Sidewalk Labs unveils Building Raincoat prototype for smart city in Toronto

March 13, 2019

A “raincoat” designed to protect pavements during harsh weather is among a series of design prototypes that Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs has revealed for its new city in Toronto. An awning, hexagonal pavers, and interactive works that use lighting and projection mapping are among the ideas developed for Sidewalk Toronto – the city that Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is developing with partner Waterfront Toronto. Revealed at an event earlier this month, the new prototypes…


Dong-Ping Wong and Virgil Abloh design a city in 15 minutes

March 6, 2019

Architect Dong-Ping Wong and fashion designer Virgil Abloh have produced a sketch design for a city during a 15-minute video call live on stage in Cape Town. Wong, founding director of architecture studio Food New York, called Abloh during his presentation at the Design Indaba conference, in front of an audience of 3,000 people. Wong and Abloh produced the city design in 15 minutes With Abloh on the big screen,…


10 restaurants for pigging-out in style during Chinese New Year

February 8, 2019

To celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig, we’ve collected examples of Chinese restaurants with mouth-watering interiors from around the world. Atlas Kitchen by New Practice Studio New York firm New Practice Studio designed this restaurant in Manhattan with natural hues, and quirky illustrations on the walls by artist Qiu Anxiong. Located on the Upper West Side, the eatery features cream walls, a light wood ceiling, pops…


New York bodegas inform interiors of Genuine Liquorette bar in London

January 20, 2019

AvroKO blended the aesthetic of street corner convenience stores in New York with the 1970s to design this cocktail bar in central London, which features retro checkered floors and bright neon signage. Occupying a Victorian-era building in London’s Fitzrovia neighbourhood, Genuine Liquorette has been designed by AvroKO to feature a host of nostalgic decor details that recall old-school New York City bodegas – small convenience stores that sell alcohol and groceries….


Fijal House by Mole Architects borrows details from Ely cathedral

July 25, 2018

The sawtooth brick facades and steeply pitched roof of this house designed by Mole Architects in Ely, Cambridgeshire, are derived from architectural features found at the city’s famous cathedral. The Cambridge-based studio¬†was tasked with developing a two-storey family house on a plot in Ely’s central conservation area. Fijal House replaces a garage on a site that was intended to accommodate another property when the street originally was laid out in…