Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ completes Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Passenger Clearance Building

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas have completed the Passenger Clearance Building to house immigration facilities for passengers and goods entering Hong Kong.


Built on a new 150-hectare artificial island reclaimed from the open waters to the north-east of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the building acts as an “architectural front door” to the city from the recently completed Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge.

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

“The Passenger Clearance Building (PCB) will be constantly filled with movement; buses arriving and leaving the public transport interchange, and visitors and residents waiting to gain immigration clearance completed,” said Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P).

“Careful thought has therefore been put into how users will move around the site.”

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

The building has an undulating standing seam roof, designed to reflect the surrounding landscape, which is made from aluminium with painted extrusions and prefabricated off site.

Inside the building, which opened last month, RSH+P has created a simple, clear circulation enhanced by full height atriums that allow natural daylight to penetrate to the lower level and ensures there is a visual connection to the curved roof form.

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

The architect said that the 90,000-square-metre building was conceived as an “architectural front door” and a “celebration of travel” surrounded by water with views to a natural skyline of evergreen mountains and hills.

The transport interchange and immigration control building is close to the Hong Kong International Airport and other transport links, including the SkyPier Ferry Terminal, the MTR’s Airport Express and Tung Chung line.

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

“I am delighted to have worked on such an innovative project which brings beauty and elegance to the everyday activity of travel,” said RSH+P partner Richard Paul who led the architectural team.

“The new crossing will benefit those living and working in the region greatly with enhanced connectivity as well as highlighting the contextualised sensitive roof form which responds to the undulating mountainous backdrop of such a beautiful local environment.”

The Passenger Clearance Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas in Hong Kong

Opened last month, the 55-kilometre Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge was built to improve the overall connectivity of the Greater Bay Area improving transport connectivity and greatly reducing travelling time between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau.

Originally the HKZM Bridge was due to open in October 2016, but the mega infrastructure project was plagued with delays, design and safety concerns, and reports of worker deaths and injuries.

In April of this year Hong Kong’s Highways Department rebuffed claims that the concrete blocks protecting an artificial island connecting the Hong Kong side of the bridge to the tunnel under Mainland China’s waters have been damaged by waves.

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Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses look like surrealist melting forms

South African design studio Dokter and Misses have created a series of lights reminiscent of surrealist artworks.


Made of blown glass bubbles that balance on graphic steel structures, the Moonjelly series is the Johannesburg-based studio’s first attempt at making products that incorporate glass.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

“They’re like deflated balloons or suspended drips,” explained Dokter and Misses co-founder and head designer Katy Taplin.

“Some look quite a bit like boxing gloves and have a cartoon-like quality while others are more surrealist melting forms,” she told Dezeen.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

The lights were born out of a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory, where Dokter and Misses were invited to work alongside international and local glassblowers to experiment with the traditional craft and come up with new suggestions for shapes.

“We had an idea of what we wanted to do but we had no idea if it would technically work,” said Taplin. “So this really is the result of our play. And they are playful and weird.”

The studio worked with the team of blowers to bend recycled glass orbs over steel structures to produce a melting effect that recalls the paintings of Salvador Dalí.

The glass shapes bring a sculptural quality to the pieces, as no two shapes are alike. The white glass diffuses the light, offering a softened glow.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

“We departed from a point that we knew well, steelwork, and experimented with how the glass in its molten state would interact with it, in order to create a new production process,” added Taplin.

Dokter and Misses was founded in 2007 by industrial designer Adriaan Hugo and graphic designer Katy Taplin. The duo develops furniture, lighting and interior design solutions that are inspired by the chaotic city that surrounds them.

Moonjelly lights by Dokter and Misses appear to melt like Dali-esque balloons

Their bold, colourful, hand-painted pieces form part of a growing catalogue of limited-edition collectible work that has been exhibited in Basel, Dubai, London, New York and Miami.

Dokter and Misses are represented by the Southern Guild collective of designers in South Africa, alongside Porky Hefer and artist-cum-designer Jesse Ede, whose orbit light turns a full circle to mimic the movement of the moon.

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Studio Razavi models New York’s Boqueria tapas bar on Barcelona market

Slatted woodwork forms a canopy over this Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, which architecture practice Studio Razavi has based on a market in Barcelona.


Boqueria by Studio Razavi

Studio Razavi‘s New York office completed Boqueria on West 40th Street as the latest outpost of the restaurant chain of the same name.

