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Twenty significant buildings opened by Queen Elizabeth II during her 70-year reign

September 9, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
significant buildings opened by Queen Elizabeth II

As people around the world mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away yesterday at the age of 96, we look back at 20 of the most significant buildings she opened during her reign of 70 years, the longest in British history. Elizabeth II came to the throne on 6 February 1952 at

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Thirty of London’s most significant buildings from 30 years of Open House

September 8, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
30 St Mary Axe by Foster + Partners

This year, Open House Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since it began in 1992, many of London’s most significant buildings have opened their doors during the festival. Here are 30 of the most interesting. The festival, which aims to engage people living in London with the buildings surrounding them, has seen thousands of landmarks and

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BIG designs 50 Queens installation to highlight “importance of gender equality”

September 5, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
50 Queens installation by BIG

Danish architecture studio BIG has created a sculptural installation in Copenhagen, Denmark, to mark Queen Margrethe II’s 50th Jubilee. Officially opened by the Queen of Denmark last weekend, the temporary 50 Queens installation aims to draw attention to the country’s “fearless women”. “Our exhibition celebrates the untold stories of women who have made significant contributions

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Aedas unveils “most twisted tower in the world” in Chongqing

August 31, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Twisted skyscraper in Chongqing by Aedas

Architecture studio Aedas has unveiled its Dance of Light office skyscraper in Chongqing, China, with a twisted facade informed by the shape of the northern lights. Located on Xingfu Plaza in the Jiangbei District of Chongqing, the 180-metre-tall tower has two double-curved facades that create the impression that the building is being twisted. Aedas designed the 39-storey skyscraper

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Ingenhoven Architects unveils pair of plant-covered skyscrapers in Tokyo

August 30, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Plant-covered skyscrapers in Tokyo by Ingenhoven Associates

German studio Ingenhoven Architects has completed a pair of skyscrapers, including Japan’s tallest residential building, which are covered in planting on the lower levels. Set on either side of Tokyo’s tallest building – Toranomon Hills Tower designed by Japanese studio Nihon Sekkei – the pair of skyscrapers have a similar aesthetic, with one containing apartments and

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KPF and Heatherwick Studio aim to “redefine what a terminal can be” with Singapore airport design

August 30, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Changi Airport's Terminal 5 by KPF and Heatherwick Studio

Architecture practices Kohn Pedersen Fox and Heatherwick Studio have revealed the first render of Changi Airport’s Terminal 5, which will be the latest addition to the Singapore airport. Based on the concept of an “airport as a city”, the terminal will allow Changi Airport to accommodate an additional 50 million passengers per year, doubling its current

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Five “quirky” sleeping pods top Watchet’s East Quay arts centre

August 25, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Watchet's East Quay arts centre

UK studios Pearce+ and Fægen have designed the interiors of five sleeping pods that stand on top of the Invisible Studio-designed arts centre on the dockside in Watchet, UK. The studios aimed to design the pods, which were created to provide interesting accommodation for people visiting East Quay and the town, to align with the

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3andwich Design tops clifftop library in China with circular pool

August 24, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Water Drop Library in Shuangyue Bay by 3andwich Design

Chinese studio 3andwich Design has unveiled the circular Water Drop Library in Shuangyue Bay, China, which is topped with a pool overlooking the sea. Set on the hillside above Shuangyue Bay near Huizhou City in China’s Guangdong Province, the library consists of two geometric forms – a circular library and a long white wall. “The library strives

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High-tech structural engineer Tony Hunt dies aged 90

August 22, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Tony Hunt with Buckminster Fuller, Michael Hopkins, John Walker, Norman Foster and James Meller

High-tech pioneer Tony Hunt, who engineered buildings including the Sainsbury Centre, Waterloo station and Hopkins House, has passed away aged 90. Hunt, who worked with high-tech architects Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Michael and Patty Hopkins and Nicholas Grimshaw, died last week, reported UK magazine Architects’ Journal (AJ). Hunt was born in London in 1932 and studied engineering at Westminster Technical

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Billions of bird deaths due to the “simple indifference” of architects says PETA

August 22, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Billions of bird deaths

Architects could “easily” prevent billions of bird deaths a year caused by collisions with glazed and mirrored buildings, says Jared Goodman of animal rights organisation PETA in this exclusive interview. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) believes that despite the huge number of avian deaths caused by buildings, both architects and the general

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