Former capital of an empire, nowadays still swinging, whether you’re up for big business or dig fashionable conversions of dingy industrial sites. London isn’t Rome, but playful provocations and a flair for unconventional contrasts warrant that trips to this sparkling metropolis are anything but dull.
Dame Zaha Hadid is the uncrowned queen of contemporary iconic architecture. Her buildings practically scream, “I’m a Hadid”. A bona fide autrice, Hadid is without a doubt the world’s most famous woman in a starchitect stratosphere strangely dominated by her masculine peers.
Download images of Cidade da Cultura de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela by Peter Eisenman Architects.
The pressure was on Saint Petersburg's recently completed Mariinsky II, right from the project's infancy. As the first major opera house to be build in Russia since the time of the tzars, it was meant to usher in a new era in Russia's second largest city and solidify its position as the country's cultural capital. Yet no-one could foresee the countless controversies that were to follow.
UNStudio at work is a guaranty for significant architecture as a merger of audacious forms and conceptual precision. The office is a weighty contributor to the global success of Dutch architecture since the late 1980s. With an emphasis on architecture as a discipline requiring thoughtfulness, UNStudio is led by research and material innovation to remarkable results whether their engaged in the design of buildings, furniture, exhibitions, infrastructure, or urban plans.