Apple store was proposed for Garden Bridge in return for sponsorship

Boris Johnson had secret talks with Apple over a ‘mad’ mid-bridge store during a 24-hour visit to the tech company’s San Fransisco headquarters to secure funding for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge. The idea for an Apple retail store on the middle of bridge was suggested by the tech giant in return for sponsoring the project,

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Call for entries to YAC’s Pinocchio Children’s Library competition

Dezeen promotion: Young Architects Competitions is now accepting proposals for a children’s library in Florence, which would be dedicated to the adventures of fictional character Pinocchio. The library competition tasks designers and architects to come up with ideas for the “first and largest children library inspired by the fairy tale of Pinocchio”. They are expected

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Populous updates Lord’s cricket stand with fan-shaped roof

Splayed wooden ribs support the new gauze-like roof of the Warner stand at Lord’s cricket grounds, and was designed by Populous as part of a wider overhaul of the stadium. The update of the Warner stand is the first phase of a 20-year masterplan orchestrated by Marylebone Cricket Club, the owners of Lord’s, which will see extensive

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Populous and Egis unveil masterplan for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

A beach volleyball court will be installed at the foot of the Eiffel Tower as part of the masterplan developed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by architects Populous and engineers Egis. Populous and Egis’ proposal will see 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues dispersed across the city, rather than corralled into a campus setting such as in previous

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Office Sian completes brick and limestone community building for Phoenix Garden

An arched opening in the brick wall of this building in central London leads to a community centre lined internally with glazing that looks out onto garden hidden from the street. East-London firm Office Sian Architecture + Design designed the building for the Phoenix Garden Trust, which operates a community garden tucked away in the

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DFA proposes tallest timber observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir

New York studio DFA has envisioned a prefabricated timber tower for New York’s Central Park that would both filter a contaminated reservoir and provide views over the city. The temporary 712-foot-tall (220-metre) Central Park Tower would sit in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the park’s area and

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Star Wars-inspired observatory will be built atop a mountain in Cyprus

Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects has won planning permission for an astronomical research centre on top of a Cyprus mountain, which will provide NASA with information about celestial phenomena. The architecture studio, which has offices in Nicosia and London, drew inspiration from science-fiction movies for the design of the Troodos Observatory, or “star observatory”. It will be built

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Polo stables by Estudio Ramos features grassy roof for horses to graze and spectators to sit

A spiral staircase made from cast concrete leads up to a turfed roof overlooking a pool and polo field at this stables near Buenos Aires, which was designed by local firm Estudio Ramos for a professional polo player. Estudio Ramos created the stables for polo star Nacho Figueras on the flatlands of La Pampa near

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Shingle-clad clubhouse and visitor centre faces ice rink in a Japanese forest

Klein Dytham Architecture has completed a visitor centre and ice rink in Japan’s Karuizawa region, featuring a curving, shingle-clad frontage that follows the edge of a landscaped skating pond. The Tokyo-based architecture studio collaborated with landscape design firm Studio on Site to develop the proposal for a year-round visitor attraction located in the foothills of

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Colourful strips surround Toronto’s Albion Library by Perkins+Will

Multi-coloured bars form the facades of this district library in a Toronto suburb by architecture firm Perkins+Will, which features community areas for new Canadians. The Albion Library is located in the Rexdale neighbourhood to the north-west of the city, where the population is predominantly immigrants, minorities, and low-income residents. “The Albion District Library is one

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Carlo Ratti to transform Italian military barracks into open-source architecture laboratory

Architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans to transform a former 19th-century military complex in Turin, Italy, into a campus where students, workers and makers can set up their own labs and studios. Carlo Ratti Associati will transform the 20,000 square-metre Caserma Lamarmora barracks into “a testing ground for an open-source approach to architecture”. Using the barracks’ modular structure as a base, the Italian firm wants to open the building up

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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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Arching bamboo trusses are left exposed in Chiang Mai sports hall to create a “feast to the eye”

Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction modelled the segmented and undulating roof of this bamboo sports hall at a school in Chiang Mai in Thailand on the petals of a lotus flower. Local bamboo specialists Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction designed the Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School, which educates primary school-aged children using buddhist principles. Located among rice fields, a 15

