Balenciaga Flagship Store By Gonzalez Haase AAS

Balenciaga’s flagship boutique on the upscale Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, France, has been given a sharp, industrial redesign by Berlin-based architects Gonzalez Haase AAS.
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The Moving Walls Of Beirut’s Modulofts Apartments

Fouad Samara Architects has completed ‘Modulofts’, a wondrous residential complex in Beirut, Lebanon, featuring large steel panels that act as sliding walls in a Rubik’s Cube-esque reconfiguration of each loft’s layout.
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An Impressive Use Of Space By Toob Studios

For their latest residential project, Vietnamese architecture firm Toob Studios has impressively demonstrated that it’s not about how much space we are given in life, it’s what we do with it that counts. The ‘5 x 12 House’ is located in Trâu Quỳ, just …

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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Brooks + Scarpa drapes wavy metal screen over Seattle transit station

California architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has wrapped a Seattle transit facility in an undulated, blue aluminium screen that was influenced by a dance performance. The Angle Lake Transit Station and Plaza is located on a seven-acre (2.8-hectare) site in the city’s SeaTac neighbourhood. It serves as a stop along an elevated light rail line that

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Snøhetta’s Muttrah Fish Market features slatted canopy inspired by Arabic calligraphy

A sweeping canopy made from angled aluminium fins helps to shade terraces and the concrete-walled halls of this fish market designed by Snøhetta for the city of Muttrah in Oman. The building is located close to the Muttrah’s original fish market, which was built in 1960, and was created by Snøhetta to provide a more

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Aluminium strips curve through Mexico City building by Belzberg Architects

California firm Belzberg Architects has wrapped vertical aluminium strips around the outside of an office building in Mexico City, which continue inside to form various nooks and private areas. Measuring 43,852 square feet (4,074 square metres), the glass-covered building spans six storeys and includes a rooftop patio and underground parking. It was created for the

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Mirrored panels and stripy tiles cover walls of Spanish school by ABLM Arquitectos

Spanish studio ABLM Arquitectos used mirrored panels to create an “almost invisible” upper floor for this school in the city of Salamanca, but the lower storey covered in stripes of brightly coloured tiling. The locally based architects designed the 2,600-square-metre building for a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city in north-west Spain, which is transforming into an

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Universal Design Studio uses recycled aluminium to create sculptural entrance to Frieze London

The venue for the Frieze art fair in London this week features walls of pleated and folded aluminium that would otherwise have gone to waste. Designed by Universal Design Studio, the architecture and interiors firm founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the venue for this year’s Frieze London is intended to promote sustainability – through use of

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Mirrored ceilings reflect surroundings along walkway installed at Australian university campus

Australian firm Wilson Architects has added a meandering covered walkway to the campus of James Cook University in Townsville, which incorporates a polished aluminium soffit to reflect views of the landscape. The Verandah Walk was designed by Wilson Architects as a new circulation route that traverses the campus on the outskirts of the coastal city

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Stainless-steel extension to CTLES archive reflects its rural surroundings

This pair of enormous mirrored-steel boxes connected by a glazed bridge were designed by Antonini + Darmon and RMDM, to complement and extend an aluminium-clad archive facility outside Paris. The CTLES (Technical Centre for Books of Higher Education) is a national public administrative institution located in the Parisian suburb of Bussy-Saint-Georges, around 25 kilometres east of the city

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Aleph-Bau creates metal rooftop addition for slender Toronto townhouse

Canadian studio Aleph-Bau has overhauled an urban residence in Toronto, creating a bright white facade and adding a sculptural rooftop volume wrapped in aluminium. Called Twelve Tacoma, the home is located in the Summerhill neighbourhood in central Toronto. It is situated on a street lined with 19th-century workers’ rowhouses known for their coloured brick facades

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AL_A completes aluminium-plated tower block in central Bangkok

