Benni Allan gives his old school a facelift for just £1,000

Architect Benni Allan has used colourfully painted panels to create an all-new facade for his former school in Alicante, Spain, on a very meagre budget. The London-based Estudio B founder sourced corrugated bitumen panels and painted them in varying shades of red and pink, to create a new exterior for the 30-year-old prefabricated building where the

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London’s brutalist Welbeck Street car park could be saved with alternative design by JAA

Architecture firm JAA has developed a proposal that would see a celebrated brutalist car park in London preserved – rather than demolished to build a new hotel. The speculative scheme is being offered as an alternative to Westminister Council’s plans to demolish Welbeck Street car park, to make way for a hotel designed by Eric Parry

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UNStudio and Werner Sobek set to build Dubai tower with “world’s tallest ceramic facade”

UNStudio has unveiled plans for a Dubai skyscraper featuring a 300-metre-high ceramic-tile facade, which will be illuminated at night to make it look like the building is breathing. Designed by the Dutch studio in collaboration with German architect Werner Sobek, Wasl Tower is due to be completed in 2020. The mixed-use tower will be clad in glazed clay tiles

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UNStudio uses colour to give identity to faceless South Korean skyscrapers

Dutch office UNStudio has devised a solution to the “impersonal homogeneity” of high-rises in many Asian cities – add colour and patterns to the exteriors. The Amsterdam-based firm has transformed two whole urban blocks in Daegu, South Korea’s fourth largest city, by adding digitally designed patterns onto the facades of more than 20 different skyscrapers. These colours help

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Danish office block by Sleth features cracked concrete facade and external stairs

Cracks in the concrete facade of this office block in Aarhus by Danish architecture practice Sleth provide glimpses of the building’s illuminated interior. Copenhagen-based Sleth created the office block’s unique concrete facade to help it integrate with its ageing post-industrial setting. The facade of the Sonnesgade 11 building is embellished with sparsely spaced cracks that aim to strengthen the connection

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Perforated green cladding wraps university science institute by Cláudio Vilarinho

Irregularly shaped perforations in the pale green facades of this new university research institute in Portugal are inspired by the tubular molecules that form solar panels. The Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability was designed by architect Cláudio Vilarinho for a site on Minho University’s Azurém Campus in northern Portugal. The new building provides facilities for

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Bernardes Arquitetura completes Rio office block fronted by perforated metal and plants

This office block in Rio de Janeiro features a triple-layered facade with a window wall, a screen of plants, and a thick lattice of perforated metal (+ slideshow). The four-storey Aníbal Building was designed by Brazilian firm Bernardes Arquitetura for a busy street in the affluent Ipanema neighbourhood in the south of the city. Both the noisy setting and the tropical More

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Vector Architects drapes steel mesh to create new entrance to M Woods museum in Beijing

Vector Architects has draped lengths of wire mesh over the entrance to a museum housed in a former warehouse in Beijing (+ slideshow). The local studio was asked to transform the entrance to the M Woods museum in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, to improve visitor experience and create a stronger visual identity for the building. The small holes in More

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Tehran office building by AWE Office features faceted windows and louvres

Faceted recesses in the stone-clad facade of this office building in the Iranian capital, Tehran, contain wooden louvres that provide shade to the large windows behind (+ slideshow). Located on a major boulevard in the city, the offices were designed by local architecture firm AWE Office for Nik Baspar, a company specialising in the production More

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Roof of Rhode Island holiday home by Bernheimer Architecture features pyramid-like skylights

A+Awards: the next project in our series on winners from this year’s A+Awards organised by US site Architizer is a holiday home for a Brooklyn-based family on Rhode Island, with a charred-timber facade (+ slideshow). Designed by Brooklyn firm Bernheimer Architecture, Quonochontaug House occupies a site near the coast of Rhode Island, New England – a popular area among More

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Snøhetta designs Beirut bank featuring chequerboard walls and rooftop gardens

Snøhetta has won a competition to design the headquarters of Banque Libano Francaise in Beirut, the firm’s first project in Lebanon. Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta was selected for the project with a design for a high-rise block with chequerboard-patterned facades. The building will also feature plant-covered terraces carved into the roof and walls. The terraces will provide staff at the More

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Denizen Works adds burnt wood cladding to Modernist house in London’s Highgate

Charred larch slats now cover the exterior of this Modernist house in north London, thanks to a “macabre” upgrade intended by architecture studio Denizen Works to reference the nearby Highgate Cemetery (+ slideshow) East London-based Denizen Works won a competition to design a new facade for the ageing Valhalla Highgate. The aim was to help it fit in with its impressive More

