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!).

Scaffolding Staircase: Huge Steps to Rise from Rotterdam Plaza

A temporary installation to commemorate the rebuilding of the city after the second world war, this massive staircase made from scaffolding will lead visitors ...

Honoring Zaha Hadid: 5 of the Starchitect’s Greatest Projects

The world lost a star architect this week, trailblazing Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid, who was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects ...

Marine Miracle: Walk on Water at This Sunken Seaside Pavilion

Walk right out onto the surface of the sea or follow a path that takes you into a tranquil space beneath the waves at the ‘Thematic Pavilion,’ a ...

Nothing to Hide: Open Glass Islamic Culture Center for NYC

Designed to dispel fears surrounding Muslim culture, practices and traditions, a new wide-open skyscraper design for New York City invites people of all ...

Fractal Architecture: 14 Intricate Ceilings of Historic Iran

Sharing his findings via Instagram, an architectural photographer in Iran has begun documenting schools, mosques and cultural centers around the country, with ...

Intelligent Design? 14 Strikingly Modern Places of Worship

Dramatic and sculptural, monolithic as a stone monument or light as a bridal veil, these churches, chapels and meditation rooms eschew conventional ...

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Full of Hot Air: Clever Urban Monuments Conceal Exhaust Shafts

Fenced off or set back from streets and sidewalks and often raised on platforms as well, civic monuments are oddly ideal candidates for concealing a peculiar ...

Architecture as Art: 13 Unusually Sculptural Buildings

When fine art and architecture intersect, especially in our modern era of parametric modeling and 3D printing, the results can be strikingly different from the ...

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Brutalist Wonders or Blunders? Architecture by Marcel Breuer

A master of Modernism whose architectural legacy includes a range of monumental concrete structures around the world, Marcel Breuer remains divisive among ...

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Museums of Tomorrow: 13 Out of This World Institution Designs

We’re reaching a point in architectural history where the structures being built look like they could have come straight out of the concept artwork for a ...

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