seven apartments – […]

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Italy’s Museo della Merda is full of shit

The Museum of Shit is housed in an Italian castle and is dedicated to demonstrating “what a useful and living substance crap really is” (+ slideshow). Opening this month, the Museo della Merda – or Museum of Shit – showcases projects that span between art and technology, but are all in some way linked to […]

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First images of the UK’s beehive-inspired Milan Expo pavilion released

The first photographs of Wolfgang Buttress’ UK pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan have emerged, revealing that its structure is now complete (+ slideshow). Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress teamed up with designer and engineer Tristan Simmonds to create the pavilion, which is designed to resemble a giant beehive at the centre of a wildflower meadow. […]

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Tadao Ando’s first New York building shown in new images

The full facade of Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s concrete and glass apartment block for Manhattan is revealed in this set of visualisations. Ando’s first building in New York will rise seven storeys from the corner of Kenmore and Elizabeth streets in the Nolita neighbourhood, named for its location north of Little Italy at the centre […]

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Herzog & de Meuron designs Miu Miu store in Tokyo’s Aoyama district

Swiss architecture studio Herzog & de Meuron has completed an “understated” box-like shop for Italian fashion brand Miu Miu in Tokyo to contrast with the firm’s all-glass Prada store across the street (+ slideshow). Herzog & de Meuron designed the 720-metre-square building on Miyuki Street in Tokyo’s Aoyama District, close to the famous Omotesando Street […]

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Freshwater bathing pond to open in London’s King’s Cross

A naturally filtered outdoor swimming pool is taking shape as part of the redevelopment of King’s Cross in London. The project, called Of Soil and Water, is described as the UK’s first man-made bathing pond filtered using natural processes. Conceived by Rotterdam studio Ooze Architects and Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč as both an art installation […]

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Ikea’s flat-pack refugee shelters go into production

Ikea is producing 10,000 of its flat-pack temporary shelters designed for refugees made homeless by conflict and natural disasters (+ slideshow). The Ikea Foundation will supply the Better Shelter units to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which will distribute them globally to displaced families and communities later this year. “Putting refugee families and their […]

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London mayor backs new cycle superhighway

News: London mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to create Europe’s longest segregated cycle lane through the city centre. Today Johnson gave the go ahead for an amended plan to create a cycle link between east and west London, but also promised that the anticipated delays to motorist’s journeys along the route will be minimised. […]
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AMO’s Fondazione Prada set to open in Milan

News: Prada’s art foundation has announced its new venue by OMA’s research arm AMO will open this May, featuring a bar designed by film director Wes Anderson. Scheduled to welcome visitors on 9 May, the Fondazione Prada will be located on a Milanese industrial site at Largo Isarco – south of Milan’s city centre and away from the brand’s headquarters. […]
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Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court retail complex completes in Miami

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto aimed to create “crystallised showers of sunlight” with the blue glass fins that front his shopping centre in the Miami Design District (+ interview + slideshow). Sou Fujimoto’s design for the Palm Court retail centre was influenced by Miami’s tropical and unpredictable weather, which he experienced during his first visit. “I was […]
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Architecture for Humanity co-founders “deeply saddened” as charity’s head office closes

News: charitable organisation Architecture for Humanity has closed its San Francisco headquarters and laid off its staff after apparently being unable to continue funding humanitarian projects. Co-founders Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, who ran the organisation from 1999 to 2013, responded to the “sad news” in an email yesterday. “We just heard the news that Architecture for Humanity, the organisation we started […]
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Vincent Laforet documents New York with aerial photographs

New York City’s skyscraper clusters and strict street grid are illustrated in these images taken from a helicopter by French-American photographer Vincent Laforet (+ slideshow). Embarking on a mission to capture his home city from above, Vincent Laforet chartered a helicopter on a perfectly clear night and flew 2,300 metres over New York armed with his […]
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10 architecture and design exhibitions we’re looking forward to in 2015

Our 10 must-see exhibitions opening around the world in 2015 include showcases of African architecture, Postmodern design and “definitive” bicycles. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty V&A museum, London, UK 14 March – 19 July 2015 A retrospective of the work of late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen will be expanded with 30 additional garments from its […]
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Rem Koolhaas’ Faena Forum in Miami shown in new renderings and model

