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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Track Nessie with Google Street View


Google Street View has turned its attention to the famous Loch Ness Monster.

The technology firm has teamed up with Visit Scotland and Adrian Shine to produce photographs of the Scottish loch for the Google Street View collection, which are now online for potentia lNessie hunters.

To celebrate the news, Google turned its daily Doodle into a fun reimagining of the iconic legend.

Watch the video below and tell us if you would try to track down Nessie.

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The progress of technology


An infographic reveals how technology has progressed in the last fifteen years.

As the digital revolution is now so multi-faceted, the infographic just touches on a few key milestones.

These include the Google self-driving car, the rise of mobile devices, and the launch of iTunes, as well the companies that made a significant impact on its development such as Google and Apple.

Have a look at the whole infographic here and tell us what you think about it.

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‘Virtual Beehive’ at the Milan Expo 2015


An artist has created a unique piece of architecture for the Milan Expo 2015.

Wolfgang Buttress’ UK pavilion is a ‘virtual hive’, which gives visitors a ‘lasting flavour of the British landscape’.  

The 14-metre lattice structure, which is made from 169,300 pieces of aluminum and steel, is sure to impress visitors with an ‘immersive sensory experience’ of audio and visual effects that replicate the activity of a beehive.

Find out more about the pavilion here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Whimsical architectural collages


A German graphic artist has created surreal houses from collaged materials.

Matthias Jung imagined a collection of unique buildings that would defy logic, combining photographs and natural elements with different architectural styles.

Jung calls this series of creative collages ‘architectural short poems’.

Have a look at his work here and tell us which collages you like.

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Say it with Chocolate


Cadbury has unveiled its latest in-store promotion in London airports.

The confectionary brand’s ‘Say it with Chocolate’ campaign lets consumers personalise the iconic Dairy Milk bar in Heathrow and Stansted.

You can choose between six different stickers, saying phrases such as ‘thank you’ or ‘congrats’, to apply to a gift sleeve.

The promotion will run from April to June at Stansted and from September to November at Heathrow.

Find out more about the campaign here and let us know if you’ll be personalising your chocolate.

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‘Dimensionless’ architectural photographs


A photographer has captured Texas skylines in a stunning new series of images.

Nikola Olic’s portfolio, ‘Dimensionless’, examines the interesting architectural facades that punctuate the landscape, showcasing the Reunion Tower and Frank Gehry’s IAC Building amongst others.

By manipulating the facades in his photographs, Olic gives the buildings a dimensionless, disorientating feel.

Take a look at ‘Dimensionless’ here and tell us which buildings would work well in the project.

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