Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for second Melbourne tower

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its designs for a 64-metre apartment block in Melbourne, which will feature facades covered in angular balconies and a roof topped by a pair of swimming pools.  The 19-storey tower named The Mayfair will be located on St Kilda Road, which links the district of St Kilda with the central business district

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Thomas Heatherwick to transform London’s Olympia into “world-leading” cultural hub

Thomas Heatherwick is to completely overhaul of the Olympia events centre in west London, creating a hotel, a theatre and suite of new entertainment venues within the Victorian exhibition hall. Heatherwick Studio is working with London-based architectural practice SPPARC on the overhaul the Olympia London venue in Kensington. In addition to the hotel and theatre, the duo are expected to

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Lund Hagem installs Y-shaped cabin on a hilltop overlooking Norwegian ski resort

Pine louvres cover the glazed sides of this cabin by Oslo studio Lund Hagem Arkitekter, which forks at one end to present two large windows towards slopes in Norway’s Kvitfjell ski resort. Lund Hagem Arkitekter set the cabin on one of the highest buildable plots in the resort, giving it clear views towards the southeast, where the sloping

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Tour Montparnasse set to receive “green makeover” by Nouvelle AOM

French studio Nouvelle AOM has been selected to overhaul the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Nouvelle AOM is a team made up of the heads of three Paris-based firms: Franklin Azzi of Franklin Azzi Architecture, Fréderic Chartier and Pascale Dalix from Chartier Dalix, and Mathurin Hardel and Cyrille Le Bihan of Hardel + Le Bihan Architectes. The consortium

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House-shaped opening cuts through Belgian school of architecture by Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus has completed a new architecture facility at a university in western Belgium, featuring a huge gabled void in its facade and a dramatic double-helical staircase inside. Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus designed the new faculty building for the Université Catholique de Louvain’s Tournai campus, which is located around 80 kilometres outside Brussels. The Lisbon-based duo won a competition

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Anish Kapoor’s neighbours “shafted” by approval of studio extension

Anish Kapoor has been accused of being “mean-spirited” by pushing ahead with plans for a light-blocking roof extension to his south London studio, by the leader of a campaign against the development. The group of residents petitioned to reduce the scale of of the extension to the artist’s workspace on Farmers Road in Camberwell, which they

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Populous and Egis unveil masterplan for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

A beach volleyball court will be installed at the foot of the Eiffel Tower as part of the masterplan developed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by architects Populous and engineers Egis. Populous and Egis’ proposal will see 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues dispersed across the city, rather than corralled into a campus setting such as in previous

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Obama calls on architecture and tech firms to support Chicago presidential library with apprenticeship schemes

Barack Obama has urged top architecture studios and tech firms like Amazon, Google and Microsoft to take on paid apprentices from Chicago’s South Side at a public consultation event for the Obama Presidential Library. The former US president spoke to the audience and answered questions through a video live-stream at the event, which took place last

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SOM exhibits architecture models with stripped-away skins to reveal engineering beneath

A row of intricately detailed architectural models take centre stage at this pop-up exhibition celebrating the beauty of engineering by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, which coincides with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The 30 structural models presented at 1:500 scale are arranged in ascending height order across the breadth of the exhibition space at the Mana Contemporary Chicago art

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Glenn Murcutt covers bushland home in zinc panels to protect it against wildfire

Set in a patch of dense coastal bushland on the Palm Beach peninsula just north of Sydney, this weekend residence by architect Glenn Murcutt is armoured in blackened zinc panels to defend it from wildfire. Nestled into the base of a sandstone outcrop, the two-storey house is surrounded by shrubbery and a forest of gum, oak and blueberry

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Wales scraps plans for Iron Ring sculpture at Flint Castle after public outcry

The Welsh government has abandoned plans to build a ring-shaped walkway at Flint Castle, which was described by critics as a symbol of oppression. The competition-winning plans for the £395 million sculpture, by London- and Gloucestershire-based practice George King Architects, were first unveiled on 21 July, and gained almost immediate criticism. An online petition against the project, which was

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Foster + Partners reveals quayside cultural complex for Stockholm’s old town

Foster + Partners has designed a “new destination” for Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan. The three-storey building, called Mälarterrassen, will sit between Stockholm’s Södermalmstorg square and quay. Set against the quay wall to appear low-lying, it will contain a mixture of facilities including, market stalls, restaurants, cafes and exhibition galleries. The project being led by Spencer de Grey – the

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Richard Meier completes Bauhaus-inspired tower in Tel Aviv

American architect Richard Meier has finished work on his first project in Israel, a residential tower covered in a “veil” of white louvres that ensure the building is in keeping with its Bauhaus-era neighbours in Tel Aviv’s White City. Richard Meier & Partners’ Rothschild Tower rises 154 metres above Rothschild Boulevard in the centre of the UNESCO-protected White City, which is renowned for its 20th-century architecture.

