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The Shard, London, by Renzo Piano, was amongst RIBA's 56 winners (Photo: Morley von Sternb...

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of its annual National Awards and European Awards. As was the case last year, the awards are a good opportunity to gauge the current state of top-tier architecture in that part of the world. There's total of 56 winners in all – 44 from the UK and 12 from elsewhere in Europe. Those 56 will eventually be whittled down to 12, before just one is given RIBA's Stirling Award on October 16.  Read More

The mobile pod offers entry through seven TT tailgate-equipped doorways

Not long after it revealed the Q3 camping tent, Audi has presented another car-inspired living space. Developed by industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the TT Pavilion blends parts and design cues from the Audi TT into a futuristic field shelter.  Read More

Double story container site disguises a modern office space designed by Japanese architect...

Located on the corner of a small alley in Torigoe, Tokyo, one can find two shipping containers that appear to have been carelessly stacked on top of one another. On closer inspection, however, a large rear door opens to reveal a modern office and gallery space that stretches over two levels.  Read More

The Polstjärnan (or Pole Star) skyscraper, by SOM (Image: Serneke)

Following an international architecture competition, Skidmore Owings and Merril (SOM) has been given the nod to produce what will be Scandinavia's tallest building. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Polstjärnan (or Pole Star) residential skyscraper is due for completion in 2019.  Read More

Shangri-La is a new hotel that has opened at the Shard in London

Last month, a new hotel opened at the Shard in London. Shangi-La at the Shard claims to be the tallest hotel in Western Europe, in the tallest building, with the highest champagne bar and the highest swimming pool. Naturally, it seemed only right for Gizmag to visit and give it our seal of approval.  Read More

The Phoenix Towers, by Chetwoods Architects (Image: Chetwoods)

Though already home to the world's largest building, the Middle Kingdom could soon receive the world's tallest pair of towers too, courtesy of UK-based Chetwoods Architects and its Phoenix Towers concept. Set for Wuhan, Central China, the larger of the two towers reaches a Burj Khalifa-besting 1 km (3,280 ft) in height, and sports an ambitious list of sustainable technology.  Read More

The Lookout, by architectural students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler (Photo: Ross Campbel...

Two Scottish architectural students recently designed and built a novel observation point that sports a reflective facade in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland. The Lookout offers a quiet place from which to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, and boasts views of Loch Voil and Loch Doine.  Read More

The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Phot...

Those looking for a private place to relax could do worse than the One Man Sauna, by German architectural firm Modulorbeat. Based within the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany, the sauna was created as part of an ongoing project to help re-invigorate the local area following a factory closure and resulting job losses.  Read More

Inside a test dome built using the pneumatic wedge method

There probably aren't many domed concrete structures where you live, and there's a reason for that – they're difficult to build. Doing so usually requires the construction of a supporting wooden structure, that holds the concrete in place while it hardens. Now, however, a team at the Vienna University of Technology has devised a system that allows concrete shell structures to simply be "inflated" and cinched together with a steel cable.  Read More

The Redaction House, by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, was one of five modern residences gi...

The American Institute of Architecture's Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community recently revealed the winners of its 8th annual Small Project Awards. The awards aim to highlight outstanding architectural projects of all kinds, which are small in both stature and cost. This year's winners included several pavilions, a light installation, and five energy-efficient homes.  Read More

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