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Can Paris 2024’s Green Ambitions Stick the Landing?

A recent look at the infrastructure revamps planned around the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games begs

Inside Manhattan’s Biggest Office-to-Residential Conversion

Gensler and Vanbarton Group prevailed over the “kludge” hampering office-to-resi conversions to

What’s New This Fall, From Our List Members

An art gallery at the Tin Building built by Cass Calder Smith, Holly Hunt's 40th anniversary...

What do Residents Gain From Well-Intentioned Neighborhood Rebrands?

More than a decade ago, the Denver Housing Authority embarked on an ambitious redevelopment plan...

New York City Welcomes a Performing Arts Center at Ground Zero

At the $500 million Perelman Performing Arts Center, the minds behind it sketch a hopeful future...

Studio PCH Charts a Blueprint for Psychedelic Design

The California-based studio’s captivating “Soulscapes” offer a glimpse into architecture’s...

Naviva Four Seasons Sets a New Standard for Going Off the Grid

Biophilic design, glamping-style tents, a directive to move at your own pace, and an adopted pig...

David Chipperfield, Architect of Powerful Subtlety, Wins the Pritzker

The architecture industry’s highest honor goes to the British-born designer, who forgoes building

Is Timber the Future of Sustainable Building?

Architects agree that mass timber buildings are safer, more durable, and more sustainable than...

Architecture Is Having a Reckoning Over Poor Working Conditions

After a roundtable about professional norms within architecture prompted two SCI-Arc faculty...

Are Micro-Homes the Answer to California’s Housing Crisis?

A complex of tiny homes will offer 70 units of transitional accommodations to support San...

OMA’s Audrey Irmas Pavilion Glows Like a Constellation

A strikingly modern expansion to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, the global firm’s...

Project Spotlight
A Miami Beach Estate Inspired by Gio Ponti and Midcentury Magic City

Envisioning the private estate as a "freestanding sculpture," designer Achille Salvagni marries...

TikTok Parent Company, ByteDance, Reveals New HQ in Shenzhen

Ennead Architects's international competition winning design for ByteDance’s Houhai Center in...

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal Win the 2021 Pritzker Prize

The French duo’s greatest projects champion affordable and readily available materials, while...

Need To Know
Building Boston: Architect David Hacin Cultivates Livability and Local Character in His Hometown

With a deep appreciation for Boston and its history, the Hacin + Associates founding principal and...

The Experimental Edge of Open Architecture

With a sculptural panache, Beijing-based Li Hu and Huang Wenjing embrace the vastness of space.

Corner Studio
Snøhetta Cofounder Craig Dykers on How He Pushes His Non-Hierarchical Firm to Take Risks

"You have to open your door to the world," the architect says. "The world is anything but...

2020 Pritzker Prize Goes to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Here Are Some of Their Greatest Hits.

From a cliff-like edifice in Peru to a pinwheel-shaped school in rural Ireland, the Dublin team’s

The Vanguard
Neri Oxman and Sir Norman Foster on the Future of Design

The venturesome Oxman talks experimental materials and lunar habitation with the renowned architect.

David Adjaye on His Majestic, Grapefruit-Colored Design for The Webster L.A.

For the multi-brand clothing and design boutique’s new outpost, the architect created a...

At the End of the World, Infrastructure Will Save Us, This Artist Believes

Tiril Hasselknippe’s architectural sculptures see an opportunity for community in the midst of...

Parting Shot
Architecture Memes

An Instagram meme account has achieved the unthinkable: it has made architecture funny. Now tag...

Mark Foster Gage is the Most Prolific Architect of Buildings That Don’t Exist

Blade Runner meets The Wizard of Oz in the New York architect's fantastical work.

Resetting What Metal Means, One Facade at a Time

As Pure+FreeForm’s Geoffrey Hahn tells it, new technologies have created a new materials...

Eight Design Firms Imagine a Border Without Walls

Takes on a more playful, inviting, and humane meeting of the U.S. and Mexico.

On The Rise
For This Architectural Curator, Buildings Are Not The Main Event

For Storefront for Art and Architecture executive director José Esparza Chong Cuy, humanity...

Kanye West’s YEEZY Foam Runners Are What Would Happen if Zaha Hadid Designed Crocs

A teasing image of the multihypenate star's latest footwear release suggests curves and shapes...

Almost Finished After 130 Years, Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Faces a Kind of Death

After six generations, the architect's signature work is heading towards completion—but the...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Others Pitch New Visions of The La Brea Tar Pits

Along with the veteran firm, Dorte Mandrup and WEISS/MANFREDI have offered proposals for rehabbing...

