Archived Articles: Public & Institutional

Civic structures shape cities - the best examples of institutional architecture stand out from the crowd and declare themselves as objects rather than infill. From sensational schools, colleges and universities to magnificent museums, theaters and opera halls, here are some buildings well worth viewing (and visiting should you ever find yourself in the relevant city!).

Cultural Center Carved Out of 42 Grain Silos in South Africa

An amazing hybrid of preservation and transformation, this project involves carving a series stunning spaces inside a huge series of concrete silos set ...

Urban Islet: Nordic Nature Retreat Floats in London Canal

Referencing rocky Nordic island sanctuaries, this platform is designed to provide a place to relax and observe local wildlife in the heart of a bustling city. ...

Home Ice: 12 International Antarctic Research Stations

Constructing a research station in Antarctica means thinking outside the box-like building but not TOO far outside... Great Scott it's COLD out there!

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3-Story Floating School in Nigeria Rides on Recycled Barrels

256 plastic barrels support this multistory marvel, which stands up and out even amid a sea of buoyant and stilted architecture in this fishing village ...

If You Build It: A True Story of Hands-On Design Education

What if high schools replaced shop classes with results-driven, full-scale architectural projects, where the goal was to collaborate and make something ...

No Exit: Dementia Village Dwellers Live in Alternate Reality

It sounds like the dystopian plot of Dark City or The Truman Show, with free-seeming residents unaware they are actually inhabitants of a closed community they ...

Abandoned Nazi Bunker Converted to Power Plant & Cafe

The words ‘Nazi power’ have taken on a new meaning in Hamburg, Germany as an abandoned bunker formerly equipped with anti-aircraft turrets has been ...

Monument & Void: Massive Stone Museum of Mayan History

Commissioned for Guatemala City, this weighty megalithic structure is set to be the largest museum commemorating Mayan culture and history in Central America. ...

Swim the Thames: Pair of Pools for London’s Polluted River

Inspired by planned Super Sewer that will reduce pollution in London’s central waterway by 96%, this audacious design aims to take advantage of a future ...

World’s Coolest Dorms: 7-Story Circular Student Housing

Many college dorms – especially at public schools – are little more than prison-like rows of cheap, boring housing with no architectural interest ...

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