Akihisa Hirata stacks concrete boxes to create “futuristic and savage” Tree-ness House

Japanese studio Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office has completed a mixed-use building in Tokyo featuring a jumbled composition of concrete rooms that create spaces for small balconies and gardens. The firm headed by architect Akihisa Hirata designed the building in Tokyo’s Toshima district to provide accommodation for a multi-generational family, alongside gallery spaces and offices. The design of

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OMA stacks green glass boxes to create architecture centre on Copenhagen waterfront

An architecture centre, co-working space and apartments are housed within a development of stacked glazed blocks by OMA, which creates a “knot” around a busy intersection in Copenhagen. Blox incorporates the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), offices for creatives and build-to-rent apartments. Dutch architecture firm OMA was commissioned to design the development by the Danish philanthropic organisation Realdania back in 2006.

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Sou Fujimoto unveils designs for Swiss university centre made of stacked cubes

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has designed a learning centre for the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, which will comprise a stack of glass cubes held within white frames. The Tokyo and Paris-based studio led by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto won a contest to design the HSG Learning Center at the University of St Gallen with its proposal called Open Grid

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Frank Gehry updates The Grand mixed-use development for Downtown LA

Architect Frank Gehry has again revised plans for the towering complex opposite his Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which will finally begin construction this autumn. The Grand development will include multiple buildings across a three-acre (1.2-hectare) site in the city’s Downtown area, on a lot currently occupied by a parking garage. The design

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Arquidromo stacks white cubes to form Mexican house on angled plot

A cluster of white volumes rise above the dark concrete entrance of this house in Monterrey, which was designed by local studio Arquidromo. Cloud House is located on a rectangular plot that was formerly a public right of way in the Mexican city, and is oriented at at 45-degree angle to the street in front.

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Endorphine connects white boxes with black frames to create homes at Slovakian golf resort

Slovakian studio Endorphine has completed a pair of houses at a golf resort near the village of Hrubá Borša, featuring living units that are combined either horizontally or vertically to create different layouts. The four founding partners of Bratislava-based Endorphine purchased two plots on the Green Resort Golf Estate to give them an opportunity to develop

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Stacked volumes form Los Angeles hilltop home by Aaron Neubert Architects

Three black boxes stacked on a steep lot in Los Angeles form this residence by Aaron Neubert Architects, and create outdoor living spaces without needing to use any additional land. The Tilt-Shift House has a floor area of 2,100 square feet (195 square metres) and includes three bedrooms. It sits on a dramatic incline and

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Isay Weinfeld reveals irregularly stacked tower block for São Paulo

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has designed a tower for São Paulo comprising four irregularly stacked volumes fringed with greenery, which is expected to complete later this year. Construction is already underway on Weinfeld’s mixed use tower, which is positioned in the city’s Jardins area just one block from the main avenue – Avenida Paulista. It was designed for São Paulo-based real estate developer

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Moon Hoon uses diagonal beams to brace stacked-box house on Jeju island 

South Korean architect Moon Hoon has completed a concrete house on the island of Jeju, featuring cantilevered boxes stacked on top of each other and braced by diagonal reinforced-concrete beams. Moon Hoon designed the building for a plot on South Korea’s largest island, which is located to the south of the Korean peninsula and is

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Huge porthole windows bathe Melbourne apartments with natural light

Circular windows dominate the staggered brick facades of this apartment block designed by Australian practice BKK Architects for the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe East. Local studio BKK Architects designed the 44-apartment block for a steeply sloping site in a residential neighbourhood located around 10 kilometres northeast of the city’s central business district. Six porthole windows provide the focal point for the Cirqua Apartments, which are made

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Galvanised steel panels cover irregularly stacked volumes of Japanese townhouse

Yuichi Yoshida & Associates has completed a house in the suburbs of the Japanese city of Kanazawa with pared-back interiors and an irregularly layered structure that challenges the area’s housing typology. Set back from the roadside, the unconventional house comprises two steel-clad volumes set askew on a concrete base. The architects chose galvanised steel cladding for it ability

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Dutch firm Concrete completes tallest residential skyscraper in New Jersey

Amsterdam-based studio Concrete has completed an apartment tower across from Manhattan that features a range of unusual amenities, including a “creative lab”, and a residency program for scientists and artists. Called Jersey City Urby, the 69-storey skyscraper is located at 200 Greene Street in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan. Rising 713 feet

