Smiljan Radić works on fire station and playground for Chilean civic hub

Architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Danilo Lazcano teamed up on this community hub in San Pedro de La Paz, Chile, featuring a bright red fire station, raised black walkway and a playground. Radić, Castillo and Lazcano won a contest to design the 15,050-square-metre masterplan for the Boca Sur neighbourhood. The competition titled I Love my Suburb called for a

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Porthole openings connect community centre and kindergarten in Cambridge

Porthole windows with brightly coloured frames, a soaring spiral staircase and waterfall gutters are among the playful touches MUMA Architects has included in this community centre in Cambridge, England. The London-based practice arranged the community centre and nursery school around a landscaped courtyard, which provides a secure playground for the children without the need for fences. With

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NORD Architects creates angular timber-clad sports centre in Copenhagen

Danish studio NORD Architects has completed a multipurpose sports facility in Copenhagen’s developing Ørestad City area. Featuring a cluster of timber volumes that fan out from a central point to define different functional zones, the building is located alongside Bjarke Ingels’ iconic Mountain Dwellings complex. In comparison to its neighbour, the sports facility designed by NORD

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Winning design revealed for new library at London’s brutalist Thamesmead estate

Architecture studio Bisset Adams has won a competition to design a lakeside library and community centre in southeast London, as part of a major overhaul of the brutalist Thamesmead estate. Bisset Adams will build the Southmere Village Library to the south bank of Southmere Lake, right beside the the sprawling concrete housing estate that was made infamous by the film adaptation

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Office Sian completes brick and limestone community building for Phoenix Garden

An arched opening in the brick wall of this building in central London leads to a community centre lined internally with glazing that looks out onto garden hidden from the street. East-London firm Office Sian Architecture + Design designed the building for the Phoenix Garden Trust, which operates a community garden tucked away in the

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Colourful strips surround Toronto’s Albion Library by Perkins+Will

Multi-coloured bars form the facades of this district library in a Toronto suburb by architecture firm Perkins+Will, which features community areas for new Canadians. The Albion Library is located in the Rexdale neighbourhood to the north-west of the city, where the population is predominantly immigrants, minorities, and low-income residents. “The Albion District Library is one

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Andrew Burges Architects transforms Sydney warehouse into “mini city” for kids

This Sydney childcare and community centre by Andrew Burges Architects is filled with tiny house-shaped rooms and has a sandpit on its roof. Conceived as a city at child’s scale, the East Sydney Learning Centre is housed in a four-storey former warehouse building from the 1920s that is nestled within a tight network of lanes and streets. The architects were asked to

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Haverstock extends school on London’s modernist Alexandra Road Estate

British architecture studio Haverstock has added new facilities to a school on the historic Alexandra Road Estate in London’s Camden, built by architect Neave Brown in the 1970s. The Camden-based studio added new therapy rooms and short-stay accommodation for up to 50 young people with autism and learning difficulties to the Jack Taylor School, which first opened in 1978 at

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Irregular cutouts mark recessed entrances to Aires Mateus’ community centre in Portugal

Deep triangular and flat-topped arches are punched through the white walls of this community centre, which architects Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus designed for the Portuguese town of Grândola. The brothers, who run Lisbon-based studio Aires Mateus, were asked to design the 670-square-metre Meeting Centre building for the community in the Alentejo region, located around an hour’s drive from Lisbon. A

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Removable walls offer endless configurations for community space by Aki Hamada

This community space in Kanagawa, Japan, has removable exterior walls and reconfigurable interior partitions, meaning it can easily be adapted to suit different activities. Designed by Japanese architect Aki Hamada, the Substrate Factory Ayase is a two-storey extension to a circuit-board factory, located near the Atsugi naval air base. It provides an exhibition and events space for the local community.

