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Jordan Ralph perches off-grid artist’s retreat on the coast of Inis Oírr island

June 17, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Studio Drop off-grid artist retreat by Jordan Ralph

Designer Jordan Ralph has created an off-grid artist’s cabin called Studio Drop on an island off the west coast of Galway, Republic of Ireland. Created as part of the coronavirus-extended programme for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, the studio was built on Inis Oírr – one of the Aran Islands off the west coast

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Kenneth Frampton, Sumita Singha, Peter Murray and Peter Barber recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

June 14, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Kenneth Frampton

Architectural historian Kenneth Frampton has been awarded a CBE, while architects Peter Barber and Sumita Singha, along with London Festival of Architecture founder Peter Murray, have received OBEs in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Influential twentieth-century architecture historian Frampton has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to architecture. Frampton, who

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This week Counterspace’s Serpentine Pavilion opened in London

June 12, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Counterspace's Serpentine Pavilion opened in London

This week on Dezeen, this year’s coronavirus-delayed Serpentine Pavilion, a carbon-negative structure made from abstracted fragments of London, opened its doors. Designed by South African studio Counterspace, the pink and grey structure in London’s Kensington Gardens is the latest pavilion built as part of the prestigious annual commission. Serpentine Pavilion celebrates “places with a history significant to

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Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Gottfried Böhm dies aged 101

June 11, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Gottfried Böhm dies aged 101

German architect Gottfried Böhm, designer of the brutalist Church of the Pilgrimage, has passed away aged 101. Böhm, who was the eighth winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, was widely known for his concrete churches that were largely built in Germany. The colossal concrete Church of the Pilgrimage in the German town of Neviges, also

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Memorial to Sandy Hook shooting set to be “space to celebrate and remember”

June 10, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Sandy Hook shooting memorial in Newtown, Connecticut, by SWA

SWA Group’s design for a permanent memorial to those killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut has been given the go-ahead to be built. Named The Clearing, the memorial in Newtown to 26 people killed during a school shooting in December 2012 was designed to be a commemorative garden. “We wanted to celebrate the

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Counterspace reveals carbon-negative Serpentine Pavilion that combines abstracted fragments of London

June 8, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Serpentine Pavilion

South African studio Counterspace led by architect Sumayya Vally has unveiled a pink and grey structure built from elements informed by buildings in London as this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. The coronavirus-delayed structure designed by Vally was designed to reference informal meeting spaces in areas of London that have large migrant populations. “My practice, and this pavilion,

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Eight spectacular transparent pools with see-through walls and floors

June 8, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Anaha complex, Honolulu, by Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Following the opening of a fully transparent swimming pool in London, we roundup eight spectacular, see-through pools from around the world. Hotel Hubertus, Italy, by NOA This 25-metre-long pool projects from the front of the Hotel Hubertus at a ski resort in the Italian province of South Tyrol. Supported 12 metres above the ground by

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Watch a swimmer in London’s fully transparent Sky Pool

June 7, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Sky Pool

This video shows a swimmer in a transparent swimming pool made entirely from acrylic panels that was recently built between two buildings in London. Spanning two buildings at the Embassy Gardens development in Battersea, the 25-metre-long transparent pool allows swimmers to see the ground 35 metres below. Named Sky Pool, the swimmable bridge was designed by architecture

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This week temporary forests were installed in London and Vienna

June 5, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Global Goals installation in mini forest

This week on Dezeen, Es Devlin created the Forest for Change at the London Design Biennale and Superflux installed fire-blackened pine trees at the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021. British designer Devlin filled the courtyard of Somerset House, which is the main venue of this year’s London Design Biennale, with 400 trees to draw attention to the UN Sustainable

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Fully transparent Sky Pool connects two housing blocks in London

June 4, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens in Battersea by HAL

Architecture studio HAL has created a transparent swimming pool bridge between two buildings at the Embassy Gardens development in Battersea, London. Named Sky Pool, the 25-metre-long swimming pool is made entirely from acrylic panels, allowing swimmers to look directly down to the ground 35 metres below. HAL designed the pool, described by the studio as

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