Sports Hall of Shanghai University of Science and Technology / TJAD

Sports Hall of Shanghai University of Science and Technology / TJAD © Yuan Ma + 30 Architects Location Shanghai, China Category University Architect in Charge Wensheng Wang, Xi Teng Design Team Wei Ju, You Zhou, Beirong Huang, Keqing He, Lu Lu, Li’an Sun Client Shanghai University of Science and Technology Area 11086.0 m2 Project Year […]

Fakro windows bring light into revamped 1920s office building in Poland

Dezeen promotion: windows by manufacturer Fakro dot the roof of this bright white office building in southern Poland, filling its interiors with natural light. Situated in the city of Gliwice, Neumann’s Villa functions as an office for a water and sewage company. Originally built in 1926, the building takes its name from Arthur Neumann – […]

Filipe Fonseca da Costa keeps things simple in renovated Lisbon apartment

Portuguese architect Filipe Fonseca da Costa has renovated an apartment in southwest Lisbon, creating bright living spaces while highlighting structural details. The 240-square-metre Apartment in Lapa is located within an ageing residential block. Its owners – a young French couple with two children – charged Filipe Fonseca da Costa with returning the apartment “to the past”. […]

“Viollet-le-Duc would not hesitate to build a new roof and spire”

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s Notre-Dame spire was much loved, but it was a fake. A modern replacement could become just as revered, says Tom Ravenscroft. Notre-Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt. French president Emmanuel Macron has promised as much and the unprecedented donations, which stand at around €850 million, means that the will and the funds are in […]

Steven Holl reveals pair of towers connected by plant-filled bridges in Shenzhen

Steven Holl Architects has designed two glass towers linked by garden bridges, which will become the headquarters for biotech company iCarbonX in Shenzhen, China. Described by Steven Holl Architects as “living and working towers”, the development will combine a cylindrical 150-metre-high residential block with a sweeping 200-metre-high office skyscraper, intended to resemble the form of […]

Biodegradable plastics offer “no advantage” over conventional plastics in reducing ocean pollution

Bags made of supposedly biodegradable plastics remain intact and useable three years after being dropped in the sea or buried underground, researchers have found. The study, carried out by the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit and published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, challenges assumptions that switching to biodegradable plastics […]

Ralf Pasel and students use handmade bricks for boarding house at Bolivia school

Red handmade bricks and corrugated metal form this dormitory at a school in an Andean village in Bolivia, which was designed and built by Berlin architecture students and German architect Ralf Pasel. The Bella Vista Boarding School is located in a village near the town of Cochabamba, which sits in a valley ringed by the […]

“The internet is broken and technology alone won’t be enough to fix it”

Stop worrying about the privatisation of public spaces, says Owen Hopkins, because the biggest threat to our democracy is the internet. It’s hard to believe the web is still just 30 years old. Despite the extraordinary ways it and the world have changed over that time, there’s one early adage that still holds firm. Conceived by […]

Librairie Avant-Garde, Chenjiapu Civilian Bookstore / AZL Architects

Librairie Avant-Garde, Chenjiapu Civilian Bookstore / AZL Architects © Bowen Hou + 33 Distinct cliff settlement. Image © Bowen Hou Text description provided by the architects. There are about one million villages disappeared in last 20 years as China’s fast urbanization process, Young people leave for big cities, thousands of hollowing out rural villages facing […]

Airbnb’s Samara hires Apple industrial designer to join housing initiative

Airbnb‘s offshoot design studio Samara has hired Apple industrial designer Miklu Silvanto to join the company’s housebuilding initiative. Silvanto will move from Apple‘s industrial design department to lead the industrial and interaction design team at Backyard – an enterprise that Samara launched last year to devise new ways to design, build and share homes better […]

GRT Architects revitalises mid-century house in Upstate New York

New York firm GRT Architects has used a simple palette to offset the existing details of this mid-century house in New York’s Hudson Valley, which it overhauled for the architect’s grandchild. The single-storey Croton-on-Hudson House was completed in the 1960s by the client’s grandmother – who was one of the first female graduates of the architecture […]

The Second Floor / Atelier Boter

The Second Floor / Atelier Boter dining. Image © Milu Wang + 21 Text description provided by the architects. The Second Floor, as it’s named, is situated on the second floor of a teak furniture show house. It is the residence of the show house owner, overlooking the show house on its balcony. dining_kitchen. Image […]

Scandi House / Lifespaces Group

Scandi House / Lifespaces Group © Stefani Driscoll Photography + 23 © Stefani Driscoll Photography Text description provided by the architects. The Scandi House features pared back, simple geometric forms that evoke Scandinavian precedents. The gabled roofline coupled with sympathetic use of Australian timber results in a focused and deliberate façade. Little is revealed to […]

Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences Middle School / LMN Architects

Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences Middle School / LMN Architects © Lara Swimmer + 23 Architects LMN Architects Location 1215 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, United States Category Project Team Chris Eidt, AIA Mette Greenshields, AIA Chelsea Holman Wendy Pautz, FAIA Michael Peterson, Associate AIA Osama Quotah, AIA Mark Reddington, FAIA Liliane Sabra, […]

“Quasimodo will be very disappointed”

In this week’s comments update, readers are angered by designs proposed to replace Notre-Dame Cathedral’s destroyed spire.  In with the old: since the fire devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral designers have been offering alternative proposals to replace its spire, but they haven’t all been well received. “Quasimodo will be very disappointed,” said Chris. “Why not repair the damage and replace […]

Carla Ridge / Whipple Russell Architects

Carla Ridge / Whipple Russell Architects © Jason Speth + 59 © Jason Speth Text description provided by the architects. Guests coming up the front steps of this hilltop home are met with a Carrera marble sculpture by Richard Erdman, titled Serenade, selected by our clients, whose devotion to the process made this an especially […]

“Design can be a Powerful Tool for Good”: Mariam Kamara on Changing Narratives through Architecture

“Design can be a Powerful Tool for Good”: Mariam Kamara on Changing Narratives through Architecture Courtesy of Design Indaba This article was made in partnership with Design Indaba, a website and annual festival that uncovers innovation for good. Click here to learn more about the annual event. Niger-born architect Mariam Kamara shared how she is […]

Erasmus Campus Student Housing / Mecanoo

Erasmus Campus Student Housing / Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo + 13 Courtesy of Mecanoo Text description provided by the architects. Rotterdam has a growing demand for student housing. To address this shortage, Mecanoo was asked to design a student housing complex on a prominent location of the Erasmus campus: at the intersection of Abram van […]

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