A large white box is raised on stilts to create the upper floor of this house in Japan, sheltering a smaller ground floor and entrance from the heavy snowfalls that Hokkaido Prefecture experiences in winter (+ slideshow). More
Concrete tables and atmospheric lighting feature inside this Hong Kong branch of McDonald's, designed by branding consultancy Landini Associates as an alternative to bright and colourful fast-food restaurants (+ slideshow). More
This week's Dezeen Mail includes MAD's sinuous opera house in China (pictured), Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito's rival proposals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium and Lego's latest offering for architecture lovers.