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Friday, November 28, 2014
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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‘Spaces for Peace’ participatory design project in Venezuela
21/10/2014

‘Spaces for Peace’ participatory design project in Venezuela

For six weeks in July and August 2014, five communities in four Venezuelan cities – two in Caracas, the rest in Maracaibo, Mérida, and Valencia – were scenes of small-scale urban-renewal architectural interventions called ‘Spaces for Peace.’...

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2014 Stirling Prize, Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins
17/10/2014

2014 Stirling Prize, Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins

The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, designed by Haworth Tompkins architects, has won the Stirling Prize 2014, an award the RIBA has since 1996 given annually to the best European building by a British author.

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Hago: Provincial Museum of Fine Arts of Badajoz
16/10/2014

Hago: Provincial Museum of Fine Arts of Badajoz

With a skin of prestressed and perforated cement on the facades, ceilings, and interior borders to visually link together the building’s different spaces, the Madrid studio Hago – Antonio Álvarez-Cienfuegos Rubio and Emilio Delgado Martos...

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One Central Park complex in Sydney, Jean Nouvel in Australia
14/10/2014

One Central Park complex in Sydney, Jean Nouvel in Australia

Located in downtown Sydney, One Central Park is composed of two residential towers rising 12 and 34 floors on a podium containing a 5-level shopping center. Designed by Jean Nouvel in collaboration with his French compatriot Patrick Blanc...

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Dossier: Aluminum. Arquitectura Viva 166
13/10/2014

Dossier: Aluminum. Arquitectura Viva 166

The characteristics of aluminum make it indispensable in contemporary architecture, but its applications go beyond frames and curtain walls, opening up a wide window of constructive and formal possibilities. Six examples are presented...

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Álvaro Fernandes Andrade, Rowing Center, Pocinho (Portugal)
10/10/2014

Álvaro Fernandes Andrade, Rowing Center, Pocinho (Portugal)

This high-performance center for rowers is located close to the Douro River, in the Côa Valley, an area abounding in archaeological sites and engaged primarily in growing wine grapes. This is a zone with an exceptional landscape characterized...

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Atkins, Alila Jabal Akhdar Ecoresort in Oman
03/10/2014

Atkins, Alila Jabal Akhdar Ecoresort in Oman

Deep in the heart of the Hajar Mountains, perched all of 2,000 meters above a gorge, a small hotel blends into the impressive Omani landscape. Containing seventy-eight suites and villas with floor areas ranging between...

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Frank Gehry’s BioMuseum opens in Panama
02/10/2014

Frank Gehry’s BioMuseum opens in Panama

Situated on the Calzada de Amador causeway, Panama’s Museum of Biodiversity – Frank Gehry’s first built work in Latin America – opens its doors to the public in the wake of an official inauguration ceremony. Eight years after construction began...

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MVRDV’s Markthal Rotterdam opens
01/10/2014

MVRDV’s Markthal Rotterdam opens

As a result of a competition held in 2004, the Market Hall is part of a larger plan that aims to regenerate the city center of Rotterdam. Located where the city was founded, the building is a new mixed-use type that interrelates...

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Dominique Perrault, Albi Major Theater (France)
30/09/2014

Dominique Perrault, Albi Major Theater (France)

Following the project drawn up by the firm of Dominique Perrault, first-prize winner in the international competition held for the purpose in 2009, a new theater has gone up in Albi, a small city in the south of France, cradle of Toulouse-Lautrec....

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David Chipperfield, office building in Hangzhou (China)
29/09/2014

David Chipperfield, office building in Hangzhou (China)

Incrusted in the dense urban fabric of the city of Hangzhou, capital of the Chinese province of Zhejiang, the slender office block built by David Chipperfield Architects is defined by its bold, rigorous geometry. Following the Liangzhu Culture Museum...

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Emre Arolat, Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey)
26/09/2014

Emre Arolat, Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey)

The mosque of Sancaklar is located on the outskirts of Istanbul, in a park of vast prairies separated from the city by a motorway. The position of this exceptional enclave set between natural and artificial worlds largely determines the strategy...

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