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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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Ten domestic interiors featuring statement plants that help bring nature indoors

April 4, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
A living room with a screw pine tree

If your home doesn’t have a garden or a balcony, a well-chosen houseplant can bring the natural world inside. The second of a trio of spring lookbooks this Easter weekend showcases 10 domestic interiors with carefully chosen plants. The projects feature plants ranging from full-sized trees to smaller houseplants such as aloe, peace lilies and ferns.

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Ministry of Design creates lush “banking conservatory” for Citibank Singapore

March 2, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Banking conservatory in the Citibank Singapore Wealth Hub by Ministry of Design

Offices and meeting rooms are nestled among tropical plants in this wealth management centre in Singapore by local studio Ministry of Design. Conceived as a “banking conservatory”, the verdant scheme won an international competition launched by Citibank Singapore last year that invited entrants to reimagine the conventional interiors often associated with financial institutions. The brief

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Shma Company designs Bangkok home for family and forest of 120 trees

September 29, 2020 Jennifer Hahn 0
Louvres on the facade of the Forest House by Shma Company

More than 20 different plant species grow in Forest House, designed by landscape architecture practice Shma Company to fit the largest possible amount of greenery into a small urban plot. Over a space of just 300 square metres, including the roof, the family home in the Thai capital of Bangkok accommodates seven people and 120

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Nudes tops greenery-covered Forest School in Pune with looping cycling track

July 12, 2020 India Block 0
Forest School in Pune by Nudes

Architecture studio Nudes has designed a school covered in plants and topped by a cycling track shaped like an infinity symbol for Pune, India. Forest School in Pune is the winning entry for a competition to design a new educational facility for the city in western India. Nudes’ plan for the school is to build

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Plants cover grey steel of Hotel Click Clack Medellín by Plan:b Arquitectos

June 3, 2020 India Block 0

Verdant greenery contrasts with the concrete benches and grey metal walls of a hotel in Medellín, Colombia, designed by Plan:b Arquitectos. Plants native to the mountainous region around Medellín grow from planters built into the steel walls and hang from triangular metal baskets suspended from the ceiling in the lobby area. Plan:b Arquitectos slightly sunk the

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Plants cover grey steel of Hotel Click Clack Medellín by Plan:b Arquitectos

June 3, 2020 India Block 0

Verdant greenery contrasts with the concrete benches and grey metal walls of a hotel in Medellín, Colombia, designed by Plan:b Arquitectos. Plants native to the mountainous region around Medellín grow from planters built into the steel walls and hang from triangular metal baskets suspended from the ceiling in the lobby area. Plan:b Arquitectos slightly sunk the

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Austin Maynard Architects adds plant-filled conservatory in centre of Newry house

May 15, 2020 Amy Frearson 0
Sliding awnings on the glass roof

Austin Maynard Architects has transformed the quality of light inside a narrow Melbourne house, by creating a greenhouse-like space at its centre. The Melbourne-based studio made only small changes to two-storey house Newry, but has made it feel much more spacious and bright. No rooms were moved around, instead new openings were made to allow natural light

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Ingenhoven Architects wraps Düsseldorf office with five miles of hedges to create Europe’s largest green facade

May 4, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Kö-Bogen II office in Düsseldorf by Ingenhoven Architects is covered with five miles of hedges

Ingenhoven Architects has covered the Kö-Bogen II office block in Düsseldorf, Germany, with 30,000 plants to form hedges that would stretch five miles laid end to end. Located on the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz in the Hofgarten district of the city, the office five-storey office occupies a prominent position alongside the 1950s Dreischeibenhaus tower and opposite the 1960s

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