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Angled louvres shade glass skyscraper in Guadalajara by Sordo Madelano Arquitectos

Mexican firm Sordo Madelano Arquitectos has stacked offset volumes that contain a hotel and office spaces to form a tower in Guadalajara. Torre Américas 1500 is the first building to complete as part of a complex off Américas Avenue, one of the principle highways in Guadalajara – which is emerging as Mexico’s architecture hotspot. Tasked

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Kengo Kuma unveils stacked wooden box design for Turkish art museum

Kengo Kuma & Associates has revealed plans to create a modern art museum in a former wood market in Turkey, which will be made up of cluster of slatted timber blocks. The Japanese studio led by Kengo Kuma is designing the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum to host a large collection of Turkish modern art in Eskishehr, a university town in the northwest of the

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Retro+Fit Design stacks cyprus-clad volumes to form home overlooking North Carolina valley  

This large residence by Asheville-based Retrofit Design reaches away from its hillside perch to frame vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Privé is situated in the outskirts of Asheville, the seat of a University of North Carolina campus. Its vantage point offers views of the small city and the mountain ridge beyond. Retro+Fit Design

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Planted terraces are interspersed among living spaces at Vo Trong Nghia’s Binh House

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed the latest in its House for Trees series – a property in Ho Chi Minh City featuring gardens set on top of multiple stacked levels that are visible through openings in the concrete walls. Nghia’s studio designed Binh House for a family of three generations, who wanted to feel connected within

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ODA completes “pixelated” luxury condo building in Queens

New York architecture firm ODA has constructed a residential complex in Long Island City that features protruding boxes across its street-facing facades. Located close to the MoMA PS1 museum, ODA’s project at 2222 Jackson Avenue rises 11 storeys and accommodates 147 apartments. The L-shaped building’s skeleton comprises a poured concrete grid, of which sections are

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Anahata’s pared-back house in western India features facade designed as “a piece of art”

The sculptural facade of this house in the Indian city of Belgaum comprises staggered blocks containing rooms that extend out from a central plant-filled courtyard. Padival House was designed by local studio Anahata for a young couple with two children, who wanted a modern home to sit on a site in a typical gridiron residential neighbourhood.

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Stacked boxes form Bengo Studio’s towering Tree House hotel in rural China

Timber-clad rooms are stacked vertically and rotated around a spiral staircase to form this hotel in China’s Anhui province, treating guests to 360-degree views of the surrounding tree-covered mountains. Shanghai architecture office Bengo Studio designed the Qiyunshan Tree House hotel for a clearing in the Huangshan mountains. By setting the rooms one on top of the other rather than

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Safdie-esque extension proposed for Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building

Australian studio CplusC Architectural Workshop has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the demolition-threatened Sirius building in Sydney, which bears a resemblance to Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67 housing. CplusC Architectural Workshop proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to levelling the brutalist Sirius social housing building, which the New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off for redevelopment.

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Tokyo home by Fujiilab comprises cluster of protruding white boxes

The staggered stack of boxes that form this family home in central Tokyo contain a set of spiralling, interconnected rooms. The house was designed for Daisuke Ibano, a member of the team at local architecture office Fujiilab, whose founder Ryosuke Fujii worked on the project with Ibano and architect Satoshi Numanoi. Ibano had previously been living

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Jenga-like 56 Leonard skyscraper photographed by Hufton + Crow

The stacked-blocked form of Herzog & de Meuron’s residential tower in Tribeca, New York, is shown in these images by photographers Hufton + Crow. The Swiss architecture firm’s 60-storey skyscraper at 56 Leonard Street towers over the comparatively low-rise neighbourhood. Hufton + Crow’s photos present the building as complete from the outside, after Instagram users

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White irregularly stacked boxes form social housing in France by Poggi + More

White caged balconies project from the sides of this social housing block by French collective Poggi + More, making it look like a series of irregularly stacked boxes. Bordeaux-based More Architecture and Poggi Architecture teamed up to design the 1,886-square-metre scheme named White Clouds, which provides 30 apartments for the town of Saintes in western France. Working together as Poggi +

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Finger-like blocks create secluded “micro-spaces” for Madrid residence by Abiboo Architecture

This Madrid residence by Abiboo Architecture comprises a series of stacked volumes that taper out into the grounds to create secluded terraces for its famous owner (+ slideshow). Abiboo Architecture designed the house for a sportsman who wishes to remain anonymous. The pockets of space between these finger-like volumes contain a flood-lit tennis court, as well as a small outdoor pool, and More

