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Glass walls frame vineyard views from Modostudio's mountain retreat

An abundance of gridded glazing aims to make the most of the spectacular views over Italy's Adige Valley from this secluded mountain cabin by Modostudio.

MIT researchers develop material that tightens in cold weather to keep in warmth

A group of researchers at MIT has created a new material that expands and contracts when exposed to different temperatures.

CO-AP adds contemporary concrete and glass extension to Sydney home

Sydney architecture studio CO-AP has renovated and extended a typical suburban home in the Australian city, adding a two-storey concrete structure that opens onto a garden at the rear.

Matt Van der Velde photographs abandoned insane asylums

Canadian photographer Matt Van der Velde has toured the deserted and decaying hospitals once used to house and treat patients suffering from psychiatric disorders.

Yoshiyasu Mizuno uses sharply angled roof to disguise scale of Terada House

A steep wooden roof covers the staggered levels of this family house in the Japanese city of Fujieda by architect Yoshiyasu Mizuno, concealing its full scale from certain angles.

Šimon Kern makes chair from recycled fallen leaves

Slovakian designer Šimon Kern's Beleaf chair is made from a biodegradable mixture of recycled leaves and resin.

Arquitectura-G uses only light tones for Barcelona apartment renovation

Arquitectura-G has renovated a skylit apartment in Barcelona for a young couple, creating a sunken lounge and instating a pale colour palette throughout to create a minimalist aesthetic.

Platform 5 Architects completes shingle-clad home overlooking a private lagoon

This house in the Norfolk Broads by Platform 5 Architects features steeply pitched gables and shingle cladding intended to reference traditional boat sheds found alongside the surrounding waterways.

Thomas Bernstrand's coin-operated Share Stool is an alternative to fixed street furniture

Stockholm designer Thomas Bernstrand has created an outdoor stool that locks up like a supermarket trolley to keep parks and public spaces tidy.

Dezeen's new Pinterest board explores design for space travel

Inspired by the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system, we created a Pinterest board full of architecture and design for space travel, including NASA's retro space tourism posters and the world's first space terminal, designed by Fosters + Partners. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

Seattle waterfront home enjoys carefully chosen views through lush vegetation

Water views from this long narrow home in West Seattle by Suyama Peterson Deguchi are strategically framed using existing trees on site.

Multicoloured concrete bar creates ice cream stand inside Melbourne shopping centre

One Design Office and Studio Twocan based this pigmented concrete bar inside an Australian ice cream shop on the technicolour treats it will serve.

Kubota Architect Atelier combines delicately tapered surfaces with sturdy concrete walls for FU House

Three L-shaped structures with wafer-thin edges wrap around concrete and glass walls at this house in the Japanese city of Shunan.

Cushions and baskets hook onto Front's Button sofa for Swedese

Swedish studio Front designed the customisable Button sofa to be as suitable for aged-care environments as it is for the home of a young person.

Atelier In Vitro creates retro interiors for three apartments in 1940s Porto building

Architecture studio Atelier In Vitro took a nostalgic approach to the renovation of three apartments in an old building in Porto, by restoring parquet and marble floors, and adding mid-century furniture.

Robert Konieczny uses drawbridge to create ark-like house on a steep Polish hillside

A drawbridge provides access to this angular house perched on a hillside in southern Poland, which architect Robert Konieczny designed to close up completely when not in use.

This week, architects were announced for the Serpentine Pavilion and the MPavilion

This week on Dezeen, Diébédo Francis Kéré was revealed as the first African architect to design the Serpentine Pavilion, while the Australian equivalent of the commission went to OMA.

John Lewis marks Lucienne Day centenary with textile collection

Department store John Lewis has released a textile range featuring floral and abstract archive patterns by British designer Lucienne Day.  Read more

Apartment in Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67 undergoes full interior redesign

Canadian design studio EMarchitecture has renovated one of the homes in Habitat 67, the iconic brutalist complex in Montreal by architect Moshe Safdie that celebrates its bicentenary this year.

Exhibition reveals role of modernist architecture in liberated African nations

A current show at New York's Center for Architecture reveals how several sub-Saharan African countries used modernist architecture to assert their identities following a break from colonial rule in the 20th century.