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Holman House by Durbach Block Jaggers

This week last year Dezeen readers were swooning over idyllic houses in Australia, as we featured one overhanging the side of a cliff (above) and one that can be hidden behind a steel curtain (below).

Glass Loggia House by Allen Jack+Cottier, Vladimir Sitta and Belinda Koopman

With just over a year to go before the Olympics, Zaha Hadid's completed aquatics centre was unveiled (below), while designs for the winner's medals failed to impress.

London Aquatics Centre 2012 by Zaha Hadid

In other news, Shigeru Ban completed an apartment block with a facade that rolls open (below), plus we published three popular movies demonstrating origami techniques and a dress that unfurls in the light (bottom).

Metal Shutter Houses by Shigeru Ban Architects and Dean Maltz Architect

See all our stories from July 2011 »

Living Pod by Ying Gao

See our review of last year »