BIG to Design Mosque & Islamic Center in Albania

These breathtaking images are of a mosque, cultural center, and museum to be built in Tirana, Albania. The competition was won by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group in collaboration with Martha Schwartz Landscape, Buro Happold , Speirs & Major, Lutzenberger & Lutzenberger, and Global Cultural Asset Management. I know it feels a bit ironic that …

New UAE Parliament Building Complex | Architecture

Ehrlich Architects have won first prize in the international design competition for the Federal National Council’s ‘New Parliament Building Complex’ in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The entry beat out a number of internationally recognized firms including Foster + Partners, Massimiliano Fuksas architects, and Zaha Hadid Architects. The New Parliament embodies the unique identity of …

Zayed National Museum Abu Dhabi | Architecture

Foster + Partners has released new images of its designs for the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, after they were officially unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Panton Chair turns 50 | Iconic Pieces

It is not surprising that this chair gets the attention it has been getting for the past 50 years. Vernor Panton’s (1926-1998) initial idea for this 20th century iconic chair dates back to 1958-1959. In 1967 Vitra released it to the public, since then it was manufactured in four different kinds of finishes and versions. …

Architect Portraits by Federico Babina | Art

  Federico Babina is a talented Italian Illustrator I have been following lately. His work is so simple yet so creative. In the series I am focusing on, he created portraits of famous architects using their work as part of the portrait, you won’t believe till you see yourself. Check out the slideshow below!   …

Impressive People: Paintings by Pierre Koukjian

Pierre Koukjian is an award winning Lebanese  painter born in Beirut in 1962. He left Lebanon in the mid 1970’s when the civil war broke out. He worked in jewelry making in numerous workshops around Europe and was really good at it until he discovered his passion for painting. He painted as a hobby at …