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Extremely pointed garden room features a treehouse-like design and a climbing wall

A climbing wall, a study and a bedroom are all contained within this Brisbane house extension, designed by Phorm Architecture + Design to be reminiscent of a treehouse. Described by the studio as a “detached residential extension”, the Taringa Treehouse is built under the shelter of a tree, in the backyard of a property in the Queensland city. The tree is one of a row

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Grimshaw unveils Sydney office tower designed to appeal to the “millennial worker”

Grimshaw has revealed plans for an office tower overlooking Sydney harbour, which will comprise three district sections and a curving roofline that references the vaulted shells of the nearby Opera House. London-based Grimshaw designed the AU $90 million (£55 million) scheme for a plot spanning 210-220 George Street. The tower, which will take the name of the lot,

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Zaha Hadid Architects wins Tallinn port contest

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a masterplan for Tallinn’s port, boasting a new cruise ship terminal as well as office and housing districts intended to spark regeneration around the waterfront of the Estonian capital.  London office Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) saw off competition for the Masterplan 2030 contest from two other finalists – Alejandro Zaera Polo’s practice Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llaguno Architecture and the

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Post-war architecture shouldn’t take the blame for political failures, says Owen Hopkins

With the demolition of Robin Hood Gardens now underway and the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire still fresh, writer and curator Owen Hopkins has called for politicians to stop using Britain’s post-war architecture as a scapegoat for today’s problems. Hopkins is senior curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, and is also the author of Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of

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Baca Architects bases treehouse hotel for Panama eco resort on a cocoa pod

London practice Baca Architects has designed a cocoa pod-shaped treehouse for an eco hotel located on a secluded Panama island, which is accessible only by boat. Baca Architects founder Richard Coutts was asked to design the treehouse as well as a larger residence for the Bíku Treehouse Retreat on the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The chain of islands in the Caribbean

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Carbuncle Cup shortlists six contenders for worst building of 2017

Six buildings have been shortlisted for architecture’s least illustrious prize – the Carbuncle Cup for the UK’s worst new building from the last year. The projects nominated range from a new entrance to a rail station in Peston, Lancashire, to a student halls of residence in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in London. The annual

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Bulldozers move in on Robin Hood Gardens

Despite years of campaigning from architects and heritage bodies, demolition is now underway on Robin Hood Gardens, the post-war housing estate in east London designed by exponents of new brutalism, Alison and Peter Smithson. Images showing the the historic 1970s housing estate being pulled down began appearing on social media earlier this week, although its demolition has

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals plans for Monroe Blocks development in downtown Detroit

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has released visuals of its first US project: a mixed-use development in Detroit, Michigan, bound by two glazed towers overlooking the city’s historic theatre district. Schmidt Hammer Lassen was commissioned for the Monroe Blocks scheme by developer Bedrock Detroit, and is working on the design with local architects Neumann Smith and engineering firm Buro Happold.

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HASA Architects converts derelict glasshouses into events space in Highgate

Birch plywood panels form partitions, platforms and furniture inside these greenhouses at a former garden centre in Highgate, north London, converted into an events and exhibition space by local practice HASA Architects. The six glasshouses, which terrace down the gently sloping site, once formed part of the Capital Gardens garden centre in Highgate Bowl. It was bought by

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs reveal new Hodder + Partners-designed tower for Manchester

Former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have revealed a new Hodder + Partners-designed tower for Manchester, England, after dropping their original designs following uproar over the plan to raze several historic buildings. The former Manchester United players-turned-devlopers are working with Burnley Football Club owner Brendan Flood on the plans for the St Michael’s scheme, which they first unveiled in August 2016. But the

