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Sunday, April 20, 2014
BC architects, library for the community of Muyinga (Burundi)
18/04/2014

BC architects, library for the community of Muyinga (Burundi)

The aim of the project seemed simple enough: to give the Burundian city of Muyinga, with its population of over 100,000, its first library. The project began with field work that involved analyzing local materials and techniques as well as the region’s...

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Gilles Perraudin, Massive Stone Social Housing
17/04/2014

Gilles Perraudin, Massive Stone Social Housing

The last hundred kilometers of the Earth’s crust is mostly of stone. Stone, therefore, is a potentially unlimited resource, besides offering – given its natural origin (the energy expenditure it involves is reduced to that incurred...

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Wiel Arets, Allianz headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland)
14/04/2014

Wiel Arets, Allianz headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland)

In Zurich, the Dutch architect Wiel Arets has built new Swiss headquarters for the German multinational insurance and financial services company Allianz, a complex consisting of a 20-floor main building and 5-floor annex...

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Helen & Hard, Geopark in Stavanger (Norway)
10/04/2014

Helen & Hard, Geopark in Stavanger (Norway)

The environmental crisis urges to embrace new experiences that propose giving objects and materials that are no longer in use a second life. The Stavanger studio led by the Norwegian Siv Helene Stangeland and the Austrian Reinhard Kropf...

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Brasil Arquitetura, Praça das Artes Center in São Paulo
07/04/2014

Brasil Arquitetura, Praça das Artes Center in São Paulo

Located in a central neighborhood of São Paulo, the Praça das Artes Performing Arts Center – a work of the studio Brasil Arquitectura, headed by Francisco Fanucci and Marcelo Ferraz – rises on a lot that arose from lack of planning in the organization...

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Rotterdam Central Station reopens
04/04/2014

Rotterdam Central Station reopens

The development of the high-speed railway line turned Rotterdam into one of the most important cities within the European transport network. This fact prompted the launch, in 2003, of the project to remodel the city’s Central Station, which had to match...

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mA-style architects, Light Walls House in Toyokawa (Japan)
02/04/2014

mA-style architects, Light Walls House in Toyokawa (Japan)

In Toyokawa, a city in Aichi prefecture, the Japanese studio mA-style – headed by Mayumi Kawamoto and Atsushi Kawamoto – has designed a private house with the aim of optimizing daylight in a shady site. With a blind envelope of panels...

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Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza opens in Seoul
01/04/2014

Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza opens in Seoul

A 38,000 square meter cultural hub designed by Zaha Hadid has opened in the Dongdaenum district of the South Korean capital. Constructed with the use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) tools, the aluminum envelope is composed...

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Anna Heringer, kindergarten in Chaseyama (Zimbabwe)
31/03/2014

Anna Heringer, kindergarten in Chaseyama (Zimbabwe)

With a particular vision of architecture, understood as a tool that brings improvement to people’s lives, Anna Heringer (Rosenheim, 1977) learned in Bangladesh that experience is the best lesson, and relying on local resources the best strategy...

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AbCT / Ramin Mehdizadeh, Leftover Stones Exterior Cladding
28/03/2014

AbCT / Ramin Mehdizadeh, Leftover Stones Exterior Cladding

This apartment building is located in Mahallat, an ancient small city of Iran’s central region. As much as fifty percent of its economy is dependent on the stonecutting industry. The process of transforming stone continues to be...

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Rem Koolhaas's G-Star Raw HQ
27/03/2014

Rem Koolhaas's G-Star Raw HQ

The Guardian

'We have never been so vulgar' says Koolhaas of his new Amsterdam headquarters for the Dutch denim brand, a building-as-billboard that revels in its crudeness...

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Nicholas Grimshaw: Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
26/03/2014

Nicholas Grimshaw: Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg (Russia)

A result of a competition held in 2007, Nicholas Grimshaw’s masterplan for Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg is his first commission in Russia. Completion is scheduled for 2015. The opening of the new terminal, executed in collaboration...

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Werner Tscholl, Agriculture School in Burgeis (Italy)
25/03/2014

Werner Tscholl, Agriculture School in Burgeis (Italy)

The main challenge in enlarging the agriculture school of Burgeis with a 2,500 square meter building was respecting the unique site, right at the foot of the medieval fortress of Castel Principe and across the Baroque abbey of Santa Maria...

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Bernardo Bader: Kindergarten Susi Weigel in Bludenz (Austria)
24/03/2014

Bernardo Bader: Kindergarten Susi Weigel in Bludenz (Austria)

In the small town of Bludenz, located in the state of Vorarlberg, the Austrian architect Bernardo Bader has built a kindergarten dedicated to Susi Weigel, the writer and illustrator of children’s books who lived and worked there for years...

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Andrea Dragoni, Gubbio Cemetery Extension (Italy)
21/03/2014

Andrea Dragoni, Gubbio Cemetery Extension (Italy)

Situated in the central Italian region of Umbria, Gubbio is one of the country’s most important medieval cities. It has a monumental cemetery, built on academicist criteria, that has recently been enlarged...

