Category Archives: Architecture

An artist’s impression of the new IKEA store at Vienna’s Westbahnhof station, where construction has just begun 

Set for completion in early 2021, (though there’ll probably be a bunch of screws and a weird plastic thing left over), the store, with its green facade of 160 integrated trees and roof terrace, has no car parking spaces – a nod to Vienna’s first rate public transport system.

IKEA promises 24 hour delivery for any items that can’t be carried out by hand.


Early next year, Toyota plans to start construction of a ‘prototype city of the future’ at a 175 acre site at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Details are a little fuzzy at present but according to the press release:

The city is planned to be fully sustainable, with buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods. The rooftops will be covered in photo-voltaic panels to generate solar power in addition to power generated by hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota plans to weave in the outdoors throughout the city, with native vegetation and hydroponics.


Bassins de Lumières – a 13,000-square metre former German and Italian WW2 submarine base at Bordeaux – soon to be the world’s largest digital art centre.

In April 2020, French art events management company Culturespaces will open the huge facility to the public, hosting immersive exhibitions of classical and contemporary art on the walls and beneath the surface of four water filled basins.


If you follow the HBO series ‘Succession’, you’ll recognise this as Kendall Roy’s swanky condo, and if you like it you can buy it.

Only slightly less impressive than its onscreen version, the condo is a 297m³, 4-bed, 3-bath duplex in a 19th century cast iron building in Tribeca fitted out in oak, marble and Gaggenau appliances with a centrepiece 7m ceilinged ‘great room’.

Ownership also includes private storage, a 24-hour doorman, use of the building’s fitness centre, spa, resident lounge and courtyard.

Yours for €6.4 million.


Behold the Interstellar restaurant created as part of  the Millesime Mexico 2019 haute cuisine festival at Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex, partly inspired by the film of the same name and designed by Almazán y Arquitectos Asociados, Concepto Taller de Arquitectura and Pin Studio.

The bookcase and suspended books reference one scene from the movie while the black interior and mirrored tables reflect 250,000 LED ‘stars’.


Luxury ‘tree suites’ in a forest near the Austrian town of Kitzbühel designed by Milan based studio Peter Pichler Architecture (you’ll recall Peter’s Dolomite treehouses). 

Envisioned as part of a new ‘7-star hotel resort’, the 60-80m³ cabins and their exoskeleton trestles are made from locally sourced wood. Accessed by glass elevator straight from the forest floor, each has a bedroom, bathroom, living room, sauna and balcony overlooking the pine forest canopy.


Zaha Hadid Architects’ winning submission to create a new Rail Baltic terminal in the Estonian capital.

Designed (like a flow diagram of circulation routes) as a transport hub that also serves the function of a public bridge, Ülemiste terminal will accommodate buses, trams and the start point of a new 870km high speed electric railway connecting to Riga and Vilnius.


Incredibly detailed architectures by artist Benjamin Sack – surreal geometries and labyrinths rendered in pencil and pen, many inspired by cosmological symbols and what the artist describes as his own ‘fear of blank spaces’.

Sack’s work ‘Labyrinths’ exhibits at the Direktorenhaus Museum in Berlin until next January, if you’re passing.