This week Lenovo unveiled laptop with transparent screen

This week on Dezeen, electronics brand Lenovo unveiled a laptop concept with a transparent screen that allows users to see through the device.

Revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the concept device is called the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept.

It features a 17.3-inch Micro-LED display that has adjustable levels of transparency as well as a detachable, transparent base.

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Samsung unveiled a smart ring for health tracking

Also showcased at the Mobile World Congress was a smart ring created by electronics company Samsung, which is set to launch later this year.

Designed as a comprehensive health tracker with AI insights to track body metrics and support wellness. Its features include indicators surrounding sleep quality, which will include a sleep apnoea feature capable of detecting signs of the breathing disorder.

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first US residential skyscraper

In architecture news, German car brand Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first branded skyscraper in North America.

Named Mercedes-Benz Places, the 67-storey residential skyscraper will be designed in collaboration with SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development Group.

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A trio of abandoned skyscrapers were covered in graffiti

Elsewhere in the US, a trio of incomplete skyscrapers located in downtown Los Angeles have been covered with colourful graffiti, sparking public debate about the abandoned development.

With the project halted in 2019 due to lack of funding, the Central City Association of Los Angeles highlighted the graffiti art as a “representation of the very real neglect that downtown Los Angeles has gone through over the past decade.

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Snøhetta has designed a library fitted with tree-like columns

In other architecture news, global studio Snøhetta unveiled the Beijing City Library in China, designed to emulate the feeling of “sitting under a tree”.

Drawing on natural landscapes, the library aims to allow visitors to connect with the outside and features a glass-lined building filled with tall, tree-like columns and hill-shaped rooms.

Also this week, British architecture studio Foster + Partners revealed 50 Electric Boulevard, a 18,580-metre-square office building within London’s Battersea Power Station development, featuring a curved facade.

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Bold colours define this IKEA collection by Raw Color

In design news, Dutch studio Raw Color released an IKEA collection, named Tsammans, comprising 18 pieces of furniture, homeware and lighting defined by the use of a bold colour palette.

Incorporating 15 different colours across the collection, Raw Color designed each item with no less than two colours.

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A 12th-century church was one of this week’s most read stories

Popular projects this week included a 12th-century church topped with a folding roof in Slovenia, an angular extension added to a museum in porto and a fully automated car park in Hangzhou.

Our latest lookbooks featured tranquil interiors with oversized windows that frame lush views and closed staircases in tactile materials and sculptural shapes.

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