Herzog & de Meuron unveils updated design for Hong Kong M+ museum

News: Herzog & de Meuron has revealed the latest images of its design for M+, the new museum of visual culture that recently broke ground in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (+ slideshow). Set to become one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, the 60,000-square-metre building will be dedicated […]
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The Observatory is a mobile charred timber artist’s studio by Feilden Clegg Bradley

These two charred-timber cabins house a temporary artist’s studio that will travel across the UK, offering passers-by a glimpse into the working processes of the occupants (+ slideshow). Designed by a team of young designers from London firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the two cabins were commissioned as part of an arts education programme and are collectively called The Observatory. Related story: Tick-shaped art […]
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MUMA unveils glass and brick extensions to Manchester’s Whitworth gallery

The Whitworth gallery in Manchester has reopened following an extensive renovation by London architecture studio MUMA that included the addition of two new glass and brick gallery wings (+ slideshow). MUMA added the two extensions – one glass and stainless steel, and the other red brick – to the rear of the existing 19th-century building located in […]
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Copper panels give a flame-like appearance to Museum of Fire in Poland

Each facet that makes up the facade of this community building in Poland by OVO Grabczewscy Architekci is covered in a sheet of shiny ridged copper to create the impression of flames (+ slideshow). Katowice-based studio OVO Grabczewscy Architekci designed the Museum of Fire after being asked to create a cultural pavilion for the city of Żory in southern Poland, […]
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Tick-shaped art studio by Christian Tonko follows the slope of an Austrian hillside

This weathered steel-clad artist’s studio by architect Christian Tonkin has an angled body that follows the slope of the hill, but one end projects out to frame views out over the rooftops of nearby Bregenz (+ slideshow). Entitled a Studio for Drawing, Painting and Small Sculpture, the small building was designed by Christian Tonko to sit in the […]
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Lakeside hotel by Ryuichi Ashizawa adjoins a chapel with a musical facade

Harp strings fixed across the facade turn this hotel chapel on a lakeside site in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, into a huge musical instrument when the wind blows (+ slideshow). The Setre Marina Hotel and Sound of Wind Chapel, both designed by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect & Associates, are located on the shoreline of Lake Biwa near the city of Moriyama. […]
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Work begins on Jean Nouvel’s woodland arts complex in China

News: construction has started on a vast arts complex designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel for Qingdao, China, featuring a museum, artists’ studios and a marina. French architect Jean Nouvel, who caused controversy last week after refusing to attend the opening of his Philharmonie de Paris concert hall, designed the 70,000-square-metre Artists’ Garden around a museum that will host […]
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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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Skewed concrete chapel by EMC Arquitectura balances over a mountainside in El Salvador

This asymmetric concrete chapel by EMC Arquitectura teeters on the edge of a mountain in El Salvador (+ slideshow). Local studio EMC Arquitectura designed Cardedeu for a grassy plot on a mountain that runs down to the shores of the Coatepeque lake – a volcanic basin in western El Salvador. The chapel has two open sides, designed to take advantage of […]
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Funeral chapel by Tria Studio brings gentle winds through its hollow centre

The breeze flows through the centre of this funeral chapel that Tria Studio has completed at a village cemetery in Slovenia’s picturesque Tuhinj Valley (+ slideshow). The Farewell Chapel serves the community of Zgornji Tuhinj –  a small village that also boasts a historic 17th century church. Related story: The Dezeen guide to contemporary cemeteries It […]
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Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts unveils campus redesign by Steven Holl

News: Steven Holl has been appointed to rework the campus of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and will add new buildings to offer a “complementary contrast” to structures by Mies van der Rohe and Rafael Moneo. New York-based Steven Holl plans to relegate all of the existing car parking underground, creating a pedestrian-friendly campus with two buildings […]
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Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Musée des Confluences opens on a river peninsula in Lyon

