Splayed shipping containers form Joshua Tree Residence conceived by James Whitaker

An office comprising a cluster of angled shipping containers, proposed for a site in Germany by James Whitaker but never realised, is now being built as a home in the California desert. Photo-realistic renderings of the proposed home by the London-based designer show a cluster of white cargo containers emerging like a starburst from a

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S&T Architects designs poolside retreat in Ukrainian mountains

Ukrainian studio S&T Architects has released detailed renders showing its design for a summer retreat in the Carpathian Mountains, comprising two concrete and glass buildings that face each other across a swimming pool. House in Transcarpathia was designed by S&T Architects for two young families who like to holiday together in the mountainous region in western Ukraine. The

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Richard Keep and Henry Goss unveil plans for Nairobi tower in rainy renderings

These foggy renderings by The Boundary forego the stereotypical blue-sky backdrop to depict a wedge-shaped tower by Richard Keep Architects and Henry Goss Architects, which has just been granted planning permission in Nairobi, Kenya. London-based Keep and Goss designed the 30-storey mixed-use Akili Tower for a spot on Upper Hill, where it will join a growing number of high-rises overlooking Uhuru Park and the

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Lázaro presents loft-style house in visuals that “go beyond hyper-realistic”

These renderings by visualisation studio VER depict a board-marked concrete house with factory-like glazing, which Mexican architecture studio Lázaro is planning to build in the city of Uruapan. The board-marked concrete structure, which Lázaro expects to begin building later this year, will be wedged between two existing buildings on a long and narrow site in the city’s Magdalena neighbourhood. The

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Ström Architects reveals hyper-realistic renderings for pair of Swedish island villas

Two timber-clad villas – one dark and the other silvery grey – balance over a steep hillside on the Swedish island of Lidingö, in these intricately rendered visuals of the project by Ström Architects. The British studio led by Magnus Ström designed the two dwellings, named Pyrus 9 and Pyrus 10, for the property developer Imola Förvlatning. The imagery released to

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Xavier Delory imagines Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House covered in primary-coloured paintwork

These fictional images created by Belgian photographer Xavier Delory imagine Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House covered in De Stijl-style blocks of yellow, red and blue paintwork. Brussels-based Delory created four exterior views of Rietveld’s iconic 20th-century house, covering its grey and white volumes with a primary-coloured pattern of lines and blocks in the style of artist Theo van Doesburg. The image series named Rietveld

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CL3VER launches virtual tour of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion

Those unable to visit Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Barcelona Pavilion can now tour the building remotely through a virtual-reality experience created by architectural visualisation studio CL3VER. Barcelona-based 3D visualisation studio CL3VER worked with the Mies van der Rohe Foundation to create the virtual tour, which gives users 360-degree views of each aspect of the Barcelona Pavilion. The tour is hosted

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SHoP Architects’ plans for Hudson’s Detroit site move forward

Detroit has approved the timeline for SHoP Architects’ replacement for the historic Hudson’s department store, which will begin construction in December and become the city’s tallest building. The mixed-used complex by New York-based SHoP Architects and local firm Hamilton Anderson Associates will encompass the site at 1206 Woodward Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Detroit.

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Studio Gang reveals High Line-hugging Solar Carve Tower for New York

US firm Studio Gang has unveiled plans for a glass tower that is “sculpted by the angles of the sun”, adjacent to the High Line in New York’s Meatpacking district. The office building at 40 Tenth Avenue will sit between the popular elevated park and the Hudson River, close to the Standard Hotel. The location is

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Giles Miller and Forbes Massie imagine towering monument with walls of offset bricks

Designer Giles Miller has worked with visualiser Forbes Massie to draw up designs for a huge monument with a cross-shaped plan and textured brick walls. Miller and Massie’s 14-storey Monument is designed to be completely hollow, allowing visitors to inhabit it. Working alongside structural engineers from Arup, Miller’s studio took on the conceptual project to “push our creative discipline as composers of materials to

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s unbuilt Trinity Chapel is realised in images by David Romero

