Sam Jacob and MINI team up to create micro home with attached library

A miniature library adjoins this tiny home that architect Sam Jacob and car brand MINI have built for this year’s London Design Festival. MINI created the 50-square-metre Urban Cabin as part of its ongoing MINI Living project, which is exploring new forms of urban living. The tiny cabin is designed for a future when homes become a shared resource.

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Sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano will sit opposite the Centre Pompidou

French artist Xavier Veilhan has created two new sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, which are set to be permanently installed across from the architects’ iconic building, the Centre Pompidou. The sculptures are variations on pieces in Veilhan’s Architects series, first exhibited at a private viewing in the Palace of Versailles in 2009. They will

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Residents of Sydney high-rise estate use lights to protest against gentrification

Night after night, the windows of the tower blocks that make up the Waterloo Estate in Sydney have been gradually lit up in different colours as part of a public art project that aims to make the community more visible. Triggered by the NSW state government’s plans to redevelop the area, the #WeLiveHere2017 project has been gaining

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Tree-shaped structure shows how mushroom roots could be used to create buildings

While some architects have been experimenting with mushroom mycelium as a cladding material, architect Dirk Hebel and engineer Philippe Block have gone one step further – by using fungi to build self-supporting structures. Hebel, who leads the Sustainable Construction unit at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Block, who founded the Block Research Group at ETH Zürich,

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Earthworm-inspired pavilion built in Latvia’s floodplains stages concerts and light shows

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture has built a circular pavilion for open-air music and lighting performances, designed to be reminiscent of an earthworm’s natural habitat. Nature Concert Hall is an interactive, educational multi-media event on nature and sustainable development held each year in a different location in Latvia. Every year is curated with a particular species as its “mascot” and Didzis Jaunzems

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Erwin Wurm’s Fat House installed outside baroque palace in Vienna

An “obese house” by Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm has been installed on the lawn outside an 18th-century palace in Vienna. Wurm first created the Fat House in 2003, as a commentary on middle-class consumer culture. It is now on show outside the Upper Belvedere, one of Vienna’s most important examples of baroque architecture. The seven-metre-high sculpture is similar in

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Neon constructs a colourful cathedral in France that moves with the wind

British studio Neon has created a vibrant tent-like installation covered in wind-reactive inflatable pockets in the mountains of France. Titled Wind Cathedral, the site-specific artwork was created by Mark Nixon’s architecture and design practice for Horizons, an annual open-air exhibition in Massif du Sancy focusing on large installations. Located on a hill in the countryside of a small

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100,000 forbidden books used to construct Parthenon replica on Nazi book-burning site

Argentinian artist Marta Minujín has used thousands of prohibited books to construct a replica of the Parthenon in ancient Greece on a Nazi book-burning site in Kassel, Germany. Taking a stance against censorship, Minujín designed the Parthenon of Books to echo the classical Greek temple, which remains a major icon of the democratic Athenian polis. Metal scaffolding mimics the form of

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Swiss architecture students design and build wooden events pavilion beneath Zurich overpass

Two hundred architecture students from a Lausanne university designed and built this events pavilion in Zurich, using lengths of timber to create a towering staircase, undulating seating and projection screens. Conceived by first-year students taking part in Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace (ALICE) – a summer workshop at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – the 240-square-metre structure was erected under an overpass in the Swiss

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SO-IL and MINI create an air-filtering house that “contributes to improving urban life”

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, MINI Living Initiative creative lead Oke Hauser and SO-IL co-director Ilias Papageorgiou explain how they collaborated to install a translucent prefab home in an unused urban plot in Milan. The prototype house, developed by MINI Living and New York architectural practice SO-IL, consists of a three-storey modular structure wrapped in

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Drones and robots weave carbon-fibre pavilion based on moth webs

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart have used robots and drones to weave this carbon-fibre pavilion, which is based on the silk hammocks spun by moth larvae. The 12-metre-long cantilevering structure known as the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016/7 is made from over 180 kilometres of woven resin-impregnated glass -and carbon-fibre. It is latest in an annual pavilion

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Bartlett students propose self-supporting pavilion made from felt

A group of MAarch students from the Bartlett School of Architecture have devised a method of turning felt into load-bearing structures that they hope to build into an fabric pavilion. The Flextiles project focused on developing a design system using a composite of felt fibres and expandable foam for reinforcement. Students Noura Mheid, Hameda Janahi,

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Doug Aitken installs entirely mirrored cabin in the Southern Californian desert