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Wounded landscape
20/03/2014

Wounded landscape

The Guardian

A Swedish artist has been selected to create official memorials at the sites of the 2011 Norwegian massacres carried out by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik...

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Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre in London reopens
20/03/2014

Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre in London reopens

Meeting the flexibility requirement that would enable it to accommodate over 17,500 spectators during the London Olympics and Paralympics of 2012, and later just 2,500 in sporting events of less magnitude...

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Anna Heringer, three Hostels in Baoxi (China)
19/03/2014

Anna Heringer, three Hostels in Baoxi (China)

Construction with natural materials like mud or bamboo is often associated with poor or lowquality structures, which usually go unnoticed in the mainstream circuits of contemporary architecture. The Longquan International Biennale...

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Labics, MAST Foundation in Bologna (Italy)
14/03/2014

Labics, MAST Foundation in Bologna (Italy)

The building addresses the MAST Foundation’s need for a flexible but representative space for interaction between the different fields that are the objects of its philanthropy: art, technology, and innovation. Instead of fragmenting the complex...

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OFIS: Basket Residences for Students in Paris
11/03/2014

OFIS: Basket Residences for Students in Paris

On one hand, an improbable stacking of boxes; on the other, a triangulated facade. Both the front and the rear sides of this student residence containing 192 small apartments are defined by the almost impossible geometry of the lot it stands on, a band 11 meters...

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OMA, De Rotterdam Vertical City, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
07/03/2014

OMA, De Rotterdam Vertical City, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

The three towers that make up the De Rotterdam complex are part of the plan to redevelop and revitalize the old Wilhelmina Dock, on the southern shore of Mosa River, and are named after one of the boats from...

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David Chipperfield + TAAU, Jumex Museum in Mexico City
05/03/2014

David Chipperfield + TAAU, Jumex Museum in Mexico City

Nuevo Polanco is an old industrial area in Mexico City, where several refurbishment and conversion projects are currently in progress. Aside from the Jumex Museum, there are other noteworthy buildings in the area such as the Cervantes Theater...

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M. de Guzmán + Veidimanna Protum, El Espinar House in Segovia, Spain
04/03/2014

M. de Guzmán + Veidimanna Protum, El Espinar House in Segovia, Spain

Designed by Miguel de Guzmán and the studio Veidimanna Protum, the single-family house is located in El Espinar, a small town in the mountains north of Madrid. The plot has a privileged location, on the boundary of the town next to...

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SOM: Terminal 2 of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport
28/02/2014

SOM: Terminal 2 of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport

A work of the American firm SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), the recently inaugurated Terminal 2 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai presents a sculptural concrete canopy with motifs inspired in the tradition of Indian pavilions and courtyards...

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Dominique Perrault’s Donau-City Tower I opens in Vienna
27/02/2014

Dominique Perrault’s Donau-City Tower I opens in Vienna

The design of the two high-rise towers for the Donau-City in Vienna represents the last phase of a development extending over several decades: the UNO-City (1973-1979) was built on the site of what used to a garbage dump, and the area was...

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Parodic modernity, Jürgen Mayer in Georgia
26/02/2014

Parodic modernity, Jürgen Mayer in Georgia

With its population of 4,500,000 and its strategic location, straddling Europe and Asia, Georgia is the black sheep of the Caucasus, at least in the eyes of Russia, which disapproves of the Georgian aspiration to become part of NATO and the European Union...

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Rafael de La-Hoz, Daoíz y Velarde Cultural Center in Madrid
24/02/2014

Rafael de La-Hoz, Daoíz y Velarde Cultural Center in Madrid

Starting from the premise of respecting the geometry of the preexisting volume, as well as the metallic roof with a sawtooth shape and the facade clad with brickwork, Rafael de La-Hoz has made a cultural center out of the old Daoíz y Velarde barracks...

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AAVP, school in Saint-Denis (France)
21/02/2014

AAVP, school in Saint-Denis (France)

The Casarès-Doisneau intermunicipal school and social center in the French city of Saint-Denis comprises two buildings organized around a courtyard and characterized by the strong stamp of wood, as much in the structures as in the finishing touches...

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Kristin Green’s Plage du Pacifique Hotel in Vanuatu
18/02/2014

Kristin Green’s Plage du Pacifique Hotel in Vanuatu

The scattered pieces of the Plage d’Hotel du Pacifique, a project of the Australian architect Kristin Green which is currently under construction, look like the ruins of a concrete complex on the beach of one of the islands of Vanuatu...

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Richard Rogers unveils flatpack homes for homeless
17/02/2014

Richard Rogers unveils flatpack homes for homeless

The Guardian

Rogers ‘move-on’ homes look like Monopoly hotels – and are bigger than many private studio flats. But are they really the ‘answer to Britain’s...

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