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Week’s top news: Heatherwick hits back, De Niro gets green light and Fairmont build ‘a park in a hotel’

Here are some of the most popular stories that appeared on CLAD this week, from Elon Musk’s proposed solar roof to three new football stadium designs.

Monday

• A “smart” self-shading window has been developed that can switch from transparent to opaque in a matter of seconds. Read here.

• Two alternative designs have been proposed for Sir Peter Jackson’s Wellington Movie Museum. Read here.

• GOCO Hospitality is developing a spa and wellness retreat on the dramatic German island of Rügen. Read here.

• Dubai’s next planned stadium will be fully air-conditioned and the largest sports facility in the UAE. Read here.

Tuesday

• Developer Nakheel and hospitality giant RIU Hotels & Resorts have officially kickstarted development on a huge resort and waterpark on Dubai’s artificial Deira Islands. Read here.

• Billionaire inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has teased his latest innovation: a customisable roof with integrated solar panels. Read here.

• A new leisure centre in north London will be surrounded by an outdoor running track. Read here.

• OMA’s managing partner tells CLAD about the studio’s football stadium design for Dutch club Feyenoord. Read here.

Wednesday

• A 380m long elevated walkway is bringing leisure to the skies of Kolkata. Read here.

• Guests at a new resort in the Maldives can open their bedroom roof at the touch of a button. Read here.

• The design team revamping FC Barcelona's iconic Camp Nou stadium have given an exclusive snapshot of their competition-winning plans. Read here.

Thursday

• Fairmont’s hotel in Austin, Texas will be filled with trees and plants to become ‘a park in a hotel.’ Read here.

• Thomas Heatherwick has launched an impassioned defence of his Garden Bridge project in London, hitting back at critics “with an agenda.” Read here.

• The National Museum of Oman has opened its doors to the public in a modern-day palace. Read here.

Friday

• Miami’s culture-heavy Faena Forum by OMA is nearing completion. Read here.

• AECOM are exploring the possibility of expanding New York’s famous but congested Brooklyn Bridge. Read here.

• Robert De Niro’s boutique London hotel has won planning permission and will be built soon. Read here.

For a quick and comprehensive overview of all our recent stories, take a look at CLAD's Grid View mode.

For more leisure design and architecture news you can check the CLAD website every day and follow us on Twitter @CLADglobal.

Robert De Niro  Elon Musk  OMA  Thomas Heatherwick  FC Barcelona  Feyenoord  Tesla  solar roof  Fairmont  GOCO 
Here are some of the most popular stories that appeared on CLAD this week, from Elon Musk’s proposed solar roof to three new football stadium designs. Monday • A “smart” self-shading window has been developed that can switch from transparent to opaque in a matter of seconds. Read here. • Two alternative designs have been proposed for Sir Peter Jackson’s Wellington Movie Museum. Read here. • GOCO Hospitality is developing
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