This week, homes for the super rich and Renzo's luxury Miami tower hit the headlines
This week on Dezeen: architect Magnus Ström launched a bespoke-housing service for multi-millionaires this week, while Renzo Piano unveiled plans for a luxurious apartment tower in Miami (pictured).
Ström's Superhouse brand will allow clients to have their say in every design decision made when creating a home. It's common for luxury-yacht manufacturers to offer a similar service.
Renzo Piano became the latest high-profile architect to design a building for Miami. His glass-sheathed tower will feature oblong floors and wrap-around balconies to offer residents sea views.
Dezeen was in Singapore for the World Architecture Festival and Inside Festival 2015 this week, where Ole Scheeren's The Interlace was named as the World Building of the Year and BIG's twisted Vancouver tower was recognised as the Future Project of the Year.
While in Singapore, Alex McDowell – the production designer behind sci-fi film Minority Report – told Dezeen how the hit movie "influenced the future" of technology. We also reported on the revolutionary potential of bamboo as an architectural material after speaking with a professor who is working on new applications for the grass.
Also, Australian office March Studio was awarded the World Interior of the Year prize for its design of a sculptural timber lobby at a Canberra hotel.
In other news this week, we published images showing David Adjaye's nearly complete gallery and shopping centre in Beirut. We also reported Peter Cook's attack on the "boring" King's Cross redevelopment in London.
Adidas released the first image of its lace-free football boots, which are due to launch in 2016, and Icehotel announced plans to build a permanent hotel alongside its seasonal lodgings.
OMA's Reinier de Graaf slammed architecture academia in his latest Opinion column for Dezeen, describing it as being dominated by old boys who think their view is the only one that matters.
Popular projects this week on Dezeen included a sex toy-cum-furniture piece, MIT-designed garments made using bacteria that react to human sweat and a Japanese house featuring an elevated yoga space.
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