Dutch studio Mecanoo has completed Europe's largest public library in Birmingham, England, with a sunken amphitheatre, rooftop gardens and a shimmering facade clad with interlocking metal rings (+ slideshow). More
Belgian studio AWG Architecten added pivoting golden cabinets and a golden platform to adapt an old church into a cultural centre in the Dutch village of Leegkerk (+slideshow). More
Foster + Partners has completed a new gallery wing clad with golden pipes at the Lenbachhaus art museum in Munich (+ slideshow). More
Berlin studio Gnädinger Architekten has completed a faceted golden museum dedicated to medieval marksmanship beside the fortified city wall of Duderstadt in Germany. More
As gold medals are being awarded to athletes at the Olympic games, we've made a new Pinterest board featuring all the golden design and architecture from the pages of Dezeen. Over 22,000 people now follow us on Pinterest – join them here.
Slideshow: German architects modulorbeat and students from the Münster School of Architecture constructed a glittering golden pavilion to exhibit the techniques of medieval goldsmiths in Münster's central market square. More
Dezeen archive: we've noticed a trend in golden buildings recently, including The Hive by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Maidstone Museum East Wing by Hugh Broughton Architects just this week, so we thought we’d round up all our stories that feature a lavish use of golden materials. See all the stories »
In this movie by Paul Nicholls of architectural animation studio Factory Fifteen, the world is conceptualised as a series of virtual interfaces, where people visit places and meet each other without leaving the room. Going to a party? You'll need the IP address. Want to go to the park? Just download a template and build it.
Called Somewhere, the film is the follow-up to Nicholls' award-winning movie The Simulation. You can see all the movies we've featured by Factory Fifteen here. More
Designed in Hackney: we're kicking off our new Designed in Hackney initiative today, showcasing world-class architecture and design created in the borough that's home to Dezeen's offices and one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games. First up is the London 2012 Olympic Torch by BarberOsgerby. More
In this movie from the V&A museum in London, Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley talk about the cape they made by harvesting silk from over a million wild spiders in Madagascar. The silk is naturally golden in colour and the spiders take just a week to replenish their supply once released back into the wild. More
Photographer Cristobal Palma has sent us these photographs and an extended movie showing how children playing on roundabouts generate electrical power to illuminate three twirling parasols at an installation by Spanish studio Clavel Arquitectos in a Shenzhen public square. More