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BIG’s VIA 57 West offers affordable homes for less than $1,500 a month

A lottery for affordably priced apartments in BIG’s Manhattan housing development VIA 57 West has begun, with some homes available to rent from $1,448 per month. There are 36 affordable apartments up for grabs inside the so-called “courtscraper” – one of the most desirable addresses in Manhattan, which features a huge courtyard at its centre. These home are being

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First photographs emerge of Fumihiko Maki’s V&A-backed design museum in Shenzhen

These construction shots offer a first glimpse of the new Shenzhen design museum designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, which is opening later this year and will include a new Chinese outpost for the V&A museum. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect first unveiled the model for the design museum back in 2014. Originally called the Shekou Museum, after the former

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SANAA completes cloud-shaped port terminal building for Naoshima island

SANAA has built a small passenger terminal shaped like a cloud for a port on the Japanese island of Naoshima, which is famed for its contemporary art scene. Japanese duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and their firm SANAA designed the terminal for passengers waiting to disembark the island – giving them a place to park their bicycles or

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Arching bamboo trusses are left exposed in Chiang Mai sports hall to create a “feast to the eye”

Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction modelled the segmented and undulating roof of this bamboo sports hall at a school in Chiang Mai in Thailand on the petals of a lotus flower. Local bamboo specialists Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction designed the Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School, which educates primary school-aged children using buddhist principles. Located among rice fields, a 15

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Fernando Abellanas hangs secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas has installed a covert studio beneath a graffiti-covered bridge in the Spanish city of Valencia, making use of the concrete infrastructure to form a roof and walls for the hideaway. Abellanas, who designs furniture and lighting under the studio name Lebrel, created the small timber- and metal-framed hut in just two weeks. He prefers not to reveal its

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Huge porthole windows bathe Melbourne apartments with natural light

Circular windows dominate the staggered brick facades of this apartment block designed by Australian practice BKK Architects for the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe East. Local studio BKK Architects designed the 44-apartment block for a steeply sloping site in a residential neighbourhood located around 10 kilometres northeast of the city’s central business district. Six porthole windows provide the focal point for the Cirqua Apartments, which are made

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Historic England lists London cabbies’ hut and Yorkshire “hobbit’s home”

A London cabbies’ shelter, a turf-covered home in Yorkshire and a Royal Navy intelligence-gathering station in Durham are among five new building listings made by Historic England to mark the 70th anniversary of “The List”. A 1970s holiday home in woodland near Cornwall and a Jewish cemetery in London also make it on to The National Heritage List for England. The five new

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge officially scrapped

The final nail in the coffin for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge has come today, as the trust behind the project announced its closure following lack of support by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity set up to build and run the £200-million Garden Bridge, announced its closure and the end of the project this morning.

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Cladding passes fire safety test ordered following Grenfell Tower blaze

A safety test carried out on a variation of the aluminium cladding blamed for the spread of the fire at Grenfell Tower has shown the design complies with current building regulations. It is the fourth of six such fire safety tests carried out by Building Research Establishment (BRE). The UK government ordered the tests of cladding used on buildings over 18

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Garciagerman Arquitectos’ Desert City centre is dedicated to cactus and succulent aficionados

Spanish architect Jacobo García-Germán has designed an experimental garden centre for exhibiting, breeding and growing cacti near Madrid. García-Germán’s firm Garciagerman Arquitectos designed the Desert City research and development centre for a a stretch of former wasteland set between a motorway and the foothills of the Upper Manzanares Basin Regional Park in San Sebastián de los Reyes. The 16,000-square-metre facility includes both

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“Stunning” car park will be demolished to make way for Eric Parry-designed hotel

The demolition of a brutalist-era car park behind London’s Oxford Street has been approved to make way for a hotel designed by Eric Parry Architects. Westminister Council has approved the demolition of the Welbeck Street car park, which was designed by Michael Blampied and Partners in 1971 for the department store Debenhams. It will now be

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Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio has revealed its own video and photographs of its tree-covered development in Shanghai, following the release of drone footage earlier this week. Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees, previously called Moganshan, is currently under construction next to the city’s M50 arts district. The huge tree-covered development design is split across two sites, connected by a narrow strip of land containing a

