Amazing series of colourful images shows London doorways

Photographer Bella captures the colours and fashion of the doorsways around the financial capital of the United Kingdom.

Her project ,”Doors_of_Londons” attempts to chronicle the unique doorways aesthetics of this ancient capital, born out of the love for colours and photography, covers different establishments, from shops to homes and array of colours and foreground objects.

Bella has also done a few “door snaps” around Europe; Netherland and Denmark included. She currently shares several of her shots weekly on her social media DoorsofLondon


Luís Rebelo de Andrad disrupts portuguese oak forest with vibrant red barn

The Herdade da Considerada is an extension of arid land, with 500 hectares, about seven kilometers from Alcácer do Sal, where cork oaks and meandering pines dominate. The resulting landscape is uniform in all directions and, as Archer Luís Rebelo de Andrade discovered on a preliminary visit, it is easier to lose the car at Herdade da Considerada than in the parking lot of a hypermarket.

From this experience came a central idea that presided over the whole project: in the absence of the geodesic landmarks, in the Herdade da Considerada, it is the architecture that makes up the reference points that from primitive ages guided the men, complemented the landscape with a building of comprehensive visibility. The house itself and the agricultural warehouse were designed to minimize the time and cost of construction and to give priority to energy sustainability.



The solar panels and thermo-collectors allow the house to produce more energy than the one that consumes, being the house averse to waste of energy.

With two waters, doors and windows, the exterior design of the house looks as childlike as those children begin to make even before elementary school. This apparent simplicity is actually based on a collective and romantic imaginary that we all share: that of the house on the prairie, that of the lives of the pioneers and conquerors of the American West, so often portrayed in the westerns and that they persist in our constitutive memory, despite of the time and of the intentional awareness that we may have of them.

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the red barn is arch


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Spanish architect dreams ups modular disaster relief homes

For the execution of this project a rationalized constructive system is proposed, with metal tubes arranged in a lattice shape, defined a basic module with 37 m² of area. The trellis is turned 45 degrees in relation to the floor gaining main prominence in the facade besides working correctly in the stabilization of the set. 

For the closures, the 10 cm apparent concrete block was chosen, seated in a juxtaposed way and tied to the structure, creating a more solid and welcoming environment. This proposed prefabrication system seeks to adapt both in the industrial process and the traditional construction site, since concrete blocks and steel pipes are well received in both conditions.


The basic unit presented is flexible occupying a projection of 25 m² in the ground (3.20×8.44m) and is divided into two floors connected by a ladder type maleiro, executed with profiles of 3x3cm. The intention in this study is to leave the system purposely open enabling it for large and small builders and for large or small housing complexes. The unit can also be thought for several uses at different scales

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New york based outfit – Link Arc – unveils Dynamo future park in Shanghai

Located in the Zhangjiang District of Shanghai, to the east of Pudong, Shanghai Future Park is the meant to form a new centerpiece for the expansion a current technology development intended district. The complex project site borders many different conditions—it is bounded by the urban thoroughfares of Chuanhe Road and Naxian Road to east and west, and the Chuanyang and Zhihui Rivers to the north and south. The site also serves as the terminus of the major public axis of Baiye Road, a planted urban boulevard to the south of the site.


The client brief called for an ambitious mix of programs including a performing arts center; an exhibition and gallery space; a library; and an athletic center. This mix of civic uses is intended to create a new hub of civic and urban life for the region. After analyzing the site and program, Link-Arc decided to approach the project from an urban perspective. Instead of creating a typical object building typical for large civic commissions of this nature, the Shanghai Future Park could be conceived as a series of interconnected public zones unified and sheltered by a unique roof structure.



Link-Arc began from the outside in, proposing three civic spaces, each with different usage and character, and defined by a specific relationship to the site and context. To the north and east, a Sports Park incorporates playing fields and athletic facilities and connects to existing running paths along the banks of Chuanyang River. To the west, a civic plaza called the Culture Park serves as the main public entrance and is defined by a generous public stair. To the south, a Riverbank Park, defined by expansive river views and generous plantings, creates a major new civic amenity, extends the green space of Baiye Road, and increases public connectivity in the region. These spaces are connected via a raised central platform.


