As everybody gears up for Christmas, we’ve made a small bundle of all the latest news stories concerning property & architecture that might have slipped your attention this week, including the completion of the Wuxi Show Theatre; ‘the bamboo forest’.


An incredible new theatre, designed by Steven Chilton Architects, has been completed in Wuxi, China. The Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre in loacted outside of Shanghai, and will be home to a water show designed by Belgian theatre director Franco Dragone. The ‘bamboo forest’ theatre takes inspiration from the huge bamboo forest just nearby, which is the largest in China.


Williamsburg in Brooklyn is set for a pair of skyscrapers which tower above a lagoon-like promenade. The mixed-use development was thought up by BIG in order to improve ‘the resiliency of the waterfront’. Named the River Street Waterfront Plan, it is one in many developments along the Brooklyn shoreline.


Foster + Partners complete a sleek new department store in Luxembourg, with a zig-zag, glass facade. The Galeries Lafayette was designed to have “a distinctive presence for one of Europe’s leading department stores”, aiming to mimic a jewel. 


The renovation of the historic La Brea Tar Pits is to be carried out by Weiss Manfredi, after their design won the competition. The asphalt lakes are sites of archaeological importance, as thousands of animals are preserved in the tar, which have been there for thousands of years, and the architecture firm’s design will help to update the site for the future.  


Odile Decq brings colour and light to her first luxury residential skyscraper in the seaside city of Barcelona. Designing the interiors of the building also, there is a symmetry that runs through the building, that reflects the vibrant culture of the city.


The Scots have unveiled their own version of the Help-to-Buy scheme, named the First Home Fund, in which they will contribute up to £25,000 towards the cost of buying a property through a shared equity scheme.


A huge new performing arts centre is to be built in Brighton, with firm Krft chosen to build it. The state-of-the-art design will join a host of architectural names to have worked on the 19th-century college, including OMA and Eric Parry.


Despite confidence of a ‘Boris bounce back’ in house prices after his election win, house prices remain low, as young people struggling to afford deposits is being noted as a major reason.


Aswell as several major clamp downs on construction allowances in New York, a new bill is being introduced to protect birds, as all buildings with glass rising 75 feet or higher must be patterned to make them more visible to birds!


Commercial property investment has jumped 15% in the capital, after Boris’ win, with investors believing certainty is to return to London’s commercial property sector. 


An architect in New York has been killed by falling debris from a building in Midtown Manhattan. 


Sydney are investing hugely into arts, performance and culture at the moment, making their largest investment since the Sydney Opera House. The new Powerhouse Parramatta is at the centre of this, which is a hyper platform containing a museum, which will be the centrepiece of a 24-hour arts and cultural precinct on the banks of the Parramatta River.