American artist Doug Aitken has built a small house-shaped structure, clad top-to-bottom in mirrors, in the desert outside Palm Springs. The Mirage sculpture is modelled on a ranch-style suburban American house. But it is composed of mirrored surfaces, which reflect the surroundings and camouflage the structure. “Mirage distills the recognisable and repetitious suburban home into the

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Jenny Sabin to create robotically knitted canopy for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2017

New York-based architectural design practice Jenny Sabin Studio has won MoMA PS1’s Young Architecture Program competition with plans for a shelter made of robotically knitted textile solar panels. The project named Lumen will be installed in the courtyard of New York gallery MoMA PS1 at the end of June and remain in place throughout the summer to host the

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Giles Miller and Forbes Massie imagine towering monument with walls of offset bricks

Designer Giles Miller has worked with visualiser Forbes Massie to draw up designs for a huge monument with a cross-shaped plan and textured brick walls. Miller and Massie’s 14-storey Monument is designed to be completely hollow, allowing visitors to inhabit it. Working alongside structural engineers from Arup, Miller’s studio took on the conceptual project to “push our creative discipline as composers of materials to

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Jaime Hayon mashes up architectural styles for Stockholm Furniture Fair pavilion

Spanish designer Jaime Hayón is making forays into architecture, with this pop-up pavilion at the Stockholm Furniture Fair and a more large-scale project in the pipeline. The pavilion is in place to host the Hayón DNA gallery, a mini retrospective of Hayón’s work. The designer is the guest of honour at this year’s Stockholm Furniture

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SOM creates Christmas tree alternative at Denmark’s Utzon Center

Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed this latticed pavilion in lieu of a Christmas tree for the courtyard of a building designed by the late Jørn Utzon in Aalborg, Denmark. The Alternative Christmas Tree Sculpture is installed at the Utzon Center, the final building to be designed by Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon before his death in 2008.

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Design Museum’s opening exhibition presents reactions to a complex world

The first exhibition to take place in London’s new Design Museum explores a spectrum of issues that define our time, with installations by OMA, Hussein Chalayan and Neri Oxman. The Fear and Love exhibition presents 11 installations by 11 different architects and designers, who each confronted a different issue shaping today’s world. It’s the first

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“Installation art has finally taken over the last bastion of architecture”

Opinion: colossal public artworks like Thomas Heatherwick’s interlinking staircases for New York are the architectural monuments of our time, says Aaron Betsky. The infamous Bilbao Effect might have been the last gasp of great architecture giving us a thrill. Gone are the days of the Eiffel Tower and the Parthenon, the Mall in Washington and More

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Architects create 10 installations for RIBA Regent Street Windows 2016

London Design Festival 2016: architecture firms have created installations along one of London’s most famous shopping streets for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual Regent Street Windows project (+movie). This year’s RIBA Regent Street Windows, which runs until 25 September 2015, pairs architects with retailers on London’s Regent Street to create a series of bespoke window More

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Giles Miller designs shingle-covered pavilion for English countryside

Shingles inscribed with personal messages cover this squat hilltop pavilion, created by British designer Giles Miller as a rest stop for ramblers (+ slideshow). Located in the Winterfold forest in the English county of Surrey, the Perspectives installation is situated along a scenic walking route. The elliptical-shaped structure is made of a steel framework covered More

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Shipping container serves as mobile boutique for luxury sportswear brand Needs & Wants

Online retailer Needs & Wants Studios has collaborated with a Toronto architecture student to transform a shipping container into a mobile boutique that serves as the brand’s first physical store (+ slideshow). Measuring eight by 20 feet (2.4 by six metres), the showroom and retail space made its debut in a forested area in The More

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Rotating and tilting ReActor house accommodates two artists for five days

A pair of artists built and lived in this house balanced on a pole in upstate New York, which spun around and inclined as they moved around it during their week-long residency (+ movie). Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder built the inhabitable ReActor structure at the OMI Art Center, which is located in the Hudson Valley More

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Rusty ship transformed into cavernous pavilion for MoMA’s Young Architects Program in Seoul

South Korean studio Shinslab Architecture sliced off one end of a rusty old ship and turned it upside down to form this installation for the Seoul edition of MoMA’s Young Architects Program (+ slideshow). The huge metal structure creates an unusually shaped pavilion in the entrance courtyard of Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), which is located More

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RIBA exhibits three pavilions designed to serve London communities

London Festival of Architecture 2016: a soup servery, a rubbish bin-cum-play space and a flat-pack pop-up shop form part of an exhibition that explores how architecture can contribute to city communities (+ slideshow).  The installations are the result of an open competition set by the Royal Institute of British Architects, which asked for proposals that created community spaces within the urban More