Swathes of aluminium tiles wrap around this sharply pointed tower by Amanda Levete’s studio AL_A, which is set in the former gardens of the British embassy in Bangkok. London-based AL_A worked with local architects Pi Design on the 37-storey tower named Central Embassy, which hosts a luxury shopping centre at podium-level and the five-star Park Hyatt hotel across its

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Metal cube by SOM houses emergency call centre for New York City

Textured facades and a grassy berm help soften the boxy appearance of this high-security emergency facility in New York, designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The Public Safety Answering Center II, or PSAC II, occupies a prominent nine-acre (3.6-hectare) site in the Bronx – one of New York’s five boroughs. The building sits

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“Feather-like” screens front church in Taiwan by MAYU Architects

Rows of perforated aluminium shades intended to represent the feathers of an eagle shield the facade of this concrete and glass church in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church was designed by local studio MAYU Architects for a site surrounded by residential buildings in the city on Taiwan’s southwest coast. The architects

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Klein Dytham’s Ginza Place features latticed facade inspired by traditional Japanese crafts

Over 5,000 aluminium panels are arranged to create the perforated facade of this commercial building by Klein Dytham Architecture, which overlooks one of Tokyo’s most iconic intersections. Ginza Place is located on a corner of the Ginza 4-chome crossing – a junction in the Japanese capital’s exclusive shopping district that has been compared to New York’s Times Square. The building

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FEA Studio installs “cloud-like” sports hall in mountainous landscape of northern Iran

The corners of this aluminium-clad sports hall near the Iranian city of Bastam lift up from the earth to lend the irregular form a “cloud-like” appearance. The hall was designed by Tehran-based FEA Studio for the Noor-e Mobin Educational and Cultural Institute – a non-profit private boys school based in Bastam. Apart from a boundary wall and gatehouses, the sports

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Slovenian holiday home by Prima features glass, larch and aluminium walls

A pair of gabled blocks nestle into a snow-covered slope in a Slovenian ski resort to form this holiday home by Ljubljana studio Prima. Architects Jernej Prijon and Vid Razinger designed the 180-square-metre holiday home for spot on the outskirts Kranjska Gora, an Alpine resort around an hour’s drive from the capital. To fit the residence to the sloping terrain,

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Mario Romano creates rippling aluminium skin for California home

The undulating metal exterior of this family home by Los Angeles designer Mario Romano takes its cue from the movement of the ocean. The Wave House is located in Venice, a beach town in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Encompassing 5,700 square feet (530 square metres), the home features fluid living spaces and carved surfaces that are

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Dramatic folded canopy shelters riverside terrace of MX_SI Architects’ auditorium in Spain

A huge canopy extends from one side of this auditorium in the Spanish province of Córdoba and folds over a riverside terrace, encouraging visitors to loiter around before and after performances. Barcelona-based MX_SI Architects designed the Municipal Auditorium to host performances and exhibitions in the town of Lucena. The architects’ aim was to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that have flexible

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Aluminium louvres cover curving walls of house and cafe in South Korea

Slanted slats of aluminium cover the irregular, curving form of this house and cafe in Gyeonggi Province designed by South Korean architecture practice AND (+ slideshow). The Seoul-based architects, whose name stands for Architecture of Novel Differentiation, named the project Louverwall after its distinctive cladding. The louvres cover a glazed wall that faces out onto the street in the city More

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Björn Förstberg’s house for his mother features pointed roofs and reflective walls

A pair of gabled buildings clad in corrugated aluminium make up this house Linköping, Sweden, designed by architect Björn Förstberg for his mother (+ slideshow). Björn Förstberg, co-founder of Malmö-based studio Förstberg Ling, was asked by his mother – a librarian and a weaver – for a small but airy home, with a studio space and a generous amount of More

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ZAS creates Toronto library with curved walls and slanted windows

Canadian firm ZAS has completed a glass and aluminium-clad public library in suburban Toronto, which has sculptural form influenced by a local rollercoaster (+ slideshow). The Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library is located in Vaughan, a suburban city just north of Toronto. Situated within a civic campus, the 3,306-square-metre building sits along a pedestrian promenade More

