Étienne Duval's hip-hop inspired application video for position at BIG

This week, Bjarke Ingels was selected for the Serpentine and also featured in a rap video

This week on Dezeen: Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG dominated headlines this week, as they proposed a New York skyscraper wrapped by gardens and were selected to design the next Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

BIG will be the 16th architect to design a Serpentine Gallery Pavilion for London, but for the first time the structure will be accompanied by four summerhouses created by other architecture studios. Meanwhile, its 65-storey glass tower for New York will comprise a ribbon of green terraces.

Bjarke Ingels to design Galeries Lafayette flagship on Paris' Champs-Élysées
Bjarke Ingels to design Galeries Lafayette flagship on Paris' Champs-Élysées

The firm was also selected by French department store chain Galeries Lafayette to design its flagship shop in Paris, following which Dezeen columnist Aaron Betsky declared himself a BIG fan.

Étienne Duval's hip-hop inspired application video for position at BIG
Étienne Duval's hip-hop inspired application video for position at BIG

In one of this week's more lighthearted moments, we published young architect Étienne Duval's job application featuring an animated rap – created specifically to help him get a job at Ingels' firm.

Eurostar redesign criticised by fashion's elite
Eurostar redesign criticised by fashion's elite

In other news this week, influential names from the fashion industry slammed the interiors of Pininfarina's Eurostar redesign and Jasper Morrison told us that furniture brands don't understand the importance of good photographic styling.

Frank Gehry Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Frank Gehry Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

The Guggenheim Foundation admitted that work has still not started on its new Abu Dhabi museum by architect Frank Gehry and Uber's head of design resigned the day after the taxi service unveiled a widely criticised new brand identity.

Sky Habitat by Moshe Safdie
Sky Habitat by Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie's firm completed its Sky Habitat project in Singapore and world-famous architects including David Chipperfield and Sou Fujimoto showcased 23 innovative proposals for Paris.

Metropolitan Police considering using eagles to tackle rogue drones
Metropolitan Police considering using eagles to tackle rogue drones

London's Metropolitan Police force announced that it is considering using trained eagles to grab "hostile" drones out of the sky while Google's self-driving car system was officially recognised as a driver in the US.

Tom Dixon sold
Tom Dixon sold

In business news, it emerged that Tom Dixon has been sold by its Swedish owners to a British investment company and open-source furniture brand Opendesk launched a "desks on demand" service for London's workplaces.

Cabin Lyngholmen by Lundhagem Lillesand
Cabin Lyngholmen by Lundhagem Lillesand

Popular projects this week on Dezeen included a Norwegian holiday home comprising a huge concrete canopy, a Porto flat by Eduardo Souto de Moura and a contemporary proposal for a conservation area in London's Chelsea.

Rawlings by Haptic
Rawlings by Haptic

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