Let's take a look at some of the world's latest innovations in architecture and design.
Breathtaking temporary structures on exhibit in Washington DC
HYBYCOZO 2018. Photography by Ron Blunt
Temporary structures built during North America’s annual Burning Man festival are now on display at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. Each year, Burning Man attendees build impressive structures that can take anywhere from months to years to design, build and plan. Some of these structures are then ceremoniously burned down at the end of the festival. Indeed, some of the structures on display at the Smithsonian needed to be rebuilt for the exhibition.
A house on top of a hotel: "phantasmagoric" architecture planned for France
Maison Heler. Image: starck.com
In the heart of the newly developed Quartier de l'Ampithéâtre in the French city of Metz, a new hotel called Maison Heler will be built. Architect Philippe Starck has imagined the construction of this building in resonance with the Centre Pompidou Metz - like a habitable, surreal and poetic work of art, becoming a strong symbol for the region.
"This project is an 'out-of-scale' phantasmagoric architecture. It's a game about uprooted roots, a symbolic construction of Lorraine," says Starck.
The monolithic and monochromatic building topped by an 18th century traditional Alsation home will be a unique destination for guests and local residents to enjoy, according to Starck. The house will top 14 floors including a rooftop terrace and garden, populated with local trees and offering breathtaking views of the city. The 119 guest rooms will be complemented by a restaurant and lounge bar situated in the house, as well as private meeting spaces and a gym.
Spherical event venue revealed for London
MSG Sphere. Image: Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company has revealed images of proposed the MSG Sphere for London. It has been designed by Populous, a global firm which has designed many stadia and arenas throughout the world.
The Sphere represents next-generation venues seeking to "redefine live entertainment" through a range of technology that will support transformative, immersive connections between artists and audiences. For example, it will contain an "interior bowl" featuring the world's largest and highest resolution media display, an adaptive acoustics system, and next-generation wireless connectivity. There are also plans for a MSG Sphere in Las Vegas, also designed by Populous.