Bloco Arquitetos gives “abstract character” to Cora House in Brasília

A stark white palette is used both outside and in this Brazilian home, designed by local firm Bloco Arquitetos as a series of angular volumes on a steep site. Cora House is situated on a sloping property in Brasília, and the incline of the land played a pivotal role in the massing of the building.

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill reveals skyscraper for 160 Front Street in Toronto

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled plans for a glass office tower in Downtown Toronto, the latest in a string of skyscrapers proposed for the city. 160 Front Street will rise 46 storeys close to the Entertainment District and the iconic CN Tower. The area is already dense with skyscrapers, but several more

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Miró Rivera Architects designs Hill Country House as sustainable prototype in rural Texas

Texas firm Miró Rivera Architects has built a partially off-grid house with a jagged roofline, as a prototype for a sustainable community in the countryside. Miro Rivera Architects designed the Hill Country House for a very rural setting. It is independent of the municipal water supply, and provides its own heating and cooling via a geothermal

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Mobil Arquitectos designs Tierra Chiloe hotel for exposed Chilean island site

This boutique hotel by Chilean firm Mobil Arquitectos perches atop a grassy hill, with a glazed dining and lounge area offering ocean views, and a subterranean spa. Tierra Chiloe is located on the main island of the Chiloe archipelago in Chile, much of which is hilly and pastoral, with expansive views of the water. Guests

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Edward Ogosta brightens Californian bungalow with Rear Window House extension

Edward Ogosta Architecture has renovated a 1940s house in California with light-filled white interiors and a master bedroom extension overlooking the garden. The house, originally built in 1944, was overhauled with a glazed expansion towards the back of the lot by the local firm. Architect Edward Ogosta and his team sought to breathe new life into

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Miami parking facility Museum Garage combines several exterior designs

Five architecture studios have contributed facades to this parking garage in Miami Design District, resulting in a mash-up of bold eclectic styles. The seven-storey cast-concrete building, known as Museum Garage, was designed and engineered by Miami studio Tim Haahs with project manager Javier Fernandez. It is located at the intersection of NE First Avenue and NE

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Bernheimer Architecture creates “highly textural but quiet” Atlantic Beach Residence

A gabled wooden volume sits atop a brick garage at the front of this bayside home on New York’s Long Beach Island, by Brooklyn studio Bernheimer Architecture. The waterfront Atlantic Beach Residence is located on a barrier island in Nassau County – one of several slithers of land that run along the southern edge of

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Olson Kundig reveals plans for Bob Dylan Center in Oklahoma

Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig has unveiled a proposal for a museum dedicated to American musician Bob Dylan in Tulsa, close to a substantial archive of his belongings. Olson Kundig will act as lead architect for The Bob Dylan Center, after the firm was selected in an international competition for the project spearheaded by George

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Colourful pavilion by The Very Many fronts Texas swimming pool building

New York design studio The Very Many, led by Marc Fornes, has designed a blue-and-yellow covering outside a leisure centre in El Paso, Texas. The canopy, called Marquise, comprises hundreds of lightweight aluminium shingles that are cut to diamond-shaped panels and connected to leave small gaps in between. The panels are arranged to form a

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Studio Saxe transforms Costa Rican lodge into The Gilded Iguana surf resort

Costa Rican architecture firm Studio Saxe has expanded an existing residence with hotel rooms and a pool to create a new resort in the beach town of Nosara. The lush property, now known as The Gilded Iguana, began with a single house built in 1988. San Jose-based Studio Saxe added a new 30-room hotel building, along with

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Snøhetta to renovate historic Detroit station for Ford innovation centre

Architecture firm Snøhetta plans to transform Detroit’s Michigan Central Station into a research hub for car company Ford, with proposals for a “collaborative ecosystem” of professionals to develop self-driving vehicles. The Corktown Campus project will involve the overhaul of the historic building, which has been in disrepair for 30 years since Amtrak last used the

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Sun Arquitectos tops Casa El Boldo in Chile with “barn-style” roof

