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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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Skyscraper by Jason Long and OMA reaches full height in Brooklyn

May 4, 2021 India Block 0

A skyscraper and a tower designed by architect Jason Long and architecture firm OMA have topped out in the Greenpoint neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York. Brookfield Properties is developing the project as part of Greenpoint Landing, a waterfront development master-planned by the Park Tower Group. The stepped residential buildings are designed to look as if

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Viewing platforms tops New Grand Avenue Park Bridge by LMN Architects

April 29, 2021 India Block 0
Grand Avenue Park Bridge

LMN Architects has built a viewpoint on top of the concrete and weathering steel New Grand Avenue Park Bridge in Everett, Washington. The asymmetrical bridge spans a railway and a road, projecting from a hillside at one end and meeting a concrete tower at the other. Seattle-based LMN Architects designed the 257-foot-long (78 metre) bridge to doubles

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Red concrete museum tells the story of Alpine ibexes in Pitztal valley

April 29, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Red concrete exterior of Ibex Museum St Leonhard by Daniela Kröss and Rainer Köberl

Swiss architects Daniela Kröss and Rainer Köberl have completed a red building “like a small castle” to celebrate the history of wild ibex in the alpine region of Pitztal, Austria. The Ibex Museum St Leonhard charts the history of a native ibex goat species that became extinct from the area but was successfully reintroduced in the

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MAD completes amorphous concrete library in China

April 22, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A concrete library lit by a skylight

Chinese architecture studio MAD has completed the Cloudscape of Haikou, a sinuous library and waystation that is cast in seamless white concrete on the coast of the Chinese island of Hainan. The 1,000-square-metre structure, formerly known as Wormhole Library, is the first of sixteen pavilions being constructed in Century Park as part of a wider

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Studio Gang reveals folded concrete roof of Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

April 16, 2021 India Block 0
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

A folded concrete roof designed by Studio Gang is now in place at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, which is currently being overhauled by the studio. American architecture office Studio Gang and landscape architecture firm SCAPE released photos of the roof ahead of the museum’s anticipated May 2022 opening date. Encompassing 133,000

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SO-IL builds Las Americas affordable housing development in Mexico

April 15, 2021 Jane Englefield 0
Las Americas by SO-IL

New York firm SO-IL has completed this low rise yet high-density affordable housing development in León, Mexico, with apartments arranged around courtyards. The project, called Las Americas, is a six-storey concrete block of homes divided into 60 apartments. Maximising the plot’s buildable footprint, the homes hug two interior courtyards that provide cross ventilation to the development.

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Concrete counter curves through ShuckShuck oyster bar in Vancouver

April 14, 2021 India Block 0
ShuckShuck oyster bar by B-CA

Canadian office Batay-Csorba Architects has created a greyscale interior for the ShuckShuck oyster restaurant in Vancouver complete with a snaking concrete bar. ShuckShuck’s interior is designed to evoke the colour and texture of oyster shells, with rough pre-cast concrete surfaces and textured painted walls. Batay-Csorba Architects designed the eatery in Vancouver’s Chinatown district for owners

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RCR Arquitectes uses red concrete to build Palmares Clubhouse in the Algarve

April 9, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Roof of Palmares Clubhouse by RCR Arquitectes

Overlapping planes of red concrete form the walls and roof of this golf clubhouse, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning RCR Arquitectes for a resort on Portugal’s south coast. Palmares Clubhouse is the landmark building of Palmares Ocean Living & Golf, a new resort in the Algarve backed by developer Kronos Investment Group. Catalonian studio RCR

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