Kingston University London – Town House

This week we revealed this year's Stirling Prize winner

This week on Dezeen, we announced that the Kingston University London – Town House designed by Grafton Architects was the winner of this year's Stirling Prize.

Designed to act as "the university's front door," the six-storey building in Kingston Upon Thames features a series of open-plan communal spaces arranged around a statement central staircase and fronted by a distinctive colonnade.

Architect Norman Foster, who was the head of the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize, commended the Town House for its versatility, calling it "the future of education."

Norman Foster on coronavirus
Foster + Partners sells "significant" shareholding to Hennick & Company investment firm

Private family investment firm Hennick & Company has become the largest shareholder within Foster's eponymous architecture office Foster + Partners.

"Towards the end of last year, we started to explore long-term structures for the practice that would respond to the challenges and opportunities of growth and encourage the next generation of leadership and this partnership is the culmination of that process," Foster said.

The office was founded by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Foster in 1967.

The building has a tall rectangular form
Stefano Boeri covers social housing tower with 10,000 plants

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has completed his first "vertical forest" in the Netherlands, in the form of a 70-metre-tall tower with protruding balconies that features over 10,000 plants.

Called Truro Vertical Forest, the project is a social housing tower in Eindhoven. The tower follows a number of similar plant-covered designs by Boeri, including the recent Palazzo Verde housing complex in Belgium.

CLT building
New York approves use of cross-laminated timber for six-storey buildings

In New York, the city's council has approved mass timber for use in the construction of buildings that are up to 85 feet tall.

Meanwhile in the UK, timber architecture expert Andrew Waugh has claimed that rules restricting the use of wood in architecture projects are hindering the switch to low-carbon building methods.

UAE Pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020
Ten must-see pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020

As the Dubai Expo continues, we rounded up ten must-see pavilions from the event.

Three thematic pavilions designed by architecture studios Grimshaw, AGi Architects and Foster + Partners are among the highlights, as well as national pavilions by Santiago Calatrava, JKMM and Es Devlin.

Night view of House in The Lakes by Yoo, by Broadway Malyan
Broadway Malyan completes glazed woodland retreat in the Cotswolds

Popular projects this week included a Mies van der Rohe-informed house in the Cotswolds, a ranch for an artist in Washington and a house on a four-metre-wide site in Vietnam.

Our lookbook this week focused on interiors with window seats.

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