• Stanton Williams' Musée d’arts de Nantes breathes life into the French city

    The Musée d’arts de Nantes has reopened following a €48.8m transformation and extension by London-based practice Stanton Williams that aims to embrace its urban surroundings. It is part of a huge, 30-year push by the city to use culture to reinvent its image, culminating in the annual arts festival Le Voyage à Nantes

  • A game of two halves: Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín in Santander

    Renzo Piano’s new arts centre, Centro Botín in Santander, is designed in two halves, floating above the waterside like a pair of lungs clad in ceramic — and breathing life into the Spanish city

  • Brand on a mission: IKEA teams up with NASA to imagine homes on Mars

    Letter from Älmhult: Cate St Hill visits IKEA’s 'House of Curiosity' in the remote Swedish village where the brand began, to talk about upcoming designs and collaborations — including their expansion into space

  • Bob & Roberta Smith is turning the whole town of Folkestone into an art school

    Patrick Brill — better known as the artist Bob and Roberta Smith — is on a mission to turn the seaside town of Folkestone into an art school for all, for its fourth Art Triennial and beyond. Inspired by the parlous state of the UK’s art education system, what lessons does he hope it will provide for the wider world?

  • The designer 'dragging' architecture: meet Adam Nathaniel Furman

    London-based designer Adam Nathaniel Furman indulges in colour, pattern and multiple historical styles — from his interiors to his installations — and argues for greater plurality in the world of architecture

  • Home away from home: Second Home Lisboa

    Following the success of their first creative workspace, Second Home Spitalfields in London, entrepreneurs Sam Aldenton and Rohan Silva have opened up shop in Lisbon, drawn by the city’s booming co-working culture and thriving tech scene. Designed by Madrid-based practice SelgasCano, it’s an unconventional office, inspired by biophilia and arranged to maximise serendipitous meetings among its diverse community

  • An oasis of calm in the City: Angel Court by Fletcher Priest

    A series of garden terraces provide a unique viewpoint from which to view the City of London at the new 27-storey tower designed by Fletcher Priest. The project has also increased local public realm by a third

  • Warsaw rising: Zlota 44 by Studio Libeskind

    A new luxury residential tower has become a dramatic addition to the skyline of Warsaw, but for both architect Daniel Libeskind and interior designer Woods Bagot, Poland’s past lies beneath the surface of its design

  • Berlin harmonic: Frank Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal

    The world is used to seeing Frank Gehry’s architectural originality in his wrapping of buildings, but all this has changed for the Pierre Boulez Saal, the auditorium of the Barenboim-Said Music Academy in Berlin. Restricted by a not-to-be-altered classical shell, Gehry has instead taken his wrapping inside