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Robin Hood Gardens demolition is an “act of vandalism” says Simon Smithson

Simon Smithson, the son of the architects behind the soon-to-be-demolished Robin Hood Gardens, has attacked politicians for tampering with the heritage-listing system, to erase prime examples of the UK’s post-war architecture. An architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Smithson was a key figure in the campaign to save the brutalist landmark designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. Despite nationwide

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Liverpool gives go-ahead for towers despite UNESCO warnings

Liverpool’s docks may lose their UNESCO World Heritage status following the approval of a pair of high-rise residential blocks facing the city’s River Mersey. Part of the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, the Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks towers by Hodder and Partners and Brock Carmichael Architects were granted approval despite ongoing concerns. Renderings of the pair of towers show

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BIG unveils plans for Cactus Towers beside new Copenhagen IKEA

Bjarke Ingel’s firm BIG has revealed renderings of a pair of high-rise residential towers with spiky facades, which will overlook a new IKEA and hotel in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district. Named after the distinctive spiked outline created by their rotated floorplates, the Cactus Towers will stand at 60 and 80 metres tall. The corners of the slabs are shown overhanging planted

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Tadao Ando surrounds huge buddha statue with lavender-covered mound at Sapporo cemetery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has concealed a huge stone statue of the buddha within a hill covered in lavender plants at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo. The top of the statue’s head just crests through a circular well at the centre of the verdant mound, which is carpeted in 150,000 of the purple-flowering plants. Visitors must pass through a 40-metre tunnel to get to

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Drone footage shows Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” underway in Shanghai

Work is well underway on Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” in Shanghai, as shown in this flyover movie filmed by a drone. One thousand trees dot the terraced forms of Moganshan, a project designed by Thomas Heatherwick’s London studio for a six-hectare site adjacent to Shanghai’s main art district, M50. A rendering of the project was first unveiled in December 2015, but this footage

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PUP Architects builds rooftop pavilion disguised as warehouse air duct

PUP Architects has installed a “subversive” duct-shaped pavilion on the roof of a canal-side warehouse in east London, to provoke local planning authorities to reconsider the area’s development. The London studio run by Theo Molloy, Chloe Leen and Steve Wilkinson drew up the design for the Architecture Foundation’s new Antepavilion programme, an annual commission sponsored by the property

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Blaze tears through Dubai’s Torch Tower skyscraper for second time

A fire broke out at one of Dubai’s tallest skyscrapers in the early hours of this morning, causing the evacuation of over 600 residences and reigniting debate about the safety of materials used in high-rise buildings. Dubai Civil Defense services announced it was dealing with a fire at the 337-metre-high Torch Tower at approximately 2am local time this morning,

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Review of building and fire safety regulations launched following Grenfell Tower disaster

The UK government has launched an independent review of building and fire safety regulations in response to the fatal Grenfell Tower blaze. The review was announced on Friday following the failure of the first large-scale fire tests being carried out by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) on cladding systems used on high-rise residential buildings in the UK. The results showed

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WHY wins Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion contest with design featuring undulating roof gardens

American studio wHY Architecture has won a competition to design a new events pavilion overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, with plans for a series of glazed pavilions topped by wave-shaped roof gardens.  wHY partnered with Edinburgh office GRAS on its design for the £25 million Ross Pavilion, which was selected ahead of proposals by six other teams, including BIG, Adjaye Associates and Sou

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Fire safety test shows Grenfell Tower’s cladding system was “an absolute failure”

A mockup of the cladding system blamed for the catastrophic scale of the Grenfell Tower blaze has failed its government-ordered fire safety check. The fire safety test was carried out on a large-scale replica of the Grenfell Tower cladding system by Building Research Establishment (BRE) on behalf of the government. Part of the test was broadcast on Newsnight, on the

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Plans put on hold for “deeply offensive” Iron Ring sculpture at Wales’ Flint Castle

The Welsh government has halted plans for a huge ring-shaped walkway at Flint Castle following a backlash against the design, which many see as a symbol of “oppression, subjugation and injustice”. Welsh cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, Ken Skates, said the design of the sculpture named the Iron Ring will now be reviewed – following claims it celebrates

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Cooke Fawcett’s rooftop observatory gives views of London’s skyline from above a Peckham car park

