Hello and welcome to another daily news roundup. While perhaps the most important story today was Francis Kéré’s groundbreaking Pritzker Prize win, there is still a lot going on that is worth mentioning.
Here’s what you need to know:
BIG’s Biosphere is a Swedish hotel sphere covered with 350 birdhouses
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled a one-bedroom hotel to hang in the trees of a remote forest in Swedish Lapland, the latest contribution to Treehotel’s sprawling development there. Dubbed the Biosphere, the glass box will be enveloped in 350 birdhouses, which BIG hopes will encourage visitors to erect birdhouses in their homes once they leave. Of course, commenters were quick to point out on Twitter that the birdhouses face a way de and darken the windows (not to mention the cleaning that will be required through the curtain wall after the birds leave given that the structure is mostly wrapped in glass). Only time will tell how the design shakes when actually built.
H/t at Dezeen
The Eiffel Tower gains another 20 feet
The Eiffel Tower is now 1,083ft tall, up from 1,063ft after a communications antenna was installed earlier today by helicopter. Originally completed in 1889, the Paris landmark was first “only” 1,024 feet tall before a transmitter was added in 1957.
H/t at the PA
A legendary roller skating rink will reopen at Rockefeller Center
Roller skating returns to Rockefeller Center from April 15, as today plans to reintroduce ‘Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace’ in place of Midtown Manhattan’s iconic ice rink during the warmer months were announced officially unveiled. The original Flipper’s was a family rink in West Hollywood, California that only operated for three years from 1979 to 1982, but the new incarnation will be a seasonal business. Tickets will cost $20 (excluding skate rental fees) and can be reserved at flippers.world.
Berggruen Arts & Culture will take up residence in the newly restored Palazzo Diedo in Venice
Venetian architect Silvio Fassi has been commissioned to restore the neoclassical 17th-century Palazzo Diedo, which will reopen in 2024 as the new headquarters of Berggruen Arts & Culture, a multifaceted new exhibition space for the Italian city. The new venue is intended to foster artistic creation in Venice by providing space for an artist-in-residence program, and the first to do so will be Sterling Ruby; the first part of its multi-year program A project in four acts installation will begin in April this year.
“As a Venice enthusiast, I have long wanted to provide a place where art can be inspired by this city and created in the city,” said Los Angeles-based investor, philanthropist and collector Nicolas Berggruen. which donates some of the works to be exhibited, in a press release. “We are delighted to now realize this dream by renovating Palazzo Diedo, a magnificent building long associated with one of Venice’s historic families, and making it accessible to the general public as the base of the wider Berggruen initiative. Arts & Culture. We look forward to seeing innovative artists from the city itself and from around the world come to Palazzo Diedo to create new works and propose new ideas, restoring Venice to its eminence as a site of artistic creation.
Demolition of brutalist mega-mall in Scotland divides Tories
A brutalist shopping center in Cumernauld, Scotland, called the Cumbernauld Centre, may soon be on the verge of becoming a much more squatted town center with retail, schools and healthcare options, but Tories hope that the megastructure, which originally housed a shopping mall and penthouse apartments, can be saved. North Lanarkshire Council bought the building with the intention of demolishing it and replacing it entirely (although no architect has yet been announced for the project). Although the center was expanded in 2007, it has been largely neglected and abandoned, and opponents of preserving the structure argue its replacement could boost the economy hundreds of millions of dollars.
H/t at the Architects Journal