Natural design for Ecole Polytechnique


Sou Fujimoto Architects has revealed its competition-winning proposal for a Paris campus.

The firm teamed up with local architects Manal Rachdi Oxo and Nicolas Laisné Associates for its Ecole Polytechnique design.

Based at the Université Paris-Saclay campus, the building unites six prestigious Parisian schools: a grand atrium will be full of greenery, with a glazed façade opening out to the park, connecting with nature and fostering a sense of openness.

The team said “the building is seen as an open space revealing the activities taking place in its heart and stands as an architectural and academic emblem of the future neighbourhood”.

Have a closer look at the designs here and let us know what you think.

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Call for entries: World Architecture Festival 2015


WAF awardsThe 8th World Architecture Festival Awards has opened its call for entries.

Architects and designers can now enter this year’s WAF Awards, which will take place in Singapore.

Described as ‘the biggest architectural awards programme in the world’, WAF is expecting to receive more than 750 entries.

This year’s judges include Royal Gold Medallist Sir Peter Cook, Sou Fujimoto, Kerry Hill, and Manuelle Gautrand.

They will deliver a shortlist in early June 2015.

Find out more about the WAF Awards here.

74 designs revealed for new bridge in London


Thames bridge designsDesign proposals have been unveiled for a new bridge to be built on the River Thames.

The competition, launched in December, has received 74 proposals from all over the world, for a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico. 

The project submissions each have different and unique features, from red bicycle paths to pink spotlights.

The jury, which includes architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, will select up to four designs next month.

Have a look at these designs here and tell us what you think about them.

Sony World Photography Awards 2015 shortlist revealed


The world’s biggest photography competition has unveiled its shortlist. Sony World Photography Awards 2015

Amazing entries from all over the world have been received for this year’s Sony World Photography Awards – the highest amount since its creation. 

Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organizer of the awards, says “the sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry.”

You will be able to have a proper look at the shortlisted images at Somerset House in London from April 24 to May 10.

Discover some of the photographs here and tell us what you think.

The Think Tank hosts mince pie bake off


The Think Tank hosted its annual mince pie bake off on Thursday. Think Tank hosts annual mince pie bake off

With a fantastic selection of entries, this year’s competition was another great success.

The Think Tank team tucked into the delicious treats in true Bake-Off style: entries were marked out of ten for taste, design and festiveness.

The winning pie had a delicious hint of citrus and scored an impressive 7.4. We had a fantastic time and would thoroughly recommend festive office bake offs.

Let us know if you’ve been involved in a mince pie bake off and send us a picture of your culinary prowess!

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.

Night at…a KLM plane


Night at...Airbnb is offering some lucky users the chance to experience a unique stay inside a KLM plane.

The company, which enables people to advertise their extra living space for travellers and tourists, will be posting the ‘night at…a KLM plane’ opportunity on its site – all entrants need to do is state why they should be the winner.

Three individual nights are up for grabs on the MD-11 airbus, which has stylish refurbished interiors by TANK.

‘Night at…a KLM plane’ follows Airbnb’s previous giveaway, which was a stay at the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire valley.

Find out more about the competition here and tell us if you’ll be entering.

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