UNStudio completes enormous Raffles City Hangzhou complex featuring twisted glass towers

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a mixed-use development in the Chinese city of Hangzhou that accommodates a hotel, offices, apartments and shops, within a pair of sinuous towers connected by a podium and landscaped plaza. Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. Described by the studio as “a sustainable urban

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IKEA lab Space10 creates algae-producing pavilion in Copenhagen

IKEA’s external innovation lab Space10 has worked in collaboration with three young architects to create a four-metre-high bioreactor dome for growing microalgae. Described by Space10 as a “food-producing architecture pavilion”, the futuristic dome houses a photo-bioreactor — a closed system that enables the high productivity of green microalgae. The dome was installed at Copenhagen’s CHART Art Fair last

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Mecanoo designs 12 skyscrapers for new business district in Shenzhen

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has won a competition to masterplan a commercial district in Shenzhen, China, with its design for 12 stepped skyscrapers built around a park featuring a raised path and pools. Mecanoo’s masterplan will see the development of 1.36 million square metres of commercial facilities integrated with Shenzhen North Station, which includes one of the city’s regional railway stations and a

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Moveable wooden screens are set into concrete facades of Mokyeonri Wood Culture Museum

This museum in Incheon, South Korea, is dedicated to teaching visitors about wood and features moving timber screens that create effects similar to dappled sunlight filtering through trees. Seoul architecture studio Soft Architecture Lab designed the Wood Culture Museum for a site in Incheon Grand Park, where the Korea Forest Service operates a large arboretum.

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Columbus movie spotlights Indiana city’s “modernism with a soul”

A new movie set in the unlikely modernist mecca of Columbus, Indiana, sheds light on the city’s architectural gems and uses an interpersonal tale to question their importance today. Released last month, the film follows the story of an architecture fanatic’s evolving relationship with an architectural historian’s son, as they both remain tied to Columbus

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Peter Pichler unveils figure-of-eight-shaped housing complex with rooftop running track

A rooftop running track will connect the two towers of this housing complex, designed by Milan-based Peter Pichler Architecture for a Dutch town. Peter Pichler’s firm won an international competition with its design for the Looping Towers. The figure-of-eight-shaped scheme will be built in Maarssen, Utrecht, on a plot facing the Vecht river. Measuring 35,000 square metres in total, the

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Ibrahim Jaidah unveils cap-inspired stadium for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

The latest football stadium for the 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar has been unveiled, featuring a diamond-patterned exterior based on the knitted white cap traditionally worn by Arab men. Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah designed the Al Thumama Stadium to seat 40,000 spectators for matches up to the quarter-final stage during the 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament.

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Drone footage shows Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” underway in Shanghai

Work is well underway on Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” in Shanghai, as shown in this flyover movie filmed by a drone. One thousand trees dot the terraced forms of Moganshan, a project designed by Thomas Heatherwick’s London studio for a six-hectare site adjacent to Shanghai’s main art district, M50. A rendering of the project was first unveiled in December 2015, but this footage

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Grace Quah’s Bartlett graduation project is a feminist film featuring homes that perform domestic chores

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Grace Quah has produced a feminist film featuring a conceptual housing estate where appliances become the architecture, reducing the amount of unpaid domestic labour women are required to carry out. Quah developed her Silvertown Plug-In project during her studies on the Bartlett’s MA programme. She was part of Unit 26, led by Simon Kennedy

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Zrobym Architects’ summer house combines references to Scandinavian and Belarusian architecture

The cosy feel of classic Scandinavian cottages is referenced in the interior of this summer house near the Belarusian village of Raubichi, which is clad entirely in larch and cedar. Zrobym Architects, which is based in the nearby city of Minsk, designed the summer house (also known as a dacha) as a quiet retreat for

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Ring-shaped concourse proposed for major renovation of Los Angeles’ Union Station

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released a movie detailing its proposal to extend the city’s historic Union Station building with a ring-shaped, glazed passenger concourse. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) created the video to visualise the design as part of a major overhaul of the station, which was built in 1939 in the city’s

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ODA creates stepped terraces at corner of Brooklyn condo building

Cascading balconies top this Brooklyn apartment block by American studio ODA, which is shown in a movie starring the design team throwing footballs, catching flowers and passing balloons between the terraces. Photographer and filmmaker Miguel de Guzmán of Imagen Subliminal shot the film to showcase the “optimistic atmosphere of the life in the terraces”, which ODA created on the upper corner of

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Slatted marble walls shade Casa Chaaltun pool deck in Mexico

Elevated walls with marble slats form a canopy above the terrace and swimming pool of this house, which Tescala Architects has based on the natural surroundings in Yucatán, Mexico. Casa Chaaltun is located in a gated community in the north of Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of the Yucatán – known for its Mayan ruins.