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Brickwork facade modelled on “abstract menorah” fronts Jewish community centre by Natoma Architects

Stanley Saitowitz’s firm Natoma Architects has created a Hillel House for Philadelphia’s Drexel University, with a red brick facade designed to reference the branched lampstands used in Jewish homes and temples, as well as the striated garments worn during prayer. The Center for Jewish Life – also referred to as a Hillel House – is located

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FOG Studio’s Cooley Landing centre provides facilities for Bay Area wetland reserve

A+Awards: California firm FOG Studio worked with the residents of East Palo Alto to design this bayside community centre and exhibition space, another winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Cooley Landing Education Center is located on a peninsula at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It sits on a former landfill site, which was

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Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for West Palm Beach

Madrid studio Ecosistema Urbano has won first place in a competition to revamp the waterfront of Florida’s West Palm Beach, with a proposal for domed spaces that house an array of functions, from an aquarium to a yoga and meditation zone. Called Open Shore, the scheme is the winner of the Shore to Core competition

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Glass facade invites participation at New Jersey community centre by Ikon.5 Architects

To revitalise a residential district in Newark, New Jersey, local firm Ikon.5 Architects has created a neighbourhood facility featuring basketball courts and classrooms for professional development. Once a thriving industrial centre, the city has faced economic decline and worsening living conditions since factories there closed down in the 1950s. Though several attempts had been made

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Kengo Kuma’s major expansion of Portland Japanese Garden opens

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a new complex for an urban garden in Portland, Oregon, that features a central courtyard and buildings topped with pagoda-style, green roofs. The project is the first public commission in America for Kuma, who founded in Tokyo-based practice in 1990. He won the commission through an international competition. The

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Iredale Pedersen Hook creates Walumba Elders Centre for flood-hit Australian aboriginal community

A+Awards: a 2016 Architizer A+Award was bestowed upon this retirement home in Western Australia, designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects for an aboriginal community affected by devastating floods. The Walumba Elders Centre was built in Warrmarn (Warmun) following flooding in 2011 that destroyed the town’s previous facility, and damaged much of its housing and other

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Medieval church hall renovation features light-filled extension and glazed walkway

Acanthus Clews Architects has renovated and extended a 15th-century building in the Cotswolds, England, to create a multifunctional space for the local community. Located beside the Church of St John the Baptist in the town of Burford, Warwick Hall was originally a medieval house, although was later converted into a school building and then a parish hall, but had

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Hiroshi Sambuichi creates sculptural roofs over Naoshima community centre

Huge sculptural roofs made from cypress wood provide shelter for this community centre and hall, completed by architect Hiroshi Sambuichi on a small Japanese island. Hiroshima-based Sambuichi made use of several traditional Japanese building techniques for the pair of buildings, which provide community facilities for a town on the island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea. The

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Cultural and religious complex in Iran features roof shaped like interlocking fingers

A+Awards: this community centre and mosque in Tehran by Kalout Architecture Studio, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award, is designed to look like linking hands. The Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex is located in the cultural district of the Iranian capital, which has seen a recent boom in contemporary architecture thanks to the lifting

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Architecture students build latticed-wood community centre in German refugee camp

Architecture students from Germany’s University of Kaiserslautern have built this wooden community centre for a refugee camp in Mannheim, which is fronted by a latticed screen. The pavilion, designed by students Sandra Gressung, Sascha Ritschel and Tobias Vogel, provides a sheltered communal area for refugees arriving in the camp located on the former US Army’s Spinelli Barracks in Mannheim. Eighteen students from

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South Melbourne Primary School will feature no formal classrooms says architect Ann Lau

In our final movie from the World Architecture Festival 2016, architect Ann Lau explains how Australian firm Hayball plans to create collaborative learning spaces in the Melbourne school that was named Future Project of the Year last month. South Melbourne Primary School, due to be completed in early 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, is billed by

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Board-marked concrete and pleated wood surfaces line cultural centre in 17th-century chapel

