This week on Dezeen, Saudi Arabian mega-project Neom revealed its sixth region, Epicon, which will feature a pair of jagged skyscrapers on the Gulf of Aqaba.
Designed by architecture studio 10Design, the project will be distinguished by two steel-clad towers measuring 225 and 275 metres tall. They will be connected by horizontal levels set to contain an outdoor pool and other spaces.
Accommodating 41 hotel and luxury residences, the skyscrapers will be joined by the Epicon resort to form a luxury tourist destination.
In other architecture news, a concrete pavilion with a reflecting pool designed by architect Tadao Ando was unveiled as this year’s MPavilion in Melbourne, Australia.
Created as a place to reflect on the surrounding gardens, the centre of the pavilion features a large concrete column topped by a 4.4-metre aluminium disk.
We looked closer at two architecture festivals this week. In the USA, the Chicago Architecture Biennial returned for its fifth edition with installations and pavilions that centred on themes of collaboration and community building.
In the United Arab Emirates, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial focused on reuse and adaptability and featured twelve “very obviously architectural” installations.
In design news, a hands-free intravenous device designed for disaster zones won this year’s James Dyson Awards International prize.
Named Golden Capsule, Hongik University students developed the device to function from elastic forces and air pressure instead of relying on gravity and electricity, like existing IV packs.
Journalist Mona Chalabi spoke with Dezeen in this interview about her hand-drawn infographics that accurately depict statistics, often relating to social injustices, and the limitations of illustrating skewed data.
Chalabi, who won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for illustrated reporting, explained that while she knows her illustrations won’t save the world, she hopes the combination of digital accuracy and hand drawing makes the statistics more tangible.
Popular projects this week included a home in Amsterdam with a hexagonal footprint and Alzheimer’s Village, a care home in France designed for dementia patients.
Our latest lookbooks featured cosy living rooms with industrial material palettes and kitchens with well-placed glazing that fills the interior with sunlight.
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