Competition: win an architectural stadium model-building kit by Arckit

Dezeen promotion: in our latest competition, Dezeen is partnering with Arckit to give away five model-building kits for sports stadiums and arenas. Referred to as “posh Lego” for architects, Arckit‘s products offer an alternative to traditional models that are often made from materials glued together. Its recently launched Sports range are described as the world’s first multi-stadium […]

Dezeen’s top 10 museums and galleries of 2019

Continuing our review of the year, Semi Han picks out the top 10 museums and galleries that welcomed their first visitors in 2019. National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar, by Atelier Jean Nouvel Atelier Jean Nouvel used colliding white discs to create the distinct exterior of National Museum of Qatar. After almost 10 years in the […]

BIG reveals visuals of gateway building for Milan’s CityLife district

BIG has unveiled visuals of The Portico that will mark the entrance to CityLife, a district in Milan that has buildings deigned by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Arata Isozaki. Distinguished by its giant sweeping rooftop, The Portico will fill the final two plots of the residential and commercial development that is located on the site […]

Snøhetta and WERK Arkitekter model Lanternen maritime centre on “craftmanship of boats”

Snøhetta and WERK Arkitekter have released visuals of a community centre for water sports on the coast of Esbjerg, Denmark, which will be made from wood. Named Lanternen, the circular facility is designed by Snøhetta and WERK Arkitekter to evoke “the geometry and craftmanship of boats” in a bid to set it apart from other […]

Dezeen’s top 10 churches and chapels of 2019

We’re kicking off our review of 2019 with Dezeen’s top 10 churches and chapels, including a skyscraper church in Hong Kong and a log cabin in Germany, as well as religious buildings in Norway, Lebanon, South Korea and Mexico. Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer, Germany, by Meck Architekten  Built in the town of Poing, near Munich, the asymmetric […]

Hunters Point Library slapped with lawsuit for inaccessibility issues

Hunters Point Library in New York’s Long Island City by Steven Holl Architects has been hit with a class action lawsuit for its “total disregard” of people with mobility disabilities. Non-profit organisation Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed the lawsuit today, claiming the library “was designed and built with a total disregard for adults and children with […]

Gate of Bright Lights by Space Popular is a portal to a digital world

Design practice Space Popular has inserted a video installation in the gate of a historic palace in Seoul to show viewers the past and the future. Called Gate of Bright Lights, the project is an invitation for passers-by to see how screens are portals to digital realms, and symbols of South Korea‘s place in the […]

Hutong Bubble 218 by MAD gives “new life” to ageing Beijing hutong

MAD has transformed a vacant courtyard house in one of Beijing’s ancient hutongs by adding two bubble-like workspaces to its roof. Named Hutong Bubble 218, the overhaul is hoped to revive the hutong – a type of alley formed by lines of traditional courtyard residences – and attract more people to the neighbourhood in the […]

Frank Gehry crowns Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul with glass sails

Frank Gehry has perched a stack of sweeping glass sails atop a cube of white stone for Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul, with interiors by architect Peter Marino. The roof is a reference to the curved roofs found in traditional Korean architecture, and a nod to the billowing forms of Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris. […]

London cafe in spiral concrete shell has retractable windows

A spiral cafe with a rooftop garden in Chelsea, London, by architecture studio NEX has curved windows that can retract fully when the weather is good. The windows of the the Cadogan Cafe can retreat into the ground, allowing the dining area to to spill out into the surrounding square. Wrapped in a slender arcade […]

Steven Holl dismisses concerns over new Long Island City library as “wrinkles”

Steven Holl Architects has brushed off criticisms of its Hunters Point library in Long Island City, which opened in September with a number of areas inaccessible to people with disabilities. The New York City firm said that the problems encountered were “normal” for a project of this scale. “The few issues that have come up […]

Heatherwick Studio’s Pier 55 renamed Little Island

Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55 park within New York’s Hudson River has been renamed Little Island, as visuals and a video detailing the project’s construction are released. Updated details of the project were revealed today by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, which is funding the project. Now called Little Island, the project is currently taking shape […]

Heatherwick Studio reveals 1,000 Trees nearing completion in Shanghai

Heatherwick Studio has released photography of its plant-covered 1,000 Trees development in Shanghai, which has had its scaffolding removed. Split across two sites beside the city’s M50 arts district, 1,000 Trees will be two mountain-like peaks that contain a mix of retail, offices, eateries, event venues and galleries. The latest images unveiled by Heatherwick Studio […]

Round windows of Archery House echo shooting range targets

A wooden shutter slides to uncover the target-shaped window of a brick building in France by architects Boman that provides facilities for an archery range. Called Archery House, the building is located in the greenbelt area of Fontenay-aux-roses on the outskirts of Paris. Measuring just 49-square-metres in size, the building provides space for storage, a […]

Dorte Mandrup’s Arctic whale watching facility will “grow out of the landscape”

Dorte Mandrup has released visuals of The Whale, a viewpoint for whale watching that will resemble a giant rock outcrop within the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Norway. The Whale has been designed by Danish studio Dorte Mandrup to blend in with coastal landscape near the town Andenes, which is one of the world’s […]

BIG completes yin-and-yang-shaped Panda House at Copenhagen Zoo

BIG has completed a circular enclosure at a zoo in Denmark to house two giant pandas that have been relocated from Chengdu, China. Built at the heart of Copenhagen Zoo, Panda House has been designed by BIG in collaboration with Schønherr Landscape Architects, MOE and a number of zoologists to mimic the bears’ ideal natural habitat. […]

Nike paints Los Angeles running track in pride flag colours

Running lanes of a refurbished track at Los Angeles City College are each painted a colour of the rainbow pride flag to advocate for the equality and inclusivity of LGBT+ athletes. Nike unveiled the track on National Coming Out Day on 11 October as part of their Be True campaign. The running field is dedicated […]

Rocco Design Architects creates skyscraper church in Hong Kong

Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is a 21-storey high-rise church in Hong Kong, topped with a Sky Chapel with views across the city and its harbour. The building, which stands in a densely populated area of the city, is described by Hong Kong-based Rocco Design Architects as “a vertical skyscraper church”. The 11,000-square-metre church is situated on a […]

Foster + Partners completes Philadelphia’s tallest building

Foster + Partners‘ Comcast Technology Center skyscraper in Philadelphia contains “Silicon Valley-style” work spaces topped with a 12-storey Four Seasons hotel. The British firm‘s 341-metres-tall skyscraper at 1800 Arch Street is built next to the Comcast Center, which was completed in 2008, to create a campus for cable company Comcast. Photograph by Jeffrey Totaro The Comcast Technology […]

All-black sauna embedded in Stockholm’s rocky island frames sea views

Architect Matteo Foresti has designed a sauna set into the rocks of an island within the Stockholm archipelago that’s lined with dark oak and black stone. Located in the Värmdö municipality, Sauna R has been dug into a shallow slope, accessed via a thin path that winds through the rocky surroundings dotted with cabins. The simple box […]

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