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University of Brighton students create folding stalls for south London market

London Festival of Architecture 2016: students from the University of Brighton have created installations for London’s East Street Market, including a stall of interactive games and a cocktail-making machine (+ slideshow). Called Live Projects, the designs are the result of an academic competition set by London-based Studio Gil founders Pedro Gil and Christo Meyer, who teach undergraduate Studio 55 at More

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V&A features Sam Jacob’s replica refugee shelter in copying exhibition at Venice Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: scale reproductions of Nefertiti’s bust and a shelter used by refugees in Calais’ Jungle are among the myriad replicas of cultural artefacts included in a V&A-curated show about the value of copying (+ slideshow). The exhibition titled A World of Fragile Parts is one of a handful of special projects at this year’s Venice Biennale, which run separately More

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Alejandro Aravena uses over 90 tonnes of recycled waste for entrance rooms of Venice Biennale 2016

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has used over 90 tonnes of waste generated by the Venice Art Biennale 2015 to create two introductory rooms for this year’s architecture event (+ slideshow). The Elemental founder, who curated the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, created installations in the first rooms of both the Arsenale and Central Pavilion venues using seven miles of scrap metal and 10,000-square-metres of plasterboard More

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Serbian Pavilion features bright blue interior modelled on a ship’s hull

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a curving, bright blue structure reminiscent of a boat fills the inside of Serbia’s Biennale pavilion – to symbolise young architects’ difficult crusade to find employment. Entitled Heroic: Free Shipping, the exhibition is created by young Belgrade-based architects Stefan Vasic, Ana Sulkic and Igor Sjeverac. The trio describe the show as a “moment of total passion and youthful More

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Polish Pavilion curators campaign for better working conditions on building sites

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: unsettling scenes of building sites are screened amidst a full-scale scaffolding structure inside Poland’s Biennale pavilion, which focuses on the plight of the construction worker (+ slideshow). With Poland seen by many countries as a source of cheap construction labour, curator Dominika Janicka colleagues Martyna Janicka and Michał Gdak sought to highlight the difficult and often dangerous conditions experienced More

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Christian Kerez creates cavernous cloud to offer “a pure encounter with architecture”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: architect Christian Kerez has constructed a huge structure inside Switzerland’s Biennale Pavilion, featuring a cloud-like exterior and a cavernous interior (+ slideshow). Zurich-based Kerez created the project, named Incidental Space, for this year’s Swiss entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale to raise “controversial questions” about how architecture is produced and experienced. Two openings in the craggy More

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Australian pavilion installs swimming pool as “space for healing racial and cultural division”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Aileen Sage Architects has installed a swimming pool inside Australia’s Biennale pavilion to symbolise the importance of this type of public space to the nation’s cultural identity (+ slideshow). Curated for the Australian Institute of Architects by Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland, with urbanist Michelle Tabet, the installation positions the municipal pool as a vital public More

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Robotically fabricated carbon-fibre pavilion opens at the V&A

A robotically woven carbon-fibre pavilion developed by a team from the University of Stuttgart has been erected in the courtyard of London’s V&A museum as part of a season of engineering events (+ slideshow). The Elytra Filament Pavilion comprises 40 unique hexagonal components that have been robotically fabricated from a combination of transparent glass fibre and black carbon More

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MVRDV completes giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed the first photographs of The Stairs, a huge scaffolding staircase leading up to the roof of an office block in Rotterdam city centre (+ slideshow). As the latest of several exciting new additions to the city, the temporary installation allows visitors to climb 180 steps up to the roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw – one of More

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Thatched observatory installed on roof of 1930s Sonneveld House in Rotterdam

Mexican artist Santiago Borja has built a thatched observatory on the roof of one of Holland’s best-preserved Modernist houses (+ slideshow). Named A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory, Borja’s installation has been constructed on top of Sonneveld House in Rotterdam, a property designed in the 1930s by Dutch firm Brinkman & Van der Vlugt. The heptagonal structure transforms the simple roof terrace More

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Replica of destroyed Syrian archway erected in London’s Trafalgar square

A replica of the Palmyra Arch – a 2,000-year-old Syrian architectural landmark believed to have been destroyed by Islamic militant group ISIS – has been erected in London’s Trafalgar Square. The 15-feet-high (4.6-metre-high) replica was officially unveiled by mayor Boris Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, and will be on display in the UK capital for three days. It will then More

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Kéré Architecture creates African-influenced Courtyard Village at Baroque palazzo in Milan