Architects Héctor Fernández Elorza and Manuel Fernández Ramírez have transformed a dilapidated chapel in Spain into a cultural centre by inserting a shell made of board-marked concrete. The Spanish architects were tasked with converting the rundown Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre into a flexible community space for Jarandilla, a village in the province of Cáceres Jarandilla de la Vera. The 100-metre-square

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Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt completes angular youth centre in Hampshire

Recessed windows set into the facades of this youth centre in the English town of Tadley feature faceted timber-lined frames that contrast the building’s dark fibre-cement cladding. Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, an architecture practice based in nearby Basingstoke, designed The Point to provide the local community with facilities including multipurpose halls, a music room and recording

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Arched walkway wraps Muslim centre near Beijing by He Jingtang

A colonnade of petal-shaped arches creates an illuminated walkway around the perimeter of this Muslim cultural centre designed by Chinese architect He Jingtang. The Dachang Muslim Cultural Center was commissioned by the local government for the Muslim community of Dachang County, which is located to the east of Beijing in China’s Hebei Province. Designed by architect He Jingtang, the 35,000-square-metre building is

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Retractable garage-style doors open Amsterdam entrepreneur hub to the elements

Dutch studio BETA has transformed an old school in Amsterdam into a hub for entrepreneurs featuring full-height windows that can be retracted to open the entire facade. The Ru Paré School is located in the city’s Slotervaart neighbourhood. As part of a process aimed at revitalising the area’s urban design and community feel, local enterprise foundation Stichting

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Bernardo Bader Architekten models larch-clad community centre on Austrian farmhouses

This timber-clad community centre by Bernardo Bader Architects is set at the heart of a village in rural Austria, and designed to reference the surrounding gabled farmhouses. The Dornbirn-based architects designed the community centre for the village of Steinberg am Rofan, which is nestled among the mountains in the state of Tyrol. Echoing the neighbouring timber-clad properties around the village square, the community hall takes on a traditional gabled

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s nature centre in Pittsburgh “blends with the surrounding woods”

The thin columns and wood cladding that front this educational facility in a Pittsburgh park are designed to help the building fit in with its woodland setting (+ slideshow). Designed by American firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the Frick Environmental Center is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serves as a gateway to Frick Park – a More

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MVRDV and Adept team up on community centre that invites grownups to play

Mazes, slides, nets, fireman’s poles and climbing walls all feature inside this Copenhagen community centre, designed by architecture studios MVRDV and Adept to encourage adults to be more active (+ slideshow). Opening today, the Ku.Be House of Culture and Movement offers a wide assortment of physical activities, including sport, mediation, dance and parkour – a practice that encompasses running, climbing and jumping. More

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Lloyd Architects builds community-oriented farmhouse in Utah

US firm Lloyd Architects has completed a new barn in Utah for a family that has been farming the same land since the 1800s (+ slideshow). The building is located on a three-acre (1.21-hectare) estate in the community of Pleasant Grove. It was passed down within the same family from the time it was first More

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Glenn Murcutt unveils first images of Australian Islamic Centre in Melbourne

Pritzker Prize-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt has revealed new images of his first mosque in Melbourne, showing a roof covered in rows of dramatic lantern-like skylights (+ slideshow). Murcutt has worked on the design for the Australian Islamic Centre for over 10 years, collaborating with architect Hakan Elevli of Melbourne practice Elevli Plus. When the building completes in late 2016, it will provide More

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Yasutaka Yoshimura wraps warehouse in tent fabric to create Fukumasu Base kindergarten

Architect Yasutaka Yoshimura has transformed a disused warehouse in Japan into a kindergarten by enveloping the existing structure in a tent-like translucent membrane (+ slideshow). Yoshimura’s Tokyo studio was tasked with converting the building in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, into a kindergarten and community centre that will welcome children and their families. They call the building Fukumasu More

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Bilding is a faceted wooden community centre built by students in an Austrian park