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Office III builds simple open-air welcome centre on Governors Island

US studio Office III has constructed a visitors’ centre for Governors Island in New York City using marine-grade plywood and cedar decking. The pavilion is the first-ever welcome centre for Governors Island, and was added to help tourists better navigate the small island in the city’s harbour. It lies just 800 yards (732 metres) from Manhattan’s southern-most tip, and

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge officially scrapped

The final nail in the coffin for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge has come today, as the trust behind the project announced its closure following lack of support by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity set up to build and run the £200-million Garden Bridge, announced its closure and the end of the project this morning.

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

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

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Alberto Campo Baeza’s Madrid sports centre is a “box of light”

Two enormous translucent walls flood the playing court of this bright white sports centre by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza with dazzling light. Located on the Francisco de Vitoria University campus in Pozuelo, Madrid, the sports complex comprises two clean, white boxes joined together by a low-rise building whose roof becomes an interconnecting patio at the first floor level.

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Cooke Fawcett’s rooftop observatory gives views of London’s skyline from above a Peckham car park

Architecture studio Cooke Fawcett has built an elevated walkway atop a multi-storey car park in south London, a space that is also used as an open-air gallery by arts organisation Bold Tendencies. Called the Peckham Observatory, the steel-framed structure stands like a table over the entrance to the rooftop, which is also the venue of Frank’s Cafe – a campari bar covered by

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British seaside pier gets 21st century update by dRMM

Architecture studio dRMM created a visitor centre clad in salvaged wooden boards as part of its overhaul of a seaside pier in Hastings, England – one of six projects in the running for this year’s Stirling Prize. The architects were tasked with repairing the century-old pier after a devastating fire in 2010, which swept through the pavilion and destroyed the amusements, kiosks,

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Wine-tasting pavilions by Walker Warner perch on ridge overlooking Napa Valley

US studio Walker Warner Architects has created a trio of pavilions at a California winery with operable glass walls that enable tasting rooms to be fully open to the outdoors. The Quintessa Pavilions are located within the Quintessa Estate Winery, which covers 280 acres (113 hectares) in Napa Valley. San Francisco-based Walker Warner Architects had

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AART designs pop-up train carriages to rejuvenate an old railway in Aarhus

A single-room hotel, a public greenhouse and a set of polling booths are just some of the unusual functions assigned to a set of train carriages designed by Danish studio AART for an old industrial area of Aarhus. AART worked with local non-profit organisation Givisme on the design for the pop-up carriages, which were created to inject life back into an area of

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New York Wheel in jeopardy as construction halts indefinitely

Work on a giant observation wheel planned for New York’s Staten Island has ground to a halt, after a legal battle resulted in the firing of its contractor. The New York Wheel – slated to become the world’s tallest observation wheel – is now delayed indefinitely following the feud. Developer NY Wheel terminated its contract

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Studio Morison installs origami-like “pineapple” in Berrington Hall’s 18th-century garden

Artistic duo Studio Morison has erected a pink pavilion shaped like an origami pineapple in the centre of the 18th-century walled garden of the Berrington Hall country estate in Herefordshire, England. Local artists Heather and Ivan Morison were asked to design a contemporary structure that would attract visitors and kickstart fundraising for the restoration of Berrington Hall’s walled garden. The construction

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Los Angeles River could be revitalised with designs from seven architecture firms

A vision to transform the desolate Los Angeles River into a bustling oasis featuring cycle paths, play areas, public art and kayaking facilities features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. Created by seven architecture firms, the LA River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalisation

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Minecraft video game used to design public space in more than 25 developing countries

Local authorities have been “amazed to see that young women from slums could design as architects or urban planners”, according to the co-ordinator of a United Nations initiative using the video game Minecraft to get communities designing their own public spaces. The Block by Block project is the work of UN-Habitat – the United Nations agency

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Colourful Paris basketball court updated with new hues

