Michael Maltzan’s Crest Apartments provide housing for southern California’s homeless

American studio Michael Maltzan Architecture has completed a bright white residential complex in the Los Angeles area, which contains over 60 studio apartments and various support services for its formerly homeless tenants. Crest Apartments was built on a slender, rectangular parcel in Van Nuys – a suburban district northwest of Downtown LA. Totalling 45,000 square

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SelgasCano creates bulging vivid-pink pavilion for Bruges architecture festival

Spanish architecture duo José Selgas and Lucía Cano has erected a pink vinyl pavilion on a canal in Bruges, which floats between the city’s historic brick buildings. The pavilion was created for Trienniale Bruges, an event that invites a global selection of artists and architects to produce unique temporary structures. Displayed at different points throughout the city

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Mecanoo’s performing arts centre nears completion in Taiwan

Dutch practice Mecanoo is putting the finishing touches to an arts centre in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, which plays host to a selection of opera houses, concert halls and an open-air theatre set into its bulging roof. Situated on a former military training base, The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts will be the

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Honeycomb-patterned towers by Büro Ole Scheeren frame gardens in Singapore

A pair of skyscrapers with concave, honeycomb-patterned facades bracket planted plazas at Büro Ole Scheeren’s Duo development in Singapore, Malaysia. The architecture firm headed up by German architect Ole Scheeren designed the pair of glass skyscrapers to frame interlocking public spaces in the city-state’s Kampong Glam neighbourhood. At 186 metres, the tallest of the towers is entirely residential, comprising 660 apartments

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SelgasCano adds roof extension with pools and plants to Second Home offices in London

Spanish practice SelgasCano has extended the roof of the Second Home offices in east London, creating five studios with winding desks, and a terrace with a serpentine border of aquatic planting. Madrid-based SelgasCano – run by José Selgas and Lucia Cano – was invited back to extend the offices it designed for the workspace provider Second Home inside a former

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Iwan Baan photographs MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza in the Beijing haze

These images taken by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan capture the mountainous forms of MAD’s new Beijing skyscraper complex against a humid August sky.  Baan’s photographs show the 10 rounded structures that make up the 220,000-square-metre Chaoyang Park Plaza – completed by MAD earlier this year – juxtaposed with a skyli ne dominated by boxy tower blocks. The photographer, who is

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Cornell Tech campus opens on New York’s Roosevelt Island

Morphosis and SOM were among the architecture firms involved in the design of a new permanent home for Cornell Tech university, described as “the first campus ever built for the digital age”. The Cornell Tech campus, which opened last week, was constructed on a slender island in New York’s East River, between the boroughs of Manhattan

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Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami create three-pronged visitor centre for Dutch park

Three intersecting glass corridors sweep outwards from a sunken, triangular-shaped visitors centre designed by Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami + Associates for Park Vijversburg in the Netherlands. Recently refurbished, Park Vijversburg has been open to the public since 1892. Throughout the year, the park hosts events such as art exhibitions, musical performances, church services and excursions. To accommodate the

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SelgasCano creates undulating pavilion from sheets of corrugated plastic in Cognac courtyard

Spanish architecture studio SelgasCano has unveiled its first commission in France – a vast pavilion of translucent waves that fills the courtyard of the Fondation d’entreprise Martell in Cognac. Spread across 1,340 square metres in the venue’s extensive courtyard, the pavilion is made up of 31 rows of undulating steel structures covered with a sheer translucent polyester and fibreglass

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Diébédo Francis Kéré uses local materials for ring-shaped school in Burkina Faso

Wind-catching towers emerge from the circular rippled roof of this brick and wood school building in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, which was designed by the architect of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, Diébédo Francis Kéré. Berlin- and Burkina Faso-based Kéré designed the Lycée Schorge Secondary School for a site on the outskirts on Koudougou – the West African

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MoMA unveils first phase of major overhaul by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed the first stage of its renovation of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and has revealed details of its plans to extend into Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 residential tower. The US studio is working with global firm Gensler on the project that will increase MoMA’s gallery space by 30 per cent, as well as improving circulation and offering

