This week on Dezeen, Es Devlin created the Forest for Change at the London Design Biennale and Superflux installed numerous fire-blackened pine trees at the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021.
British designer Devlin filled the courtyard of Somerset House, which is the main venue of this year's London Design Biennale, with 400 trees to draw attention to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
These goals are displayed on colourful mirrored pillars arranged in a clearing at the centre of the forest.
Also aiming to draw attention to the impact of climate change, design studio Superflux installed 415 trees that had been damaged by forest fires around an oasis of living plants.
Called Invocation for Hope, the installation was created at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna as part of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021.
In London, ex-students of leading architecture school the Bartlett came forward with allegations of sexist and racist treatment.
The school said it was "aware of the issues" and was set to begin an investigation.
In the USA, Studio Gang completed a residential skyscraper with angled glass elements that overlooks Forest Park in St Louis, Missouri.
Also in America, Kohn Pedersen Fox unveiled plans for a supertall skyscraper that will be built near Grand Central Terminal in New York.
As Venice Architecture Biennale continues we rounded up ten of the most interesting pavilions that are worth making a trip to see.
Highlights include a pavilion decorated only with QR codes, a Garden of Privatised Delights, segments of London mosques and the wooden frame of a four-storey house.
Popular projects this week included an apartment building in Mexico City built around a "secret garden", a Spanish music school wrapped in a perforated metal skin and a Menorcan holiday home.
This week's lookbook focused on space-efficient galley kitchens.
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Spanish design agency Masquespacio has created the interiors of Italian fast food chain Bun's Turin branch that combines blocks of pink and green with a blue seating area designed to look like a swimming pool.
Bun Turin is a burger joint that takes its bold identity from the first Bun restaurant in Milan, which was also designed by Masquespacio.
"This restaurant's target customer is the urban lifestyle of people born late in the Millennium and the new Generation Z," Masquespacio co-founder Christophe Penasse told Dezeen.
Characterised by three distinct colourful areas, the burger joint uses pink, blue and green in order to playfully carve out different spaces in the restaurant.
The sections are designed so that the restaurant's three large windows present each colour as a separate blocked out space from the outside.
Upon entering Bun Turin, visitors are greeted with an ordering bar and drinks and ice cream fridge coloured in a dusty sage shade of the restaurant's trademark green.
Lit-up digital menu boards with gold accents display the restaurant's food options, while a version of the same neon burger logo found in Bun's Milan branch glows from a nearby pillar.
Pink and blue are used for two different seating areas both complete with built-in furniture.
In the pink area, a central table coloured partly in green straddles both the pink and green sections of the restaurant.
Sugary-pink terrazzo steps that double as a planter lead visitors to seats tucked into arched booths in the pink seating area, which also houses the burger joint's toilets.
Bun Turin's all-blue seating area is built from pale tiles that are designed to look like a swimming pool.
The area features mock pool ladders which aim to give visitors the impression of floating in water while they eat.
"Once we defined Bun's identity we developed the project in 3D," said Penasse.
"At the end of the process, we do a lot of trials to reach the correct combination of colours and materials," continued the designer.
"In this case, we had several options for colour combinations, all focussed on a younger audience."
Apart from tiles by Complementto, all of the furniture in Bun Turin was designed by Masquespacio.
"It is important for clients that Bun spaces can be recognised wherever they are located," explained Penasse.
"For this reason, the design will evolve and be slightly different in each space, but maintain a clear identity."
Masquespacio is a Valencia-based design agency founded in 2010 by Penasse and Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, known for its use of bright colour.
Other recent projects by the studio include colour-blocked student housing in Bilbao, and a stucco and terracotta restaurant in the Spanish town of Aragon constructed from twisting shapes informed by the nearby Pyrenees mountains.
Photography is by Gregory Abbate.
A dark exterior contrasts with light-toned finishes inside a compact, floating home in Washington designed by Studio DIAA co-founder Suzanne Stefan as her own home.
The Portage Bay Float Home serves as the personal residence of Stefan, who co-founded Studio DIAA in 2019. The project recently won a 2021 Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects.
Following a long tradition of floating homes in Seattle, the dwelling is located on the north end of Lake Union, in a spot called Portage Bay.
It was built on top of a log-float foundation dating to the early 1900s. The home sits close to the shore and has access to a garden.