Chilean firm Sun Arquitectos has embedded half of a coastal residence into a hillside, and topped the other half with an expansive wooden roof to form an open-air living room. Casa El Boldo is positioned 1,476 feet (450 metres) above sea level on a forested slope overlooking the ocean in Zapallar, Chile. Spanning 4,306 square feet (400

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Polycarbonate Dock Building by Michael Green Architecture glows on Vancouver beachfront

Vancouver firm Michael Green Architecture has built a boathouse for storing racing shells and sails and monitoring maritime activity, with translucent walls and garage doors. The Dock Building was built for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on a modest budget by the local architecture studio. The private recreational facility is formed of two connected masses, joined

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Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch museum undergoes revitalisation in St Louis

A subterranean museum below architect Eero Saarinen’s iconic arch in St Louis has been renovated and expanded by three architecture firms, as part of an effort to rejuvenate the area around the monument. Formerly known as The Museum of Westward Expansion, the new Gateway Arch Museum was led by New York firms Cooper Robertson and

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Vilela Florez designs Bamboo House with herringbone exterior in rural Brazil

Bamboo slats are laid diagonally between the dark vertical ribs of this residence in Brazil, by architecture firm Vilela Florez. Bamboo House is a single-storey home that spans 1,938 square feet (180 square metres), with just the bedrooms and bathrooms fully enclosed and protected from the elements. The residence was designed by Vilela Florez in

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners officially completes Three World Trade Center in New York City

Architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed the construction of Three World Trade Center in Manhattan, which is now the city’s fifth-tallest building. The skyscraper spans 80 storeys and reaches 1,079 feet (329 metres) high, making it currently the second tallest building at the redeveloped World Trade Center site. External construction work in

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Swimming pool flows between courtyard walls of Mexico’s Casa Xólotl

Masonry walls partition a patio and create various swimming areas at this renovated Mexican residence by Punto Arquitectónico. Casa Xólotl is a single-storey home in Mérida, which was overhauled by local firm Punto Arquitectónico after finding the home in disrepair. The studio renovated the house by dramatically transforming it into two separate volumes with a courtyard,

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Three houses form greyscale Casas SP complex in Mexico by S-AR and Marisol González

A trio of black-and-white residences line up in a row on a site in northern Mexico, created as a collaboration between architects S-AR and Marisol González. Casas SP comprises three separate houses, each three storeys tall, constructed very close to one another to form a complex of urban dwellings in the town of San Pedro Garza

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AIA recognises the best small projects in the US for 2018 awards

The American Institute of Architects has announced the top small projects in the US as part of its 2018 awards programme, including a wooden playground in Massachusetts and a micro home that aims to address the housing crisis. Now in its 15th year, the annual AIA Small Project Awards recognises the best buildings completed at a

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Yellow metal walls wrap Animo South Los Angeles High School by Brooks + Scarpa

Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has reconstructed a high school in Los Angeles after it was destroyed by a fire, choosing a bright yellow finish for its aluminium facades. Animo South Los Angeles High School is wrapped in anodised-aluminium panels that all carry the same bold shade of yellow, making the complex dramatically stand out

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ODA completes top-heavy residential tower in New York City

The top floor of this glazed housing complex in New York’s Lower East Side, by architecture firm ODA, has a footprint twice the size of the ground level. Named after its address, 100 Norfolk spans 50,000 square feet (4,645 square metres) across 12 storeys. New York firm ODA designed the building in compliance with the area’s strict zoning laws,

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Jeff Svitak builds blackened Redwood House with private studio for himself in Southern California

American architect Jeff Svitak has designed a house for himself nestled into a hillside in San Diego, complete with various outdoor spaces and an office for his practice. Spanning three storeys and clad in blackened wood, Redwood House has a varied construction comprising cuboid volumes and outdoor walkways.   The house measures 2,000 square feet (186

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AIA awards North America’s best new housing of 2018

The American Institute of Architects has announced its top 11 residential projects for 2018, including a house in New York that takes design cues from its past as a Quaker settlement and a remote residence with expansive light wood and glass in rural Ontario. The AIA 2018 Housing Awards recognises the most notable residential projects built in the

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Buckhorn Place’s light-filled interiors complement Whistler snowscapes

