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Toyo Ito's Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan nears completion

These new photographs reveal the cavernous form of an opera house by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, which is taking shape in the Taiwanese city Taichung (+ slideshow).

Bestor Architecture uses "stealth density" at Blackbirds housing in Los Angeles

Multiple residences are combined into single house-shaped volumes at this development by Bestor Architecture in the Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

Bureau Spectacular creates interlocking moveable displays for Frankie Los Angeles store

White display stands inside this Los Angeles boutique designed by Bureau Spectacular fit together like a puzzle, forming a set of steps for events and performances (+ slideshow).

Richard Rogers and David Adjaye to select next Serpentine Pavilion architect

Next year's Serpentine Pavilion in London will selected by architects including Richard Rogers and David Adjaye, it was announced today.

Sky Pool engineers create huge slide from single piece of glass

The engineering firm behind London's 10-storey-high Sky Pool, Eckersley O'Callaghan, has demonstrated its latest glass innovation: a nine-metre-long slide (+ slideshow).

New London Design Museum's first exhibition will include Pan-European Living Room by OMA

The first major exhibition at the new Design Museum in London will include 11 commissions by leading designers – including an EU-themed living room designed by OMA in response to Brexit (+ slideshow).

"Let's move to radical Essex"

Opinion: the radical buildings in the English county of Essex suggest that avant-garde architecture is better found in the suburbs than the cities, says Owen Hatherley.

David Shrigley releases "thumbs up" teaser for his Really Good Fourth Plinth sculpture

Artist David Shrigley is set to unveil his gigantic "thumbs up" installation on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square tomorrow and has released a gif to accompany it.

Apple to set up campus in London's Battersea Power Station

Apple has announced it will create a new London headquarters inside Battersea Power Station, taking over six floors of the former industrial building on the bank of the River Thames.

Competition: win a book documenting contemporary Scandinavian design and interiors

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with German publishing house Gestalten to give away five copies of its new book Scandinavia Dreaming.

Five of the best houses in New York State on Dezeen

Next in our series of roundups presenting houses from different US states, it's New York's turn. The Empire State's top rural residences include a Hamptons home shaded with strips of canvas and a secluded writer's retreat (+ slideshow).

Asif Khan creates "space in between" homes and workplaces with Forests installation for MINI

London Design Festival 2016: in this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen for MINI, the brand's Oke Hauser explains why they worked with architect Asif Khan to install plant-filled pavilions across east London.

Elon Musk announces plans to start colonising Mars in six years

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to make humankind a "spacefaring civilisation" by starting manned missions to Mars as soon as 2022.

Thomas Schnur exhibits furniture pieces based on objects found in the street

Beijing Design Week 2016: German designer Thomas Schnur presents six pieces of furniture adapted from common objects like traffic cones and metal barriers for an exhibition in Beijing (+ slideshow).

10 inflatable buildings designed to blow you away

There was a time when inflatable pavilions were all the rage, but now architects are creating blow-up buildings for all kinds of uses.

Barber and Osgerby base minimal wooden table on Japanese joinery

London Design Festival 2016: design duo Barber and Osgerby have created a limited-edition table constructed from just three curved pieces of oak (+ slideshow).

Mirrored viewing platform by Natura Futura is disguised against the Ecuadorean landscape

Projecting over a hillside in the Ecuadorean countryside, this small mirrored viewpoint was designed by Natura Futura Arquitectura as a rest stop for hikers (+slideshow).

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's nature centre in Pittsburgh "blends with the surrounding woods"

The thin columns and wood cladding that front this educational facility in a Pittsburgh park are designed to help the building fit in with its woodland setting (+ slideshow).

Macro Sea turns abandoned Brooklyn warehouse into New Lab co-working space

New York developer Macro Sea has turned a warehouse at Brooklyn's Navy Yard into a workspace for tech entrepreneurs, using the building's "cathedral-like" steel trusswork to inform new elements (+ slideshow).

Alessandro Zambelli creates furniture inlaid with patterns of oxidised metal

London Design Festival 2016: this furniture collection from designer Alessandro Zambelli features a puzzle of metal pieces that have been oxidised to different degrees (+ slideshow).