The best buildings in the world

As buildings grow ever more ornate and towering, Westermans asks: which are the world’s most impressive structures?

The company’s new infographic looks at some of Earth’s most striking and prestigious buildings, including the Shard, the Burj Khalifa, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Complete with statistics on the materials used, the build time, and the cost of each project, the infographic also offers fun facts on the buildings.

For instance, did you know it takes two months to clean the windows of the Petronas Towers? Or that the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building for just eleven months?

See the whole infographic here and let us know your favourite building from the list.

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The Sky Pool

If you’re enjoying London’s hot weather this week, why not imagine doing so while swimming in mid-air?

Arup Associates has designed an innovative ‘sky pool’, a 25-metre-long swimming pool which will bridge two blocks of apartments in Nine Elms, south London.

The pool, inspired by aquariums, will be completely transparent, affording swimmers with striking views of the city as they paddle and tread water.

Apartment developer Ballymore Group’s CEO, Sean Mulryan, said: “The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

Find out more about the Sky Pool here and tell us if you would have a swim in it.

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The world’s first shadowless skyscrapers

Shadowless buildingsArchitecture firm NBBJ has revealed its plan for a couple of very unusual buildings in London.

These two skyscrapers won’t cast a shadow, thanks to their innovative design.

They will use concave reflective surfaces which are adapted to the sun’s path in the sky, significantly reducing their shadows.

The unique towers will be built on Greenwich Peninsula; find out more about the project here.

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.

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.

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.


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