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Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard “Jenga tower” nears completion in New York

The Jenga-like form of Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron’s residential skyscraper in Tribeca, New York, has been captured by Instagram users ahead of its imminent completion. Located at 56 Leonard Street in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighbourhood, the 60-storey tower appears largely complete apart from a section of external elevator scaffolding that remains on one side. More

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils forum building for University of Chicago campus

The University of Chicago has approved a preliminary design by New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a facility devoted to hosting talks and events. The David M Rubenstein Forum will provide the institution with 90,000 square feet (8,360 square metres) of meeting and event spaces, described as a “hub for convening and More

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Stone-covered blocks make up staggered Spanish residence by OOIIO Architecture

OOIIO Architecture has applied varying tones of stonework to the irregularly stacked blocks that make up this house in central Spain (+ slideshow). The building comprises a series of rectilinear volumes that are staggered in arrangement, vary in scale, and boast different tones and textures. The Madrid studio wanted the surfaces to resemble the faceted crystal formations found in minerals, so wrapped them in More

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Iranian house by New Wave Architecture is made up of three irregularly stacked boxes

A trio of volumes are stacked one on top of each other to form this hillside residence near Tehran by New Wave Architecture, but each one is angled towards a different view (+ slideshow).  The Iranian practice designed Mosha House for a structural engineer and his family, for a steeply sloping plot facing the Alborz mountain range. To make the most of the More

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ODA designs trio of irregularly stacked towers for Williamsburg waterfront

Architecture firm ODA New York has conceived three glass towers for Brooklyn that feature setbacks and protrusions to ensure tenants are afforded expansive views. Named after its address, 420 Kent, the residential project is rising in the Williamsburg neighbourhood, on a former industrial site just south of the historic Williamsburg Bridge. Construction began in December, More

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Staggered and stacked blocks define rooms in Porto residence by 236 Arquitectos

Each room in this Porto house by 236 Arquitectos is contained within an individual white box, which is stacked irregularly from its neighbour to form a distinctive cluster formation (+ slideshow). Faced with the issue of building on a flood-prone site, the Porto practice led by architect Sebastião Moreira first devised the boxes as a More

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Gaze house in Japan also contains a gallery for displaying the client’s art collection

Apollo Architects & Associates has completed a top-heavy building in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture containing both an art gallery and a family residence (+ slideshow). Located south of Nagoya in Obu, the three-storey property is named Gaze. It is designed by the Japanese firm to house a small contemporary art gallery on the lower level, with two More

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BIG designs “Habitat 2.0” for Toronto

Bjarke Ingels’ firm has unveiled designs for a major residential development in downtown Toronto, reminiscent of the experimental housing complex built by Moshe Safdie in the 1960s (+ slideshow). Proposed for a site between King Street West and Wellington Street, the BIG-designed development includes 500 apartments contained within a pixellated-looking block that rises and falls to More

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BIG reveals design of police station planned for the Bronx

Bjarke Ingels’ firm has unveiled its design for a police station in New York that will consist of intersecting blocks clad in concrete, metal and glass. Revealed today, the 45,000 square feet (4,180 square metres) station is designed by BIG for the New York City Police Department’s 40th precinct. It will be located in the Melrose neighbourhood of More

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Stacked blocks form Spanish tobacco and art museum by Losada García Arquitectos

Tobacco-making equipment and artwork sit side-by-side within the tile-screened volumes of this museum in Spain’s Cáceres region, which was designed by local studio Losada García Arquitectos (+ slideshow). The Cultural Center La Gota hosts temporary event spaces, a permanent exhibition of paintings by artist Sofia Feliu and a Tobacco museum in the municipality of Navalmoral – once home to More

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Ole Scheeren’s “vertical village” named World Building of the Year 2015

World Architecture Festival 2015: Ole Scheeren has won World Building of the Year 2015 for The Interlace, a series of apartment blocks stacked diagonally across one another to frame terraces and gardens. Conceived as the antithesis to tower blocks, The Interlace is made up of 31 apartment buildings that have been arranged and stacked in a honeycomb arrangement to frame eight large hexagonal […]

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Tato Architects breaks up the volume of House in Toyonaka into seven stripes

