This week on Dezeen, we showed architect Norman Foster’s wood and steel shelter in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, which he created as a vacation home for his friends and those of the Norman Foster Foundation.
Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Foster built the pitched roof building, called the Foster Retreat, in front of his home in the United States. It features a design inspired by the structures of the North American barn.
Both steel and wooden corner beams have been incorporated into the architecture, as have smooth wooden slats that enclose an outdoor patio space. The architect also dressed the house with the furniture he designed for the Japanese furniture brand Karimoku.
“Wood was the obvious choice not only for sustainability reasons, but also as a direct reference to the traditional buildings that characterize the island”, explained the architect.
In the design news, another Pritzker Prize winner for architecture, Álvaro Siza, has teamed up with the Swiss brand Cauny to create an elegant collection of four watches available in two colorways.
The design features a super slim case and steel bezel with sapphire crystal dial and leather strap. Siza described the project as “a beautiful and challenging exercise”.
Also on Dezeen this week, US studio Populous revealed the design for a stadium for the Buffalo Bills football team, which takes its cue from the architecture of the city of Buffalo.
Scheduled to open in 2026, the stadium’s design is influenced by existing local venues, including the former outdoor football stadium, Rockpile and Kleinhans Music Hall.
Populous also completed the Geodis Park stadium in Nashville for the Nashville SC team along with the Hastings studio, which the companies hailed as the largest football stadium in the United States to date.
Saudi Arabian architecture megaproject Neom sparked further discussion among commentators following writer Adam Greenfield’s opinion piece aimed at those working on the project, which includes the 170-kilometer city The Line.
“[Neom] it has already brought death, and in drawing a line through a living, breathing community, all who are complicit in its design and construction are already world destroyers, “Greenfield warned.
In other news, Professor Bartlett Priti Parikh worked with a team of researchers from University College London to develop an open source carbon calculator ahead of the COP27 climate conference, which begins on Sunday.
A free and accessible spreadsheet, the calculator is designed to help those traveling from the UK to Egypt, this year’s conference venue, assess, reduce and offset their travel carbon footprint.
This week, popular project stories on Dezeen included Mjölk Architekti’s refurbishment of a 130-year-old booth in the Czech Republic with a “glistening glass extension”, the transformation of a former call center into a factory and headquarters for the lighting company RBW and an exhibit of experimental housing prototypes at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.
Our most recent lookbooks featured bathrooms with trendy sinks and contemporary living rooms in Georgian and Victorian homes.
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