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From Serpentine Gallery to Blavatnik School

Artful Summer. As seen on Inhabitat, London’s Serpentine gallery released designs for the five temporary structures that will be a must-see attraction this summer. From Bjarke Ingels “unzipped wall” pavilion, to Kunle Adeyemi’s inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple, the pavilions feature bold architectural forms that invite interaction.

The architectural wings of the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub partially opened last week. The winged terminal designed by Santiago Calatrava will not have a grand opening, but will open as completed. Dubbed the Oculus, the site is intended to serve as a piazza complete with areas for visiting and gathering, as well as retail spaces. According to Dezeen, the Oculus’ roof will open on temperate days and always remain open on September 11.

How do you increase building area in a crowded city, while eliminating a long-standing community eyesore? Build an elevated park. In efforts to help curb noise and pollution caused by Seattle’s Interstate 5, Patano Studio Architecture proposed a plan to construct a 45-acre elevated park to hide the road, offer green space and add affordable housing. As cities continue to look for more space, Seattle could set a trend, says Architectural Digest.

Mixing modern with classic. Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the Blavatnik School of Government brings a modern glass-clad facade to the traditional limestone, neoclassic architecture of Oxford’s historic Walton Street. As reported by Wallpaper, the School’s Dean, Professor Ngaire Woods, said of the building, “The most important part…was to build us a building that would draw us together in a heart.”

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