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.

Shell Lace Structure


Shell Lace StructureAn architecture practice has revealed a new single-surface structural technique inspired by nature.

Tonkin Liu worked with Arup to develop ‘Shell Lace Structure’, which takes inspiration from the super-strength and lightness of mollusc shells.

Shell Lace Structure uses optimised curvilinear geometry combined with corrugation for a strong, robust form, whilst ‘strategically placed’ perforations ensure that the structures remain lightweight.

A combination of digital modelling and engineering analysis was used to create the technique, which also allows users to cut shapes from sheets of material.

Find out more about Shell Lace Structure here.

Interactive swings that change colour as they move


Swing TimeHöweler + Yoon Architecture has created an interactive playground installation with swings that change colour as they move.

The playground, called ‘Swing Time’, consists of twenty polypropylene swings, which emit white light when not in use and purple when they are in motion.

Swing Time, which will be on display in Boston until Halloween, aims to engage the community to ‘exercise and play as individuals or in groups’.

See Swing Time in action below and tell us what you think of the installation.

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Neon wallpapers depict world skyscrapers


Neon skyscrapersAn artist has created a collection of stunning neon virtual wallpapers depicting the world’s tallest buildings.

Romain Trystram collaborated with I Like Architecture on the pictures, which feature the skyscrapers in situ.

The neon night scenes include One World Trade Centre in New York, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, and Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Take a look at the cityscapes here and tell us if you’ll be using one of them for your device.

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