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Civic and Institutional Design

From libraries, museums and theatres, to airports, courts and government buildings – the design of civic and institutional buildings shape the way we interact with key services in our cities

Civic and Institutional Inspiration


Green new = good news
New Zealand Government announced that any new building developed for government office accommodation is required to be measured for a NABERSNZ rating, with a target rating of four stars. NZGBC chief e...
Green transport just got greener
Public transport saves on road wear and tear, petrol consumption, car production/consumption and more – now, to showcase horticultural excellence, Singapore has added green roofs to the list, rolled o...
Green bus station's timely arrival
We all know that public transport saves on energy and road congestion, and as such is vital to the health of our cities. Well now this self-sufficient bus station is taking green thinking a stop furth...
Training with a Tiger!
TigerTurf can lift your game, almost literally. With options ideal for gymnasiums – a TigerTurf surface adds colour to your environment, offers a heavy-duty yet soft to the touch training surface and ...
Floating future
By 2050, 90% of the world's largest cities will be exposed to rising seas, displacing millions of people from coastal cities. Is this the solution to that looming problem?
Stadium of the future
Venues are looking to find ways of transforming, inside and out, to host a range of different sports and other commercial activities. The state-of-the-art new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur provides a ...
After-hours visitors not encouraged
Looking like an unstormable castle, China's Tianjin Exploratorium museum by Bernard Tschumi Architects displays everything from modern technologies to giant space rockets. A massive cone-shaped lobby ...
Cultural circles
Not a humble home transported to the future, but rather a dramatic opera setting in Hong Kong's breathtaking Xiqu Centre – the principality's prestigious new home for traditional Chinese opera designe...


The Shed opens – literally!
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a telescoping outer shell at The Shed, Hudson Bay, gives the arts centre the ultimate flexibility for performances, installations and events.
In tribute to I M Pei
CBS 60 Minutes interview from 1987 gives a fascinating insight into the man and his work at the time the Louvre Pyramid was under construction
Plans afoot
Double leaf design for the replacement footbridge at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is reminiscent of modern yacht masts or the wings of a large seabird
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