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Eight compact U-shaped kitchens designed by architects

In the latest in our series exploring kitchen layouts, we've picked eight examples from Dezeen's archive with U-shaped configurations to make efficient use of space. As the name suggests, U-shaped kitchens consist of three worktops connected to form an open rectangle. Popular in smaller interiors, the practical layout creates plenty of counter space...

Vaulted roof lights direct daylight into plywood-lined extension by Bradley Van Der Straeten

Architecture studio Bradley Van Der Straeten has renovated and extended a Georgian house in north London, adding four brick volumes containing new spaces including a dining area topped with vaulted roof lights. The client asked the studio headed by George Bradley and Ewald Van Der Straeten to reorganise and expand the living spaces of the end-of-terrace...

Ten architecture projects from students at the Academy of Art University

An aquarium designed to protect marine biodiversity and a healing centre using horticultural techniques to help treat mental illness are included in our latest school show by architecture students at the Academy of Art University. Other projects include a "public living room" that blends neighbourhood life with areas for privacy and a residential hub...

KPF designs Blue Pool Road semi-detached residence on Hong Kong Island

Dezeen Promotion: developer Hang Lung Properties has unveiled the 23–39 Blue Pool Road development designed by architecture studio, Kohn Pedersen Fox, to "offer a unique lifestyle that combines urban buzz with residential comfort". The site includes 18 semi-detached three-storey residences that are each equipped with a private rooftop, courtyard, five...

Pilgrim's House is a timber-clad hostel in the Basque countryside

Vertical timber battens wrap around this Passivhaus hostel designed by architecture studio Blancodelprim to accommodate pilgrims on the famous route to Santiago de Compostela. Architects Ignacio Ibarretxe Pariente and Iñaki del Prim were commissioned to design the building by the municipal council of Zegama – a town situated in a valley of the Oria...

"Taking credit for trees planted elsewhere is a whole lot of embodied irony"

Architecture firm Perkins&Will has gone too far with claims that a luxury timber home on a Canadian mountain removes more atmospheric carbon than it emits, argues Fred A Bernstein. For much of last winter, Perkins&Will, an architecture firm with 25 offices from San Francisco to Singapore to Sao Paulo, used a photo of a wooden house in British...

Kohn Pedersen Fox adding glass elevator to supertall skyscraper in New York

Glass elevators and an observation deck are under construction at the top of Kohn Pedersen Fox's supertall skyscraper One Vanderbilt in New York. Called Summit One Vanderbilt, the observatory and elevator ride is being built near the top of the 1,401-foot-tall (427 metres) building next to Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan. Summit One Vanderbilt...

Jordan Ralph perches off-grid artist's retreat on the coast of Inis Oírr island

Designer Jordan Ralph has created an off-grid artist's cabin called Studio Drop on an island off the west coast of Galway, Republic of Ireland. Created as part of the coronavirus-extended programme for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, the studio was built on Inis Oírr – one of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Ralph designed...

Stacked exhibition spaces to form Rotterdam port visitor centre by MVRDV

Five irregularly stacked boxes wrapped by red staircases will form the Harbour Experience Centre, which MVRDV has designed for the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Harbour Experience Centre will open in 2024 at the port's westernmost point for use as an exhibition space and visitor centre for the site. MVRDV has revealed its design for the...

Safdie Architects designs interconnected housing blocks alongside park over train tracks

Orca is a mixed-use development in Toronto designed by Safdie Architects that will have nine interconnected residential towers alongside a park that will be built over a railway. Safdie Architects revealed plans to build decks over a 100-metre-wide and 800-metre-long stretch of the train line that leads to Union Station. Orca will include nine towers...

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