Prison clad in perforated weathering steel has pastel-coloured sports court

Local Architecture Network has built a minimum security prison with a perforated metal facade of weathering steel in Nanterre that has a sports court in pastel hues. The minimum security prison is also the headquarters of the Penitentiary Services for Integration and Probation (SPIP) – which monitors those under arrest. Local Architecture Network (LAN) built […]

Hidden corridor connects different parts of Dutch homestead by Mecanoo

A hidden corridor beneath a grass hill links the metal-clad volumes of this house and cooking school near in the Netherlands by architecture firm Mecanoo. Called Villa Vught, the complex draws on the traditional Dutch hoeve, or homestead, with buildings arranged around a central open space. The functions of Villa Vught have been split between […]

Competition: win a Rock chair by Marc Sadler

To mark the 25th anniversary of 100% Design, Dezeen is partnering with Daa to offer readers the chance to win one of its Rock chairs designed by Marc Sadler. Italian brand Daa will be presenting furniture from its collection at 100% Design – a design show for industry professionals and enthusiasts that takes place at […]

Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai use magnesium to create extremely light Vela chair

Tel Aviv designers Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai have used magnesium, one of the lightest metals, to create a stacking chair that weighs just 2.5 kilograms. Unveiled by Italian furniture brand Magis during Milan design week, the Vela chair plays to the strengths of its low-density material. Whilst structurally strong and easy to work with, magnesium weighs 30 per cent less […]

De Castelli unveils new furniture that shows how metal can have colour and texture

A set of cylindrical golden drawers and a set of geometric tables made from etched and oxidised metals are among the new products launched by Italian furniture brand De Castelli for 2019. De Castelli introduced four new metal furniture designs at the Salone del Mobile during Milan design week. They included a set of modular tables, a set of drawers, a console […]

Thermobimetal shutters by Doris Sung self-regulate the temperature of buildings

Buildings could be cooled with zero energy using the Invert shading system, made from a smart material called thermobimetal that changes shape in response to heat. The invention of architect Doris Sung, Invert looks like a regular decorative shutter, but its metal pieces curl and flip over in the sun, altering how much light and […]

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