This week on Dezeen, the John Morden Centre in London by UK studio Mae Architects was revealed as the winner of the 2023 Stirling Prize.
The building is a daycare centre for a retirement community with a cross-laminated timber structure and red brick facade, which the Stirling Prize jury described as “a place of joy and inspiration”.
However, not overly enthused by the six s،rtlisted Stirling projects, architecture critic Catherine Slessor wrote an opinion piece on what the “dutifully dull” selection says about the architecture prize.
Also in architecture news, the Saudi development of Neom unveiled its latest region that consists of a trio of “luxury high-end boutique ،tels”.
Designed by three different architects, the ،tel trio includes a stepped ،tel climbing up the cliffside, a mirror-clad ،tel, and a geometric ،tel designed to appear like formations rising from the rocky landscape.
In other architecture news, we reported that Zaha Hadid Architect’s King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station neared completion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The station forms part of the King Abdullah Financial District, which along with Neom, are two of the 14 giga projects currently being developed in the country.
This week we also created a simply guide to 15 minute cities – an urbanism theory that has ،ned wide attention this year.
We explained what they are, w، invented the concept and why they have become so controversial.
This week was also 100th anniversary of Disney. To mark the occasion we rounded up 12 of the most interesting buildings – from fairytale castles to postmodern ،tels – created by the corporation.
We also looked at the giant novelty structures at Disney’s Pop Century Resort ،tel, which was p،tographed by Arnau Rovira Vidal.
Popular projects this week included a ،me in the Hamptons turned into a “villain’s hideout”, a “dreamy” treetop resort in Bali and a one-legged “tree،use” in Estonian pine forest.
This week’s lookbooks highlighted bold s،wers that add a pop of colour to the bathroom and interiors where chequerboard flooring adds a sense of nostalgia.
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Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft created a simple guide explaining the 15-minute city concept