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Penda creates landscape of purple pillars for audio-visual installation in a Chinese park

Visitors to a park in Xiangyang are greeted by over 500 bright purple fins, which are dotted with LEDs and play traditional Chinese music from internal speakers (+ slideshow).

Tadao Ando's first New York building shown in new images

The full facade of Japanese architect Tadao Ando's concrete and glass apartment block for Manhattan is revealed in this set of visualisations.

Amy Congdon's couture fashion integrates textile design and tissue engineering

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in this movie, designer and researcher Amy Congdon explains how tissue engineering could be used to grow new biological textiles for the fashion industry.

Patkau Architects designs chalet with steep angled roof beside a Whistler ski slope

This timber-clad ski chalet has a crystalline form designed to "shed snow" from the roof and an elevated living room that optimises views across Canada's Whistler Valley (+ slideshow).

Nendo presents chocolate bars like paint swatches in Tokyo shop

Colourful chocolate bars are displayed in a transparent chest of drawers in this Tokyo shop designed by Japanese studio Nendo for a Belgian chocolatier (+ slideshow).

Job of the week: head of interior design at the Royal College of Art

Our job of the week on Dezeen Jobs is for a head of programme: interior design at London's Royal College of Art (pictured).

Thomas Kroeger creates a holiday home inside an old German cowshed

This 19th century barn in rural Germany has been remodelled into a holiday home and guest house, connected by a huge open hall featuring a network of original wooden trusses (+ slideshow).

Rattan backrest curves around Hiroomi Tahara's Wrap sofa

Milan 2015: a curved rattan structure forms the flexible backrest of this sofa by Japanese designer Hiroomi Tahara (+ slideshow).

Jonathan Dunn converts Victorian school house into cinema for an English town

A collection of old school buildings in Rye, East Sussex, has been converted into a cinema and arts centre with the addition of a shed-like extension (+ slideshow).

James Whitaker proposes cluster of shipping containers as an affordable workplace

These renders by London architect James Whitaker depict a proposal for a low-cost studio space in Germany comprising a cluster of shipping containers, which are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior at different times of day (+ slideshow).

"The authorised information available on this building could be published in a single tweet"

Opinion: hiding in plain sight, the NSA headquarters is the model for all future domestic architecture, argues Jack Self, as he reveals previously unpublished details about the inscrutable building.

May Design Series announces finalists for New Design Britain 2015 awards

Dezeen promotion: the thirty finalists shortlisted for the 2015 New Design Britain competition will exhibit their work at this year's May Design Series.

Dezeen Mail #246

Controversial plans to construct Europe's tallest skyscraper in the Alps lead this week's Dezeen Mail. Click through for the latest news, jobs and reader comments from Dezeen.

Pine-clad sauna by Murman Arkitekter sits on the Stockholm archipelago

This timber-clad sauna for a seaside home in Sweden was designed by Stockholm studio Murman Arkitekter with two gently angled wings that overlook the Baltic Sea (+ slideshow).

AOC combines a reading room with a gallery for London's Wellcome Collection

Architecture studio AOC has created an interactive gallery space at London's Wellcome Collection museum, featuring a grand stairway lined with cushions where visitors are invited to sit and read (+ slideshow).

Herzog & de Meuron adds giant steel awning to Miu Miu store in Aoyama

Fifteen years after Miuccia Prada commissioned Herzog & de Meuron to design Prada's Tokyo flagship, the Swiss architecture studio has completed an "understated" box-like shop for her brand Miu Miu across the street (+ slideshow).

Japanese house extension by Container Design is arranged around a covered courtyard

This addition to a house in Kudamatsu, Japan, features an oversized pitched roof and a covered courtyard surrounded by arched openings (+ slideshow).

Nathalie Dackelid's "wooden tablecloth" folds out to form table extensions

This table by design student Nathalie Dackelid can be extended by folding out a series of batons that hang beside the legs (+ movie).

Sloping concrete circulation entrances added to platforms at Zurich Hauptbahnhof

Zurich architects Dürig designed angular concrete frames to indicate the position of staircases and escalators at the Swiss city's main railway station, which descend from the platforms to a new subterranean station and shopping precinct (+ slideshow).

Freshwater bathing pond to open in London's King's Cross

A naturally filtered outdoor swimming pool is taking shape as part of the redevelopment of King's Cross in London.