Floating architecture

London architecture studio Baca has proposed building floating homes on London’s canals Dezeen investigated the trend for floating architecture following a flurry of proposals ranging from housing developments on the canals of London to floating homes in Amsterdam and amphibious cities in China. This see-through floating hut is modelled on the remote cabin built by 19th century American author Henry David […]


The Eva robotic arm by Automata is designed to help robots become as ubiquitous as desktop 3D printers Engineers and scientists have been trumpeting the beginning of the robot age for decades, but this year it finally felt like it might be dawning. Austrian architect Wolf D Prix declared robotic construction and 3D printing to be […]

Linked towers

Steven Holl’s Copenhagen Gate is linked by a suspended footbridge and cycle path Steven Holl’s plan to build two huge structures in Copenhagen that connect 65 metres above the city’s harbour via a cycle and pedestrian bridge were revived. But he wasn’t the only architect trying to link skyscrapers. Cloud Corridor by MAD Chinese firm MAD proposed a complex […]

Crowdfunded architecture

The crowdfunded Luchtsingel bridge in Rotterdam, designed by ZUS While crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have become established tools for designers to bring their products to market, 2015 was the year crowdfunded architecture moved beyond student projects and temporary popups. The proposed design for the Lowline in New York, billed as the world’s first underground park This year saw the […]

Timber buildings

The Cube, a 10-storey residential building in London’s Shoreditch built using cross-laminated timber New innovations and techniques are turning engineered and laminated timber into the architectural wonder material of the 21st century. Architects told Dezeen it can beat steel and concrete on quality, sustainability and speed of construction. The stepped glass and wood 79 & Park […]

Handmade bricks

The ground floor of this house designed by London studio Nash Baker Architects is built from handmade-brick Another traditional material that enjoyed a revival this year was brick, but instead of pushing the boundaries, architects explored the possibilities offered by old techniques. This asymmetric gabled house in the Dutch village of Riel was also made […]

Ocean plastic

Indian Ocean by Studio Swine, one of a series of objects made using ocean plastic and named after the ocean from which the waste was collected Ocean plastic, created by harvesting and melting down waste from the world’s seas, was the breakthrough material of 2015.