Yujia Bian creates architecture soap for Oslo triennale

Yujia Bian creates architecture soap for Oslo Architecture Triennale

Researcher Yujia Bian has cast the word architecture into bars of soap that are being used at the Oslo Architecture Triennale to question the idea of creating pristine works of architecture.

The bars of soap have been placed in Oslo’s National Museum of Architecture, one of the venues for the triennale, and will be used throughout the festival.

As the festival progresses, the word architecture will slowly be worn away as the soap is used, which is intended to mirror how buildings change as they are used and do not remain in a pristine state for long.

Yujia Bian creates architecture soap for Oslo Architecture Triennale

The soap has been created to be a functional installation that questions what architecture is aiming to be.

“Through usage, the text on the soap disappears,” Bian told Dezeen. “Perhaps it’s a symbolic performance that says: when Architecture with a capital A disappears, what it tries to, and claims to, achieve could eventually take place.”

Yujia Bian creates architecture soap for Oslo Architecture Triennale

The branded soap also aims to highlight people’s frustration with architecture.

“I’m not sure if the soap questions what architecture is,” said Bian. “It does, however, show some frustrations about what architecture claims to be.”

“As architecture often promises ‘sharing’ with designated common spaces. Nonetheless, it also often fails to achieve the claim to share, as the social factors often escape from the hands of the architects,” she added.

Yujia Bian creates architecture soap for Oslo Architecture Triennale

The bars of soap were created to respond to the Oslo Architecture Triennale’s theme of degrowth – an economic strategy that believes we should reduce levels of consumption and production.

“The soap responds to degrowth through its collective use. As you can imagine, not everyone is fond of sharing a bar of soap, despite the fact it actually facilitates collective hygiene,” said Bian.

“I think some discomfort is necessary for people to reconsider caring and sharing with each other. It can be a great experience too!”

Yujia Bian creates architecture soap for Oslo Architecture Triennale

The actual bars were made in a factory in Guangzhou, China, which Bian contacted using the online platform Taobao. They were cast in silicon moulds that were also made in the soap factory.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 takes place in the Norwegian capital between 26 September and 24 November. Explaining the theme of degrowth in a Dezeen opinion column, Phineas Harper, one of the festivals chief curators, said: “our dependency on growth, like on concrete, must be abolished”.

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David Adjaye designs trio of multifaith temples in Abu Dhabi

The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE by David Adjaye

David Adjaye has revealed visuals of The Abrahamic Family House, an interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi that will contain a church, mosque and synagogue.

The three cubic temples are designed by Adjaye Associates to encourage “peaceful co-existence and acceptance” of the three Abrahamic faiths Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the UAE’s capital city.

The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE by David Adjaye

“I believe architecture should work to enshrine the kind of world we want to live in, a world of tolerance, openness, and constant advancement,” explained Adjaye.

“As an architect I want to create a building that starts to dissolve the notion of hierarchical difference – it should represent universality and totality – something higher, that enhances the richness of human life,” he continued.

“We hope we have set out a plan for a beautiful and thought-provoking space that celebrates the three faiths and stimulates dialogue and understanding at a critical time for the world.”

The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE by David Adjaye

Adjaye Associate’s design won the competition to design a multifaith complex on Saadiyat Island – a new cultural district off the coast of the UAE’s capital city.

The visuals show that The Abrahamic Family House will be positioned close to Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi on the tip of the islet, which will also shortly be joined by Frank Gehry’s long-awaited Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE by David Adjaye

Once complete, the church, mosque and synagogue will each be distinguished by a unique orientation and decorative facade made up of colonnades, screens and vaults evoking the details of traditional religious spaces.

However, they will all be unified by their matching materiality, “powerful plutonic forms” and shared gardens that run between them. The overall designed aims to highlight the often overlooked similarities between the three faiths.

The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE by David Adjaye

“I’ve always seen these three religions as very different – it’s what we’re led to believe, but then you discover these incredible connections and overlaps that sit with these distinct differences,” added Adjaye.

“The evolution which then developed the narrative was to discover what was adjacent, surprisingly close even,” he continued.

“The form is translated from the three faiths, we use the lens to define what is similar as opposed to what is different and we use the power of that revelation to make the form.”

The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE by David Adjaye

The fourth space in the complex is the plinth on which the temples will sit, that will not be affiliated with any specific religion.

This will house the complex’s visitor centre, and will be open to the public for a mix of event and educational courses.

