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Kengo Kuma’s Japan National Stadium is the centrepiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

July 28, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The wooden exterior of Japan National Stadium

Cedar panels clad the eaves of the 68,000-seat Japan National Stadium, which Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates designed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The structure in Tokyo’s Meiji-Jingu Park by Kengo Kuma and Associates with Taisei Corporation and Azusa Sekkei Co hosted the games’ opening ceremony last week and is set to host the track and field

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Ten tactile interiors that make use of biomaterials

July 17, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
An office with exposed hempcrete walls

In our latest lookbook, we take a look at 10 earthy interiors from the Dezeen archive that are fitted out with biomaterials such as cork, hemp and mycelium. Biomaterials or biobased materials are made from biodegradable living matter. Other examples include wood, paper and bioplastics made from plants such as algae. They are increasingly being used

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Images of Herzog & de Meuron’s triangular art institute in Seoul revealed

July 14, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The exterior of the ST/SongEun Building

Board-marked concrete walls define the triangular ST/SongEun Building by Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron in Seoul, South Korea. The monolithic structure, which is due to open this September in the Chung Dam District, contains art studios and exhibition spaces for the SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation – a non-profit organisation that supports local artists.

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John Lewis to repurpose car parks to create 10,000 homes

July 12, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Victoria Gate department store by ACME

UK department store John Lewis has revealed its plans to become a residential landlord by converting its own shop car parks into rental housing across the UK. Over the next decade, approximately 10,000 John Lewis homes will be built on sites that also include plots above the retailer’s Waitrose supermarkets and next to its distribution

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Ten mirror-covered buildings that reflect their surroundings

July 9, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A mirrored workspace in a Beijing hutong

From bubble-like workspaces in an ancient Chinese hutong to an art installation in the Swiss mountains, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best mirrored buildings from Dezeen’s archive. Hutong Bubble 218, China, by MAD While renovating a courtyard house in one of Beijing’s historic hutongs, MAD added two curved workspaces to the roof that are

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Foster + Partners reveals plans for Greece’s tallest skyscraper

July 8, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A skyscraper on the Greek coast by Foster + Partners

UK studio Foster + Partners has unveiled a greenery-covered skyscraper near Athens named Marina Tower, which is set to become the tallest building in Greece. Planned as the centrepiece of the Agios Kosmas Marina development on the site of Athens’ former international airport, the 200-metre-tall building will become the tallest building in the country. When complete, the

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Ten loft conversions by architects that add extra space to homes

July 4, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A home office in a loft

Our latest lookbook shines a light on residential loft conversions from Dezeen’s archive, including rooftop extensions on existing dwellings and apartments built in underused attics. Opening up the volume beneath the roof is a popular way of squeezing more space out of a dwelling or building. The new spaces often feature unusual geometries, which a

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Mirrored cladding reflects gardens surrounding Maggie’s Southampton by Amanda Levete

July 2, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A mirrored pavilion surrounded by gardens

The indoors are “in permanent dialogue with the garden” at the latest Maggie’s Centre for cancer care, completed by Amanda Levete’s studio AL_A. Maggie’s Southampton is a low-lying pavilion hidden within Southampton General Hospital’s car park by a verdant garden that covers three-quarters of the centre’s plot. It was designed by AL_A with Sarah Price Landscapes

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Associated Architects designs first “mixed-use net-zero tall-building development in the world” for Birmingham

July 2, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of skyscrapers in Birmingham

Associated Architects has unveiled plans for Curzon Wharf, a 53-storey development in Birmingham, UK, that it claims will be the first skyscraper to produce no net emissions in operation. Curzon Wharf is being developed by Associated Architects with engineering consultancy Cundall using a “fabric-first approach”, meaning the building fabric will be super-insulated to minimise energy

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Termite mounds inform Kéré Architecture’s design of Kenyan education campus

June 30, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A building finished with terracotta-hued plaster

Terracotta-hued towers that reference termite mounds distinguish the Startup Lions Campus, which Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré’s studio has completed in Kenya. Located on the banks of Lake Turkana, the 1,416-square-metre campus was built for non-profit organisation Learning Lions to offer young Kenyans free training in information and communication technologies (ICT). It is hoped to

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