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Tropical Space uses perforated brickwork to build riverside pottery studio in Vietnam

Vietnamese studio Tropical Space has completed a cube-shaped sculpture workshop for artist Le Duc Ha, which hides an elaborate bamboo shelving grid behind its perforated brick walls (+ slideshow). Named Terra Cotta Studio, the seven-metre-high building gives the artist a dedicated place for creating clay sculptures and pottery, as well as display spaces where he can show off his work. The site is More

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Perforated screens cover Barcelona marina buildings by SCOB Architecture and Landscape

SCOB Architecture and Landscape has built a restaurant and an office block in Barcelona’s Port Vell Marina, and covered both buildings with perforated white screens (+ slideshow). With cruise ships placing increasing demand on the existing facilities at the marina, the Spanish studio was tasked with creating a new restaurant and bar, offices and 16,000 square metres of quayside landscaping. SCOB decided to separate the restaurant and bar More

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Recycled ice cream tubs cover walls of elevated Microlibrary by Shau

Two thousand ice-cream tubs form the walls of this small community library in Bandung, Indonesia, and some of them have been perforated to display a subtle message (+ slideshow). The Microlibrary was designed by the local office of architecture firm Shau as the first prototype for a series of small libraries it intends to build across Indonesia. Situated in a small public 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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Bark cladding and clashing colours create “joyful chaos” in school by Dominique Coulon & Associés

Hot pink and orange paintwork accentuate niches in the wooden facade of this school designed by French office Dominique Coulon & Associés for the Parisian suburb of Colombes (+ slideshow). The Groupe Scolaire Simone Veil building hosts a 12-classroom primary school and a nine-room nursery, alongside a shared canteen, library and bright orange sports hall. The building straddles the maintenance More

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Sliding and spinning walls animate facade of house by Matharoo Associates

At the touch of a button, the chunky marble walls that surround this house in India divide up into spinning and sliding panels, revealing a more lightweight glass facade behind (photos by Edmund Sumner + slideshow). Designed by architects office Matharoo Associates, the house transforms from an “impregnable shell” into a glass pavilion, allowing residents to vary the amount of More

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La Errería designs a facade that angles in and out for House F&M in Spain

The facade of this house in the Spanish town of Novelda is divided into three sections that are each angled to make the most of the available views and sunlight (+ slideshow). House F&M was designed by Luis Navarro Jover and Carlos Sánchez García of local architecture studio La Errería for a young couple looking More

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Trapezoidal glass panels create prismatic facades for SOM’s Beijing skyscraper

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has completed a 55-storey tower in Beijing with exterior glass panels that function as prisms, capturing and refracting daylight (+ slideshow). The mixed-use tower, called the Beijing Greenland Center, is located in the Dawangjing business district and sits halfway between the city’s historic core and international airport. Rectangular in plan, the More

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LP2 completes Tehran office block with louvred wooden facades

LP2 Architecture Studio has used rotating panels and recessed openings to create flexible spaces for this office block in Tehran, where contemporary architecture is experiencing a boom (+ slideshow). LP2 architect Mohsen Kazemianfard designed the seven-storey-high building for Saadat Abad, a neighbourhood in the northwest of the Iranian capital that is becoming more and more densely populated. Tasked with creating a commercial property More

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Hamonic+Masson completes student housing with a facade of golden cubes

Golden boxes fronted by balconies make up the exterior of this student housing block in Paris by Hamonic+Masson & Associés, which also features a secret garden and nesting areas for birds (+ slideshow). Located in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the western suburbs of Paris, the Golden Cube housing was designed by Hamonic+Masson to accommodate 156 student flats with parking. To maximise the More

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Movie documents MVRDV’s pioneering technique for creating glass brick facades

This movie shows the installation of MVRDV’s Crystal Houses – a Chanel store featuring a traditional facade replicated with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”. First published on Dezeen last month, Crystal Houses is located on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam, a former residential street that has become a hub for luxury fashion brands like Prada, Dior and Rolex. More

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MVRDV replaces Chanel store’s traditional facade with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”

MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building’s new use as a Chanel boutique. Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames More

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Pitsou Kedem’s Lago events complex contrasts opaque and translucent materials