Austrian studio Coop Himmelb(l)au has completed a faceted steel and angular glass building to house a natural history museum in Lyon, France (+ slideshow). The Musée des Confluences, which opened to the public just before Christmas, was designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au to accommodate the museum’s collection of over 2.2 million objects, alongside exhibition galleries and lecture rooms. […]
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Archea Associati creates fruit-inspired buildings for Yanqing Grape Expo

Round pavilions dotted across the landscaped grounds of this expo centre for a grapevine breeding convention in China were designed to resemble giant grapes, with relief patterns in their concrete facades (+ slideshow). Italian studio Archea Associati won an international competition to develop the facility for the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics, an event focused on issues […]
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Bruther slots curving community centre into crowded Paris neighbourhood

Designed to offer a “landmark” in an otherwise mundane part of Paris, this sport and culture centre by Bruther features a multi-layered facade that varies in transparency to suit the various activities it contains (+ slideshow). The centre was developed by local studio Bruther to provide a wide range of public services for the community of the heavily […]
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Caruso St John to “restructure” Asplund’s Stockholm City Library

News: British architecture studio Caruso St John has won a competition to restore and expand one of Sweden’s most significant 20th century buildings – the Stockholm City Library by Swedish architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. Caruso St John will pick up the baton for the library project, which has been on hold since 2009, after being […]
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Translucent glass concert hall designed by Barozzi Veiga with a jagged roofline

This concert hall in Poland by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga features ribbed glass cladding and a spiky roof, giving it the appearance of an icy crown (+ slideshow). Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga won a competition to design the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall for the coastal city of Szczecin, in north-west Poland, where it sits on the site of another auditorium […]
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Sou Fujimoto to create House of Hungarian Music at new Budapest museum park

News: Sou Fujimoto is one of three architects that have been selected to design buildings for a Hungarian museum complex in Budapest’s City Park (+ slideshow). Sou Fujimoto’s design for the House of Hungarian Music was selected via an anonymous competition process to become one of five new museums planned for a park just outside Budapest’s city […]
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Hawaii unveils designs for Obama Presidential Centre bid

News: three international design teams, including architects Snøhetta and Allied Works, have developed designs for Hawaii’s bid to host Obama’s presidential library. The University of Hawaii commissioned three designs for its presentation in the battle to build the US President’s official library this month, having identified a beach site adjacent to the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. […]
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French village library by Studio 02 Architectes presents a gridded facade of wood and glass

A grid of white concrete frames the alternating glass and timber walls of this library in a French village by Studio 02 Architectes (+ slideshow). Studio 02 Architectes designed the 450-square-metre library, named Mediatheque de Monterblanc, for a corner plot in the Brittany village of Monterblanc. Related story: White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a […]
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Halifax library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen comprises four stacked blocks

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects stacked up boxy volumes with different dimensions and cladding finishes to create this library in Halifax, Canada (+ slideshow). Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects collaborated with local office Fowler Bauld & Mitchell on the design for the Halifax Central Library after winning a 2010 international competition for the redevelopment of the city […]
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OMA scoops Shanghai exhibition centre competition

News: OMA is set to transform part of a former shipyard in Shanghai into a 1,500-square-metre exhibition centre, after winning an international design competition. The Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Centre will be located in an area of the waterfront known as the Shanghai Shipyard, thanks to its history as a centre for boat building. Related story: […]
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Granite-clad library by Carr Cotter & Naessens faces out over the Irish Sea

One huge window frames views out over the harbour from inside this library that Irish firm Carr Cotter & Naessens has completed in a harbour-side town near Dublin (+ slideshow). Set to open next week, Dlr Lexicon is the new public library for the town of Dún Laoghaire and was designed by Cork-based Carr Cotter & Naessens to […]
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Latin American Art Museum by Fernando Romero revealed for downtown Miami

News: Mexican architect Fernando Romero has unveiled his design for a South American art museum in Miami – the so-called capital of Latin America – during this week’s Art Basel and Design Miami events (+ movie). Following months of speculation Fernando Romero, principal architect at FR-EE, confirmed he will be designing the Latin American Art Museum at Miami […]
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Guggenheim Helsinki: “We’ve got quite a lot to chew on”

