Enter the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by African architect Francis Kéré

This is Diébédo Francis Kéré’s gentle architectural installation for the annual Serpentine Pavilion project. It will sit here on the lawns of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park in London until October encouraging the public to enter, sit, read, eat, interact. The 2017 Pavilion is a far cry from last year’s jazzy unzipped wall of cold, hard-edged metallic boxes by Bjarke Ingels. Whereas that was a brilliant visual statement and picture-perfect... Read More

Utopian visions: SO-IL’s MINI Living at Salone del Mobile

In 2011, the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto built a house in central Tokyo designed to break with the traditional codes of living. His House NA challenges ideas of comfort and of privacy – the lightweight living hubs stack one on top of another to be inhabited privately or collectively, and are exposed to the busy surrounding city. House NA is meant to be provocative, a visual argument for exploring new forms of architecture that respond... Read More

Highlights of 2016 London Design Festival

Urban life requires a little creative navigation. We benefit from the vibrancy of the city, and experience its diverse communities. Yet city living is noisy – physically, emotionally, mentally it can be a chaotic cocktail at times. Added to this, with many of us working away from the office desk, our work/life patterns have evolved to be so much less linear than they used to be. Then there is the high price of housing in cities like London which... Read More

Good design, better society

Navigating the streets of London these days can leave a blue note. This beautiful city has in the last few years transformed into a giant construction site – cranes occupying the skyline like arrogant robots. Central London, in particular, is a messy sight. In the years following the Second World War, a similar scale of construction saw buildings designed and erected to help restore a society. So we saw schools, hospitals, social housing... Read More

House of Essex in picture

This is House of Essex, a fantasy world and a fusion of art and architecture. Overlooking the Stour estuary in north Essex, not so far from London, the building sits amidst Wrabness, awakening this otherwise sleepy village with its fantastically eccentric appearance. There is something of Hansel and Gretel about this collaboration between architect FAT and the Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry for the Living Architecture series. #gallery-10... Read More

Lego House by BIG

These are images of the playful experience centre for Lego in Billund, Denmark designed by one of DT’s favourite architecture practices BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. Inspired by the modularity of the Lego brick, when it opens in 2016 it will offer a series of engaging installations that highlight the values of Lego. ‘The House will appear like a cloud of interlocking Lego bricks that form spaces for exploration and exhibition for its visitors... Read More

Audi investigates urban mobility

How can we help commuters move more easily through cities? The Audi Urban Future initiative, a project that started in 2010, has seen the carmaker work alongside architects and urban planners to map out feasible solutions for mobility within the future urban environment (see our report here). The latest phase saw an interactive exhibit displayed at the International CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. The futuristic city model can, in theory,... Read More

Jørn Utzon: Drawings and Buildings

‘Understanding the inspiration that lies in humanity’s countless forms of expression; working based on our hands, eyes, feet, stomach, and our movements, and not on statistical norms and rules created according to the most-cases principle – that is the way to a varied and humane architecture,’ wrote Jørn Utzon (1918–2008). Architecture to him was neither an exact science nor free art, noting that it is ‘based on science as well as... Read More

Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid

This is the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Buried in London’s Hyde Park, in Kensington Gardens, the building breaths new life into The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store. It is also a short walking distance from its parent space, the Serpentine Gallery. The Magazine was a quite neoclassical building. It used to blend in with the park’s wildlife. I cannot recall having paid much attention to it on my... Read More

Court of Justice by J. Mayer H Architects

These are images of the new Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium. Designed by Berlin practice J. Mayer H Architects who worked with a2o-architecten and Lensºass architecten, it references the image of the hazelnut trees in the Hasselt’s coat of arms, and steel structures in the Art Nouveau influenced former industrial city. #gallery-17 { margin: auto; } #gallery-17 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align:... Read More

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