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“The Iceberg” housing in Aarhus becomes a playground for penguins in new animation

Penguins slide and somersault down the sloping rooftops of a popular Aarhus housing complex in this animated movie, created by French film studio 11h45. The film features Isbjerget, also known as The Iceberg, the huge harbour-side housing development completed in 2013 by a team of architects and studios including JDS Architects, CEBRA, SeARCH and Louis Paillard. In the movie, this angular structure

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Drone footage captures Apple Park as it prepares to welcome employees

As Apple gears up to open its Foster + Partners-designed campus in Cupertino, a drone has filmed the buildings nearing completion, and reports have emerged that the company is buying up all the trees available in California. The tech company’s employees are due to start moving into their new offices this month, and high-definition drone

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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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Frank Gehry’s Philadelphia Museum of Art renovation breaks ground

Work has officially started on Frank Gehry’s plans to “unclog the arteries” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a major renovation that will transform the layout of the historic building. The Canadian-American architect’s masterplan for the 1920s structure involves removing interventions made by Venturi Scott Brown in the 1980s, and opening up new routes so visitors can

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Rem Koolhaas discusses OMA’s first New York apartment building in new movie

Architect Rem Koolhaas has expressed his excitement at building in Manhattan for the first time, in a movie created to promote his firm OMA’s 121 E 22nd residential tower. In the film, the Dutch architect speaks about how important it is to him to be working in the city he has studied and admired for

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Foster + Partners’ Apple Park set for April 2017 opening

The giant ring-shaped office complex designed by British firm Foster + Partners for Apple is due to welcome the tech company’s employees this spring. Formerly known as Apple Campus 2, the vast building and grounds in Cupertino, California, are almost complete. More than 12,000 people will move into the offices over six months from April

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Walls with integrated furniture and yellow nooks encourage play in Madrid school

Children can nestle into yellow alcoves and pull wooden furniture out of the walls at this school in Madrid by Rica Studio, which uses play to teach the English language. Local architects Rica Studio designed the two-storey Madrid flagship of the English for Fun linguistic school, aiming to booster the schoolchildren’s creativity, imaginations and stimulate all five senses. The centre

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Movie explores Jonathan Tuckey’s home in a former steel workshop in London

Filmmaker Tapio Snellman has documented the home of Jonathan Tuckey in this movie, which was created 14 years after the architect overhauled a 19th-century London workshop to create it. The architect, who is the founder of London-based firm Jonathan Tuckey Design, renovated and extended the steel fabricator’s workshop in 2002 to create a unique home for his family and their dog.

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Neri&Hu revives 1930s Shanghai theatre with dramatic stone and bronze details

Chinese studio Neri&Hu has used smooth grey stone and fluted bronze to revive the grandeur of a 1930s theatre in Shanghai. The locally based firm, led by architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, sought to restore the character of the old theatre, which had lost much of its original details, thanks to piecemeal adaptions over the years. “The

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Snøhetta designs “potentially world-changing office building” for small Norwegian town

Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled plans for a faceted office building in Norway, set to become the first in the country to produce more energy than it consumes. Described by the design team as a “potentially world-changing office building”, Powerhouse Telemark is expected to become a pioneer in sustainable energy use and a landmark for the small

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Arches puncture brick facade of Amsterdam apartment block by WE Architecten

Arched openings punctuate the brick facade of this apartment building in Amsterdam, which is co-owned by its occupants and tailored to accommodate their varying lifestyles. The Amstelloft apartments are located overlooking the river Amstel, a site granted to WE Architecten by the local municipality after seeing its proposals for a cooperative development that is entirely owned by its occupants.