Square in plan, the home consists of a single level that totals 650 square feet (60 square metres). The building is topped with a pitched roof that flattens out as it extends over a deck.
Exterior walls are clad in dark cedar and Richlite, a composite material made of resin-infused paper. Sliding doors help erase the boundary between inside and out.
Inside, the home is divided into two zones. One side encompasses the shared spaces – an open kitchen and dining area, which is separated from a living room by a retractable sheer curtain.
The other side contains two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Glass doors are found in all rooms, except for the bathroom, and provide direct access to a wraparound deck. In the living room, a "zero post" corner opens the space fully to the outdoors.
Interior finishes include whitewashed pine and oak flooring. In the kitchen, stainless steel was used for the countertops and backsplash.
A light fixture above the kitchen island is made of concrete – the same material used for a pendant above the dining table.
The main bedroom is fitted with white closet doors, wooden panelling, built-in open shelving and a large, globe-shaped pendant. In the bathroom, the team clad the shower in white tiles.
In addition to floor-to-ceiling glass, the home has three skylights that bring natural light into the home.
"We sought to capture the poetic quality of light reflecting off the surrounding Portage Bay waters, an aspect heightened by overhead aluminium-lined sky vessels that softly reflect the colours of the changing sky," the team said.
Other floating homes in Seattle include a two-storey dwelling by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects that is designed so residents can go swimming directly from their bedrooms.
Photography is by Kevin Scott.
Architecture and interior design: Studio DIAA
Structural engineering: BUILT Engineering
General contracting: Dovetail General Contractors / @dovetail_gc
Interior and exterior finish Construction: Forrest Taylor and Geoff Gamsby
German brand Axor has presented five collections of bathroom products on Dezeen Showroom, including water-saving accessories by Barber Osgerby and free-standing faucets by Antonio Citterio.
Axor collaborated with British design duo Barber Osgerby to create Axor One. The collection comprises 31 products made with a chrome or matte-black finish, ranging from wall-mounted taps to sizeable showerheads.
Included in the range are technology-driven faucets with a selection of handles and controls that foster "ultra-precise" water flow and allow users to select optimal temperatures.
The shower and bathtub products have controls that are integrated into a single panel called a thermostatic module, which allows users to regulate the water temperature and output.
Also designed by Barber Osgerby is the Axor Universal Circular Accessories range, which comprises 21 bathroom accessories such as mirrors, soap dispensers, towel racks, shelves and toilet roll holders.
As its name suggests, the collection is intended for universal use and was designed to suit any bathroom interior style. The products are characterised by their pared-back forms with "slim silhouettes, rounded corners and balanced proportions", according to Axor.
Axor Citterio is a collection of bathroom taps designed by Italian designer Antonio Citterio for Axor, which was originally launched in 2003.
Citterio has updated the range, which now encompasses 70 different faucets designed for bathtubs, showers and washbasins. The faucets come in an array of handle styles that are distinguished by their flat surfaces in a bid to contrast traditional tubular taps.
The faucets also come in varying heights, as well as wall-mounted versions, free-standing faucets for baths and faucets for overhead showers.
Another faucet collection from Axor is French designer Jean-Marie Massaud's range called Axor Edge. The family of faucets includes options with four different heights, cantilevered and asymmetrical versions, as well as wall-mounted mixers, single-lever mixers or three-hole mixers.
The faucets are cut, shaped and polished using a "diamond-cutting technology" and are available in 15 different finishes, including matte black and chrome.
Axor has also released a collection of minimalist overheard showers created by Stuttgart-based studio Phoenix Design, which includes 12 models. Six of the models feature rounded heads, while the remaining six come with square heads that can be mounted to walls or ceilings.
The showers have two spray settings: one that disperses a soft, wide spray and another that provides a concentrated stream. The showers come with matching temperature control modules, which are available in a shiny chrome finish, as well as matching shower arms.
Axor is a German bathroom products manufacturer established in 1993. The brand regularly collaborates with leading architects and designers to create state-of-the-art and technology-driven products, including collections by David Adjaye, Nendo and Philippe Starck.
Its products span bathroom accessories, showers, waste systems, washbasins and bathtubs. The brand also produces products for kitchens, such as kitchen mixer taps and other faucets.
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