Boqueria by Studio Razavi

Boqueria currently has five spots that serve Spanish cuisine in New York, as well as one other in Washington DC. All are based on the casual dining style of kiosks in Barcelona’s Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria – a market off La Rambla that dates back to the 13th century.

Studio Razavi also used the architecture of the popular food hall to inform its design of the slatted wooden ceiling over the 440-square-metre space.

Boqueria by Studio Razavi

“A restaurant concept derived from the famous Barcelona market housed under a single great roof structure, inspired us to create an all-encompassing atmosphere, not dissimilar to the market,” said the studio in a project description.

The ribbed wooden installation follows the shape of the existing ceiling, creating a low cover over a portion of the central bar, and then angling steeply up over the dining area.

Boqueria by Studio Razavi

“Using only wood, our design intent was to mitigate the changing ceiling heights – some in excess of 20 foot (six metres) – with one varying surface made up of wood slats,” said Studio Razavi.

Wood slats then extend down to cover walls and form partitions between seating areas “to create a warm texture”.

Boqueria by Studio Razavi

Additional strips of the wood wrap around seating booths in the main dining areas – which has views into the kitchen on one side – and on the underside of the curved central bar at the other end.

Boqueria by Studio Razavi

A thick slab of white marble covers the feature bar, where customers are invited to enjoy casual drinks, with a second frame set on top for displaying bottles.

Boqueria by Studio Razavi

“A centrally located bar becomes the prominent spatial element and stands out as a vital organ along with the open kitchen, opposite the main seating area, therefore surrounding clients with the two main features of what a tapas restaurant is all about,” said the firm.

Tables and benches are made from matching wood, while other decor in the restaurant is executed in a complementary monochrome palette. This includes white leathery seat covers, black hexagonal floor tiles, and white subway tiles on the walls.

Boqueria by Studio Razavi

Additional details include a graffiti-style mural covering one wall, and specked white lampshades adorning the pendant lamps and sconces.

Studio Razavi is led by French architect Alireza Razavi and has a second studio in Paris, where its other projects include the transformation of a 19th-century apartment. Also in France, the firm has completed an Alpine chalet home and a monolithic house for a photographer.

Photography is by Simone Bossi.

Project credits:

Architect: Studio Razavi Architecture
Lighting designer: Kugler Ning
Light fixtures design: Tourmaline
MEP: Stantec
AOR: Lenart Architecture

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Warped concrete roof tops Miami architecture school by Arquitectonica

A massive curving slab of concrete covers the new school of architecture building at the University of Miami, by local firm Arquitectonica.


University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

The Thomas P Murphy Design Studio Building is the latest addition to the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables, Florida – southeast of Downtown Miami.

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

Arquitectonica designed the 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square-metre) building for the institution’s architecture school. It is dedicated to Thomas P Murphy Senior, the father of the founder of Coastal Construction – the local construction firm that built the project.

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

The project was also personal for Arquitectonica: the partner in charge of the project, Raymond Fort, served as faculty at the University of Miami, as did his parents – the firm’s founding principals – Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear.

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

The Thomas P Murphy building is toped with a bowed roof that swoops across the project in a wave-like manner, and extends far out to form a covered patio alongside floor-to-ceiling windows.

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

“The building is, in essence, a single, oversized shed, featuring a vaulted roof suspended 18 feet (5.5 metres) over the floor by narrow steel columns and a few fixed walls,” said a project description.

“The exposed structure of glass and concrete serves as a teaching tool by illustrating some of the basic tenets of modern architecture, construction and sustainability.”

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

Situated on a grass plot, the building creates a plaza at a prominent intersection on the campus, with a pathway that connects to the Miami Metrorail.

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

Inside, a concrete envelope forms a lobby, with a spacious open-plan area for students taking up most of the floor plan. Red fabric curtains can close off a portion to create a more intimate area.

A studio space is formed by a 25-foot (7.6-metre) square module, which can accommodate a variety of desk configurations, ranging from 90 to 130 workstations.

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“It complements the school’s constellation of buildings that constitute a campus-within-the-campus,” said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of architecture at the University of Miami.

The east and west walls are lined in felt, so students can pin up their projects, while a nave features movable boards for exhibitions and reviews.

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

In addition to its durable concrete shell, the Thomas P Murphy building is also designed for Miami’s hot and wet climate, and its glass facade includes hurricane-resistant panels.

University of Miami School of Architecture by Arquitectonica

The undulating roof warps over the southernmost point of the building, to shade the interior from direct sunlight. No artificial light is needed inside during the day.