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Cabo de Vila by Spaceworkers features concrete roof with scooped edges

A concrete roof with concave sides sits atop scooped glass and wood walls at this house in Portugal, which is captured in a film starring a child on a red tricycle. Portuguese studio Spaceworkers designed Cabo de Vila for a young couple who asked for an unusual looking house to occupy a rural site in Paredes hemmed by woodland.

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People’s Architecture Office uses prefabricated panels to update Beijing hutong house

People’s Architecture Office has repurposed a rundown home in one of Beijing’s historic hutong neighbourhoods, using prefabricated panels to create a contemporary and light-filled residence. The Beijing studio overhauled and extended the residence in the Changchun Jie Hutong neighbourhood using a series of white panels. The client Mrs Fan had lived in the house as a child until her parents

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Neri&Hu transforms Beijing missile factory into car workshop

Shanghai studio Neri&Hu has converted a former missile factory in Beijing into a car repair garage and offices with an industrial-style metal staircase, mesh cages and painted brickwork. Inside The Garage, a mechanics workshop catering to Beijing’s some 7 million vehicles is flanked by offices and a cafe. Neri&Hu wanted to preserve as much of the original building as possible,

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Expandable cultural venue The Shed is being built in New York

New York firms Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group have designed a cultural building for the city’s vast Hudson Yards development, with a sleeve that rolls out to create extra covered event space. The venue, known as The Shed, will house galleries and flexible areas for art and culture events of every kind. It

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AIA issues apology after Trump support backlash

Leaders of the American Institute of Architects have issued an apology after their statement supporting President-elect Donald Trump caused outrage across its community. AIA executive vice president and CEO Robert Ivy and national president Russ Davidson released a joint video in which they admitted that their post-election memo was “tone deaf” and “resulted in hurt

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Timelapse movie captures visitor centre created by Reiulf Ramstad in the Norwegian mountains

This movie by videographer Alejandro Villanueva tours the Reiulf Ramstad-designed Trollstigen Visitor Centre in rural Norway, revealing how its network of pathways zigzag across a landscape of rugged mountains and deep fjords. Completed by Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in 2012, the tourist facility features a footpath that crosses the mountain river and leads to lookout points made of

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BIG reveals full designs for Dubai Hyperloop in new video

Bjarke Ingels Group has today unveiled its designs for the world’s first Hyperloop high-speed transportation system in Dubai, which is to feature pods that travel at “near supersonic speed”. In the design, a fleet of cubic pods transport passengers to Hyperloop’s main transport hub before being loaded into larger capsules, which travel through a network of elevated tubes to

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Malibu Hillside pool and terrace frame Pacific Ocean views

A latticed wooden canopy shades this swimming pool and terrace, designed by Michael Goorevich for a Malibu house on a slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Nashville-based architect Goorevich wanted to make the most out of views from the Malibu Hillside house in Los Angeles, which is located on a steep site facing the sea. The architect referenced the horizontal planes of Californian

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Movie explores Luis Barragán’s colourful Casa Gilardi in Mexico City

This film created for design video channel Nowness gives a tour around legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s last house – a bachelor pad turned family home in Mexico City. Barragán came out of retirement to design Casa Gilardi for Pancho Gilardi and Martin Luque, who owned an advertising agency in Mexico City. Completed in 1976,

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10 of the best TED Talks about architecture

The TED conference series has enabled leading thinkers, including architects, to share their ideas with the world for over 30 years. Dezeen contributing editor Jenna M McKnight has chosen some of the best presentations about the built environment from the past three decades. In 1984, architect Richard Saul Wurman conceived of the renowned conference series

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Timelapse movie tours Snøhetta’s Reindeer Observation Pavilion in Norway

This movie by videographer Alejandro Villanueva explores the undulating wooden form of the Snøhetta-designed Reindeer Observation Pavilion and its setting in Norway’s Dovre Mountains. Completed in late 2011, the pavilion is a glass-fronted steel box. But inside, its features a rippled timber core constructed by Norwegian shipbuilders to match the surrounding topography. Visitors to the pavilion More

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CGI artist Forbes Massie explains his approach in new film by Eizo ColorEdge

Dezeen promotion: this film by Eizo ColorEdge follows visualisation artist Forbes Massie as he describes his studio’s methods for creating images that “your grandmother falls in love with” (+ movie). Forbes Massie’s film is one of a three-part series called Living, Breathing Colour, which features image makers from different creative disciplines who use Eizo’s ColorEdge colour-correcting monitors and display systems. In the video, Massie More

