Breathe life into concrete jungles with our flourishing Pinterest boards

As glass buildings claim more of the skyline, architects and designers are cultivating ideas for plant-filled cities. Harvest this week’s Pinterest boards of vertical gardens, facades with crawling greenery and potted interiors. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest › Main image is from Penda’s proposal for vertical gardens in a modular tower in Tel Aviv. Open the […]

Granite boxes form clifftop house overlooking a lake in India

Stacked boxes clad in stone perch on a rocky outcrop overlooking Durgam Cheruvu Lake in Hyderabad in this house designed by architecture studio Collective Project. Called Lakehouse, the house in southern India has two distinct sides to its granite and wood facade. A plain facade with few windows faces the road, but on the lake-facing […]

Five hotels in Ibiza that combine farmhouse living with contemporary design

There’s more to Ibiza than clubber-oriented resorts – the Spanish island also hosts a growing number of agroturismo hotels in old farmhouses. Here are five that combine a farm-to-fork ethos with contemporary design. La Granja Ibiza German interior-design studio Dreimeta converted a 200-year-old farmhouse and a neighbouring cottage to create La Granja, a members-only retreat […]

Filtration Skyscrapers in the oceans could “solve environmental and energy problems” around the world

Architectural designer and visualiser Honglin Li has proposed deploying floating high-rise waste-to-energy plants fuelled by plastic waste to clean up the oceans while generating electricity. The sci-fi proposal, called Filtration Skyscraper, imagines placing unmanned towers on abandoned oil rigs in parts of the oceans where plastic waste accumulates. Sophisticated machinery in the conceptual towers would […]

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, […]

SKNYPL designs inflatable rooftop garden for busy Seoul street

New Korean Garden is an “Instagrammable” meeting and events space proposed for a rooftop in Seoul, South Korea, which is made from turquoise, pebble-like inflatables. Designed by Moscow studio SKNYPL, it is envisaged as a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Korean garden, within which simplicity and nature are typically key, and rock arrangements are considered […]

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 […]

Children’s scribbles inform terracotta school by Samira Rathod Design Associates

Samira Rathod Design Associates have completed a terracotta school building in Gujarat, India with lopsided vaulted roofs that take their shape from a child’s doodles. Called the School of Dancing Arches, the buildings sit surrounded by tobacco fields near the town of Bhadran in the Indian state of Gujarat. The school was conceived as a […]

“The battle is over” says Amin Taha as 15 Clerkenwell Close is saved from demolition

Architect Amin Taha has won his appeal against Islington Council, which had ordered the demolition of the RIBA award-winning 15 Clerkenwell Close. A report from the planning office released today revealed that 15 Clerkenwell Close has been given planning permission because it “accords with the generality of what had previously been approved”. Taha’s practice Groupwork […]

Big slanted window tops renovated Brooklyn townhouse by PRO

Brooklyn architecture studio PRO has overhauled a townhouse in Williamsburg, adding a slanted glass volume on its top-level to double the home’s living space. Peterson Rich Office (PRO) redesigned a 4,000-square-foot (371-square-metre) property in the trendy Brooklyn neighbourhood to create the family residence called Prismatic Bay Townhouse. PRO tore tearing down a large portion of […]

Living facade of plant pots will cover Green Villa by MVRDV in the Netherlands

Architecture practice MVRDV has unveiled designs for a residential development in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, with green walls formed of shelves of plants. Together with their co-architect Van Boven Architecten, the Dutch practice has developed Green Villa for property developer Stein to sit in a corner site on the southern edge of the town. The three-storey […]

Red concrete walls enclose The Walls teaching restaurant for children in China

Kids that attend The Walls teaching restaurant in Xiamutang, China, are invited to take part in cooking courses where they pick, prepare and eat produce from nearby fields. Built by The Scarcity and Creativity Studio and Tianjin University School of Architecture, the linear building nestles within a grove of camphor trees on a steep, narrow […]

Architecture of Emergency summit to address industry’s “failure” to tackle climate crisis

Architects will join leading academics and campaigners to consider how the architecture industry should respond to a climate emergency at Architecture Foundation‘s upcoming summit. Curated by the Architecture Foundation’s deputy director and Dezeen columnist Phineas Harper, The Architecture of Emergency summit will take place in the main theatre of the Barbican on 19 September 2019. “Architecture […]

Rise Design Studio adds Douglas fir-lined reading nooks to London house

Rise Design Studio has completed an extension for a house in London, cladding the interiors in Douglas fir and creating a reading nooks in windows. Named Douglas House on account of its extensive use of the wood, the only elements of the original house in Kensal Rise that remain are the front and side masonry walls. […]

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 […]

Henning Larsen Architects awarded European Prize for Architecture 2019

Danish architecture studio Henning Larsen Architects has been named as this year’s laureate of the European Prize for Architecture. Established in 2010, the European Prize for Architecture is awarded annually to the European architects perceived to have advanced “the principles of European humanism and the art of architecture”. Henning Larsen Architects is the eponymous studio […]

Elbow Shadow bridge in Serbia by ARCVS will double as an office and hotel

ARCVS has revealed visuals of a two-storey bridge in Novi Sad, Serbia, which will span the River Danube and include a hotel and office building. Named the Elbow Shadow, the 200-metre-long structure is designed by ARCVS as a multifunctional gateway for pedestrians and cyclists between the city’s late-17th-century Petrovaradin Fortress and its port. It will […]

360-degree images reveal inside Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing Daxing International Airport

Chinese television channel CGTN has released 360-degree photography that shows the interiors of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ airport terminal building in Beijing, which is set to open next month. The images allow people to virtually explore the terminal building at the Beijing Daxing International Airport in China. They feature alongside visualisations and infographics in an interactive […]

FGMF Arquitetos stacks white Casa Neblina on sloping São Paulo plot

Brazilian studio FGMF Arquitetos has designed this white house in the suburbs of São Paulo to feature stilted volumes atop a glazed living room with views of an infinity pool. Casa Neblina is two-storey residence built on a grassy hill in the Brazilian city’s Iatiba neighbourhood, which known for its lush nature, rugged terrain and […]

Magdalena Keck fuses Japanese and Danish design in Upstate New York home

New York interior designer Magdalena Keck has outfitted a holiday home in a Catskill Mountains development to create a “harmony” between Japanese minimalism, mid-century design and American crafts. Created as a weekend getaway for a family that lives in New York City, the 3,000-square-foot (278-square-metre) house is set between woods and a meadow, and complete […]

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