Arquitectonica’s other projects in its home city of Miami include a residential tower with a crinkled facade on pilotis, located in the Edgewater neighbourhood.

Photography is by Robin Hill.

Project credits:

Partners-in-charge of design: Bernardo Fort Brescia, Laurinda Spear
Architect of record and project director: Sherri Gutierrez
Project manager: Rafael Guissarri
Project designer: Raymond Fort
Landscape architect: Arquitectonica Geo
Interior designers: Arquitectonica Interiors, University of Miami Interior Design, Office of the University Architect
Structural engineering: GMG
Acoustics: Shen Milsom & Wilke
Mechanical engineering: Stantec
Civil engineering: VSN
Geotechnical engineering: NV5
Surveying: Atkins
Sustainability: SUMAC
General contractor and construction manager: Coastal Construction Group

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Note Design Studio uses flecked flooring throughout The Lookout installation

A terrazzo-like print covers the surfaces of this installation, which Note Design Studio created for flooring brand Tarkett, and won of Small Interior of the Year 2018 at the Dezeen Awards.


The Lookout by Note Design Studio

Named The Lookout, the two-level installation comprises of a sequence of muted rooms with subtly patterned surfaces, and was praised by the awards judging panel for its “clever detailing and beautiful aesthetics”.

Note Design Studio created it for this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, after they were approached by Tarkett to redesign a typical fair stand in a way that would encourage visitors to “experience how floor materials can be used in new and unexpected ways”.

The Lookout by Note Design Studio

“Tarkett is a monumentally large company and Note is a very small design studio. When we started working with the project it was like trying to turn an ocean liner with a rowing boat,” Cristiano Pigazzini, design manager at the studio, told Dezeen.

“Together we did not only find a fresh and relevant way to show the potential of an overlooked material, but we’d also like to believe that we injected some energy and inspiration within Tarkett.”

The Lookout by Note Design Studio

Note Design Studio had free reign over Tarkett’s extensive catalogue of materials, but they decided to make use of flecked homogeneous vinyl – the brand’s most unpopular flooring finish. This has been used to cover the installation’s six-metre-high walls, display counters and chunky rust-red staircase where visitors were invited to sit and relax.

A secondary set of black stairs leads to a viewpoint where visitors could observe the crowds of the fair from above.

“We operated on two levels – one catches interest from afar, the other attracts visitors from a close perspective,” explained Kerstin Lagerlöf, marketing manager at Tarkett.

The Lookout by Note Design Studio

The majority of surfaces are completed in shades of moss-green, pale grey, and terracotta brown, with a bold splash of colour provided by four coral pink armchairs that were used to dress the space.

Some of the vinyl walls also feature a checkerboard motif, circular cutouts, or have been folded to create a concertina effect.

The Lookout by Note Design Studio

The Lookout wasn’t Note Design Studio’s only win at the inaugural Dezeen Awards – the studio was also awarded Residential Interior of the Year for its Hidden Tints project, a 19th-century office that has been converted into a home.

Completed in pastel shades of pink, yellow, and green, the property was commended by judges for its “impressive and thoughtful use of colour”.

The Note Design Studio team competed head-to-head against studios like Smartvoll, who was shortlisted for its light-filled loft apartment in Salzburg, and JAAK Design, who was nominated for its KEVIN project – a 33-square-metre flat in Hong Kong.

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This week, the 2018 Dezeen Awards winners were revealed

This week on Dezeen, the winners of the inaugural Dezeen Awards were announced at a ceremony in London, with Christ & Gantenbein, Studio Roosegaarde and Atelier NL among the winners.


Four hundred people attended the Dezeen Awards ceremony, which was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry.

Matthew Mazzotta was the recipient of the overall Architecture Project of the Year prize for The Storefront Theater in Nebraska, while Swiss studio Christ & Gantenbein was awarded Architect of the Year for its “substantial body of work”.

Dezeen Awards winners revealed in London ceremony last night
Dezeen Awards 2018 winners revealed in London ceremony

In the interiors category, the “approachable, accessible and relatable studio” i29 was named Interior Designer of the Year, with the Lascaux International Centre for Cave Art by Casson Mann receiving the top prize of Interior Project of the Year.

Design Project of the Year was given to Windvogel by Studio Roosegaarde, while Atelier NL won the title of Designer of the Year for “making the conversation about sustainable practices a richer one”.

