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This week we revealed a proposal to build cities from lava

May 14, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Cities from lava

This week on Dezeen, Icelandic architect Arnhildur Palmadottir revealed her “radical and gigantic” Lavaforming proposal at the DesignMarch festival in Reykjavík. Palmadottir proposed using controlled lava eruptions to create buildings, which she says would be substantially more sustainable than those built with steel and concrete. She envisions boreholes being drilled into the earth until they reach molten lava.

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Universal Design Studio draws on libraries and members’ clubs for Euston workspace

May 12, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Lobby at 210 Euston Road

London-based Universal Design Studio’s interiors for The Office Group’s latest workspace in Euston was informed by nearby buildings including the British Library. Called 210 Euston Road, the interior was created by Universal Design Studio together with workspace provider The Office Group (TOG’s) head of design Nasim Köerting, and nods to the many well-known institutions that

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Atelier Masōmī unveils design for geometric Bët-bi art museum in Senegal

May 11, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Atelier Masōmī's design for the Bët-bi museum

Nigerien architect Mariam Kamara’s studio Atelier Masōmī has revealed visuals of the Bët-bi museum in Kaolack, Senegal, which will draw on the area’s ancient megaliths. The museum, which will showcase contemporary and historic African art with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa, will also function as a centre for culture and community. Located in Kaolack

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Ten wood-clad kitchens with warm and natural interiors

May 7, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Wood-clad kitchen in Surf House

For our latest lookbook, we showcase ten kitchens where wood panelling and wooden cabinetry create a cosy, homely feel that is more often associated with living rooms. These homes are all clad in various types of wood, from pale plywood and birch plywood to warmer-coloured materials such as cypress, oak and pine. By using generous

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CDA creates community housing for India’s Sanjaynagar slum

May 2, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Residents of the Sanjaynagar slum in new homes

Architecture studio Community Design Agency has worked with local Sanjaynagar residents to create vibrant housing blocks for people living in slum conditions in the city of Ahmednagar, India. Community Design Agency (CDA) created eight three-storey brick buildings that will eventually house 298 families in the Sanjaynagar slum in Ahmednagar, 150 miles from Mumbai. Thirty-three families

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Grafton Architects’ Town House university building wins Mies van der Rohe Award 2022

April 26, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Town House

RIBA Gold Medal-winning studio Grafton Architects has been awarded the European Union’s annual architecture award for Town House, a colonnaded teaching building designed for Kingston University in London. The six-storey Town House is the first university building to have ever won the prize and it will also be the last-ever building in the UK to

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Yinka Shonibare and India Mahdavi bring “a warm feel of Africa” to London restaurant Sketch

April 22, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Golden yellow interiors of Sketch, London

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare and architect India Mahdavi have redesigned the Gallery dining room at London venue Sketch, adding site-specific artworks, warm golden colours and textured materials to its interior. The project, which is the latest in a string of artist collaborations from Sketch, features a series of 15 artworks by Shonibare dubbed Modern Magic. These

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Controversial Oxford Street M&S demolition blocked by UK housing secretary

April 20, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
M&S Oxford Street

UK housing secretary Michael Gove has halted the planned demolition of Marks & Spencer’s flagship store on London’s Oxford Street to allow the scheme to be reviewed. Gove has issued a “direction preventing Westminster Council from issuing a final decision” on the demolition of the art deco Marks & Spencer (M&S) flagship store. Application will

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CitizenM to become “first hospitality company to build in the metaverse”

April 7, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Metaverse hotel by CitizenM

Hotel developer CitizenM has announced plans to build a hotel in the metaverse, which will be set in gaming world The Sandbox and could eventually become a real-life location. CitizenM will begin the project by acquiring a “LAND site” in The Sandbox in the coming weeks. These are digital pieces of real estate backed by

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