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The Africa Centre finds new home inside former office building in London

August 11, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
Interiors of The Africa Centre in London, designed by Freehaus

A lacklustre office building in Southwark has undergone a vibrant makeover to become The Africa Centre, designed by architecture studio Freehaus. The Africa Centre first opened in Covent Garden in 1964 as a “home-away-from-home” for the African diaspora in London, where people could meet, connect and enjoy cultural events together. After closing its doors to

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Hemp-clad Tigín Tiny Homes offer a way to “escape the rent trap” says social enterprise

August 11, 2022 Amy Frearson 0
Hemp-clad Tigín Tiny Home by Common Knowledge

Irish social enterprise Common Knowledge has teamed up with hemp producer Margent Farm to design a low-carbon micro home that it claims can support people affected by the housing crisis. Designed in-house by Common Knowledge, the Tigín Tiny Homes take the form of oversized caravans built from natural materials that include Margent Farm’s corrugated hemp

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Eight Dezeen School Shows presenting postgraduate architecture projects

August 11, 2022 Amy Peacock 0
3D rendered model of a forest area with a silver metallic structural landscape intervention

Dezeen School Shows: student projects from master’s courses in architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism are included in this roundup of Dezeen School Shows. From urban schemes incorporating nature into the built environment to speculative designs set in the future, the postgraduate projects respond to social, political and environmental issues. The selection features projects from universities

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WilkinsonEyre and Architectus Unveil Design of New Wellness-Focused Office Tower in Melbourne

August 11, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Global real estate developer Hines has announced the launch of 600 Collins, a new premium-grade office tower in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district. The tower will be designed by international architecture practice WilkinsonEyre and Australian architecture and design firm Architectus, with a strong focus on wellness, workplace, and optimized tenant experience, while integrating best practices in all facets of environmental, social, and corporate governance.

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Garden Restaurant / Atelier 111 Architekti

August 11, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

The existing building of the restaurant, a wooden structure built around 1970, was not meeting current technical or spatial requirements. We have designed a simple wooden structure for a new seasonal garden restaurant at the same place, in direct contact with water.

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Berlin Plans Smart Residential District and Research Park on Former Tegel Airport

August 11, 2022 Maria-Cristina Florian 0

The former Berlin-Tegel Airport is set to be redeveloped. The master plan includes the Schumacher Quartier, a new residential district with 200 hectares of landscaped area, and a research and industrial park for urban technologies, Berlin TXL – the Urban Tech Republic. Besides creating a space for industry, business, and science, the innovation park aims to research and test urban technologies. The park will focus on major themes in the development of cities: the efficient use of energy, sustainable construction, eco-friendly mobility, recycling, networked control of systems, clean water, and the application of new materials.

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Peruvian Houses on Sloping Ground: 10 Examples in Section

August 11, 2022 Vania Masalías 0

In architecture, one of the challenges faced by professionals is the design with sloping terrain. The steep slopes make it possible to think of an architecture in which visuals predominate, being natural viewpoints. An opportunity to work on contact with the place, spatiality and different heights. A range of varied solutions can be obtained, resulting in a unique and contextual architecture.

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Construction Materials that Increase Resilience to Natural Disasters

August 11, 2022 Eduardo Souza 0

Eucalyptus forests in Australia are known to burn periodically. It is the trees’ way of ensuring propagation, as its fruits – known as gumnuts – have an insulating layer breaks down with the heat of the fire. Once they open, the burnt soil is covered with seeds, initiating a process of forest renewal. Glenn Murcutt, an Australian architect, has created a body of work rooted in the country’s landscape. His innovative houses embrace the possibility of frequent fires, including elements that allow for fire control with the least possible loss. In short, the houses are built with very non-flammable materials, always have huge water reservoirs, and a “flood system” that allows the building and its immediate surroundings to be spared in the case of a forest fire.