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Sunday, March 24, 2019
Massive indoor waterfall unveiled in Singapore’s airport
22/03/2019

Massive indoor waterfall unveiled in Singapore’s airport

Curbed

Singapore’s Changi Airport by Moshe Safdie set to open April 17. At the center of the glassy ceiling is a large waterfall that pours water from seven stories above...

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Peter Pichler, Hotel Schgaguler reconstruction in Castelrotto (Italia)
21/03/2019

Peter Pichler, Hotel Schgaguler reconstruction in Castelrotto (Italia)

In the heart of the Dolomites stands this hotel built in 1986 and renovated recently by the Milanese practice of Peter Pichler. The old structure has been maintained, presenting traditional Alpine architecture of pitched roofs and balconies, but the original composition...

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CTBUH Ratifies World’s Tallest Timber Building
20/03/2019

CTBUH Ratifies World’s Tallest Timber Building

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has verified the completion of Mjøstårnet by Voll Arkitekter, a mixed-use building in Brumunddal, Norway that now holds the unique title with its 85.4 meters...

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John Pawson, wooden chapel in Unterliezheim (Germany)
20/03/2019

John Pawson, wooden chapel in Unterliezheim (Germany)

The British architect John Pawson built this chapel which is one of seven commissioned by the Siegfried and Elfriede Denzel Foundation to provide such stops for repose along a cycle path in a Bavarian forest. All of them had to be made of wood and include a cross and pews...

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Step Inside Architect Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Dream House
19/03/2019

Step Inside Architect Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Dream House

Architectural Digest / Paul Goldberger

Nearly four decades after creating a still-astounding, statement-making home in Santa Monica, legendary architect Frank Gehry builds a new dream house...

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The Ultimate Video Art Retreat
18/03/2019

The Ultimate Video Art Retreat

The New York Times

It took 18 years for a collector couple to build a state-of-the-art home for their one-of-a-kind collection, with the architects Herzog & de Meuron. Now they can slow down and watch...

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ETH Zurich and PUCP, pavilion in Pachacámac (Peru)
15/03/2019

ETH Zurich and PUCP, pavilion in Pachacámac (Peru)

Architecture students from Zurich and Lima worked together in raising this workspace at the archaeological site of Pachacámac, located in the valley of the Lurín River, 50 kilometers from the Peruvian capital. The architects Guillaume Othenin-Girard and Vincent Juillerat...

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Trace Architecture Office, Xinzhai Coffee Manor in Bawan (China)
14/03/2019

Trace Architecture Office, Xinzhai Coffee Manor in Bawan (China)

Headed by Hua Li, the Beijing firm Trace Architecture Office (TAO) has transformed, renovated, and enlarged a complex of buildings that house a coffee processing plant and a hotel in China’s Yunnan Province, known for its coffee trees. The brick constructions of local...

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Mecanoo, Centro Cultural Longgang in Shenzhen (China)
13/03/2019

Mecanoo, Centro Cultural Longgang in Shenzhen (China)

Two museums – one for science, the other for art – are joined by a youth center, a book mall, and restaurants and cafés in forming a cultural complex in Shenzhen, China. Designed by Mecanoo, the Delft-based firm led by Francine Houben, the 95,000-square-meter...

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DnA, Wang Jing Memorial Hall in Songyang  (China)
12/03/2019

DnA, Wang Jing Memorial Hall in Songyang (China)

Dedicated to Wang Jing – an imperial scholar of the Ming Dynasty who was chief editor of the Yongle Encyclopedia –, the memorial hall is inserted into the traditional town center of Wang village, which is quite run-down and threatened by neglect and the growing pressure...

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Zooco Estudio, M4 House in Torrelodones (Madrid)
11/03/2019

Zooco Estudio, M4 House in Torrelodones (Madrid)

Set up in 2008 by Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, and Sixto Martín Martínez, the firm Zooco Estudio – working from offices in Madrid and Santander – built this one-family residence based on the rupture of a volume in accordance with a strict sense of direction...

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After Losing Their Home in Central Africa, an Ancient Tribe Gets a New Start
09/03/2019

After Losing Their Home in Central Africa, an Ancient Tribe Gets a New Start

Architectural Digest

The Uganda-based firm Studio FH Architects teamed up with the one of the oldest indigenous tribes in Africa, the Batwa, to rebuild a permanent village after being displaced...

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Brutal beauty: how concrete became the ultimate lifestyle concept
08/03/2019

Brutal beauty: how concrete became the ultimate lifestyle concept

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

After a generation in the doghouse, concrete is more fashionable than ever. So why don’t we take better care of our brutalist architecture?...

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JRK72, SGGW Arboretum pavilion in Rogów (Poland)
08/03/2019

JRK72, SGGW Arboretum pavilion in Rogów (Poland)

Jacek Krych, Michał Nawrot, and Joanna Urbanowicz of the Polish firm JRK72 designed this pavilion that merges into the Arboretum, a botanical garden that belongs to the Warsaw Agricultural University Sciences (SGGW). Open to the public, this haven for vanishing

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Ruiz Barbarin arquitectos, full refurbishment of Torre Castellana 81 in Madrid
07/03/2019

Ruiz Barbarin arquitectos, full refurbishment of Torre Castellana 81 in Madrid

Recently declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC), in the Monuments category, the former headquarters of the BBVA on Paseo de la Castellana, a work of Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza, has been refurbished by the Madrid firm led by the Navarrese architect...