News: the Pantheon-like interior of Rem Koolhaas’ arts and culture centre in Miami Beach has been revealed by developer Faena during this year’s Design Miami and Art Basel events (+ slideshow). Due to open in December 2015, the 4,645-square-metre Faena Forum designed by Rem Koolhaas and his Dutch studio OMA will provide Miami Beach with […]
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Zaha Hadid says Tokyo stadium criticism is “embarrassing” for Japanese architects

News: Zaha Hadid has hit back at the Japanese architects criticising her Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium design, describing them as “hypocrites”. “I think it’s embarrassing for them, that’s all I can say,” Hadid told Dezeen. “I understand it’s their town. But they’re hypocrites.” Related story: Japanese architects rally against Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium London-based architect […]
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Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome installed in Miami Design District

Design Miami 2014: a domed structure conceived by American Neo-Futuristic architect Buckminster Fuller as an “autonomous dwelling machine” has been installed in the Miami Design District. Richard Buckminster Fuller designed and patented the Fly’s Eye Dome in 1965, which he saw as a prototype for low-cost portable housing of the future. He had produced three of the prototype […]
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“Chinese architecture will benefit” from CCTV building, says Rem Koolhaas

News: Rem Koolhaas has defended the design of OMA’s CCTV tower in Beijing, after the Chinese president called for an end to the construction of “weird architecture” in the country. “I don’t have the slightest difficulty in saying, or showing, or demonstrating, that CCTV is a very serious building,” Koolhaas told Dezeen, when asked to respond to […]

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Melbourne floats proposal for artificial surf park

News: Melbourne surfers could ride 1.5-metre-high waves within a heated salt-water pool in plans set out by local firm Damian Rogers Architecture for the city’s docklands. Damian Rogers Architecture has collaborated with engineering giant Arup to conceive and propose the idea for Surf Park Docklands – a contained pool with that would filter in and […]

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Steel bolt breaks off from Richard Rogers’ Cheesegrater tower

News: two steel bolts have broken on Richard Rogers’ Leadenhall Building in London, causing the area around the base of building to be cordoned off to pedestrians despite assurances that the building remains safe. A section of a bolt – reported to be the size of an adult arm – came loose and fell from […]

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Studio Gang to regenerate former power plant as a student centre

News: Chicago studio Studio Gang Architects has revealed plans to convert a decommissioned power plant in Wisconsin, USA, into new facilities for an arts college (+ slideshow). Beloit College has asked Studio Gang to develop the site between the institution’s existing campus and the riverfront of Beloit, located close to the state border with Illinois. […]

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Architecture Atelier Akio Takatsuka divides Quad House into unequal sections

The pointed roof of this small zinc-covered Tokyo house by Architecture Atelier Akio Takatsuka is offset to reflect the arrangement of rooms inside (+ slideshow). Quad House is located towards the back of a long thin plot in a suburb of the Japanese capital, surrounded by a garden and agricultural land. Related story: House N […]

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The UK “is not interested in funding” public buildings says David Chipperfield

Interview: the UK is a difficult place to “do architecture” thanks to the dominance of the commercial sector and a lack of government investment says British architect David Chipperfield, whose firm is refurbishing Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. “The state is not interested in funding” building projects for the public sector in the UK, Chipperfield […]

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CEBRA’s sports centre “grows like a mushroom” from concrete skate park by Glifberg+Lykkeskate

Danish studios CEBRA and Glifberg+Lykke have created an igloo-shaped street sports centre and a skate park on the harbour front of Haderslev, Denmark (+ slideshow). CEBRA’s domed sports centre houses facilities for street basketball, skateboarding, parkour and bouldering, while Glifberg+Lykke’s 4,500-square-metre skate park is carved out of a concrete landscape behind. Related story: Former Selfridges […]

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Courtyard House Plugin by People’s Architecture Office repurposes ancient Beijing residences

Beijing Design Week 2014: People’s Architecture Office has developed a panelling system for building temporary living spaces within the ageing structures of the city’s hutong districts (+ slideshow). Beijing studio People’s Architecture Office created the Courtyard House Plugin modular system as a lightweight and non-permanent solution for making the dilapidated buildings of Beijing’s historic neighbourhoods habitable again. […]

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Floating cycle path proposed for London’s River Thames

News: a proposal for a new east-west cycleway that would float on the River Thames has been unveiled by a consortium of architects, artists and engineers formed to promote the development of better cycling links in London. The Thames Deckway aims to provide a solution to the British capital’s “deep-seated traffic and pollution problems”. Proposed for a […]

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