Discover innovative, extreme, ingenious urban designs in ‘The Contemporary House’

The Bauhaus, 100 this year, has impacted tremendously on the creative world ideologically and aesthetically. It has transformed how we design our homes, the objects we choose to live with, and urban life. Yet, the 21st century is facing its own unique and hugely urgent challenges – globalisation, rapid urbanisation and rising environmental concerns. Cities are overcrowded, new buildings must meet stringent energy requirements and negotiate... 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

Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

More than sixty three-dimensional architectural models, mock-ups and prototypes by Danish architect BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group dramatically suspend from the second-floor of the National Building Museum’s historic Great Hall. Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation guides visitors on quite a journey, from the scorching heat of the Arabian desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra. The idea is to explore the cultural and... Read More

Serie’s design for BMW Olympic pavilion

These are images of the BMW pavilion at the Olympic Park, designed by young UK firm Serie Architects for the 2012 London games. The two-story structure will be made of steel with recycled content. The idea is to build it on an elevated site above the Waterworks River – between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre –  with river water cooling the building before returning the filtered water to the river via the ‘water curtain’... Read More

Creating liveable cities

Challenging designers and architects to rethink how they use water in cities to help create a more sustainable urban environment was the initial thought behind a recent Australian initiative. Melbourne Water challenged a group of local architects and designers to rethink how they utilise water in their design phase. Through a 12-month collaboration between the designers, Melbourne Water and State of Design, that included numerous workshops, the... Read More

Urban mobility concepts for 2030

Sustainable mobility by its very nature requires a supportive infrastructure – and a globally united one at that – for real value. With this in mind, Audi has sponsored six international avant-garde architects to design a future urban landscape for 2030 that will examine how urban planning and architecture can support green mobility . #gallery-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More