These spaces are sheltered by a lightweight roof structure which creates a grand civic gesture and unifies the distinct public spaces while reinforcing their individual characteristics. The roof extends over the public stairs of the Culture Park to shelter the main public entrance but is withdrawn from the Riverbank Park to create an open public space adjacent to the Zhihui River with panoramic views of the water and the cityscape beyond. In addition, the roof generates the architecture beneath by implying locations for major programmatic elements.

Beneath the roof, the massing and program arrangement is closely linked to the site strategy. The major program elements are aligned on three axes: the Music Axis, the Sports Axis, and the Cultural Axis. Each major venue in the program is articulated as a conical form (a “core”) which creates an iconic presence within the park and is linked to the design of the roof. Lower masses between the cores hold additional programmed spaces and create additional public zones beneath the floating metal roof. The architecture below the roof is defined by a striated steel skin that unifies the massing and enlivens the building’s exterior form. This skin further improves the building’s sustainable design response by promoting natural ventilation and reducing heat gain on the façade.

Kengo Kuma completes V&A Dundee Scottish museum

Beyond its curved walls, V&A Dundee is reconnecting the city with its beautiful and historic riverside. the museum is at the heart of a £1 billion waterfront transformation, an ambitious 30-year project that is propelling the city towards an improved future. Kuma’s vision for V&A Dundee is that it will be a welcoming space for everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise in – a ‘living room for the city’ – and a way of reconnecting the city to its historic River Tay waterfront.

international centre of design, V&A Dundee will present the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee will provide a place of inspiration, discovery, and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.Construction of the building is being led by Dundee City Council, with project management from Turner & Townsend. The total cost of design, construction and fit-out is £80.11m.


V&A Dundee was designed by renowned award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, following an international competition, and is Kuma’s first building in the UK. Considered by many as the quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kuma is also designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

the three-storey building is itself a testament to great design. Curving concrete walls (there are no straight external walls) hold 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space.

kengo-kuma-v-a-dundee-design-museum-scotland-designboom-05V&A Dundee would help attract new businesses, investors and professionals to the area.


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the new museum would be a catalyst, and point of connection which would brings people and diverse organisations together in a new creative way. it would house hundreds of historically significant objects from the renowned V&A collections alongside prominent loans from across Scotland and around the world,  hosting international touring exhibitions– the only location in the UK outside London.

the V&A Dundee was built with  the best of environmental considerations, with a thirty 200-metre deep bore holes form part of its heating and cooling system, supp -lemented by air source heat pumps on the roof. These provide direct renewable energy for the museum, with 800,000 kWh/annum of heating and 500,000 kWh/annum of cooling.


Along with V&A Dundee, Kuma is involved in a number of large, ongoing projects, including arts centres in Besançon and Granada.









ADS architects complete d’Arenberg Cube winery

ADS Architects have completed a new five-storey wine centre for the d’Arenberg Wines winery in McLaren Vale, Adelaide, modelled on the Rubik’s Cube. The uniquely shaped glass façade is a wine tasting promenade on the property of one of South Australia wineries.  The majorly flatbox structure is a dynamic Rubik cube with each horizontal front directed towards a different direction.

The entire structure is a mix used building clad in mirror glass, hiding a solid frame of iron and concrete holding it all together. Each of the five levels have been carefully designed to entice and excite the senses, including features such as a wine inhalation room, a virtual fermenter, a 360degree video room, and many other tactile experiences.  The external form feature layers set back one and half metres from the four storeys above, giving the impression that there is a cube floating on top of the vines.



The idea to build the d‘Arenberg Cube came to Chester Osborn in 2003. Inspired by the complexities and puzzles of winemaking, Chester created the idea of a cube-shaped building. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Alternate Realities Museum, located on the ground floor, and view the many art installations on display.

“It took 20 minutes of just drawing out squares and then drawing lines on them, I just kept drawing lines and looking at it and going, hm, we need one that’s a bit more horizontal… and that was it. It took about 20 minutes”  chief d’Arenberg winemaker Chester Osborne says.