The Abrahamic Family House on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE by David Adjaye

British-Ghanian architect Adjaye founded his eponymous studio Adjaye Associates in 2000, with studios in both London and New York.

Other recent projects by the firm include the African American Museum in Washington DC and the pink Ruby City art centre in Texas.

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Harriet Harriss to speak about architecture education at Dezeen Day

Harriet Harriss to speak about architecture education at Dezeen Day

Harriet Harriss, dean of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York, will speak about the future of design education at Dezeen Day on 30 October.

Harriss, who recently became the second female dean of the school, will discuss pioneering new models of design education, an issue that she focuses on in her writing, teaching and research.

She will also present her views on gender inequality in architecture, and discuss how to widen participation to ensure the industry reflects the diversity of the society it seeks to serve.

The education panel at Dezeen Day will discuss whether design and architecture schools have become divorced from the real world, and explore how to transform it.

The other panelists are Zaha Hadid Architects principal Patrik Schumacher, designer Stacie Woolsey, who has created her own masters course, and Neil Pinder, a secondary-school design teacher from London.

Harriet Harriss to speak about architecture education at Dezeen Day
Harriet Harriss has joined the speakers at Dezeen Day

Harriss, who judged the inaugural Dezeen Awards in 2018, studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University.

Before moving to New York City, she led the post-graduate research programme in architecture at the Royal College of Art in London.

Her books include Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education and the British Tradition, and A Gendered Profession, which explores gender imbalance in the architecture profession.

Dezeen Day is an international architecture, interiors and design conference that will be held at BFI Southbank, on the bank of the Thames in central London, on Wednesday 30 October.

The conference will address key topics including future cities, the circular economy and running a successful design business.

Read about all the speakers announced so far and see the full schedule for the day.

Buy reduced early-bird tickets now using the form below or through the Eventbrite page and sign up to receive email updates.

The illustration is by Rima Sabina Aouf.

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A Circular Oasis For Pedestrians That Does Not Disrupt Traffic!

London 2019; a hub of bustling streets and dynamic people with a constant influx of traffic. Set right in the middle of this mayhem is Paul Cocksedge’s ‘Please Be Seated’. The large-scale outdoor installation has been built in Broadgate, one of London’s many neighborhoods, for the London Design Festival 2019. Cocksedge transformed Finsbury Avenue Square, enhancing London’s largest pedestrianized neighborhood, by creating this piece of street furniture. He went on to say, “It walks the line between a craft object and a design solution. It occupies the square without blocking it.” The installation was created from a steel structure and capped by scaffolding planks. The designer collaborated with Essex-based high-end interiors company White and White to ensure maximum and efficient utilization of the building wood. He believes the installation is tailored to its environment as well as the function it serves. It showcases high and low curves, which rise up to create places to sit supported by backrests, as well as space for people to walk and find some shade.

Commissioned by British Land themselves, the piece ‘responds to the changing rhythm of the community” according to the London Design Festival. Although the festival ended on 22nd September, the installation is open to the public until 11th October! So if you find yourself ambling around in Broadgate, stop by “Please Be Seated” for a quick rest and a breather from the hustle of the city life!

Designer: Paul Cocksedge

Sydney's Chica Bonita restaurant evades "over-the-top" colours

Chica Bonita by Studio Gram

Terracotta-coloured surfaces and step-like decor features appear inside this Mexican restaurant in Sydney, which Studio Gram has designed to steer away from cultural cliches.

Serving up a mix of tacos and cocktails, Chica Bonita has been designed by Studio Gram to celebrate Mexican culture while avoiding the “over-the-top and over-saturated colour palette” that has become associated with the country.

Chica Bonita by Studio Gram

The venue had been host to a bike shop for the past 20 years but was almost entirely stripped back to make way for the new restaurant fit-out.

Its stone archways, tin ceilings and parquet floors were the only features preserved.

Chica Bonita by Studio Gram

“The existing building fabric is protected under the buildings’ heritage listing,” the studio’s director, David Bickmore, told Dezeen.

“For this reason, the stepped details and surfaces are all ‘positive’ elements, added layers if you like, that can be removed to return the space back to its original condition.”

Chica Bonita by Studio Gram

Surfaces throughout the dining space are painted terracotta-orange to emulate the hue of the sand in Mexico’s deserts.

Matching-coloured tiles have been used to clad the entrance steps to the restaurant and the service bar that runs around the open kitchen, which has a terrazzo-like countertop.

Diners also have the option of sitting at one of the more formal square dining tables, which are surrounded by brown-leather chairs, or in one of the booths which boast mustard-yellow and rust-red cushioning.

