Rem Koolhaas’ 2006 Serpentine Gallery pavilion was inflated like a balloon

Movie: in our next exclusive movie with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director discusses the bulbous inflatable canopy that adorned Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond’s 2006 pavilion. The 2006 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA with Cecil Balmond and engineering firm Arup, featured a giant helium-filled canopy. “I had this image More

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Watch our short video about Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena

Last week, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. To celebrate, Dezeen has produced this short movie, which serves as an introduction to Aravena’s work. Aravena, 48, was selected as the 2016 winner of the Pritzker Prize – architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize – by a jury that included leading architects Richard Rogers and Glenn More

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Wernerfield uses concrete and weathering steel to create low-maintenance weekend home in Texas

Dallas studio Wernerfield has completed a lakefront dwelling that features concrete and glass volumes, and a treehouse clad in pre-rusted steel (+ movie). Called CCR1 Residence, the rectilinear house is located in a rural area about 60 miles southeast of Dallas. It is situated on a wooded site that sits along Cedar Creek Reservoir – a popular More

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London architect to build Islamic faith museum in Mecca

London-based Mossessian Architecture has won a competition to design the Makkah Museum, a new building dedicated to the Islamic faith in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (+ movie). The Makkah Museum will occupy a site seven kilometres from the Grand Mosque, which houses the Kaaba – the most sacred location in the world for Muslims. The building will include 5,600 square More

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Architecture doesn’t have to be complicated says David Chipperfield

British architect David Chipperfield describes his approach to designing The Bryant, his first New York residential tower, in a new video about the project (+ movie). The three-minute film shows footage of Chipperfield’s studio and renderings of the new tower, which is rising on a site across from Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. Images of More

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Movie: Alpine Shelter by OFIS and Harvard students airlifted onto Slovenia’s Skuta Mountain

This movie by film studio Carniolus shows how the Slovenian army used a helicopter to airlift the various components of an Alpine cabin to its mountainside location. First revealed on Dezeen in late 2015, Alpine Shelter Skuta was designed by Harvard University students Frederick Kim, Katie MacDonald and Erin Pellegrino during a workshop hosted by Rok More

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Producing the world’s first 3D-printed bridge with robots “is just the beginning”

Future Makers: the technology that startup MX3D is developing to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam could be used to produce “endless” different structures, says Dutch designer Joris Laarman in this exclusive movie. MX3D is a new research and development company co-founded by Laarman and Tim Geurtjens, which plans to use robots to produce the More

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Dezeen’s top 10 architecture and design videos of 2015

From 3D-printed food to the Bouroullec brothers’ first TV, Dezeen’s award-winning video content explored a wide range of design stories in 2015. We’ve compiled the 10 most popular movies in this YouTube playlist. 3D-printing with living organisms “could transform the food industry” 3D-printed food was the subject of our most popular movie in 2015, which has been watched More

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Mulroy Architects completes timber-clad rowing centre for Oxford school

A pool with a stationary boat on top is the centrepiece of this rowing centre designed by Mulroy Architects for a private boarding school in Oxfordshire, England (+ movie). The London-based firm created the Radley College Rowing Centre to provide a year-round training facility for the school’s rowing teams. The single-storey building is located on an elevated plot beside the school’s More

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Mark Foster Gage proposes elaborate gargoyle-covered skyscraper for New York

New York architect Mark Foster Gage has proposed a 102-storey tower covered in Gothic sculptural elements for Manhattan, in response to the city’s supertall skyscrapers that are “virtually free of architectural design” (+ movie). Foster Gage designed the highly decorative residential building for West 57th Street as an alternative to the more conventional skyscrapers currently springing More

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Stark concrete funeral home by Salas Architecture + Design tilts up towards the sun

One end of this concrete funeral building in Spain by Salas Architecture + Design angles up towards the sky, funnelling light into a waiting room for mourners (+ movie). The Tanatorio Municipal stands on the edge of a pine wood in El Burgo de Ebro, a small town in the Zaragoza region of north-east Spain. Aiming to define […]

