Nomad pavilion designed to double as shelter and water-collecting tower for Jordanian desert

A concept for a pointed pavilion made from Corten steel pipes and woven goat hair could provide oasis-like respite in the deserts of Jordan. Architects Dina Haddadin and Rasem Kamal have designed a hybrid shelter and water tower that could provide drinking water, as well as shade in the summer and warmth in the winter. The concept

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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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Prefabricated cabin can be transported to remote locations by lorry

This £39,000 prefabricated cabin by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod is designed to be easily transported on the back of a lorry. School friends Niven and MacLeod designed the small hut, known as the Artist Bothy after the Scottish name for a shelter, for artists wanting to set up studio in isolated locations.  The compact

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Weathering steel panels create rusty walls for family home in Oslo’s old town

Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects has used a palette of Corten steel, concrete and plywood to create this low-maintenance family home in Oslo, Norway. The local architecture firm designed Rust House for a plot in Oslo’s Gamlebyen area, the old town in the eastern part of the inner city that dates back to medieval times. After a period of decline in

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Barkow Leibinger clads Rust Belt factory in oxidised steel

German architecture firm Barkow Leibinger has wrapped an angular showroom and office building on the outskirts of Chicago in weathering steel. The building is for Trumpf, a German manufacturer of high-tech machinery, laser technology and other electronic tools. Named Smart Factory, the structure combines office spaces with production facilities and a showroom in two rectangular

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Faulkner Architects wraps Northern California home in weathering steel

For a site just outside of San Francisco, American studio Faulkner Architects has created a family residence clad in Corten steel panels and shaded by large oak trees. The residence, called Miner Road, is located in the town of Orinda, on a gently sloping site at the base of the Oakland Hills. The property encompasses

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Gianni Botsford Architects’ Corten steel extension hosts private art collection in central London

Rust-toned frames cover the facade of this extension to a central London home, which Gianni Botsford Architects designed to house its owner’s private collection of photographs, prints and lithographs. The client’s need for storage evolved into the design of a gallery added to the rear wall of the Grade II-listed five-storey home, which forms a connection with the outside. “The aim

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Cheng + Franco cantilevers trio of Corten-clad volumes from rural Peruvian house

This countryside house in Peru by Lima-based studio Cheng + Franco Arquitectos features three volumes clad in perforated Corten steel that cantilever above a grassy bridleway. Cheng + Franco Arquitectos designed Casa N in the South American country’s northern coastal region of Piura. The home is located on a 24-acre-site occupied by a farm for breeding and training horses, and provides the

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Jean Nouvel designs plant-covered hotel for historic district of São Paulo

Ateliers Jean Nouvel has released new renderings for its plant-covered luxury hotel adjoining a former maternity hospital in São Paulo, which will feature interiors by Philippe Starck. Nouvel’s Paris-based firm teamed up with developer Alexandre Allard of Groupe Allard to create Cidade Matarazzo – a 550,000 square-metre complex of historic buildings being regenerated in the city’s centre, including the former Filomena

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Stern McCafferty Architects converts entrance of old Massachusetts house into a gallery

Boston-based Stern McCafferty Architects has overhauled a country home in Massachusetts, transforming the layout to showcase a collection of art work and expand the living areas into a bright annex. The residence was first built in 1905 as a mock-English riding house in Cambridge, Massachusetts – the seat of Harvard University. Owned by the president

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Messana O’Rorke Architects extends New York homestead with weathering-steel annex

During the renovation of an 18th-century home in Upstate New York, Manhattan-based Messana O’Rorke Architects has revitalised its original appearance and added modern conveniences in an extension clad in Corten steel. Situated on an apple orchard in Columbia County, the renovated Ten Broeck Cottage – which dates back to 1734 – still bears signs of

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Box-framed louvres shade windows of concrete house in Tel Aviv

This concrete house in Tel Aviv by Bar Orian Architects features vertical louvres that can be either rotated to filter light or slid open to reveal the windows behind. Designed for a couple and their three children, the residence is located in a neighbourhood in the north the city called Affeka. Tel-Aviv based Bar Orian Architects chose the simple form of

