William Rawn designs cedar-clad pavilions for Tanglewood campus in the Berkshires

US firm William Rawn Associates has created a series of buildings for a performing arts campus in western Massachusetts, where retractable glass walls allow music to spill outdoors. The Linde Center for Music and Learning is located on the northern edge of the 524-acre (212-hectare) campus in the Berkshires town of Lenox. Established in the […]

London bandstand where David Bowie played given listed status

An ironwork bandstand in south London where David Bowie organised and performed at a festival 50 years ago has been given Grade II-listed status. The bandstand in Beckenham was the centrepiece of a free 1969 music festival organised by Bowie in the spirit of Woodstock. It took place on Croydon Recreation Ground, where the bandstand sits, […]

Stufish models the Chimelong Theatre in China on traditional circus tents

An undulating golden facade wraps around the 6,700-seat Chimelong Theatre on Hengqin Island in China, which Stufish has designed to evoke the form of traditional circus tents. Located south of Macau, the giant circus theatre was built by entertainment architecture studio Stufish to replace the Chimelong Hengqin International Circus City that was irreparably damaged by […]

Architect overlays famous modern buildings on Iran’s UNESCO sites

Architect Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has imagined extensions for UNESCO sites in Iran that are buildings by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Liebskind and Norman Foster. His conceptual project, called Expanding Iranian Ancient Architecture, is the third instalment of a series exploring the style of retrofuturism. Daniel Libeskind’s Royal Ontario Museum extension over Rostam Castle Famous existing buildings […]

Alexandra Palace Theatre restoration makes a feature of decades of decay

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has refurbished the long-abandoned east wing and theatre at Alexandra Palace in London, leaving its original surfaces visible in a state of “arrested decay”. The architecture studio has revived the Victorian theatre space, along with the east court exhibition hall and adjoining spaces, conserving them while also upgrading them to meet […]

Morphosis unveils Korean American National Museum for Los Angeles

Architecture firm Morphosis has unveiled its design for a sculptural, plant-covered museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the cultural heritage of Koreans living in America. The Korean American National Museum will be built on the corner of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue in the city’s Koreatown, and focus on preserving, studying and presenting Korean-American culture. […]

Creating the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was “difficult” says Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza Viera explains how he created the swooped concrete roof of the pavilion he designed for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon in this exclusive movie. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River in the Portuguese city, the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was built to form the main entrance to the World Exposition, which took place […]

SERA expands Portland Playhouse with building wrapped in glass and charred wood

American studio SERA Architects has overhauled a 115-year-old church building and created a contemporary addition to house a nonprofit theatre company in Oregon. Since 2008, the Portland Playhouse has operated out of a once-vacant church in the city’s King neighbourhood. In the early days, the group got by with sofa seating and other make-shift solutions. […]

Witherford Watson Mann builds “unorthodox” opera theatre within old stable block

Witherford Watson Mann has overhauled a former stable block in Leicestershire to create the rural Nevill Holt Opera theatre, which is shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize. Located on a listed estate in the English hamlet Nevill Holt, the building seeks to echo the “imaginative space of opera” by challenging the typical aesthetic of a […]

Foster + Partners to add giant “floating pavilion” to top of Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Foster + Partners has revealed its plans to add a large overhanging rooftop extension to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, as part of its renovation of the institution in northern Spain. The addition to the building is intended to enhance the institution’s “unique identity”, and will contain a mix of gallery spaces and public viewing platforms. […]

Daniel Libeskind designs photo installation at Auschwitz

Daniel Libeskind has designed an outdoor installation called Through the Lens of Faith in Poland to showcase photographer Caryl Englander’s portraits of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors. Through the Lens of Faith is a series of three-metre-high steel panels lining a path near the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim. Libeskind chose the pattern of the vertical panels and the striping […]

SOM reveals images of stainless steel US Army museum in Virginia

SOM has released exterior and interior building photos of the National Museum of the United States Army, which is nearing completion in Virginia. The stainless steel-clad museum has been designed by American architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), to tell the story of America’s oldest military service. The three-storey building will comprise of five pavilions […]

Steven Holl designs zinc-clad concert hall for Czech Republic

A zinc-clad concert hall by Steven Holl Architects and Architecture Acts will cantilever over the 1960s modernist House of Culture in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The competition-winning design features a curving irregular form covered in part with panels of zinc, opening in places with glazed walls that reveal maple-wood interiors. The House of Culture was built […]

Henning Larsen completes Iceberg-like opera house in Hangzhou

Henning Larsen designed tech white angular volumes of Hangzhou Yuhang Opera, which visitors can climb up, to look like “floes of ice” on a lake. The waterfront performance venue in Hangzhou, China, contains a 1,400-seat auditorium, a 500-seat black box theatre, and an exhibition centre. The white facade of the cultural centre in Hangzhou, China, is punctuated with […]

Iconico Studio elevates Moncayo Club House in Mexico City atop stone plinths

Architecture practice Iconico Studio has designed this community centre near Mexico City to bridge an earthy wall and a stone plinth. The Mexico City studio completed Moncayo Club House at the entrance to a “sleepy” residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Mexican capital. A key feature of the community centre is the elevated slender […]

Curving stone walls surround the Hefei River Central Smart Garden Library in China

Chinese architecture studio Geedesign has completed a library in Hefei, China, with arcing stone-clad walls, planted courtyards and roof terraces. Hefei River Central Smart Garden Library is located between a greenbelt area and the Fei River river and a busy financial district at the edge of city. The library provides kindergarten spaces for children as well […]

The 2D becomes 3D at London’s Cartoon Museum

Sam Jacob Studio has turned the two dimensional graphics of cartoon strips into three dimensional architecture to create the colourful interiors of the Cartoon Museum in London. Sam Jacob Studio designed the permanent home for the Cartoon Museum in Fitzrovia, central London, to be a joyous, colourful space. “I think anyone entering the cartoon museum would be disappointed […]

Five projects by architect Philip Freelon that champion diversity and inclusion

African American architect Philip Freelon passed away yesterday following a career dedicated to projects that celebrate black culture in the US. We’ve rounded up five highlights. Photograph by Darren Bradley Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC Completed in September 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture was […]

Moying Huang conceives eco-crematorium within disused London power station

Royal College of Art graduate Moying Huang has designed an ecologically friendly crematorium that would use liquid cremation to eliminate emissions from traditional incineration processes. Named Funeral Futures, the proposed facility would be built around liquid cremation – a flame-free process where bodies are broken down in liquid over several hours. The eco-crematorium would be built in […]

Soltani+LeClercq proposes shrouding Notre-Dame in a veil

Soltani+LeClercq has designed a translucent membrane to cover Notre-Dame Cathedral while reconstruction takes place. The New York architecture studio envisions covering the cathedral, which lost its spire and roof in a fire on 15 April, in a veil that will obscure views of the building as it is rebuilt. “The entire envelope is shrouded in a diaphanous […]

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