Los Angeles, United States

Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) has won Volvo’s “Switch to Pure Volvo” competition. The competition challenged entrants to design a rapidly deployable pavilion to showcase and charge Volvo’s new V60 plug-in electric hybrid at fairs and open air presentations in Italian squares.

Image: Synthesis Design + Architecture

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Young Latvian practice NRJA (No Rules, Just Architecture) has designed the ultimate home for globetrotters. The eco-friendly DOM(E) home features a ‘foldable’ self-supporting internal structure made from laminated timber with metal mounts, 200mm insulation and a 9mm fibre concrete slab covered with liquid rubber as exterior finish.

Image: NRJA

Courtesy World Architecture News


New York, United States

London architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled plans for her first New York project – a boutique apartment block that will be constructed beside New York's popular High Line park. The 11-story chevron-pattern design will be fashioned from steel and glass in Hadid's signature space-age style.

Image: Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy LA Times


Mazandaran Province, North Iran

A competition to design a set of gates to a residential complex in North Iran has been won by two Italian architecture practices: Waltritsch a+u and Rndr Studio. The firms worked together to conceptualise the gateway, which features a series of punctured corrugated corten steel plates that cast shadows across the ground in traditional Iranian design patterns.

Images: Waltritsch a+u and Rndr Studio

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London, England

Kohn Pedersen Fox has submitted plans to add 11 floors on top of the existing 30-storey King's Reach Tower on London's South Bank. The project engineer claims this would be the first time such an ambitious extension has been attempted.

Courtesy Dezeen