This week David Adjaye unveiled an upside-down skyscraper

Upside-down skyscraper by David Adjaye

This week on Dezeen, Adjaye Associates proposed a supertall skyscraper in New York that has a series of cantilevers to give it a dramatic, inverted appearance.

Adjaye Associates, which is led by architect David Adjaye, designed the 1,663-feet-tall (498-metre) skyscraper for a vacant plot in New York State in response to an open Request for Proposals from the state government.

Visual of The Tulip by Foster + Partners
Tulip tower by Foster + Partners set to be given go-ahead

In other tall building news, the Foster + Partners-designed Tulip tourist attraction took a step closer to becoming reality with UK housing secretary Michael Gove expected to approve its construction.

The decision, which is expected within the next month, would overrule London mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to refuse the tower planning permission.

Babyn Yar Synagogue by Manuel Herz Architects
Dezeen Awards 2021 architecture public vote winners include Manuel Herz’s pop-up synagogue

This week saw the winners of the Dezeen Awards public vote announced on Dezeen.

In total, more than 53,000 votes were cast and verified across all categories, with Manuel Herz Architects’ pop-up synagogue (pictured) among the public’s winners.

Robin Hood Gardens demolition
Brutalist buildings threatened by right-wing politicians as part of “attack on the welfare state”

As brutalist buildings around the world continue to be in danger of demolition, we interviewed architecture historians to discover why.

According to the historians, the demonisation of brutalism buildings is part of a politically motivated shift towards more traditional styles of architecture.

Bio-based material house
House built from 100 different plant-based materials unveiled at Dutch Design Week

At Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, which took place this week, eco-design studio Biobased Creations created a showhome that was built almost entirely from biomaterials.

Speaking to Dezeen, Biobased Creations CEO said that buildings “definitely could be” made exclusively from plant-based products along with natural materials such as earth.

The Angers Cathedral extension designed by Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma to add contemporary entrance to gothic cathedral in Angers

In France, Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates unveiled its plans to give Angers Cathedral a contemporary facelift by adding a modern, arched entrance gallery to protect a historic sculptural doorway.

Also in Europe, studio Malka Architecture revealed its plans to add a collection of art nouveau-style “light cannons” to the French embassy in Vienna.

Concrete-walled visitor centre
Loop Architects wedges Thy National Park visitor centre into dune landscape

Popular projects this week included a visitor centre in a Danish sand dune, a Quebec chalet by Atelier Pierre Thibault and a house in Japan with exaggerated eaves.

Our lookbook this week focused on playful interiors with slides.

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