Iridescent tower of leisure for Beijing

The Dutch architect behind Beijing’s new social hot spot describes the building as having ‘human character’ beside the city’s constant grey. The Chongwenmen M-Cube is destined to be a building filled with leisure; from restaurants to nightclubs covering 44, 000sq m. If all goes to plan, work will be finished this year. Although the crowds will flock inside this cultural hub, the outside is what really makes the creation stand out. MVRDV architects are behind this fascinating building and have worked with tile manufacturers NBK and HDTC and Meinhardt Façade…

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A beautiful restaurant disguised as a grocery shop!

NC Design and Architecture have created a breath-taking but slightly unconventional restaurant hidden behind a grocery shop. This new Hong Kong restaurant called Mak Mak was based off the architect’s favourite Wes Anderson movies and therefore slightly resembles a film set. However they also took inspiration from Thailand’s wooden villas and shops, which is shown clearly in the entrance to the restaurant which is disguised as a 1960s Thai grocery shop. This entrance way is truly unique; filled with cabinets and shelves of tins, with a service bell to reveal…

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Back-to-basics ‘micropubs’ pop up all over UK

| Micropubs are popping up across Britain in former butchers, funeral directors and derelict buildings | So what is a micropub? The Google definition is ‘a very small, one room public house’. If you haven’t heard of them before, then you’re not alone, but these establishments are actually on the rise and the latest figure is 200 across Britain. This simple back-to-basics pub is reviving the good old English love for real ale. One aim is bringing more choice for customers while keeping prices low as overhead costs tend to…

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