Canadian firm Burgers Architecture constructed this mountainside residence from prefabricated volumes so it could be quickly assembled between British Columbia’s snow seasons. Buckhorn Place is perched on a hilltop and protected by dense trees that envelop the property. The lot sits in a restrictive view corridor, which dictated the house’s siting close to edge of

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Camille Walala covers Brooklyn building in colourful Memphis-style graphics

British artist Camille Walala has painted the facade of a building in Brooklyn’s Industry City with geometric patterns and bold colours, completed to coincide with this month’s NYCxDesign festival. The 40-metre-high mural covers the front of a seven-storey building, which forms part of a former industrial complex that now houses creative workspaces, production facilities and

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BIG designs prototype tiny cabin in Upstate New York

Architecture firm BIG has created a small black cabin with an angular roofline in the Hudson Valley, as the first model for prefab-housing startup Klein. BIG’s prototype, named A45, is the first in a series of tiny homes by well-known architects that Klein plans to offer customers. Constructed in Upstate New York, the one-storey building

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TACO creates its own pink-toned architecture studio on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Mexican architecture firm TACO has designed the Portico Palmeto studio to act as its headquarters, with pink walls, local materials, and tall shutters that open up the interior to its tropical setting. The 1,453-square-foot (135-square-metre) rose-coloured building serves primarily as an architecture studio in Mérida – a historic city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The two-storey structure

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Black concrete boxes form Casa Bruma in rural Mexico

Nine dark-coloured blocks circle a forest clearing that acts as a courtyard for this home by Mexican architects Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez. Canales and Rodríguez collaborated on the 6,500-square-foot (604-square-metre) Casa Bruma project, which serves a holiday home for a young family. The house comprises cuboid units of varying heights, each accommodating a different

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Parallelogram House in Winnipeg is named after its unusual shape

Canadian firm 5468796 has created an angular residence with light interiors concealed within a dark-coloured exterior. Parallelogram House has a floor plan shaped like a parallelogram – a tilted rectangle with two sets of parallel sides – and was built in a rural municipality of Winnipeg by local firm 5468796. Its angular walls create four distinct

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Seven of the best boutique hotels in Mexico

Dezeen is celebrating the Mexican and American holiday Cinco de Mayo today by highlighting some of the top hotels in Mexico, just in time for the summer vacation season. They include Pablo Escobar’s converted residence in Tulum and an all-white resort in Baja. Hotel Mar Adentro by Taller Aragonés First on the list is a

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Felipe Assadi’s linear H House stretches along the Chilean coast

Chilean firm Felipe Assadi Arquitectos has created a long concrete house for a sloping site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with extended portions forming covered balconies and a perpendicular swimming pool. House H occupies a site in Zapallar, and has a stepped path leading down to a nearby beach. Its stark, elongated form creates a strong contrast against

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Oppenheim Architecture completes concrete GLF Headquarters along Miami riverwalk

Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture and Design has built offices in the city for an Italian construction company, with rectangular concrete volumes offset from one other and covered balconies extending from the units. Spanning 20,000 square feet (6,100 square metres), the new GLF Headquarters was designed by the local firm for a site along the Miami River. Comprising

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Rafael Viñoly plans angled residential towers for One River Point in Downtown Miami

Images of a mixed-use development for Miami by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly show a pair of perpendicular towers connected at the top by a wedge-shaped sky bridge. One River Point – the architect’s first project in Miami – comprises two towers that are positioned at a right angle to one another, with a gap in

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Competition: win a map of Chicago’s concrete architecture

Dezeen is giving away five copies of a map that pinpoints Chicago’s concrete buildings, including iconic brutalist structures and university projects, in this competition. Concrete Chicago Map is a double-sided guide that details of over 50 concrete buildings and structures in the city’s Downtown and surrounding areas. The foldout design has a map on one

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Chicago’s second-tallest skyscraper planned beside Tribune Tower

A skyscraper by architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill is set to rise next to Chicago’s historic Tribune Tower and become the second-tallest building in the city. The tower will soar to 1,422 feet (433 metres) tall – just short of the city’s Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, which was completed by Skidmore Owings

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Brutalist Breuer building owned by IKEA could become hotel in Connecticut

IKEA is considering plans to transform a concrete structure by modernist architect Marcel Breuer in New Haven into a hotel, according to reports. Local newspaper the New Haven Independent reported that the Swedish furniture company, which owns the empty Pirelli Tire Building, is in talks to convert it. The city’s economic development administrator Matthew Nemerson is

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Memorial in Alabama acknowledges violence against African Americans

A memorial and museum dedicated to the legacy of racial violence and injustice in America are set to open in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice was designed by Boston-based Mass Design Group and set up by Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) – a non-profit organisation that works to advance national reconciliation around race.