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Terraces of plants in Yanweizhou Park “control floods in an ecological way”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, Andrew Buck of Turenscape discusses the flood-resistant topography of the Chinese landscape firm’s award-winning wetland park in Jinhua, China. Yanweizhou Park, which was crowned World Landscape of the Year at World Architecture Festival 2015, is a 26-hectare wetland park at the mouth of three rivers in China’s […]

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Chiltern House by WOW Architects features a rooftop lily pond to attract birds

Plants and ponds are incorporated into the roof, walls and terraces of this concrete house in Singapore to make it feel like it is “enveloped by a garden” (+ movie). Chiltern House was designed by Maria Warner Wong, design director of WOW Architects in Singapore, for herself, her husband, and their two sons, aged 18 and 22. It […]

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Siza and Souto de Moura’s 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was “hugely complicated”

Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones remembers the challenges involved in creating Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s complicated, column-less Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura teamed up with engineer Cecil Balmond, who was then working for Arup, to design the 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. The Portuguese architects’ structure featured a large, column-free wooden canopy based on […]

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London’s first pedestrian and cycle bridge proposed for Canary Wharf

London studio reForm Architects has revealed plans for an opening bridge that would allow both pedestrians and cyclists to travel across the River Thames between Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe (+ movie). Proposed with engineering firm Elliott Wood, the 184-metre bascule bridge is designed to open in the middle to allow boats to pass through – […]

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Europe’s biggest robotic car park opens below Scandinavia’s largest library

Lödige Industries’ automated car park has been installed beneath a library in Denmark, which was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen (+ movie). The robotic system was developed by the German firm Lödige Industries and can stow 1,000 cars over three subterranean storeys. It acts like a valet, picking up cars from their drivers and transporting them to a designated parking space. […]

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BIG’s Vancouver House aims to transform motorway flyover into a “wonderful civic space”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann explains how BIG’s proposed skyscraper in Vancouver is designed to transform a site dominated by a motorway flyover into an attractive neighbourhood. The Danish architecture firm’s Vancouver House, which was named Future Project of the Year 2015 at World Architecture Festival earlier this month, will be […]

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Studio RAP completes “first robotically fabricated building in the Netherlands”

A team of architects and designers have used a huge robot to construct a 130-square-metre building inside a former industrial machine hall in Rotterdam (+ movie). The team, called Studio RAP, described the structure as the “first robotically fabricated building in the Netherlands”. Named SkilledIn Office, it is located at the city’s Innovation Dock – […]

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De Rosee Sa builds “strangely familiar” black cabin beside a lake in rural Belgium

Described by architecture studio De Rosee Sa as a “magical lakeside cabin”, this small black hut in Belgium shares many characteristics with the witch’s houses found in fairytales (+ movie). London-based De Rosee Sa designed the 35-square-metre Woodland Cabin to function as a picnic venue, guesthouse or art studio, but didn’t want the structure to look too new. This led […]

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The Interlace by Ole Scheeren was designed to “build a sense of community”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, Eric Chang of Buro Ole Scheeren discusses the importance of the communal courtyards in The Interlace, the “vertical village” that was crowned World Building of the Year 2015 last week. The Interlace is a large residential complex in Singapore consisting of a series of apartment blocks stacked […]

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Translucent curtains surround “floating” Oasis pavilion by OBBA

Seoul studio OBBA hung thin white strips around this temporary pavilion, designed as a resting place for visitors to an outdoor art exhibition (+ movie). The white Oasis structure provided seating and shade during the Amorepacific Museum of Art Project exhibition (APMAP) earlier this year. “We made this pavilion in order to create a place […]

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MVRDV’s proposed 2004 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was “a heroic failure”

Movie: in our next exclusive movie with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director discusses the artificial mountain MVRDV proposed for the 2004 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which eventually proved too expensive to build. Since the Serpentine Gallery’s pavilion programme began in 2000, the gallery has built a new structure on its lawn in Kensington Gardens every […]

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Richard Rogers wins Taiwan Taoyuan airport terminal competition

London studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has won a bid to design a new terminal for Taiwan’s largest airport, seeing off competition from Foster + Partners and UN Studio (+ movie). Terminal 3 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will comprise a new terminal building, boarding gates, concourses and a multi-function building, along with transport […]

