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 […]

Students’ 3D-printed Concrete Choreography pillars provide a stage for dancers

Dancers at the Origen Festival in the Swiss Alps will perform around nine unique columns 3D-printed in concrete by students from ETH Zurich. The masters students produced the columns using a new process, developed at the technology school, that allows for the fast 3D-printing of concrete structures completely without formwork or any other kind of […]

Flamethrower drone can shoot a seven-metre long stream of fire

[embedded content] A flamethrower drone attachment that can shoot a seven-metre long stream of fire for 100 seconds is being sold online in the US by Throwflame. Called the TF-19, the attachment allows “recreational and commercial users to remotely ignite targets from up to several miles away”. The accessory has a one-gallon fuel capacity and […]

Watch Doug Aitken’s mirrored hot air balloon take flight

[embedded content] This captioned movie shows Doug Aitken‘s 30-metre-tall New Horizon hot air balloon, which has a semi-mirrored body, take flight across the skies of Massachusetts. Called New Horizon, the nomadic installation will pass over several sites in the US state that are managed by the Trustees, which is a non-profit preservation and conservation organisation.   LED […]

Explore New York with Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton’s retro video game Endless Runner

[embedded content] Louis Vuitton has released a retro-style video game called Endless Runner, which was inspired by Virgil Abloh’s Autumn Winter 2019 show for the brand. The visuals for the game were inspired by 1980s graphics and revisits the New York streetscape set that was built as part of Abloh’s vision for the show earlier […]

Volta VR tool “will make producing audio more expressive”

Royal College of Art graduate Alex Kane explains how his virtual reality Volta production tool allows users to create multidirectional “spatial audio” in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Kane developed Volta as his graduation project to complete his degree in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Users wear virtual reality goggles and headphones to produce […]

Watch Jean Philippe Vassal speak at the Royal Academy annual architecture lecture 2019

Jean Philippe Vassal, co-founder of Lacaton and Vassal Architects, is giving the 29th annual architecture lecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London tonight. Watch the lecture here live from 6:30pm UK time. The livestream hasn’t started yet. You can watch it here from 6:30pm UK time. Vassal will present the studio’s past projects and […]

Olafur Eliasson’s Tate Modern retrospective shows reality in “higher granularity”

Olafur Eliasson explains how his recently opened exhibition at London’s Tate Modern prompts visitors to look at the world from a new perspective, in this exclusive video interview filmed by Dezeen. Called In Real Life, the exhibition comprises around 40 works from the last 26 years of the Danish-Icelandic artist’s career. Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition at […]

Block9 reveals “monster” IICON stage at Glastonbury 2019

Block9 co-founders Gideon Berger and Steven Gallagher explain how they built the monolithic IICON stage at Glastonbury in this exclusive video shot by Dezeen at the famous music festival. IICON is a vast sculptural stage and outdoor dance arena by London creative partnership Block9, which debuted at Glastonbury festival in Somerset, UK, last weekend. The […]

Architecture and design highlights from Glastonbury 2019

[embedded content] This captioned movie explores some of the best installations at this year’s Glastonbury music festival, including temporary structures by design studio Block9 and artist Joe Rush. Among the stages and installations built for the five-day event were a full-size recreation of a British seaside pier by Rush, a vast moving crane equipped with […]

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