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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Aires Mateus / AAVP Architecture, 170 Units of Housing in Batignolles, Paris
09/12/2019

Aires Mateus / AAVP Architecture, 170 Units of Housing in Batignolles, Paris

With a composition of series, encounters, and indentations that make the facade a dazzling urban altarpiece, the building rises fifty meters over the horizon of Paris. At strategic points, the repetitive scheme of the facade is interrupted by large voids inside which...

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Andrés Jaque, Run Run Run Restaurant in Madrid
06/12/2019

Andrés Jaque, Run Run Run Restaurant in Madrid

Conceived as an ‘urban technofarm,’ Run Run Run is a politically driven infrastructure that seeks to turn the street into a “playing and training field” and provoke human encounters in places and activities traditionally belonging to the realm of the domestic and individual...

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Frank Gehry creates a miniature Fondation Louis Vuitton in Seoul
01/12/2019

Frank Gehry creates a miniature Fondation Louis Vuitton in Seoul

The Spaces

It’s Frank Gehry’s first project in South Korea, and was created in partnership with Peter Marino – who’s overseen the interiors, including a dramatic lobby with a soaring 12-metre ceiling...

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Botter + Bressan, congress and exhibition center in Agordo (Italy)
29/11/2019

Botter + Bressan, congress and exhibition center in Agordo (Italy)

The Italian studios led by Andrea Botter and Emanuele Bressan together designed this congress and exhibition center in the municipality of Agordo, in the Veneto region. Reinterpreting the Alpine landscape, the roof’s play of inclinations is prolonged by cantilevers...

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OMA wins of the competition to redevelop VDMA in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
28/11/2019

OMA wins of the competition to redevelop VDMA in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Drawn up by an OMA design team led by David Gianotten and Mariano Sagasta, the masterplan for reurbanizing the VDMA site in the center of Eindhoven transforms the area into a mixed-use hub, with housing, offices, and public spaces distributed...

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MAD, Hutong Bubble 218 in Beijing
26/11/2019

MAD, Hutong Bubble 218 in Beijing

With offices in Beijing, Los Angeles, New York, and Rome, Ma Yansong’s firm MAD has finished renovating a house in an old hutong, revitalizing the Chinese capital’s traditional alley where dwellings are arranged around courtyards and toilets are often shared...

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Carmody Groarke, Windermere Jetty Museum in England
25/11/2019

Carmody Groarke, Windermere Jetty Museum in England

The London firm of Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke designed this museum that harbors a boat collection on the shores of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, in Cumbria County’s Lake District National Park. Outside the town of Windermere, the site was previously...

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I.M. Pei’s stunning Sutton Place townhome lists for $8M
24/11/2019

I.M. Pei’s stunning Sutton Place townhome lists for $8M

Curbed

The legendary architect’s airy Manhattan home, where he lived with his wife Eileen for more than 45 years, has a spiral staircase and a private garden...

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Mecanoo, villa in Vught (Netherlands)
22/11/2019

Mecanoo, villa in Vught (Netherlands)

A work of Mecanoo, the Delft studio led by founding partner Francine Houben, this residence cum cooking school drew inspiration from the traditional Dutch farming hoeve, where constructions are clustered around a central open space. A circular path surrounds three volumes...

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Leeza SOHO tower of Zaha Hadid Architects opens in Beijing
21/11/2019

Leeza SOHO tower of Zaha Hadid Architects opens in Beijing

Designed by Zaha Hadid before she died on March 2016, Leeza SOHO contains the world’s tallest atrium (194,16 meters), which whirls around the building upward. Rising in the Chinese capital’s Fengtai business district, the tower contains 172,800 square meters...

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Megalo-MoMA
19/11/2019

Megalo-MoMA

The New York Review of Books / Martin Filler

Among the plethora of disturbingly disproportionate, super-tall, super-thin condominium towers that have spiked the New York City skyline since the turn of the millennium...

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De Villar Chacón Arquitectos, Kinder Park in Mexicali (Mexico)
19/11/2019

De Villar Chacón Arquitectos, Kinder Park in Mexicali (Mexico)

The firm of the Madrid architects José de Villar and Carlos Chacón won the competition to design a park included in the plan for Valle del Puebla in Mexicali, capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California. Spaces of different scales interconnect forming closed geometries...

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Kengo Kuma, Odunpazari Modern Art Museum in Eskişehir (Turkey)
18/11/2019

Kengo Kuma, Odunpazari Modern Art Museum in Eskişehir (Turkey)

Assembled together with wood strips, a series of stacked boxes house the new Odunpazari Museum of Modern Art in the Turkish city of Eskişehir, a university town with a large young population and a lively and active atmosphere. The plot is on the boundary of a new...

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Archstudio, Folding Courtyard in Beijing (China)
15/11/2019

Archstudio, Folding Courtyard in Beijing (China)

The project involved renovating a siheyuan – a historical Chinese type of residence – located in Beijing’s Dongcheng District. Originally there was a group of unconnected volumes under a flat roof, a rare feature in constructions of this kind, characterized by pitched roofs...

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Wolfgang Tschapeller suspends over 100,000 books in new Cornell library
14/11/2019

Wolfgang Tschapeller suspends over 100,000 books in new Cornell library

The Architect's Newspaper

Cornell University’s much-anticipated Mui Ho Fine Arts Library is finally open in Ithaca, New York. Set within a 27,000-square-foot industrial building from 1911...

