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significant buildings opened by Queen Elizabeth II

This week we revisited buildings opened by the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

This week on Dezeen, we rounded up 20 of the most interesting buildings that Queen Elizabeth II has inaugurated during her 70-year reign.

To mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this weekend, we looked back at the most significant buildings the regent has opened, including Coventry Cathedral, the Barbican Centre and the Sydney Opera House, alongside parliament buildings in Scotland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand.

Frank Gehry's Santa Monica home
The Gehry House featured in our deconstructivism series

We continued our series exploring deconstructivist architecture by looking at Frank Gehry's radical extension of his own home in Santa Monica, which was included in the seminal 1988 Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition.

We also interviewed Mark Wigley, who curated the exhibition and told Dezeen that the show didn't set out to define an architectural style but aimed "to rock the boat".

Orange covers the 600 metre elevated walkway in Rotterdam by MVRDV
MVRDV has built an elevated walkway in Rotterdam

In architecture news, Dutch studio MVRDV connected the roof of a series of buildings in Rotterdam with a 600-metre-long orange walkway.

"We should not only occupy our roofs and make them greener but also connect them so that we can offer Rotterdammers a new rooftop park," said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas.

Design Academy Eindhoven in Milan
Our Milan design week preview featured 12 unmissable events

Ahead of Milan design week, which begins next week, we previewed 12 unmissable exhibitions and installations that will be on show as part of the event. This year's must-sees include a feminist exhibition and an installation by an Academy Award-nominated director.

Dezeen will be presenting a series of talks and videos at the design festival in partnership with a host of international brands including Swedish furniture company IKEA, design brand Moooi and appliance manufacturer Gaggenau.

Renée Gailhoustet
Renée Gailhoustet won the RA Architecture Prize

This week also saw French social housing pioneer Renée Gailhoustet named the winner of the Royal Academy's 2022 Architecture Prize.

"Her work has a strong social commitment that brings together generosity, beauty, ecology and inclusivity," said the award's chairperson Farshid Moussavi.

Domus trimaran by Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle Design
The Domus megayacht aims to be the "first truly zero-emission yacht"

In design news, Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle Design revealed a concept for a trimaran that could be the "world's first zero-emission superyacht".

We also featured a "space-age" dog kennel that British architecture studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and architect Mark Gorton designed based on the architectural language of Star Wars.

London Extension and Gallery is a residential extension in South London by Delve Architects
Delve Architects added a miniature art gallery to a south London home

Popular projects this week included a miniature art gallery that was added to a south London home, a Ricardo Bofill-informed hotel in Barcelona and a Scottish home clad in red aluminium.

Our most recent lookbooks showcased homes with French doors and tranquil garden studios designed for work and play.

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