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!).

Ramping Up: World’s First Multi-Story Skateboard Park in UK

Designed to provide 1,000 square meters of recreational space across four floors, this multistory structure bends and curves to accommodate bowls and ramps for ...

Big Free Library: Public Pavilion Built of 50,000 Stacked Books

Stacked books form the structural columns of this remarkable structure while support beams in between serve as shelves for even more volumes that can be ...

Mufflers: 10 Artistic Acoustic Highway Noise Barriers

These artistic acoustic highway noise barriers combine form with function, neatly blocking the sound of road traffic while looking darned good in the process.

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Aerodynamic Avian Architecture: 12 Bird-Inspired Buildings

From a massive kinetic museum structure that flaps its wings to indicate a new exhibit to an internet-famous church in Florida accidentally resembling an Angry ...

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Civic Camouflage: Hiding a Huge Urban Stadium in Plain Sight

Sports stadiums can be contentious, particularly when located in the heart of a city, but this design works in various ways to reduce disruptions to urban ...

Rocky Ruins Reclaimed: 12 Mining Facilities Transformed

Abandoned subterranean pits once used to mine everything from gold to salt have been reclaimed as theme parks, restorative spas for asthmatics, data centers, ...

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New Frank Gehry Building So Ugly it Has to Wear a Paper Bag

Featuring over 300,000 custom-designed bricks, the latest work of one of the world’s most famous architects is an impressive feat of engineering, but ...

Food Futures: Arctic Seed Vault Adds 100,000 New Varieties

Adding to its existing collection of over 800,000 seeds, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has just received a series of 4 deliveries representing species from ...

Fictional Bridges from Euro Banknotes Now Built in Real Life

In a strange case of fact following fiction, a Dutch designer was inspired to create physical versions of faux-historical bridges first drawn on European ...

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 ...

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