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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“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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Sledding path to loop around roof garden of Beijing civic centre by Andrew Bromberg

An undulating path will curve around the roof garden of this Beijing shopping centre by American architect Andrew Bromberg, and be covered in a layer of fake snow for sledding in winter. Hong Kong-based Bromberg of architectural firm Aedas, designed the Phase 3C building for the China World Trade Center complex in Chaoyang, the city’s central business district. The building is the fifth

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OMA completes trio of buildings for Miami Beach cultural district

OMA has completed a further two buildings at a new cultural district in Miami Beach, a shopping centre and an automated car park, which join the firm’s recently unveiled Faena Forum cultural centre. The trio of OMA-designed buildings form part of the Faena District Miami Beach, which occupies a plot between Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Creek waterway, from 32nd to 35th

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Diamond-shaped latticework covers Victoria Gate shopping centre by Acme

London firm Acme has completed a shopping centre in Leeds, England, featuring a white latticed concrete facade and an interior modelled on old-fashioned arcades. Victoria Gate contains a mixture of arcade-like covered shopping streets, a car park and a flagship for the department store John Lewis. The centrepiece of the Acme-designed complex is the diagrid facade of the

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Awadh Shilpgram is a crafts hub influenced by traditional Indian architecture

Architecture studio Archohm has completed a campus for promoting crafts in the Indian city of Lucknow, featuring a cluster of grass-roofed workshops and a spiralling shopping arcade (+ slideshow). Awadh Shilpgram was designed by Archohm to accommodate almost 200 shops dedicated to crafts from around the region and beyond, alongside craft courts for hosting workshops, an More

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Calatrava’s Oculus at the World Trade Center photographed by Hufton + Crow

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s vast ribbed structure that soars over the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York is captured in these images by British photography duo Hufton + Crow (+ slideshow). Known as the Oculus, the building is designed to bring light down into the subterranean rail station and shopping centre that quietly More

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Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville propose Manchester skyscrapers designed by Make

Former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have teamed up with architects office Make to design a luxury shopping and hotel complex on the site of a 1950s synagogue in Manchester. Ken Shuttleworth of London studio Make designed the scheme for the former Manchester United players, who run the Jackson’s Row Development Company with Burnley Football Club owner Brendan Flood. The More

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Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok is Nendo’s biggest ever project

Movie: Oki Sato of Nendo explains the concept behind the Japanese studio’s redesign of a 40,000-square-metre shopping mall, in this video Dezeen filmed in Bangkok for retail development company Siam Piwat. Located on Bangkok’s Rama 1 thoroughfare, Siam Discovery is an 18-year-old shopping centre operated by Thai company Siam Piwat. The mall reopened in May More

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Nendo reimagines Bangkok department store as a new concept for retail

Japanese studio Nendo has completed its biggest-ever project: the exterior and interior renovation of a department store in Bangkok that founder Oki Sato believes represents a new way of shopping (+ slideshow). Siam Discovery is operated by Thai retail and development company Siam Piwat, which invited Nendo to oversee the refurbishment of the interior and More

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MVRDV to transform La Part Diu shopping centre in Lyon

Rotterdam firm MVRDV has unveiled its plans to overhaul La Part Diu retail complex in Lyon, which feature an “evaporating” facade and a rooftop park. MVRDV’s transformation of the shopping centre is considered the centre piece in a major renovation taking place across the third arrondissement of the French city. The firm’s proposal includes a More

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BIG to design Galeries Lafayette flagship on Paris’ Champs-Élysées

French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has selected Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to design its new flagship shop on the Champs-Élysées. Ingels’ firm will renovate and transform an existing Art Deco building on the Parisian boulevard into a 9,000 square metre department store scheduled to open in 2018. Galeries Lafayette said it wanted to turn the former More

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MVRDV wins approval for Vandamme Nord shopping centre facelift in Paris

News: MVRDV has been granted planning approval to overhaul a 1970s shopping centre on Gaîté-Montparnasse in Paris, with a design intended to give the building a new identity. The Rotterdam-based studio plans to renovate and extend Vandamme Nord in the French capital’s 14th arrondissement, adding a facade of colourful stacked boxes, new entrances and planted roof terraces, all […]
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Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court retail complex completes in Miami

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto aimed to create “crystallised showers of sunlight” with the blue glass fins that front his shopping centre in the Miami Design District (+ interview + slideshow). Sou Fujimoto’s design for the Palm Court retail centre was influenced by Miami’s tropical and unpredictable weather, which he experienced during his first visit. “I was […]
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Court revokes planning permission for SANAA’s La Samaritaine revival

News: an appeals court has blocked the SANAA-designed renovation of iconic former department store La Samaritaine in Paris, which includes a wavy glass facade that critics have compared to a shower curtain. The court ruling effectively revokes part of the planning permission for the £368 million redevelopment planned by Japanese architect duo SANAA, causing building work to halt for the second time […]
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