Architect Pitsou Kedem has completed an events hall in Rishon LeZion, Israel, featuring translucent glass-plank facades designed to “glow like a firefly” at night (+ slideshow). The Lago complex is situated next an artificial lake on the outskirts of the city, and was designed by Tel Aviv-based Pitsou Kedem to accommodate the largest banqueting hall in Israel. The 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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Kaan Architecten completes new Supreme Court of the Netherlands

Six bronze statues mark the entrance to Kaan Architecten’s new Supreme Court of the Netherlands, which features a facade of green glass louvres and an interior dominated by marble (+ slideshow). Set to open in The Hague later this month, the building houses one of the most important courts in the country, established in 1838 to More

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SOM builds new Geneva headquarters for Japan Tobacco International

Architecture firm SOM has completed a major new headquarters for Japan Tobacco International in Geneva, Switzerland, featuring an innovative facade of glass triangles and a huge central courtyard (+ slideshow). The new JTI Headquarters provides an open-plan workplace for 1,200 employees of the company, which has been based in Switzerland for nearly 50 years, and which More

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“Schizophrenic” house in rural Spain provides separate winter and summer lodgings

Metal and plastic shutters cover the walls of this residence in Spain’s Catalonia region, which is split in two parts to provide seasonal quarters for a family (+ slideshow). Brooklyn studio Fake Industries Architectural Agonism and local architecture firm Aixopluc worked together on the 330-square-metre residence, which sits in a hazel-tree field on the outskirts of Alforja – a rural town More

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Kengo Kuma reveals plans for curving timber-wrapped tower in Sydney’s Darling Harbour

Kengo Kuma has revealed plans for his first building in Australia, a cylindrical civic centre by Sydney’s Darling Harbour that will feature the Japanese architect’s characteristic timber cladding (+ movie). Ribbons of light-coloured wood will wrap the curving building known as The Darling Exchange in an “organic and spontaneous manner” according to Kuma. Its six curving floorplates will be shifted off centre, More

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DROO Projects creates golden facades for a pair of Melbourne apartment blocks

Zigzagging golden frames surround the facades of this apartment complex by DROO Projects, which is tucked behind a row of 19th-century shops in Melbourne’s Hawthorn suburb (+ slideshow). Paris- and London-based DROO Projects was asked to redevelop one unit in the row of shops, which dates back to the Victorian era, and to redevelop the narrow site to its rear. The heritage-listed building was operating More

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School dining hall by De Rosee Sa and PMR recreates Fantastic Mr Fox’s underground village

A rainbow-coloured facade shaped like a row of houses fronts this school dining hall in southeast England, designed by UK studios De Rosee Sa and PMR to reference the stories of Roald Dahl (+ slideshow). Named Little Hall, the extension to Prestwood Infant School in Buckinghamshire contains a kitchen and servery providing hot school meals for up to 96 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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GG-loop transforms Italian house with red and glittery faceted facade

A faceted red surface creates geometric patterns across the exterior of this house in southern Italy that architect Giacomo Garziano has renovated for his parents (+ slideshow). The building has been Garziano’s parents’ home for 40 years. It also accommodates the Italian office of art collective Elephants and Volcanoes. The main house was built in the 1950s by the architect’s grandfather, and was extended More

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Monadnock’s Abstract Tower features patterned walls of red and green brickwork

Rotterdam studio Monadnock used a variety of brickwork techniques to create the patterned facade of this viewing tower, designed to offer a new landmark for the small Dutch town of Nieuw-Bergen. Named Landmark Nieuw Bergen, but also known as the Abstract Tower, the building’s brick walls feature contrasting tones of red and green, as well as extruded elements, More

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Twelve Architects applies diamond-patterned facade to Sheffield university building

Referencing the stone tracery of an adjacent church, the aluminium lattice covering the facades of this university building in Sheffield, England, incorporates windows of varying sizes (+ slideshow). The Diamond building was designed by London firm Twelve Architects to accommodate new facilities for academics and students at The University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering. The 19,500-square-metre facility provides More

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Dutch EU building features a facade combining tensile fabric and 3D-printed bioplastic

DUS Architects has combined 3D-printed bioplastic with a tensile fabric structure to create a sculptural facade for the building where European Union meetings will take place over the next six months (+ slideshow). The Amsterdam-based studio is currently two years into a project to build the world’s first 3D-printed canal house, so decided to use its pioneering resources More

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LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum reopens with KPF-designed metal-ribbon facade

