Category Archives: Architecture

Taiwan’s recently opened National Kaohsiung Centre For The Arts, Weiwuying – a vast performing arts venue (the world’s largest by far) covering 35 acres of a 116 acre park in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

The undulating structure, built by Dutch engineering firm Mecanoo and inspired by the undulating canopy of local banyan trees, incorporates a 2,236-seat opera house, a 1,981-seat concert hall, a 1,210-seat playhouse, a 434-seat recital hall, and an outdoor theatre built into the sloping roof.


Behold: Treow Brycg House at Kingsburg Beach on the south coast of Nova Scotia – a brooding structure redolent of some futuristic military installation but actually modelled on the vernacular gambrel-roofed barns of the area.

Designed both to resist and embrace the unpredictable coastal climate and control solar gain, the steel-walled house – on two levels with a separate interstitial zone for circulation – is slatted with brise soleils and clad in darkened aluminium.


La Dacha Mountain Retreat – strategically sited above a forest canopy overlooking the Nevados de Chillan volcano and the Valle Las Trancas in the Chilean Andes, the charred conifer-clad V-shaped house uses angled glazed panels to frame views of both.


The 2018 Aggregate Pavillion is a movable structure composed of 70,000 reusable star-shaped components. Created by researchers at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute For Computational Design and Construction (ICD), it’s the world’s first fully enclosed architectural space composed entirely of elements that hold their position by loose frictional contact.

The spiny ‘pavilion’ – whose construction, in essence, combines the properties of a solid shape and a shape-shifting fluid – was made by pouring the strangely familiar plastic shapes into a 8.8m x 9.7m enclosed space containing balloons (to create the negative space) which were then deflated and removed.

Mind now. You’ll have your eye out on that.


A selection of especially gravity-defying examples of Brutalist architecture.

From top: Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa, (1996); Armstrong Rubber Company Building, New Haven, Connecticut, (1968); São Paulo Museum of Art,  Brazil, (1968); Praxis Home, Mexico City (1970); Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Austria, (2010) and De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, ( 2013).


Behold: the sumptuous interiors of the Delphi Lux cinema in Berlin’s City West district – an extensive foyer, two bars and seating for 600 in seven different auditoria, each one branded with its own combination of LED lighting and geometric decor.


Archway Studios – a three storey residence built on an infill plot beneath a 19th century railway viaduct in London.

Protected from the vibration of passing trains by a steel foil ‘acoustic shell’ facade, the central atrium has a roof light illuminating all three floors with a staggered staircase rising to bedrooms and a study on the top level.

Yours for just over a million quid.


The still under construction Lieban International Building in Guiyang, China – a 121m tall tower block with a 106m waterfall designed into it.

Sadly, the projected annual running costs of €860,000 generated by 4 huge pumps and building maintenance means the waterfall will only flow a few times a year and not constantly, as envisaged by the designers.



Soneva Jani – a luxury retreat in the Maldives connecting five islands in a shallow lagoon, accessed by a sinuous wooden walkway.

(photo: @alexpreview)


An intriguing installation celebrating the 20th year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.of the fortress city of Carcassonne in Southern France.

Created by Swiss artist Felice Varini and commissioned by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the concentric patterns are actually thin sections of coloured aluminium, carefully adhered to the ancient city walls in anamorphic patterns that will remain in place until September.2018.