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Heneghan Peng sets limestone-clad Palestinian Museum among angular landscaped terraces

Irish studio Heneghan Peng has completed a museum dedicated to Palestinian culture in the city of Birzeit, featuring a faceted stone exterior and terraced landscaping that references the region’s rural landscape. The Palestinian Museum is located on a hilltop site that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the west. The site was offered to the museum

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Herzog & de Meuron uses staggered floors to create plant-covered terraces at Beirut tower

Staggered floor plates and set-back glazing create large planted terraces around this 119-metre tower by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, which overlooks Beirut’s marina. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron designed Beirut Terraces as part of a new masterplan developing around the St Georges Hotel. This area of the Lebanese capital is gradually being regenerated following a devastating car bomb attack

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“Poverty should never be an Instagram filter”

Iwan Baan’s arresting images of the Kenyan school built by architect duo Selgascano are a typical example of the slum porn that has infiltrated western media, argues Phineas Harper in his latest Opinion column. As a racist president settles into a newly gold-curtained Oval Office and a wave of xenophobia sweeps Europe, dramatic racial inequality has

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Toshiko Mori uses compressed earth and bamboo for cultural hub in remote Senegalese village

This cultural centre in Senegal by Japanese architect Toshiko Mori was constructed using exclusively local materials and techniques – and has been recognised in the architecture category of the 2017 AIA Awards. Located in the remote village of Sinthian, the building performs several programmatic roles for the local community, including as a gathering space, performance centre and residency for

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Selgascano-designed pavilion transformed into school for Kenya’s Kibera slum

A colourful pavilion designed by Spanish architect duo Selgascano has been shipped from a Copenhagen art museum to Africa’s largest slum, where it now serves as a school for 600 orphaned children. As revealed in these exclusive photographs by Iwan Baan, the pavilion constructed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has been

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Iwan Baan photographs BIG’s completed VIA 57 West tower in New York

The VIA 57 West “courtscraper” by Bjarke Ingels’ firm has completed on Manhattan’s West Side and is shown in these images by photographer Iwan Baan (+ slideshow). Baan has captured BIG’s first finished project in New York, following a series of photos showing the tetrahedral apartment building shot by Montse Zamorano. Baan’s aerial images show the More

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Iwan Baan photographs Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Vagelos Educational Building in New York

Photographer Iwan Baan has released new images of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s recently completed medical building for Columbia University, which trades a typical educational facility’s “boring” horizontal layout for vertical organisation (+ slideshow). Baan’s photos include aerial shots of the new 14-storey building, as well as interior images and exterior perspectives. The structure, which opened in mid-August, More

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Tippet Rise Art Center opens on a cattle ranch in rural Montana

Massive earthen sculptures and a wooden concert hall form part of the new Tippet Rise Art Center, a vast performance venue and park in a remote area of Montana (+ slideshow). The art centre is located in Fishtail, a town situated about 65 miles (104 kilometres) from Billings – one of the state’s largest cities. It was More

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Steven Holl’s Bloch Building in Missouri recaptured in photographs by Iwan Baan

Architectural photographer Iwan Baan has taken new images of the Steven Holl-designed Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins art museum, which show the structure as it enters its 10th year (+ slideshow). The Bloch Building opened in June 2007 on the campus of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Iwan Baan, one of More

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Four temple-inspired Summer Houses built to accompany BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Architects Kunlé Adeyemi, Asif Khan, Yona Friedman and Barkow Leibinger have each unveiled a Summer House at London’s Serpentine Gallery, taking inspiration from a Neoclassical temple nearby (+ slideshow). The four architects have created structures to reference Queen Caroline’s Temple in Kensington Gardens, designed by architect William Kent in the early 18th century. The results feature a version of the More

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Local Architecture transforms 1960s house into Swiss embassy for Ivory Coast

