The most important structure and design tales of 2021

To conclude our evaluate of 2021, editor Tom Ravenscroft takes a glance again at this yr’s most-read tales, together with Richard Rogers’ remaining constructing, a clear mid-air pool, Dubai Expo pavilions and a Virgil Abloh-design automobile.



the tower of the city: Richard Rogers Drawing Gallery


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Richard Rogers Drawing Gallery



a cactus in a body of water with a city in the background: Image is by Brick Visual, courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects


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Picture is by Brick Visible, courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

January – Supertall skyscrapers linked by planted terraces to be inbuilt Shenzhen by Zaha Hadid Architects

The yr started with information that Zaha Hadid Architects was designing a pair of interconnected skyscrapers in China known as the Shenzhen Bay Tremendous Headquarters.

The buildings have been a part of a development for the world’s best-known architects to design supertall skyscrapers. Alongside Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG, Foster + Companions and Dorte Mandrup are among the many main architects designing these tall buildings.

Learn extra about Shenzhen Bay Tremendous Headquarters ›



Photo is by Stéphane Aboudaram / We Are Content(s)


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Photograph is by Stéphane Aboudaram / We Are Content material(s)

February – Richard Rogers balances his remaining constructing over Provence winery

In February, Prizker Structure Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers revealed images of his remaining constructing designed earlier than his retirement from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Companions.

Named The Richard Rogers Drawing Gallery, the constructing cantilevers 27 metres out from a hill at a winery in southern France. The yr ended with information that Rogers, who was a pioneer of high-tech structure, had handed away aged 88.

Learn extra about The Richard Rogers Drawing Gallery ›



Allen key lamp by Gelchop for Ikea Art Event 2021


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Allen key lamp by Gelchop for Ikea Artwork Occasion 2021

March – IKEA unveils Allen key lamp in homage to “probably the most iconic IKEA merchandise of all”

IKEA made headlines in March when it unveiled a lamp formed like an outsized Allen key.

Created as a nod in direction of the corporate’s flat-pack furnishings, it was designed by Gelchop in order that “arguably probably the most iconic IKEA merchandise of all” may have its time within the highlight.

Learn extra about IKEA’s Allen key lamp ›



Photo is by Tommaso Riva


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Photograph is by Tommaso Riva

April – Ten home interiors that includes assertion vegetation that assist convey nature indoors

The preferred story on Dezeen in April was our roundup of home interiors that include rigorously chosen vegetation.

The piece was a part of our Dezeen Lookbooks sequence offering visible inspiration for the house.

Learn extra about interiors with vegetation ›



Photo is by Adrian Gaut for WSJ Magazine


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Photograph is by Adrian Gaut for WSJ Journal

Might – Images reveal Thomas Heatherwick’s Little Island in New York forward of opening

In Might, the long-awaited Little Island designed by Thomas Heatherwick opened on the Hudson River in New York.

Initially known as Pier 55, the elevated park supported on 132 mushroom-shaped concrete columns was accomplished following a prolonged delay to building amid a marketing campaign opposing the undertaking by advocacy group The Metropolis Membership of New York.

Learn extra about Little Island ›



a large pool of water: Photo is by Simon Kennedy


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Photograph is by Simon Kennedy

June – Absolutely clear Sky Pool supplies “a swim like no different” between two housing blocks in London

A video exhibiting a clear swimming pool that spans between two buildings on the Embassy Gardens improvement in Battersea, London, was the preferred story on Dezeen in June.

Designed by structure studio HAL, the 25-metre-long Sky Pool was suspended 35 metres above the bottom. In accordance with HAL, the pool was designed to have “a way of enjoyable” and provides individuals “a swim like no different”.

Learn extra about Sky Pool ›



Aerial view of forest


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Aerial view of forest

July – Planting bushes “would not make any sense” within the struggle towards local weather change resulting from permanence issues, say consultants

Throughout June and July, we ran our carbon revolution sequence, which aimed to discover how the factor may very well be faraway from the ambiance and put to make use of on earth.

In interviews performed as a part of the sequence, key figures instructed Dezeen that afforestation is an unreliable method of completely sequestering atmospheric carbon. The story was probably the most learn within the month of July.

Learn extra in regards to the carbon revolution sequence ›



Image courtesy of AL_A


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Picture courtesy of AL_A

August – Amanda Levete designs world’s first magnetised fusion energy station for the UK

A prototype energy plant with a nuclear fusion reactor, which is about to be inbuilt England, drew international consideration in August.

Designed by architect Amanda Levete’s agency AL_A, the Fusion Demonstration Plant can be constructed to show the viability of nuclear fusion know-how as a carbon-free power supply.

It’s considered one of a rising variety of energy vegetation that mix structure and revolutionary power options.

Learn extra in regards to the Fusion Demonstration Plant ›



Image courtesy of BIG


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Picture courtesy of BIG

September – Bjarke Ingels designing “new metropolis in America” for 5 million individuals

Information that Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is grasp planning a metropolis for 5 million individuals within the US desert was the preferred story in September.

Named Telosa, town is the brainchild of entrepreneur Marc Lore and is about to be constructed “from scratch” on a yet-to-be-announced, 150,000-acre website within the western United States.

Learn extra about Telosa ›



Photo courtesy of Santiago Calatrava


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Photograph courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

October – Ten must-see pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020

In October, the coronavirus-delayed Dubai Expo formally opened within the United Arab Emirates.

Our roundup of the ten most attention-grabbing pavilions, which have been designed by architects together with Foster + Companions, WOHA and Santiago Calatrava, was the month’s most-read story.

Learn extra about Dubai Expo pavilions ›



Image courtesy of UCSB


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Picture courtesy of UCSB

November – Architect resigns over principally windowless Munger Corridor dormitory at College of California

Architect Dennis McFadden made headlines in November when he resigned from a College of California committee to protest the design of the Munger Corridor college dormitory.

Set to be constructed on the college’s Santa Barbara campus, the block would reportedly home over 90 per cent of its 4,500 college students in windowless rooms.

Learn extra about Munger Corridor ›



Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz


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December – Virgil Abloh and Mercedes-Benz create solar-powered automobile with clear entrance hood

The top of 2021 was marked by the deaths of a trio of structure and design greats with dressmaker Virgil Abloh, and designers Chris Wilkinson and Richard Rogers passing away.

A Mercedes-Benz with a clear entrance hood containing photo voltaic cells, designed by Abloh and revealed shortly after his loss of life, was the month’s most-read story.

Learn extra about Virgil Abloh’s Mercedes-Benz ›

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