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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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Herzog & de Meuron begins San Francisco power plant transformation

June 8, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A cafe in a converted power plant by Herzog & de Meuron

Swiss architecture studio Herzog & de Meuron has broken ground on its transformation and extension of a decommissioned power plant on the waterfront of San Francisco, USA. The adaptive reuse project will convert the brick structure named Station A, which was built in the early 20th-century, into offices and workspaces. It is being designed by

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OMA designs first North American outpost for Centre Pompidou

June 8, 2021 James Parkes 0
OMA will restore its original features

Architecture studio OMA has revealed its plans to transform a former transport hub in Jersey City into The Centre Pompidou Jersey City. Located in Jersey City’s Journal Square, the adaptive reuse project will see the 5,400-square-metre Pathside Building turned into the Centre Pompidou’s first North American gallery. The four-storey building was originally built in 1912 as

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Elon Musk is “the biggest architect of our time” says Jan Boelen

June 8, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Elon Musk

Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk is the world’s greatest living architect, according to design curator and educator Jan Boelen. Boelen argued that the South African-born billionaire is thinking on a more ambitious scale than any other living figure and is reshaping the world through his businesses. “Elon Musk is the biggest architect of our

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Artificial island Lynetteholm to be built in Copenhagen harbour

June 7, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Artificial island off the coast of Copenhagen

The Danish parliament has approved the building of Lynetteholm, an artificial island off the coast of Copenhagen that will house 35,000 people and protect the city’s harbour from rising water. The 275-hectare Lynetteholm project was designed by COWI, Arkitema and Tredje Natur as a housing and business district that will also become a bulwark against climate-change

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French architects face wood shortage with “prices going up every week”

June 7, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Timber tower by Lina Ghotmeh

A timber shortage in France has forced prices up as architects struggle to comply with a new environmental law that requires public buildings to be 50 per cent wood. French architects are reporting price rises of up to 50 per cent since the start of the year. “The prices are going up every week,” said

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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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Dorte Mandrup designs IKEA Copenhagen store with rooftop park

June 2, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of a city-centre IKEA store

Danish studio Dorte Mandrup has designed a city-centre IKEA store with a public rooftop park that will act as a “green lounge” for Copenhagen, Denmark. Slated to open in the Vesterbro neighbourhood in 2023, the store has been designed by Dorte Mandrup with IKEA to suit the behaviours of urban consumers. It will be easily

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