This week, the Serpentine Pavilion was unveiled and the World Cup kicked off
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This week, the Serpentine Pavilion was unveiled and the World Cup kicked off

This week, Mexican architect Frida Escobedo's unveiled her latticed Serpentine Pavilion and the FIFA World Cup began in Russia, with Dezeen providing stadium and kit guides.

Designed by Frida Escobedo, the youngest architect commisioned in the history of the project, this year's Serpentine Pavilion features a secluded courtyard framed by walls of concrete roofing tiles, in reference to Mexican residential architecture.

"We wanted to have a fresh idea for the pavilion, but [one] that would also speak about we do at the office on an everyday basis," Escobedo told Dezeen in an exclusive movie filmed at the pavilion.

12 stadiums that will host matches at the World Cup 2018 in Russia

The 21st FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia this week, with Dezeen offering a detailed roundup of all 12 stadiums that will be hosting games during the tournament, including the country's recently renovated national stadium.

With eye-catching designs featuring feathers, waves and an eagle, we also released a guide to all 32 national team shirts on display at the tournament.

Scrapping plans for car-free Oxford Street is a "betrayal of Londoners" says city mayor

In London, the mayor Sadiq Khan condemned Westminster Council after they blocked a proposal to pedestrianise Oxford Street. Khan claimed the decision would be "seen as a betrayal of the millions of Londoners and visitors to our city."

Former mayor Boris Johnson was also in the headlines this week, as he lent his support to a post-Brexit bridge project proposed to link Scotland and Northern Ireland, which would cost an estimated £15 billion.

Morpheus hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects, photo by Ivan Dupont
Zaha Hadid Architects unveils Morpheus hotel in Macau

In tall building news, the Morpheus hotel in China designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which is the "world's first free-form high-rise exoskeleton", opened its doors.

In New York, British architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners completed Three World Trade Center, which is now the city's fifth-tallest building.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot win competition to design Adelaide Contemporary

In architecture news, New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Australian firm Woods Bagot, won a competition to design Adelaide Contemporary, a major new art gallery in the Australian city. The winning design includes "sky galleries" and a "performance lab"

Also, Sydney-based architect Alec Tzannes was recognised with the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects' Gold Medal – Australia's most prestigious award for architecture.

Chinese designers are "developing their own language" say Neri&Hu

Shanghai studio Neri & Hu spoke to Dezeen about the impact the growing awareness of design among Chinese consumers is having on the country's creative sector.

Nike's chief operating officer Eric Sprunk also chatted to Dezeen, discussing the brand's new focus on sustainability, following the launch of a new material created by the company from a recyclable natural leather fibre.

Vilela Florez designs Bamboo House with chevron-patterned exterior in rural Brazil

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a Brazillian residence featuring diagonal bamboo slats on its exterior and a minimal Bahamas holiday home decorated with hints of blue throughout.