This week MVRDV disguised a glass building as a brick farmhouse (above) and a team of Danish architects disguised a housing complex as a group of icebergs (below). Our track of the week from Dezeen Music Project is also below, plus a roundup of our top stories from this week.
Meanwhile Steven Holl completed the Sliced Porosity Block, a cluster of five towers around a public plaza in Chengdu, China (below) and Kengo Kuma created a translucent experimental cabin.
The first trade shows of the year got underway with Maison&Objet in Paris and imm cologne in Germany, where the Bouroullec brothers launched a DIY curtain kit (below). If you're deciding which design events to attend this year, check out the new World Design Guide that Dezeen launched this week.
Rumours were circulating that the Iraqi authorities are still in discussions with Zaha Hadid about the new Iraqui parliament, despite her design coming third in the competition, and plans to build a crime-free private city outside the Guatemalan capital were controversial with our readers.
Other controversial stories this week include a scheme to house homeless people in tents strapped to lamp posts and a ring made of human skin (above), while our most popular story was an X-shaped house overhanging a hillside (below).