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Studiohuerta creates “anti-seismic” Center for Postgraduate Studies at Mexico’s Cetys University

Sat close to the San Andreas fault line, this postgraduate education centre by US firm Studiohuerta features thick walls to help minimise damage from earthquakes (+ slideshow). The Center for Postgraduate Studies at Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (Cetys) University is located in the city of Mexicali – close to the US border. The More

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Studio Dwell embeds River View House into a sloped site in Illinois

US firm Studio Dwell has created an aluminium-clad home in northern Illinois that features a cantilevering terrace and a front door located on the upper storey (+ slideshow). Encompassing 4,000 square feet (372 square metres), the River View House is located on a riverside property in Wayne, Illinois. The town features a mix of housing More

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Double-sided tape secures cladding to LA residence by Studio Pali Fekete

Los Angeles architecture firm Studio Pali Fekete has used double-sided sticky tape to affix the cladding panels to this home for an executive of adhesives company 3M (+ slideshow). For the construction of Double-Stick Residence, the studio took the opportunity to use one of the adhesive products by 3M – which makes everything from post-it More

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Kengo Kuma dresses Shanghai tower in pleated aluminium for Soho China

Strips of perforated aluminium give a pleated appearance to the facade of this Shanghai tower designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma for property developer Soho China (+ slideshow). Kengo Kuma used pieces of pieces of 18-millimetre-wide aluminium mesh to create the pleats in the facade of Hongkou Soho, which is designed to look like the draping of a More

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Peter Marino clads Hublot’s Fifth Avenue store in angled black metal panels and LEDs

American architect Peter Marino’s New York flagship store for Hublot has become the Swiss watch brand’s tallest boutique in the world (+ slideshow). The slender structure is situated on a dense site on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, where luxury retailers abound. Marino designed both the building and the interiors, setting out to create an aesthetic More

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Children’s centre with a dipping roof by Dorte Mandrup encloses a Copenhagen courtyard

One corner of this aluminium-clad children’s centre in Copenhagen by Danish architect Dorte Mandrup dips down to let sunlight pass into a courtyard behind. The Ama’r Children’s Culture House is situated in the Øresundsvej neighbourhood of Amager, Copenhagen’s most densely populated island. The L-shaped volume is fixed at either end to two existing brick blocks to form a continuous loop More

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Kengo Kuma clads “amoeba-shaped” art centre in porous aluminium panels

Kengo Kuma and Associates has built an art centre with an intricate aluminium-moulded facade at a former cotton mill in China, which has been converted into a shop and office complex (+ slideshow). Kengo Kuma’s Japan-based firm converted the entire 10,440-square-metre mill to create the new retail, office and art centre called Wuxi Vanke, which is located near Taihu Lake on the outskirts More

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Penoyre & Prasad completes new architecture school building for University of Portsmouth

Concrete piers support the aluminium-clad blocks of this new architecture school building at the University of Portsmouth, England, designed by Penoyre & Prasad around a landscaped courtyard (+ slideshow). The Eldon West building was designed by London-based Penoyre & Prasad to accommodate the four schools of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. It provide a new home for the School of More

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Orbit Pavilion by Studio KCA broadcasts sounds of NASA satellites in outerspace

New York office Studio KCA has created a conch-shaped, metal pavilion for NASA that provides visitors an opportunity to listen to the sound of satellites orbiting the earth (+ movie). Called the NASA Orbit Pavilion, the structure encompasses 1,100 square feet (102 square metres) and was commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The More

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UNStudio’s first building in Belgium features a stone facade and golden balconies

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a retail and residential complex in Brussels that combines curving architectural forms with flashes of golden-hued aluminium. Named Le Toison d’Or, the eight-storey building is UNStudio’s first completed project in Belgium, and is located between the historic Porte Louise and Port de Namur gates in the centre of Brussels. The building’s unusual facade is its More

