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It's a gem
Diamond-shaped panels create the faceted facade of Studio Gang's Solar Carve – a building that's quickly established itself as a new iconic silhouette on the New York skyline.
Proudly planet friendly
Green thinking is a major asset for any company both in terms of the planet and its own public persona – a pioneer in the field, Method Recycling goes further, making recycling an aesthetic pleasure
Meals on wheels?
Robotic room service is just one drawcard of the Hotel Monville, which features a soaring lobby with giant pillars along with triple floor windows so passers by can be drawn in by the drama.
Master class
Norman Foster – one of the most charismatic architects of our time – gives a glimpse into the early influences that set him on the path to architecture


Container colour a winner
Athfield Architect's design for Waterfront House wraps colours of shipping containers into a winning workspace in the 2019 Resene Total Colour Awards
Back to the future
The golden age of air travel is back – and in grand style – with the new TWA Hotel at JFK incorporating Eero Saarinen’s fabulously futuristic 1962-designed TWA Flight Center as its spectacular lobby.
Five people-centric design principles that can be applied to workplace design
Putting people first in workplace design leads to better business results as well as more positive staff experiences, says Holly Campbell, senior associate at Warren and Mahoney.
Sitting pretty – self-contained solar-powered seating environments that care about people and the planet
There's a new seating kid in town for architects and designers addressing commercial outdoor environments or public venues. The ground-breaking (grid-saving) Sedi range is designed and shaped to optim...
Fresh perspective
How a poorly organised 15-year-old building was transformed into an attractive and highly functional commercial space that’s attuned to the new generation of office tenants.
No, let's take the stairs
Presenting as a giant skite element within engineering giant Arup's own offices, a substantial, sculptural concrete stair seems to float through the middle of the space.


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...
Where eagles dare
And also adventurous travellers, if their destination is one of these pared back extensions at Manshausen Island Resort, Norway – an area noted for the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles.
What do senior living communities really need?
Establishing pathways for interaction is central to Boffa Miskell’s approach to masterplanning and landscape design in today’s senior living developments.


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
Taking to the skies
If autonomous flying vehicles, such as cargo drones and flying taxis, have the capacity to disrupt how we move goods and passengers around urban space in the near future, we need to start planning for...
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?
Scott Base – the coolest development?
Scott Base is the strategic hub for scientists from New Zealand and across the globe to carry out some of the most important research in the world today. See the proposed design for the new base by Ja...

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Home Trends Vol. 35/4
Real estate agents often say the kitchen is one of the major factors that sways potential buyers of a home. But these days, it's just as likely that the home's bathrooms will also influence a sale. So...

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