Architecture Headlines

  • Nebraska bidder wins Wright-built house in Kansas City

    A bidder from Nebraska has paid $920,000 for a house designed and built by iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Kansas City, Missouri

    ABC News
  • A world of walls: the brutish power of man-made barriers

    A recent Supreme Court vote in favour of funding for Trump’s border wall has focused attention back on one of the most grotesque aspects of his presidency. But the US regime isn’t unique. From Calais to Hungary, walls are always with us

    the Guardian
  • Outside Milan, a Living Testament to the Powers of Italian Modernist Design

    Even 70 years after its completion, the villa that Osvaldo Borsani created for his family still enshrines the architect’s singular vision.
  • Abandoned pianos in derelict buildings – in pictures

    Ever since Romain Thiery stumbled upon an abandoned piano in a castle in 2009, the French photographer – a pianist himself – has travelled all over Europe in search of forgotten pianos, giving them a new lease of life through his images. So far, he has captured 124 pianos in countries including Spain, Germany and Romania, as well as in remoter places such as the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine, for his ongoing series Requiem Pour Pianos. First he looked for pianos via Google Earth, focusing...

    the Guardian
  • North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel 'of doom'

    In 1987, ground was broken on a grand new hotel in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. The pyramid-shaped, supertall skyscraper was to exceed 1,000 feet in height, and was designed to house at least 3,000 rooms, as well as five revolving restaurants with panoramic views. The Ryugyong Hotel -- named after a historical moniker for Pyongyang meaning "capital of willows" -- was supposed to open just two years later. But it never did. While the structure reached its planned height in 1992, it stood...

  • From ball pits to water slides: the designer who changed children’s playgrounds for ever

    Eric McMillan revolutionised playground design in the 1970s. Why has the spirit of experimental play that he championed been lost? By Nicholas Hune-Brown Before he built the world’s greatest playground and transformed the world of children’s design, Eric McMillan hadspent little time thinking about how kids played. In 1971, the 29-year-old English immigrant was a design consultant living in Toronto, Canada – a sleepy city whose nickname “Toronto the Good” both referenced the place’s lingering...

    the Guardian
  • World's most beautiful castles

    What is it about castles that fascinates so many people around the globe? A lot of the allure derives from the history and human drama that played out within the walls, as well as the astonishing architecture that features on so many castles. But they're also romantic and somewhat mystical, places that spark our imagination and conjure visions of long-ago knights in shining armor and powerful warrior queens. "Because they combine two functions, they are far more interesting than fortresses or...

  • Gossamer gateway to Avalon: Tintagel Castle bridge brings magic to history

    This miraculously slight structure, like a pair of high-diving boards meeting in the middle, reconnects Cornwall with the legendary Arthurian ruins – and Merlin’s cave A slender carpet of slate hangs above a rocky ravine on the north coast of Cornwall, where azure waters lap at the entrance to Merlin’s Cave. It looks like the wizard has been up to his old tricks, conjuring a gossamer-thin bridge that effortlessly spans the chasm, reconnecting the mainland to the ancient ruins of Tintagel Castle...

    the Guardian
  • Dismantling of gothic bridge met with protest and dismay in Belgium

    After years of argument workers have begun taking apart Tournai’s Bridge of Holes The dismantling of Tournai’s gothic Bridge of Holes to make room for larger boats down the Scheldt river has been met with solemn protest and a withering attack on local politicians by a minister in Belgium’s federal government. After years of argument over the project, a crane attached to a barge was deployed from 6am on Friday morning to take apart the three arches of the Pont des Trous as a local cellist played...

    the Guardian
  • Remembering Cesar Pelli, influential architect of sweep and harmony

    He was hugely influential in his field, creating stunning landmarks such as the Petronas Towers in Malaysia

    The Independent
  • Left to rot: the new global effort to preserve lost monuments

    From a railway run by children in Ljubljana to brutalist monuments in the Balkans, the Nonument Group maps abandoned 20th-century architecture When he was 14, Ljubljana resident Janko Vrhunc spent every Sunday training to drive a steam locomotive. “We had to sign in, then check all the wagons, check the train, then talk to all the workers,” recalls Vrhunc, now 84. “I asked the train driver: is the fire strong enough? I asked the conductor: did we sell enough tickets to depart? Are the uniforms...

    the Guardian
  • Seesaws Straddle the Mexico Border, and Smiles Shine Through

    The playground equipment was inserted through the steel slats in a section of border wall in Sunland Park, N.M.