Chica Bonita by Studio Gram

The studio has also incorporated step-like imagery throughout the space in loose reference to the style of architecture on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Stepped reliefs run across the peripheral walls and a tiered wall recesses back into the restaurant’s bathroom facilities.

Staggered shelving has also been created to openly-display drinks bottles in the bar.

Chica Bonita by Studio Gram

Splashes of colour are provided by lime-green arched shelving units and a handful of potted plants.

Decor is otherwise kept simple with a selection of ceramic vases and modest wall hangings that the client has accrued from trips to Mexico and other tropical climes.

Studio Gram is based in Adelaide and was founded by Graham Charbonneau and Dave Bickmore.

As in this project, Australian interior designers Pattern shunned “simplistic and culturally appropriated” imagery to create the interiors of Byron Bay’s Locura bar.

It features patchy grey walls and concrete fixtures, akin to the aesthetic of Mexico City’s late-night eateries.

Photography is by Toby Peet.

Project credits:

Project team: Olivier Martin, Dave Bickmore, Graham Charbonneau, Sam Broadbridge
Builder: Minogue Construction
Branding: Peculiar Familia

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Join Dezeen's drones chat on Twitter with #dezeenchat

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Are drones becoming a threat to society? Dezeen’s Tom Ravenscroft and Calum Lindsay will be taking to Twitter on Thursday 3 October at 4pm UK time to discuss the impact of drones on cities and city design. Join in using the hashtag #dezeenchat.

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Log into Twitter at 4pm on Thursday 3 October and search for #dezeenchat. Use this hashtag in all your tweets so everyone following the chat can see what you’re saying.

Not able to make it? Share your thoughts using the comments below and we’ll tweet on your behalf during the chat.

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Designers of the TIME 2018 Best Invention ‘ROOM One’ Need a Product Designer

ROOM is here to make room for people in the modern workplace. They create thoughtful designs that inspire new ideas, fresh perspectives, and a better way to work. Their first product is a soundproof phone booth for the open office. It takes away the noise and makes room for what’s essential. ROOM delivers directly from factory to business and keeps prices low so that their clients can invest in bigger ideas down the road, by rethinking and refining every step of the customer experience they offer thoughtful, modular solutions that grow with the business, leading the way to better Mondays and a brighter future. Since launching in May 2018, Room has acquired over 2000 clients, ranging from budding startups to Fortune 500 companies, such as JP Morgan, Nike, Google, and Salesforce. They are backed by Slow Ventures and notable angel investors from Silicon Valley, and TIME named our product one of the Best Inventions of 2018. ROOM’s belief is simple: What makes you different is what allows them to be different. They value diversity not only in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, and religious background but also in the way you think and approach challenges.  Not only are they committed to creating a work environment where you can be yourself and but also ensure that everybody’s voice is heard. Diversity isn’t something the company simply preaches but something they practice everyday and taking care of their team is always a top priority. Apply now if you’re interested in creating solutions that improve life at work and are looking for a culture of growth, freedom, and accountability!

Designed with recycled materials and engineered to perfection, Room’s soundproof office phone booths are seamless, sustainable and simple, and was named one of the Best Inventions of 2018 by TIME. 

The Opportunity

With ROOM’s first product, ROOM One, they offer a moment of peace to everyone who has ever taken a phone call in the hallway, finished a spreadsheet in the quiet time at midnight, or sat alone in the stairwell to be alone and think big thoughts. As the company begins to expand their product offering, they’re are looking for a rockstar product designer who lives and breathes user-centric design, is passionate about sustainability, and has the skill to ensure that their products remain the most attractive ones on the market. The ideal candidate is a Product Design with experience driving consumer and furniture products from concept through production on time while championing the voice of the customer.


– Support the product design process, alongside engineering, from brainstorming and concept generation through production.
– Create concept sketches and renderings to present to key stakeholders.
– Get your hands dirty making initial prototypes to verify new ideas.
– Act as a key stakeholder in developing ROOM’s product families and product roadmap.
– Cultivate a deep understanding of our customers and advocate for solutions based on their needs and pain points.
– Specify CMF (colors, materials, finish) for new products.
– Ability to synthesize an understanding of customer behavior, our brand, and market trends into a story and a product.


