Zaha Hadid plans sinuous apartment complex for first project in Mexico

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans to build a high-density housing development in Monterrey, Mexico, despite having been asked to design a series of high-rise towers (+ movie). For its first project in Mexico, the London firm will redevelop a site between an eight-lane motorway and a residential neighbourhood to create a community of wave-shaped apartment blocks, accompanied by […]

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Twisting observation tower could be built in a northern Italian forest

Architects Anton Pramstrahler and Alex Niederkofler have unveiled their proposal for a wooden viewing tower near Bruneck, northern Italy, with a twisted body shaped like a tree trunk (+ movie). Pramstrahler and Niederkofler designed the 33-metre-high Lookout Tower in response to a competition inviting ideas for a new landmark for Bruneck, the town in the South Tyrol region of Italy. The proposed location […]

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Arcus Center was designed to embody the idea of social justice, says Jeanne Gang

In this exclusive movie, the founder of Studio Gang Architects explains how her design for the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Michigan was intended to bring human rights issues out of “invisible places” and into public consciousness (+ movie). Located on the campus of Michigan’s Kalamazoo College, the building accommodates spaces for human […]

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Zaha Hadid reveals animation of desert HQ for waste management company

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed a new movie showing the studio’s proposal for a sand-dune-inspired building that will be the new headquarters for Middle Eastern environmental company Bee’ah (+ movie). First revealed in December, the firm’s 7,000-square-metre building will occupy a space adjacent to Bee’ah’s vast waste management centre in the United Arab Emirates. The movie […]

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Panoramic animations offer “romantic overview” of dystopian future cities

Architect Liam Young has developed a series of animated panoramas depicting visions for cities of the future, including an urban landscape exclusively owned and operated by technology brand Samsung (+ movie). Liam Young – whose studio Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today operates between the realms of architecture, film and fiction – merged photographs taken on expeditions around […]

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Renzo Piano joins Rogers Stirk Harbour and Wilkinson Eyre for Sydney harbour overhaul

Renzo Piano has become the latest architect to contribute a design to the major redevelopment of Sydney’s Barangaroo South waterfront (+ movie). The Italian architect has designed a pair of residential high-rises for the £3 billion harbour regeneration project, which also includes skyscraper proposals by British firms Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Wilkinson Eyre. […]

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Dubai unveils vision for Museum of the Future to showcase innovation in design

A futuristic oval-shaped museum filled with robots and other technological inventions has been slated for construction in Dubai (+ movie). Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, revealed plans this week for the Museum of the Future – an institution dedicated to innovation in design and technology. Related story: […]
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Google’s new HQ will be “more like a workshop than a corporate office” says Bjarke Ingels

Exclusive: BIG founder Bjarke Ingels says Google’s ambitions for its Silicon Valley campus had to be reigned in to create a unique working environment that is “buildable and doable” (+ movie). Speaking to Dezeen today, Ingels said that he and project collaborator Thomas Heatherwick are aiming to set the “industry standard” for workplace design with Google’s new headquarters in Mountain View, California. […]
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Faceted concrete T-shape facade fronts courtyard house in Santa Fe

Triangular facets give a folded appearance to the bare concrete facade of this house in Argentina by local architect Nicolás Campodonico (+ movie). Named Casa T&G, the two-storey home is located in the centre of Rosario – a city in the Santa Fe district of Argentina. Related story: H Arquitectes inserts courtyard home between two existing […]
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Drones can “weave structures in space in just a few minutes”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the second part of our video interview with Ammar Mirjan, the architect explains how he is using drones attached to cable dispensers to quickly build lightweight architectural structures. Drones can be a valuable new tool in construction, Mirjan claims, “widening the spectrum of what is possible” in architecture. “We can fly [drones] through and […]
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Drones can “collaborate to build architectural structures”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and researcher Ammar Mirjan explains how drones could be programmed to construct buildings in the first of two movies about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in architecture. In 2012, Swiss architecture firm Gramazio Kohler Architects and roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea collaborated with ETH Zürich to program a fleet of drones […]
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Canadian Freezeway could become world’s first curb-side skating lane

News: a seven-mile-long skating rink proposed for the Canadian city of Edmonton could allow commuters to ice skate or toboggan to work and school during winter months (+ movie). The Freezeway is the vision of landscape architecture student Matthew Gibbs, who designed the ice trail as a thesis project. The concept was selected as the winner of a 2013 design competition, […]
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Drone movie shows progress on Apple Campus construction