Angular concrete columns surround this extension to a 1960s villa in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan, which Local Architecture has reconfigured to house the Swiss embassy (+ slideshow). The mid-century residence was once home to the Norwegian ambassador, and stands in grounds dotted with mature trees in the city’s affluent Cocody district. Lausanne-based Local Architecture’s primary challenge was to convert and More

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MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House photographed in the snow by Iwan Baan

These new images by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan offer a look at the MAD-designed Harbin Opera House in China after heavy snowfall (+ slideshow). The huge cultural building features a three-petalled plan that encompasses two concert halls and a large public plaza. Externally, it boasts sinuous curves created from smooth white aluminium panels and glass, while its interior features More

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Major art museum extension by OMA underway in Quebec

OMA’s New York office is almost doubling the size of Quebec’s Musée National des Beaux-Arts with a new building in the city’s Parc des Champs-de-Bataille (+ slideshow). Due to open in June 2016, the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion is set to increase the 83-year-old museum’s exhibition space by 90 per cent. The 14,900-square-metre building is designed as More

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Blavatnik School of Government “inspired by parliamentary spaces”

Official images have been released revealing the tiered form of Herzog & de Meuron’s school of government and public policy at the University of Oxford, England (+ slideshow). The Swiss firm designed the building to host one of Oxford’s newest departments, the Blavatnik School of Government. It was founded in 2010 with a contentious £75 million donation from the More

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s museum and film centre in Berkeley will open this month

New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro has added a sculptural metal volume to a 1930s printing plant to form the new home for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California (+ slideshow). The cultural institutions, collectively referred to as BAMPFA, are run by the Berkeley branch of the University of California. Their More

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro completes new art department building for Stanford University

California’s Stanford University opens a new building today by Diller Scofidio + Renfro that houses the school’s art and art history department, with a design featuring two interlocking strands (+ slideshow). Encompassing 100,000 square feet (9,290 square metres), the McMurtry Building contains classrooms, galleries, and a 125-seat flexible presentation space, along with studios, a digital […]

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro releases first official photos of The Broad

This first set of official images shows Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s The Broad art museum in Los Angeles ahead of its opening later this month (+ slideshow). The photographs – including sets from Iwan Baan and Hufton+Crow – show the three-storey museum’s honeycomb exterior, cave-like lobby and a gallery space with a view of the latticed facade. The 120,000-square-foot […]

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Sculptural roof tops new arts centre designed by wHY for California’s Pomona College

LA studio wHY has completed a new home for the art department at Pomona College in Claremont, California, with ample gallery space and studios that offer views of the surrounding landscape (+ slideshow). The 35,000-square-foot (10,668-square-metre) Studio Art Hall includes an auditorium, classrooms, multipurpose work areas, a flexible gallery and teaching space, a permanent gallery, and […]

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Serpentine Pavilion 2015 by SelgasCano photographed by Iwan Baan

Architectural photographer Iwan Baan has captured the colourful plastic-wrapped structure designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano for the Serpentine Gallery’s annual pavilion programme (+ slideshow). Opening to the public later this week, the 15th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was designed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano and consists of a double-layered plastic skin in a variety of […]

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Thomas Phifer adds reflective white wing to Corning Museum of Glass in New York

New York architect Thomas Phifer has designed a building featuring an opaque glass exterior for one of the world’s most important glass museums (+ slideshow). The fourth wing of the Corning Museum of Glass, in Steuben County, New York, opens this week. It provides a dedicated 9,000-square-metre exhibition space for contemporary glass – the largest of its kind […]

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Solar-powered housing by Louise Braverman accommodates medical staff in an African village

Solar panels provide all the energy needed to power this colourful brick dormitory designed by architect Louise Braverman to house medical staff at a rural village in Burundi, Africa (+ slideshow). The Village Health Works Staff Housing accommodates an 18-bed dormitory for the healthcare workers of a medical centre in the 16-hectare village of Kigutu. It was designed by New York-based Louise Braverman as […]
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