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Seat of learning

A comfortable student makes for an alert student – Furnware designed and made ergonomic furniture for the new King's School Centennial Building.

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Just landed

Morphosis Architects' wild-looking R&D facility for Kolon Group reflects the company's focus on innovation, technology and sustainability.

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Hotel chic – spot the difference

With so many hotel options available, fresh ventures have to work hard to stand out. Auckland's arty and quirky Naumi Hotel more than succeeds.

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Fresh perspective

MAD Architects add enthralling artistic spaces to the historic, 750m-long Kiyotsu Gorge lookout tunnel in Japan’s Niigata prefecture.

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Skirting the heat

BIG architects pleated parts of the envelope of this tech and innovation hub to reduce solar loads and glare. 

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A sculptural event in its own right, this Fine Arts Facility makes much of high walls and a serene central courtyard.

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With a difference

When ARM opened new Sydney offices, they celebrated with a video of some of their amazing architecture.

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A tropical skyscraper

In contrast with conventional, sealed-off and air-conditioned skyscrapers, this hotel tower opens up by merging architecture and nature

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Volume 34 No 1C

Discover what's new in the world of commercial design.

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The star of the new blockbuster Skyscraper may not be Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, but the enormous Pearl tower around which the film is based

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Connecting past and present

The fully restored, heritage Crossing retail and office precinct features a quiet Resene palette

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How to make an attractive city

What happened to attractive city? This video from The School of Life explores the key principles for making visually appealing cities

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The Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid 

If it's ever constructed, the Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid in Tokyo Bay will stand over 2,000 metres tall and contain enough living space to house 750,000.

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