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MDO converts rammed-earth houses in rural China into holiday villas

January 25, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Guesthouses at Floating Cloud Township Villa

Chinese architecture studio More Design Office (MDO) has converted a cluster of traditional rammed-earth houses in China’s Zhejiang Province into a series of contemporary guesthouses called Floating Cloud Township Villa. The dwellings are located in the village of Qinglongwu in Tonglu County, in an area currently being transformed into a cultural and tourist destination known

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Stacked steel tubes form Waterline Monument by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

January 24, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Waterline Monument tapers at its highest point

Hundreds of stacked, weathered steel tubes form this arched monument in Laagraven Park, Utrecht, designed by architecture and art studio Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. The Waterline Monument was created to celebrate the New Dutch Waterline being awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2021. Operational from 1815 to 1940, the New Dutch Waterline was a defensive system

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BAU designs winding bridge in China as a “hybrid” of landscape and infrastructure

January 20, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Aerial view of bridge over Yuandang Lake

A snaking bridge that incorporates spaces for play, rest and planting connects two areas of wetland across Shanghai’s Yuandang Lake, in this project by Brearley Architects + Urbanists. The China and Australia-based Brearley Architects + Urbanists (BAU) designed the 586-metre beam bridge for cyclists and pedestrians as a “hybrid structure”, blending architecture, infrastructure and landscape

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Atelier Data converts Portuguese mill into bright white holiday home

January 19, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Casa Cabrita Moleiro pictured at night

White forms with geometric cut-outs have been inserted into the walls of a former granary mill to create this coastal holiday home in Portugal’s Algarve region, designed by architecture studio Atelier Data. Named Casa Cabrita Moleiro, the home occupies the former site of the Cabrita Mill. Once operated by the owner’s grandfather, the mill had since

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Spiralling ramp surrounds arts centre in China by Syn Architects

January 17, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Tiangang Art Center has a timber and white painted exterior

A spiralling ramp creates an unfolding, experiential route for visitors through the Tiangang Arts Center, a combined art gallery and hotel in China’s Hebei Province designed by Syn Architects. The centre is located in the village of Tiangang, next to a lake at the foot of the Taihang Mountains. Its distinctive spiral shape, described by

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Sara Acebes Anta completes Spanish villa with pared-back colour palette

January 15, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
White villa in Spain

A simple palette of white and grey brings an “atmosphere of calm” to this villa in the outskirts of Valladolid, Spain, designed by architecture studio Sara Acebes Anta. Called Casa Banlusa, the single-storey dwelling is divided into separate wings for day and night, arranged in a U-shape around a central courtyard. It is designed by Madrid

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Hooba Design Group wraps Tehran office building in a brick-clad “second skin”

January 11, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
The Hitra Office and Commercial building has a glass and brick facade

Architecture studio Hooba Design Group has completed a brick-clad office building in Tehran, with a scooped-out central void to bring natural light deep into the building. The Hitra Office and Commercial Building is located at a road intersection of the Valenjak neighbourhood of Iran’s capital, and combines two floors of glazed commercial space with five

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Graux & Baeyens adds sunken bike workshop to Ghent townhouse

January 10, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
House C-DF in Ghent

A sunken bicycle workshop sits at the end of a classical-style walled garden at this extension to a townhouse in Ghent, completed by Belgian practice Graux & Baeyens Architecten. In addition to the workshop, a stack of three new forms designed by the local practice adds a kitchen and dining space, bathroom and bedroom to the

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Coffey Architects encases Norwich technology hub in perforated aluminium

January 9, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Perforated metal facade of Exterior of Digi-Tech Factory

White panels made from perforated metal create a feeling of “light and airiness” at this digital-technology education centre, completed by London studio Coffey Architects for City College Norwich in Norfolk. The 2,877-square-metre Digi-Tech Factory brings together the college’s technology, engineering and design courses in one building, with robotics labs, digital studios, classrooms and support spaces. In

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Gort Scott reconnects University of Oxford college with riverfront site

January 8, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Anniversary Building at St Hilda's College

London studio Gort Scott has redeveloped St Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford in England, adding two buildings that unite the campus with lush gardens and river views. The redevelopment, which was the result of an international design competition won by Gort Scott in 2016, provides new accommodation, teaching and events spaces for the college.

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