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NEXT Architects creates rippled facade for Fuzhou apartment block


Rippled facades create curved balconies for the residents of this apartment building completed by NEXT Architects in the Chinese city of Fuzhou (+ slideshow).

"World's longest and tallest tunnel slide" to wrap Anish Kapoor sculpture in London's Olympic park


Bblur Architecture has won approval to wrap a giant slide around the Anish Kapoor-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Linehouse installs diagonal partitions and mirrored panels in a Shanghai boutique


Slanted panels maximise display space against the crumbling concrete walls of this Shanghai streetwear shop, while reflective panels create a disorienting experience akin to a hall of mirrors (+ slideshow).

Zaha Hadid buries a museum in the peak of an Alpine mountain


Zaha Hadid has completed a museum for renowned climber Reinhold Messner at the top of Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz, featuring underground galleries and a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley (+ slideshow).

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 4 lamp released by Yamagiwa


A wooden table lamp designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for his 1911 Taliesin house in Wisconsin is now available internationally.

Daniel Libeskind gets green light for pyramid-shaped skyscraper in Jerusalem


Studio Libeskind has won planning permission to build a 105-metre-high pointed skyscraper in the centre of Jerusalem – set to become the city's second-tallest building.

H2o Architectes adds sloping shelving units to a book collector's Parisian loft apartment


Wooden bookshelves installed against slanted walls help to define the different areas of this open-plan loft apartment that h2o Architectes has renovated in the Arsenal district of Paris (+ slideshow).

KLM and TU Delft propose long-distance aircraft featuring wings that merge with its body


Dutch airline KLM and Delft University of Technology have released concept designs for an aircraft with a "blended wing body", which could transport passengers directly from the UK to Australia.

Rusty metal panels clad Kirk's Fitzgibbon Community Centre in Brisbane


Panels of rusty metal provide cladding and a colonnade for this Brisbane community centre by local architecture firm Kirk, referencing the corroded car wrecks once dumped on its site (+ slideshow).

MVRDV's Silodam block contains a cross-section of Amsterdam society says Nathalie de Vries


The sixth movie in our exclusive series profiling the buildings of MVRDV focuses on Silodam – a polychromatic apartment building on Amsterdam harbour that studio co-founder Nathalie de Vries describes as a "big block lying in the water" (+ movie).

New York's LaGuardia Airport to be demolished and rebuilt using three different designs


Three separate proposals by SHoP Architects, Dattner Architects and Present Architecture have been combined to create the new design for New York's La Guardia airport – completely replacing the existing terminals (+ slideshow).

"Somebody should be held accountable for this monstrosity"


Comments update: the latest controversy to hit Rafael Viñoly's Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London has prompted calls for city planners to face a public enquiry.

Zaha Hadid says Japan ignored warnings over Olympic stadium construction costs


Zaha Hadid Architects says its design for the Tokyo stadium design should be revised rather than scrapped, to avoid missing the immovable deadline of the 2020 Olympics.

Today we like: handmade bricks


Architects are beginning to rediscover the potential of handmade bricks, which offer subtle colour variations and a wider variety of textures than the standard mass-produced version.

Holiday "village" for an ex-footballer comprises seven cuboids with stone walls


Stone from a local quarry was used for the cladding, paving and retaining walls of this cluster of buildings by DVA Arhitekta, built on a sprawling site in Bosnia and Herzegovina (+ slideshow).

Raum404 creates freestanding mirrors and furniture for Zurich hair salon


Steel sections form triangular frames for mirrors and matching furniture at a minimal hairdressers in Zurich by local studio Raum404 (+ slideshow).

Cantilevered concrete box houses poolside bar at weekend retreat in Belo Horizonte


Brazilian studios BCMF and MACh have added a cantilevered bar and sunken gallery to a private residential complex on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which perches on a hillside overlooking the surrounding valleys (+ slideshow).

Noma Bar's bird-shaped treehouse provides a vantage point over a Japanese woodland


Israeli illustrator Noma Bar has created a wooden pavilion shaped like a bird with a leafy back among the trees of a wood in central Japan (+ slideshow).

Y2H reinterprets the Canadian log cabin for lakeside housing development in Quebec


Canadian studio Y2H has completed a series of cabin-inspired homes for a woodland development between the shores of Lake Superior and the Mont-Tremblant ski resort in Quebec (+ slideshow).

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners unveils new design for International Spy Museum


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has released new images of its design for a six-storey building that will house the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.


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