Ill-Studio and Pigalle have returned to a basketball court they previously overhauled with bold patterns, replacing primary colours with gradients of blue, pink, purple and orange. The Pigalle Duperré is sandwiched into a row of buildings in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. With support from sports brand Nike, creative directors Ill-Studio and fashion label Pigalle

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18 “rail-to-trail” projects following in the High Line’s footsteps

The creators of New York’s High Line have launched a platform to advise similar infrastructure reuse projects in the USA. We’ve rounded up the 18 other schemes in the works, including an OMA-designed bridge with ramps and waterfalls, and an underground park. The hugely popular High Line park, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, reclaimed

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David Adjaye, BIG and Sou Fujimoto compete to build Edinburgh Ross Pavilion

David Adjaye’s temple-like canopy, Bjarke Ingels’ looped auditorium and Sou Fujimoto’s spiralling pathway are among the seven shortlisted proposals for an events pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland. Flanagan Lawrence, PagePark Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and wHY Architecture have also been shortlisted for the Ross Pavilion at West Princes Street Gardens, a public park set below Edinburgh castle.

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Architects propose seven ways to reinvigorate the Los Angeles river

Colourful playgrounds, undulating pathways and a spot for kayaking are among the proposals made by seven architecture firms to revitalise areas along the Los Angeles river. The LA River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalisation project, which Frank Gehry is also working on. The project is designed to overhaul areas along

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UNStudio completes Shanghai shopping centre covered in diamond shapes

Tessellating diamonds create an intricate grid of solid and void across the facade of this shopping centre that Dutch firm UNStudio has completed in Shanghai. Called Lane 189, the seven-storey shopping centre is located in the heart of the Chinese city, in the Putuo District – an area with a diverse mix of old and new buildings.

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Brett Farrow converts auto body shop into restaurant complex in Southern California

American architect Brett Farrow has used cedar, steel and large expanses of glass to transform a shabby car repair facility into a lively venue for working, dining and sipping cocktails. Called The Quonset Project, the small complex sits within Carlsbad, a quiet beach town in Southern California. The project is named after a steel hut that has been located

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Olson Kundig set to overhaul Seattle Space Needle

American firm Olson Kundig Architects has unveiled plans to renovate the Space Needle observation tower in Seattle by adding slanted glass balustrades and a rotating glass floor. Called the Century Project, the $100 million (approximately £78 million) renovation aims to preserve and modernise the 184-metre-high tower, a historic landmark on Seattle’s skyline that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle

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EFFEKT unveils spiralling tower and treetop walkway for southern Denmark

Architecture studio EFFEKT has released plans for a 600-metre-long treetop walkway connected to a spiralling observation tower with 360-degree views over the forest canopy of southern Denmark. The local studio designed the continuous timber ramp as a commission for Camp Adventure, a tree-top adventure park located in the forests of Glisselfeld Kloster, Haslev – one hour south of Copenhagen. Shaped like an hourglass,

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Irregular cutouts mark recessed entrances to Aires Mateus’ community centre in Portugal

Deep triangular and flat-topped arches are punched through the white walls of this community centre, which architects Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus designed for the Portuguese town of Grândola. The brothers, who run Lisbon-based studio Aires Mateus, were asked to design the 670-square-metre Meeting Centre building for the community in the Alentejo region, located around an hour’s drive from Lisbon. A

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David Beckham scores land for Populous-designed football stadium in Miami

David Beckham’s plan to create a new professional soccer team for Miami is a step closer to kick-off – the British footballer has now acquired a plot of land to build a stadium on. The Miami Beckham United team, backed by the star, received approval from politicians in Miami-Dade county to buy the three-acre parcel of land in

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Nendo looks to ancient Japanese tombs for first landscape architecture project

Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo has now moved into urban design, unveiling its massive CoFuFun plaza near Kyoto. The plaza – located outside of Tenri Station in Japan’s Nara prefecture – is the studio’s largest architecture project after its renovation of the Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok last year. It is also Nendo’s first

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OOPEAA builds wood and zinc sauna on the shore of a tiny Finnish island

Finnish architecture office OOPEAA has completed a log cabin-style sauna on an island in Helsinki’s archipelago that is topped with a zinc roof incorporating dormer windows. OOPEAA principal Anssi Lassila designed the Lonna Sauna for the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, which oversees activities on a cluster of islands that once formed a sea fortress at the

