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The architects Dean Mackenzie and Hamish Monk

Working it

Fitness giant Les Mills has launched three new studio spaces at its iconic Auckland City Gym in New Zealand
The new spaces were designed by New Zealand architects Monk Mackenzie and interior designer Rufus Knight, working in partnership with design studio Alt Group. According to Les Mills Jnr, who
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Smooth in-situ concrete dominates the building’s interior spaces including the foyer below

Alexander Schwarz

Alexander Schwarz
As the James-Simon-Galerie opens in Berlin, completing two decades of work on Museum Island for David Chipperfield Architects, Magali Robathan speaks to the lead designer
The David Chipperfield-designed James-Simon-Galerie – the first new building on Berlin’s Museum Island in almost a century – has opened in the German capital, with the official launch attended by
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Lucky dip

The UK has a rich network of historic pools, but over the years many have closed down. Now, thanks to a renewed appreciation of these architectural beauties, they are coming back to life. Kath Hudson reports
Thanks to the 1846 Baths and Wash House Act, the UK has one of the largest collections of historic swimming pools in the world. Almost a century of municipal pool
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Scott and Tracy Lee met while working on Calistoga Ranch, US

Blurred lines

Scott Lee became president of SB Architects in 2000. Tracy Lee founded TLee Spas in 2015
Architect Scott Lee and spa consultant Tracy Lee talk to Jane Kitchen about marrying the worlds of architecture and wellness
As design and wellness become more and more intertwined – wellness real estate is now worth US$134bn and poised to grow to US$180bn by 2022 – it’s no wonder that
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The book was published in 2019 by RIBA Publishing

Elina Grigoriou

Following a decade of research, the co-founder of Grigoriou Interiors has launched a practical guide on designing spaces that boost wellbeing
The publishing wing of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published Wellbeing in Interiors: Philosophy, Design and Value in Practice – a book authored by London-based interior designer Elina Grigoriou.
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The architectural concept was inspired by the desert rose

Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel Architect
Architect - Project National Museum of Qatar
Jean Nouvel’s long awaited US$434m (€383m, £328.7m) museum opened in Doha, Qatar, at the end of March. Inspired by the local desert rose, the museum features permanent and temporary galleries,
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A large mural behind the bar acts as a focal point for the room

Andre Fu

Fu has a masters in architecture from Cambridge University
Founder, AFSO - project St Regis Hong Kong
Design practice AFSO have created interior spaces at the St Regis Hong Kong, a recently opened resort that has been likened to a “curated mansion”. Located in the city’s Wan
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WeWork opened its first gym, Rise by We, in New York last year

Dror Benshetrit and Di-Ann Eisnor

Dror Benshetrit and Di-Ann Eisnor will head up the team
Dror Benshetrit, Founder, Dror Studio & Di-Ann Eisnor, Future Cities Initiatives, We Company
The We Company, formerly known as WeWork, has hired designer Dror Benshetrit and former Google executive Di-Ann Eisnor to jointly oversee its Future Cities Initiatives. Dror Benshetrit is a designer,
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Manijeh Verghese (left) and Madeleine Kessler will represent the UK

Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese

Madeleine Kessler associate architect, Haptic Architecture and founder, mnm & Manijeh Verghese designer, curator and architecture tutor
Architect Madeleine Kessler and artist Manijeh Verghese have been chosen by the British Council to represent the UK at the 17th Venice architecture biennale. Kessler and Verghese’s winning concept for
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The Gallery in Mourad Mazouz's Sketch is one of London's most instagrammed spaces

India Mahdavi

After working for Christian Liaigre in Paris, Mahdavi launched her practice in 1999
The 'queen of colour' speaks to Magali Robathan about the pink room at Sketch and creating joyful spaces
For me, colours are like people,” India Mahdavi tells me. “They should start a conversation, they should argue, they should get close, they should get upset with one another. “I’m
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Elevated walkways and guided tours will allow resort guests to explore the forest

Maria Warner Wong

Maria Warner Wong was born in Australia and raised and eduated in Mexico City
Andrew Manns catches up with the co-founder of WOW Architects to get her views on the relationship between nature, wellness and ‘extraordinary sensory experiences’
Maria Warner Wong is the design director and co-founder of WOW Architects – a Singapore-based architecture firm whose most famous projects include the St Regis Maldives and the Anantara Resort
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Ngaren museum

Polish architect Daniel Libeskind has released images of his breathtaking designs for “Ngaren” – a world history museum commissioned by famed paleoanthropologist, Professor Richard Leakey
Set to rise in the rugged hills of Kenya’s Rift Valley, Daniel Libeskind’s jagged-shaped museum will chart the course of human evolution with narrative-led exhibits that will address misconceptions about
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The fog sculpture at 140 West Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill, US

Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim
Boston-based landscape architect, Mikyoung Kim, was studying to be a pianist when tendonitis caused her to rethink her career. She speaks to Kath Hudson about growing up feeling different and how landscape architecture has been a pretty good plan B
Over the past two decades, Mikyoung Kim Design has crafted an exceptional portfolio of award-winning work, spanning from healing gardens in children’s hospitals to the expansive and high profile ChonGae
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River retreat