News: the Guggenheim is just one of a string of institutions expanding internationally with new architecture projects. The Helsinki competition represents part of its plans to “stop being an exporting institution, and instead be a collaborative one,” according to director Richard Armstrong (+ interview). The shortlist for the Guggenheim Helsinki was revealed this morning and includes six firms […]
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Six emerging architects shortlisted for Guggenheim Helsinki design competition

News: after commissioning landmark museums by Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry in the 20th century, the Guggenheim has shortlisted six little-known practices for its latest outpost in Helsinki. London-based Asif Khan is joined on the shortlist by Zurich firm AGPS Architecture; international company Fake Industries Architectural Agonism; Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 from Stuttgart; Parisian […]

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Reiulf Ramstad completes wooden church with a grand spire beside a Norwegian fjord

Oslo studio Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has reinterpreted the traditional Norwegian stave church to create a modern chapel featuring folded timber surfaces and a huge pyramid-shaped spire (+ slideshow). Oslo-based office Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter won a competition to design the 2,250-square-metre Community Church for the village of Knarvik, in Hordaland, Norway. Related story: Bøler Church by Hansen/Bjørndal Architects Built into a rocky slope […]

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RCA graduate Olivia Wright to convert vandalised bottle kilns into pottery preservation centre

Rows of irregularly shaped bricks will create patterns around these three towers that architecture graduate Olivia Wright has designed to transform a derelict and vandalised pottery factory in northern England into a conservation centre. Olivia Wright proposed the renovation for a ruined pottery site in the Burslem region of Stoke-on-Trent for her final project at the Royal Collage […]

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Pombal Castle visitor centre offers a peek through a historic stone wall

Comoco Architects has added a third new structure to the grounds of the medieval Pombal Castle in Portugal – a smooth concrete visitor centre that doubles as a viewing platform (+ slideshow). The single-storey structure with a staircase forming one of its facades is the second commission that Coimbra-based Comoco Architects has had for the […]

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AZPML, Lacaton & Vassal and Kuehn Malvezzi to redesign Montreal’s natural science Biodome

News: a trio of international architecture firms will redevelop and add new facilities to Montreal’s natural science museum, housed in a vast glass velodrome within the grounds of the city’s former Olympic park. Three teams have won competitions to design parts of the £12 million redevelopment of the A Space for Life natural science museum and […]

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Sparrenberg Castle visitor centre by Max Dudler boasts striated concrete walls

Multi-tonal layers of concrete resemble bands of sediment on the walls of this visitor centre designed by Swiss architect Max Dudler for a medieval fortress in Germany (+ slideshow). Sparrenberg Castle sits on a hillside 60 metres above the city of Bielefeld. Dating back to the 13th century, the fortress has been reconstructed many times […]

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White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a Norwegian harbour

White concrete surfaces vary from matte to polished on the walls of this library and concert hall, completed by London studio DRDH on the waterfront of Bodø, Norway (+ slideshow). The project to design the new £110 million cultural centre was won by DRDH, run by Daniel Rosbottom and David Howarth, in 2009. The buildings, together named Stormen (Storm), […]

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Brutalist seminary to be resurrected in 2015 after 25 years of neglect

News: after a quarter of a century of decay, a full design team has been appointed to convert the ruins of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s Brutalist St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Scotland, into a major venue for art and culture. Designed by celebrated architects, the late Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan, the concrete seminary was completed in […]

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UNESCO launches competition to design cultural centre in war-torn Afghanistan

News: international heritage body UNESCO has launched a competition to design a cultural centre on the boundary of the Bamiyan Valley site, which housed two giant seventh-century statues of Buddha that were destroyed by Taliban militants in 2001. UNESCO has teamed up with the Afghan government’s Ministry of Information and Culture to launch the Bamiyan […]

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Renzo Piano reconfigures Harvard Art Museums around a grand courtyard atrium

