London Southbank, England

London’s Southbank Centre has unveiled its proposed £120 million Festival Wing redevelopment, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Featuring a glazed ‘liner’ building and a semi-transparent, box-like sky pavilion, the 28,000m² overhaul and extension will house a raised rehearsal space, educational facilities, restaurants and shops.

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Billund, Denmark

Bjarke Ingels Group and Ralph Appelbaum Associates will team up with the LEGO Group to design the physical home for The LEGO House, the world's first museum dedicated to LEGO. LEGO owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen said the museum will be equal parts education and entertainment, with a focus on exhibits where children can learn through LEGO play.

Image - Used by permission,© 2012 The LEGO Group

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Toulouse, France

Architectural historian and modern architecture preservationist Robert Rubin has purchased the largest of Buckminster Fuller’s “Fly’s Eye” domes from the Buckminster Fuller Institute. The 50 foot dome is currently being restored and will be displayed, for the first time in more than 30 years, at the 2013 Festival International d’art in Toulouse, France.

Image source - Toulouse Arts Festival

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Archgroup Consultants-designed JW Marriott Marquis Dubai hotel has now opened for business in the United Arab Emirates. At 355m in height, the 72 storey opulent business hotel holds the title of the tallest hotel in the world. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is also the first of 59 hotels in the JW Marriott family to be constructed outside North America.

Image source - JW Marriott

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Hamburg, Germany

The world’s first algae powered building is set for completion in Germany later this month. The BIQ is a zero-carbon apartment complex built for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg and features a bright green ‘bio-adaptive fa├žade’ that uses microalgae to generate renewable energy and provide shade. An exhibit inside the building proposes a radical new theory on how we will live in the near future.

Image source - BIQ via GOOD

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