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Dandelion farm and visitor centre completed by Archihood WXY in South Korea

Dandelions are used to make medicine within this timber and concrete complex that architects office Archihood WXY has built in South Korea (+ movie). Called Korean Dandelion Farm, the small complex is located on the edge of a forest. It combines a production centre for herbal remedies with a peaceful visitor retreat. As well as a flower garden and manufacturing area, it accommodates More

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Studio Gang clads Chicago student housing complex in wavy strips of concrete

US firm Studio Gang has completed a student residential complex for the University of Chicago that features towers sheathed in glass and sculptural white concrete panels (+ movie). Scheduled to open on 17 September 2016, the complex – called the Campus North Residential Commons – is the latest addition to the university’s campus, which features works More

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Foster + Partners’ Apple Campus 2 begins to take shape in drone video

This unofficial drone video captures the construction of Foster + Partners’ Apple headquarters in California as the outer shell of the campus nears completion (+ movie). The movie, uploaded by YouTube user Matthew Roberts, shows the main hub of the campus – a hoop-shaped structure dubbed the Spaceship – taking form as cranes finish installing the exterior More

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Moving walls open Stal Collectief’s charred timber workshop to the elements

Raised on stilts above a field in northeast Belgium, Stal Collectief’s self-designed studio features charred timber walls that can be wheeled back to reveal the interior (+ movie). The group of Belgian furniture designers comprising Len de Paepe, Bob Segers, Tim Vranken and Jonas Blondeel designed Hofer Pavilion as an extra studio space for themselves. The group already had a workshop in More

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Beersheba station bridge in Israel is shaped like a pair of eyes

Tel-Aviv firms Bar Orian Architects and Rokach Ashkenazi Engineers have built a bridge in the Israeli city of Beersheba, featuring arches that create the shape of two eyes (+ movie). The 210-metre-long bridge traverses a series of railway tracks, providing a link between the Beersheba North Railway Station and the Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park. Bar Orian and Rokach Ashkenazi won an More

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Welton Becket’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stars in Kenzo perfume advert

American director Spike Jonze has used an iconic Los Angeles music hall by Modernist architect Welton Becket as the venue for a four-minute perfume advert for French fashion house Kenzo (+ movie). The film for Kenzo’s Le Nouveau Parfum sees actress Margaret Qualley dance expressively in a green dress around the landmark Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, More

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Matt Lucraft proposes solution to London’s housing crisis with “mad-cap” building system

Graduate shows 2016: Bartlett student Matt Lucraft has proposed an evolving self-built housing co-operative based on a mishmash of English vernacular and historic Japanese architecture as a solution to London’s housing crisis (+ movie). Lucraft’s Dagenham Breach Housing Co-operative seeks to address the lack of affordable housing in London by offering an open-source modular system that could More

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Forensic Architecture forms digital reconstruction of Syrian “architectural instrument of torture”

Forensic Architecture has created an interactive model of a notorious torture prison in Syria, using the eye- and ear-witness accounts of survivors (+ movie). Forensic Architecture, a research group based at Goldsmiths University in London, produced the interactive model of the prison for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. The project, named Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian Torture Prison ,aims to More

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Muji to test prefab house by letting a competition winner live in it for free

Japanese design brand Muji has revealed the prototype for its latest prefab house, which it will test by having a competition winner move in rent-free for two years (+ movie). Located in the seaside city of Kamakura in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, the ready-constructed dwelling is named the Window House after the assortment of frameless openings More

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Tadao Ando’s Cerro Pelon Ranch for Tom Ford shown in dramatic architectural film

A promotional movie has been released to entice potential buyers for a massive ranch in New Mexico that features buildings by Japanese architect Tadao Ando (+ movie). Called Cerro Pelon Ranch, the property encompasses more than 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) in northern New Mexico and features a meandering river, cottonwood trees and grazing pastures. It More

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Cloud Pavilion is a glass-walled events space in Shanghai

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a pavilion on the bank of Shanghai’s Huangpu River, with thin metal columns surrounding a glass-walled room shaped like a cartoon cloud (+ movie). Located on a riverside promenade, the Cloud Pavilion provides a venue for exhibitions and art events as past of the West Bund district’s ongoing redevelopment. Sandwiched between 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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Henning Larsen Architects opens sail-covered Danish pavilion for Rio Olympics