News: updated footage of construction work on the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Campus 2 in California has been published on YouTube by another amateur videographer using a drone-mounted GoPro video camera (+ movie). YouTuber myithz uploaded the video, which shows progress on the site of the technology giant’s new offices in Cupertino, California. Related story: First […]
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Kengo Kuma “surprised” after V&A Dundee costs rise to £80 million

News: the cost to build a new outpost of the V&A museum in Dundee, Scotland, has almost doubled to the sum of £80 million – a figure that architect Kengo Kuma has claimed is “surprisingly high” (+ movie). The original price tag for the new design museum on the city’s harbour was set at £45 million, but Dundee City Council has revealed […]
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Work starts on public plaza beneath Richard Seifert’s Centre Point

News: construction is now under way on a public square underneath Richard Seifert’s iconic Centre Point tower in London, as part of a major redevelopment by Rick Mather Architects and Conran & Partners (+ movie). Described by the designers as “the key piece in the jigsaw”, the new pedestrian plaza will surround the base of the 117-metre-high […]
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Architecture should be more like Minecraft, says Bjarke Ingels

Movie: the founder of architecture firm BIG explains his theory of “Worldcraft” – creating architecture that focuses on turning “surreal dreams into inhabitable space”. In a movie filmed for the Future of Storytelling summit, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels says that architecture needs to to more to allow the public to “transform their own environments”, using the same principles as popular […]
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Heijmans proposes pop-up homes to solve the problem of high rents

Dutch construction company Heijmans has developed a prefabricated starter home for young professionals that can be installed on vacant city-centre sites in under 24 hours (+ slideshow). The Heijmans ONE project proposes a solution for two problems – the issue of unattractive urban sites and the shortage of affordable homes for graduates, who often earn too much […]
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Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Cheesegrater skyscraper documented in timelapse film

Movie: photographer Paul Rafferty and filmmaker Dan Lowe have produced a timelapse documentary showing the construction of Rogers Stirk Harbour’s recently completed Leadenhall Building in London, also known as the Cheesegrater. Rafferty and Lowe were commissioned in 2012 to document the construction of the building at 122 Leadenhall Street, which hit the headlines earlier this […]
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Norman Foster narrates drone tour of New York’s Hearst skyscraper

A decade after the final beam was placed atop the Norman Foster-designed Hearst Tower, the architect has returned to the building to mark its anniversary with a film captured using an unmanned aerial vehicle (+ movie). The 46-storey Hearst Tower was the first major building commissioned in New York following the attacks on the World Trade […]
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Crescent-shaped pool skirts cylindrical house by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Spanish studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has completed a pool-side home near Valencia comprising a squat white cylinder with terraces set into deep voids in its walls (+ movie). Fran Silverstre Arquitectos designed Balint House for a site beside a golf course in the municipality of Bétera. Related story: Santorini Island retreat by Kapsimalis Architects features rooftop […]
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Neri&Hu’s architecture “challenges the accepted values of society”

Movie: architect Rossana Hu explains why she and her partner Lyndon Neri turned the theme of “feeling good in architecture” on its head in their keynote speech at this year’s Inside Festival. “This year we were given the topic of feeling good in architecture and interior design,” says Hu in the movie, which was filmed […]
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Architects “haven’t learned” how to connect skyscrapers to the public realm, says Safdie

Movie: in the final video interview from our exclusive series, architect Moshe Safdie says that architects are too concerned with designing objects to create skyscrapers that work with the city. “They think of towers as great sculptures, twisting this way, twisting this way. But the tower is also a building block of the city, it […]
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Moshe Safdie used “all the Lego in Montreal” to design Habitat 67

Movie: in the second interview from our exclusive series, AIA 2015 Gold Medallist architect Moshe Safdie explains how he used Lego to design the groundbreaking Habitat 67 housing development. Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, who was named the American Institute of Architects’ 2015 Gold Medal recipient last week, combined two archetypes to create a proposal for […]
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Marina Bay Sands offers “a new kind of public realm” says Moshe Safdie

Movie: in the first in a series of exclusive video interviews, AIA Gold Medal-winner Moshe Safdie talks about his most famous project since Habitat 67 – the gigantic Marina Bay Sands development in Singapore. Isareli architect Moshe Safdie, who is now based in Boston, was named the 2015 recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ highest accolade, last week. […]
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3D-printed structural components will lead to “new building shapes”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Salomé Galjaard of engineering firm Arup says 3D printing building components will result in more efficient and diverse architectural forms (+ movie). The use of metal 3D-printed structural components will “have a big impact on the visual appearance of the world we live in,” Galjaard says in the movie, which was filmed in Eindhoven […]
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Powerhouse Company unveils “egg in a box” student pavilion for Erasmus University