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Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon, and Muck Petzet, Terrassenhaus Berlín
06/03/2019

Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon, and Muck Petzet, Terrassenhaus Berlín

Built in a place that was a junkyard, in the Berlin neighborhood of Wedding, this mixed-use building has large stepped terraces. A work of Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon, and Muck Petzet, the concrete volume has two external staircases connecting the five levels of apartments...

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Izaskun Chinchilla, Sunbrella space at Casa Decor Madrid
04/03/2019

Izaskun Chinchilla, Sunbrella space at Casa Decor Madrid

The Madrid architect Izaskun Chinchilla has designed an installation for the firm Sunbrella to display at the 54th Casa Decor exhibition, on view in the Spanish capital through 10 March. Based in Glen Raven, Florida, Sunbrella manufactures textiles for exteriors...

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BIG, Amager Resource Center / Copenhill in Copenhagen (Denmark)
01/03/2019

BIG, Amager Resource Center / Copenhill in Copenhagen (Denmark)

The Amager Resource Center (ARC) is located in a port and industrial area of Copenhagen which has undergone several reconversion plans over the past years. The port area has turned into an extreme sport destination for thrill seekers. Different sports activities...

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OLA Estudio, DFG Pavestone offices in Monçao (Portugal)
26/02/2019

OLA Estudio, DFG Pavestone offices in Monçao (Portugal)

The A Coruña-based practice headed by Óscar López Alba, OLA Estudio, has built new facilities for DFG Pavestone, a company that exploits granite quarries. With a built area of 380 square meters and a material execution budget of 502,000 euros, the construction...

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Carl Fredrik Svenstedt, Domaines Ott winery in Taradeau (Francia)
25/02/2019

Carl Fredrik Svenstedt, Domaines Ott winery in Taradeau (Francia)

The Paris firm headed by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt (Stockholm, 1967) designed this winery of petrous facades, made of blocks weighing a ton each, for the Château de Selle estate in Taradeau, in France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Extracted from a nearby quarry...

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Alejandro Aravena, Ochoquebradas House in Los Vilos (Chile)
22/02/2019

Alejandro Aravena, Ochoquebradas House in Los Vilos (Chile)

The building is part of a private initiative that involved inviting eight Japanese architects (among them Sejima, Nishizawa, Juma, Fujimoto, and Ishigami) and the same number of Chilean ones to design a vacation house in Los Vilos, a rugged natural environment 250...

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Atelier Masomi + Studio Chahar, Hikma complex in Dandaji (Niger)
19/02/2019

Atelier Masomi + Studio Chahar, Hikma complex in Dandaji (Niger)

The practices headed by the Nigerien Mariam Kamara (Atelier Masomi) and the Iranian Yasaman (Studio Chahar) have collaborated in turning an old mosque into a library and community center in the rural village of Dandaji, in Nigeria. The transformation was proposed...

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TEd'A arquitectes, House for Laia and Biel (Barcelona)
18/02/2019

TEd'A arquitectes, House for Laia and Biel (Barcelona)

The mission was to renovate a floorthrough apartment on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia consisting of three different parts, two of them situated along the facade and the other tucked into the building. The intervention concentrated all efforts on a single action...

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Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, PC Caritas in Melle (Belgium)
15/02/2019

Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, PC Caritas in Melle (Belgium)

The Ghent firm headed by Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, and Jo Taillieu transformed Sint-Jozef, raised in the 19th century, into a facility with communal spaces for the psyquiatric center of Caritas in Melle, in Belgium's Flanders region. A group of physicians, therapeutists...

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Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 finalist: Conference Center in Plasencia, by Selgascano
14/02/2019

Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 finalist: Conference Center in Plasencia, by Selgascano

The center is on the boundary between the town and the country, between the artificial and the natural. It was necessary to choose one of the two sides, and from the outset the second option was chosen. This forced to rest the buildings on a much lower level than the...

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Ágora arquitectura, weekend refuge
11/02/2019

Ágora arquitectura, weekend refuge

The Barcelona firm Ágora – set up in 2014 by Joan Casals Pañella and José Luis Cisneros – built this hut on a small plot in a camping area of the Catalan Pyrenees, at the confluence of the rivers Durán and Segre and the road that connects Bellver de la Cerdanya...

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An art gallery buried on a Chinese beach
08/02/2019

An art gallery buried on a Chinese beach

The Economist

“Our work was not just to design a physical structure,” says Li Hu of Open Architecture, one of the overseers of the project, but to “dream up an entirely new type of institution.”...

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, by HOK
08/02/2019

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, by HOK

The 2019 Super Bowl took place in this stadium that takes in 70,000 spectators and boasts a retractable roof  and the world’s largest video board.

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Arquitectonica, Thomas P. Murphy Building at University of Miami
08/02/2019

Arquitectonica, Thomas P. Murphy Building at University of Miami

The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio is the latest edition to the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables (Florida). For the architecture school the local firm Arquitectonica has raised this rectangular-planned, 1,858-square-meter building protected by a huge undulating roof...

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National Museum of Qatar in Doha opens on 28 March
06/02/2019

National Museum of Qatar in Doha opens on 28 March

Inspired by the petals of the desert rose, the museum designed by Jean Nouvel uses its expressivity to establish a nexus between Bedouin culture and global modernity. An organic system of intersecting discs extends around the Old Amiri Palace, giving rise to a undulating...

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