Architecture studio Cooke Fawcett has built an elevated walkway atop a multi-storey car park in south London, a space that is also used as an open-air gallery by arts organisation Bold Tendencies. Called the Peckham Observatory, the steel-framed structure stands like a table over the entrance to the rooftop, which is also the venue of Frank’s Cafe – a campari bar covered by

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Christ & Gantenbein’s concrete extension to National Museum Zurich photographed by Rory Gardiner

British photographer Rory Gardiner took these shots of Christ & Gantenbein’s angular concrete extension to the National Museum Zurich when it was bathed in late winter sunlight. Gardiner visited Zurich in early March to shoot the new wing Christ & Gantenbein designed for the museum, which houses the largest collection of cultural and historical items in Switzerland. The Basel architecture practice selected raw concrete for the extension, which opened last summer, to

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BIG creates subterranean museum by carving channels into dune by Nazi bunker

Danish firm BIG has built an “invisible museum” in Blåvand, Denmark, by cutting linear passageways out of the sand dune beside a bunker built by German forces during the second world war. BIG’s design creates new exhibition spaces for the Tirpitz Bunker, which already housed a small museum. The four slender slices channel through the dune beside the bunker,

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Sadiq Khan appoints David Adjaye, Alison Brooks and Sadie Morgan as design advocates for London

London mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed 50 architects and designers, including David Adjaye, Alison Brooks and Sadie Morgan, to work with local councils to improve the quality of the built environment across the capital. Khan announced the appointments as part of the Good Growth by Design programme during a speech at London School of Economics last night.

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“Brexit is an attempt to get out of European regulation. It’s a crisis,” says David Chipperfield

British architect David Chipperfield has claimed the UK’s departure from the European Union will further erode city planning regulations at a time when they are needed most. “We’ve completely destroyed the notion of planning. At a point where we need the most planning, the most engagement, we’ve got the least,” he said, speaking at the annual RIBA International Conference last week. “This

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Munarq Arquitectes uses sandstone, cork, ceramic bricks and wicker to build solar-powered winery in Majorca

Cork-insulated roofs help create a stable temperature for wine production inside this solar-powered winery in Majorca by Munarq Arquitectes, which also features a sandstone exterior and wicker sunshades. Pau Munar and Rafel Munar of Mallorca-based Munarq Arquitectes were asked to design the 1,300-square-metre space for the Son Juliana wine company, which needed a facility that could produce 40,000 litres of wine each year.

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Mecanoo installs golden pavilion with scooped roofline on 17th-century Dutch estate

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has created a golden hued events pavilion with a broad scooped roof in the grounds of a historic chateau near Maastricht. Mecanoo’s addition provides conference and meeting room facilities for the estate, which includes a chateau and manor farm built in the 1660s, as well as the St Gerlachus Church and a farmstead, which date to the

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Royal Academy of Arts announces new architecture gallery as part of Chipperfield renovation

David Chipperfield’s renovation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London will now include a permanent exhibition space for architecture thanks to a seven-figure donation, it was announced today. Chipperfield’s refurbishment of the Burlington Gardens building, which is located to the rear of the Royal Academy’s main entrance off Piccadilly, is set to complete next year to coincide

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils new visuals for “stacked vases” hotel tower in Melbourne

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed new visuals of its proposed 185-metre tower in Melbourne, which will be made up of four stacked blocks with white filigree facades. First unveiled by London-based ZHA back in 2015, the tower will be located on Collins Street, in the heart of the city’s central business district. It is expected to open in 2023 and will be occupied by the Mandarin Oriental hotel

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Kodasema launches tiny prefab home for £150k in UK

In a bid to solve the UK’s housing crisis, Estonian design collective Kodasema has launched its prefabricated 25-square-metre micro home that takes less than a day to build and can be relocated to make use of vacant sites. The Koda house costs just £150,000 as a package – including the cost of planning and building regulations, as well as delivery, site

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Tadao Ando to convert Paris stock exchange into art gallery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has revealed his plans to convert Paris’ Bourse de Commerce building into a museum that will host one of the world’s largest contemporary art collections. Ando was commissioned to create the gallery within the heritage-listed building by French businessman François Pinault, who will use the space to host his collection of contemporary artworks known

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Grenfell Tower disaster exposes UK’s “dangerous, ugly, cruel and uncaring” approach to social housing, say architects

