A hotel in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, shows just what can be achieved in spite of location, planning and environmental restrictions. Sandibe Okavango is an eco-lodge built in a UNESCO World Heritage site designed to be sustainable. Despite this, it provides 24 beds of luxury accommodation.
A new living wall is being claimed as the largest in Europe. Measuring 1,027 sq m (11,055 sq ft), it comprises around 97,000 plants and is installed along the sides of a recently built multistory parking structure at the headquarters of the UK's National Grid on the outskirts of Warwick.
Following the unveiling – and subsequent rejection – of its ambitious new Mountain View headquarters, Google has reportedly submitted plans for a redesigned building that will be located on an unused plot the internet giant currently leases.
Spearheaded by developer Michael Simkins and designed by SHoP Architects and West 8, the Miami Innovation District will host a mix of startups and small to large businesses and will seek to generate sustainable economic growth while complementing the local community. As well as being envisaged as an "urban campus" and a "thriving, global, connected live-work-play ecosystem," it will seek to provide both the required infrastructure for the growth of Miami's creative technology industries and become a destination for local people to enjoy.
A new public park and trail system will open in the US city of Chicago
this weekend. The 606, so-called because of the Chicago ZIP code prefix,
is built on the former route of the Bloomingdale Line railway track.
Its centerpiece is a 2.7-mi (4.3 km) elevated recreation and culture
Host to millions of Muslim pilgrims each year, the holy city of Mecca is a lucrative location for hoteliers. Architecture conglomerate Dar Al-Handasah aims to capitalize on this by building the world's largest hotel in the city. Dubbed Abraj Kudai, it's reportedly due to open its doors in 2017.
A new bridge in the Netherlands is designed to do more than get people from A to B. The Paleisbrug, in the city of 's-Hertogenbosch, is a raised park, pedestrian bridge and cycle-link all in one. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the bridge joins the city center with its newly-developed Paleiskwartier district, which is home to the city's court building, university buildings, homes and offices.
Zaha Hadid Architects has completed work on a striking new £11 million (US$17 million) addition to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Contrasting markedly with nearby Brutalist and Victorian architecture, the modernist Investcorp Building is clad in stainless steel and sees the architect's distinctive flowing style used to great effect.
Regular readers are likely familiar with Vincent Callebaut's futuristic output by now, and the Belgian architect is at it again with a new project that follows in much the same vein as its predecessors. The Wooden Orchids project envisions a large sustainable shopping mall in Jiangxi Province, China, that boasts solar and wind power, geothermal heating, rainwater recycling, and a design that's part-inspired by the orchid.
Dubai has more than its fair share of outlandish buildings, but 8 + 8 Concept Studio's recently-revealed proposal for an underwater tennis center would probably take the biscuit for the craziest yet – in the unlikely event it is ever built, anyway ...