An adaptable pop-up habitat


Pop-up habitatPeople’s Architecture Office has created a pop-up habitat that can be adapted to its environment.

The system consists of units made from gold photographer’s reflective panels, which can stand alone or become part of a larger geometric ‘mega-structure’.

The lightweight habitat, which has been used at exhibitions, can act as tunnels, canopies, exhibition spaces and auditoriums – as well as intriguing pieces of art scattered around a landscape.

Find out more about the habitat here and let us know what you think.

Art of Building Photographer of the Year shortlist


Art of BuildingThe shortlist for the Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition has been revealed.

The fifteen shortlisted pictures include stunning interpretations of constructions such as One London Bridge, an Amsterdam metro line, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The competition, which has been running for five years, is organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and is overseen by a panel of judges of photography experts.

The winner of the competition will be announced on 5th February and will win £3,000.

Take a look at the shortlist here and tell us which is your favourite.

Gehry completes surrealist building in Sydney


Frank Gehry buildingArchitect Frank Gehry has unveiled his latest surrealist building in Australia.

The Dr Chau Chak Wing building of the University of Technology has a seemingly fluid façade, which looks as though it is folding and melting.

The building has in fact been constructed from 320,000 custom-designed bricks which were laid by hand.

Gehry took his inspiration from the way artists use folds ‘to explore colour, form and shadow’.

Take a closer look at the building here and tell us what you think of its innovative structure.

A pop-up restaurant on a frozen river


RAW:almondA British design studio is going to build a pop-up restaurant on the surface of a frozen river.

OS31 won a competition to build the RAW:almond restaurant in Canada, where it will sit between the Assiniboine and Red River.

Designed for Winnipeg’s annual winter festival, the restaurant will be made from metal scaffolding and shaped like an ‘x’ to represent the crossing of the rivers.

RAW:almond will open to the public on the 22nd January and you can read more about the pop-up here.

Mountain lodge designed as a silver cube


Kežmarské HutArchitects have devised a futuristic lodge in the shape of a cube balancing in the mountains.

Atelier 8000 has entered its design, which would be built in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, to an international competition.

The silver cube would be almost camouflaged in the winter months, thanks to its reflective tiles (which are made of aluminium, glass, and photovoltaics).

The design, called the ‘Kežmarské Hut’, would be completely off the grid and could be occupied throughout the year.

Find out more about the lodge here and tell us if you would like to stay in the ethereal cube.

Stirling Prize winner revealed


Everyman TheatreThe new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.

Haworth Tompkins’ winning project replaces the original Everyman Theatre, which was in a state of disrepair, with a new and sustainable building that recognises its heritage.

Stephen Hodder, RIBA President, said: “Complementing beautifully with the surrounding listed buildings, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring, bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre.”

The award, which is given to the best building of the year, is now in its nineteenth year.

Find out more about the winner here.

London footbridge opens like a fan


Merchant Square footbridgeA footbridge that opens and closes like a hand-held fan has been completed in London.

The Merchant Square footbridge in Paddington was completed by Knight Architects and AKT II, after winning a competition in 2012.

Their design for a ‘kinetic sculpture’ consists of five steel beams that can be raised with hydraulic jacks to allow canal traffic to pass through.

When the bridge is down, pedestrians can use the three metre wide crossing, which has an LED-lit handrail at night, over the Grand Union Canal.

Take a look at the bridge here and tell us if you’ll be taking a stroll over it.

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