MVRDV covers Beijing shopping centre in shimmering ceramic tiles

October 19, 2018 India Block 0

The KWG M CUBE shopping centre in Beijing, designed by MVRDV, is covered in hand-glazed iridescent ceramic tiles that change colour in different lights. Danish architecture firm MVRDV devised the subtle yet eye-catching rainbow facade for the multi-faceted mall to be a happy middle ground between the developer KWG Group Holdings’s wish for a building

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen wraps earthquake-resistant Christchurch library in golden screen

October 18, 2018 India Block 0

Christchurch Central Library has been designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen as a “symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth” for the city in New Zealand, which was ravaged by an earthquake in 2011.  Partially covered by a golden facade screen the new library is called Tūranga, which means “site or “foundation” in Maori. The earthquake-resistant library, designed by Danish firm

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No-deal Brexit would mean EU architects’ qualifications no longer recognised automatically in UK

October 17, 2018 India Block 0

If the UK leaves the European Union without a Brexit deal, British architects’ qualifications will no longer automatically recognised in Europe and vice versa. The Architects Registration Board (ARB), a statutory body that regulates the UK architecture profession, has warned that if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal on its future

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Álvaro Siza clads International Design Museum of China in red sandstone

October 17, 2018 India Block 0

Blocks of red sandstone cover the volumes of a new design museum designed by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira on the Chinese Academy of Art campus in Hangzhou, eastern China. The 16,000-square-metre museum was commissioned to house the fine art college’s already sizeable collection of pieces, which had been bolstered by the acquisition of original

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Álvaro Siza clads International Design Museum of China in red sandstone

October 17, 2018 India Block 0

Blocks of red sandstone cover the volumes of a new design museum designed by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira on the Chinese Academy of Art campus in Hangzhou, eastern China. The 16,000-square-metre museum was commissioned to house the fine art college’s already sizeable collection of pieces, which had been bolstered by the acquisition of original

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Images revealed of David Chipperfield Architects “city palace” apartments in Munich

October 16, 2018 India Block 0

David Chipperfield Architects has revealed designs for a residential development in Munich, Germany, that recalls the local 19th century architecture. Set among the neoclassical buildings of the Kolbergerstrasse on the edge of Hertzog Park, the five-storey apartment block will include a two-storey penthouse, two three-storey apartments with their own gardens, and several one-storey apartments. Described

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Kengo Kuma stacks shipping containers to create drive-through Starbucks in Taiwan

October 15, 2018 India Block 0

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has stacked 29 recycled shipping containers to make a Starbucks coffee shop alongside a shopping centre in Hualien, Taiwan. The multi-storey structure has full height windows and skylights set into the white-painted containers to create a 320-square-metre cafe. Containers stacked four high at right angles to each other abut the soon-to-open Hualien Bay Mall,

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Zaha Hadid’s first Brazilian building scrapped after long delays

October 12, 2018 India Block 0

Zaha Hadid’s design for a skeletal building overlooking Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro has been shelved, according to local reports. Casa Atlântica, an 11-storey apartment building with a facade reminiscent a sea creature’s spiny vertebrae, would have been the first building in Brazil from the late Pritzker Prize-winning architect. But delays from the city hall to

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects plans cluster of triangular smart skyscrapers for Helsinki

October 12, 2018 India Block 0

Triangle-shaped towers fitted with smart technology form the centre of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects competition-winning masterplan for Helsinki. The local architecture firm’s development was chosen as the winning entry in the contest to execute a phased development of high-density mixed-use towers in Helsinki’s Pasila district, north of the city centre. Named Trigoni for the three-sided plans of

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“We should think very seriously about what a bed is today” says Beatriz Colomina

October 12, 2018 India Block 0

Architectural historian Beatriz Colomina wants to know what people get up to in bed – it will affect the way we design cities in the future, she says. Colomina, who is a professor at Princeton University, has hosted two events she calls bed-ins, to explore the role of the bed in the architecture of the digital

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