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!).

Ruins of Crumbling Church Salvaged with Geometric Addition

A faceted glass structure clings to the ruins of a stone church in Santpedor, Spain, filling in a gaping hole that was created with the demolition of an ...

Chinese President Calls for End to “Weird Architecture” Trend

After years of both importing famous designers and copying strange structures from abroad, Xi Jinping, the leader of China’s Communist Party has declared ...

Rounded Market Hall: Huge Digital Mural Wraps 118,000 Sq Ft

A massive mixed use project in Rotterdam by MVRDV, this newly-opened building wraps vertically around an open central space but also features one of the ...

Deserted for Decades: Derelict Old Building Houses New School

A remarkable example of architectural rehabilitation, this abandoned structure has been given a second life via a fresh facade wrapping a rundown shell. The ...

Inverted Zoo: Enclosure-Free Design Puts Animals in the Open

Aiming to change the nature of zoo experiences for species on both sides of the glass, Zootopia radically reverses traditional layouts and changes ...

Floating on Dry Land: 17 Derelict Houseboats Find New Home

Located in the north of Amsterdam, the recently-opened De Ceuval (conceptualized by Space&Matter) is a radical redevelopment project featuring homes, ...

Photocatalytic Concrete: Air-Cleaning Building Absorbs Smog

Featuring 100,000 square feet of smog-filtering surface area, this structural facade will break down harmful oxides in sunlight to improve air quality all ...

Retractable Stairs Open to Reveal Urban Wheelchair Lifts

Getting around the city in a wheelchair can be challenging, but a British company called Allgood Trio has devised an interesting way to help wheelchair users ...

Experimental Architecture: 14 Boundary-Pushing Pavilions

Before a new form of architecture can be executed on a large scale, it has to be demonstrated through smaller structures, making temporary pavilions an ideal ...

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Nature’s Architects: 6 Incredible Animal-Built Structures

Of all the architectural greats we’ve come to admire – Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Henri Sullivan, Le Corbusier, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe , to ...

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