Following a three year renovation project and the addition of a Floating Spa by Champalimaud Design, YTL has launched the long awaited Monkey Island Estate on the Thames, near London, UK
Monkey Island Estate has opened in Bray-on-Thames, England. Part of the YTL Group, the historic estate is set across seven acres on an island with a rich history dating back
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Photo at top of page, from left to right, the architects of Hudson Yards: David Manfredi, David Rockwell, Elizabeth Diller, Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen, Norman Foster, Thomas Woltz, Thomas Heatherwick and David Childs

A new skyline

Following the long awaited launch of New York’s Hudson Yards neighbourhood, we take a look at how some of the leisure facilities are shaping up and speak to SOM’s David Childs
In March, the public were invited to the launch of the first phase of New York’s Hudson Yards mega development. Billed as the largest private real estate project in US
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Solomeo’s medieval squares and roads have been repaved and restored, with a range 
of new amenties added

Designing with soul

His quest to make the world a more beautiful place has seen entrepreneur Brunello Cucinelli transform the medieval hamlet where he lives and works. Andrew Manns finds out more
In a way, Brunello Cucinelli seems like a remnant from the long-past days of Renaissance Florence. He first catapulted into global fame – and gained his playfully regal appellate ‘The
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The Battersea Power Station site is currently being redeveloped

New life

From the High Line to New York’s Erie Canal, BuroHappold’s Cities Team is exploring how former public infrastructure can be used to reinvigorate communities. Alice Shay talks to Magali Robathan
Across the world, changing lifestyles and technologies are seeing railways, bridges, ports, piers, highways and man-made waterways become underused and abandoned. These ‘stranded assets’ have huge potential – a range
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The Royal Villa features a swimming pool, jacuzzi and private garden

Hidden treasure


In the hospitality industry, ideas about wellness are changing,” says Rocco Bova, taking a thoughtful sip of mescal. “We’ve made a conscious decision not to follow the traditional model, where
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Company profile: Fabio Alemanno Design Ltd
Based on ancient knowledge – and confirmed by scientific research – warmth is one of the most important sources of healing and preventative therapy available.
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Manuelle Gautrand
"The cities where you have good cultural buildings and facilities – it’s a way for people to mix, to share the city in a much deeper way"

The French architect and winner of the 2017 European Prize for Architecture tells us why she is determined to surprise

Alcide Leali Jnr
"Wellness embraces the entire holiday experience"

The design of the newly-opened Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomitti in Italy aims to celebrate and protect its spectacular surroundings

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The Ryan Fieldhouse and Water Athletics Center, Evanston
"Most clients are very focused on how buildings are used and experienced as the primary design driver"

The MD of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and the CEO of PerkinsWill tell us why their merger will help create smarter buildings driven by human behaviour

Marianne Shillingford
"The technology involved in paint is extraordinary"

Used cleverly, colour has the power to influence how people use the spaces they inhabit, says the creative director of Dulux

McGregor Coxall’s Adrian McGregor is leading a project to create a ‘bird airport’ in Tianjin, China
"Funding woes and murky timelines are common problems. It can be easier to make a difference one small project at a time"

From parks designed to mitigate the effects of flooding to warming huts for one of the world’s coldest cities, these projects have been designed for increasingly extreme climates

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Metalline transforms London hotel with bespoke aluminium fins
The aluminium fins will form the façade of the upcoming Minories Hotel in Aldgate, London
Lauren Heath-Jones
Metalline, an architectural metalwork specialist based in the UK, has created a range of bespoke 3D twisted metal fins for ...
Tom Dixon collaborates with Prolicht to launch CODE lighting range
The product has three LED light sources: Dot, Dash and Grid
Megan Whitby
British designer, Tom Dixon, and Austrian architectural lighting specialists, Prolicht, have collaborated to unveil a new lighting range. Called CODE, ...
Barr + Wray to launch space saving hammam concept
Light shines through a striking central chandelier to create a feeling of movement
Katie Barnes
Smaller footprint. Maximum theatre. Those are the two main features of a new hammam concept being developed by wet spa ...
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Canteen collection combines nostalgia with modern aesthetics
The Canteen collection was inspired by post-war British design techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Very Good & Proper (VG&P), a British furniture brand, has curated a new dining collection that combines traditional woodworking techniques ...
BIG partners with Louis Poulsen for new lighting collection
The Keglen collection is made up of four different pendants
Lauren Heath-Jones
BIG Ideas, the technology arm of renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), has partnered with Danish lighting manufacturer Louis ...
Naval architect launches solar-powered floating pods
The Anthénea pod is a luxury floating suite that could be used as a spa or treatment suite
Lauren Heath-Jones
Naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle has designed a solar-powered floating hotel suite aimed at offering an eco-friendly and nomadic place for ...
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XTU concept imagines life in the clouds
XTU's X Cloud concept is part of the Future and the Arts: AI, Robotic, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
Lauren Heath-Jones
XTU Architects, a Paris-based architecture firm, has released images and renderings of X Cloud, a new concept that showcase a ...
1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium celebrates Southampton FC's history
Rainbow Design worked closely with KSS Architects to ensure the furniture matched the design vision
Lauren Heath-Jones
KSS Architects has partnered with Rainbow Design, a London-based furniture supplier, to create the 1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium, ...
Daniel Svahn creates furniture collection using repurposed table tops
The Goodies But Oldies collection features three pieces made from repurposed MDF table tops
Lauren Heath-Jones
Daniel Svahn, a Stockholm-based furniture designer, has created a new range of sustainable furnishings, made from recycled MDF tabletops. Svahn, ...