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Hermès' installation at Milan design week

This week we highlighted projects and installations at Milan design week

This week on Dezeen, we showcased installations and exhibitions at this year's Milan design week, which marked a return to its pre-pandemic size following the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the highlights was luxury brand Hermès' "monumental" water tower installation that was constructed from sheets of translucent paper and ash wood.

Also in Milan, French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created Sosei, an installation of pastel-hued ceramic sculptures and Carlo Ratti used over 500 metres of copper pipe to create an installation in the Brera botanical garden.

Serpentine Pavilion 2022 by Theaster Gates
Theaster Gates opened his Serpentine Pavilion created with Adjaye Associates

Chicago artist Theaster Gates opened his cylindrical Black Chapel at this year's Serpentine Pavilion, which was realised with architecture studio Adjaye Associates.

An exclusive video created by Dezeen revealed the interior and architectural elements of the pavilion. AECOM director Jon Leach told Dezeen that the pavilion is "definitely" more sustainable than last year's "carbon-negative" pavilion designed by Coutnerspace.

Bartlett School of Architecture
A report into the Bartlett School of Architecture drew attention to staff misconduct

A report released by legal consultancy Howlett Brown revealed a "toxic learning and teaching culture" at the Bartlett School of Architecture, which included decades of bullying, harassment, racism and sexual misconduct by staff at the University College London institution.

Barlett director Bob Sheil stepped down from his position in response to the report.

Tree of Trees by Studio Heatherwick
Heatherwick told Dezeen that "trees aren't a novelty" 

Following Thomas Heatherwick's unveiling of the Tree of Trees, which was created for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the designer discussed the importance of nature in cities in an exclusive interview with Dezeen.

We also rounded up eight of the British designer's most controversial projects, including Shanghai's 1,000 Trees, New York City's Little Island and also the proposed Garden Bridge for London.

Image of Snøhetta's Under restaurant covered in marine life
Photos reveal Snøhetta's undersea restaurant covered in marine life

In news, architecture studio Snøhetta released photos that show how its underwater restaurant, Under, has been covered in marine life since it opened in 2019.

Projects from 16 different countries, including East Architecture Studio's adaptation of an Oscar Niemeyer-designed house in Lebanon, were shortlisted for this year's Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Portable wind turbine set up on the side of a mountain with a hiker standing nearby
Aurea Technologies portable wind turbine

Popular projects this week included a timber-clad home with a multi-use roof by Francois Verhoeven Architects and a portable wind turbine that was developed by start-up Aurea Technologies.

Our lookbooks this week rounded up 10 striking residential bathrooms with statement tiles and 10 bedrooms with balconies that bring the outside in.

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