This week, the newest NEOM district in Saudi Arabia was unveiled

This week, the newest NEOM district in Saudi Arabia was unveiled

Saudi Arabia’s mega-project NEOM this week unveiled in Dezeen its sixth district, Epicon, which will feature a pair of skyscrapers winding on the Gulf of Aqaba.

Designed by architecture studio 10Design, the project will feature two steel towers measuring 225 and 275 metres. It will be connected to horizontal levels designated to contain an outdoor swimming pool and other spaces.

The project includes 41 luxury hotels and residences, and the skyscrapers will be attached to the Epicon Resort to form a luxury tourist destination.

Tadao Ando designed an architectural pavilion for the MPavilion in Melbourne

In other architecture news, a concrete pavilion with a reflecting pool designed by architect Tadao Ando was unveiled as this year’s MPavilion in Melbourne, Australia.

Created as a place to contemplate the surrounding gardens, the pavilion features a large concrete column topped with a 4.4-metre-tall aluminum disc.

Concrete tent
The Sharjah Architecture Triennial showcased projects created from scarcity

We looked closely at two architecture festivals this week. In the United States of America, the Chicago Architecture Biennial returned for its fifth edition with installations and pavilions focusing on themes of collaboration and community building.

In the United Arab Emirates, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial focused on reuse and adaptability, and featured twelve “highly visible architectural” installations.

An image showing the golden capsule receiving the global award at the James Dyson Awards 2023
The Gold Capsule is a non-powered, hands-free intravenous infusion

In design news, a hands-free intravenous device designed for use in disaster zones won this year’s James Dyson International Award.

Dubbed the Golden Capsule, the Hongik University students developed the device to operate through elastic forces and air pressure rather than relying on gravity and electricity, like existing intravenous packs.

Photo of Mona Chalabi
Mona Shalaby talked about her work in the field of infographics in an exclusive interview

In this interview, journalist Mona Shalaby spoke with Dezeen about the hand-drawn graphs that accurately depict statistics, often related to social injustice, and the limitations of explaining skewed data.

Chalabi, who won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for graphic reporting, explained that while she knows her illustrations won’t save the world, she hopes the combination of digital precision and hand-drawing will make the statistics more realistic.

Edgehouse by Prototype Studio
Edge House is a hexagonal house in Amsterdam

Popular projects this week included a house in Amsterdam with a hexagonal footprint and Alzheimer’s Village, a nursing home in France designed for dementia patients.

Our latest brochures feature cozy living rooms with panels of industrial materials and kitchens with well-placed glazing that fills the interior with sunlight.

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