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SOM and Burckhardt+Partner create mass-timber office for UN on Lake Geneva

June 24, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Office for United Nations on Lake Geneva by SOM and Burckhardt+Partner

Architecture studios Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Burckhardt+Partner have unveiled a hybrid mass-timber and concrete office block on the United Nations campus in Geneva. The 24,000-square-metre office was designed for an organisation described by the architecture studios as a “non-profit humanitarian organisation in Geneva”. However, the building appears to be Building H, which is located

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TeamLab reveals “home for infinite curiosity” on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island

June 24, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
TeamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi

Japanese art collective TeamLab has revealed the design for its TeamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi gallery, which will be a permanent venue for its digital art on Saadiyat Island. Conceived by TeamLab as a “home for infinite curiosity”, the building will host immersive artworks designed by the Japanese collective. As the latest cultural venue to be built

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BIG wraps Lapland hotel treehouse in 350 birdhouses

June 23, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Biosphere hotel room at the Treehouse hotel in Swedish Lapland

Danish architecture studio BIG has revealed its Biosphere treehouse at the Treehotel in Swedish Lapland, which is surrounded by birdhouses. Created in collaboration with Swedish ornithologist Ulf Öhman, the hotel room was designed to immerse guests within the forest site, which is near the village of Harads. “I got to spend a few days and nights

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“I didn’t feel the burden of ambitious architecture” says Serpentine Pavilion designer Theaster Gates

June 14, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Theaster Gates

Not being an architect allowed Theaster Gates to create a simple structure for this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, says the artist in this exclusive interview.  Gates, who was the first solo artist to be given the prestigious commission in its 22-year history, believes that being an artist meant there was no pressure on him to create

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Bob Sheil resigns as Bartlett director following report into school’s “toxic” culture

June 10, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Bob Sheil

Bartlett director Bob Sheil has stepped down in response to yesterday’s report highlighting bullying, racism and sexual misconduct at the London architecture school. Sheil resigned yesterday ahead of the publication of the results of an independent investigation into allegations of misconduct at the Bartlett School of Architecture, which is part of University College London (UCL). “Yesterday, prior to

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AI creates “repulsive and strangely compelling” Serpentine Pavilion

June 10, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Artificial intelligence-created Serpentine Pavilion.

Architecture critic Oliver Wainwright has used artificial intelligence to generate a speculative proposal for next year’s Serpentine Pavilion. The images were created using the DALL·E mini artificial intelligence (AI) modelling programme. Wainwright, who is architecture and design critic at The Guardian, gave the software a text command to create “next year’s Serpentine Pavilion”. “I was

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Theaster Gates’ Serpentine Pavilion “definitely” more sustainable than last year

June 9, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Serpentine Pavilion 2022 by Theaster Gates

The 2022 Serpentine Pavilion is more sustainable than last year’s “carbon-negative” design thanks to its reusable foundations and timber floor, say its engineers AECOM. This year’s edition of the annual London commission is a timber drum designed by American artist Theaster Gates. Last year’s design, by Counterspace, controversially claimed to be “carbon-negative” despite featuring concrete

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“Trees aren’t a novelty” says Thomas Heatherwick

June 7, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Thomas Heatherwick

Placing greenery and trees on buildings is not a passing fad, says designer Thomas Heatherwick in this exclusive interview. Speaking to Dezeen at the unveiling of the Tree of Trees sculpture outside Buckingham Palace, British designer Heatherwick defended the practice of integrating trees and planting into architecture. “Trees aren’t a novelty. They’re essential in life,”

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Theaster Gates creates Black Chapel Serpentine Pavilion as “a space of deep reflection”

June 7, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Serpentine Pavilion 2022 by Theaster Gates

Chicago artist Theaster Gates has unveiled the cylindrical Black Chapel as this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens. Realised with the architecture studio Adjaye Associates, the chapel-like structure topped with an oculus was designed by Gates to be a peaceful space within the London park. “Black Chapel suggests that in these times there could be

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This week we revisited buildings opened by the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

June 4, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Sydney Opera House being opened by the Queen

This week on Dezeen, we rounded up 20 of the most interesting buildings that Queen Elizabeth II has inaugurated during her 70-year reign. To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend, we looked back at the most significant buildings the regent has opened, including Coventry Cathedral, the Barbican Centre and the Sydney Opera House, alongside

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