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Weathering steel clads “pop temple” in Leiden by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

A+Awards: this concert venue in the Dutch city of Leiden is clad with panels of weathering steel and was awarded a 2016 Architizer A+Award. Rotterdam firm Ector Hoogstad Architecten inserted the Gebr. De Nobel among buildings the city’s 19th-century ring. Described by the architects as a “pop temple”, the venue includes a main hall that

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CCY Architects uses weathering steel and locally quarried stones for Colorado ranch

US firm CCY Architects has divided this low-slung Colorado home into private and public zones, encasing the former within weathering-steel boxes that define the property’s layout. Gambel Oaks Ranch is a three-bedroom residence that encompasses 5,687 square feet (528 square metres), nestled within the mountainous topography of Eagle County, Colorado. “The property is a working ranch with horses, chickens,

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen pairs frosted glass with weathering steel for Vendsyssel Theatre

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed this theatre complex in Hjørring, Denmark, as a series of Corten steel cubes, but has covered some of the rusty walls behind a layer of frosted glass. The 4,200-square-metre Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre includes a music hall, rehearsal hall, a 430-seat theatre, and a workshop and dressing rooms arranged in several rectilinear blocks.

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Rusty steel wedges surround desert garden in Chile’s Atacama Desert

A cluster of mono-pitched volumes clad in earthy pre-weathered steel shelters a mini oasis at the centre of this cultural facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Santiago-based architects Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López collaborated on the design of the centre, which was built alongside the first wind farm to be installed in northern Chile. The site is

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Quadrangle Architects transforms brick warehouse in Toronto into creative workspaces

Canadian firm Quadrangle Architects has transformed a 19th-century brick building once used to store wine into a workspace for designers, artists and tech companies. Named 60 Atlantic Avenue, the 43,000-square-foot building (3,995 square metres) is located in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood, a former industrial area now occupied by young professionals and creative-sector businesses. L-shaped in

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Alt Arkkitehdit clads woodland house in Finland with sheets of rusty Corten steel

Finnish practice Alt Arkkitehdit has covered a family home in northern Finland in weathering steel panels and greying spruce planks that help it to blend into its woodland setting. The studio created the 165-square-metre Residence in Muhos for a site outside a town of the same name, in the Finnish province Oulu. By covering the walls of the house

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Ward + Blake uses salvaged wood and weathering steel to clad rustic Wyoming house

American firm Ward + Blake Architects has completed a residence and guest house in western Wyoming, which features rustic materials and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains (+ slideshow). The Safir Residence is located in Jackson, a quaint ski town that serves as a gateway to two national parks. The home rests on a flat More

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Modus Studio cloaks Arkansas home in wood and pre-rusted steel

American firm Modus Studio has drastically revamped a ranch-style house in Arkansas by covering the front facade in cedar and Corten steel, and adding an angular extension (+ slideshow). Called 560 Vinson, the residence is located in Fayetteville, an Arkansas city that is home to the esteemed Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. The three-bedroom home is situated on Mount Sequoyah, More

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Elevated walkway and visitor centre added to 12th-century abbey ruins by Binario Architectes

Binario Architectes has used Corten steel, concrete and wood to create a series of new additions to the Villers Abbey in Belgium, including a visitor centre and an elevated pathway (+ slideshow). The Belgian studio converted a former watermill to create the Abbey Visitor Centre in the town Villers-la-ville. Said to be the largest abbey ruins in Europe, Villers Abbey covers a More

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Sparano + Mooney clads Utah residence in hundreds of scale-like steel shingles

American firm Sparano + Mooney Architecture has covered a family home in Utah with hundreds of weathering steel plates to give the exterior a textured appearance (+ slideshow). Located just outside Salt Lake City, the two-level Emigration Canyon Residence was built for a young family with children. It is sited within a wooded mountain landscape More

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Cristian Hrdalo adds protective steel screens to house beside a golf course in Chile

Perforated panels of weathering steel create sunshades for this concrete house in Chile, but also offer protection from stray balls struck by players on the adjacent golf course (+ slideshow). The house is located on one of dozens of plots lining the fairways of the Las Araucarias de Linderos Golf Club, which is situated around 30 kilometres south of More