According to The Lead South Australia, the $10.5 million, 5 story  d’Arenberg Cube  would be a mixed use building and will encompass a new tasting room, three bars, a function room, offices, a restaurant and a dynamic viewing gallery.








MVRDV’s Tianjin Bianjin Binjin library auditorium features a huge spherical globe

MVRDV have, with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI), designed Tianjin Binhai Library as part of a larger plan to provide a cultural district for the city. The building acts not only as an education centre but as a connector from the park into the cultural district. An oval opening punctured through the building is propped open by the Eye, a mirrored sphere with an auditorium, which takes the main stage within the atrium and enlarges the perceived space within.

Terraced bookshelves which echo the form of the sphere create an interior, and topographical, landscape whose contours reach out and wrap around the façade. In this way, the stepped bookshelves within are represented on the outside, with each level doubling up as a louvre.  which can only be reached with scaffolding as it only hold “sample books” as aesthetic display.



The futuristic library sits within a sheltered gallery, topped with cathedral-like vaulted arches, which winds its way throughout the scheme. MVRDV’s project is surrounded by four other cultural buildings designed by an international team of architects including Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design and GMP.

The five levels of the building contain an extensive programme of educational facilities. The subterranean level has in it service spaces, book storage, and a large archive, whilst above this on the ground floor are easy to access reading areas for children and the elderly, the main entrance and access to the cultural complex, the auditorium and terraced access to the floors above. The first and second floors consist primarily of reading rooms, books and lounge areas whilst the top two floors also include meeting rooms, offices, computer rooms, and audio rooms.


Tianjin Library is part of German architects GMP’s 120,000m2 masterplan which aims to accentuate the characteristics of the surrounding districts. Through its design, the complex will become a junction point for the CBD, old town, residential districts, commercial areas and the government quarter; hoping to compensate for any missing programme in each. The library’s outer volume was given in the masterplan so the Eye and its surrounding semi-public area are an internal space, like an inverted icon, acting as a central point and folly in the building.


The project will be MVRDV’s second completed design in Tianjin. TEDA Urban Fabric, completed in 2009, provided 280,000m2 of mixed high and low-rise housing and retail.



zaha hadid completes petroleum research centre in Riyadh

KAPSARC ( King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) located in the heart of Riyadh opens to the public, just in time for the  Saudi Design Week. named Saudi Arabia’s ‘smartest’ structure due to  its energy saving measures; re-purposing construction materials,and overall energy saving  features. This mostly modernist building feature as a campus  for the institute,  framed as a non-profit institution for independent research. it’s intended to enable practical technology-based solutions for energy usage.

The 70,000m² KAPSARC campus incorporates five buildings which differ in size and organisation to best suit their use: the Energy Knowledge Centre; the Energy Computer Centre; a Conference Centre with exhibition hall and 300-seat auditorium; a Research Library with archives for 100,000 volumes; and the Musalla, an inspirational place for prayer within the campus.

Photograph: Hufton+Crow


Photograph: Hufton+Crow

finished in 2017  by Zaha hadid   the Hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures use the least material to create a lattice of cells within a given volume.  The honeycomb grid is compressed towards its central axis as an extension of the natural wadi that runs to the west. The six sides of the hexagonal cells also offer greater opportunities for increased connectivity when compared to rectangular cells with only four sides.

Photograph: Hufton+Crow

this modular design generates consistent organisational, spatial and structural strategies that drive all elements of the plan. each partition divided into its component functions, and can be adapted to respond to changes in requirements or working methods- additional cells can readily be introduced by extending honeycomb grid for future expansion of the research campus.This structural and organisational principle determined KAPSARC’s composition as an amalgamation of crystalline forms that emerges from the desert landscape, evolving to best respond to the environmental conditions and internal programme requirements.


Photograph: Hufton+Crow
Photograph: Hufton+Crow

The specific arrangement and form of KAPSARC’s buildings contribute to softening the strong light and heat of the Riyadh Plateau.surrounding  a large public courtyard shaded by canopies supported from a forest of crafted steel columns. Presenting a solid, protecting shell to the harsh sunlight from the south, the KAPSARC campus opens to north and west; encouraging prevailing winds from the north to cool the courtyard during temperate months and facilitating connections with any future expansion of the campus to the north, as well as creating connections with the researcher’s residential community to the west.