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Studio Gang designs curvaceous tower for LA’s Chinatown

American firm Studio Gang has unveiled plans for a tower in Los Angeles with a curvy exterior evocative of a rolling wave. The tower is planned for 643 North Spring Street in Chinatown, and is the first LA project for the firm. Reaching 26 storeys, the series of floor plates are shaped to give the

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Minimalist black warehouse by Moarqs occupies triangular site outside Buenos Aires

Black-painted steel panels give this warehouse by Argentinian architecture firm Moarqs a stark and monotonous appearance. The Caseros Depot is located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, on a tight urban lot that is triangular in plan. Measuring 1,542 square feet (470 square metres)
, the building is made from corrugated frames made of laminated steel,

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AE Arquitectos builds stable in Mexico from grey volcanic rock

Mexican studio AE Arquitectos has built a gabled stable from volcanic rock for a community ranch in Jalisco. The ranch is designed with grey walls and black roofs, to create a neutral palette that contrasts with the lush mountainous landscape. The buildings’ grey walls were constructed from cut and moulded volcanic rock, while the gable ends are clad with

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Perkins+Will places shuttered bedrooms atop pilotis at São Paulo house

Wooden shutters fold open along the length of this Brazilian home’s upper storey, which global architecture firm Perkins+Will raised on thin columns to create a shaded outdoor living space underneath. The Residencia Cidade Jardim in São Paulo comprises a series of perpendicular bars arranged on different levels. Ample outdoor areas are the focal point of

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Studio Guilherme Torres brings “rock ‘n’ roll” atmosphere to São Paulo house

Studio Guilherme Torres has transformed a family home in Brazil into a contemporary pad for a DJ and music producer. It took nearly two years to complete the renovation of MV House, which is located in São Paulo and measures 9,149 square feet (850 square metres). Based locally, Studio Guilherme Torres refurbished the white Spanish colonial style

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Welcome centre for Quebec heritage site rises from the landscape

A stone-filled gabion wall runs along one side of this green-roofed visitors pavilion by architect Anne Carrier, which emerges from a slope at a heritage site in Canada. The Welcome Pavilion is for Seigneurie des Aulnaies – a Quebec cultural heritage site notable for its Victorian estate with a manor house, mill and gardens. Located

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T W Ryan renovates and extends black Surf House in Montauk

New York studio T W Ryan Architecture has renovated a black house in the Long Island beach town of Montauk, using pale finishes inside to contrast the dark exterior of the gabled forms. Surf House comprises a couple of connected pitched-roof volumes on a sandy lot in Ditch Plains – a famous surf spot in

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Goettsch Partners adds folded glass tower above historic Chicago hotel

Local architecture firm Goettsch Partners has built a tower with a wave-like glass facade on top of Chicago’s 1920s Cedar Hotel. Goettsch Partners added the eighteen storey tower to the existing four-storey Cedar Hotel to create an expanded hotel named the Viceroy Chicago. The new tower, which spans 150,000 square feet (45,720 square metres), has a completely different

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Concrete balcony extends from Brazilian house by Felipe Rodrigues

Brazilian architect Felipe Rodrigues has created a split-level house, with a glazed living area between thin concrete planes that project from a hillside. Moenda House is situated on an expansive 215,278 square feet (20,000 square metres) of property in southeastern Brazil, with views of the Mantiqueira mountains. The land was subdivided from an existing farm, with over

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Grimshaw creates curved mirrored ceiling inside Toronto metro station

Grimshaw Architects has completed the latest station for the expanded Toronto subway system, with a huge curved roof that swoops down to form walls and is covered in mirrors underneath. Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station acts as the new terminus of the Toronto Transit Commission’s 1 train line, which was recently extended north. Designed by global firm

