This week a modernist home was demolished by actor Chris Pratt


Zimmerman House by Craig Ellwood

This week on Dezeen, conservation group Docomomo responded to news that actor Chris Pratt had demolished a modernist house in LA designed by architect Craig Ellwood.

In response to the demolition, Docomomo US executive director Liz Waytkus told Dezeen that unprotected modernist houses in the US are at risk of demolition as the land they sit on often holds greater value than the building’s architectural heritage.

“The problem is systemic,” she told Dezeen. “Older mid-century homes are smaller and underbuilt for their plots of land.”

“The land has become more valuable than the house, and even if people understand the value of such a home, location and land value often trump architectural significance.”

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Numerous architects displayed furniture at Milan design week

We continued our coverage of Milan design week, rounding up architect-designed furniture from the year’s biggest design event, including pieces by Zaha Hadid Design, Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners.

Another trend spotted at the design week was mono-material metal furniture, with designers creating striking pieces from aluminium and stainless steel.

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We rounded up six watches designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winners

We also rounded up a selection of recently released watches designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architects.

It included a snake-like watch designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and timepieces informed by swimming pools, clocktowers and museums.

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Tesla recalled the Cybertruck

In other design news, car brand Tesla recalled almost all of its Cybertrucks after reports of faulty pedals causing unwanted acceleration.

“It held the accelerator down 100 per cent at full throttle,” one driver describes in a video that seems to demonstrate the issue.

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Foster + Partners is designing a supertall skyscraper on Park Avenue

In skyscraper news, Foster + Partners unveiled its design for a tiered, 62-storey-tall, supertall skyscraper on Park Avenue in New York.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, architecture studio Rafael Viñoly Architects revealed four skyscrapers and a series of public spaces in the city, which will be the studio’s first built project in Canada.

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A house with concrete columns was one of this week’s most-read projects

Popular projects this week included a house fronted with concrete columns by Sandy Rendel Architects, a skinny house in Japan and a barn-like holiday home in Suffolk.

Our latest lookbooks featured interiors with colourful window frames and kitchens with striking material palettes of contrasting colours and textures.

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