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Elisa Valero, Eight Experimental Dwellings in Granada
14/11/2019

Elisa Valero, Eight Experimental Dwellings in Granada

The dwellings are located in Realejo, an old Jewish ‘arrabal’ (a group of houses outside the city center) and one of the most emblematic quarters of Granada. This area, at the foot of the Alhambra, has a steep topography, and some of its urban blocks have differences...

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Glenn Murcutt, MPavilion 2019 in Melbourne (Australia)
13/11/2019

Glenn Murcutt, MPavilion 2019 in Melbourne (Australia)

Every year since 2014 the Naomi Milgron Foundation commissions an architect to design a summer structure for Melbourne called MPavilion, and the sixth has just opened in Queen Victoria Gardens. The Australian architect Glenn Murcutt conceived a simple...

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Hariri-Pontarin's Bahá’í Temple Wins 2019 RAIC International Prize
11/11/2019

Hariri-Pontarin's Bahá’í Temple Wins 2019 RAIC International Prize

This temple for the Baha'is of South America outside Santiago de Chile is a formal and technical wonder. It just won the $100,000 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) International Prize for best building. It uses light for its spiritual and design inspiration...

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BIG, Panda House in Copenhagen (Denmark)
08/11/2019

BIG, Panda House in Copenhagen (Denmark)

The circular shape of the Panda House solves the problems arising from the complex conditions of the site, at the intersection of walkways between Copenhagen Zoo’s elephant, monkey, and Nordic fauna sections. At the same time, the circularity presents the opportunity...

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Second Home Hollywood, designed by Selgascano
07/11/2019

Second Home Hollywood, designed by Selgascano

The co-working campus includes a historic building designed in the 1960s by Paul Williams - the first African-American to be admitted to the American Institute of Architects. 90% of members say Second Home’s unique design is why they love working here. 

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PPAA + Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Tlalpuente House in Mexico City
07/11/2019

PPAA + Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Tlalpuente House in Mexico City

A work of two Mexican practices – Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados (PPAA) and the office of Alfonso de la Concha Rojas – built this house that engages in dialogue with the privileged forested environment of Tlalpuente. With optimal views and no need to protect...

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Robert A.M. Stern Architects, transformation of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
06/11/2019

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, transformation of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

The New York firm of Robert A.M. Stern has renovated the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in Cambridge (Massachusetts), giving clarity to the complex through three constructions that effectively unite the four preexisting buildings...

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Tomohiro Hata, Loop Terrace House in Hyogo (Japan)
31/10/2019

Tomohiro Hata, Loop Terrace House in Hyogo (Japan)

This house in Hyogo (Japan) pursues two principal objectives which could well be seen as contradictory: on the one hand, to create an intimate abode on a barely 140-square-meter lot with neighbors in all four directions; on the other, to make the domestic spaces fluid...

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Rodolfo Cañas, Mogro House in Santiago (Chile)
28/10/2019

Rodolfo Cañas, Mogro House in Santiago (Chile)

Located in the Montenegro neighborhood of the Chilean capital, this single-household dwelling is crowned with a thin volume which, clad in stainless steel panels and featuring a skylight, is the only part of the building that can be seen from the surrounding streets...

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Barozzi Veiga, Tanzhaus in Zurich (Switzerland)
25/10/2019

Barozzi Veiga, Tanzhaus in Zurich (Switzerland)

Besides harboring a new cultural institution, the project seeks to transform and redefine the site’s connection with the Limmat River, as well as reactivate the riverside promenade. The building is a simple compact volume organized in two stepped levels, with roofs creating...

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Vora, Vallirana 47 residential block in Barcelona
24/10/2019

Vora, Vallirana 47 residential block in Barcelona

The Catalonian firm vora, headed by Pere Buil and Toni Riba, revamped this 1924 building containing five dwellings, set between party walls on Vallirana 47, in Barcelona's Farró neighborhood. The strategy was to restore preexisting elements (hydraulic mosaic pavements...

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MMX, Central Gardens of Jojutla (Mexico)
23/10/2019

MMX, Central Gardens of Jojutla (Mexico)

Founded by Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Río, Emmanuel Ramírez, and Diego Ricalde, Estudio MMX in Mexico City designed this square in Jojutla, a municipality in the state of Morelos, in an open project that citizens took part in. Inspiration was provided by trees that withstood...

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Construction Work Begins on Frank Gehry's Office Complex for Warner Bros
22/10/2019

Construction Work Begins on Frank Gehry's Office Complex for Warner Bros

World Architecture

According to Urbanize Los Angeles, a large dirt pit has appeared at the back of The Burbank Studios lot, which means construction work has already started at the project site...

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Werk12 building opens in Munich
21/10/2019

Werk12 building opens in Munich

A work of the Dutch firm MVRDV, this multipurpose building harboring restaurants, bars, offices, and a gym has opened its doors in Werksviertel-Mitte, an industrial area near the Ostbahnhof station, in east Munich, that the federal state of Bavaria plans to turn into...

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Saif Ul Haque Sthapati, Arcadia Education Project in Bangladesh
18/10/2019

Saif Ul Haque Sthapati, Arcadia Education Project in Bangladesh

Distinguished with the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, this bamboo construction in South Kanarchor harbors a kindergarten, a professional training center, and a hostel. Carried out by the Dhaka firm of Saif Ul Haque, the 'amphibious' structure anchored to...

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