Tom Wilkinson's stories
Punta Sirena Hotel, Chile by WMR ArquitectosSubscription
The beach hotel usually comports itself in serene and brilliant white curves, borrowing the sleekness of the ocean liner, but the surfing resort of Curanipe in central Chile is a place for less sedentary approaches to the water. In response, WMR Arquitectos have not opted to emulate the quaint traditional buildings of the town, either; their only nod to the vernacular is their use of wood, with eucalyptus and pine filling the black steel frame of their building. This takes the form ...
Sofitel Vienna, Austria by Jean NouvelSubscription
‘Jean Nouvel has created a ceiling for the city, in the form of gigantic artworks by Pipilotti Rist which cover the ceilings of the top floor restaurant and atrium of his Sofitel tower’
Anonymous rooms for anonymous and rootless lives, the hotel has long been a giant metaphor for modernity
The Europeanness of British ArchitectureSubscription
Architecture may seem helpless in the face of political crises, but this has not stopped people from trying – and under far worse circumstances than our own
A gigantic housing block in Amsterdam has been stripped back to bare essentials
The control of nature promised a world transformed for the benefit of humans, but have gigantic dams drowned such hopes?
The historic context of the site demanded a sophisticated architectural treatment
99 per cent of the Norway’s electricity derives from hydropower
Lake Delhi Dam in Iowa by Stanley ConsultantsSubscription
While big dams are environmentally destructive, smaller projects can bring great benefits to local areas
The development of laminated timber has facilitated the construction of unprecedentedly tall wooden buildings