Architecture students from the University of Innsbruck have designed and built an angular timber and glass structure to provide a place for youngsters in the Austrian city to develop creative skills (+ slideshow). The Bilding pavilion is located in Innsbruck’s Rapoldi Park, on a plot provided by the city council. Devised by a voluntary group connected to local More

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Recessed windows frame pools and courts in Salburúa Civic Center by ACXT

Large windows provide glimpses of a pair of swimming pools and a maroon sports court within this corrugated metal community centre by ACXT, located in Spain’s Basque Country (+ slideshow). The Salburúa Civic Center hosts a combination of sporting, cultural and administrative services in the new Salburúa neighbourhood of Vitoria-Gasteiz – the capital city of the region. The different functions of the More

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Valentín Sanz converts former warehouse into community centre with a foldaway kitchen

A kitchen concealed behind a pivoting wooden wall is one of several interventions made to transform an old agricultural warehouse in Almenar de Soria, Spain, into a community events space (+ slideshow). Local architect Valentín Sanz’s studio Liquenlav was asked to convert the building, which belonged to the Spanish National Grain Storage Network (SENPA), into a space for More

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Seaside cultural centre by ARX Portugal boasts an intricate wooden framework

Architects office ARX Portugal has completed a beachside civic centre on Portugal’s Costa Nova, featuring an exhibition hall facing out to sea and a series of sloping rooftop terraces (+ slideshow). Built on the dunes that separate the coastline from the road, the Centro Sócio-Cultural da Costa Nova provides a series of community facilities, including a health More

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Klein Dytham builds latticed community hall for Toyo Ito’s post-earthquake recovery programme

Five years after the devastating Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, Klein Dytham Architecture has unveiled a community hall for recovering city Sōma, designed to look like a huge straw hat (+ slideshow). The Sōma City Home for All is one of 13 community facilities completed so far as part of the recovery programme initiated by Japanese architect Toyo More

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The Green community centre by AOC features herringbone-patterned brickwork

Architecture studio AOC gave this community centre in south London a textured, herringbone-patterned facade to reference a mock-Tudor pub across the street (+ slideshow). The 300-square-metre centre overlooks Nunhead Green in the London Borough of Southwark, and is the first building to be completed as part of AOC’s masterplan for the area. It follows the overhaul More

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Passivhaus community centre by Guillaume Ramillien Architecture is clad in grass and timber

Grass blankets the roof of this low-energy community centre by Guillaume Ramillien Architecture, which is set in the centre of a new development to the south-east of Paris (+ slideshow). The Centre Socio Culturel Christian Marin serves a community of 700 houses currently under construction around a park in the Limeil-Brévannes suburb. The Parisian architecture practice chose to More

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Vo Trong Nghia creates bamboo and thatch domes for Diamond Island Community Centre

Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has built a community centre of eight pavilions, each with intricate bamboo structures and thatched rooftops (+ slideshow). Located on a Saigon River peninsula in the east of Ho Chi Minh City, the Diamond Island Community Centre provides a series of large and small spaces that can be used by local […]

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Julien De Smedt’s angular concrete youth centre in Lille features a colourful striped wall

Brightly coloured stripes cover one face of this bulky concrete community complex in Lille, which was designed by architect Julien De Smedt to host facilities for the “three ages of mankind” (+ slideshow). Euralille Youth Center sits on a triangular site in the city’s Porte de Valenciennes district. Its three corners accommodate a 70-cradle nursery, 200-bed youth hostel and community offices, while a triangular courtyard is located […]

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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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Marchi Architectes completes a community centre in the heart of an old French village

Paris studio Marchi Architectes has extended a small museum in the French village of Biévres and added a community centre with a series of pitched roofs (+ slideshow). The project, overseen by the municipality of Biévres, is called Elderly Hall. It was completed by architects Adélaïde and Nicola Marchi, whose previous buildings include a home […]

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Sanjo Hokusei Community Centre designed by Yasunari Tsukada to look like a pair of houses

