© Duccio Malagamba

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

In 2001, the Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix & Partner, internationally famous for their deconstructed architecture, were commissioned to design the Musée des Confluences, their first project in France. According to its mixed use the spectaculous Musée des Confluences combines two contrary building shapes: a crystal and a cloud...
© Jeroen Musch

McDonald’s Coolsingel 44 / Mei architects and planners

McDonald’s invited Mei architects and planners to design a new pavilion on this spot with a character in keeping with the (renewed) Coolsingel and the rich historical surroundings. After a very fast construction time of two months a spectaculair new pavilion now shines in the heart of Rotterdam. Use of perforated screens are an adaptable and durable way of creating a distinctive visual identity or dramatic design element...
© Hufton + Crow

Messner Mountain Museum Corones / Zaha Hadid Architects

MMM Corones on Kronplatz – between the Gader Valley, Olang and the Puster Valley – is the final act in the Messner Mountain Museum project (which comprises a total of six facilities). On the edge of South Tyrol’s mountain plateau with the most spectacular views, in the unique museum architecture created by Zaha Hadid Architects...
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

Sayama Forest Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

On the boundary between the forest and cemetery Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP designed a tree shrouded chapel for offering prayer to the forest. They created a plan for the Chapel on a triangular plot of ground and surrounded it with trees through which the visitor has a glimpse of the deep forest beyond. The upper edges of the walls tilt inward to avoid tree branches and the two main pillars lean toward each other like praying hands to form a gassho‐style roof...
© Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY

Pleated Inflation-Informal Amphitheater / Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY

Pleated Inflation, The permanent informal amphitheater in Argelès-sur-Mer France, designed by New York-based Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY, is a self-supported shell made from 990 individual parts and 26 base plates. Colorful and semi-transparent, the pavilion is based on a structural shingle system with stress flow patterns calculated using structural analyses and computational procedures...
© Wang Ning

Tea House in Hutong / ArchStudio

Chinese firm ArchStudio transforms a Qing Dynasty-era structure into a tea house that blends new and old. Curving glass walls enclose bamboo-planted courtyards in this tea house, which occupies a formerly derelict building complex in one Beijing's ancient neighbourhoods...
© Pomona College

Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY Architecture

In October 2014, Pomona College opened a stunning 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall. Designed by wHY architect Kulapat Yantrasast, the building’s striking exterior is marked by a soaring wood-beam roofline and extensive use of glass, which floods the studios with natural light...
© SsD architecture

Songpa Micro Housing / SsD architecture

In Seoul, South Korea, a new design for a small-scale housing community makes micro-living look a lot more tenable long term. The 14 units in Songpa Micro-Housing—a mixed-use building designed by SsD Architecture and named for the southeastern district of Seoul it's located in—can be combined and rearranged to accommodate life changes. Couples can rent units together. If they break up, they can separate the units. The residential units can even be converted to something that's not an apartment at all, like an art gallery...
© Kyungsub Shin

House of Dior Seoul / Christian de Portzamparc

A brand new Dior Boutique in Seoul. Nestled in the heart of the city’s elegant Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu district, the innovative and unique building has been designed by the French architect Christian de Portzamparc, winner of architecture’s prestigious Pritzker Prize. The interiors have been designed by the internationally renowned architect Peter Marino...