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MB Architecture covers Hamptons farmhouse in charred cypress inside and out

New York-based MB Architecture has clad a gabled concrete house and matching garage in the Hamptons in pale timber to give the simple volumes a rustic look. House in Amagansett is a two-storey residence surrounded by grassy areas and trees, in the hamlet of the same name on Long Island’s south shore. The home is

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes 520 West 28th Street condos in New York

Zaha Hadid Architects has officially completed its first project in New York City: a residential building with steel bands and rounded glass corners beside the High Line park. Named after its address in Chelsea, 520 West 28th Street is an 11-storey structure that includes 39 private residences and a number of luxury amenities. The building

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Competition: win a book celebrating the life and work of Zaha Hadid

For our latest competition, Dezeen is offering the chance to win a book dedicated to Zaha Hadid, whose untimely death in 2016 shook the architecture community and whose list of projects continues to grow under her eponymous firm. Zaha Hadid Architects: Redefining Architecture & Design delves into the designs of Hadid, “whose creative genius captured the collective

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William Kaven designs sturdy house on Lake Michigan for bracing weather

American architecture firm William Kaven has designed a concrete, blackened timber and glass residence on the shore of Lake Michigan to withstand the area’s extreme winter weather. Camp Minoh is located near the town of Charlevoix, in northern Michigan, on a sandy waterfront site that experiences frequent storms and gales during the colder part of

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Alejandro Soffia slots two homes inside one long black building in Chile

Architect Alejandro Soffia took cues from American “shotgun houses” for the linear design of this black residence near Santiago, which contains two separate homes to cater for a large family. Shotgun House is set in Los Maitenes, a small town south of the Chilean capital. The residence comprises a two-storey gabled frame clad in blacked timber, with

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Espacio 18 squeezes grey townhouse onto tight plot in Mexico

Mexican architecture firm Espacio 18 has made the most of a narrow site in Puebla, by incorporating a bright internal courtyard and a rooftop patio into a dark-rendered residence. Casa Once spans 2,680 square feet (249 square metres) across three floors, with a main living area on its ground floor and three bedrooms upstairs. The house

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White cedar covers gabled lake house in Canada by YH2

Canadian firm YH2 has completed a contemporary cabin beside a lake in Quebec, with pale cedar cladding running up the exterior walls and over its gabled roof. The home is aptly titled Window on the Lake after a glazed wall that fills the gabled end of a double-height living room. This great room looks out

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MB Architecture constructs university building from shipping containers in one day

American firm MB Architecture has used shipping containers to quickly and cheaply build a media lab for Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. Bard College Media Lab comprises four containers that are stacked two wide and two high, forming a larger rectangular structure. It took just half a day for MB Architecture, led by Maziar Behrooz,

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Board-marked concrete house by Paz Arquitectura sits against a hill in Guatemala

Orthogonal concrete planes filled in with glass form this three-storey residence in a hilly area outside Guatemala’s capital, by local firm Paz Arquitectura. Aylvalaan House is based on stacked rectangular volumes embedded into a slope near Guatemala City, with the majority of its front facade covered in floor-to-ceiling windows. The main floor of the home is situated

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Studio Saxe creates contemporary villa in Costa Rican rainforest

San Jose-based architecture firm Studio Saxe has built a house in Costa Rica with an indoor-outdoor great room and cantilevered porches upstairs that overlook dense tropical foliage. Located in the town of Santa Teresa, Joya Villa measures 10,300 square feet (960 square metres) across two storeys, with a white lower level and timber details above. Black

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Pale cedar beach house by Raad Studio perches atop a sand dune

New York firm Raad Studio has situated this beach house clad in light-coloured timber high above the sea level in New Jersey. Simply known as Beach House, the building comprises two rectangular units stacked atop each other. This elevated set of volumes appears to sit on top of a sandy ridge. The house is located

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Pavlina Williams transforms mid-century dome house with angular windows