To help this community centre blend into its residential setting in Takamatsu, Japan, designer Yasunari Tsukada divided the building up into two house-shaped blocks (+ slideshow). The Sanjo Hokusei Community Centre is located in a densely built-up neighbourhood, so Osaka-based Tsukada decided to disguise the building’s size by splitting it between two smaller blocks. Both volumes have […]

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Vector Architects disguises mountainside community centre beneath sprawling grass roof

Vector Architects designed a huge grassy roof canopy and plant-covered walls for this community centre in southwest China, helping it to blend in with its mountain landscape (+ slideshow). The Beijing studio designed Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center for a sprawling plot among the mountains of the Taoyuan Park in China’s Chongqing municipality. Comprising three separate volumes that each house a different function, the […]

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Thatched “umbrella-like” roof tops bamboo community centre by Vo Trong Nghia

A thatched roof shaped like a giant parasol shelters this bamboo community centre by Vo Trong Nghia, which is built over a pond in a south Vietnam village (+ slideshow). Located in Sen, a village 10 miles outside Ho Chi Minh City, the Sen Village Community Centre is elevated on a circular podium above the pond of a 48-hectare park. Vietnamese firm Vo […]

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FaulknerBrowns Architects adds weathering steel facade to new Hebburn Central community centre

The oxidised-steel walls and prefabricated construction of this community library and sports centre near Newcastle, England, are influenced by the region’s ship-building heritage (+ slideshow). Hebburn Central was designed by local firm FaulknerBrowns Architects to provide the town of Hebburn in South Tyneside with facilities including a library, dance studios, events spaces, a swimming pool, a fitness […]

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Shingled community centres by Sophus Søbye Arkitekter face into Copenhagen parkland

Canadian cedar shingles and slats cover the gables of this community centre and scout hut, which sit behind a concrete wall on the edge of Copenhagen’s Søndermarken park (+ slideshow). Danish firm Sophus Søbye Arkitekter designed Flerbrugerhus DDS Søndermarken in Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg area to provide a parkside meeting spot for residents, joggers and the local scout group. A pair of concrete buildings […]

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Green canopy by Garis Architects spans the grounds of community centre in Malaysia

Trailing plants cascade over the edge of this elevated walkway, which was designed by Garis Architects to shelter a community events space in western Malaysia (+ slideshow). Named The Arc after its bridge-like form, the project was designed by local studio Garis Architects in a park in Selangor, a state on Malaysia’s western coast. A covered corridor beneath the canopy links a […]

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GAAGA uses prefabricated wooden walls to build “three-legged” tea house in a Dutch park

Dutch architecture studio GAAGA has completed a three-winged wooden tea house in Leiden, the Netherlands, featuring large windows on all sides to allow panoramic views of the surrounding park (+ slideshow). Local residents initiated the Teahouse Leiden Noord project, aiming to create a community gathering place that could become the “green heart” of the neighbourhood. Related story: […]

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H&P Architects sources recycled materials to build Re-ainbow community shelter in Vietnam

Vietnamese studio H&P Architects has used leftover construction materials to build a multicoloured community building in the grounds of a stadium in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province (+ slideshow). Named Re-ainbow, a combination of the words re-use and rainbow, the structure comprises a small rectangular building and a multicoloured canopy that shelters both it and the space in […]

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Rusty metal panels clad Kirk’s Fitzgibbon Community Centre in Brisbane

Panels of rusty metal provide cladding and a colonnade for this Brisbane community centre by local architecture firm Kirk, referencing the corroded car wrecks once dumped on its site (+ slideshow). Kirk designed the building as a cultural centre for the growing Brisbane suburb of Fitzgibbon. It houses health services, shops and a community hall, on a site formerly used as […]

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Cam Thanh Community House in Vietnam features thatched roofing and secluded courtyards

This Vietnam community centre by architecture studio 1+2>3 features bamboo roofs thatched with coconut leaves, which pitch inwards to direct rainwater towards a series of planted courtyards (+ slideshow). The Hanoi-based practice built the community centre in Cam Thanh, an area to the south-east of Hoi An – an old trading port on the South China Sea. Hoi An has a UNESCO-protected city centre and a picturesque […]