The Biggest Design Breakups of the Decade

From Sagmeister and Walsh to Apple and Ive to Marc and Louis, these are the splits that have marked

Three Years After Her Death, Zaha Hadid’s Dubai Development Nears Completion

As the Opus prepares to open, we're afforded another look at the greatness and vision of the late...

Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Park Steps Into The Future

On what was once a set of 19th-century French railroad tracks, Ho Chi Minh City's revamped Central...

At Notre-Dame, a Statement of Rebirth

Ravaged by a fire earlier this year, the historic cathedral receives a pop-up place of worship...

Five Visions of the Airport of The Future Offer a New Challenge for the Industry

From a sky-scraping trophy to off-the-ground runways, the 2019 Fentress Global Challenge winners...

Ten Endangered Modernist Masterpieces Get a New Lease on Life

With total awards of over $1.7 million this year, the grant initiative Keeping It Modern is helping

TAO – Trace Architecture Office’s Swan Lake Bridge House is a Fairytale in Concrete

Floating over water in the middle of parkland, it's a masterclass in making heavy materials lighter

The Tulip Tower Gets Axed

London mayor Sadiq Khan has dismissed plans to build the Tulip Tower, a controversial supertall...

Shigeru Ban Proposes Notre-Dame Temporary Replacement Chapel of Rope and Paper

Graceful and solemn, the simple structure intelligently answers all the site's needs without glass,

Phil Freelon, Architect of the National Museum of African American History, Dead at 66

The creator of a long list of public projects that explored and celebrated the African-American...

This House is a $5.25 Million Ai Weiwei Artwork

The Chinese artist collaborated with firm HHF on this 3-bedroom, 3-bath vacation home—the only Ai

Opening Shot: New Orleans’s Maison de la Luz

Atelier Ace and Studio Shamshiri bring a modern, global aesthetic to the Crescent City.

Paolo Soleri at 100: A Visionary Lost in a Desert of His Own Making

Paolo Soleri's concepts and work were never more relevant than they are today, and his legacy has...

The Legacy Issue
Your Field Guide to Celebrating 100 Years of the Bauhaus

It was many things: a movement, a school, a style, a mixed-up social set. As an actual institution,

A Sharp Modernist Office Rehab With Unbeatable Parisian Views

Studio Vincent Eschalier has turned a classic 2nd arrondissement apartment block into something...

Schiller Projects Creates a Law Office You Might Actually Want to Visit

Their stunning design for Boies Schiller Flexner is dramatic, yet welcoming.

The Legacy Issue
Mining the Surface Archives: Gone, But Not Forgotten

A deep-dive into Surface’s history reveals 26 years of art, design, and fashion at the bleeding...

Woods Bagot Creates an Australian Beach House That Swims Against the Tide

Tidal Arc is both of its environment and a unique statement within it.

Nina Edwards Anker of nea studio on Transitioning From Art to Architecture

The head of nea studio started life pursuing fine arts, but then the urge to design took over. Hear

Ron Arad’s “Upside-Down” Tel Aviv Tower Tricks the Eye

The 29-story ToHA Tower, designed by Ron Arad Architects, becomes increasingly wider as it gets...

Future Island: How Richard Bailey Built Marlon Brando’s Vision into the World’s Most Luxurious Eco Resort

Five years into an extraordinary mission, The Brando’s Richard Bailey offers a new vision of...

Talking to Jill Magid, Director of the Most Shocking Architecture Documentary, Ever

In "The Proposal," the artist goes to audacious ends in pursuit of access to Luis Barragán's...

Need to Know: Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 Architecture

"Working with a variety of building materials, as a medium for exploring spatial ideas, provides...

Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Changed How We Process War

How a piece of public art helped us confront and embrace the human cost of national action.

Bjarke Ingels and Simon Frommenwiler Connect the Pieces at 3daysofdesign 2019

The Swiss and Danish architects present “Puzzle House” at the Embassy of Switzerland in...

Surface Shops
Best Gifts Under $100 for the Design Snob in Your Life

These are the inexpensive gifts you can grab and give to that loved one with overly discerning...

Need to Know: Vincent Eschalier of Studio Vincent Eschalier

"The impact it has today is difficult to quantify, but I certainly try to travel as much as...

We Want Nothing More Than This Slice of Heaven in the Seychelles

ADD.Locus's dream house will haunt you, too.

