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This week Harry Potter locations were redesigned as contemporary buildings

April 17, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0

This week on Dezeen, architect Michele De Lucchi reinterpreted Hogwarts castle and other locations in the Harry Potter story in a contemporary architectural language for the covers of the books in Italy. Commissioned by publishing house Salani, each of the seven covers includes a significant location from the series that was redesigned by the architect and his studio AMDL

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“Whitest paint on record” reflects 98 per cent of sunlight to cool buildings

April 16, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
"Whitest paint on record" developed by researchers from Purdue University led by Xiulin Ruan

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an “ultra-white” paint that reflects 98 per cent of sunlight and deflects infrared heat, allowing buildings to cool below the surrounding air temperature. The paint, which the university describes as the “whitest paint on record”, owes its cooling power to barium sulphate – a pigment derived from the mineral

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SOM and Phillip K Smith III install light-up mirrored sculpture in Santa Monica

April 13, 2021 India Block 0
Santa Monica Linear by Phillip K Smith III with engineering by SOM

Engineering firm Skidmore Owings and Merril collaborated with American artist Phillip K Smith III to create Santa Monica Linear, a mirrored glass installation that lights up at night. Santa Monica Linear sits on a sloping landscaped site on the grounds of a house designed by celebrated Californian modernist Ray Kappe. Made of steel and glass,

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Michele De Lucchi reimagines Harry Potter covers “in dialogue with contemporary architecture”

April 13, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Italian cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone designed by Michele De Lucchi

Architect Michele De Lucchi has redesigned the Italian covers of the Harry Potter books, shifting focus away from the characters and towards the fantastical buildings of the wizarding world. Commissioned by publishing house Salani, De Lucchi and his studio AMDL CIRCLE veered away from replicating the numerous existing depictions of the iconic Hogwarts castle and

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Ten interiors with pastel colours that freshen up the home for spring

April 10, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Pale yellow dining room with wooden floors

For this lookbook, we’ve rounded up ten home interiors decorated in pastel tints that show how ice-cream colours can give spaces a fresh, calming look. The selection from our archive, which includes bathrooms to bedrooms and kitchens, shows how pastels – made by adding white to pure colours to make them more luminous and less

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