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.

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.

Wood Design Awards winners


The winners of the 2014 Wood Design Awards have been announced.Wood awards

Wood Design and Building Magazine, in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, has announced the winners of the North-America awards and, for the first time, the international ones.

The jury has selected 24 projects from the 166 submissions it received, such as Sport Center Sargans (Switzerland), Aspen Art Museum (USA), and Wood Innovation Design Centre (Prince George, BC). 

Editor of Wood Design & Building Magazine, Theresa Rogers, said: “the Wood Design Awards showcases exceptional wood buildings that not only display the unique qualities of wood, but also serve to inspire other designers who  may not initially think of wood as the material of choice”.

Have a closer look at the winners here and tell us your favourite design.
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Must-see architectural wonders during your travels


Must-see architectural wondersTwo websites teamed up to highlight inspiring structures to visit during your travels.

Expedia Viewfinder and ArchDaily came up with a list of the most noteworthy buildings in terms of their architecture in some of their favourite cities.

For example, you can learn more about the impressive Willis Tower in Chicago, the admired Guggenheim Museum in New-York, the majestic Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and more.

This list gives us a wide range of architectural wonders from the Renaissance to nowadays and they all deserve your attention during your travels.

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

A shimmering landscape made from thousands of CDs


CD landscapeAn artist has created a piece of art made of 60,000 old CDs.

French artist Elise Morin introduced the Waste Landscape installation last year at Kunsthalle in Košice, Slovakia during White Night 2014.

The vast mass of the hand-sewn CDs on inflatable mounds looks different to everyone in the audience due to the various lighting schemes.

The artist explains that the choice of a CD is a symbolic one when responding to the growing waste produced by modern society – for her, it represents the vision of the economy of western societies in the second part of the 20th century.

Take a look at the video of the installation below and tell us what you think.

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