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Top 85 Architecture Ideas in November

From Space-Efficient Schools to Bubbly Parliament Buildings

— November 26, 2016 — Art & Design
Whether it is schools, libraries of even government buildings, the November 2016 architecture trends demonstrate a strong emphasis on making public buildings not only more accessible, but also more visually appealing.

One way that architects are giving public buildings an upgrade is by adding modern elements to historic designs. For instance, the design company Gensler recently proposed erecting a modular bubble shaped structure in front of the UK parliament buildings. Similarly, architect Henri Cleinge renovated Montreal's historic Royal Bank building to create modern offices and a cafe.

However, the November 2016 architecture trends reveals that not all public building upgrades involve a complete overhaul. Indeed, many schools, library and museums have received small upgrades that simply help to give the structure a more contemporary look. For instance, Cologne's historic harbor district on the Rhine River was recently upgraded to include a sleek public pool and waterfall.
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Inflatable Canvas Pavilion Covers
Inflatable Canvas Pavilion Covers
'Octopus Pavilion' Mimics the Movement of a Cephalopod
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Abstractly Gabled Health Clinics
Abstractly Gabled Health Clinics
Hirano Clinic is a Medical Center in Japan's Aichi Prefecture
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Sky Pool Condominiums
Sky Pool Condominiums
'Fifth and Hill' will Have Dozens of Cantilevered Swimming Pools
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81
Courtyard-Themed Offices
Courtyard-Themed Offices
The Prointel Office Optimizes Natural Light in a Small Space
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80
Tuition-Free Architecture Schools
Tuition-Free Architecture Schools
The Free School of Architecture will Open in 2017 in Los Angeles
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79
Glazed Port Facades
Glazed Port Facades
The Port House Extension Was Designed By Zaha Hadid Architects
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Winged Railway Termini
Winged Railway Termini
The 'Route 2020' Competition Decided Dubai's New Red Line Extension
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Single Pane Glass Slides
Single Pane Glass Slides
Eckersley O'callaghan Designed a 10-Story-High Slide with Cricursa's Help
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Expansive Pillared Offices
Expansive Pillared Offices
The Squarespace Office Features Large Contemporary Work and Play Areas
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Abstract Modernist Churches
Abstract Modernist Churches
Pueblo Serena Church is a Bright White Series of Angled Volumes
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Stunning Sculptural Churches
Stunning Sculptural Churches
Moneo Brock Designed a Cyrstal-Like Worship Space in Monterrey
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Staircase-Shaped Schools
Staircase-Shaped Schools
'An Adventure in the Horizontal' Creatively Climbs up a Hillside
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Bubbly Parliament Buildings
Bubbly Parliament Buildings
This Parliament Concept Would Be Located In a Bubble On the River
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Preserved Rubble Castles
Preserved Rubble Castles
The Fallen Matrera Castle Has Been Fused with Contemporary Architecture
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Sun-Following Home Designs
Sun-Following Home Designs
This Home Features a Rotating Design to Follow the Sun Through the Day
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Bifurcated Heritage Houses
Bifurcated Heritage Houses
Residence DBB is Physically Split Between the Old and the New
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Connected Sports Stadium Lighting
Connected Sports Stadium Lighting
The Philips 'ArenaExperience' LED Illumination System is Dynamic
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Stylistically Mixed Architecture
Stylistically Mixed Architecture
'Form is Form' Combines the Architectural Styles of Three Studios
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Redesigned Bank Collectives
Redesigned Bank Collectives
The Crew Offices and Cafe Renovated Montreal's Historic Royal Bank
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Hovering Cubic Gardens
Hovering Cubic Gardens
CHROFI has Designed the Australian National Botanical Gardens
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Anime-Inspired Apartments
Anime-Inspired Apartments
The 'Totoro' Buildings by KOZ Architects are Shaped Like the Anime Icon
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Barn-Inspired Community Centers
Barn-Inspired Community Centers
Bernardo Bader's Building References Rural Austrian Architecture
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Abstractly Angled Apses
Abstractly Angled Apses
'Chapel in Valleaceron' has a Uniquely Geometrical Layout
