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This week, designers created fashionable personal protective equipment

This week on Dezeen, designer Joe Doucet envisioned a face mask that can be worn as a fashion accessory and Production Club unveiled a conceptual PPE suit for clubbing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Designed to let people safely gather in nightclubs during the pandemic, the air-tight Micrashell suit would cover the entire upper half of the body – and even include in-built systems that allow the wearer to vape and consume beverages.

Production Club designs drink- and vape-friendly PPE suit for clubbing during a pandemic
Production Club designs drink- and vape-friendly PPE suit for clubbing during a pandemic

Creative studio Production Club told Dezeen that they created the concept in response to "reckless social behaviour".

"Seeing large groups of people ignore social distancing directives in order to go out and party, we felt obligated to address both issues and find a solution that benefited all," it said.

Face shield by Joe Doucet
Joe Doucet designs face shield to be a fashion accessory

New York-based designer Joe Doucet released visuals for a minimal face shield that could protect users from Covid-19 infection.

The shield would be worn on the face like a pair of sunglasses, offering an alternative to "uncomfortable and awkward" personal protective equipment (PPE).

Foster + Partners creates series of architecture challenges for children in lockdown
Foster + Partners shares architecture challenges for children in lockdown

The architecture world also offered solutions to the current coronavirus crisis. Foster + Partners launched its #architectureforhome initiative, which provides entertaining challenges for children bored during lockdown.

Activities include building a paper skyscraper, learning how to draw trees, and creating their own miniature city.

Zaha Hadid Architects reported a ransomware cyber attack
Zaha Hadid Architects suffers cyber attack during coronavirus lockdown

There was no fun and games over at Zaha Hadid Architects, which announced this week that hackers had managed to steal company data and hold its server to ransom.

The practice was able to avoid paying out any money but said the rest of the architectural community should be "extremely cautious" of cybercriminals, particularly as so many people are currently working remotely.

Lafayette Park by Mies van der Rohe
Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park in Detroit captured in new photographs

Photography also proved popular this week. Architect Julio Alberto Cedano captured new images of Lafayette Park, a residential development designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1959.

Italian photographer Simone Bossi then released pictures of Meditation Space, a cylindrical concrete structure completed by Tadao Ando in 1995.

Tadao Ando Meditation Space photographed by Simone Bossi
Tadao Ando's Meditation Space captured in new photographs by Simone Bossi

Bossi explained to Dezeen that the project was an exercise in capturing the building's unsual ambience.

"The weight and the scale of its emptiness made me feel calm, protected, isolated, even overwhelmed somehow, but also extremely free at the same time," he said.

Fire Station Wilrijk by Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven
Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven builds bright red fire station in Antwerp

Other projects that caught the attention of readers include an Antwerp fire station that Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven covered in glazed red bricks, Base Cabin, an A-framed micro home on wheels by Studio Edwards and Shofukumaru, a tuna fishing boat designed by Nendo to relieve the stress of crew members on board.