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Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philharmonic Hall refurbishment revives an art deco masterpiece

Architecture firm Caruso St John has been named among the winners of the 2017 RIBA Regional Awards for its renovation and extension of Herbert Rowse’s art deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The British architecture firm completed the project in 2015, around the same time as its Stirling Prize-winning gallery for Damien Hirst and Larry Gagosian’s third and largest

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OMA reveals designs for severed block on Boston’s waterfront

A huge slice filled with terraces and trees will be cut through the centre of OMA’s 88 Seaport development in Boston – the firm’s first project in the city. Dutch studio OMA designed the 18-storey building, featuring a mix of offices and shops, for the Boston Seaport – a “dynamic and vibrant” area of the city undergoing renovation. Called 88 Seaport,

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Jean Nouvel designs plant-covered hotel for historic district of São Paulo

Ateliers Jean Nouvel has released new renderings for its plant-covered luxury hotel adjoining a former maternity hospital in São Paulo, which will feature interiors by Philippe Starck. Nouvel’s Paris-based firm teamed up with developer Alexandre Allard of Groupe Allard to create Cidade Matarazzo – a 550,000 square-metre complex of historic buildings being regenerated in the city’s centre, including the former Filomena

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Foster + Partners opens “one of our greenest Apple spaces yet” in Singapore

Foster + Partners has built yet another tree-filled Apple Store, but this one also features hand-carved stone staircases. Singapore’s official ranking as the greenest city in Asia informed the design of Apple Orchard Road, the first Apple flagship in the city. Like Foster + Partners’ other recent Apple Stores, particularly the ones in London and Dubai, the building’s most prominent feature is

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AART reveals designs for national rowing stadium in Denmark

Danish studio AART has been selected to design Denmark’s national rowing stadium, with its designs for a tiered and timber-clad boathouse at Bagsværd Lake on the outskirts of Copenhagen. AART’s primary concern was creating a stadium that would blend seamlessly into its natural context. The aesthetic of the building follows that of the traditional villas surrounding the lake, with

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Jestico + Whiles converts town hall into student halls with iridescent tile-covered theatre

Southwark Town Hall in south London has been renovated and repurposed to accommodate student housing and a mixed-use arts hub, including a theatre contained in a folded tile-clad extension. Architecture and interior design firm Jestico + Whiles was appointed by student-housing developer Alumno Developments to oversee the renewal of the historic building on Peckham Road,

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Gridded glazing frames garden views from NitaProw’s organic beauty shop in Bangkok

Bangkok-based practice NitaProw has used the dismantled structure of a house boat to create this window-covered shop for an organic beauty brand in a lush garden setting in the city. The transparent structure set in Bangkok’s Thonglor district acts as a shop, showroom and 25-seat cafe for the organic health and beauty brand Patom. Its gardens are also

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Rammed-earth tower by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten overlooks the Maas river

Earth, clay and gravel are compressed to form the walls of this observation tower designed by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten to offer views of a nature reserve spanning the Belgian-Dutch border. The rammed-earth tower designed by the Genk-based studio is located within a former gravel quarry called Negenoord, which has been transformed to form part of

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Cultural Center Stjørdal features a lime green spiral staircase

A+Awards: a staircase lined in bright green spirals up the middle of this Architizer A+Award-winning cultural centre in Norway, partially visible through its metal-mesh cladding. Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter collaborated with fellow Norwegian firms Lusparken Arkitekter and JSTA on the Cultural Center Stjørdal, located in the town just east of Trondheim. The centre is designed to serve as

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MVRDV transforms 1970s highway into “plant village” in Seoul

Dutch studio MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, which follows a kilometre-long route above the traffic. South Korea’s answer to New York’s High Line, the 983-metre-long park occupies a stretch of the 1970s highway destined for demolition. It now contains 24,000 trees, shrubs and flowers set into cylindrical planters. The walkway, called

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Removable walls offer endless configurations for community space by Aki Hamada

This community space in Kanagawa, Japan, has removable exterior walls and reconfigurable interior partitions, meaning it can easily be adapted to suit different activities. Designed by Japanese architect Aki Hamada, the Substrate Factory Ayase is a two-storey extension to a circuit-board factory, located near the Atsugi naval air base. It provides an exhibition and events space for the local community.