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Wondrous Scientific Playgrounds
Wondrous Scientific Playgrounds
Muf's Wonderlab is an Installation in London's Science Museum
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Prodigious Public Pools
Prodigious Public Pools
COBE's Revitalization of Deutzer Hafen in Cologne has a Pool and Waterfall
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Pixellated Brick Apartments
Pixellated Brick Apartments
Residenza Le Stelle's Facade Looks Pixellated in Real Life
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Encased Apartment Facades
Encased Apartment Facades
atelier7architektura's Revitalized Building in Warsaw is Glass-Covered
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Converted Office Lofts
Converted Office Lofts
The 'REWE Digital' Office Space Provides a Playful Open Plan
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Space-Efficient Schools
Space-Efficient Schools
Delhi Public School's Design Maximizes Available Space
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Communal Living Pavilions
Communal Living Pavilions
C+ Architects' 'Stair Pavilion' Aims to Facilitate a Stronger Community
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Heat-Resisting Homes
Heat-Resisting Homes
Ferrer & Zraid Arquitectos Designed an Open Home That's Safe from the Sun
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Rust-Paneled Homes
Rust-Paneled Homes
Alt Arkkitehdit Clad This Woodland House in Rusted Corten Steel
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Turf-Topped Office Buildings
Turf-Topped Office Buildings
The AXA Building by Santiago Calatrava Will Be in a Train Station
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Skateboard Park Rec Rooms
Skateboard Park Rec Rooms
Inhouse Brand's Home Design Includes a Skate Bowl for the Resident Teen
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Mesmerizing Museum Designs
Mesmerizing Museum Designs
This Shenzhen Museum Embraces Deconstructivist Design Principles
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Vertiginous Timber Towers
Vertiginous Timber Towers
The River Beech Tower Will Rise 80 Storeys Above the Chicago River
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Record-Breaking LEGO Buildings
Record-Breaking LEGO Buildings
This Burj Khalifa Replica is the World's Tallest LEGO Building
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Aluminum Louvre-Covered Cafes
Aluminum Louvre-Covered Cafes
'Louvrewall' is Both a Cafe and a Residence in South Korea
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Calorie-Counting Stairs
Calorie-Counting Stairs
This Staircase Aims to Promote More Physical Activity
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Socially Responsible Design Exhibits
Socially Responsible Design Exhibits
The Cooper Hewitt Exhibit Addresses Many Social Concerns
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Playful Game-Developing Offices
Playful Game-Developing Offices
This Office Space Features Vibrant and Eclectic Designs
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Stone-Clad Mountain Schools
Stone-Clad Mountain Schools
Batang People's Primary School Facade References the Area's Terrain
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Urban Forest Pavilions
Urban Forest Pavilions
Asif Khan's 'Forests' are Spread Throughout East London
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Tree-Filled Homes
Tree-Filled Homes
'A House in Trees' Combats the Smog of the Surrounding Town
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Hybrid Swimming Pools
Hybrid Swimming Pools
This Swimming Pool Facility Has Retractable Roofs and Walls
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Aluminum Alpine Shelters
Aluminum Alpine Shelters
This Slovenian Shelter Can Handle Extreme Winter Conditions
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Drawbridge-Decked Dwellings
Drawbridge-Decked Dwellings
This Off-Grid Tiny Home Has a Motor-Powered Drawbridge Deck
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Steam-Bent Wooden Lodges
Steam-Bent Wooden Lodges
This Cornish Gamekeeper's Lodge's Facade is Covered in Curving Timber
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Bamboo Canopy Gateways
Bamboo Canopy Gateways
The Zhuhai National Park Gateway was Designed by West-line Studio
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Woven Concrete Structures
Woven Concrete Structures
Weave.X Was Built Through the Use of Computational Design
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Art Deco Skyscrapers
Art Deco Skyscrapers
This New York Skyscraper is Inspired By Retro Art Deco Architecture
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Translucent Orchestral Halls
Translucent Orchestral Halls
The China Philharmonic Hall Will Be in Beijing's Business District
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Strategically Social Staircases
Strategically Social Staircases
Bloomberg Hong Kong's New Office Staircase Encourages Interaction
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Mobile Ski Lodges
Mobile Ski Lodges