Milan 2016: an installation modelled on a typical African village has been built at Milan’s Palazzo Litta by Berlin architect Diébédo Francis Kéré (+ slideshow). Situated in the courtyard of the Baroque building, Kéré Architecture’s project is designed as a space for visitors to meet and interact. Kéré grew up in Burkino Faso, and took More

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MVRDV to build giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed plans to build a huge staircase out of scaffolding in Rotterdam, the latest in a series of exciting new additions to the city. Marking 75 years since Rotterdam began its recovery from the second world war, the temporary installation will pay tribute to the architecture that has come about as a result. More

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Winter follies open along the frozen beaches of Canada’s Lake Ontario

A transparent sauna that exposes its bathers and a charred timber globe offering refuge from the chilly weather are among this year’s Winter Stations installations on the shores of Lake Ontario (+ slideshow). Built around the beaches’ lifeguard stations, the interactive installations are designed to encourage Toronto residents out of their houses in the depths of winter. Four More

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Robot-built pavilion proposed by Achim Menges for V&A museum courtyard

Stuttgart architect Achim Menges has developed designs for a robot-fabricated pavilion based on the wings of flying beetles, which will be erected in the V&A museum courtyard in London. Menges is working with architect Moritz Dörstelmann, and engineers Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer on the Elytra Filament Pavilion, which is being constructed as part of the V&A’s More

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Escobedo Soliz to create “cloud of ropes” for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

Mexico City-based Escobedo Soliz Studio has won this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program contest, with plans to create a colourful woven canopy and a paddling pool in the New York gallery’s courtyard (+ slideshow). For the 2016 edition of the YAP programme – which invites emerging architects to propose a temporary structure for the MoMA More

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Orbit Pavilion by Studio KCA broadcasts sounds of NASA satellites in outerspace

New York office Studio KCA has created a conch-shaped, metal pavilion for NASA that provides visitors an opportunity to listen to the sound of satellites orbiting the earth (+ movie). Called the NASA Orbit Pavilion, the structure encompasses 1,100 square feet (102 square metres) and was commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The More

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Kuehn Malvezzi’s House of One installation represents a house of prayer for three religions

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: An installation by the German firm Kuehn Malvezzi portrays its design for a religious building in Berlin that would contain a synagogue, church and mosque – all under one roof. The House of One would serve as a place of prayer and learning for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as well as […]

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Penda highlights global water crisis with meadow pathway installation

Architecture studio Penda has designed a meadow containing sunken pathways and concealed meeting places, which opens next month as part of China’s International Garden Expo 2015. The temporary installation, named Where the River Runs, will invite visitors to follow the path of an imaginary river as it winds its way through the landscape. The aim is to […]

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MOS Architects creates modular house made entirely from corridors

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: New York-based studio MOS Architects has created an installation that explores the possibility of building homes using only corridor and hallway-like spaces (+ slideshow). The Corridor House is a series of plywood modules, staggered and layered to create a puzzle-like dwelling with a courtyard in the centre. Each unit is designed to resemble a […]

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WORKac and Ant Farm design a utopian floating city for humans and marine animals

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: WORKac has teamed up with the founders of 1970s art collective Ant Farm to design a floating city based on drawings that were lost during a fire decades ago (+ slideshow). Using a handful of salvaged drawings as reference, the New York firm worked with the collective to fill in the gaps in their archive. […]

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Giant timber megaphones designed by students to amplify sounds of an Estonian forest

This trio of mammoth timber funnels is designed to magnify the natural sounds of a forest in southern Estonia, and to double up as a space for ramblers to contemplate and rest. Created by a group of interior architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Unplugged Kingsize Megaphones is installed in a densely forested site in the Pähni Nature […]

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Architects create series of installations in shop windows along Regent Street

London Design Festival 2015: the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual Regent Street Windows project returns with 13 new installations up and down one of London’s most famous shopping streets (+ movie). The RIBA Regent Street Windows project, which runs until 27 September 2015, pairs architecture firms with retailers on Regent Street to create a series of […]

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The Wild Thing is a “creature-like” cabin that stands tall above a Latvian wildflower meadow

The sides of this 4.5 metre-high stilted cabin lift open to offer inhabitants an uninterrupted view of the Latvian landscape (+ slideshow). Designed and built by a group of students at the Riga Technical University summer school, the structure is part of a plan to make better use of an open space that links the Pirtsupites Grava […]

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Ulf Mejergren to create tree-like pavilion made from rope for Jewish festival