House of the Year 2018: Lochside House by HaysomWardMiller Architects
“Breathtaking” off-grid Lochside House wins RIBA House of the Year 2018

Haysom Ward Millar’s off-grid Lochside House in Scotland was another award winner this week, being named the RIBA House of the Year.

The shortlist was also announced for the Don’t Move, Improve! with 37 of the most creative and innovative home extension and renovation projects in London named.

Eden Project North in Morecambe, Lancashire by Grimshaw Architects and The Eden Project
Grimshaw reveals mussel-shaped greenhouses for Eden Project North

Grimshaw unveiled its vision for Eden Project North, which comprises five wedge-shaped pavilions crowning Morecambe Bay. The northern outpost of the ecological tourist attraction forms part of the Eden Project’s large-scale expansion plans.

In the US, BIG released its plans for a baseball stadium in Oakland, and a separate masterplan to redevelop the city’s Coliseum sports ground.

The Tulip by Foster + Partners
The Tulip by Foster + Partners is “not spooky enough” says Peter Cook

Foster + Partners’ The Tulip continued making headlines this week, as London City Airport raised concerns about the potential impact of the 305-metre-tall viewing platform on its radar system. Going against the flow Peter Cook told Dezeen that there wasn’t enough drama in the proposal.

In other UK news the government started its search for a head of architecture, to “champion the importance of good design” and “raise the design standards of new housing schemes”.

The Gouse house in Dalston, Hackney by Marta Nowicka
Marta Nowicka swaps a garage for a three-bedroom house in east London

Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a three-storey house on the site of a former garage, a Berlin flat featuring colour-block cabinetry, and Ole Scheeren’s pixelated tower in Bangkok.

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What Design Can Do campaigns combat sexual exploitation of children

Amsterdam-based design platform What Design Can Do has unveiled 13 campaigns against the sexual exploitation of underage children, as part of a design competition called No Minor Thing.


Developed in cooperation with the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Justice and Security, the No Minor Thing project saw 13 Dutch design agencies come up with solutions on how to raise awareness and tackle the issue of sexual violence against minors.

The 13 strategies and campaigns include an interactive online platform that teaches people how to spot signs of sex trafficking, a peer-to-peer check-up system for minors, and an app extension for messaging services that detects nudity in photos and digitally watermarks the images.

What Design Can Do addresses the sexual exploitation of children in Holland in No Minor Thing competition
Design for Humanity created an Instagram series for young people to include sex education in their everyday interactions

“Sexual exploitation of children is common, but it generally remains under the radar, out of sight,” said the organisation. “It is estimated that only one in nine girls who have been sexually exploited are known to police and the justice department.”

“There are even fewer records for the exploitation of boys, which makes it even more difficult to estimate the actual number of victims,” it continued.

Each of the participating designers chose one of five questions to offer a solution to, including “How can we teach every child that they are in charge of their own body?”, “How can we help victims to report sexual exploitation earlier?” and “How can we enhance the protection of young people online?”.

What Design Can Do addresses the sexual exploitation of children in Holland in No Minor Thing competition
Fabrique designed an app extension for messaging services like Whatsapp

Rotterdam-based foundation Design for Humanity devised an Instagram series aimed at young people aged between 10 and 14, which encourages its followers to think about “the role played by intimacy and sexuality” in their lives.

Called Schaamstreken (Private Parts), the campaign sets out to include sex education in everyday interactions via social media – every week there is a new mystery surrounding sexuality that followers can “solve”.

Fabrique’s SHOOW app detects nudity in photos and digitally watermarks the images

The Fabrique team focused on “sexting” in their efforts to combat sexual exploitation of minors. They designed an app extension for popular messaging applications like Whatsapp and Snapchat that detects nudity in photos and provides these images with a digital watermark.

The SHOOW app also offers users the opportunity to provide the photo with a watermark on the front, in a bid to encourage young people to treat nude photos responsibly.

“The naive notion that this type of situation only occurs in distant countries was demolished on day one of the challenge,” said Fabrique.

“Designers have the ability to challenge the status quo,” the agency added. “Taking an outside, creative perspective to this type of complex problem allows us to reach new insights.”

What Design Can Do addresses the sexual exploitation of children in Holland in No Minor Thing competition
What The Studio designed a certification program called No Place for Sex Trafficking, which teaches hospitality services how to spot signs of sex trafficking

After discovering that Dutch society is largely unaware of the sexual exploitation of minors, What The Studio came up with a certification program called No Place for Sex Trafficking, which rewards hospitality services that are committed to actively preventing sex trafficking.

