Unique design for convention centre


A major new convention centre in Canberra is to be designed by Studio Fuksas. Australian Forum

Studio Fuksas, in collaboration with Canberra firm Guida Moseley Brown Architects, was appointed by the Australian Government to come up with designs.

The Australia Forum, which will be located in the centre of the capital, will have a unique shape, incorporating wavy floors and a bulging, elliptical roof.

The studio describes the design as being “in constant dialogue with the urban context and the environment, the complex is conceived with extreme flexibility”.

The project is set for completion in 2020.

Have a look at this original design here and tell us what you think of it.

Iconic building gains trompe l’oeil wrap


Building wrapThe famous Banqueting House in Whitehall is to feature a stunning trompe l’oeil wrap as it undergoes major restoration work.

Banqueting House will be covered in a full-height wrap giving the illusion of a torn façade revealing its five hundred year history.

The façade, designed by Northover & Brown, references the building’s striking ceiling by the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens and the sketches of designer Inigo Jones.

Northover & Brown has also created a series of animations based on the Banqueting House’s history, which will be projected onto the windows from inside the building.

Let us know if you would like to see more conservation schemes given a creative twist.

Innovative concrete wave built in Paris


A concrete wave has been built in Paris suburbia.
Concrete wave


Espace Bienvenüe in Marne-la-Vallée has a very innovative structure, thanks to techniques used in bridge construction.

Designed by architect Jean-Philippe Pargade, the wave houses a laboratory, in which scientists and engineers can develop the future of urban spaces through improvements in transport and energy management.

The building also includes a relaxation space on the roof, with wooden huts designed by Tadashi Kawamata.

Take a closer look at the wave here.

Create your own Brutalist icons in paper


Brutalist building A design studio has created paper versions of London’s classic examples of Brutalist architecture

The Polish design studio Zupagrafika gives you the opportunity to turn paper cut-outs into some of your favourite London buildings.

For example, you can make Robin Hood Gardens, Space House, or even Balfron Tower.

These creations cost €4.50 each with €5 postage and packaging.

Learn more about the creative project here and tell us what other architectural styles you’d like to see in paper form.

Designs unveiled for Beijing airport terminal


An architect has revealed his plans for a major new terminal in Daxing, Beijing. Beijing airport

The Beijing New Airport Terminal Building will be located on the opposite side of the city to the Beijing Capital Airport (reportedly one of the largest airports in the world) and will accommodate 45 million passengers per year.

ADPI and Zaha Hadid Architects have developed the project, which is supposed to become ‘the world’s largest airport passenger terminal’.

Thanks to its flexible layout, the airport will be adapted into different configurations, and be connected to local and national rail services.

Find out more about it here and tell us what you think of the design.

The 15 digital trends getting the most buzz online


The leading digital trends of the moment have been identified by an online listening tool. 
Digital trends
The tool, Crimson Hexagon, looked through available data from the Internet to see which topics would be significant enough to become leading digital trends.

Even if it’s impossible to determine whether these trends will become part of our daily vocabulary, it is still possible to see which ones grown the most in online chatter over the past year.

The trends are ranked by the largest percent increase in mentions on the Web and you can take a closer look at them here – tell us which ones you think will break into the mainstream.

Funny chocolate ad celebrates the little things in life


A chocolate brand has released a funny advert that will cheer you up.
Mars ad


Mars created a cheerful little spot that perfectly sums up the joy of celebrating the little victories in life, as a part of their campaign “Little Wins”.

This advert sees two men competing with the best tricks that they have taught to their dogs.

After the first dog executes an impressive jump, the second dog plays Jan Hammer’s iconic Miami Vice theme on pan flutes.

To celebrate his overwhelming victory, the second dog’s owner enjoys a Mars bar.

Have a look at the charming ad below and let us know what you think.

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