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China more open to new architecture than risk-averse UK, says Will Alsop

British architect Will Alsop says there are more opportunities for ideas-driven architecture projects in China – like his Gao Yang development, which features a four-storey hanging restaurant – in this movie filmed in London. “In China, you can have much more wide-ranging conversations about the possibilities of a project,” says Alsop, who will be a judge and guest speaker […]

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Robot uses stacked spiky particles to build groundbreaking ICD Aggregate Pavilion 2015

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart used 30,000 spiky components and a robot to create a pavilion described as the “first architectural structure realised with a designed granular system” (+ movie). The ICD Aggregate Pavilion 2015 was designed by researcher Karola Dierichs and professor Achim Menges from the university’s Institute for Computational Design. It forms part of a research […]

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SelgasCano’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion set to move from London to Los Angeles

SelgasCano’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion closes this weekend after a four-month residency in London’s Kensington Gardens. This movie takes a closer look at the colourful plastic structure, which will now be moved to a permanent home in LA (+ movie). For the 15th edition of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series, Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano created a tubular […]

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Micro dwelling by All(zone) could be erected within abandoned towers

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Bangkok studio All(zone) has conceived a small temporary home intended to be set up inside unfinished high-rise buildings in tropical cities (+ movie). The project, called Light House, is featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened on 3 October and continues to 3 January 2016. Encompassing 11.5 square metres, the boxy micro […]

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Oscar Niemeyer “took the brief very seriously” for 2003 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the next instalment of our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director recalls her trip to Brazil to convince Oscar Niemeyer to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2003. Niemeyer’s 2003 Serpentine Gallery pavilion consisted of a white tent-shaped structure made from steel, aluminium, concrete and glass, which visitors could enter […]

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Amanda Levete’s tree canopy-like MPavilion opens in Melbourne

Fibreglass petals overlap to create the transparent roof of Amanda Levete’s forest-inspired MPavilion, which opened to the public today in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens (+ movie). Over forty fibreglass petals are joined on slender columns to form the gently swaying pavilion by London-based architect Levete, whose firm AL_A is also currently working a new subterranean extension to the V&A museum. Billed […]

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US firm announces plans to open “the Bauhaus of Africa”

MASS Design Group, a nonprofit US firm, plans to start an architecture and design training centre in Kigali, Rwanda, to help address the “dearth of professional designers” across Africa (+ movie). MASS, which has offices in Boston and Kigali, will announce its plans for the new African Design Center at the United Nations Solutions Summit on […]

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Chicago’s Vista skyscaper by Jeanne Gang will be world’s tallest building designed by a woman

In a newly released video, American architect Jeanne Gang explains how natural crystal formations inspired the shape of Vista Residences, a new skyscraper proposed for Chicago that will be the world’s tallest building designed by a woman (+ movie). Along with the video, the developer has released new interior and exterior images of the 1,140-foot-tall (348 […]

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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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Drone video shows progress on New York “courtscraper” by BIG

Communications firm Darkhorse has used a camera mounted to a drone to capture footage of Via 57 West, the residential building by Bjarke Ingels Group that is now rising in New York (+ movie). Construction is underway on the tetrahedron-shaped building, which is located on West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The design is pulled […]

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Architects produce “dark and psychotic” movie to promote apartment design

London Design Festival 2015: an apartment renovated by Groves Natcheva Architects provides the setting for this short thriller, which the London-based studio created to promote the project using “emotion” (+ movie). Groves Natcheva Architects wanted to find a more engaging way to showcase their design, rather than simply using the typical set of still photographs […]

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Drone movie shows Foster + Partners’ Apple Campus 2 beginning to rise out of the ground

An unofficial drone movie shot over the site of the new Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California, shows the latest progress on Foster + Partners’ “doughnut” office design (+ movie). Uploaded by Youtube user Duncan Sinfield, the high-definition movie shows that structural work on the building’s foundations and below-ground-level floors and car park is almost […]

