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Nikken Sekkei's Ariake Gymnastics Centre celebrates timber construction

One of the largest timber-framed roofs in the world spans 90 metres over the arena of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, designed by Japanese practice Nikken Sekkei for the delayed 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The structure, located a short distance from Tokyo's centre in Koto City, was originally unveiled in 2019 and has been the location...

The Dezeen guide to plastic in architecture, design and interiors

Thinking of using plastic in your project? Our latest Dezeen guide includes more than 11 types of plastic commonly used in architecture, design and interiors, with links to hundreds of projects for inspiration. Plastics are among the most versatile materials in existence. Defined by their plasticity, they have long carbon chains called polymers at...

Ten installations to see at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has returned to Chicago for its fourth edition with installations by Atelier Bow-Wow and Manuel Herz Architects. Here are 10 must-see projects. Curated by designer David Brown, the biennial contains contributions from over 80 participants hailing from more than 18 countries. These include numerous site-specific installations,...

Amelia Tavella Architectes adds perforated copper extension to a Corsican convent

French studio Amelia Tavella Architectes renovated and extended a 15th-century convent on the island of Corsica, adding a perforated copper volume. Built in 1480, the part-ruined Saint-Francois Convent is positioned on a hill overlooking a village and mountainous landscape. Amelia Tavella Architectes added a copper extension to the convent Prior...

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's wrapped Arc de Triomphe opens to the public

L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped, an installation designed by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, has opened to the public in Paris. The installation sees the iconic triumphal arch on the Champs-Élysées shrouded in 25,000 square metres of silvery, recyclable fabric, which is tied in place by 7,000 metres of red rope. L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped has...

London Festival of Architecture appoints Rosa Rogina as director

The London Festival of Architecture has been appointed a new director, Rosa Rogina, who is the event's outgoing programme director. An architect, researcher and curator, Rogina served as the London Festival of Architecture's (LFA) programme director from 2016 and has also been involved in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and 2020 Vienna Design...

Earth-toned concrete covers Casa Calafia in Mexico by RED Arquitectos

Named after a mythical warrior queen, this house by RED Arquitectos features arched doorways and windows that overlook the Pacific Ocean from Mexico's Baja peninsula. The 200-square-metre house is located in Todos Santos, a town sat roughly midway between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur – known for its beaches and warm weather. RED...

Time magazine names Kengo Kuma world's most influential architect

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has been named as the only architect in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2021. Kuma, who heads up Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma and Associates, was included in the annual ranking of the people the US magazine judges to be the world's most influential. Top: Kengo Kuma has been named among the 100 most...

Christ & Gantenbein designs Roche office to give staff "a reason to come to work"

Swiss studio Christ & Gantenbein has created the Multifunctional Workspace Building for pharmaceutical giant Roche that aims to offer more freedom and flexibility than a traditional office. As the name suggests, the 10,000-square-metre Multifunctional Workspace Building serves a mix of uses, ranging from gatherings of more than 500 people to focused...

Instance BV designing range of scaled-down nuclear plants

Architecture studio Instance BV is collaborating with power company GE Hitachi to design a series of small nuclear power plants to be built across North America, Europe and Asia. Instance BV is providing "architectural input" for GE Hitachi's BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs), which are scaled-down versions of traditional nuclear power plants....

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