In a woodland clearing in Aberystwyth in northern Wales, Heatherwick Studio has built eight timber-frame artists bungalows clad in mangled steel as a new addition to the Aberystwyth Art Centre.
CCTV's headquarters in Beijing has been the spectral logo for a brave new architecture for some years, but even with its facade complete, OMA's iconic building has become no easier to fathom.
L’chaim, “to life!”, is the Hebrew phrase apparently spelled out by the volumes of Daniel Libeskind’s new Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Birdsong and a forest of plants greet you as you enter the Aktipis flower shop in Patras, Greece. Athens-based architect Point Supreme has brought the florist back to basics with its first project on home turf.
There’s a travel guide that begins its entry on London’s Southbank Centre with the following warning: “It is made up of a number of rather ugly buildings.”
There is a new breed of client who collects architecture like stamps. In Mongolia, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil, private developers are commissioning big names and hot young practices by the dozen to build huge, diverse developments.
Designers routinely lay claim to avant-garde status by asserting that their work is grounded on “new technologies”. This, they suggest, sets them apart from those hopeless fogies who are content to rely upon “old technologies”.
Tomás Gabzdil Libertiny has always been fascinated with making things, and the methods behind their making. Disassembling objects and piecing them back together was a common pastime during his childhood in Slovakia.
The Piggyback Table by Thomas Heatherwick was nominated for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year prize before it was even finished – the London museum’s director, Deyan Sudjic, saw it as a prototype last year.
Thomas Heatherwick has designed a seaside cafe in Littlehampton on the south-east coast of England. "I wanted the building to look like a thing of unknown origin, washed up on the shore," says the British designer of his East Beach Cafe.
Petra blaisse and I are standing in the passport control queue in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Somehow this is both the most mundane and, for its strangeness, the most exotic place to start an interview.
It's appropriate that Anglomania should be held in New York, a city that remains a hotbed of inexplicably romantic notions of London.
This German photographer’s obsessive compulsive recreations of historic settings are getting a full airing at MoMA. What is it like to step into the creepy world of the artist known as Shanghai Buns?