This house in Osaka by Japanese studio Tato Architects features walls that step back and forth, worktops that merge with staircases, and windows that wrap around entire rooms (+ slideshow). With his design for House in Toyonaka, Tato Architects founder Yo Shimada wanted to give more importance to secondary elements like staircases, balustrades and windows, which […]

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Zaha Hadid completes Moscow office block with jutting floors and monochromatic atrium

Zaha Hadid has created a seven-storey office block in Moscow for the city’s growing IT and creative sectors, with off-set floor plates and a dramatic black-and-white atrium (+ slideshow). Designed by the London-based architect to provide offices for startup companies, the Dominion Office Building stands in a residential and industrial area near Dubrovka metro station in the south-east of the city. […]

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Herzog & de Meuron designs art museum made of stacked wooden boxes in Vancouver

The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled a conceptual design for its new building by Herzog & de Meuron, featuring a series of stacked volumes clad in wood. The 310,000-square-foot (28,800-square-metre) building by the Swiss architecture studio will be located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. It will house 85,000-square-feet (7,900-square-metres) of gallery space, more than double the museum’s […]

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Glass and concrete boxes separate spaces in Mexico City housing by Aflo Arquitectos

Glass boxes frame a tennis court, gym and pool set into the basement of this Mexico apartment building, which is formed from a series of stacked concrete blocks that cascade down a hill towards a wooded glen (+ slideshow). Designed by Aflo Arquitectos, the Reforma 2394 apartment block sits in an affluent neighbourhood on Paseo de […]

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MVRDV used pixellated forms to make DNB Bank “human and approachable” says Winy Maas

Winy Maas of MVRDV explains how his design for a “big building composed of mini units” created a headquarters for Norway’s DNB Bank interspersed with indoor and outdoor meeting places, in the penultimate movie from our exclusive series (+ movie). Completed in 2012, the building is one of three designed for the bank on a developing stretch of Oslo’s waterfront. Rotterdam-based […]

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Werner Sobek’s Y1 House comprises two stacked blocks on top of a former sand mine

This house in France’s Massif Central region features a lower storey inserted into a disused sand mine and a glazed upper storey offering views of the surrounding volcanic landscape (photos by Zooey Braun + slideshow). Designed by Stuttgart firm Werner Sobek – whose past projects include a huge cantilevered altar – the Y1 house is a family residence that aims to merge […]

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NEXT Architects uses terracotta and granite for housing complex on China’s Min River

NEXT Architects chose both ribbed terracotta and smooth granite to clad the buildings of this housing development in China, which are stacked to maximise views over a nearby river and mountains (+ slideshow). Lianjiang Butterfly Bay is a high-density housing development set on the banks of a branch of the Min River, to the north of Fuzhou in Fujian Province. NEXT Architects […]

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Nestlé Waters’ Beirut office is top heavy to allow space for trucks to pass by

The top two floors of this office for Nestlé Waters in Beirut projects out by 15 metres to create a clear route below for trucks to access the warehouse next door (+ slideshow). Beirut-based architects Bernard Mallat and Walid Zeidan collaborated to design the new headquarters for bottled water company Nestlé Waters – a division of the […]

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ARX Portugal completes whitewashed concrete market that connects streets above and below

Spiralling staircases connect stalls on different levels inside this concrete market building as well as creating a route between two districts in the Portuguese town of Abrantes (+ slideshow). The Abrantes Municipal Market was designed by Lisbon studio ARX Portugal to provide several storeys of stalls for local businesses and to act as a thoroughfare linking two distinct parts of […]

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Ole Scheeren’s Vancouver skyscraper will offer a “new typology for vertical living”

Architect Ole Scheeren has unveiled his first solo project outside of Asia – a Vancouver skyscraper that will feature a series of offset apartments protruding from the facade in a cluster of irregularly stacked glass boxes (+ slideshow). Proposed for 1500 West Georgia Street in one of Canada’s most densely populated cities, the skyscraper is described by Bruo Ole Scheeren […]

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Parisian nursery by Samuel Delmas resembles a pile of irregularly stacked boxes

This Paris nursery by French architect Samuel Delmas looks like a pile of stacked boxes, featuring a facade of aluminium louvres and colourful enamelled glass (+ slideshow). Paris-based A+ Samuel Delmas was commissioned by the local council to design the kindergarten for the Paris suburb of Asnières sur Seine. It is named Stacked and Crossed Views, after the staggered arrangement of blocks that […]

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