Swedish architect Ulf Mejergren is to install a temporary pavilion featuring a knotted rope roof in front of Toronto’s City Hall, ahead of the Jewish festival of Sukkot next month. Roots is a modern interpretation of traditional sukkahs – the temporary huts built by Jewish people as a place to eat, sleep and spend time during the […]

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Marcelo Dantas installs temporary walkway over Lisbon’s Fonte Luminosa fountain

This wooden pathway installed over the Fonte Luminosa fountain in Lisbon enables visitors to get close enough to the cascading water to be soaked by its spray (+ movie). The Lisbon Falls installation was designed by local architect Marcelo Dantas to enhance the experience of visitors to the fountain, which was completed in 1948 to celebrate the supply of water […]

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Roots trail from house suspended above a construction site by Leandro Erlich

A root system sprouts from the concrete foundations of this house installation that dangles from a crane above a construction site in Germany. Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich suspended the model house, called Pulled by the Roots, above the construction site for a new underground tram system in the southern German city of Karlsruhe. The installation is designed to challenge […]

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Shiver House’s plastic shingles change shape to create a shelter in bad weather

London studio NEON has built a structure with shingles that “shiver” and adapt in response to changing weather as part of a exhibition in Finland (+ movie). The Shiver House was created for this summer’s Barfotastigen exhibition – an annual outdoor exhibition focusing on environmental and site-specific art that is taking place in Korppoo, in the Turku […]

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Glossy black pavilion in Dublin presents Ireland’s oil consumption

This inky black cube designed by De Siún Scullion Architects for Dublin’s docklands reveals Ireland’s current oil consumption and future renewable energy targets (+ slideshow). Measuring 4.2 metres cubed, the volume represents the 473 barrels of oil consumed in Ireland every five minutes. The pavilion is clad in panels of glossy black toughened glass, in reference to the viscous liquid, and resides […]

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Annabel Karim Kassar’s telescopic pavilions brought a taste of Lebanon to Milan

Movie: in this movie, French architect Annabel Karim Kassar explains how her Camera Chiara installation recreated the atmosphere of a Lebanese house in a Milanese courtyard. Kassar’s Camera Chiara installation, which opened in April during Milan Design Week, consisted of two telescopic pavilions made from steel and burnt wood situated within one of the University of […]

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Inflatable dome on the banks of the River Thames is filled with aromatic fog

London studio Loop.pH has created an inflatable plastic dome by London’s River Thames that will be pumped full of scented vapour to create a gathering space intended to replicate the atmosphere of a traditional bathhouse (+ slideshow). Named the Horticultural Spa & Apothecary Experience, the installation consists of an inflatable PVC membrane, ballasted with two tonnes of steel […]

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Glaze pavilion by Cousins & Cousins designed to resemble a Venetian glass sweet

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015: Murano glass sweets provided the inspiration for this pavilion by London studio Cousins & Cousins, which features a mixture of coloured and patterned glazing (+ slideshow). Installed in St John’s Square at the heart of London’s Clerkenwell, the temporary Glaze pavilion was created for the district’s three-day-long design festival on behalf of glass manufacturer GX Glass. […]

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London architecture students design desert pavilions for Burning Man festival

Latticed and LED-illuminated climbing frames and a geometric-patterned sun seat are among the installations to be erected in the Nevada desert for the Burning Man arts festival this summer (+ slideshow). The projects are proposed by architecture students Jon Leung, Lorna Jackson and Tobias Power for Burning Man, an annual summer festival held in a five-square-mile patch of the Black Rock […]

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Designers convert lifeguard towers into winter pavilions for Toronto’s frozen beaches

Lifeguard outposts along Toronto’s frozen waterfront have been converted into a series of installations and pavilions, including a set of bright red swings and a spiky timber folly (+ slideshow). Winter Stations is the first instalment of an annual public art competition launched by a trio of local studios – RAW, Ferris + Associates and Curio – to revitalise Toronto’s frozen […]
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Warming Huts provide shelter for ice-skaters on Winnipeg’s frozen river

A cafe in a cross-shaped tent, a mirrored hideaway and a pop-up art gallery are among the shelters that architects have dotted along a frozen river in Winnipeg, Canada (+ slideshow). Warming Huts is an annual international design competition for small structures to be installed at The Forks, an area of Winnipeg where the mouths of the Red […]
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Andrés Jaque to create water-purifying pipe network for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

News: Spanish architect Andrés Jaque has won this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program contest, with plans to turn the courtyard of the New York gallery into a water filtration plant. Jaque’s New York- and Madrid-based studio Office for Political Innovation will draw attention to the global issue of water shortage for the 2015 edition of the YAP programme, […]
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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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