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Bak Gordon Arquitectos adds concrete “garden pavilion” to 19th-century Porto home

November 28, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Living room of Casa 2 Porto by Bak Gordon Arquitectos with concrete walls and beige soft furnishings

Large glass doors open a double-height living space out onto a lush garden in this annexe to a 19th-century home in Porto by Bak Gordon Arquitectos. Named Casa 2, the building was conceived by the Lisbon-based studio as a standalone “garden pavilion”. It contains four ensuite bedrooms, a kitchen, library and communal living room across two

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Francisco Pardo tucks Casa Aguacates into hillside in rural Mexico

November 25, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Casa Aguacates

Mexican architect Francisco Pardo has created a partly underground weekend home that is meant to exist in “pleasant tension” with the natural landscape. Casa Aguacates is located in Valle de Bravo, a rural lake town that is a couple of hours by car from Mexico City. Known for its pleasant weather and scenic terrain, the

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Studio Goss exposes concrete shell of converted Melbourne apartment

November 23, 2021 Natasha Levy 0
White Togo sofa and armchair in living room of Roseneath Street apartment by Studio Goss

Hidden off-form concrete walls have come to the fore in this minimalist Melbourne apartment conversion, with interiors designed by local firm Studio Goss. Located in the city’s Clifton Hill suburb, Roseneath Street apartment is set on the ground level of a 1970s commercial building that has recently been adapted for residential use. As the client

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Visitors wade through water in the Brazilian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020

November 14, 2021 James Brillon 0
Brazilian pavilion

Brazil’s Expo 2020 pavilion in Dubai centres on the theme of water and its main exhibition floor can be flooded with a thin layer of water that visitors are meant to walk through. Designed by architects MMBB Arquitetos, Ben-Avid, and JPG.ARQ, the pavilion is Brazil’s contribution to the exhibition, which was originally slated to open in

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Monolithic walls enclose “quiet and introverted” Hall of Immortality in China by Studio 10

November 13, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Entrance to Hall of Immortality

Architecture firm Studio 10 has used tall concrete walls covered in earth-coloured render to envelop this ceremonial hall at Longshan Cemetery in Jiaozuo, China. Named Hall of Immortality, the space of contemplation for up to 50 people has been shortlisted in the cultural building category of Dezeen Awards 2021. Its tall walls are designed to

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Textured walls enclose Maricel’s House in central Argentina by Edgardo Marveggio

October 30, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Maricel House in central Argentina by Edgardo Marveggio

Argentine architect Edgardo Marveggio has designed an asymmetrical home in Córdoba for his ex-wife that features a waffle-slab roof and walls covered in thick plaster. Maricel’s House is located in Morrison, an agricultural town in Argentina’s Córdoba province. The two-storey dwelling sits within a neighbourhood with low-scale buildings. The client was architect Edgardo Marveggio’s ex-wife,

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Steven Holl completes “energetic and open” Cofco Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai

October 29, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Cofco Cultural and Health Center exterior view

Steven Holl Architects has completed a cultural and health centre in Shanghai, comprising a pair of concrete buildings punctured by irregular openings that are set within a landscaped park. The firm headed by architect Steven Holl designed the Cofco Cultural and Health Center in 2016 for a site next to the Punan Canal in Shanghai’s

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Balenciaga debuts “raw architecture” store aesthetic at Sloane Street flagship

October 26, 2021 James Parkes 0
The store has concrete interiors

Fashion brand Balenciaga has renovated its flagship store in London, which features aged and distressed surfaces and exposed construction elements. Located on Sloane Street, a luxury shopping destination in West London, the flagship store debuts Balenciaga’s new concept for its retail locations. Spread across two floors and totalling 722 squares metres, the newly renovated space

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HW Studio’s vaulted concrete home nestles into forest outside Morelia

October 25, 2021 James Brillon 0
The Hill in Front of the Glen

HW Studio has created a sunken home in the forests of Morelia, in central Mexico, with a vaulted concrete living room that opens out to the site’s lush surroundings. The project, nicknamed “The Hill in Front of the Glen,” was completed as a family home outside of Morelia, where HW Studio is based. The low-slung

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