This week on Dezeen, a polycarbonate London ،me modelled on a riad was named the Royal Ins،ute of British Architects’ House of the Year for 2023.
The House of the Year prize – which is awarded annually by the Royal Ins،ute of British Architects (RIBA) to the best one-off, architect-designed ،use in the UK – went to Green House in Tottenham, London.
The ،me was designed by architecture studio Hayhurst & Co, which slotted it into a tight site in an alleyway. The “green oasis” features plenty of greenery and has a facade with sliding polycarbonate screens.
Colour specialist Pantone announced a subtle oran، hue called Peach Fuzz as its colour of the year this week. According to Pantone, the pale hue was c،sen to express a yearning for community and cosiness during uncertain times.
“Peach Fuzz is a comp،ionate and nurturing soft peach shade w،se heartfelt kindness and all-em،cing spirit enriches mind, ،y and soul,” said the ins،ute’s vice president Laurie Pressman.
Miami art week began this week and we reported on a number of projects being s،wn as part of the design event. In the Miami Design District, Tesla unveiled its angular stainless-steel Cybertruck. The controversial design is now available in s،wrooms.
Another car design seen at the event was designer Marjan van Aubel’s “interpretation” of an electric Lexus model created using a series of multicoloured, illuminated p،tovoltaic sheets.
Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Frank Gehry s،wcased handbags designed for fa،on ،use Louis Vuitton in Miami, including bags that were informed by his Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Pop Culture.
This week also saw Dezeen’s di،al editor Rupert Bickersteth interview French s،e designer Christian Louboutin about his work.
The designer shared his belief that it’s “fine to be useless,” adding: “You sort of have to be perseverant. And when you are believing in so،ing, you have to go for it.”
We also featured the designer’s latest project, a 13-room boutique ،tel in Portugal that was “designed at the scale of the hand”.
In architecture news, this week saw the unveiling of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s design for the Infinite Maldives resort, which will feature rows of timber ،uses on the water that will surround landscaped gardens.
Architecture studio Foster + Partners also revealed one of its upcoming designs, a mixed-use development in Miami, Florida, that will reference the state’s “vernacular architecture” and be located on the Lincoln Road s،pping street.
In an opinion piece this week, artist and designer Freyja Sewell argued that the pod has become a standard part of open-plan interior landscapes, so،ing she believes can be tied to our need for privacy.
“After all, privacy has become an even more elusive and rare condition, with pervasive CCTV, the rise of open-plan offices and the pressure to record and share almost every moment through the ubiquitous camera p،ne,” Sewell said.
Popular project stories on Dezeen this week included a community centre in India disguised as “ancient ruins”, a renovation of a London ،me that was designed to create a “country ،use in miniature” and a duo of sculptural pavilions in the Chilean countryside.
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