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Toyo Ito “gulped” when asked to design the 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the next instalment from our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director recalls the difficulty in convincing Japanese architect Toyo Ito to design the gallery’s 2002 summer pavilion. Initially, when asked to follow on from Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind to design a structure for the gallery in Kensington Gardens, Ito proposed using […]

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Daniel Libeskind’s 2001 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was folded “like a piece of origami”

Movie: next in our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director discusses Daniel Libeskind’s angular metal pavilion from 2001, which she likens to a folded paper sculpture. Polish-American architect Libeskind designed the second Serpentine Gallery pavilion in 2001. Called Eighteen Turns, the structure was made from sheets of aluminium, riveted together to […]

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Zaha Hadid Architects launches campaign to reinstate scrapped Tokyo stadium design

Zaha Hadid Architects has released a new movie detailing its design for its scrapped Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, which it describes as “the only way to achieve value for money in the market” (+ movie). The film, which is over 20 minutes long, explains the decisions made during the two-year-long design process that lead to the current proposal, which was […]

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MVRDV’s Markthal in Rotterdam “monumentalises food” says Winy Maas

In the 10th and final instalment from our exclusive MVRDV movie series, architect Winy Maas explains how the firm’s huge arch-shaped market hall in Rotterdam has become a place for meeting and celebration (+ movie). Completed almost a year ago, the Markthal is one the Dutch firm’s most important projects to date. It comprises a 40-metre-high arch […]

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Cloud Seeding Pavilion by MODU features canopy made of 30,000 plastic balls

This pavilion in Holon, Israel, designed by New York-based architects MODU, has a dynamic canopy made of mesh fabric and small balls that move with the wind (+ movie). Called the Cloud Seeding Pavilion, the 2,500-square-foot (232 square meter) structure is located outside the Design Museum Holon – Israel’s only museum dedicated to design, which occupies a building […]

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Fuse Atelier’s House in Tsudanuma brings light in through a perforated concrete facade

Square and circular holes puncture the concrete facade of this house in Japan by Fuse Atelier, allowing light to filter through to five small terraces concealed behind (+ movie). House in Tsudanuma was designed by Chiba-based Fuse Atelier for a couple in their 40s, who previously lived in an older house on the site, but chose to replace […]

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Transparent swimming pool to bridge Indian tower blocks 12 storeys up

Developers in London claim to be building the world’s first sky pool, but an even more extreme suspended glass-bottomed swimming pool is already underway in India (+ movie). The five-tower Twilight Star development in Surat, Gujarat, will feature a 20-metre-long, seven-metre-wide suspended swimming pool that is entirely transparent. It will link two residential blocks in much […]

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Zaha Hadid’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion set the bar for what followed, says Julia Peyton-Jones

Movie: next up in our exclusive video series celebrating the 15th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones looks back at how Zaha Hadid’s marquee from 2000 launched the annual commission. The first Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000, which the gallery commissioned as a one-off project to host a fundraising gala marking its 30th […]

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MVRDV used pixellated forms to make DNB Bank “human and approachable” says Winy Maas

Winy Maas of MVRDV explains how his design for a “big building composed of mini units” created a headquarters for Norway’s DNB Bank interspersed with indoor and outdoor meeting places, in the penultimate movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2012, the building is one of three designed for the bank on a developing stretch of Oslo’s waterfront. Rotterdam-based […]

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BIG launches Kickstarter campaign for smoke-ring-blowing chimney at Copenhagen power plant

Bjarke Ingels has launched a public crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for a power plant chimney that will blow smoke rings to symbolise CO2 consumption (+ movie). BIG founder Ingels has launched the Kickstarter campaign with practice partner Jakob Lange, inviting the public to “make history by financing the latest prototype to create the first […]

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Frosilo apartments offer a “great combination of old and new” says MVRDV’s Jacob van Rijs

The eighth movie in our exclusive series profiling buildings by MVRDV looks at Frosilo – a pair of converted seed silos in Copenhagen that now contain some of the neighbourhood’s most sought-after apartments (+ movie). Completed in 2005, the Frosilo project involved the overhaul of the twin 1960s-built silos, which were put out of service when the soybean […]

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Zaha Hadid wins contest for landmark bridge across Taipei’s Tamsui River

Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition to design a 920-metre-long bridge across the mouth of the Tamsui River in the Taiwanese capital (+ movie). Billed as “the world’s largest asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with a single tower”, the Danjiang Bridge will be supported by just one 175-metre-high concrete mast to reduce its visual impact on […]

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Atelier Central Arquitectos adds concrete entrance and golden walkways to Lisbon school

Atelier Central Arquitectos has upgraded the campus of a Lisbon high school, adding a pale concrete entrance block and a network of corridors enclosed behind slender golden fins (+ movie). Lisbon-based Atelier Central Arquitectos was asked to renovate the existing campus of the 1,260-capacity Vergílio Ferreira High School, which is set in the Carnide district of the […]

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MVRDV created “a different kid on the block” with Haus am Hang, says Jacob van Rijs

MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs explains how the staggered formation of his firm’s Haus am Hang in Stuttgart gives every floor its own outdoor space in the latest movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2005, the timber-clad family residence is located near the Württemberg vineyards on the outskirts of the city. It stands […]

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Slate-clad Fontanile Pool frames views of the Italian countryside from the garden of an old villa

Slate-covered walls frame this swimming pool created by architecture studio LAD in the grounds of an Italian villa, which offers swimmers views of the surrounding hills and valleys (+ movie). Rome-based LAD – short for Laboratorio di Architettura e Design – designed the Fontanile Pool for the owner of a villa that sits below the old city walls of the Italian city Tarquinia, around […]

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MVRDV’s Silodam block contains a cross-section of Amsterdam society says Nathalie de Vries

The sixth movie in our exclusive series profiling the buildings of MVRDV focuses on Silodam – a polychromatic apartment building on Amsterdam harbour that studio co-founder Nathalie de Vries describes as a “big block lying in the water” (+ movie). Completed in 2002 as part of the huge transformation of an industrial area comprising a […]

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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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MVRDV’s Parkrand apartment block is “like a big mansion” says Jacob van Rijs

MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs explains how the firm created an Amsterdam housing development where over 200 homes share one big “outdoor living room” in the latest movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2007, the Parkrand Amsterdam apartment building is a block made up of five connected towers that together frame a communal […]

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Virtual reality will allow architects “to change the world like a god”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architects will soon be walking clients through digital models of their designs, says 3D visualiser Olivier Demangel, who built a virtual replica of a house he saw on Dezeen to showcase the technology (+ movie). “Virtual reality will become an essential tool for architects,” Demangel says in the movie. “This technology is going […]

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Winy Maas: an “open heart” reveals the inner workings of MVRDV’s Pushed Slab office block

MVRDV’s Winy Maas explains how the hollow centre he created at the heart of a Paris office block allows passersby a privileged view into the movements of a financial services company, in the latest movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2014, the seven-storey Pushed Slab was the first building to open in a proposed eco-quarter […]

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Pop Up Luggage Space by TomDavid has walls that recede like an “inverted umbrella”

Curtain-like walls can be drawn up to the ceiling of this luggage-sorting space in Rotterdam’s port, minimising its impact on the 1940s cruise terminal building behind (+ movie).  The white sailing canvas walls enclose all four sides of the red steel and concrete structure, which was designed by Dutch studio TomDavid Architecten to help deal with a growing number […]

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Mariano Dallago’s Camera Obscura creates a projected “postcard” of the Dolomites

Photographer Mariano Dallago has installed a giant camera obscura on top of a hill as part of an exhibition in the mountainous Italian province of South Tyrol (+ movie). Dallago’s Camera Obscura is an optical device that consists of a box with a hole in one side. Light entering the hole is projected onto an […]

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Shigeru Ban’s timber-framed office building in Switzerland shown in new movie

This new movie produced by film studio Spirit of Space tours the interior of the Tamedia Office Building in Zurich – the first Swiss project completed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The unnarrated, two-minute video produced by the Chicago-based film company shows exterior and interior shots of the seven-storey, wood and glass building, which was completed […]

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MVRDV’s “office village” avoids business park cliches says Jacob van Rijs

