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Sparrenberg Castle visitor centre by Max Dudler boasts striated concrete walls

Multi-tonal layers of concrete resemble bands of sediment on the walls of this visitor centre designed by Swiss architect Max Dudler for a medieval fortress in Germany (+ slideshow).

"Is there a quota of new friends I can make while on this bridge?"

Comments update: Thomas Heatherwick found himself at the centre of a flurry of criticism this week, as planning documents revealed some unusual restrictions for his proposed bridge across the River Thames.

Jewel-inspired office block by Utopia Arkitekter to be built next year in Sweden

News: Utopia Arkitekter has unveiled plans to build a multi-faceted office block clad with shards of metal and glass beside the train station in Uppsala, Sweden (+ slideshow).

Foster + Partners works on "world's first commercial concrete-printing robot"

News: Foster + Partners has teamed up with building contractor Skanska to pioneer the use of 3D-printed concrete in the construction industry.

Neri Oxman creates wearable 3D-printed structures for interplanetary voyages

Neri Oxman's team at MIT Media Lab has created four 3D-printed "wearable skins" designed to facilitate synthetic biological processes that might one day allow humans to survive on other planets.

Ceramiche Refin launches graphic tiles with zigzagging grids

Dezeen promotion: Italian designers Alessandro and Francesco Mendini have reinterpreted a traditional orthogonal grid to create a new collection for tile brand Ceramiche Refin's research and development branch DesignTaleStudio.

Bernardo Bader sources wood from a local forest to build barn-like house in rural Austria

Timber window shutters align with the vertical strips of pale timber that clad this gabled house in the Austrian countryside, by local architects Bernardo Bader Architekten (+ slideshow).

White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a Norwegian harbour

White concrete surfaces vary from matte to polished on the walls of this library and concert hall, completed by London studio DRDH on the waterfront of Bodø, Norway (+ slideshow).

Studio Diip's goldfish-driven vehicle is designed for "enhanced pet mobility"

Dutch design collective Studio Diip has added wheels and sensors to a fish tank so that its inhabitant can drive it by swimming in a certain direction (+ movie).

Australian prison converted into a cafe lined with colourful tessellating triangles

Pastel-coloured wedges pattern the light wooden walls of this cafe in a former prison by Australian office Biasol: Design Studio (+ slideshow).

Sweco Architects modernises Swedish ski jumps ahead of 2015 world championships

Lights illuminate the plunging outlines of the two Lugnet Ski Jumps, newly restored by Swedish studio Sweco Architects with glass and steel edging (+ slideshow).

Aposematic Jacket is covered in cameras to ward off attackers

This jacket by Seoul design studio Shinseungback Kimyonghun is covered with camera lenses that can record assailants and broadcast the images on the internet (+ movie).

Concrete volumes are fused with an old piano factory to create David Chipperfield's Berlin office

David Chipperfield's Berlin team added four concrete blocks to a former piano factory in Mitte to create their studio (+ slideshow).

Minimal cookbook presents Japanese sweet ingredients as colour swatches

Ingredients are displayed like fabric samples to help western readers recreate traditional Japanese sweets with common foods, in this cookbook by designer Moé Takemura.

Seoul exhibition puts Korean architect Minsuk Cho in the spotlight

An exhibition at the Plateau gallery in Seoul documents the career of Mass Studies founder Minsuk Cho, the architect behind the Golden Lion-winning Korean pavilion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale (+ slideshow).

Alice Wang Design proposes products for the future of marriage

Taiwan studio Alice Wang Design has imagined a series of objects for a future where technology and longer life spans change the way marriage works, including a ring for couples that counts down the days until their vows expire (+ movie).

The interface between technology and design holds "answers to the future"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in this movie filmed in Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week director Martijn Paulen explains why he invited technology universities to be a key part of this year's event.

Dezeen Jobs: latest jobs update

See the latest from our recruitment site Dezeen Jobs, including positions with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Priestmangoode and Niall McLaughlin Architects, whose elliptical chapel is pictured.

Blackened timber retreat by Studio Aula built in the woods outside Tokyo

Lengths of black-painted timber clad this single-storey holiday home in Japan by Studio Aula, which steps across a wooded site in three volumes of increasing sizes (+ slideshow).

Brutalist seminary to be resurrected in 2015 after 25 years of neglect

News: after a quarter of a century of decay, a full design team has been appointed to convert the ruins of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's Brutalist St Peter's Seminary in Cardross, Scotland, into a major venue for art and culture.