Design & Desire

Road and rail tunnels are not often associated with inspirational design but this tunnel portal building in Austria, defined by perforated Nordic Brass copper alloy from Aurubis, heralds a new role in this typology for architects.

Channel 4’s ongoing programme, Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge, sees eight designers, architects and amateur builders go head-to-head in a cabin-building competition. Judged in Wales’ picturesque Snowdonia, the entrants were briefed to design a cabin that exuded traditional Welsh elements and Carwyn Lloyd Jones’ Dragon’s Eye design is one concept that met the brief seamlessly.

In 1715 the eminent British Author, Daniel Defoe, said: “Liverpool(e) is one of the wonders of Britain. What it may grow to in time I know not.” It is in this spirit that The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will open a new national architecture centre, RIBA North, on 17th June on the Liverpool Waterfront, designed by Matt Brook of Broadway Malyan – who also designed Mann Island. Here, FC&A looks at RIBA’s latest centre.

The city of Istanbul has welcomed the addition of a new, out-of-this-world dining, shopping and entertainment complex. Watergarden, located in Istanbul’s Atasehir district, focuses on gastronomy, retail and entertainment.

Daniel Libeskind has opened the doors to one of his finest projects – Zlota 44, Europe’s tallest residential tower. FC&A explores further.

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