An unbuilt chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been realised in these colour visualisations by architect David Romero, featuring red walkways, a green shingle spire and stained-glass windows. The images of Trinity Chapel form part of Romero’s Hooked on the Past series that visualise the buildings of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, including the demolished Larkin Administration Building

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Monument by RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon will commemorate “Dutch struggle against water”

RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon have revealed plans for a monument commemorating the huge feat of engineering behind the Dutch Delta Works – a vast network of dams, sluices, locks and levees designed to prevent flooding in the Netherlands. Amsterdam-based RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon plan to convert a huge concrete test model used by engineers at the former Dutch

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Sinuous buildings curve around tiered gardens in housing concept by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Curving blocks overlap to create the sinuous form of this conceptual house, designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos to frame seven tiered gardens in Spain. Fran Silvestre’s Valencia practice drew up plans for the residence for a plot in Spain’s southernmost region of Andalusia. The architects wanted the buildings to feel like a grotto or cave. “The project consists of a house with

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David Romero recreates Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in colour visualisations

Architect David Romero has created colour visualisations of a pair of now-demolished Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, previously only seen in black-and-white photographs. Romero’s Hooked on the Past images visualise the interiors and exteriors of Frank Lloyd Wright’s demolished Larkin Administration Building and ruined Rose Pauson House, as well as their detailing and furniture. The Spanish architect chose to

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The Crown House by 81.WAW.PL.

Modeled and rendered by 3D visualization artist Michal Nowak, the Crown House is a residence with the concept to create a home featuring stark minimalistic lines and clean modern looks. The house was designed by polish architectural practice 81.WAW.PL. and is defined by the sharp and strict geometric forms with a bold, creative vision. The […]

Reiulf Ramstad designs angular wooden cabins for a Norwegian valley

These atmospheric renderings reveal designs by Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter for a pair of angular holiday cabins in the Norwegian countryside. Reiulf Ramstad’s firm was commissioned to create the cabins as a family retreat in the Røldal valley, which is located 300 kilometres west of Oslo at the northern end of the Røldalsvatnet lake. The architects decided to split the

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I don’t like the LACMA renderings, says Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor has revealed that the visualisations for his new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which proved controversial with Dezeen readers, do not show the building as he intends it. Speaking to CLAD magazine, the Swiss architect explained that the “commercial-looking” renderings released earlier this year were created for an environmental review, and do

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FXFOWLE reveals Statue of Liberty Museum for New York’s iconic landmark

Architecture firm FXFOWLE has unveiled plans for a new museum beside the Statue of Liberty, featuring a green roof and viewing platform overlooking New York harbour (+ slideshow). The 26,000-square-foot building on Liberty Island will provide information and exhibits for visitors, after access to the current museum inside the statue was restricted following the 9/11 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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Borders are “primitive” limits says designer of US-Mexico binational city

London Design Biennale 2016: architect Fernando Romero has unveiled plans for a binational city spanning the US-Mexico border, amid Donald Trump’s calls for a wall to be built between the two countries (+ slideshow). Romero’s Border City presents a utopian vision for a city with dual nationality, where people and goods could move more freely across the US-Mexico More

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Designer Lekan Jeyifo imagines vertical shanty towns for central Lagos

Designer Lekan Jeyif has created a dystopian vision of shanty-town towers in Lagos, Nigeria, to highlight the poor standard of living in the city’s impoverished areas (+ slideshow).  Entitled Shanty Megastructures, the designs transform shanty dwellings into sleek high-rise towers in the centre of Lagos – Nigeria’s largest city, and the location of its main industrial and commercial activities. Jeyifo has created a video outlining More

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Alpine chapel designed by Joaquim Portela Arquitetos as a giant light funnel

This proposal for a concrete chapel by Joaquim Portela Arquitetos is designed to reach up towards the sky from its site in the Swiss Alps (+ slideshow). A large skylight set into the top of the angular outcrop is intended to flood the interior of the small Catholic chapel with natural light. Porto-based Joaquim Portela Arquitetos, which has More

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CGI artist Forbes Massie unveils “completely seductive” renderings in London exhibition