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Adamo Faiden completes undulating plaza in Buenos Aires’ financial district

Argentinian studio Adamo Faiden has designed a stepped public plaza to cover an underground carpark in Catalinas Norte, the financial centre of Buenos Aires. The urban landscape, named Plaza Catalinas, is made up of triangular segments of planting and sits at the foot of a glass tower in the business district. Designed to defy the rigidity of its metropolitan surroundings, architects Sebastián

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Renzo Piano sinks sail-covered art gallery into Aix-en-Provence vineyard

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has completed the Château La Coste Art Gallery, a sunken exhibition space topped by sails, which is set among the grape vines of a winery in Aix-en-Provence, France. Renzo Piano’s firm used chunky concrete walls to frame the 285-square-metre building, which is submerged six metres into a valley so that its roof is level with

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Andrew Berman Architects adds timber-framed extension to old Staten Island library

Tasked with renovating and extending the Stapleton branch of the New York Library, Andrew Berman Architects overhauled the interior and connected it to an annex clad with zinc and glass. The facility is situated in northeast Staten Island – one of the five boroughs that make up New York City – and was first constructed in

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AL_A completes aluminium-plated tower block in central Bangkok

Swathes of aluminium tiles wrap around this sharply pointed tower by Amanda Levete’s studio AL_A, which is set in the former gardens of the British embassy in Bangkok. London-based AL_A worked with local architects Pi Design on the 37-storey tower named Central Embassy, which hosts a luxury shopping centre at podium-level and the five-star Park Hyatt hotel across its

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Bennetts Associates converts Art Deco cinema into cultural centre in northern England

Bennetts Associates has renovated a 1930s cinema and added a brick, frosted-glass and copper extension to create this cultural centre in Chester, England. The British studio carried out the £37 million transformation for the listed Odeon cinema in Chester – a walled city in the northwest of England. A library, cinema, restaurant and cafe are set in the existing

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Trio of broken arches house ossuaries in northern Italian cemetery

CN10 Architetti has built a trio of white concrete and marble funerary arches with space to host ossuaries and cinerary urns for a cemetery in the northern Italian city of Bergamo. CN10 Architetti formed the arches from six separate pieces, which are arranged in pairs to create a processional pathway for visitors to walk through the 75-square-metre mausoleum. The curved concrete

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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Egg-shaped sauna creates escape for residents of Swedish town displaced by mining

Bigert & Bergström has built a golden, egg-shaped sauna for the people of Kiruna after damage caused by decades of iron ore mining resulted in the relocation of the entire Swedish town. The Swedish artist duo was commissioned by developer Riksbyggen, to design a commemorative social sculpture for the town after residents voiced fears of losing community spirit after their relocation. The whole town is being

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FOG Studio’s Cooley Landing centre provides facilities for Bay Area wetland reserve

A+Awards: California firm FOG Studio worked with the residents of East Palo Alto to design this bayside community centre and exhibition space, another winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Cooley Landing Education Center is located on a peninsula at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It sits on a former landfill site, which was

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Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for West Palm Beach

Madrid studio Ecosistema Urbano has won first place in a competition to revamp the waterfront of Florida’s West Palm Beach, with a proposal for domed spaces that house an array of functions, from an aquarium to a yoga and meditation zone. Called Open Shore, the scheme is the winner of the Shore to Core competition

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Peter Zumthor unveils extension plans for Renzo Piano’s Fondation Beyeler in Basel

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has revealed designs for a trio of new buildings at the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler art gallery in Riehen, Basel. At a press conference held at the foundation yesterday, Zumthor presented maquettes and plans for a new gallery in addition to administrative and events spaces, which will be arranged around mature trees in a previously

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White Arkitekter’s pared-back bathhouse reinterprets Sweden’s traditional “gingerbread” architecture