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles reopened this week following an extensive renovation, featuring a new wavy steel and aluminium facade designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (+ slideshow). The museum, established in 1994, showcases championship-winning race cars, art cars, notable motorcycles, vehicles from Hollywood films, and other memorable vehicles. It occupies a former department store on Museum Row […]

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Wandel Lorch completes chapel with bulging brickwork in Hamburg docklands

A crucifix and bell are set into two hollows in the swollen brick facade of this chapel, which was designed by Wandel Lorch Architekten for a site in Hamburg’s docklands (+ slideshow). The Ecumenical Forum is the first chapel in the city’s HafenCity quarter, a former industrial area along the Elbe river that is currently undergoing major regeneration. To […]

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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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ArandaLasch creates pleated concrete facade for Tom Ford flagship Miami store

US firm ArandaLasch has completed a store for fashion designer Tom Ford in the Miami Design District, featuring an angular facade that references bold Art Deco motifs (+ slideshow). Situated on the corner of a busy Miami street, the shop is part of a new building by ArandaLasch that houses four luxury retailers, including French fashion brand Lanvin and […]

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Jay Bargmann nestles glass-box home into hillside in rural New York

Jay Bargmann of Rafael Viñoly Architects has designed a house for his family in the Catskill Mountains, featuring glass walls that reflect the scenic landscape (+ slideshow). Called the Shokan House, the dwelling stands at the edge of a reservoir, just below the summit of a mountain in the Catskill region, located about 100 miles […]

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BVAU designs translucent bioclimatic skin for French social-security agency HQ

Paris firm BVAU has built an extension to the headquarters of a French social security agency, featuring a glass facade that opens and closes automatically in response to the climate (+ slideshow). The building extends the existing headquarters of Caisse des Français de l’Etranger, which provides social security for French citizens abroad, and it is located in a suburb to the south of Paris. […]

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AAU Anastas completes Palestinian courthouse featuring stone walls and golden latticework

This courthouse in northern Palestine, which was commissioned by The United Nations, has chunky stone walls and an ornamental overlay of gold steel (+ slideshow). AAU Anastas was commissioned to design the Toulkarem Courthouse by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), a body that aims to support peace-building, humanitarian and development projects. The architecture firm, which has […]

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Vietnamese shophouse by MM++ Architects features a facade that folds open

Vietnamese studio MM++ Architects has squeezed a contemporary shophouse into a four-metre-wide site in Ho Chi Minh City, with a facade that opens and closes like a giant shutter. Named Townhouse with a Folding-up Shutter, the four-storey residence takes its cues from traditional shophouses – a common building typology in Southeast Asia that combines a workplace with a residence. MM++ […]

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Ffbk Architects completes “most advanced data storage centre in Switzerland”

This data storage centre in Basel has a ridged shell of both perforated and solid steel panels, designed by Ffbk Architects to offer fragmented reflections of the sky and surroundings (+ slideshow). The Datacube was designed by local studio Ffbk Architects for communications and entertainment firm Quickline and is situated in the Münchenstein district to the south […]

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Steel grid covers double cantilevered building for the University of Luxembourg

This multipurpose building at the University of Luxembourg combines an 18-storey tower with a horizontal volume that cantilevers at both ends (+ slideshow). Global architecture firm Baumschlager Eberle and local office Christian Bauer & Associés Architectes collaborated on the design of the Maison du Savoir building, which provides a focal point at the centre of the university’s […]

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Snøhetta’s new building for SFMOMA nears completion

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has released the first images of Snøhetta’s near-complete extension building showing its striated facade and atrium. The 235,000-square-foot (21,832 square metres) addition sits behind the institution’s Postmodern Mario Botta-designed home and will more than double the museum’s footprint. The new building’s distinctive facade is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels punctuated by horizontal band […]

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Jakob + MacFarlane adds sinuous green skin and curved chasms to Euronews headquarters

Built in Lyon’s docklands, Jakob + MacFarlane’s new headquarters for international news channel Euronews features an acid-green facade punctured by two huge egg-shaped holes (+ slideshow). Paris-based Jakob + MacFarlane collaborated with French artist Fabrice Hyber on the waterside building. Hyber was responsible for the building’s green aluminium skin, which features a sinuous pattern of openings that allow light and […]

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Sydney apartment block by MHN Design Union appears to change colour

The triangular window bays that project from the facade of this Sydney housing block by MHN Design Union appear either red or yellow, depending on the viewing angle (+ slideshow). Sydney-based MHN Design Union designed the Viking apartment block for local developer Crown Group on a plot in Waterloo, a former industrial area that is gradually being redeveloped into a residential neighbourhood. The architects based the […]

