“What next? A yacht to the UN covered in pot plants”

In this week’s comments update, readers are unsure if MVRDV’s plan to cover the walls of a Dutch housing development in potted plants is wise. Shelf the idea: readers aren’t convinced by architecture practice MVRDV’s designs for a residential development in the Netherlands, featuring green walls formed of shelves of plants. “A zillion pots rimming […]

Santiago Calatrava fined for “gross negligence” of Ponte della Costituzione design

An Italian court has fined Santiago Calatrava €78,000 for negligence during the design of the glass and steel Ponte della Costituzione over the Grand Canal in Venice. The Court of Auditors ruled that the Catalan architect was responsible for decisions that led to the 94-metre-long pedestrian bridge being over budget and incurring higher that predicted maintenance costs. According […]

Andreu World’s latest competition asks designers to reimagine the chair and table

Dezeen promotion: Spanish furniture brand Andreu World is inviting designers from across the globe to submit chair and table proposals to its International Design Contest, held in collaboration with Kvadrat. The International Design Contest, which launched in 2001, annually calls for global creatives to reinterpret the design of chairs and tables. Just under 30,000 people […]

Scott & Scott Architects outfit Vancouver’s Fig facial bar with scalloped green walls

Perforated green steel walls form curved nooks slotted with a washbasin and shelving inside this beauty store in Vancouver, designed by local studio Scott & Scott Architects. Scott & Scott Architects designed the store for Fig – a skincare bar founded by Anita Chan and Jessica Walsh that offers a range of treatments including facials […]

Henning Larsen Wins 2019 European Prize for Architecture

Henning Larsen Wins 2019 European Prize for Architecture © Hufton+Crow + 8 Danish practice Henning Larsen has been selected as this year’s Laureate of the European Prize for Architecture, one of Europe’s most prestigious architectural awards. Jointly presented by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum, the prize […]

“Giant hybrid face-hand” installed on roof of art gallery in Wellington

The roof of City Gallery Wellington is now home to a “kinda creepy” five-metre-tall sculpture of a hand with a face called Quasi, by New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout. The hand, which stands on two fingers and features an unsmiling face, was winched onto the roof of the gallery yesterday by helicopter. It is […]

White Forest in Monsanto / Bruno Camara Arquitectos

White Forest in Monsanto / Bruno Camara Arquitectos © José Ventura + 22 © José Ventura Text description provided by the architects. The Monsanto Forest Park represents the largest green area in Lisbon, being considered the city’s lung. © José Ventura In order to develop a contemporary and minimalist architecture project, harmoniously framed in the […]

Nomadic Resorts creates safari camp village overlooking the Indian Ocean

The Wild Coast Tented Lodge near the Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka is a series of dwellings designed to mimic rocky outcrops scattered across the local landscape. Hospitality studio Nomadic Resorts worked with interior designer Bo Reudler Studio to create the 36-tent safari camp, which sits on the Indian Ocean surrounded by […]

Join Dezeen’s technology and architecture chat on Twitter with #dezeenchat

How will technology transform architecture? Dezeen’s Tom Ravenscroft and Lizzie Crook will be taking to Twitter on Wednesday 21 August at 4pm UK time to discuss how technology including software, AI and drones will impact architecture. Join in using the hashtag #dezeenchat. Not able to make it? Share your thoughts using the comments below and we’ll Tweet on […]

IKEA and Queen of Sweden adapt modular BoKlok housing for the elderly

IKEA and Skanska are collaborating with the Queen of Sweden on an offshoot of their modular BoKlok housing that will meet the needs of the elderly and people with dementia. Named SilviaBo, the housing project is being developed in Sweden by IKEA, Skanska and Silviahemmet, a dementia-care foundation established by Queen Silvia of Sweden. The […]

Basic (And Necessary) Recommendations for Designing Accessible Homes

Basic (And Necessary) Recommendations for Designing Accessible Homes Schematic diagram with recommended measures. Local regulations should be reviewed before designing. Image © José Tomás Franco A good architecture project must be accessible to all, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities. To raise awareness about these issues, and help you in the design process, we […]

Apartment in Restelo / Atelier 106

Apartment in Restelo / Atelier 106 © do mal o menos + 23 Architects Atelier 106 Location Lisbon, Portugal Category Apartment Interiors Authors Filipa Taborda, Marta Galvão Teles Lead Architects Filipa Taborda, Marta Galvão Teles Area 1076.39 ft2 Project Year 2018 Photographs do mal o menos Manufacturers Loading… © do mal o menos Text description […]

Niederhafen River Promenade / Zaha Hadid Architects

Niederhafen River Promenade / Zaha Hadid Architects © Piet Niemann + 21 © Piet Niemann Text description provided by the architects. Located at Niederhafen on the Elbe River between St. Pauli Landungsbrücken and Baumwall in Hamburg, the upgraded 625 metre river promenade is integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection system. […]

Social Sensory Architecture for Children with Autism

Social Sensory Architecture for Children with Autism © Eric Bronson/Michigan Photography U-M architect and an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Sean Ahlquist with MSU playwright Dionne O’Dell created a sensory theater experience for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) challenges. Ahlquist has sought out solutions to […]

Graphic details appear inside north London’s House for a Stationer

Architecture for London has designed the interiors of this north London extension to appear “like a neatly ruled grid in a notebook”, hinting at the professions of its two inhabitants. Set on a terrace of Victorian properties in Islington, House for a Stationer has been designed with details that subtly nod to the occupations of […]

TangBao Academy – Community and Civic Center / ARCPLUS · Free Studio

TangBao Academy – Community and Civic Center / ARCPLUS · Free Studio © Kun Zhang + 40 Architects ARCPLUS · Free Studio Location Tangzhuang Village, Chenbao Town, Xinhua, Jiangsu Province, China Category Cultural Center Project Chief Architect Yue Shen Architectural Design Team Ye Wang, Jiamiao Jiang, Heng,Qiu Design Organization Arcplus Institute of Shanghai Architecture Design […]

How Do Double-Skin Façades Work?

How Do Double-Skin Façades Work? © ArchDaily Double skin façades. Almost a self-explanatory name for façade systems consisting of two layers, usually glass, wherein air flows through the intermediate cavity. This space (which can vary from 20 cm to a few meters) acts as insulation against extreme temperatures, winds, and sound, improving the building’s thermal […]

Vollebak’s Black Squid Jacket reflects lights from more than two billion glass spheres

Experimental clothing brand Vollebak has created a colour-shifting jacket, which uses embedded black glass spheres to emulate the camouflage qualities of a squid. The surface of the Black Squid Jacket is made from a resin-coated polyester embedded with more than two billion glass spheres. Each square centimetre of the jacket is covered with around 40,000 […]

Exmo. Hotel / Floret

© Ivo Tavares Studio + 26 © Ivo Tavares Studio Text description provided by the architects. The reconstitution of the timeline shows that, in fact, we are not facing a building, but two buildings that have evolved into a single building. The initial building may have been erected in the late 14th or 15th centuries. […]

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