California Academy of Sciences

Piano's audacious design with its native plant–covered living roof, retractable ceiling, three-story rain forest, gigantic planetarium, and living coral reef, is an adventure in biodiversity and green architecture. I remember visiting this building whilst in...

SFMoMA between Mario Botta and Snøhetta

Fog isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you encounter the rippling white cliff face that now looms behind the museum’s original home... Built in 1995, Botta’s stately museum squares up to Third...

Gaudí’s Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló, one of Gaudí’s masterpieces, is more than just a building, is a legend of art. The striking modernist façade conceals a whole world of artistic and architectural surprises. Here, light, colour and shapes...

Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion

The Barcelona Pavilion is a work of artful simplicity that is emblematic of the modernist movement. It has been exhaustively studied and interpreted as well as having inspired the oeuvre of several generations of...

Light, nature and geometry — the genius of Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí, one of the most famous figures of Catalan culture and world architecture, spent over 40 years designing the Temple of the Sagrada Familia. Architecture Gaudí’s conception of the Sagrada Familia was based on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals....

Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI

The project for the building devoted to the national centre for the contemporary art and architecture was selected following a two-part international competition launched by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage in 1998. The winning design...

‘Nomadic House’ by Sou Fujimoto at Les Jardins des Tuileries

Japan's Sou Fujimoto striking plant-infused installation at the FIAC art fair located in the Jardins des Tuileries. Many Small Cubes is composed of metal boxes filled with plants and trees. At night, the floating cubes light up in a...