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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Liverpool gives go-ahead for towers despite UNESCO warnings

Liverpool’s docks may lose their UNESCO World Heritage status following the approval of a pair of high-rise residential blocks facing the city’s River Mersey. Part of the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, the Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks towers by Hodder and Partners and Brock Carmichael Architects were granted approval despite ongoing concerns. Renderings of the pair of towers show

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Dorte Mandrup adds thatched wing to Wadden Sea visitor centre in Denmark

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter paired thatch with blackened wood for this extension to a visitor’s centre on the Wadden Sea mud flats in Denmark. Dorte Mandrup’s Copenhagen-based firm updated and extended the original Wadden Sea Centre in Ribe on Demark’s western coast to create the “ultramodern, sculptural architecture rooted in local tradition”. The building is designed as a gateway for visitors to the Wadden Sea region

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils wetland preservation centre for Saudi Arabia

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed its winning design for the Urban Heritage Administration Centre, a preservation centre for a UNESCO-protected oasis in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The 8,780-square-metre building designed by British firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) will contain facilities dedicated to protect the Wadi Hanifah valley, a 120-kilometre-long wetland that cuts through the city of Diriyah. Animation by Methanoia It will include

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Cité Radieuse combines elements from many of Le Corbusier’s previous designs

World Heritage Corb: Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille is one of French-Swiss architect’s most recognised buildings, and is the last in our series exploring the 17 of his projects added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). The apartment complex in the French city – also known as Cité Radieuse – is the first More

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10 of Tel Aviv’s best examples of Bauhaus residential architecture

Tel Aviv is home to one of the best-preserved collections of Bauhaus and International Style architecture in the world. Micha Gross from the Israeli city’s Bauhaus Center has selected 10 of the most important examples (+ slideshow). Over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings were constructed in Tel Aviv between 1920 and 1940, by German-Jewish architects who immigrated More

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Le Corbusier’s Maison Guiette is his only surviving Belgian building

World Heritage Corb: Maison Guiette in Belgium was Le Corbusier’s first commission outside of France, but is one of the lesser-known of his 17 buildings that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list (+ slideshow). Belgian artist and art critic René Guiette asked Le Corbusier to design his studio-cum-residence in Antwerp, after seeing the architect’s Pavilion de L’Esprit Nouveau – a temporary More

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Le Corbusier designed Villa Le Lac as a lakeside home for his parents

World Heritage Corb: the lakeside home Le Corbusier designed for his parents is next up in our series in which we take a closer look at the 17 projects recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Designed between 1923 and 1924, Villa Le Lac was one of Le Corbusier’s first built projects – and the earliest More

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Le Corbusier’s Maison Curutchet in Argentina has a tree at its centre

World Heritage Corb: commissioned by an Argentinian surgeon, Maison Curutchet is the only project in Latin America among the 17 Le Corbusier-designed buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). Maison Curutchet was built by the Swiss-French architect for De Pedro Domingo Curutchet. Located in La Plata, Argentina, the house is attached to an existing More

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Le Corbusier’s Immeuble Molitor provides residents with “sky, trees, steel and concrete”

World Heritage Corb: a 1930s apartment building in Paris designed by French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, intended to afford residents a contemporary lifestyle, is among his projects recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). The Immeuble Molitor apartment building he designed near the Porte Molitor, in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, was an attempt to prove Le More

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Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh government buildings captured in new images by Benjamin Hosking

World Heritage Corb: for the next instalment in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Australian photographer Benjamin Hosking shares new images of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh – the Indian city that gave the architect a chance to test his Modernist theories on a grand scale (+ slideshow). The Capitol Complex is made up of three concrete More

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Le Corbusier’s Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart was part of a Modernist housing exhibition

World heritage Corb: two residential units outside Stuttgart designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret have recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List along with 16 other projects by the famed French-Swiss architect (+ slideshow). The worker’s housing units were built as part of a 1927 exhibition on Modernist housing. The city More

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Le Corbusier’s Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp features a monumental concrete roof

World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 buildings by Le Corbusier that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is the architect’s Notre Dame du Haut, the small chapel in Ronchamp, France, that has become one of his most iconic designs. Completed in 1954, the Ronchamp chapel was built for More

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Le Corbusier’s La Tourette monastery combines grass-covered roofs with sloping glazed corridors

World Heritage Corb: Le Corbusier’s Dominican monastery in France is considered one of his most important works, and is next in our series revisiting the 17 buildings by the architect that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). Sainte Marie de La Tourette is built on a steeply sloping site near Lyon in France More

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Maison de la Culture by Le Corbusier features an asymmetrically curved concrete roof

World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings that have just been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list is the Maison de la Culture, a cultural centre in Firminy, France (+ slideshow). Maison de la Culture is part of a larger complex of buildings by the Swiss-born French architect, called Firminy More

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Le Corbusier’s Cabanon seaside cabin is his smallest building on the World Heritage List

World Heritage Corb: we’re revisiting some of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier’s most important projects, to mark the addition of 17 of his buildings to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. First up is his seaside holiday cabin, Cabanon, on the Côte d’Azur in France – a tiny building tied to some of the most important moments in the architect’s life. Le More

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UNESCO adds 17 Le Corbusier projects to World Heritage List

Heritage body UNESCO has added 17 projects by 20th-century French architect Le Corbusier to its list of internationally significant architecture sites, including the Unité d’Habitation housing in Marseille – arguably the most influential Brutalist building of all time (+ slideshow). The 17 architectural sites that have been added to the World Heritage List are spread More

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UNESCO unveils winning cultural centre design for heritage site in war-torn Afghanistan

News: a proposal to carve a cultural centre out of the landscape has won the UNESCO design contest for a Bamiyan Valley site where two seventh-century statues of Buddha were destroyed by Taliban militants. UNESCO named an Argentina-based team led by architect Carlos Nahuel Recabarren as the winner of the competition, which asked entrants to design a building for […]
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Frank Lloyd Wright buildings nominated for UNESCO World Heritage List

News: America has nominated 10 buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright for international listed status – including the influential architect’s Guggenheim Museum in New York and his only free-standing skyscraper (+ slideshow). The nomination is the United State’s first attempt to add examples of its modern architecture to the list of the world’s most important structures, managed by […]
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UNESCO launches competition to design cultural centre in war-torn Afghanistan

News: international heritage body UNESCO has launched a competition to design a cultural centre on the boundary of the Bamiyan Valley site, which housed two giant seventh-century statues of Buddha that were destroyed by Taliban militants in 2001. UNESCO has teamed up with the Afghan government’s Ministry of Information and Culture to launch the Bamiyan […]

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