Architects have attacked the culture of cost-cutting and “value-stripping” in UK construction, which they believe contributed to the fatal Grenfell Tower fire. “This terrible event may prove to be the shock that finally forces commissioning public clients and the construction industry to take design quality and specification seriously,” said Paul Karakusevic of London-based Karakusevic Carson Architects. “Value

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CF Møller appointed on Robin Hood Gardens replacement scheme

Scandinavian firm CF Møller has been appointed alongside Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop on the housing scheme that will replace Robin Hood Gardens, the brutalist estate in east London designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. CF Møller’s housing will take the place of the eastern block of the iconic estate, while residences by Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop – who were appointed to the scheme

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AL_A completes tile-covered entrance and subterranean gallery for London’s V&A museum

Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A have completed a new porcelain-tiled entrance and underground exhibition hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter comprises an alternative entrance to the museum, as well as extra gallery space and a courtyard. The £54.5 million scheme by Levete’s London-based firm, which was first announced back in

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John Outram’s “Temple of Storms” pumping station heritage listed as one of UK’s finest postmodern buildings

A London pumping station designed by British architect John Outram has been Grade II* listed, in a move that Historic England hopes will see other postmodern buildings recognised for their architectural significance. The Isle of Dogs Storm Water Pumping Station was built between 1986 and 1988 in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets. It was

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60 UK towers fail fire safety checks following Grenfell tragedy

The number of towers that have failed fire safety checks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 60, as the government urges councils to submit cladding samples for testing. So far, all 60 of the cladding samples submitting for combustibility checks at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) have failed the test. BRE is able to test up to 100 samples

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Cladding stripped from residential towers across UK in wake of Grenfell Tower fire

Cladding is being removed from residential high-rises across the UK following concerns over fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The government has ordered tests on up to 600 high-rise buildings to establish whether they have been clad in the same aluminium composite material used at Grenfell Tower, as last week’s disaster continues

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RIBA names top 20 homes for 2017 in House of the Year Award long list

Richard Meier’s first UK building and a cork-covered holiday in Essex marshland are among the 20 contenders for this year’s RIBA House of the Year Award. The Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual award is given to the best house or extension completed by an architect in the UK in the last year. Included in this year’s long

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RIBA reveals the best of British architecture for 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects has named 49 winners of its national awards, ranging from a cluster of luxury townhouses, to a new wing for the Tate Modern museum and workshops for the National Arboretum. The 2017 RIBA National Awards for architecture recognises the best buildings created in the last 12 months. A shortlist

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Grenfell Tower residents to be rehomed in luxury Kensington apartments

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are to be given permanent homes in a luxury apartment block nearing completion at High Street Kensington, London. The UK government’s communities secretary Sajid Javid announced the plans earlier today, one week after the fire that has so far claimed 79 lives. The Corporation of London has bought 68 flats

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Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion photographed by Jim Stephenson

These images by architectural photographer Jim Stephenson offer an in-depth look at this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, an indigo-blue structure designed by Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. Stephenson took the photographs at a press preview of the pavilion this morning, ahead of its official opening on 23 June. The oval-shaped structure, designed by Berlin- and Burkina Faso-based Kéré, is defined by curving indigo-blue

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Diébédo Francis Kéré unveils Serpentine Pavilion containing a waterfall-cum-courtyard

African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has unveiled this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, an indigo-blue structure with a latticed canopy and a courtyard at its centre that will be transformed into a waterfall when it rains. Kéré is the 17th architect to take on the annual commission for the pavilion, which is erected each summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.

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Architects unveil energy-themed pavilions at Astana Expo 2017

The Astana Expo opened to the public last week in the Kazakhstani capital. These images by architectural photographer Paul Raftery reveal the myriad pavilions on display, including the UK offering designed by Asif Khan and Brian Eno.  Raftery took the photographs at the opening of the Astana Expo 2017, where over 100 countries are presenting exhibitions and pavilions under the theme Future Energy.

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Terence Conran and Amanda Levete recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

Terence Conran, Amanda Levete and Asif Khan are among the British architects and designers who have been awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their services to the industry. The Queen’s Birthday Honours recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their field. This year one designer and three architects are included in the list. For his major contribution

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