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Civic and Institutional Design

From libraries, museums and theatres, to airports, courts and government buildings – the design of civic and institutional buildings shape the way we interact with key services in our cities


Green new = good news
New Zealand Government announced that any new building developed for government office accommodation is required to be measured for a NABERSNZ rating, with a target rating of four stars. NZGBC chief e...
Fresh cover, fresh contents
The new Helsinki Cenral Library offers a dynamic sea change for libraries generally, with its sheer diversification of services and connections, not to mention its stunning aesthetic presence.
Bend it like, er, Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects' sculptural DNA is all over this dramatic new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The outcome? A clear winner!
Green transport just got greener
Public transport saves on road wear and tear, petrol consumption, car production/consumption and more – now, to showcase horticultural excellence, Singapore has added green roofs to the list, rolled o...
DNA-inspired design – the shape of things to come?
The form of the two towers in the Steven Holl Architects' design of the headquarters for genome machine intelligence company iCarbonX in Shenzhen was appropriately inspired by a study of genes and DN...
Rolls Royce Showroom in Houston
Special attention to detail, saw the architecture team at Gensler, design a custom grand staircase, spiralling up from the ground to the second floor, to grace the Rolls Royce showroom, which is locat...
The Rose Gardens Apartments
The design of the Rose Garden Apartments, the largest apartment complex in New Zealand, was created to give a feeling of light and space, all achieved with the use of bent and flat glass balustrades a...
The Soul Apartments
This curved masterpiece located in the heart of Cronulla NSW, Australia, features six levels of bent, toughened, heat-soaked windows and balustrades, including engineered bent pool glass for the rooft...


Building a greener future now
As soon as you leave Singapore's Changi airport you know you're in a green city. Three of the city state's iconic buildings take the next natural step forward – into biophilic architecture
Pedal power to the people
Cars took centre stage in planning cities in the 20th Century. But should urban planners and architects now put the bicycle centre stage when designing our cities and the buildings in them?
The Shed opens – literally!
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a telescoping outer shell at The Shed, Hudson Bay, gives the arts centre the ultimate flexibility for performances, installations and events.

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