Zootopia


ZootopiaBjarke Ingels Group has revealed its scheme for ‘Zootopia’, also known as Givskud Zoo in Denmark.

The innovative design disguises its architecture within the topography, providing a playful and freer environment for the animals.

Overhauling the rigid style of most zoos and animal parks, BIG’s scheme uses three zones, each dedicated to a continent, within the doughnut-shaped zoo.

The imaginative features of the continental zones include bamboo cottages in the panda enclosure, a hill of rice fields in the elephant house and savannah craters for giraffes and zebras.

Read more about the fun design here.

LEGO Architecture Studio


LEGO Architecture StudioLEGO is releasing a studio set for designers and architects.

LEGO Architecture Studio, consists of over a thousand pieces – however, unlike ordinary brightly coloured LEGO sets, all of the components are either white or transparent.

LEGO said: “Anyone with an interest in architecture can now create their own LEGO original designs, as well as building mini architectural masterpieces such as the Eiffel Tower and the Trevi Fountain.”

A guidebook, with helpful diagrams and contributions from leading architecture firms, also comes with the set.

Discover more about the new product here – do you think this is a great idea?

Floating hotel offers purest view of Northern Lights


Krystall HotelA floating hotel is set to offer the purest view of the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.

The 5-star Krystall Hotel will be the first of its kind in Europe and will be in the Norwegian fjords, as far away from light pollution as possible.

The snowflake-shaped hotel, which was designed by Dutch Docklands, has been described as an environmentally ‘scarless development’ and its glass roof will ensure guests will get the very best view of the Lights.

Take a closer look at the Krystall Hotel here and tell us what you think of it.

Magic Mountain Lodge


Magic Mountain LodgeThere is a hotel deep in northern Patagonia called the Magic Mountain Lodge.

Surrounded by forest, the Lodge slopes upwards to a fountain, which coats the stone and vegetation with water.

The arched windows add to the fairytale feel of the hotel, which even has a rope bridge connecting it to the forest.

The Lodge, which acts as a base for ecotourists, also has a bar, restaurant, and outside hot tubs made from trees.

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

A house with rotating rooms


Sharifi-ha HouseA house in Tehran incorporates rotating rooms which accommodate changing seasons.

The seven-storey Sharifi-ha House includes three rooms that can rotate 90 degrees to let in more sunlight and make space as the seasons change.

The rooms are part of a motorised system, which also puts stairs and handrails into the adapted space.

The luxury house, by Nextoffice, also features a range of leisure facilities, including an underground gym and swimming pool.

Take a look at the house here and tell us what you think.

A window emulating sunlight from around the world


CoeLux windowA smart window can recreate different types of sunlight through ingenious technology.

CoeLux uses a full-spectrum LED lighting system, with a special pane that reproduces the Rayleigh scattering effect of sunlight travelling through the atmosphere.

The window is available in three options, mimicking the sunlight of the tropics, the Mediterranean, or Scandinavia.

Find out more about CoeLux here and tell us what you think of the idea.

Stirling Prize shortlist revealed


The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

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