Powerhouse Company has completed a new student centre for Erasmus University in Rotterdam, which features a transparent exterior and a curving oak interior (+ movie). Described by the Dutch studio as having an “egg-in-a-box arrangement”, the 1,800-square-metre student pavilion is intended to become the new social heart of the university campus, located to the east of […]
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East London home by Mikhail Riches is “a big house that’s been knitted back together”

Movie: architect David Mikhail explains how he transformed a typical 19th-century London house into a “great family home” with all of its “original dignity” in this movie produced by Living Projects. Mikhail, one of the two founders of London firm Mikhail Riches, was invited to rework the home of Lisa and Ash – a couple living in […]
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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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Heneghan Peng’s Greenwich architecture school has a restrained exterior and a modern interior

Behind a traditional limestone facade, Heneghan Peng’s new architecture school for the University of Greenwich is a four-storey composition of steel and glass centred around a double-height critique room (+ movie). Irish firm Heneghan Peng Architects designed the building to house the 2,000 students that make up the university’s architecture and landscape department, as well […]

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Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB Studio was “designed from the inside out”

Inside Festival 2014: architect Gavin Robotham of CRAB Studio explains how the new architecture faculty building at Bond University was designed around the school’s curriculum (+ movie). “The building was designed from the inside out,” claims Robotham, who is director at CRAB Studio together with Peter Cook. Related story: CRAB Studio creates cave-like meeting rooms […]

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Gallery extension proposal by 5468796 “recreates the quality of light of a rainforest”

World Architecture Festival 2014: Johanna Hurme of Canadian firm 5468796 explains the use of wooden “quills” in the proposed art gallery extension that was named Future Project of the Year 2014 (+ movie). 5468796’s proposal for an extension to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, is covered in wooden spines designed to […]

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The Corten House by DMOA architecten is surrounded by weathered steel fins

Strips of pre-rusted Corten steel run in vertical columns around this Belgian house by DMOA Architecten (+ movie). DMOA Architecten designed the three-storey home, for a couple in the Antwerp suburb of Kontich. The Corten House is named after the brand that produces the weathered steel panels that surround its walls and perimeter. The local […]

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Canberra’s National Arboretum features “100 forests from around the world”

World Architecture Festival 2014: Australian landscape architect Perry Lethlean explains the concept behind the Canberra park named World Landscape of the Year 2014 in our next movie from World Architecture Festival. The National Arboretum by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer is a regeneration project on the outskirts of Canberra, Australia, aimed at replacing trees […]

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The Chapel by a21studio is like “a big colourful lantern”

World Architecture Festival 2014: in this exclusive video interview Vietnamese architect Toan Nghiem discusses the use of bright colours in The Chapel, the community centre that was crowned World Building of the Year 2014 earlier this month (+ movie). The Chapel is a multi-purpose community space in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by local architecture […]

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The city of the future “will be both physical and digital”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: cities in the future will exist in both a physical and digital form says William Trossell of 3D-scanning company ScanLAB, who claims the lines between the two “will become increasingly blurred” (+ movie). “Uses of augmented reality will allow us to walk around the physical city whilst also visiting the digital,” […]

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Future tourists could “travel the virtual world instead of the physical”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: advances in 3D-scanning technology could enable virtual tourism by providing a “life-like experience” of faraway places says architect Pernilla Ohrstedt (+ movie). “In the near future it’s really conceivable that we will start travelling the virtual world instead of the physical world, because it will be scanned at such high resolution,” she says. […]

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Advances in digital technology could make “time travel possible”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: advanced 3D mapping of our built environment could one day allow us to “stop and rewind time,” claims London designer Keiichi Matsuda (+ movie). Once digital mapping services such as Google Street View have become sophisticated enough, we could “jump to any single point in history since it was being recorded,” […]

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Casa Redux by Studio MK27: the cause of a marriage collapse?

Could this modern concrete and glass house have been the catalyst for the end of a marriage? Yes, according to a black and white movie made by Studio MK27, the architects behind the project (+ movie). Studio MK27, the firm led by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, produced the short film to accompany its recent project […]

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You can “spot what software has been used” to design a building

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: popular software packages are influencing the way new buildings look says Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, who calls on architects to develop their own code rather than using “off-the-shelf” solutions (+ movie). “So much of the aesthetics [of a building] is inherited from the software without you realising it,” Plummer-Fernandez claims. “You can almost spot […]

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Architects could become “closer to game designers or filmmakers”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the first in a series of extracts from interviews with the designers that participated in our exhibition on the future of mobility, Kieiichi Matsuda discusses how augmented reality could fundamentally transform the way we design buildings. “I see the architectural profession splitting into two parts,” Matsuda says. “On the one […]

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