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Bjarke Ingels, Jean Nouvel and Kengo Kuma named as three finalist for Shenzhen Opera House project

The architectural competition to decide the designer of the planned Shenzhen Opera House has reached the closing stages, with three high-profile practices being selected as finalists. Those making it to the final list are Jean Nouvel Ateliers, Bjarke Ingels Group, working with Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, and Kengo Kuma and Associates, working with Shenzhen University Institute of Architectural Design. The opera house project is being driven by the local government of Shenzhen, including the Bureau of Planning and Natural
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Cox Architecture creates dramatic, flowing theatre for Sydney

Cox Architecture 's Sydney Coliseum Theatre combines a flowing form with a restrained palette of materials to create a beautiful and dramatic new cultural hub. Located in the Rooty Hill area of Western Sydney, the design for the facility was based on the concept of transcendence, with the aim of creating a journey from the outside world into the "the magic of performance". The 8000sq m (86,000sq ft) multi-mode venue features 2,000 seats, three foyers, seven bars and a bespoke
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Expo 2020 Dubai likely to be postponed until 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai has announced that it will likely be postponed by a year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Representatives of the event have been working in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, as well as the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body for World Expos, to ascertain the impact of the coronavirus and determine whether or not to go ahead as planned. A proposal made by the Steering Committee, supported by Expo 2020, on
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Wutopia's 52nd-floor bookstore gets the bright white treatment

Wutopia Lab have created a bookstore on the 52nd floor of Shanghai's tallest building, Shanghai Tower, that incorporates a lecture room, an exhibition space, a coffee shop, a dessert café and a snack outlet. Covering 2,200sq m (23,700sq ft), the store has been designed to accommodate 60,000 books and 2,000 products. It is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows that draw the sky and the cityscape into the space, making the views of them part of its design. The expansive glazing also
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Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer create raised concrete gallery in Accra

Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer have created a new gallery for the Nubuke Foundation art centre in Accra, Ghana, that hovers over the existing garden. The centre, which was founded in 2007 and has a sister site in the Ghanaian town of Wa, hosts programmes supporting the arts, culture, and heritage of the country. The Nubuke Extended project was aimed at expanding the site to create a cultural and civic hub for Accra. The new gallery is a concrete-built, single-room
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Funding boost for Diller Scofidio + Renfro's London Centre for Music

The London Centre for Music, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has received a funding boost of nearly £2m ($2.3m, €2.2m) for the next stage of its development. Announced in 2017, the vision for the centre is "to develop a world-class venue for performance and education across all musical genres". It will transform part of and be run by the Barbican performing arts centre and will be a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of
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Interview: Dutch master: UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel

Ben van Berkel

"Making buildings more healthy is definitely the future"

UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel shares what he’s learned from projects including the Mercedes- Benz Museum and the Theatre de Stoep
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The architect and client worked with English Heritage and English Nature to restore the historic buildings

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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Interview: Dutch master: UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel

Ben van Berkel

"Making buildings more healthy is definitely the future"

UNStudio co-founder Ben van Berkel talks about healthy buildings, theatre design and his fascination with art and commerce. Alice Davis reports
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Widening the River Test was a key part of the project

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

"Thomas Heatherwick has a long relationship with Bombay Sapphire"

Faced with a complex and challenging site, Bombay Sapphire and Thomas Heatherwick Studio had to work closely on the gin maker’s new distillery. Alice Davis finds out how their relationship helped this unique project take shape.
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