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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Coop Himmelb(l)au, Confluence Museum Opens in Lyon (France)
22/12/2014

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Confluence Museum Opens in Lyon (France)

The New York Times

This country games architecture a little like the way England plays rugby, with the intensity of a contact sport. When a major museum opens in one city, it’s an event with...

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Second Home review: a good day at the office
19/12/2014

Second Home review: a good day at the office

The Guardian

This members-only workspace for ‘creative nomads’ succeeds thanks to the grace and invention of its architects, rising Spanish firm Selgas Cano...

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Church of Knarvik (Norway)
12/12/2014

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Church of Knarvik (Norway)

The church by the Oslo office Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, with its prominent, heavenward-pointing, broken silhouette, stands on a rocky slope of Knarvik, a village in the municipality of Lindås, in Norway’s Hordaland county. It is a representation...

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Dossier: Glass. Arquitectura Viva 168
12/12/2014

Dossier: Glass. Arquitectura Viva 168

Ever since its gloss and shine began to fascinate the modern architects, glass has taken on more properties, which enable it to maintain a privileged place as a contemporary material. The dossier begins...

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Barozzi Veiga, Philharmonic Hall Szczecin (Poland)
10/12/2014

Barozzi Veiga, Philharmonic Hall Szczecin (Poland)

The Barcelona-based Estudio Barozzi Veiga – run by Fabrizio Barozzi from Italy and Alberto Veiga from Santiago de Compostela – is the author of the recently inaugurated Philharmonic Hall of the Polish city of Szczecin. Standing on the site...

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Aires Mateus: House in Alcobaça (Portugal)
05/12/2014

Aires Mateus: House in Alcobaça (Portugal)

Dominated by its imposing monastery, one of Portugal’s largest and most beautiful, the town of Alcobaça is a cluttered ensemble of white volumes which tend to open out to an inner court or a backyard. Right in the heart of the old quarter...

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Philippe Prost: Ring of Remembrance in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (France)
04/12/2014

Philippe Prost: Ring of Remembrance in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (France)

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, an elliptical monument of dark concrete rises in Notre Dame de Lorette, France’s largest military cemetery, situated in the Ablain-Saint-Nazaire commune of the Pas-de-Calais department...

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Max Dudler, Sparrenburg Visitor Center in Bielefeld (Germany)
03/12/2014

Max Dudler, Sparrenburg Visitor Center in Bielefeld (Germany)

Looking over the city of Bielefeld, in Germany’s North-Rhine Westphalia region, Sparrenburg Castle has come a long way since it was built in the 13th century, and shows the remains and scars of successive interventions. Adding a contemporary....

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Dossier Concrete. Arquitectura Viva 167
03/12/2014

Dossier Concrete. Arquitectura Viva 167

Because of its durability, resistance, and aesthetic potentials, besides its capacity to incorporate additives or fibers that improve its properties, concrete has continued to be an indispensable material...

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Harvard Art Museums. Town and gown
02/12/2014

Harvard Art Museums. Town and gown

The Economist

Renzo Piano has long fought against what he calls “the mystification of culture”. The Pompidou Centre in Paris, which he designed with Richard Rogers and which opened in 1977...

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Ansaldo City of Culture, David Chipperfield in Milan
28/11/2014

Ansaldo City of Culture, David Chipperfield in Milan

A few months before opening day, David Chipperfield’s  City of Culture in Milan rises within the facades of the old Ansaldo factory. The British architect’s design, which won the competition held for the purpose in 2000...

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Jean Nouvel and MDW Architecture, police HQ in Charleroi (Belgium)
26/11/2014

Jean Nouvel and MDW Architecture, police HQ in Charleroi (Belgium)

The result of an international competition held in 2011, the project drawn up by Jean Nouvel in collaboration with the Brussels office MDW Architecture – Marie Moignot and Xavier De Wil – includes the new police headquarters of Charleroi...

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Buchner Bründler, Vacation House in Linescio (Switzerland)
25/11/2014

Buchner Bründler, Vacation House in Linescio (Switzerland)

Located in Linescio, a small municipality in the remote Rovana valley of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, this house is built on a 200-year-old construction, of robust stonemasonry walls and a rustic wooden frame, that was originally used...

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Long Museum West Bund by Atelier Deshaus in Shanghai (China)
21/11/2014

Long Museum West Bund by Atelier Deshaus in Shanghai (China)

On the banks of the Huangpu River, in Shanghai’s Xuhui district and at the heart of the West Bund Culture Corridor, stands the second site of the Long Museum. A work of the Chinese office Atelier Deshaus, the new Long revolves around...

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw
20/11/2014

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw

A work of the Helsinki office run by Ilmari Lahdelma and Rainer Mahlamäki, designed in collaboration with the Warsaw firm of Kuryłowicz & Associates, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews is located in Willy Brandt Park, a place that fell within...

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Planb: Arquitectos, Embera School in Vigía del Fuerte (Colombia)
19/11/2014

Planb: Arquitectos, Embera School in Vigía del Fuerte (Colombia)

Accessible only by small plane or helicopter from Medellín or by boat along the Atrato River, the township of Vigía del Fuerte – in Colombia’s Antioquia department – is the location of the Embera Atrato Medio School, a work of Felipe Mesa...

