A house in Värmdö, Sweden, is designed to make the most of its location. Street Monkey Architects' Pulkabacken (or "toboggan hill") House has a large, grass-covered ground-to-roof slope that provides privacy and can be used for sledding in the snow. It also leads up to a rooftop party deck.
Work has begun on replacing the existing building at 425 Park Avenue in New York with a new 21st century skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 10 for the 677.5 ft tall building which will combine sustainability with a focus on occupant wellbeing.
The largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest and one of the most significant in the entire United States, Oregon City's Willamette Falls, has remained closed to the general public for around a century due to its use as an industrial center. However, as part of a larger scheme to redevelop the area, work will soon begin on building a new riverwalk along the edge of the falls.
Tunneling work has been completed for the UK's Crossrail rail link. Described as Europe's biggest construction project, it will create a new 118-km (73-mile) rail route. The route includes 42 km (26 miles) of newly dug tunnels that go straight through the center of London.
A new workspace in the UK has a staircase that does more than just get people from one level to another. Designed to make more use of what would be minimally utilized space, the Living Staircase at Ampersand's offices in London features rows of planting boxes above the handrails, spaces for relaxation or meetings, a tea bar and a library.
The Réinventer Paris competition was conceived to promote new architectural ideas for the city's future, and provided the impetus behind Planning Korea's L’air Nouveau de Paris and Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Paris Smart City. A new entry, by Michael Green Architects, imagines the world's tallest wooden building for the city.
An interactive façade is to be wrapped around the south-east corner of a building at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) in Toronto. Its design is based on mapping data from the local area. Passers-by will be able to read information embedded in the façade by photographing it.
Copenhagen's Arcgency recently completed a shipping container-based office that plays to the container's strengths as a construction material and addresses its weaknesses. Dubbed Made to be Moved, the recyclable building takes the chilly Scandinavian climate in its stride, and is designed to be easily dismantled when the time comes to move it to another location.
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.