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Carlton Architecture clads North Carolina home in dark cedar and weathering steel

US studio Carlton Architecture has completed a lakeside house in North Carolina that features expansive window walls, and ample use of wood and pre-rusted steel (+ slideshow). Located in the western portion of the state, the Piedmont Residence sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooks a lake. The holiday home was More

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ABK updates 1960s leisure centre with new Corten-steel facade

Architecture firm ABK has overhauled an ageing leisure centre in County Tipperary, Ireland, with the addition of a new weathering-steel facade (+ slideshow). Dublin-based ABK was tasked with upgrading the facilities at Nenagh Leisure Centre – a single-storey building created in the 1960s around what was previously an outdoor swimming pool. One of the aims of the project was to More

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Rugged flint walls contrast dark cedar gables of House 19 by Jestico and Whiles

Dark-stained cedar gables contrast with knapped flint walls at this English countryside house, designed by London-based Jestico and Whiles for one of the firm’s directors (+ slideshow). House 19 is located in the Chiltern Hills – a picturesque countryside district 30 miles northwest of London. Flint occurs naturally in the Chilterns’ chalk-based soil. The hard material is traditionally used in tool and weapon making, but has More

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Brian Mackay-Lyons adds pre-rusted steel cabin to his Nova Scotia estate

Canadian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons has built a cabin for an architecture intern at his Nova Scotia farmstead, featuring a rough skin of weathering steel, and a rustic but compact interior (+ slideshow). The MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects co-founder designed Enough House as the latest addition to Shobac, the former summer camp that the architect has spent the last few decades transforming into More

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Trail Restroom by Miro Rivera Architects is a public toilet with weathering steel walls

Pre-rusted steel plates are arranged in a spiral to form the walls of this public toilet created by Miro Rivera Architects in a park in Austin, Texas (+ slideshow). The Trail Restroom is the first new public toilet built in 30 years on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, a public park that follows the banks of the Colorado More

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Bird-watching pavilions by Plant Architect are made from perforated plates of weathering steel

Plant Architect has used weathering steel to create a series of wing-like structures for bird watchers in a Toronto park, which are punctured with both patterns and information about local species (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s East Point Park Bird Sanctuary, structures were completed by the Toronto-based firm as part of a local initiative to More

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Branch Studio Architects embellishes school “flyover” with concertinaed Corten screen

This weathering steel bridge by Branch Studio Architects spans a quadrangle at a secondary school in Melbourne’s western suburbs, forming an art gallery and viewpoint for students en route to class (+ slideshow). The Melbourne studio was asked to overhaul the pre-existing neglected corridor, converting it into the Flyover Gallery. The structure bridges the 21-metre gap between More

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SET Architects installs towering steel Holocaust memorial in a Bologna square

The space at the heart of this rusting steel memorial narrows to a width of just 80 centimetres, designed to make visitors empathise with the “feeling of oppression” experienced by Holocaust victims (+ slideshow). Designed by Rome-based office SET Architects, the Bologna Shoah Memorial is located on a city square in Bologna, Italy, close to the newly installed high-speed train station. More

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Puzzles Architecture adds rusty steel extension to an old Belgian barn

Puzzles Architecture designed this weathering-steel extension for a barn in Belgium, converting it into an annex for the adjacent 18th-century farmhouse (+ slideshow). The building was originally constructed in 1730 and is divided into three parts, two made from local stone and one using cob – a natural building material made from soil, water and straw. The cob portion and one More

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Stark concrete funeral home by Salas Architecture + Design tilts up towards the sun

One end of this concrete funeral building in Spain by Salas Architecture + Design angles up towards the sky, funnelling light into a waiting room for mourners (+ movie). The Tanatorio Municipal stands on the edge of a pine wood in El Burgo de Ebro, a small town in the Zaragoza region of north-east Spain. Aiming to define […]

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Tham & Videgård’s Stockholm architecture school features a curving skin of pre-rusted steel

