Shipwreck tower set to become Czech Republic’s tallest building

A red shipwreck crashes into this high-rise, which Black n’ Arch and sculptor David Černý have designed for developer Trigema on the outskirts of Prague. The shipwreck will envelop the 135-metre-high building, named Top Tower, which is expected to become the tallest building in Czech Republic and contain a mix of housing and office spaces. Its […]

Skylights create rainbow patterns inside cedar-covered Cocoon House by Nina Edwards Anker

Coloured skylights offer rainbow-hued illuminations on one side of this holiday cottage that Nina Edwards Anker has designed in Long Island, while the other is covered in cedar shingles. Architect and designer Edwards Anker, who runs New York’s Nea Studio, completed the Cocoon House in Southampton, a seaside town on the South Fork of Long […]

Jon Emmony designs “Europe’s largest AR experience” for Selfridges

Jon Emmony has installed a five-storey augmented reality experience, called Digital Falls, in the atrium of Selfridges department store in London. The AR artwork saw the five-storey atrium at Selfridges transformed into a column of water inhabited by pulsing, sculptural shapes that were inspired by bioluminescent creatures. It was described by its creators as “Europe’s largest AR […]

Five movies not to miss at New York’s Architecture and Design Film Festival

New York’s Architecture and Design Film Festival founder has picked out five screenings to get in the diary ahead of the event’s opening next week, including movies that explore the lives and works of architect Denise Scott Brown, Bauhaus educator László Moholy-Nagy and 20th-century architect Bruce Goff. Forming part of month-long event Archtober, the 11th […]

Zaha Hadid Architects’ giant starfish-shaped airport opens in Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed its five-pronged terminal building at Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is one of the largest airports in the world. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and current studio principal Patrik Schumacher, along with airport specialist ADPI, the 700,000-square-metre terminal to serve Beijing has been designed to be as compact as […]

Qatar unveils emblem for 2022 World Cup

The emblem for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a figure-of-eight-shaped white band based on the form of shawls often worn in the gulf region. Officially unveiled this week, the white continuous band will be the emblem for the 22nd World Cup, which takes place in Qatar in 2022. The emblem […]

Movie reveals Neri&Hu’s Aranya Art Center in Qinhuangdao

[embedded content] Neri&Hu has released a short movie showing the faceted concrete Aranya Art Center, which recently opened in Qinhuangdao, China. The movie shot by Pedro Pegenaute shows the art gallery, which is built around a circular courtyard, now in use. Drone footage shows the central gathering space from above, as well as the building’s rooftop […]

Tropical plants cover villas at Wyndham Garden Phú Quốc resort in Vietnam

Plant-covered rooms surround private swimming pools at Wyndham Garden Phú Quốc, a holiday resort that MIA Design Studio is building on Vietnam’s largest island. Ho Chi Minh City-based MIA Design Studio has completed the first of more than 150 villas that are being constructed on the seven-hectare site, which is located to the south of […]

Pornhub launches Dirtiest Porn Ever campaign to clean up the world’s oceans

Adult video website Pornhub has filmed a movie on a litter-filled beach to raise money to remove plastic from the world’s oceans. Every time the Dirtiest Porn Ever is played Pornhub will make a donation to Ocean Polymers – a non-profit organisation that is planning to launch a ship to collect and reprocess plastic from the sea. “We’re […]

Casa Bibilioteca by Atelier Branco is a philosopher’s retreat in the Atlantic Rainforest

Brazilian studio Atelier Branco has completed a glass house among a rainforest in São Paulo with a rooftop terrace for the resident “to read and smoke a cigar looking at the stars”. Photograph by Gleeson Paulino The local architecture practice designed Casa Bibilioteca, which translates as Library House, in São Paulo’s Vinhedo municipality. It was […]

Imaginary Language is a set of geometric objects that “foster creativity”

Royal College of Art graduate Alessandra Fumagalli Romario explains how her project Imaginary Language gives actors and children tools to help them think more creatively in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Imaginary Language is a set of basic geometric objects that can be combined to create a variety of new forms. Users can then […]

Potemkin Theatre is a “two-faced structure” says Maich Swift Architects

Paul Maich and Ted Swift of Maich Swift Architects explain how their open-air Potemkin Theatre will act as a space to engage audiences, in this exclusive video produced by Dezeen. Located atop a flat-roofed warehouse in east London, the Potemkin Theatre is a double-sided structure over three-storeys, with a chequered green facade. The narrow structure […]

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 […]

Strange furry creature stars in ad campaign for The Cunning Little Vixen opera

A furry, fox-like creature moves frantically in this ad, created by branding agency Superunion and animation designer Esteban Diacono for a performance of opera The Cunning Little Vixen. The designers tried to visualise a struggle between man and nature in the motion graphics. Their aim was to capture the emotionally charged spirit of the classic […]

Cullinan Studio designs “cracked open” house with gaps to let in the light

London architecture studio Cullinan Studio has built a house in Amersham, England, that is split it into sections to allow light to flood its interiors through the glazed gaps. Called Push-Pull house, it has an open and light interior while the exterior remains in keeping with the area’s protected 1930s Arts and Crafts residential architecture. This […]

Rafał Barnaś creates an “abstract world built out of paper” for animated film ArchiPaper

Rafał Barnaś has used digital animation to create a world that resembles moving paper cutouts for an upcoming movie, which will tell the story of a house in Poland designed by his brother. Named ArchiPaper: A Surrealist Story About Architecture, the film simulates a paper diorama coming to life. Barnaś combined digital animation with photographs […]

Francesca Molteni creates film to celebrate Italian ceramics

Dezeen promotion: Film director Francesca Molteni has created a movie for Ceramics of Italy that spotlights the story of Italian ceramics. Created by Molteni with architectural historian Fulvio Irace, the short film artistically celebrates the character and versatility of Italian tile. The film features three Italian buildings that each demonstrate innovative and interesting ways that the locally-produced tiles […]

Iceberg-making submarine aims to tackle global warming by re-freezing the Arctic

A team of designers led by Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha proposes re-freezing sea water in the Arctic to create miniature modular icebergs using a submarine-like vessel, in a bid to combat climate change. The Indonesian designer worked on the prototype with collaborators Denny Lesmana Budi and Fiera Alifa for an international competition organised by the Association […]

Watch our talk about the next generation of architects live from London

Pereen d’Avoine of Russian for Fish, Studio Bark’s Sarah Broadstock and recent graduate Samiur Rahman, will discuss the motivations of architects entering the profession on a panel at Knauf‘s London showroom. Watch the talk from 7:00pm UK time. Dezeen’s assistant editor India Block will chair the panel, which will explore the experiences of architects starting out […]

“I didn’t expect to build in Manhattan” says Álvaro Siza

In this exclusive video interview, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera discusses his first building in the US, a luxury condominium tower in New York City. Speaking to Dezeen in New York, the 86-year-old architect said that he did not imagine he would ever receive such a commission. “I didn’t expect to build in Manhattan,” he […]

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