Photograph: Hufton+Crow

Privileging the pedestrian, each of the buildings within the campus is entered through this central public courtyard that also serves as a meeting space and link between buildings during temperate seasons.   Collaborating with international research centres, public policy organisations, worldwide government institutions and global industry, KAPSARC brings together leading experts from around the world to tackle energy challenges; freely sharing its knowledge, insights and analytical frameworks.

The KAPSARC has collected  the Leed award for energy efficiency, and sustainable ( for effective material use)  from the US Green Building Council.

Photograph: Hufton+Crow
Photograph: Hufton+Crow
Photograph: Hufton+Crow


Photograph: Hufton+Crow


Photograph: Hufton+Crow

Herzog & de Meuron completes Elbphilharmonie after a 7 year delay

The Elbphilharmonie with its impressive glass facade and wave-like rooftop rises up from the former Kaispeicher building;  on the western tip of the HafenCity. The glass facades in the loggias of the apartments and concert foyers are especially striking: with their boldly convex form they resemble huge tuning forks. The defining feature of the Elbphilharmonie would be its  1,000 curved window panels, tailor-made to capture and reflect the colour of the sky, the sun’s rays, the water and the city, turn the concert hall into a gigantic crystal.

 completed in late 2016 by swizz architecture partnership HERZOG & DE MEURON the plaza had suffered several delays and took a 7 years span to complete from initial ground breaking. The completed complex is a misuse structure which would Accommodated inside;  two concert halls, a hotel and residential apartments. Between the old warehouse and the glass structure is the Plaza – a public viewing area that extends around the whole building.


The Elbphilharmonie has already become a landmark of the city of Hamburg and a beacon for all of Germany. It will vitalize the neighbourhood of the burgeoning HafenCity, ensuring that it is not merely a satellite of the venerable Hanseatic city but a new urban district in its own right.



Concertgoers can access the Grand Hall and Recital Hall foyers via stairs and lifts from the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. The Grand Hall foyer clearly defines the character of the Elbphilharmonie architecture with stairs that extend over several floors. The staircases encircle the concert hall spaciously, creating impressive light effects and providing spectacular views of the city, the river Elbe and the harbour from each foyer level.

Grand Hall Foyer


The vineyard style seating in the Grand Hall places audience members no further than 30 metres from the conductor, breaking down barriers between musicians and audience members. The interior feature a “white skin”  which covers the surface of the walls and ceilings in the Grand Hall is composed of approximately 10,000 sheets of gypsum fibre panels. With the help of an expansive reflector that is suspended from the middle of the vaulted ceiling, the panels project sound into every corner of the space – guaranteeing an optimal listening experience from each seat.



This space rises vertically almost like a tent and offers room for 2100 people to congregate for the enjoyment of making and listening to music, with an unprecedented emphasis on the interactive proximity between players and audience. The towering shape of the hall defines the static structure of the building volume and is echoed in the silhouette of the building as a whole. The complex geometry of the philharmonic hall unites organic flow with incisive, near static shape.



At a height of 37 metres above ground level, the public viewing area offers visitors a spectacular 360° view of the city and harbour. Hamburg citizens, tourists, concertgoers and hotel guests are all welcome to take a stroll along this unique walkway.


Elbphilharmonie Plaza

In contrast to the Grand Hall, the Recital Hall is designed in the classic shoebox style. An elegantly milled wooden panelling supplies a perfect acoustic. Both the Grand Hall and the Recital Hall of the Elbphilharmonie are acoustically autonomous spaces that are completely detached from the rest of the building.

Massive steel spring elements perfectly buffer the concrete shell of each respective hall from the outside world. No ships’ sirens will ever penetrate these spaces, and not even the sound of a loud trombone ensemble will escape to the outside.


Two celebratory opening concerts inaugurate the main concert hall, at the heart of the complex.