– A degree in Industrial Design or an equivalent program.
–  4+ years of product design experience.
– Incredible 3D CAD Modeling Skills, especially with the surfacing. (SolidWorks strongly preferred).
– Ability to quickly create and iterate on photorealistic renderings (KeyShot, VRay, Cinema 4D, etc.)
– Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite like the back of your hand.
– Jaw-dropping portfolio with demonstrated ability to execute on tight deadlines.
– Projects ranging across a variety of materials and manufacturing processes. Furniture and textile experience is a must.
– Experience in a startup environment where you have taken ideas from conception to production.
– Uncanny ability to juggle multiple priorities and make trade-off decisions when timeline, specs and/or budget don’t align.
– Confident self-starter who is comfortable working in a changing and ambiguous environment.
– Eager to wear multiple hats and do the next most important task, even when it is new, unfamiliar, or outside the scope of your daily work


Health & wellness: Fully covered medical, vision, and dental insurance to take care of you and your family.
Unlimited PTO: Flexible vacation policy to allow you to unplug and recharge whenever you need it.
Equity: Company stock to honor your hard work and dedication.
Fully stocked kitchen and lunches: Weekly catered lunches and plenty of healthy snacks, coffee, and drinks to give you the perfect energy boost.
Commuter benefits: Pre-tax savings that make a difference in your budget and your morning commute.
Team events: Monthly team outings, dinners, and happy hours that inspire new conversations and lead to meaningful relationships.


New York, NY.

Click here to Apply Now!

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Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

From the cave markings left by early man to the Swedish Parliament where Greta Thunberg began her climate strike, Es Devlin has represented crucial historical moments on a three-dimensional map at Pitzhanger gallery.

Designed for the Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery in Ealing, London, the new installation takes the form of an 18-metre-wide topographical model of a landscape made up of momentous historical events in chronological order.

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

The installation, titled Memory Palace, takes its name from a mnemonic technique originating in ancient Greece that relies on the visualisation of physical locations to be able to activate memories and recall information.

Artist and set designer Es Devlin chose to map specific iconic moments in history from the past seventy-five millennia that she thought would “invoke our collective memories”, while also provoking dialogue and debate amongst viewers.

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

“When I was a child I lived next door to a 1:100 scale model of my town which performed a ‘son et lumiere’ show,” said the designer. “The windows of individual buildings would illuminate to locate stories told in voiceover.”

“In a way it was a memory palace in action: ideas, words and sounds indexed within physical architecture: I never forgot any of those stories as each was indelibly etched into the buildings I passed daily,” she added.

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

The floor-to-ceiling sculpture curves around the space, while mirrors covering the ceiling and far wall reflect its surfaces to create an immersive, globe-like surrounding.

The main body of the piece was CNC milled from bamboo, and the buildings and monuments were 3D-printed to achieve more detail. The structure took five months to fabricate.

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

Marked times and places include the caves in southern Africa where homo sapiens left their first markings in the Paleolithic era.

The Renaissance period is represented by the tower in Frombork, Poland, where mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus drew the first heliocentric map of the universe in 1543.

Each of these critical moments are represented as fragments of buildings, cities and land that come together to form Devlin’s personalised map of the “evolution of thought”.

Other locations include the rooms in Clarendon Square, London, where 18th-century British proto-feminist Mary Wollstonecroft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792, and the street in Montgomery, Alabama, where American activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the segregated bus in 1955.

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

The most recent event featured on the model is from August 2018, illustrated in the form of the steps of the Riksdaghuset in Stockholm where Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg began her School Strike for Climate.

“Arguably the most profound and urgent shift in thinking is located at the far edge of the chronological atlas, in the present: it’s the shift we are now beginning to undertake as we re-evaluate all of our practices in the light of the climate crisis,” said Devlin.

“It’s my hope that, surrounded by the traces of our historical leaps of imagination, the viewer will feel a sense of possibility that our species can achieve another momentous collective shift of perspective,” she added.

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

Devlin’s Memory Palace is the second exhibition to be held in the Pitzhanger, the country home of architect John Soane, since its reopening in Spring 2019.

As the gallery organisers explain, Devlin’s topographical sculpture shares similarities to Soane’s vast use of models in his architectural practice, as well as in his classical collections.

As a nod to this, the designer has also transformed Soane’s library space in the gallery into a reading room lined with books that informed the work.

Es Devlin's Memory Palace model maps out momentous events in history

Devlin used the same format of a three-dimensional map in April 2018, when she designed a triptych of installations for architect and BIG founder Bjarke Ingels to promote a pair of twisting towers by the firm.

The first in her trio of installations was titled Egg, and took the form of a giant concave model of Lower Manhattan, with a mirror above reflecting the composition to form an egg shape.