We Still Can’t Stop Thinking About Rapt Studio’s Salone del Mobile Debut

We saw so, so many things at Milan's Salone del Mobile 2019—somehow Rapt's presentation stuck...

Bodron/Fruit Whip an Unruly Dallas Footprint into Shape

But such uneven footprints are welcome at Dallas design firm Bodron/Fruit, which has made its...

Need to Know: Suchi Reddy of Reddymade

"I want people to, through the work, discover something that's essential about themselves."

A Rose in the Desert: Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar Debuts

The French architect adds another Middle East cultural jewel to his crown.

Need to Know: Reiulf Ramstad of Reiulf Ramstad Architects

"We need to confront every building project, every architecture project as something special—not...

Oppenheim Architecture’s Miami Structure is Postcard-Perfect New Age Brutalism

A blueprint for '10s-does-'70s done properly.

Please Stop: Designer Gingerbread Houses

In this edition of “Please Stop,” our occasional look at design trends that need to...

“FUTURES OF THE FUTURE” Celebrates Architect Sou Fujimoto’s Out-of-the-Box Perspective

On view at Japan House Los Angeles through Jan. 6.

Rapt Studio’s Latest Commercial Project Was Built From the Bones of Its Prior Occupant’s Space

"We exploited everything that was there, even to the degree of building new things out of some of...

Winka Dubbeldam; Founder, Archi-Tectonics

Informed by her Dutch upbringing, Dubbeldam imbues designs with character and singularity.

Bridge House, Dan Brunn Architecture

Tasked with reimagining a run-down plot, Dan Brunn turned lemons into lemonade.

7 Serene Spaces We Could Spend All Summer In

From a country retreat to the sunny suite where John and Yoko wrote a universal anthem for peace,...

This Undulating Golf Clubhouse Makes Waves in the Architecture World

Oppenheim Architecture created a sprawling clubhouse for a Greg Norman–designed golf course in...

Bjarke Ingels Is Reshaping the World As We Know It

Playful designs, a larger-than-life persona, and media maneuvering have propelled the Danish...

25 Designers On Their Favorite American Designs

To celebrate the nation's birthday we asked some of our favorite designers to pay tribute to...

Restaurant Architecture Reaches New Heights in Sydney

With an otherworldly design and multiconcept culinary spaces, chef Matt Moran’s Barangaroo House...

London’s Newest Chinese Food Hot Spot is in a 300-Year-Old Church

Ecclesiastical cool meets retro 1960s teahouse at the second outpost of Hong Kong's beloved...

Watch Wednesday
Watch Wednesday: Ralph Lauren 867

RL's latest timepiece is a loving tribute to Gotham in the 1930s.

Schwartz and Architecture Designs a House That’s at Home With Its Environment

The Lichen House embraces the natural wonder of a distinct California microclimate.

The Architecture of 2017 in 7 Buildings

From the overexposed to the overlooked, these buildings—and one curious structural...

Built For and Inspired by New York, This Compact Cabin has a Local Perspective

Architect Peter Zuspan used his everyday experience and NYC know-how to inform his contribution to...

Designer of the Day: Brittney Hart and Justin Capuco

The designers behind the New York firm Husband Wife on providing creative direction at We Work,...

Norman Foster Dinner

The exclusive event was hosted at Gabriel Kreuther in Manhattan.

This Small Space Forecasts the Future of City Living in Brooklyn, and Beyond

On view at A/D/O, the MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN rethinks the way we live in cities by tapping local...

This Prolific Craft Collective Puts the Werk in Gesamtkunstwerk

Neue Galerie’s latest exhibition explores the staggering skill and output of the Wiener...

Brad Cloepfil Hung Out With Old English Ladies to Design Eleven Madison Park’s New Tableware

The ceramics galleries at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum are like a decorative-arts dream...

Designer of the Day: Alireza Razavi

The architect discusses creating design value, the key moment in a project, and why he collects art

Studio Visit
Callidus Guild Fuses Art, Architecture, and Fashion

Building on her early work of custom wall coverings for some of the world’s greatest fashion...

Canada’s Coolest New Art Museum Isn’t in Toronto

The Remai Modern Art Gallery is putting Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on the map.

Designer of the Day: Karlyn Sutherland

The Scotswoman talks baking, her connection to place, and working as an artist-in-residence at the...

Bjarke Ingels Group Turns a German Bunker into the Tirpitz Museum

The newly opened cultural center in Denmark's coast is a testament to the area's traumatic past.