Visualisation artist Forbes Massie has exhibited a series of architectural renderings with a painterly rather than photorealistic aesthetic at the Protein Studios gallery in east London (+ slideshow). London-based Massie – who counts Thomas Heatherwick, David Chipperfield and Haptic among his clients – showed 14 of his studio’s latest images for a two-day exhibition entitled Seduction of Light. Rather than following More

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Digital model offers virtual-reality users a preview of BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

For those who aren’t able to visit BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion this summer, Swiss visualisation studio Archilogic has made it possible to take an unofficial tour of the building using virtual reality (+ interactive 3D model). Ahead of the pavilion’s unveiling tomorrow, Archilogic has created an unofficial digital model that allows users to preview the building using VR devices like Oculus Rift More

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Daring house designs feature on Dezeen’s new Pinterest board

Plans to build a subterranean residence with a swimming pool for a roof were given the go-ahead this week, prompting us to pin wildly ambitious house designs – built or imagined – to a new Pinterest board. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more conceptual architecture in our archive

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Alex Hogrefe’s conceptual retreat cuts into a remote Icelandic clifftop

Architectural visualiser Alex Hogrefe has imagined a precarious concrete retreat cut into the edge of a remote clifftop in Iceland, as part of a series of tutorials in creating renderings (+ slideshow). Hogrefe designed the building to allow him to demonstrate some of the visualisation techniques he uses in his work, focusing on lighting, texture and “atmosphere”. He presents the images on his website More

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Ström Architects applies superyacht concept to luxury housing with Superhouse

Swedish architect Magnus Ström wants to help the super rich commission a bespoke home the same way they buy a luxury yacht using his Superhouse brand (+ 360-degree render). Superhouse seeks to apply the tailor-made service clients experience when commissioning a luxury “superyacht” to house design. Every element of each house it designs can be specified to the smallest detail, […]

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Henry Goss completes house that launched his career as an architectural visualiser

Architect Henry Goss has completed a rusted steel and timber-clad extension to a house near Cambridge, England, two years after Dezeen published the hyper-realistic renderings that changed his life (+ slideshow). Goss designed the extension to Lode House for his cousin and her husband, who wanted to reorganise the interior of their home in the village of Lode to make […]

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Photo-realistic renderings depict an imaginary house in a wild seaside landscape

Visualisation studio Bloomimages has created a series of hyper-realistic renderings depicting a home and studio for an artist in the ageing concrete structures of an old shipyard on the edge of the North Sea (+ slideshow). The German studio specialises in visualisations for some of the world’s best-known architects, with clients including OMA and Herzog & […]

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Visual artist recreates Paul Rudolph house as the architect intended it to be

LA-based architect and visual artist Dan Huh has created a set of images that depict Paul Rudolph’s original design for the celebrated Milam Residence in Florida (+ slideshow). Located in the coastal community of Ponte Vedra Beach, the Milam Residence caused “a sensation” when it was built in 1962, according to the Paul Rudolph Foundation. Commissioned […]

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Famous characters appear in Madame Mohr’s concept for new Vienna subway stations

Super Mario and the Cheshire Cat are among the characters featured in these renderings produced by Austrian studio Madame Mohr as part of a competition proposal for a new subway line in Vienna (+ slideshow). Vienna’s U5 subway line began construction in August 2014. The city’s public transport authority launched a competition calling for design proposals for the […]

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James Whitaker proposes cluster of shipping containers as an affordable workplace

These renders by London architect James Whitaker depict a proposal for a low-cost studio space in Germany comprising a cluster of shipping containers, which are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior at different times of day (+ slideshow). Whitaker developed the concept in 2010 while working as a photographer, after he was approached by an advertising agency […]

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Carey House by Henry Goss: “Visualisation played a vital role in design decisions”

London architect Henry Goss has revealed how photo-realistic and 3D visualisations helped shape his design for this house in Hertfordshire, England, which is also the first output from the renderings studio he recently launched with fellow artist Peter Guthrie. Henry Goss, who has produced life-like renderings for many of his projects, designed the two-storey Carey House […]

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