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University building by Pedro Reis combines a white box with a rough concrete base


The base of this sports university building in Portugal by architect Pedro Reis is a concrete plinth set into a hillside, while a long white box above contains classrooms (+ slideshow).

SO-IL wraps white plastic around New York's Storefront gallery


Brooklyn studio SO-IL has stretched a thin layer of white film over the facade of the Storefront gallery in New York, giving the building a vacuum-packed appearance (+ slideshow).

NASA plans to use drones for exploring Mars


News: NASA is testing an unmanned aerial vehicle that would scope out the terrain of the red planet to decide the best routes for rover vehicles to explore (+ movie).

Benjamin Hubert experiments with glass blowing to create Beacon lamps


Maison&Objet 2015: hand-cut patterns cast shadows from within these blown-glass lampshades by London designer Benjamin Hubert (+ slideshow).

Lego X turns toy building blocks into a digital modelling kit for designers


Lego bricks could be used to transfer designs into real-time digital files with this prototype system by London studio Gravity (+ movie).

Moooi co-founders buy remaining stake from B&B Italia


Business news: designer Marcel Wanders and entrepreneur Casper Vissers have regained complete control of Dutch design brand Moooi, buying the remaining 25 per cent of the company they co-founded in 2001.

Tick-shaped art studio by Christian Tonko follows the slope of an Austrian hillside


This weathered steel-clad artist's studio by architect Christian Tonkin has an angled body that follows the slope of the hill, but one end projects out to frame views out over the rooftops of nearby Bregenz (+ slideshow).

Kengo Kuma "surprised" after V&A Dundee costs rise to £80 million


News: the cost to build a new outpost of the V&A museum in Dundee, Scotland, has almost doubled to the sum of £80 million – a figure that architect Kengo Kuma has claimed is "surprisingly high" (+ movie).

Naoto Fukasawa designs streamlined Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI


Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a new version of his simple smartphone for telecommunications company KDDI.

Single concrete leg props a staircase inside converted Primrose Hill garage by Patalab


A tapered column of cast concrete supports the underside of a dark oak staircase inside one of the residences that occupies this converted London garage by Patalab Architecture (+ slideshow).

Lakeside hotel by Ryuichi Ashizawa adjoins a chapel with a musical facade


Harp strings fixed across the facade turn this hotel chapel on a lakeside site in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, into a huge musical instrument when the wind blows (+ slideshow).

Note Design Studio encases Elements lights in soft-hued fabric shades


Stockholm 2015: Stockholm-based Note Design Studio has created a series of lamps wrapped in pastel-coloured textiles for Swedish brand Zero (+ slideshow).

Cullinan Studio transforms Hampstead house with glazed garden room


Behind the Georgian facade of a historic London property, architecture office Cullinan Studio has overhauled living spaces to create an oak-framed family room that opens out to the garden (+ movie).

Rick Owens extends footwear range for Adidas


Fashion designer Rick Owens has updated his collection of shoes for Adidas, adding three new models including a knee-high boot (+ slideshow).

London mayor backs new cycle superhighway


News: London mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to create Europe's longest segregated cycle lane through the city centre.

Nendo creates chocolatey waves for Maison&Objet installation


Maison&Objet 2015: Japanese studio Nendo has surrounded a lounge area with a cascade of 2,000 chocolate-coloured pipes for an installation at this year's Maison&Objet trade fair (+ slideshow).

Dezeen is coming to New York!


Dezeen is launching in North America and is searching for a New York-based reporter to help us set the agenda for the American design and architecture industries, as well as a talented sales representative. Find out more about the jobs at Dezeen »

Dezeen is coming to New York!


Dezeen is launching in north America and is searching for a New York-based reporter to help us set the agenda for the American design and architecture industries, as well as a talented sales representative. Find out more about jobs at Dezeen »

Work starts on public plaza beneath Richard Seifert's Centre Point


News: construction is now under way on a public square underneath Richard Seifert's iconic Centre Point tower in London, as part of a major redevelopment by Rick Mather Architects and Conran & Partners (+ movie).

"Giving a prize to a woman purely because she is female is insulting"


Comments update: inequality in architecture was back on the agenda this week, as readers responded to Dezeen columnist Alexandra Lange, who argued that sexism and prejudice were still a deep-rooted problem within the industry.


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