Big headlines this week is the completion of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington, and other global architectural projects make headway. Read on to find out more.


Junya Ishigami has completed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, with his vision of a rugged, rocky canopy made out of 61 tonnes of Cumbrian slate. A ‘forest’ of rock, supported by over a hundred pin columns, his design follows the trends of his other works, celebrating the form of the natural world.

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“A stone creates a landscape, and a landscape usually sits outside of a building. I wanted to create the landscape inside the building, as a theory of the landscape that the stone creates outside,” said Ishigami.

“In that sense, I tried to create this landscape that exists outside, inside the building itself.”

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Serpentine Pavilion 2019

A new home of the Olympics has been designed by 3XN, sat right next to the picturesque Lake Geneva. Built for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, the building will serve as offices for the organisation’s 500 staff. The architecture firm behind it wanted to evoke the ‘Olympic spirit’ in the design, with movement, transparency, flexibility, sustainability, and collaboration all represented within the architecture.


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The Natural History Museum in Manhattan is set for an update, as Studio Gang reveal new renderings of their vision for the famous institute. The exciting new design, which looks like the exoskeleton of some ribs, will add some new galleries, classrooms, a theatre and a library, expanding the already mammoth museum.


OMA have completed their new tower in San Francisco, an 183 metre high glass building which is their first on the west coast of America. The Avery features a staggered glass midriff designed to mirror steps, which inside, has stunning views of the city; a real envy-inducing pearl plopped right next to San Francisco Bay.


Berliners are rejoicing as the left-wing government in charge have agreed to freeze rents in the city for the next five years, as they were increasingly pricing people out of the liberal German hub. On average, people are paying €1,100 (£983; $1,232) to live in a flat in Berlin, which by January won’t rise any further.


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A new baseball stadium for the Diablos Rojos del México has been competed in the country’s capital of Mexico City. FGP Atelier’s “Devil Tail” stadium took inspiration from the team itself and was even designed by Mexican-born Francisco Gonzalez Pulido.

The vast stadium is set to be the country’s biggest for the sport and is part of the huge former Olympic Park, sat next to the Formula One race track and is part of the huge hub of several cultural, social, religious, and sporting events.


Visions for the new Eden Project North have taken a few steps forward, as it emerges construction is planning on beginning next year, opening in 2023. The £85m project will be built on Morecambe Bay’s seafront, and they are predicting that the complex will attract around 760,000 visitors per year. It would also have a 4,000-capacity outdoor arena designed for live music and entertainment.


Foster + Partners have revealed their plans to incorporate an Uber Air skyport into their huge new development Santa Clara in the Silicon Valley. As the tech hub of the world, it does make perfect sense, and they become yet another of the superstar architecture firms getting involved in Uber’s drastic new venture.

“The way we move is constantly evolving”, said Foster + Partners head of studio Stefan Behling, “The skyport is an integrated hub that offers people the choice to change from one mode of transport to many others”


Sou Fujimoto completes his rather bizarre tree-like building in the French city of Montpellier, with sticking out balconies. The strange looking structure almost looks like it’s growing hairs, as the long balconies cast shadows across the building.


Housebuilder Berkeley Group have indicated it will seek to expand it’s territory beyond London, as profts fell by a fifth last year, signalling the end of a period of bumper earnings for the comapny.


BIG have released visuals for their new hotel which will be situated in a new amusement park in Copenhagen. Based in the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, it is part of the wider renovation of the site by the architecture firm.


London’s status as a tech hub of the world has been affirmed, as huge interest in the London property market is being shown by Silicon Valley tech giants. American purchasers are now second only to the Chinese and account for six per cent of all sales to foreign buyers in central London so far this year.