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Roughcast concrete surface for Sheraton
Decorative wall panels in a concrete form-work finish from Muros were selected for the external entrance of Auckland's new luxury hotel Four Points by Sheraton, as well as for its Queen’s Head Bar &am...
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...
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...
From real estate place to surprising public space
Promoting large real estate offerings in China, large promotional buildings have their day then – when sales are over – fall into disrepute. Now they're being repurposed as out-there symbolic public b...
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.
Mixed-use and light-filled
This development in Chengdu, China revisits the whole concept of a multi-tower, mixed-use development to create a sustainable, light-filled urban precinct that enhances the architectural interface wit...
PwC Centre takes top award
Wellington's PwC Centre wins Supreme Commercial Project of the Year. Entered by L T McGuinness, it is the first of its kind to be built in New Zealand thanks to the innovative structural engineering a...


In tribute to I M Pei
CBS 60 Minutes interview from 1987 gives a fascinating insight into the man and his work at the time the Louvre Pyramid was under construction
If you go down to the woods today ...
In a time where the natural world is often only experienced through verdant Playstation scenes, this treehouse by Modus Studio makes reconnecting with the real-life natural world child's play.
Every texture tells a story
A large range of rock panelling and faux woodgrain panels complements the wild mountain overtones in recently opened Claw Mountain Restaurant. Muros Ash Wooden Sleepers – a faux wood panel that offers...
Artful design
Designed by New Zealand firm Bonham Architecture and Interiors, this Art Hotel in Huangshan Province aims to give local and international guests an immersive experience within an iconic Chinese landsc...


Green bus station's timely arrival

We all know that public transport saves on energy and road congestion, and as such is vital to the health of our cities. Well now this self-sufficient bus station is taking green thinking a stop further. Play me

Don't adjust your set (just your mindset)

The English newspaper The Guardian called British sculptor Alex Chinneck a "master of architectural illusion" and looking at some of his most celebrated public-space works it’s easy to see why. See more

I’m just off to the airport for a holiday

The new Jewel Changi Airport by Safdie Architects – with a rainforest and giant waterfall at its heart – is a gold star destination in itself See more

Installing artificial grass on rooftops and balconies

Artificial grass on rooftops and balconies is a hassle-free way to make the most of your small outdoor spaces all year around – but up front, the installation has to consider waterproof membranes and drainage. 

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Volume 34 No 2C
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Pod cast
500 optic dendrites protrude from aLL's new Neuron Pod at Will Alsop's RIBA award-winning Blizard Building. But what exactly is it? Watch ... and all is revealed.
Plans afoot
Double leaf design for the replacement footbridge at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is reminiscent of modern yacht masts or the wings of a large seabird
Hong Kong's Kowloon Station – quite a departure
Bustling Kowloon in Hong Kong now has a fresh public sculpture, er, rail terminus, designed by Aedas.

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