Italian architect Renzo Piano has upgraded the facilities of the Harvard Art Museums in Boston, Massachusetts, by adding a new gallery wing and transforming a former courtyard into a top-lit atrium (+ slideshow). Renzo Piano Building Workshop has increased gallery space by 40 per cent in the three buildings that make up the Harvard Art Museum […]

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Six inverted arches outline the roof of Shonan Christ Church by Takeshi Hosaka

Gaps in the upside-down barrel-vaulted ceiling of this Japanese church by Takeshi Hosaka funnel slices of light into the concrete-lined hall (+ slideshow). Takeshi Hosaka designed the 175-square-metre Shonan Christ Church for a site along the coast of Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Related story: Chapel of St. Lawrence by Avanto Architects The “restrained” single-storey height […]

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Copper-clad chapel in Finland has a curving wooden frame like a ship’s hull

An arched framework of curving pine ribs gives this chapel in Finland by Sanaksenaho Architects a shape more akin to a boat than a building (+ slideshow). Matti Sanaksenaho, the founder of Helsinki-based Sanaksenaho Architects, designed St Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel as a steeply arching structure with a shiny copper exterior and a warm wooden […]

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Badajoz Fine Arts Museum extensions feature speckled walls and bevelled edges

Hundreds of tiny holes puncture the white concrete panels that clad these two extensions to the Badajoz Fine Arts Museum by Spanish firm Estudio Arquitectura Hago (+ slideshow). Estudio Arquitectura Hago won an international competition in 2007 to carry out renovation and extension works to the listed Fine Arts Museum building in the Spanish city of Badajoz, on the Portuguese […]

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BIG presents $2 billion plans for Smithsonian campus overhaul

News: Bjarke Ingels’ firm has unveiled its plans for a “radical reinterpretation” of the Smithsonian Institution campus in Washington DC, creating new entrances and underground extensions (+ slideshow). In what has been described as the biggest project in the National Mall in over a century, BIG plans to restructure the home of the 168-year-old institution […]

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Construction starts on David Adjaye’s spiralling stone extinction memorial

News: construction is now underway on a memorial to extinct species of the present and future, designed by David Adjaye for the Isle of Portland, England. A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week for the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO), a 30-metre-high stone spiral that will house an information and exhibition centre for the 860 species […]

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Curving voids pierce the floors of Anttinen Oiva Architects’ Helsinki library

Elliptical openings create huge lightwells through the seven storeys of the Helsinki University Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects – another runner up from the first Finlandia Prize for Architecture (+ slideshow). The Helsinki studio led by architects Selina Anttinen and Vesa Oiva won a competition to design the library, also known as Kaisa House, on the […]

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Peter Haimerl’s Bavarian concert hall has a rough stone exterior and a raw concrete interior

One end of this stone-clad concert hall in Germany by Peter Haimerl Architektur appears to have subsided into the ground, causing the other to lift up in to the air (+ slideshow). Munich-based Peter Haimerl Architektur designed the 500-square-metre venue for the small village of Bailbach, in the Bavarian woods. Related story: Criss-crossing timber canopy extends over […]

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils curving stone design for contentious Israel library

News: Herzog & de Meuron has revealed its design for the National Library of Israel, after being chosen to replace the Israeli architect who originally won the competition. Herzog & de Meuron presents a “strong, sculptural” design for the new national library in Jerusalem – a project given to the Swiss firm after initial winner Rafi Segal was ousted […]

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Urbain Architectencollectief converts brick fire station into Kortrijk cultural centre

Belgian firm Urbain Architectencollectief has refurbished a former brick fire station building and added an extra storey to house additional facilities for a cultural centre in the city of Kortrijk (+ slideshow). The extension to the Cultural Center de Neerbeek forms part of a masterplan developed by Ghent studio Urbain Architectencollectief in 2009 to increase […]

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Furumori Koichi adds timber latticework to a concrete Japanese temple extension

A wooden latticed ceiling covers a space for storing funerary urns inside this concrete extension to a Japanese temple by Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio (+ slideshow). Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio added the 335-square-metre Myoenji Columbarium – a vault used to store cremation urns – to a Japanese temple in Fukuoka prefecture. The flat-roofed extension contrasts with the traditional […]