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Aluminium louvres screen facade of Toronto home by Paul Raff Studio

This family home in Toronto by local firm Paul Raff Studio features a brise-soleil made of aluminium louvres, designed to “bounce sunlight deep into the space”. Called the Counterpoint House, the 404-square-metre dwelling is situated on a slender lot in a leafy Toronto neighbourhood. It includes two storeys and a finished basement, along with a detached garage. On […]

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S-shaped extension links two sides of Copenhagen’s Mariehøj Kulturcenter

The roof of this extension to a Copenhagen cultural centre is shaped like an elongated S, and it appears to ramp up over the roof of one of the buildings it adjoins (+ slideshow). Danish firms Sophus Søbye Arkitekter and WE Architecture collaborated on the extension of the Mariehøj Kulturcenter in Holte, a northern suburb of Copenhagen. The building’s aluminium roof scoops […]

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Golden aluminium featuring cube patterns clads walls of university building by AVDK

Aluminium sheets perforated with a geometric pattern create angled facets around the windows of this university student centre in Kortrijk (+ slideshow). Vives University College is situated to the south of the Belgian city. The new building accommodates offices and other amenities for the student support staff, which had previously been located in the main block. Instead of designing […]

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S3 House is a concrete and aluminium villa by Steimle Architekten

Anodised aluminium panels surround windows and doors set into the angular concrete facades of this house in Tübingen, Germany, by Steimle Architekten (+ slideshow). The S3 House is a property for a family of five that occupies a sloping plot within a residential development overlooking the city. Stuttgart-based Steimle Architekten designed the three-storey house to make the […]

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Auckland art gallery by Mitchell and Stout Architects features an aluminium-plated facade

Green aluminium panels cover the facade of this contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, where a ceiling shaped like a gramophone horn funnels in light from an opening in the roof (+ slideshow). The Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery by local studio Mitchell and Stout Architects is set on a sloping site in the Auckland suburb of […]

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Metal and glass facets surround World Maritime University’s new harbourside home

Australian firm Terroir and Danish office Kim Utzon Arkitekter have created a new building for the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, featuring a jagged facade of glass and aluminium (+ slideshow). The project involved the renovation and extension of a century-old harbour master’s building, creating approximately 6,000 square metres of teaching and office spaces for an institution focusing […]

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Leers Weinzapfel wraps new water-cooling plant in a copper-coloured screen

Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates has completed a new water-cooling facility at Ohio State University that is sheathed in a copper-coloured aluminium screen (+slideshow). Encompassing 30,000 square feet (2,800 square metre), the East Regional Chilled Water Plant sits on a prominent site between the historic Ohio State University (OSU) campus and the city of Columbus, Ohio. The […]

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Mt Martha Beach House by Wolveridge Architects is clad in a mixture of weather-resilient materials

Blackened timber, zinc and cement boards add variety to the facade of this beachside home near Melbourne, which is made up of several intersecting and overhanging blocks (+ slideshow). Melbourne studio Wolveridge Architects designed the residence for a young family in Mount Martha, a beach suburb on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne. The client – a developer and […]

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Aisaka Architects adds red basket-weave facade to Tokyo office block

Ribbons of red aluminium create a woven texture across the facade of this office block completed by Japanese studio Aisaka Architects in Tokyo (+ slideshow). Located on one of the main thoroughfares to Yoyogi National Stadium, the four-storey building Keiun Building sits between a railway line and a fire station, creating a row of ground-level shops with three […]
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Laddered metal fins angle from the facade of Cambridgeshire laboratory by Abell Nepp

A row of aluminium ribs curves away from the serrated glass facade of this research laboratory in England to help shelter occupants from the sun (+ slideshow). The aluminium louvres front the South Building by London firm Abell Nepp for the European Bioinformatics Institute – a research centre developing computer-based methods for interpreting biological data  – located in a rural area of […]
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