Rio 2016: Danish studio Henning Larsen Architects used boat sails and masts to create this maritime-inspired pavilion for the Rio 2016 Olympics (+ movie). The pavilion – named Heart of Denmark – is located on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Ipanema Beach and was created by the Copenhagen-based architects as a gathering spot for Danish athletes and visitors to the 2016 More

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Matt Gibson’s faceted Shadow House extends an Edwardian home in Melbourne

Australian architect Matt Gibson used zinc cladding to distinguish this faceted structure from the Edwardian residence it extends (+ movie). The single-storey extension named Shadow House provides new living spaces, a guest bedroom and garage for the house, which is located a conservation area in Melbourne’s Elsternwick neighbourhood. A 1980s extension was cleared away to make room for the addition, which More

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Augmented reality “will change the way architects work” says Greg Lynn

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: augmented reality will revolutionise the architecture and construction industries according to architect Greg Lynn, who used Microsoft HoloLens to design his contribution to the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (+ movie). The technology – which many people are now familiar with thanks to Pokémon GO – will inevitably change the way architects make design More

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“World’s tallest moving observation tower” filmed by drones ahead of opening this week

With the Marks Barfield-designed i360 in Brighton set to open to the public this week, drones have shot new footage of the structure billed the “world’s tallest moving observation tower” (+ movie). The British Airways i360 tower comprises a giant glass-and-steel doughnut that moves up and down a 162-metre-high pole, offering views of up to 42 kilometres in all More

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Wall-climbing mini robots build “entirely new structures” from carbon fibre

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have devised a new method of construction using mini robots that they claim is cheap, fast and can create structures that would otherwise be impossible to build (+ movie). Instead of using one or two large robots, the university’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) has developed a carbon-fibre fabrication method that More

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Virtual reality movie offers a preview of Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge

The team behind London’s controversial Garden Bridge have released a short film that allows viewers to experience the project in virtual reality (+ movie). The two-minute movie released by the Garden Bridge Trust transports users to the centre of the plant-covered structure proposed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick across London’s River Thames. It offers an opportunity to see some of the proposed More

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Partners Hill hides Aesop pop-up among the undergrowth at Tasmanian music festival

Revellers at a Tasmanian music festival were invited to cool off inside this wooden pavilion filled with Aesop products, designed by architecture studio Partners Hill  (+ movie). Aesop was one of the sponsors of the MONA FOMA festival that took place earlier this year at Tasmania’s MONA art gallery. So the skincare brand commissioned local studio Partners Hill to create a pop-up space to showcase its products. The studio, led More

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SOM unveils masterplan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station district

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill has unveiled its vision to transform the Beaux-Arts 30th Street Station and its surrounding area in Philadelphia (+ movie). SOM’s masterplan covers a 175-acre (70 hectares) area around the station, which is currently the third busiest in the US and projected to see a further increase in transit activity. More

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Lego unveils plans for “informal and inspirational” office campus by CF Møller

Scandinavian firm CF Møller has designed a new headquarters for Lego in Billund, Denmark, featuring both work and play spaces for employees (+ movie). The new 52,000-square-metre campus will be located a few streets away from the soon-to-open Lego visitor centre by BIG, in the home town of the Danish toy brand. Like BIG’s design, the office complex will feature a More

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Dancers perform vertical routine across Boston building facade

Performers from experimental dance company Bandaloop leap, flip and spin across the glass facade of a 17-storey tower at Boston’s Fan Pier in this choreographed acrobatic act (+ movie). The aerial performance took place to celebrate the opening of 100 Northern Avenue – a 534,000-square-foot office building (49,600 square metres) on the city’s waterfront. Suspended More

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Samuel Gonçalves unveils modular housing based on concrete sewage pipes

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Portuguese architect Samuel Gonçalves has installed three hollow concrete forms at the Venice Biennale to promote his modular housing system based on drainage pipes (+ movie). Gonçalves and his studio at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto designed the Gomos System to offer a solution to the housing crisis in Portugal. The concrete modules match the shapes and dimensions of standard More

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Economic crisis made Spanish architecture more radical, says Biennale pavilion curator