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Qujing History Museum in China features a roof shaped like an upside-down staircase

Chinese firms Atelier Alter and Hordor Design Group have completed a major new museum of natural history in China, featuring a roof described by the architects as a “vertical landscape of concrete” (+ slideshow). Located in China’s Yunnan Province, the Qujing History Museum will house an expansive collection of historical artefacts. These include the 419-million-year […]

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UUfie updates facade of Shanghai boutique with pixellated grid of glowing glass

Canadian studio UUfie created a pixellated appearance for the facade of this Shanghai boutique by adding rows of translucent glass cubes that light up at night like a big screen (+ slideshow). UUfie founders Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit Chan were asked to update the facade of the Shanghai flagship store of fashion brand Ports 1961, which […]

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Studio Weave builds zinc-armoured art studio above a brook on Scotland’s west coast

Described as a “lovechild of rock and manor”, this rural artist’s cabin by Studio Weave features a twin-gabled form, and a zinc facade embossed with diamonds and crosses (+ slideshow). Named Midden Studio, the building is perched above a stream on the west coast of Scotland. It takes its inspiration from both the vernacular buildings […]

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Henning Larsen’s university building has a facade that moves in response to changing heat and light

Henning Larsen Architects aimed to set a benchmark for green design with this university building in Kolding, Denmark, featuring a climate-responsive kinetic facade and a triangular form (+ slideshow). Located just off the harbour in Kolding, the Syddansk Universitet communications and design building has a distinctive isosceles triangular shape that creates a highly visible new […]

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Le Roc Canteen by D’Houndt+Bajart is designed as a cross between a treehouse and a cave

The sheltered entrance to this craggy school canteen building in France is fronted with a “forest” of slender white columns (+ slideshow). Located in Tourcoing, northern France, the stone-like structure was designed by local studio D’Houndt+Bajart to create dining facilities for a neighbouring school and kindergarten. Unlike the school buildings on either side, which are both built from red brick, […]

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Zurich building by E2A incorporates the facade of a century-old warehouse

Swiss studio E2A infilled the facade of an old Zurich warehouse to create this rehearsal space for the city’s opera house, before tacking a 60-metre-high apartment block onto one side (+ slideshow). E2A was commissioned by Swiss developer Allreal Holding to create the performance space and apartments as part of a new masterplan for Zurich’s Escher Wyss quarter, which overlooks the Limmat […]

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5468796 Architecture covers apartment building in reflective panels of glazing

Reflective glass panels applied to the exterior of this condominium building in Winnipeg, Canada, produce a mirrored image of the street in front (+ slideshow). 548 Stradbrook is a former fraternity house in the city’s Osborne Village neighbourhood that local firm 5468796 Architecture was asked to convert into six two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom loft […]

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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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Rue Space’s Casa #20 features a four-tiered facade of translucent glass

Each room of this townhouse in Spain is a separate block with a translucent frontage, which together create a stepped facade that glows after dark (+ slideshow). Local firm Rue Space slotted the house into a six-metre-wide gap between the party walls of two existing structures in Cintruénigo, a town in the wine-making region of Navarra. Related story: SAU Taller […]
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Twisted roof connects the angular facades of Archi-Union’s Songjiang Art Campus clubhouse

Chinese firm Archi-Union Architects has completed a campus for an art school on the outskirts of Shanghai featuring a clubhouse building with a twisting roof (+ slideshow). Songjiang Art Campus is located in the Shanghai suburb of Xingiao Town. It comprises facilities including offices, art studios and social art spaces, interspersed by existing roads, gardens and a river. […]
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Stone house in Bulgaria by I/O Architects features a veranda that steps up and down

I/O Architects raised one corner of this house in Bulgaria, creating a stepped veranda that stretches along the all-glazed facade (+ slideshow). Named Slight Slope Long House after both its shape and its site, the long narrow residence is the home of a young couple in Targovishte, a city in north-east Bulgaria. Related story: BLOXAS adds periscope-shaped […]
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Aoki Jun and Associates complete perforated monogrammed facade for Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Japanese studio Aoki Jun and Associates redesigned the facade of the Louis Vuitton store in the Ginza district of Tokyo with a patterned and perforated shell based on the brand’s monogram. Aoki Jun and Associates was commissioned to produce the new facade for the corner plot site of Louis Vuitton’s Ginza Flagship store. Related story: […]

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