A dome-shaped house in Palm Springs has undergone renovation work undertaken by its owner, Los Angeles-based architect Pavlina Williams, who added new windows and created open-plan interiors. Williams renovated her home from the inside-out, acting as the general contractor while gutting the interiors, and ripping down walls to create a light-filled space inside. She designed

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Corn factory in Mexico by Atelier Ars includes memorial garden for facility’s founder

A memorial to the founder of a corn-processing facility in Jalisco sits at the heart of this complex designed by Mexican architecture firm Atelier Ars. The Novasem factory complex in the western Mexican state includes several buildings that the architecture studio designed to have very different appearances. The facility controls everything from harvesting to sorting,

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Cantilevered roof extends from Palm Springs guardhouse by Studio AR+D

Los Angeles firm Studio AR+D has built a weathering steel-clad guardhouse for a new neighbourhood in Palm Springs, with cantilevers that form a roof over a parking spot and large boulder. Desert Palisades Guardhouse forms a security checkpoint for a residential area under construction in the Californian desert city. The expansive views of Chino Canyon

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Metro adds science building to Niemeyer-designed tech campus in Brazil

A university campus designed by Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil’s São José dos Campos has gained a huge new science building, which is intended to echo a nearby education wing built by the modernist architect. The project – a collaborative effort between São Paulo-based firms Metro Architects, MMBB and Piratininga Arquitetos – marks the first stage of a

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William F Cody designed Abernathy House for poolside parties in Palm Springs

Our series profiling the mid-century marvels of Palm Springs during the city’s Modernism Week concludes with the Abernathy House by American architect William F Cody, which was designed to maximise outdoor living. Cody designed the house in 1962 for James Logan Abernathy, a wealthy socialite in Palm Springs and the son of a pioneering furniture

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Canopies and porticos shade outdoor spaces at Albert Frey’s Palm Springs City Hall

Our series covering modernist architecture in Palm Springs continues with the city’s municipal building, designed by Swiss architect Albert Frey to include large canopies over its entrances – one with palm trees growing through its centre. Frey – who was prolific in the city – completed the Palm Springs City Hall in 1952, in the modernist

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Snøhetta revamps The French Laundry restaurant with fritted glass extension

Design studio Snøhetta has expanded a Michelin-star restaurant in California’s Napa Valley with a glazed annex, and renovated its kitchen and grassy courtyard. Snøhetta redesigned The French Laundry in collaboration with San Francisco firm Envelope A+D, and chef Thomas Keller – who has earned three stars for the eatery from the Michelin Guide to the world’s

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John Lautner’s concrete domed Elrod House overlooks Coachella Valley

We’re continuing our series on modernist buildings in Palm Springs with American architect John Lautner’s Arthur Elrod House, which has a dome-shaped concrete roof and a half-moon swimming pool that featured in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. The residence sits on an elevated site in Palm Springs’ Araby Cove neighbourhood, facing north to

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Modernist Bank of America in Palm Springs is modelled on a Le Corbusier chapel

This vibrant bank by architect Rudy Baumfield, based on Le Corbusier’s famed Ronchamp chapel, is next in our series profiling Palm Springs’ many impressive mid-century buildings during the city’s Modernism Week. Constructed in 1959, the Bank of America building takes cues from a design built five years earlier by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, as noted on

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Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House epitomises desert modernism in Palm Springs

The second in our series highlighting the best buildings in Palm Springs during the city’s Modernism Week is Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, one of the most revered examples of residential architecture in the style. Built in 1946, the boxy two-storey residence has many defining elements of modern architecture – a flat roof, pale exterior and

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Nick Deaver enlarges 1930s cottage in Austin with glass and metal additions

Nick Deaver Architects has added a corrugated metal extension to the rear of a bungalow in Texas, along with a new dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows. The project, titled LeanToo, entailed the addition of a structure that resembles a rusty shipping container alongside a traditional white gabled house in Austin, which was built in 1936.

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Angular white roof covers MJMA’s glazed aquatic centre in Vancouver

Canadian firm MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects has completed a swimming centre for the University of British Columbia, which is surrounded by fritted glass and topped with a dramatic white roof. The multi-use Aquatic Centre was designed for both elite-level swimming and daily community use in Vancouver. Amenities for Olympic training, community access, students at University

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