The Tiny Ski Lodge Offers On-the-Go Shelter For Avid Skiiers
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Architectural Barrier Walls
Architectural Barrier Walls
'Prison-Wal' Turns a Controversial Idea into a Celebration of Mexico
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Malleable Retreat Homes
Malleable Retreat Homes
This Retreat Home Can Contort into a Variety of Shapes
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Shipping Container Penthouses
Shipping Container Penthouses
LOT-EK Adapted a Family Home to Incorporate Industrial Components
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Castle Arch Lighting Installations
Castle Arch Lighting Installations
'Reframe' Replaces Ruined Arches with Hanging Lights
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Contemporary Cedar Homes
Contemporary Cedar Homes
MRTN Architects' Designed the 'House Under Eaves' in New Zealand
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Glass Pod Accommodations
Glass Pod Accommodations
PurePods Offers a One-of-a-Kind New Zealand Experience
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Diamond-Latticed Shopping Centers
Diamond-Latticed Shopping Centers
Acme's John Lewis Facade Design is a White Concrete Lattice
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Power Station Restaurants
Power Station Restaurants
Melbourne's Higher Ground Cafe and Eatery is a Former Industrial Site
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Sustainable Residential Towers
Sustainable Residential Towers
The 'Beacon' Tower Uses Heat Extraction Pumps and Solar Panels
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Tranquil Meditation Pavilions
Tranquil Meditation Pavilions
The 'Meditation Pavilion' is in a Peaceful Park in Geneva
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Oasis-Inspired Museum Buildings
Oasis-Inspired Museum Buildings
The Urban Heritage Museum Administration Centre is in Saudi Arabia
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Tiled Camouflage Houses
Tiled Camouflage Houses
The TR House Provides Privacy with Strategically Placed Tiles
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Charming Luxury Treehouses
Charming Luxury Treehouses
The Woodsman's Treehouse Blends Natural Surroundings & Modern Luxuries
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Open-Air Houses
Open-Air Houses
Arnau Estudi d'Arquitectura's House Design Leaves Plenty of Outdoor Space
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Inflatable Nightclubs
Inflatable Nightclubs
This Blow-Up Building Was Made for the Federation of Swiss Architects' Party
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Glazed Tiny Homes
Glazed Tiny Homes
The Vista Go Towable Home Offers Compactness and Affordability
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Architectural Jungle Gyms
Architectural Jungle Gyms
The 'be-MINE' Design is a Giant Play Area on a Belgian Hillside
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Cylindrical Bamboo Huts
Cylindrical Bamboo Huts
The Treehouse Suite is an Idyllic Beach Resort in Mexico
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Mountainous Living Spaces
Mountainous Living Spaces
Xu Fu-Min's Home Design in Rural China is Permeated by Mountains
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Modular Garden Pavilions
Modular Garden Pavilions
Casper Schols' 'Garden House' Has Sliding Walls that Offer Many Layouts
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Flood-Proof River Refuges
Flood-Proof River Refuges
This Floating Pavilion Reacts to the Rise and Fall of the Water Way
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Academic Family Homes
Academic Family Homes
'The Study House' Was a Former University Building
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Famed Prefab Houses
Famed Prefab Houses
'Revolution Precrafted' Offers Prefab Houses Designed by Big-Name Architects
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Energy-Efficient Houseboats
Energy-Efficient Houseboats
This Houseboat is Fitted With the Latest Home Automation Gadgetry
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Off-Grid Eco Homes
Off-Grid Eco Homes
The 'rEvolve House' is a Tiny Home Powered Entirely by Solar Panels
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Miniature Transforming Apartment Spaces
Miniature Transforming Apartment Spaces
This Living Space by Architect Elodie Gaschard is Cozy
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Expandable Tiny Homes
Expandable Tiny Homes
The Aurora Tiny House's Interior Can Be Enlarged At the Push Of a Button
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Spacious Container Homes
Spacious Container Homes
This Home is Equipped With a Full-Size Bathroom and Sleeping Loft Area
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Hidden Bed Apartments
Hidden Bed Apartments
This Conceptual Apartment from Geometrium Features a Stair-Embedded Bed
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Eco Prefab Homes
Eco Prefab Homes
This Wood House by ArchiBlox Features a Green Roof and Sustainable Wood
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