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Bamboo-framed Majlis installed at Venice Architecture Biennale as model of nomadic architecture

June 1, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
The Majlis at Venice Architecture Biennale

Architects Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic have worked with craftspeople from Colombia, Morocco and Italy to reimagine a majlis – a historic type of gathering space – using bamboo engineering and handwoven textiles. The installation titled The Majlis is installed in the gardens of the Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice for the 2021 edition

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Nicolas Laisnè imagines new type of high-rise that combines living and working

May 28, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
One Open Tower by Nicolas Laisnè at Venice Architecture Biennale

French architect Nicolas Laisnè has contributed to the Venice Architecture Biennale with a concept for high-rise buildings that combine live and workspaces, indoor and outdoor rooms, and various degrees of privacy. One Open Tower explores how a new breed of tall buildings could help cities become better places to live, giving occupants greater flexibility in their

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Vector Architects creates network of terraces around Pingshan Art Museum

May 21, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Pingshan Art Museum by Vector Architects

Vector Architects has completed the Pingshan Art Museum near Shenzhen, featuring a network of balconies and bridges that allow artworks to be displayed both inside and out. The 47,000-square-metre museum gives the Chinese city its first major destination for contemporary art. It is located within the Pingshan Cultural Cluster, a hub of buildings that includes a new theatre

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Open Architecture designs Shanghai school to be more like a village than a megastructure

May 19, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Arts Centre at Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School by Open Architecture

An eclectic mix of buildings form the Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School, designed by Chinese studio Open Architecture to promote a richer and more varied learning experience. Open Architecture co-founder Huang Wenjing told Dezeen the aim was to find an alternative to the “school-as megastructure” model, which has become particularly prevalent in China. Instead of

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READ & Architects builds retirement house that doubles as a vacation home in Japanese mountain town

May 10, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Symbiotic House for Life After Retirement by READ & Architects

This house near Japan’s Mount Asama was designed by READ & Architects for a couple starting their retirement, but it can also be used as a vacation home by their children and grandchildren. Located in Karuizawa, a resort town in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture, Symbiotic House for Life After Retirement was planned with flexibility

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Arquitectura-G installs bright red family home on top of garage

May 9, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Red living room in House in Sant Antoni de Vilamajor by Arquitectura-G

Red is the colour of choice for this compact family house on the outskirts of Barcelona, designed by local studio Arquitectura-G to sit on top of a garage. House in Sant Antoni de Vilamajor is a 250-square-metre, single-storey home located in a village to the northeast of the city. Red surfaces feature both inside and

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SOA Architectes adds contemporary Aya Tower to Beirut skyline

May 8, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Aerial view of Aya Tower in Beirut by SOA Architectes

SOA Architectes looked to traditional Arabian houses when designing this contemporary tower in Beirut, which has been completed in spite of the huge explosion that hit the city. The 21-storey, mixed-use Aya Tower is located in the Mar Mikhael area, just over a mile away from the epicentre of the port explosion, which devastated many

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AIM Architecture turns shopping mall atrium into plant-filled plaza

May 3, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Xintiandi atrium by AIM Architecture

Shopping centres don’t have to “bright, white and shiny” according to AIM Architecture, which has transformed the Xintiandi mall in Shanghai by adding natural materials and plants. The previously underused atrium has been reimagined in the spirit of a garden plaza, with wooden surfaces, plants hanging down from the balconies and natural light filtering in from above.

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Christchurch’s experimental mid-century houses revealed in book by Mary Gaudin and Matthew Arnold

May 3, 2021 Amy Frearson 0

Mary Gaudin and Matthew Arnold photography book reveals how the Christchurch Style movement produced an array of distinctive modernist houses in the New Zealand city in the 1960s. I never met a straight line I didn’t like features images by photographer Gaudin and text by Arnold, who is co-founder of design agency Sons & Co. It showcases

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Curving stone walls allow Xerolithi vacation house to merge with Greek island landscape

May 1, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Aerial view of Xerolithi house by Sinas Architects

Greek studio Sinas Architects has built a house on the island of Serifos, taking cues from local dry stone walls to make the building as inconspicuous as possible. The walls of the two-bedroom house are designed to look like the stone retaining walls that are typical of Greek landscapes. Known locally as xerolithies, these low walls

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