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Pumar Architekten to create new aquarium for world’s oldest zoo in Vienna, with mangrove garden and visitor centre

Austrian practice Pumar Architekten have won an international competition to create a new aquarium at Vienna’s Tiergarten Schönbrunn – the world’s oldest zoo. According to the architects, the new facility will feature a below-ground visitor’s centre with a path leading through a mangrove garden to a large shark tank. The aquarium’s exterior facilities – set to be created by local studio dieLandschaftsplaner – will be shaped to simulate Alpine scenery, and will include an artificial gorge, plus an aviary for
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Bonetti/Kozerski-designed Pace Gallery set to debut in September

Pace Gallery’s new Manhattan headquarters is set to open its doors on 14 September. Designed by New York-based architecture firm Bonetti/Kozerski (B/K), and situated on 540 West 25th Street in Chelsea, the 75,000 sq ft (6,967 sq m) flagship will boast a volcanic stone façade and feature five new indoor and outdoor galleries, a library, and a performance hall. Once open, the space, which is being developed by Weinberg Properties, will also showcase installations of new work by a variety
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Studio Gang's American Museum of Natural History extension breaks ground after delay caused by lawsuit

Construction of the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York has begun, following delays caused by a lawsuit brought by a community group. The hotly anticipated new wing of the museum – a projected US$383m (€338m, £301m), 230,000sq ft (70,104sq m) project – has been designed by Studio Gang Architects, with the intention of improving visitor circulation to better accommodate the museum's rising annual attendance, which is now
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Designer Gitta Gschwendtner creates gallery for London's Science Museum explaining how the city transformed humanity's understanding of the world

A telescope that once belonged to Sir Isaac Newton, the microscope used by Robert Hooke to create the captivating drawings of insects and plants in his book Micrographia, and a range of objects commissioned by England's King George III upon his coronation, are among the exhibits at a new permanent gallery in London's Science Museum. The Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery exhibition, which is due to open in September, explores how London's scientists and artisans helped to transform humanity's
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Foster and Partners-designed car museum for billionaire Peter Mullin gets outline planning consent

Proposals for a world-class automotive museum in the heart of the English countryside have moved a step further towards realisation with the awarding of outline planning permission. The Mullin Automotive Park will be situated over 63 hectares at the disused Enstone airfield near Chipping Norton in The Cotswolds, UK. It would provide public access to view the classic car collection of US businessman Peter Mullin, founder of M Financial Group, who established the sister location – Mullin Automotive Museum –
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PortAventura opening new village for seriously ill children

The PortAventura theme park in Spain has announced it will develop PortAventura Dreams, a 9,000sq m (29,527sq ft) village of eight homes offering entertainment and fun for children with serious illnesses and their families. PortAventura Dreams, which is due to open in September, will cost around €3m (US$3.38m, £2.65m) to create. Families of up to six people will be offered six-day stays, free of charge, with access to PortAventura's three theme parks, as well as exclusive activities for families, delivered
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The décor at Disneyland Paris’ Bistrot Chez Rémy imitates the restaurant in Disney-Pixar’s film

Making a play

"Young kids want to try activities aimed at older children, but the older ones still enjoy the physical play aimed at the younger group"

Architects from Walt Disney Imagineering reveal the secrets of kid-centric design
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This installation sees the Glass Rotunda turned into a digital art piece

Light fantastic

Tokyo-based digital art collective is on a mission to change the way we interact with art
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The columns will be backlit at night

Wuxi Show Theatre

The delicate beauty of one of China’s largest bamboo forests inspired the design of this dramatic theatre in the country’s southern Jiangsu province
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Early attractions like Coney Island, Luna Park and Disneyland had immersive experiences

Why immersion matters

"These places share the idea that the space is never a space in and of itself. It’s only a themed or immersive space when the visitor interacts with and completes it"

Immersion is vital in the leisure sectors. We look at the keys to immersing guests in a space
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The site was cluttered and confusing

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

"Thomas Heatherwick has a long relationship with Bombay Sapphire"

With a long-standing relationship, Thomas Heatherwick and Bombay Sapphire had a shared vision for the gin maker’s new attraction. We find out how they worked together to create this unique project
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The Scottish Design Galleries feature around 300 exhibits telling the story of Scottish design

V&A Dundee

Has Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee been worth the wait?
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The supertrees provide shade by day and come alive with lighting and projected media by night. Some of them feature photovoltaic cells and some act as air exhausts for the cooled conservatories

Interview: Paul Baker

"We hit on the idea quite early on that we would like to put a mountain inside the Cloud Forest Dome, because that's not something you do very often!"

The Wilkinson Eyre director on the challenges of designing Singapore’s award-winning cooled conservatories
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