Scene-making in China
The first thing that strikes you about the recently completed Sunac Guangzhou Grand Theatre is the intense red of its facade. Steven Chilton Architects drew inspiration from China’s flowing, embroidered silk fabrics.
Living in a matchbox might not sound luxurious, but the family that owns this house in Pasadena is likely to disagree.
Building the Science & Technology Museum in Shenzhen calls for a serious amount of expertise. Judging from the plans unveiled by Zaha Hadid Architects, they have exactly what is needed.
Where hilltop sports meet clean energy
Traditionally, people in Denmark leave their country to go skiing. But now the CopenHill waste incinerator provides them with a ski slope all year round. Seriously! It is all thanks to a truly spectacular architectural project.
There is always a buzz of interest when leading design city Shenzhen announces a new project: over 70 architectural firms from all over the world submitted designs for the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum in China. In the end, the 3XN team was awarded the contract for their truly spectacular design.
The newly built art depot of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam can be considered a work of art in its own right. The architects at MVRDV have designed a massive, mirrored “bowl” with trees growing out of its “lid”. This new building can be admired already – even before the art objects have been installed.
Amidst the rocks of the Californian desert, a piece of sky suddenly catches the eye. Surely an illusion? But no, there is simple explanation: an “invisible” mirror house has been built for film producer Chris Hanley in Joshua Tree. It is a house that serves as a stage for an Oscar-winning performance by the surrounding nature.
Designer Antony Gibbon has a taste for the unconventional. After creating cliff houses and capsule dwellings in trees, he has now come up with a vision for a “wave house”: the “Twine” made of hempcrete is designed as an artistic frame to accentuate the masterpiece of mother nature.