Dezeen Magazine

2012 review: August

Taking the top spot in our August popular stories is House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki, a house in Tokyo with large openings in the walls and floors, while the news was dominated by the preview of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Shed create gender-neutral toy department at Harrods

The first gender-neutral toy department at London store Harrods lands at number two, designed by London and Singapore architects Shed.

Pierres Vives by Zaha Hadid

The Pierres Vives government building in Montpellier, France, by Zaha Hadid came in third.

Tea Houses by Swatt Miers

At number four it's Tea Houses by Swatt | Miers, three glass pavilions situated on the edge of a valley in northern California.

House Renovation in Vietnam by 07Beach

Number five has a special staircase for dogs, designed by 07Beach in Ho Chi Minh City.

The opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale dominated architecture news, with director David Chipperfield (below) saying "This biennale isn't an X Factor of who's hot right now" but architect Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au claiming the Biennale "cannot get and worse" and places too much importance on celebrity. See our top five pavilions from this year's event here.

"This biennale isn't an X Factor of who's hot right now" - David Chipperfield

Back in London Dezeen hosted Designed in Hackney Day, a series of talks and discussions with some of the most interesting designers and architects from Dezeen's local borough. Read highlights from the day here and watch the Designed in Hackney Day movies we filmed here.

Designed in Hackney Day highlights

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