Tag: Dezeen archive

Today we like: tiny homes

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As housing crises grip several of our global cities, architects and designers are getting creative with ever smaller spaces.

We're celebrating their ingenuity with some of the best examples of micro homes and apartments from our archives, including petite cabins in the woods, an apartment that fits in just 13 square metres, and a narrow home designed to fill the gaps between buildings. See more micro homes on Dezeen »

Today we like: French houses

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Today is Bastille Day, a French national holiday that celebrates the country's reinvention as a republic. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille in Paris on 14 July 1789 – a symbolic moment for the French Revolution.

We're joining the celebrations with a look back at some of the best French houses from our archive, including a dilapidated barn turned into a holiday home using traditional hemp-based plaster (pictured) and a villa designed to look like a bump in the landscape. See more French houses on Dezeen »

Today we like: American skyscrapers

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America may no longer be home to the world's tallest building, but the country that invented skyscrapers is still pioneering their design with skinner, greener and more unusually shaped structures.

We're celebrating this 4 July – US Independence Day – with a look back at some of the most recent examples, including Rafael Viñoly's already iconic 432 Park Avenue and Herzog & de Meuron's "Jenga tower" (pictured). See more US skyscrapers »

Today we like: meditation spaces

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Today is International Yoga Day, organised by the United Nations to promote worldwide cooperation and harmony through the popular physical, mental and spiritual practice.

To mark the occasion, we've rounded up some of the most serene meditation spaces we've featured on Dezeen – including a wooden room that cantilevers across a lake and the bamboo forest standing in the Venice Giardini. See more meditation spaces »

Today we like: white concrete

Collection Lambert in Avignon by Berger & Berger

White concrete is popular with architects thanks to its pure, uniform appearance, offering a less brutal alternative to board-marked and raw concrete. It is created by combining materials with lower iron, chromium and manganese levels.

Recent examples of projects with white concrete include Daniel Libeskind's proposal for an art museum in Lithuania, a tiny chapel in rural Austria and three additions to a pair of 18th century French mansions (pictured). See more architecture using white concrete »