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: this year’s Golden Lion-winning Spanish Pavilion focuses on unfinished structures left in the wake of the 2008 financial crash and architects who are developing a “radical” approach to rebuilding Spain (+ movie). Titled Unfinished, the pavilion presents a series of photographs of incomplete construction projects, alongside 55 recent buildings that demonstrate a More

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VR goggles combined with hand-held controllers offers architects “a whole new way of designing”

New virtual reality tools will allow architects and designers to create buildings and products intuitively in 3D space around them, according to the director of visualisation studio VRtisan (+ movie). The technology, which couples VR software created for game designers with hand-held motion controllers, offers designers “a completely new tool,” according to Ekke Piirisild of the London studio. “It’s a whole More

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London’s AA School taps into robotic construction trend by launching specialist course

London’s Architectural Association has released a film showing its first major foray into robotic construction, and has revealed it will this year launch a new course focussed on digital fabrication (+ movie). Students from the AA School’s Design & Make programme used robotic fabrication for the first time earlier this year in the construction of Woodchip Barn. The success of this project led More

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Movie documents MVRDV’s pioneering technique for creating glass brick facades

This movie shows the installation of MVRDV’s Crystal Houses – a Chanel store featuring a traditional facade replicated with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”. First published on Dezeen last month, Crystal Houses is located on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam, a former residential street that has become a hub for luxury fashion brands like Prada, Dior and Rolex. More

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Triptyque overhauls 1970s office tower in Rio to make it more environmentally friendly

French-Brazilian studio Triptyque has revamped a 85-metre-high office block in Rio de Janeiro with zigzagging glazing and solar panels so it can generate its own electricity (+ movie). RB12 was first built in the 1970s and, like many of the city’s buildings from that era, had very few green credentials. Rather than demolishing it, property developer Natekko asked Triptyque to look at ways of reducing its More

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Studio Dror imagines second giant dome for Montreal’s Expo 67 island

New York-based Studio Dror has proposed adding another huge domed structure to Montreal’s Expo 67 site on Île Sainte-Hélène, where Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere has sat for almost 50 years (+ movie). The geodesic structure would sit beside Fuller’s iconic dome in an open area of the Parc Jean-Drapeau. “Interacting like the sun and the moon, More

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Roof Arquitectos arranges Mexican residence around a “forest” of red oak trees

Thirteen oak trees are planted in a courtyard at the centre of this residence by Roof Arquitectos, which sits in the hilly landscape outside the Mexican city of Morelia (+ movie). Roof founders Rogelio Vallejo and Francisco Noriega took the unusual starting point of landscaping first and building later. After planting the trees, which they describe as a “central More

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Factory Fifteen’s latest movie features a futuristic car factory taken over robots

An artificial intelligence system takes control of a futuristic car manufacturing plant in this short movie by architectural film studio Factory Fifteen (+ movie). Factory Fifteen, a studio that specialises in imagining dystopian futures, depicts a time where AI is used in the management of numerous industrial systems and explores a scenario where the machines decide to take over. Named More

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MIMA Light is a small prefabricated house raised up from the landscape on a near-invisible base

The architects behind a prefabricated housing company have completed one of their smallest buildings so far – a cuboidal property raised on a mirrored plinth above a grassy Portuguese landscape (+ movie). MIMA Light is the most simple of the building models offered by the MIMA House brand, established by architects Mário Sousa and Marta Brandão to More

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Kengo Kuma reveals plans for curving timber-wrapped tower in Sydney’s Darling Harbour

Kengo Kuma has revealed plans for his first building in Australia, a cylindrical civic centre by Sydney’s Darling Harbour that will feature the Japanese architect’s characteristic timber cladding (+ movie). Ribbons of light-coloured wood will wrap the curving building known as The Darling Exchange in an “organic and spontaneous manner” according to Kuma. Its six curving floorplates will be shifted off centre, More

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Liddicoat & Goldhill adds brick and concrete townhouse to the end of a London terrace

This end-of-terrace house in west London by Liddicoat & Goldhill features a fully glazed rear section that allows daylight to reach neighbouring properties (+ movie). London-based Liddicoat & Goldhill designed the brick and concrete Tailored House for a Kensington site damaged by bombing in the second world war, to complete an existing terrace of Victorian townhouses. Numerous challenges and restrictions influenced the design of More

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