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Renzo Piano reboot of Harvard art museums largely triumphs
17/11/2014

Renzo Piano reboot of Harvard art museums largely triumphs

The Guardian

Harvard has everything: a faculty packed with Nobelists, the world’s largest private library system, an alumnus in the White House, and an endowment larger...

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Frank Gehry at UTS: a first look inside Dr Chau Chak wing building
14/11/2014

Frank Gehry at UTS: a first look inside Dr Chau Chak wing building

The Guardian

Architect Frank Gehry courts curves and controversy, and the deputy vice-chancellor of UTS admits to a degree of trepidation. A first look inside reveals whether...

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João Paulo Loureiro, Two Houses in Moncão (Portugal)
14/11/2014

João Paulo Loureiro, Two Houses in Moncão (Portugal)

This house is really two houses – for a father and a son – sheltered beneath a large and emphatic slab of prestressed concrete that, with its area of 84 x 16 meters, stretches the domestic presence of the complex up to the landscape, like a piece of land art...

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All I Own House by PKMN [Pacman]
13/11/2014

All I Own House by PKMN [Pacman]

Yolanda moves to the house that was her grandmother’s. Located in the north of Madrid, it is one-floor and small but has a large backyard. The All I Own House project of the Madrid group PKMN [Pacman] materializes the interior of the dwelling...

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ACXT-Idom, new Athletic Club de Bilbao stadium
12/11/2014

ACXT-Idom, new Athletic Club de Bilbao stadium

Located at the edge of Bilbao’s gridded extension, looking over the estuary and almost exactly on the spot of the demolished football stadium, which with its over a hundred years of age was called “the cathedral,” the new San Mamés will go up in several...

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RCR Arquitectes, Entremuros House in Olot (Girona)
07/11/2014

RCR Arquitectes, Entremuros House in Olot (Girona)

Many houses of Catalonia’s historical cities are distributed into plots of Gothic origin, very narrow and deep, with rear parts usually opening on to a courtyard. Such is the case in this dwelling in Olot, whose facade is listed as protected heritage...

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Stefano Boeri’s ‘bosco verticale’ opens in Milan
06/11/2014

Stefano Boeri’s ‘bosco verticale’ opens in Milan

In the center of Milan, close to the Argentinian architect César Pelli’s Unicredit Tower, rise two new residential skyscrapers – 112 and 80 meters tall, with 73 and 40 apartment units, respectively – on whose facades grow over a million different vegetal...

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Yoshihiro Amano: Office Building in Tokyo (Japan)
02/11/2014

Yoshihiro Amano: Office Building in Tokyo (Japan)

Situated on a commercial street of Tokyo, the building breaks with the area’s characterless image by means of a facade of faceted and seemingly random shapes that serve as a visual announcement. The envelope is formed by two layers separated...

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a21studio, i-Resort in Nha Trang (Vietnam)
31/10/2014

a21studio, i-Resort in Nha Trang (Vietnam)

Specializing in mud baths, this resort is located on a small hill with thermal springs aplenty, close to the main river of tropical Nha Trang, a Vietnamese city of almost 400,000 inhabitants. Inspired in certain typological givens as well...

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OFIS builds stadium for F.C. Bate Borisov (Belarus)
29/10/2014

OFIS builds stadium for F.C. Bate Borisov (Belarus)

The Ljubljana firm OFIS of Rok Oman and Spela Videcnik is the author of the Belarusian football club Bate Borisov’s new stadium in Barysaw. With capacity for over 13,000 spectators, the building designed by the Slovenian partners has a curved shape...

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OAB: Kaplankaya Clubhouse in Bodrum (Turkey)
28/10/2014

OAB: Kaplankaya Clubhouse in Bodrum (Turkey)

In Turkey’s Muğla Province is Bodrum – the ancient Halicarnassus, cradle of the Greek historian and geographer Herodotus – and there, like a fortress facing the sea, stands the Kaplankaya Clubhouse, a work of Carlos Ferrater and Borja Ferrater...

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Giancarlo Mazzanti, Pies Descalzos school in Cartagena (Colombia)
27/10/2014

Giancarlo Mazzanti, Pies Descalzos school in Cartagena (Colombia)

On the Loma del Peyo mountain in the city of Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia’s Caribbean region, overlooking the marshes of the La Virgen lagoon, five hexagonal volumes of different sizes interconnect to form the school built by Giancarlo Mazzanti...

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PATH prefab houses designed by Philippe Starck
22/10/2014

PATH prefab houses designed by Philippe Starck

French designer Philippe has built his own prefabricated low-energy-consuming residence in Montfort l’Amaury, 54 kilometers from Paris. Presenting a glazed enclosure given rhythm by aluminum panels, the two-level house is one of 34 possible...

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Frank Gehry’s ‘cloud of glass’ unveiled in Paris
22/10/2014

Frank Gehry’s ‘cloud of glass’ unveiled in Paris

The Guardian

On Friday, Gehry’s glass cloud – which has also been nicknamed The Iceberg, but is officially the Louis Vuitton Foundation – was unveiled...

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