Pastel colours and polka-dots cover a fantastical miniature city for children in Shenzhen

Architecture studio X+ Living has built a polka-dot slide into a ball pit and giant pastel parasols within the Shenzhen Neobio Family Park in a shopping centre in China. Shenzhen Neobio Family Park is the latest in the Neobio series of immersive parent and child restaurants with playgrounds that X+ Living has been building in China. Parents can […]

New York governor Cuomo unveils revitalisation plan for Erie Canal

New York governor Andrew Cuomo and UK firm Buro Happold have revealed a masterplan to overhaul the state’s Erie Canal with public parks, residential areas and commercial hubs. The Reimagine the Canals Task Force Plan, unveiled this week at Cuomo’s annual State of the State address, is a $300 million (£230 million) proposal to revitalise the […]

Bell Phillips builds curved white-brick pavilion in a London park

A sweeping, white-brick pavilion in Southwark Park in London by architecture studio Bell Phillips curves along the park‘s historic pathways. Housing a cafe, offices and public amenities, the single-storey pavilion is one element of a wider masterplan for the area by Kinnear Landscape Architects. With a loosely triangular plan, the pavilion’s three convex elevations face […]

Archi-Union surrounds internet conference centre with robot-built pavilions

Archi-Union has surrounded the Light of Internet World Internet Conference Centre in Wuzhen, China, with pavilions that were built using robotic construction techniques. The conference centre, which has a curving tiled roof and a facade of angled glass, sits in a landscaped park on a site northwest of the town surrounded by farm houses. The […]

Waterfrom Design builds tea house with a basement hidden beneath a water pool

Architecture studio Waterfrom Design has completed the Tea Community Centre, a multipurpose building in Xiamen, China, that is partially concealed beneath the surface of a pool of water. Above ground, the tea house takes the form of a simple pavilion for preparing and serving tea. But a staircase leads down into a much larger basement, […]

BVH creates visitor centre for bluff overlooking Nebraska river valley

Architecture studio BVH used materials such as charred wood and weathering steel to help a visitor centre in a wilderness preserve hold up against harsh weather conditions. The Niobrara River Valley Preserve Visitors Center is located near Johnstown, a rural village in north-central Nebraska. The building serves as a gathering spot and educational hub for […]

Zaha Hadid Architects wins approval for world’s first all-timber stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects has won planning permission for the world’s first wooden football stadium, which will be built in Gloucestershire, England. When complete it aims to be the world’s greenest football stadium, constructed entirely from timber and powered by sustainable energy sources. It was the second attempt to gain planning permission for the 5,000-seat timber stadium […]

Haeckels’ Victorian bathing machine warms up winter seaside dippers

Skincare brand Haeckels has built a traditional wood-burning sauna on the sands of Margate beach, in a bid to “reacquaint the community” with the health-giving properties of their local waters. Located in the town of Margate on Britain’s southeast coast, the bathing machine is constructed from traditional sauna wood planks, with oak wheels attached to […]

Golden mesh shades a sports pavilion in Sydney

Golden polycarbonate mesh stretches across the canopy of this pavilion in Marsden Park, Sydney, designed by architecture practice CHROFI . The Marsden Park Pavilion provides changing rooms, a small kiosk and public toilet facilities for the area. Gently curving around the edge of an oval-shaped sports field, the pavilion is raised atop a stepped concrete […]

ALL designs faceted facade to create a play of light across Bodø City Hall

The faceted, limestone-clad facades of this town hall in Bodø, Norway, have been designed to capture the dramatic changes in light and shadow that are characteristic within the Arctic Circle. Designed by Danish studio Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde (ALL), the town hall in northern Norway combines a contemporary building with two existing structures – the original […]

Weiss Manfredi wins competition to redevelop La Brea Tar Pits

New York studio Weiss Manfredi has beaten competition from Dorte Mandrup and Diller Scofidio + Renfro to develop the park and museum accompanying Los Angeles’ historic La Brea Tar Pits. Weiss Manfredi‘s design will occupy the active paleontological research centre situated on the eastern portion of Hancock Park and add renovations to the George C […]

Foster + Partners completes Galeries Lafayette department store in Luxembourg

Architecture studio Foster + Partners has created a department store in Luxembourg with a faceted glass facade. The Galeries Lafayette store stands at the corner of Grand Rue and Boulevard Royal in central Luxembourg. It was designed by Foster + Partners to be “a distinctive presence for one of Europe’s leading department stores”. The seven-storey building has […]

David Adjaye designs Sydney Plaza canopy to evoke Aboriginal paintings

David Adjaye has unveiled visuals of a multifunctional building and public square in Sydney that will be shaded by a perforated metal canopy, designed with Aboriginal artist David Boyd. The scheme, named Sydney Plaza, will be built by Adjaye Associates in the city’s central business district where the Circular Quay Tower by Foster + Partners […]

UNStudio mimics textiles with glass for facade of Amsterdam store

Dutch architectural practice UNStudio has created three curved, glass boxes that “mimic billowing transparent cloth” from the facade of a store on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam. Named The Looking Glass, the store has been designed to be a flagship for a fashion brand on PC Hooftstraat – a shopping street in Amsterdam that is a […]

Spiral lookout tower gives views of the mountains in Shenzhen

A spiral staircase twists 810 degrees to form a viewpoint designed by architecture studio Doarchi to look out over the mountains close to Shenzhen. Called Tower of Spiral, the stairs wrap around a small pool used for irrigation for nearby fields. Surrounded by grass, sunflower fields and the mountains in the distance, the base of the […]

CROX designs aluminium-clad museum shaped like an instrument

The curvaceous, aluminium-clad form of Liyang Museum in China, was designed by architecture practice CROX to recall the essence of a musical instrument. Liyang Museum, sits in a landscape of undulating green hills alongside a lake in in Jiangsu Province. CROX wanted to translate the sound of an ancient Chinese instrument called the Guqin, a […]

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 […]

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