MVRDV created an urban centre in the heart of “business-park suburbia” with its UPV Munich office park, says studio co-founder Jacob van Rijs in the third movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). The Rotterdam-based firm won a competition in 1999 to design the office park on the outskirts of Munich. The first phase involved the construction of […]

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ECE Architecture installs a mirrored beach hut on the English coast

The beach huts traditionally found in English seaside towns informed this temporary mirror-clad cabin installed by ECE Architecture beside the coast in Sussex (+ movie). Located on Worthing beach in the south of England, the small timber-framed structure has the same gabled form as a typical beach hut, but all four of its walls and its […]

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MVRDV’s Stedelijk Museum renovation makes way for the historical details, says Nathalie de Vries

MVRDV’s Nathalie de Vries explains how she used “a wallpaper” of storage and furnishings to transform a Neoclassical chapel into the entrance for the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, in the second in a series of exclusive movies profiling the Dutch studio’s work. MVRDV renovated the 18th century chapel in 2014, adding bright red shelves between the existing features to […]

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Time-lapse movie shows construction of Richard Rogers’ revamped Prouvé house

Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have released a time-lapse movie showing their adaptation of a 70-year-old Jean Prouvé house being assembled in a field (+ movie). The London practice have added pods containing a bathroom and a kitchen to an original 6×6 Demountable House, designed by the French architect-engineer in 1944. Mobile solar-power and hot-water systems are mounted on […]

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MVRDV’s Spijkenisse library has become a “proud mountain of books” says Winy Maas

In the first of a series of exclusive movies profiling buildings by Dutch firm MVRDV, architect and studio co-founder Winy Maas looks back at Book Mountain – a library contained within a glass pyramid (+ movie). Completed in 2012 in Spijkenisse, south of Rotterdam, the library contains five floors of bookshelves connected by a trail […]

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is an experiment with plastic, says SelgasCano

Movie: in this exclusive video filmed at the unveiling of the 15th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano explain how their structure plays with coloured, translucent and mirrored plastic sheet. SalgasCano’s pavilion, which opens to the public later this week, consists of two layers of coloured ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) plastic wrapped around […]

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Exclusive video preview of SelgasCano’s 2015 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the first of a series of videos to celebrate the opening of the fifteenth Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones previews SelgasCano’s colourful structure ahead of its opening next week. This year’s pavilion, which consists of layers of coloured translucent plastic wrapped around a metal frame, will be “exuberant, joyful and playful,” Peyton-Jones says in the movie. “SelgasCano […]

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House of Music represents a “very simple but powerful typology” says Wolf D Prix

Coop Himmelb(l)au founder Wolf D Prix explains how the design of his House of Music concert hall in Denmark was influenced by a monastery by Le Corbusier in this movie by architectural filmmakers Spirit of Space. In the four-minute movie, the 72-year-old Austrian architect explains the guiding principles behind his firm’s design for the school and concert hall that […]

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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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Tadao Ando says his first New York building will be “a very quiet piece of architecture”

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has revealed details about his first building in New York City, explaining that he wanted to “create something that only a Japanese person could do” (+ movie). Ando was commissioned by developer Sumaida + Khurana to design 152 Elizabeth Street – a seven-storey, luxury condominium building now under construction in Manhattan’s Nolita neighbourhood. “I would like […]

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Kaan Architecten adds study centre to a hospital part-designed by Jean Prouvé

Dutch studio Kaan Architecten has added a medical research centre to a Rotterdam hospital, featuring triangular skylights, spiral staircases and a 35-metre-high bookcase (+ movie). The Education Center forms part of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam – a teaching hospital originally designed in 1965 by Dutch architect Arie Hagoort in collaboration with iconic French designer Jean Prouvé. It was recently extended by EGM […]

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Casa El Bosque is a house flanked by stone walls on the edge of a Spanish forest

This house in Spain by architect Ramón Esteve is fronted by solid stone walls, behind which rooms are organised around a swimming pool and terrace (+ movie). Ramón Esteve, whose studio is based in Valencia, designed the residence for a site in nearby Chiva. Entitled Casa El Bosque, the property takes its name from the pine forest that surrounds the plot, which […]

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