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MAD and Studio Gang reveal concept design for George Lucas’ Chicago art museum

News: Beijing firm MAD and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects have unveiled the initial design for an art museum on Chicago’s lakefront, which will house the collection of American film director George Lucas. The two firms were selected by Star Wars creator George Lucas in July to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) and […]

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Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 Modernism Prize

News: the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for preservation of a modern landmark has been given to a Finnish committee responsible for restoring architect Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia (+ slideshow). The Viipuri Library was built between 1927 and 1935 in what was then the Finnish city of Viipuri, and has been restored […]

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Work starts on Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox Church on World Trade Center site

News: work has begun on a Greek Orthodox Church designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to replace a building that was destroyed by the collapse of New York’s World Trade Center buildings on 9/11. Santiago Calatrava has designed the Saint Nicholas National Shrine building for the Greek Orthodox Church, which will occupy a site at 130 […]

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MX_SI’s addition to the Serlachius Museum Gösta has a stripy facade based on an “abstract forest”

Spanish studio MX_SI added vertical wooden mullions to the exterior of this museum extension in Mänttä, Finland, to evoke the trunks of trees in the surrounding park (+ slideshow). MX_SI won a competition in 2011 to design a new wing for the Contemporary Art Museum Gösta Serlachius with a proposal for a building with a timber frame […]

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Visitors to Henning Larsen’s Moesgaard Museum can walk over its grassy sloping roof

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects designed this wedge-shaped museum near Aarhus with a planted roof that rises from the sloping landscape to create a site for picnics in summer and sledging in winter (+ slideshow). The new home for the Moesgaard Museum was conceived by Henning Larsen Architects to house a collection dedicated to prehistory […]

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Li Xiaodong wins inaugural Moriyama Prize for “modest” Liyuan Library

News: Chinese architect Li Xiaodong has become the first recipient of the Moriyama Prize – a new award launched by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and architect Raymond Moriyama to rival the Pritzker and Stirling prizes. Launched earlier this year, the CAD$100,000 (£55,000) Moriyama Prize is one of the highest value award in architecture […]

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ALA’s Kuopio City Theatre extension features a crinkled facade

Crinkled fibre-cement panels clad the facade of this theatre extension by Finnish studio ALA Architects in the city of Kuopio, complementing the concrete exterior of the original 1960s building (+ slideshow). The faceted facade of Kuopio City Theatre’s new extension was chosen by ALA to echo the white concrete panels on the original building, which the architects […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Canadian library mimics the angular roofs of its neighbours

Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has completed a public library in Edmonton, Canada, with a metallic facade and large windows designed to draw visitors inside (+ slideshow). The new Highlands Branch Library was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and local firm Marshall Tittemore Architects to replace the community’s original library, which dated back to 1962, and […]

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Garden chapel by AZL Architects features semi-transparent walls and a butterfly roof

Vertical lengths of timber mask the interior of this chapel designed by AZL Architects in eastern China, which features a distinctive V-shaped roof (+ slideshow). Chinese studio AZL Architects designed Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel for a riverbank site in Wanjing Garden, a park in the city of Nanjing, where it hosts weddings and other religious services. […]

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Brutalist buildings: National Theatre, London by Denys Lasdun

Brutalism: Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre – one of London’s best-known and most divisive Brutalist buildings – is a layered concrete landscape that Prince Charles once described as being like “a nuclear power station”. Completed in 1976, the Royal National Theatre stands on the South Bank of the Thames, just downstream of Waterloo bridge. It is formed […]

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Spiny gallery extension by 5468796 named Future Project of the Year 2014

World Architecture Festival 2014: a proposal by Canadian firm 5468796 for an art gallery with a spiny exterior has won the title Future Project of the Year 2013 at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. Working in collaboration with Number TEN Architectural Group, 5468796 designed the building for a competition that asked designers to envision a […]

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