The studio created an online platform where staff at hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as taxi drivers, can follow interactive training courses to learn how to spot signs of sex trafficking. Employees will then receive a certificate that they can display to show their awareness to customers, which may include potential sex traders.

“Designers don’t need to become the experts, but we are the dreamers, the ones who can help to think bigger, to communicate better and to make the findings of experts accessible for more people,” said What the Studio.

What Design Can Do addresses the sexual exploitation of children in Holland in No Minor Thing competition
Nonstopcollective created a fake website and a series of fake adverts hidden under the name of scholieren sekswerk (student sex work) to reveal the truth of sex trafficking

Other campaigns include a fake website hidden under the name of scholieren sekswerk (student sex work) used to reveal “the shocking truth” of sex trafficking, a system of fake adverts and landing pages that can track and gather data on “casual” sex offender behaviour, and a weekly calendar that helps parents and children communicate about relationships and sexuality.

What Design Can Do also recently launched another project called the Clean Energy Challenge, which tasks architects and designers with coming up with proposals that can help urban centres transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

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Dezeen wins two IBP awards and is praised for “great journalism”

Dezeen has been named Digital Service of the Year at the International Building Press Awards, while editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs won the Multi-Media Journalist of the Year title.


Judges described Dezeen as “brilliant”. “The site has a real agenda and is brilliant at tapping into the zeitgeist and finding the architectural angle,” they said. “In a nutshell: it’s great journalism.”

This is the second year in a row that Dezeen has won the award. Last year judges praised Dezeen’s “global ambition and constant innovation”.

Dezeen wins two IBP awards and is praised for "great journalism"
Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs and editor Amy Frearson collected the Digital Service of the Year award for the second year in a row

Fairs won the category for multi-media journalism, with judges particularly praising the short documentary Elevation.

Fairs co-directed the movie, which explores how drones will change cities.

Dezeen wins two IBP awards and is praised for "great journalism"
Fairs was praised for his co-direction of the short documentary, Elevation

“Marcus Fairs’ entry was overall highly professional, and the judges were ‘blown away’ by the film which was thought provoking and challenging for architects, encouraging them to think about how architecture may work in a world of drones,” the IBP judges said.

Dezeen editor Amy Frearson was shortlisted in the same category, while architecture reporter India Block was shortlisted in the News Reporter of the Year category.

Last week Fairs was named Digital Editor of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards.

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“First origami tandem kayak” folds down to suitcase size

Californian company Oru Kayak has designed a foldable kayak that can be carried on one’s back for easy transportation and use.


Haven is the latest product from Oru Kayak, a company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that makes various folding vessels.

Haven by Oru Kayak

Based on the Japanese paper folding technique of origami, the new design features a lightweight shell that folds down to the size of a large suitcase that weighs 40 pounds (18 kilograms).

Oru claims it is the first origami tandem kayak, and is manufacturer-rated for 20,000 fold cycles.

Haven by Oru Kayak

“When folded into a box, the Haven is the world’s only tandem kayak designed to be carried by one person,” said the company in a statement.

Haven by Oru Kayak

Made of five-millimetre polypropylene, the product has a translucent shell and orange plastic boards across the hull. When folded down, this double-layered, custom-extruded orange surface serves as a protective exterior for the pack.

Haven by Oru Kayak

Shaped similarly to a bean pod, the shell wraps at its two corners, leaving a hollow for users to sit in persons.

The design is suitable for one or two persons. To convert the kayak to tandem, a footrest can be repositioned to a seat back, and seats switched with a few buckles.

Haven by Oru Kayak

It takes approximately 10 minutes to turn the design from a box to a floatable boat. Intuitive folding patterns, and colour-coded stitching and loops, guide the assembly.

The coloured straps and loops show how to attach seats and footrests, and also serve as clips to fasten the kayak’s box when folded.

When fully open, the kayak measures 31 inches (79 centimetres) wide. When packaged together, the box measures 33 by 15 by 29 inches (83 by 38 by 73 centimetres).

Haven by Oru Kayak

Haven is also equipped with a patent-pending rail system for storing items like bottles, cameras and fishing rods, and which runs along the top of its sidewalls.

Another foldable water-faring vessel, designed by Thibault Penven, is made of rigid fibreglass panels sewn into a foldable PVC skin.

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