This week we unveiled this year’s Stirling Prize winner


This week on Dezeen, we announced that the Kingston University London – Town House designed by Grafton Architects is this year’s Stirling Prize winner.

Designed to serve as a ‘gateway to the university’, the six-story Kingston Upon Thames building features a series of open-plan common areas organized around a striking central staircase and preceded by a distinctive colonnade.

Architect Norman Foster, who headed the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize, praised the townhouse for its versatility, calling it “the future of education.”

Foster + Partners sells a “significant” stake to the investment company Hennick & Company

Private family-owned investment firm Hennick & Company became the major shareholder in Foster’s eponymous architectural firm, Foster + Partners.

“Towards the end of last year, we began to explore long-term structures for the practice that would respond to challenges and growth opportunities and encourage the next generation of leaders and this partnership is the culmination of that process.” , Foster said.

The office was founded by the winner of the Pritzker Foster Architecture Prize in 1967.

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Stefano Boeri covers the social housing tower with 10,000 plants

Italian architect Stefano Boeri completed his first “vertical forest” in the Netherlands, in the form of a 70-meter-high tower with projecting balconies that houses over 10,000 plants.

Called Truro Vertical Forest, the project is a social housing tower in Eindhoven. The tower follows a number of similar plant designs by Boeri, including the recent Palazzo Verde housing complex in Belgium.

CLT building
New York approves use of cross-laminated timber for six-story buildings

In New York City, the city council has approved solid lumber for construction of buildings up to 85 feet tall.

Meanwhile, in the UK, timber architecture expert Andrew Waugh has claimed that rules restricting the use of timber in architectural projects are hampering a shift to low-carbon construction methods.

United Arab Emirates pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020
Ten must-see pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020

As the Dubai Expo continues, we have brought together ten must-see pavilions for the event.

Three thematic pavilions designed by architectural studios Grimshaw, AGi Architects and Foster + Partners are among the highlights, along with the national pavilions of Santiago Calatrava, JKMM and Es Devlin.

Night view of House in The Lakes by Yoo, by Broadway Malyan
Broadway Malyan completes glass-fronted woodland retreat in the Cotswolds

Popular projects this week included a house informed by Mies van der Rohe in the Cotswolds, a ranch for an artist in Washington, and a house on a four-meter-wide site in Vietnam.

Our lookbook this week focused on interiors with window seats.

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