White Arkitekter has completed a bathhouse on the southern coast of Sweden, featuring a timber-clad structure perched on slender legs that extend outwards towards the rear to optimise sea views. The Scandinavian studio designed the bathhouse for a group of local sea-bathing enthusiasts from the coastal town of Karlshamn, who raised funds to commission the project. The Kallbadshus, or cold

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“Hard to believe this is a product of one of the most admired creative partnerships of the last two decades”

By bringing together commerce and ornament, the now-defunct Foreign Office Architects has produced a shopping centre that looks like a giant black slug, says Owen Hatherley in his latest Opinion column. You remember Foreign Office Architects. The London-based firm was dissolved five years ago with the split of its main partners, Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo, but

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Neri&Hu’s Suzhou Chapel combines textured brick base with ethereal white cube

Perforated metal surfaces form a white “veil” around the main hall of this chapel designed by Neri&Hu for a hotel complex near the Chinese city of Suzhou. Lyndon Neri and Rosanna Hu’s Shanghai studio designed Suzhou Chapel for a site within the Sangha resort, which is described as “a life learning and wellness community on the shores

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Andersson-Wise assembles new and salvaged materials into rustic Austin boathouse

US firm Andersson-Wise Architects has created a modest boathouse in Texas, designed to blend with its site as if it were “in a state of natural decomposition”. The Bunny Run Boat Dock is located on the shore of Lake Austin, in the city of Austin. Encompassing 2,563 square feet (238 square metres), the enclosure contains

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Foster + Partners completes Dubai Apple Store with carbon-fibre “solar wings”

Filigreed carbon-fibre shutters fold around the oriel window of Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Dubai, shading the shop floor during the day but opening at night to views of the Burj Khalifa. London firm Foster + Partners based its design of the Apple Dubai Mall on the traditional Arabic mashrabiya, a projecting bay window enclosed by decorative wooden

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Weathering steel clads “pop temple” in Leiden by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

A+Awards: this concert venue in the Dutch city of Leiden is clad with panels of weathering steel and was awarded a 2016 Architizer A+Award. Rotterdam firm Ector Hoogstad Architecten inserted the Gebr. De Nobel among buildings the city’s 19th-century ring. Described by the architects as a “pop temple”, the venue includes a main hall that

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Zooco Estudio uses granite to unify disparate blocks of Gallician arts centre

Spanish Zooco Estudio has completed a complex of granite-clad buildings in the city of Verín that come together to form an arts centre for the Galician region. The architects were awarded the Silver A’Design Award for their 3,750-square-metre arts centre, which is made up of ten separate spaces housed within irregularly-cut, stone-clad volumes. The larger block contains a submerged auditorium, with the smaller

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“Feather-like” screens front church in Taiwan by MAYU Architects

Rows of perforated aluminium shades intended to represent the feathers of an eagle shield the facade of this concrete and glass church in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church was designed by local studio MAYU Architects for a site surrounded by residential buildings in the city on Taiwan’s southwest coast. The architects

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Postmodern architecture: Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels by Michael Graves

With the AIA 2017 conference currently taking place in Orlando, we’ve reprised our series on postmodern architecture and design for a one-off special, spotlighting an iconic pair of buildings in the Florida city: Michael Graves’ colourful hotels for Disney World. New York and New Jersey-based Michael Graves Architecture & Design created the Dolphin and Swan hotels

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London mayor pulls plug on Garden Bridge

London mayor Sadiq Khan has withdrawn support for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge by refusing to sign the vital financial guarantees that would allow building to go ahead.  In a letter addressed to the Garden Bridge Trust chair Mervyn Davies today, Khan said he would not guarantee funds for the bridge’s operation and maintenance. He cited the potential for spiralling construction costs

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Farrells completes swimming pool with “shell-like” roof on Hong Kong seafront

British firm Farrells has carved a large opening into the zinc-clad roof of its swimming pool complex in Hong Kong to offer outdoor bathers sea views. The studio headed up by architect Terry Farrell designed the pool as part of the Kennedy Town Station development, which occupies the site of the former Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. The new, distinctively shaped public pool now occupies a triangular

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