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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UNStudio uses colour to give identity to faceless South Korean skyscrapers

Dutch office UNStudio has devised a solution to the “impersonal homogeneity” of high-rises in many Asian cities – add colour and patterns to the exteriors. The Amsterdam-based firm has transformed two whole urban blocks in Daegu, South Korea’s fourth largest city, by adding digitally designed patterns onto the facades of more than 20 different skyscrapers. These colours help

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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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Watch Ben van Berkel’s opening keynote presentation live from World Architecture Festival 2016

UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel’s opening seminar at World Architecture Festival 2016 will examine how architects can support new egalitarian ideals for living. Tune in here from 9am UK time to watch it live from Berlin. Titled Superliving, Van Berkel’s seminar will kick off three days of talks and panel discussions exploring the festival’s theme this year of

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UNStudio’s first building in Belgium features a stone facade and golden balconies

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a retail and residential complex in Brussels that combines curving architectural forms with flashes of golden-hued aluminium. Named Le Toison d’Or, the eight-storey building is UNStudio’s first completed project in Belgium, and is located between the historic Porte Louise and Port de Namur gates in the centre of Brussels. The building’s unusual facade is its More

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UNStudio’s new station for Arnhem photographed by Hufton + Crow

These new pictures by photography duo Hufton + Crow reveal the curvaceous form of UNStudio’s new transport terminal in Arnhem, the Netherlands (+ slideshow). The £27 million Station Arnhem opened to the public last month, nearly 20 years after Amsterdam-based UNStudio won the competition to both design the new building and overhaul the surrounding public More

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Dezeen’s A-Zdvent calendar: Erasmus Bridge by Ben van Berkel

Featuring an angular white pylon with a shape that has been compared to a swan, Ben van Berkel’s Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam is the latest addition to the Dezeen A-Zdvent calendar. The 800-metre-long cable-stay bridge spans the Meuse river, connecting Rotterdam south with the city centre. It was completed by Van Berkel in 1996, before he […]

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UNStudio’s curvaceous new station for Arnhem ready to open tomorrow

The first images have emerged of UNStudio’s new station for Arnhem, the Netherlands, which finally opens to the public tomorrow after 20 years of development. Amsterdam-based UNStudio has spent almost two decades working on the transformation of the city’s transport interchange and the surrounding area, in collaboration with engineering firm Arup. At the centre of the masterplan […]

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Foster, Rogers and UNStudio compete to design major new Taiwan airport terminal

Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and UNStudio are battling to win the tender for a new £1 billion terminal at Taiwan’s largest airport, Taoyuan International. The architecture firms are among the three teams shortlisted to design the 640,000-square-metre Terminal 3 building at Taoyuan International Airport, set to accommodate an additional 45 million […]

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Curving stone walls wrap individual blocks in Beijing housing complex by UNStudio

Small strips of clay-coloured stone create textured, undulating facades for the houses in this Beijing development by UNStudio (+ slideshow). The Fairyland Guorui Villa complex by Dutch office UNStudio occupies a site near the convergence of two rivers on the outskirts of Beijing, China. The 56 clay-coloured residences, which were commissioned by the Beijing developer Guorui Group, sit along the […]

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UNStudio selected by residents of Den Bosch design new city theatre

UNStudio has been selected to design the new theatre for Den Bosch, the Netherlands, after winning a city-wide public vote (+ slideshow). Citizens were given final say over the design selected to replace the city’s existing Theater aan de Parade. The proposal by Amsterdam-based UNStudio won 57 per cent of the vote, beating the other […]

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UNStudio completes first two buildings for new Singapore university campus

Dutch architecture office UNStudio has completed the first two buildings of a major new university campus in Singapore, designed as a seamless network of rooms, balconies and courtyards (+ slideshow). Working in partnership with local firm DP Architects, Amsterdam-based UNStudio designed five interconnected structures for the campus of Singapore University of Technology and Design – an institution that was only […]

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UNStudio completes a digitally controlled home with a flower-shaped plan

Described by Dutch firm UNStudio as a “smart home”, this residence in North Holland features a complicated flower-shaped plan and a digital system that links every electrical device to the internet (+ slideshow). The W.I.N.D. House is a family residence on the outskirts of a Dutch village, sandwiched between woodland and marshland. Tasked with making […]
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UNStudio’s Theatre de Stoep improves its acoustics with a moving auditorium ceiling

UNStudio has completed a theatre in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, featuring a spotty facade that glows purple at night and an auditorium with a ceiling that moves to improve acoustics (+ slideshow). Opening tomorrow, the 5,800-square-metre Theatre de Stoep was designed by UNStudio to provide the town with two new auditoriums that can be adapted to […]

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