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Community centre by Kengo Kuma features playrooms with undulating floorboards

Children’s play areas located beneath the zigzag roof of this community centre by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma have been landscaped to form a hilly indoor terrain that can be clambered over or used as slides (+ slideshow). The Towada City Plaza community centre by Kengo Kuma & Associates is situated in Towada, a city in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. The timber-framed […]

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Henning Larsen reveals designs for new mosque in Copenhagen

Danish studio Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled plans for a new mosque and Islamic community centre in Denmark’s capital city. The Islamic Community Centre and Mosque by Henning Larsen Architects will be built in Dortheavej, an area in northern Copenhagen. The 2,890-square-metre building, which will feature a series of interlocking domes, was commissioned by The Islamic Society of Denmark. […]

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Glazed pavilions form a community centre in the grounds of an old Flemish church

These two glass and steel pavilions erected by architecture collective De Kort Van Schaik Van Noten in the gardens of a disused presbytery form a community hall and youth club for a Belgian village (+ slideshow). The Moorsel Community Centre was conceived by De Kort Van Schaik Van Noten – a collaborative made up of Rotterdam-based De Kort […]
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Bamboo-framed canopy shades Kolkata community centre by Schilder Scholte

A corrugated steel roof supported by bamboo columns provides shelter for three buildings, a bicycle workshop and a playground at this community centre in India (+ slideshow). Rotterdam-based Schilder Scholte Architecten was commissioned by non-profit organisation Pani to build the Pani Community Centre in Rajarhat, a new town to the north-east of Bengal city Kolkata – formerly Calcutta. Related story: […]
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CUT Architectures adds golden walls to 1960s community centre

French studio CUT Architectures has revamped a 1960s community centre in a Paris suburb, adding perforated golden cladding that references the original yellow-painted facades (+ slideshow). Located in Montreuil, to the east of the city centre, the CLEC Community Centre had remained popular with local residents but became severely dilapidated over time. Related story: Bruther slots curving […]
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Bruther slots curving community centre into crowded Paris neighbourhood

Designed to offer a “landmark” in an otherwise mundane part of Paris, this sport and culture centre by Bruther features a multi-layered facade that varies in transparency to suit the various activities it contains (+ slideshow). The centre was developed by local studio Bruther to provide a wide range of public services for the community of the heavily […]
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Netzwerkarchitekten completes community centre with a zigzagging golden roof

The consecutive pitched roofs of this church community centre in Germany were designed by Netzwerkarchitekten to make the building resemble a row of terraced houses. German studio Netzwerkarchitekten won a competition to design the St Gallus Community Centre for a church in the town of Urberach, just outside Frankfurt. The 420-square-metre community hall features a row […]

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The Chapel by a21studio is like “a big colourful lantern”

World Architecture Festival 2014: in this exclusive video interview Vietnamese architect Toan Nghiem discusses the use of bright colours in The Chapel, the community centre that was crowned World Building of the Year 2014 earlier this month (+ movie). The Chapel is a multi-purpose community space in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by local architecture […]

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Elsa Urquijo’s campus for a Spanish charity is made up of “serene” white buildings

This complex of interlocking white buildings was designed by Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos to house the different activities of Spanish social charity Padre Rubinos (+ slideshow). Spanish studio Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos designed Padre Rubinos Complex in A Coruña, a city on the north-west coast of Spain. The charity, Padre Rubinos, was founded in the city almost a […]

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The Chapel community space in Vietnam by a21studio wins World Building of the Year 2014

World Architecture Festival: a community space in Ho Chi Minh City designed by local firm a21studio and built using recycled materials and colourful fabric has been named World Building of the Year 2014 at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore (+ slideshow). Working to the model of a traditional Vietnamese neighbourhood building, a21studio created this multi-purpose […]

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