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Five opportunities for visualisers including positions at Caruso St John and Grimshaw

This week we’ve selected the five roles for visualisers on Dezeen Jobs, including vacancies at British architecture studios Caruso St John and Grimshaw.

Top roles for visualisers: 3D visualiser at Caruso St John Architects in London, UK

3D visualiser at Caruso St John

Caruso St John is seeking a 3D visualiser to work on client presentations and project reports at its London studio. The architecture firm designed Newport Street Gallery, an exhibition space for artist Damien Hirst in south London.

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Top roles for visualisers: CGI visualiser at Grimshaw in London, UK

CGI visualiser at Grimshaw

Global architecture firm Grimshaw was behind the design of the Eden Project, an ecological park contained under geodesic domes in Cornwall. The practice has an opportunity for a CGI visualiser to work on architectural visualisations and animated renderings at its office in Farringdon, London.

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Top roles for visualisers: Senior architectural visualiser at David Chipperfield Architects in London, UK

Senior architectural visualiser at David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects is searching for an experienced architectural visualiser to join its team in central London. The firm recently completed the overhaul of a 19th-century building in Montreal, transforming its interior into a boutique for fashion brand Ssense.

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Top roles for visualisers: Computational designer at Jason Bruges Studio in London, UK

Computational designer at Jason Bruges Studio

Jason Bruges Studio created four site-specific installations featuring moving robotic limbs, positioning them across a number of locations in Hull for its City of Culture celebrations. The company is recruiting a computational designer to work closely with its London design team to complete procedural modelling and complex parametric design.

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Top visualiser roles: 3D visualiser at Universal Design Studio in London, UK

3D visualiser at Universal Design Studio

Universal Design Studio has completed the interiors for its own workplace and sister company Map Project Office in Clerkenwell, London. The studio is hiring a 3D visualiser to create high-quality interior and exterior imagery.

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Gosize designs its own home studio in Japan around a minimalist pond

F Residence by GOSIZE

Japanese practice Gosize has combined an architects’ studio with a house in a concrete frame with large openings around a small courtyard with a simple pond in Hyōgo, Japan.

Called F Residence, the home office sits between two existing houses on a suburban street.

F Residence by GOSIZE

Different spaces are split over three levels according to their function.

The office occupies the ground floor, with a bedroom above and a large living, kitchen and space at second floor level with a terrace overlooking the street below.

F Residence by GOSIZE

The ground floor of F Residence was conceived of by Gosize as a doma, an element of traditional Japanese architecture where a dirt floor extends from the entryway and can be walked on without removing your shoes.

Here, the doma is polished stone floor, with the double-height courtyard and pond as a focal point.

F Residence by GOSIZE

The courtyard is an open air extension of the indoor living space and is paved with rough stone that extends into the living space.

A minimalist, rectangular pond lined with black tiles occupies one side of the courtyard, which is planted with a single tree surrounded by the angled paving stones.

F Residence by GOSIZE

Where this courtyard meets the site boundary, a high concrete wall has been built to prevent overlooking from neighbours.

“The spaces become increasingly open to the outside world as they move upwards, offering a chance to come into sync with nature and open oneself to the surrounding landscape,” said Gosize, which was founded by Go Fujita in 1999.

F Residence by GOSIZE

At first floor level, this double-height void takes up the western half of the plan of F Residence. A large window frames the view of the tree planted below.

The bedroom itself has been kept entirely private, turning its back on the courtyard with a thick concrete wall.

F Residence by GOSIZE

A thin slit window is the only opening, while the he adjacent bathroom is illuminated by a large skylight.

The only glimpses outside at these levels are through thin openings in the concrete walls and the courtyard, but the upper level has a deep, full-height opening.

F Residence by GOSIZE

This opening is occupied by a terrace space, overlooked by the living area through a glass wall.

Inside and out, the texture and formwork markings of the structure’s concrete have been left exposed, and built-in concrete furniture provides seating areas in the second-floor living space.

F Residence by GOSIZE

“Seeking to reflect a distinctive Japanese aesthetic that favours natural materials and finds beauty in simplicity, the design emphasises plainness and blank space in the interior,” said Gosize.

A strip of stone panelling covers the lower level of the home, which the practice say is “intended to blend in with the environment”.

Anotheer Japanese house featuring a courtyard with a single tree is Umber, a residence in Tokyo designed by Apollo Architects and Associates .

Photography is by Akiyoshi Fukuzawa.

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