Dezeen's review of the year: October 2013

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Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium to be scaled back

Our review of the year continues with October, during which the design of Zaha Hadid's stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was set to be scaled back after a number of high-profile architects rallied against its colossal size.

Foster's $5bn Apple Campus unanimously approved by Cupertino City Council
Foster's $5bn Apple Campus unanimously approved by Cupertino City Council

Norman Foster

Norman Foster's $5bn Apple Campus was unanimously approved by Cupertino City Council, the same week that the British architect revealed how late Apple CEO Steve Jobs called him "out of the blue" in 2009 to invite him to design the giant ring-shaped structure.

Gehry and Foster team up on Battersea Power Station redevelopment
Gehry and Foster team up on Battersea Power Station redevelopment

It was also announced that Foster was to team up with Frank Gehry for the redevelopment of London's Battersea Power Station.

Superyachts by Zaha Hadid for Blohm+Voss
Superyachts by Zaha Hadid for Blohm+Voss

Most popular

October's most popular story featured Zaha Hadid's sinuous superyacht designs.

From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes by Alex Chinneck
From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes by Alex Chinneck

A house with a facade that appears to slump down into the front yard in Margate also received lots of views.

Tree House by 6a Architects
Tree House by 6a Architects

6a Architect's timber extension that curves around a tree for architecture critic Rowan Moore and his family made third place.

Animation shows completion of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família
Animation shows completion of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família

An animation showing the completion of Antonio Gaudí's Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona was the next most clicked.

Centro Roberto Garza Sada de Arte Arquitectura y Diseño by Tadao Ando
Centro Roberto Garza Sada de Arte Arquitectura y Diseño by Tadao Ando

Finally, a concrete art and design school at the University of Monterrey in Mexico by Tadao Ando rounded off our top five stories.

Auckland Art Gallery wins World Building of the Year 2013
Auckland Art Gallery wins World Building of the Year 2013

Dezeen's month

We began October in Singapore, where we visited both the World Architecture Festival and Inside Festival at the Moshie Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands resort for Dezeen and MINI World Tour.

Tiled Barcelona apartment wins World Interior of the Year 2013
Tiled Barcelona apartment wins World Interior of the Year 2013

During the events, the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand was awarded the World Building of the Year prize and a Barcelona apartment with triangle-patterned floor tiles picked up World Interior of the Year.

Phonebloks mobile phone concept by Dave Hakkens
Phonebloks mobile phone concept by Dave Hakkens

Our tour moved swiftly on to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week. We scouted a variety of projects that fused design and technology, including Dave Hakkens' Phoneblocks modular mobile phone concept and Pieke Bergmans' plastic lighting installations created using a technique similar to glass blowing.

See all our stories about October 2013 »