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Darwin Center opens its doors to the public

Eight years after Anna Maria Indrio and other competing architects were faced with two insect specimens - one tiny mosquito and one giant, transformed through time - what was just a glimmer of an idea has evolved into what is arguably one of the UK's most intriguing architectural achievements - the Darwin Center at the Natural History Museum, London. CF Moller's Indrio came up with the winning design for the most significant addition the 1881 building has ever had. The design for the £78 million addition was to include a theatre, laboratories, further exhibition space and most importantly a structure that could hold, protect and exhibit over 20 million specimens of insects and plants. The solution for the latter was ingenious. Mimicking......more

New 9/11 museum images released
Memorial museum architect reveals latest design details: As New York and the rest of the world reflect over events on this day 8 years ago, fresh images have been released showing the designs for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Steven......more

BIG on sustainability
BIG devise sustainable design for 200 m Shenzhen skyscraper: Harnessing nature is the defining feature of BIG's winning skyscraper design that they hope to be the initiation of a new generation of skyscrapers. In collaboration......more

Europe's top 40 under 40 announced
Competition was apparently very fierce for this year's Europe top 40 under 40 with an indecisive result being cast by the jury who chose 61 architects to receive the accolade. The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The......more

A gift for 400 years of friendship
New Amsterdam Pavilion opens in Battery Park: UN Studio's Ben van Berkel was present on Wednesday to gift New Yorkers with a symbol of friendship celebrating 400 years of New York and The Netherlands collaboration. The New Amsterdam Pavilion......more

Getting high again
Contractors appointed to world's tallest residential tower set for Dubai: A glimmer of light has been shed over the gloom of Dubai's construction industry this week as contractors have been appointed to work on the world's tallest residential tower......more

Year-round retreat for those with 5 star lifestyle: Through a competitive interview process of an international shortlist of architects that included Thomas Heatherwick and David Adjaye, Amin Taha were selected to conduct a masterplan for......more

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