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Civic and Institutional Design

From libraries, museums and theatres, to airports, courts and government buildings – the design of civic and institutional buildings shape the way we interact with key services in our cities



The hills are alive
So what constitutes a smart city district? User-value technology and self-driving cars are two futuristic aspects of MVRDV's eye-popping competition entry for the new Tencent headquarters campus. Othe...
A long and rustic road
Cycle/pedestrian Chemin des Carrières, or quarries track, is a meandering trip through history, landscapes, towns and the odd arresting sculptural feature along the way. Much of the walkway is in Cort...
Riding high
Waimakariri District Council’s innovative approach to the Canterbury earthquake recovery planning takes top honours in an international award.
Flight of fancy
A picnic under an aircraft’s fabric wing 30 years ago inspires influential Australian architect Glenn Murcutt’s design of the 2019 MPavilion
Bridging art and nature
Completing the cultural route through northern Europe’s largest sculpture park, The Twist Museum by respected architect group Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) makes it look like you might need to pull on you...
Arguably the world's most famous museum, The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) has been comprehensively renovated and expanded. And the result? A third more gallery space, a more welcoming air and better co...
Stand-out performance
The graphic facade at Henning Larsen's Hangzhou Yuhang Opera references ice cracking on the frozen East Lake, while the two intersecting building masses appear as ice floes drifting apart to reveal th...
A place for all
Civic and educational institutions are always looking for new ways to engage with visitors and this Canadian institution is no exception. The Royal Ontario Museum’s new Performance Terrace and the Ree...


Technicolor Drip
Artist Jen Stark creates a visually striking mural on a parking building. Watch video of the process.
Going with the flow
Passengers at the Zaha Hadid-designed Beijing Daxing International Airport are guided intuitively towards the light-filled courtyard at the centre of its radiating form.
Building a greener future now
As soon as you leave Singapore's Changi airport you know you're in a green city. Three of the city state's iconic buildings take the next natural step forward – into biophilic architecture
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