For the first time in 45 years, architecture students at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology have their own building on campus – a round block with weathering steel walls by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter (+ slideshow). KTH School of Architecture is the first dedicated architecture facility at the university’s main campus since 1970, when they were relocated […]

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Seung H-Sang clads South Korean mountain house in pre-rusted steel

Orange-hued panels of weathering steel encase the upper storey of this house in South Korea, which is elevated above the treetops of its mountain forest setting (+ slideshow). Korean architect Seung H-Sang, director of Seoul-based studio Iroje Architects & Planners, designed the secluded house for a plot among a fir forest and botanical gardens in Gunwi, a […]

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Tom Kundig’s Studhorse is a rural retreat for both snowy winters and scorching summers

The mountain landscape of Washington’s Methow Valley is the setting for this family retreat, conceived by architect Tom Kundig as four structures arranged “like a little campground” around a big rock (+ slideshow). Kundig, one of the principals of Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects, wanted the house to embody the spirit of adventure created by its remote […]

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McLaren Excell adds a weathered-steel and concrete extension to a London house

A concrete floor merges with seating inside and outside this rusted steel and glass extension to a Victorian-style house in west London, designed by local architecture studio McLaren Excell (+ slideshow). McLaren Excell was asked to design a ground-floor extension and loft conversion for the Victorian terraced property in Shepherd’s Bush to make it better […]

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Studio Farris adds rusty steel extension to a library in Bruges

This library extension in the centre of Bruges is covered in sheets of pre-rusted Corten steel, deliberately contrasting the white plasterwork of the original building (+ slideshow). Antwerp office Studio Farris Architects won a competition organised by the local council to renovate and expand the Sint-Andries City library, which occupies a listed building in the centre of the Belgian […]

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Brazil’s Expo pavilion contains a bouncy landscape of suspended rope

Milan Expo 2015: climbing frame meets bouncy castle inside Brazil’s Expo pavilion, where Studio Arthur Casas has suspended a huge rope canopy over a garden (+ slideshow). Visitors are invited to clamber up over the expansive temporary landscape, which gently flexes under the weight of footsteps. As they ascend, they are able to look down through the gaps onto an assortment of South […]

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Superkül extends Canadian farmhouse with rusty Corten-clad block

Pre-rusted steel clads this L-shaped extension to a farmhouse in rural Canada, giving the block a burnt orange colouring that complements the red brickwork of its neighbour (+ slideshow). Toronto-based architecture studio Superkül renovated and extended the century-old farmhouse, which sits on a seven-hectare plot in Dundas on the Ontario end of the Niagara Escarpment – the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that stretches 450 […]

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Imbue Design completes a rusty steel dwelling in the Utah desert

This house in the Utah desert is covered in sheets of rusty Corten steel to match the colour of the earth, while its four glazed gables are designed to take in views of the mountainous landscape (+ slideshow). Salt Lake City studio Imbue Design designed the house, called High Desert Dwelling, for a plot on the outskirts of […]

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Featherstone Young converts board-game factory into apartments and artists’ studios

A black box looms over the rusty steel facade of this former board-game factory in north London that architecture studio Featherstone Young has converted into a complex of artists’ studios and apartments (+ slideshow). The old 450-square-metre factory building sits on a narrow mews in Stoke Newington – a stone’s throw away from Dezeen’s offices – and is the former home […]
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Grillagh Water House by Patrick Bradley is made up of four stacked shipping containers

A balcony shaded by steel fins projects from the upper storey of this house in Northern Ireland, which architect and farmer Patrick Bradley built using four old shipping containers (+ slideshow). Patrick Bradley developed Grillagh Water House for a picturesque site on his own farm near the town of Maghera, taking advantage of local legislation that allows […]
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The Corten House by DMOA architecten is surrounded by weathered steel fins

Strips of pre-rusted Corten steel run in vertical columns around this Belgian house by DMOA Architecten (+ movie). DMOA Architecten designed the three-storey home, for a couple in the Antwerp suburb of Kontich. The Corten House is named after the brand that produces the weathered steel panels that surround its walls and perimeter. The local […]

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