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Atelier 100architecture slots contemporary house into French medieval city centre

This small house in the French city of Tours by local architecture office Atelier 100architecture features a material palette of zinc panels, plaster and wooden boards that references its historical neighbours.

Katsutoshi Sasaki's House in Hanekita contains a grid of half-height walls

Waist-high partitions divide up the top floor of this mostly windowless house in Japan, framing different activities without cutting off light to any of the spaces (+ slideshow).

Philips Wing by Cruz y Ortiz completes the 11-year renovation of the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will next week open a remodelled exhibition wing, as the second and final phase of the major renovation by Spanish firm Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos (+ slideshow).

Numen/For Use combines "height and wobbliness" in net staircase for Linz gallery

Visitors to an Austrian museum transcend the exhibition space on a steep black staircase constructed from layers of net by design collective Numen/For Use (+ slideshow).

Robotic vacuum cleaners perform a Viennese Waltz at Biennale Interieur 2014

Interieur 2014: a troop of robotic vacuum cleaners "waltz" with each other around a school gymnasium in this installation for the Biennale Interieur event in Kortrijk, Belgium (+ movie).

I-da Arquitectos sinks holiday apartments into the Portuguese countryside

The two main buildings of this Portuguese holiday complex by I-da Arquitectos are dug into a hillside, partly burying them in the sloping terrain (+ slideshow).

This week on Dezeen

This week Frank Gehry responded to criticism of his architecture by wielding his middle finger to gathered journalists (pictured), and we reported on the Chinese president's call for an end to "weird architecture" in China.

Biennale Interieur 2014 award winners realise bar concepts at Kortrijk Xpo

Interieur 2014: the winners of the spaces category at this year's Interieur Awards have built their concept bar proposals in the halls of Kortrijk Xpo for the biennial design event.

Future tourists could "travel the virtual world instead of the physical"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: advances in 3D-scanning technology could enable virtual tourism by providing a "life-like experience" of faraway places says architect Pernilla Ohrstedt (+ movie).

Barber and Osgerby's Science Museum gallery is their "most important" architecture project

Barber and Osgerby's architecture firm Universal Design Studio has completed a gallery for London's Science Museum dedicated to communications technology (+ slideshow).

Apple's Marc Newson designs a shotgun for Beretta

News: Italian gun brand Beretta is set to launch a hunting shotgun by Apple designer Marc Newson next month.

Biennale Interieur 2014 aims to provide "a deeper insight into what design means"

Interieur 2014: Interieur president Lowie Vermeersch and curator Joseph Grima explain why they took a "research-driven" approach to Biennale Interieur 2014 in this movie produced by Dezeen for the fair.

Grooming retreat in Mallorca offers "ritual of self-cleansing" before and after horse riding

This wooden platform that rises up from a barley field in Mallorca gives a young equestrian a space for contemplation and grooming before and after horse riding (+ slideshow).

"98% of what gets built today is shit" says Frank Gehry

News: American architect Frank Gehry has responded to criticism of his own architectural style by giving an audience of journalists the middle finger and saying that most architecture today has "no sense of design".

Studio MK27's "bookstore of the 21st century" was designed as a social meeting place

The vast open-plan interior of this São Paulo bookshop by Studio MK27 was designed to encourage shoppers to stay and read the books they've purchased or to simply hang out with friends (+ movie).

Aluminium bowls by Fort Standard stand on piloti-like legs

Fort Standard's aluminium Standing Bowls are raised on slim angular fins that reference the planar supports used to elevate buildings above the ground (+ slideshow).

Colboc Franzen's Parisian social housing matches the proportions of its 1930s neighbours

The stepped rooftops and industrial details of these Parisian council blocks by Colboc Franzen & Associés are designed to integrate the scheme with the neighbouring buildings (+ slideshow).

Ron Arad is one of few contemporary designers with art collector appeal, says French auctioneer

An auction taking place during Parisian art fair FIAC next week will cement Ron Arad's reputation as one of the only collectible contemporary designers on the art market, according to French auction house Artcurial (+ slideshow).

Ross Lovegrove exhibits sculptural lights in Barrisol pavilion at Biennale Interieur 2014

Interieur 2014: British designer Ross Lovegrove has built a pavilion from Barrisol's eponymous stretch-foil material  to exhibit his new lighting products for the brand at this year's Biennale Interieur 2014 (+ slideshow).

Markus Linnenbrink's Off the Wall! installation immerses visitors in colour

Brightly coloured stripes based on refracted light run across the walls, ceilings and floors of an art gallery in Nuremberg, Germany, in this immersive installation by Markus Linnenbrink (+ slideshow).