We've been reporting from the Venice Architecture Biennale this week, where this year's curator Rem Koolhaas took us on a tour of his Central Pavilion, which he hoped would trigger "aÂ modernisation of the core of architecture".Â Read on for moreÂ architectureÂ andÂ designÂ highlights from the past seven days.
Leading international critics and curators offered their verdicts to Dezeen on Fundamentals â€“ the biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas â€“ variously describing it as "accomplished", "brilliant" and "taking the piss".
The biennale focuses onÂ fifteen elements that combine to create buildings, including stairs, ceilings, elevators and toilets.Â "I wanted to disconnect from contemporary architecture because I thought the architecture biennale was becoming very similar to the art biennale and that there was a kind of blur," Koolhaas told Dezeen.
The Nordic pavilion at this year's event presents images assessing the influence of its architectural style in Africa, while the British pavilion chronicles the nation's Modernism by referencing postwar towns and popular culture.
Germany has created a full-size partial replica of the Chancellor's bungalow - aÂ building made famous through 30 years of political news broadcasts, and Â a masterplan was unveiled to relocate an entire Swedish city. See all our coverage of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 Â»
Elsewhere new images were released this weekÂ showing the bulbous form of Renzo Piano's almost-complete Fondation JĂ©rĂ´me Seydoux-PathĂ© in Paris, and department storeÂ Selfridges announced its appointment of British architectÂ David ChipperfieldÂ to redesign its flagship store in London.
Popular architecture stories on Dezeen this week included a house in Greece designed with an infinity pool on its roof, aÂ family house in northern JapanÂ designed to embrace darkness as well as light, and a series of architectural gifs depicting shape-shifting buildings byÂ SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, MAD and more.