For over 50 years Luxembourg has also been the home of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In 1992, the Edinburgh EU summit decided that the common organ of jurisdiction of the member states of the EU, today numbering 27 countries, would remain permanently in Luxembourg. The expansion planned by the French architect Dominique Perrault was conducted in two stages: the refurbishment and extension of the main building and the construction of two new office towers. The new façade consists of vertical golden glass panels of varying widths, which create a visual connection between the two floors of the ring and the supporting ceiling on the stilt structure – as an unpretentious and at the same time contemporary response to the early 70's architecture in the middle.
UNStudio designed the Mumuth Music Theatre in Graz, Austria’s largest student-based city, back in 1998. Beating out over 200 competitive proposals for the University Theater, UNStudio’s Principal Architect, Ben van Berkel states, “The desire to make a building that is as much about music as a building can be, has been a constant throughout the nearly ten years that it took to build the theatre and the themes that are at the basis of the building and its overall organization have also endured throughout this time.”
In 2009, the Mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., introduced the Green Phoenix plan, partnering with community groups and individuals with the goal of becoming the most sustainable city in the United States. Exemplifying this partnership, Arizona State University built the 223,000 square foot Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication building in downtown Phoenix, providing new classrooms, office space and a home for local PBS affiliate KAET Channel 8. GKD–USA’s Lago stainless steel woven metal fabric was used to create sunscreens, bringing the sustainable elements of sun control to the building.
Impressively beating out over a hundred design firms, JDS Architects were commissioned by the Oslo municipality to build the city a new ski jump. The project would replace an older ski jump that was considered below standard, originally costing the city its hosting position for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.