Architect Edwin Chan Adds to Detroit’s Flurry of Developments

The city’s new live-and-work complex True North promises residents privacy, affordability, and a...

Buffalo, New York, Is Staging a Comeback

The city’s dynamic architectural past is fueling its transformation.

Eero Saarinen’s Bell Labs Comes Back to Life

Architect Alexander Gorlin quietly transforms the landmark complex in New Jersey.

Notables in Design and Architecture Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

We invited a handful of connoisseurs to share their favorite Wright project with us.

Double Tap
John Pawson

The standout Instagram account that’s capturing our attention right now.

Gardens in the Sky: WOHA’s Sustainable Architecture

The principals of the Singapore-based firm are determined to paint a tropical metropolis green.

Inside Milan’s Most Sumptuous Entryways

An eccentric new book from Taschen
showcases a captivating selection of the

Renzo Piano’s Beacon of Hope

Victoria Newhouse’s new book about the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens...

First Look: Baltic

A new residence in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood brings modern appeal to its historic...

Design Dialogues No. 35

Architect Jeanne Gang and architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen join Surface for a...

Snøhetta Designs a Contemporary Cave at Lascaux

A new museum offers an unprecedented look at prehistoric paintings.

X Marks the Plot

The OMA-designed Alexis de Tocqueville library privileges public space over stacks.

The Concert Hall Upholding Pierre Boulez’s Legacy

The late conductor and composer’s friend Frank Gehry was entrusted with the design.

Rice University’s New Arts Building

Designed by Michael Maltzan Architects, the Moody Center fits right in while making a statement.

Double Tap
Geometry Club

The standout Instagram account that’s capturing our attention right now.

Inside Canada’s New National Music Centre

The stunning concert hall hits all the right notes.

Predicting the Future at A/D/O

At Brooklyn’s A/D/O, a recent conference focused on utopian (and dystopian) design.

City of Tomorrow: Real Estate, Architecture, and Design Summit

A New York conference’s inaugural edition gathers top minds in design and building.

Design Dispatch: Dec. 19, 2016

Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.

San Francisco

Design heft and art world gravitas are giving the City by the Bay a new patina.

Mar Adentro Is a Surreal Hotel by the Sea

Architect Miguel Angel Aragonés's design for Mar Adentro is a dreamscape on the Mexican coast.


Since the Wall came down, Berlin has been a magnet for a breed of artists more interested in...

Four Seasons Opens a Research and Design Lab

The opening of a research and design studio signals a new era for the venerable hotel brand.

Dancing Lights and a Pathway at University of Iowa’s New Building

For University of Iowa's Visual Arts Building, Steven Holl Architects created a sculptural...

The Estonian National Museum Transcends a Dark Past

Spearheaded by the young architecture firm DGT, the institution encompasses a figment of the...

Ron Arad Is The Master Of Architectural Sculpture

On the heels of reinvigorating Washington, D.C.'s iconic Watergate Hotel, the Israeli designer...

A Simple Design for A Vital Public Service

A new public safety answering center in the Bronx, PSAC II, combines fortress-like durability with...

Malkit Shoshan on the Architecture of Diplomacy

The Israeli-born Brooklynite designed the Dutch Pavilion as a means towards resolution in places...

Power List
Alejandro Aravena

How the Pritzker Prize–Winning architect is changing the world with beautiful, practical...

Tomas Maier Brings Spanish Flair to Bottega Veneta in Beverly Hills

The fashion designer took a hands-on approach to the new store, which nods to Colonial Revival...

Craig Dykers’s SFMOMA is Built for Tomorrow

Snøhetta's new home for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hopes to change everything from how

César Pelli, 1926-2019

The Argentine architect, who has passed away at 92, elevated even the most basic projects.

Speed Art Museum’s Overhaul

The continuously evolving Louisville museum gets a new look.

Odile Decq Breaks the Rules

The edgy French architect has become an advocate for women in the field and the next generation of...

The Harbin Opera House Brings Nature Indoors

Step Inside the Modern-day Icon by Ma Yansong.

A Parking Garage Even Pedestrians Will Appreciate

In Miami, Leong & Leong and Iwamoto Scott Architects elevate a typically overlooked type of...

Elements House in the Desert

A minimal but mighty guest house in New Mexico delivers a raw experience of the landscape.

Dior’s Seoul Flagship

A passion for horticulture has always been evident in the designs of Christian Dior.

Deconstructing Christopher Hawthorne

A conversation with The Los Angeles Times's architecture critic.