OMA adds iridescent glass escalator to New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks staircase by OMA

Dutch architecture firm OMA has updated the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Manhattan with a glass escalator that appears multicoloured from different angles. OMA’s stair connects the ground, first and lower levels of Saks Fifth Avenue and creates a diamond-shaped atrium, with the first floor visible from the ground level. The glass panels that

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wHY Architecture creates “immersive” tent for first Frieze Los Angeles

Frieze Los Angeles by wHY

The inaugural Frieze Art Fair Los Angeles has taken place on the grounds of a Hollywood movie set, with a venue that US firm wHY Architecture designed to give visitors the “feeling of being backstage and behind-the-scenes”. Art magazine Frieze, which presents contemporary art fairs in London and New York City annually, hosted the inaugural Frieze

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Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio unveil designs for Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto neighbourhood

Quayside at Sidewalk Toronto by Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has tapped Thomas Heatherwick’s studio and architecture firm Snøhetta to develop proposals for the smart, mass-timber city that the company is developing on Toronto’s waterfront. Renderings by Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio were used to illustrate a document outlining the updated concepts and proposals for Sidewalk Toronto, a project under development by Sidewalk Labs – a subsidiary

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Ste Marie evokes “old-world Italian charm” in Vancouver’s Caffè La Tana

The owners of this weathered and cosy Italian cafe in Vancouver, designed by local studio Ste Marie, imagine it as a den for their pet fox. Caffè La Tana is a dimly lit restaurant with muted green interiors in Vancouver’s Little Italy neighbourhood. The cafe’s name La Tana loosely translates from Italian to “the den”.

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TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen’s JFK Airport terminal opens reservations

TWA hotel at JFK

Reservations are now open for guests wishing to stay at Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen’s 1960s terminal building at New York’s John F Kennedy airport, following a restoration of its modernist details. The TWA Hotel will officially open 15 May 2019 inside JFK’s former TWA Terminal, which has undergone a major overhaul after being shut for 16 years,

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Nature meets tech in Studio Swine’s Wave Particle Duplex installation

Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine discuss their Wave Particle Duplex installation at Brooklyn creative space A/D/O, in this movie produced by Dezeen for MINI. The installation represented the culmination of a residency that Japanese architect Murakami and British artist Groves have been undertaking at A/D/O, a design hub that was founded by

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Sky Trees tower proposed for Los Angeles takes cues from redwoods and Marilyn Monroe

Sky Trees by Koichi Takada Architects

Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects has unveiled a slatted timber tower for Los Angeles, featuring a splayed bottom that draws on Marilyn Monroe’s “flying skirt” moment. Koichi Takada Architects has proposed the mixed-use Sky Trees development for 1111 South Hill Street in Downtown LA. It comprises two towers – one planned to reach 70 storeys and

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Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 finalists revealed

Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 finalists

The five Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 finalists have been announced, with a public space created inside an abandoned psychiatric centre and a revamped 1960s housing block making the list. Awarded biannually, the Mies van der Rohe Award recognises the best piece of European architecture completed in the past two years. The projects in the

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“Human-powered bakery” by Studio Micat requires workout to make bread

Brawn & Bread by Studio Micat

London-based practice Studio Micat has built this outdoor bakery in a forest in New England, which uses a bicycle to grind up flour for making loaves of sourdough. Studio Micat designers Michael Garnett and Cathrin Walczyk developed a “human-powered bakery” for the Beam Camp children’s camp, located in Stratford, New Hampshire. Comprising an apparatus for grinding

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Colourful booths enliven Hayarden school for children of refugees in Tel Aviv

Hayarden School For Children of Refugees

A house-shaped reading nook and colourful paintwork are among the playful features in this school for the children of refugees living in Tel Aviv, which has been overhauled by a team of local architects and designers. The Hayarden school is designed for children aged five to 16, who predominantly live in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva Quarter – a

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