DecaArchitecture carves holistic spa into Greek mountain

This cavernous 3,000-square-metre spa by DecaArchitecture is located within a building that is carved into the base of a mountain in Mystras, Greece. Billed as the first holistic wellness destination spa retreat in Greece, the Euphoria spa sits between a cypress forest and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mystras – an important Byzantine landmark. […]

“The best suburban malls were meccas with superb qualities”

As America’s suburban shopping malls are becoming ghost towns, Aaron Betsky argues that their complex architecture character means that they deserve more serious consideration. Once shopping had style. What you bought, where you bought it, and perhaps even what you wore when you bought it mattered. The stores, the stuff, and you all had to look good. […]

Slatted stone encloses glass extension for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra by Andrew Bromberg

Architect Andrew Bromberg at Aedas has revealed the design for an extension to the home of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, featuring rounded glass walls wrapped by a slatted stone, and an elevated garden. Andrew Bromberg at international architecture firm Aedas designed the renovation for the home of the orchestra called Winspear Centre for Music, […]

Visitor centre occupies thin concrete bridge over wetland park in China

A visitor centre designed by Trace Architecture Office for a park in Rongcheng, China, is a long and thin concrete bridge complete with a lighthouse-like viewing tower clad in wooden shingles. Called Bridge House, the centre is located to the north-east of Swan Lake Park, Shandong Province, where it faces out onto the wetland landscape […]

LUO Studio designs recyclable shed to house Chinese marketplace

Chinese practice LUO Studio has designed a glass and metal shed-like structure to provide a temporary home for the Shengli Market in Puyang City, China, while its original site is redeveloped. LUO Studio designed the market from simple, low-cost and lightweight materials that could be recycled once the market moves out. The practice drew on designs […]

WGNB designs all-black flagship store for fashion brand Juun.J

Korean practice WGNB has designed the flagship shop for fashion brand Juun.J in Seoul as a cluster of black geometric forms. Working with the motifs of circles, triangles and squares, the store occupies a black-rendered building that abuts a cafe with a steep triangular roof sweeping down to cover a glazed circular courtyard. WGNB drew on […]

Dorte Mandrup and Diller Scofidio + Renfro compete to masterplan LA’s La Brea Tar Pits

Architecture firms Dorte Mandrup, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Weiss Manfredi have revealed their competition proposals to redevelop the park and museum accompanying Los Angeles’ historic La Brea Tar Pits. The trio created the designs for the surroundings of live-dig area La Brea Tar Pits, which formed over thousands of year as tar leaked from the […]

Colourful metal canopies shade a market in rural Niger by Atelier Masomi

Architecture studio Atelier Masomi has built a market in Dandaji, Niger, using colourful recycled-metal canopies to attract vendors and help grow the local economy. The permanent daily market was commissioned in response to the growth of the remote village of Dandaji, where the architecture studio also recently converted a mosque into a library and community […]

Naidi Community Hall by Caukin Studio serves as a social hub for Fijians

Architecture collective Caukin Studio has completed a wooden cultural hall for a small village in Fiji, replacing the previous structure that was destroyed by cyclones. The building provides local residents with a venue for weddings, funerals, celebrations, traditional Fijian dance performances and other gatherings. Called Naidi Community Hall, the structure serves the 400 residents of […]

Angular white roof covers Mexico City baseball stadium by FGP Atelier and Taller ADG

Eight gabled forms jut out over the stands of this Mexico City baseball stadium, which Mexican architects Francisco Gonzalez Pulido and Alonso de Garay designed for local team Los Diablos Rojos. Chicago studio FGP Atelier led by Gonzalez Pulido collaborated with Taller ADG led by Alonso de Garay to complete the facility for the Los […]

Facebook to open pop-up cafes to give users privacy checkups

Social media company Facebook is opening five pop-up cafes across the UK where visitors can get a privacy checkup and a free cup of coffee. Branded Facebook Cafes, the temporary advice centres will be open in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Brighton and Cardiff between the 28 August and 5 September. Visitors to the Facebook Cafes will […]

Otherworld is an immersive VR arcade with interiors influenced by James Turrell

Architecture studio Red Deer has completed a virtual reality entertainment space in an east London railway arch with neon interiors that draw on the work of light artist James Turrell. The Otherworld arcade concept is the first of its kind in the UK, and combines 14 virtual-reality immersion rooms, a bar and a poke kitchen serving […]

GH3 designs naturally filtered outdoor swimming pool for Canadian park

Dark limestone walls form a low-lying pool house that runs alongside this chemical-free swimming bath in Edmonton, designed by architecture studio GH3. Located inside Borden Park, a community park in Edmonton, GH3‘s bath includes a large swimming pool, a children’s pool and a pool house for changing and equipment. All the water in the Borden […]

California’s “elaborately designed” concrete skateparks captured by Amir Zaki

Jagged tunnels edged with red trim, scooped walls and wave-like canopies are among the defining features of these vacant concrete skateparks in California, photographed by artist Amir Zaki. The images feature in the California Concrete, a Landscape of Skateparks publication, and document 12 unusual and elaborate skateparks in city’s across the state. Zaki, who grew […]

Yabashi Architects slots cafe and pocket park between buildings in Kyushu

A tiered pocket-park tops this cafe in Kyushu, Japan, which Yabashi Architects has erected on the grounds of a building destroyed in an earthquake. Host to a small cafe and an open-air social area, Omoken Park has been designed by locally based Yabashi Architects to be a “public space of private space” where locals can […]

Bergmeisterwolf tops 12th-century wine cellar with bronze funnel

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has added a bronze funnel that appears to erupt from the ground above the 12th-century Pacherhof wine cellar in Italy. Modern wine production and tasting facilities are contained within the tower, which connects to the existing cellar via an underground passage. Bergmeisterwolf Architekten‘s extension to the Pacherhof wine cellar in South Tyrol […]

Black Rock City is designed to “sprout out of nothing”, says Burning Man co-founder Will Roger

Burning Man co-founder Will Roger has spent the last 14 years capturing the festival in aerial photographs. As a book of his images is released, he spoke to Dezeen about how they created a pop-up city in the desert. Compass of the Ephemeral: Aerial Photography of Black Rock City through the Lens of Will Roger, […]

Helter skelter installed in Norwich Cathedral so visitors can admire its architecture up close

Norwich Cathedral in England has hired a helter skelter so visitors can get a better view of its ornamented roof before sliding down. The 16.7-metre-high fairground ride has been positioned in the nave so that its 12-metre-high viewing platform offers a good view of the medieval cathedral’s vaulted roof. Once they have seen the ceiling, […]

Tintagel Castle Bridge in Cornwall has a gap where it meets in the middle

Architecture studio William Matthews Associates and engineers Ney & Partners have built a bridge in Cornwall from two 30-metre cantilevered spans that don’t quite meet in middle. Tintagel Castle Bridge is a footbridge over a 190-metre drop between two cliffs that has reconnected two sides of a medieval ruin. Tintagel Castle Bridge is formed of […]

Meck Architekten designs asymmetric ceramic-clad church in Poing

The church of Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer in the town of Poing, near Munich in Germany, is topped with with a ceramic crown clad with 15,000 white, three-dimensional tiles. Munich studio Meck Architekten designed the rectangular church, which can accommodate 220 worshipers, to be a landmark in the growing town. The church dedicated to a German priest […]

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