Balenciaga Flagship Store By Gonzalez Haase AAS

Balenciaga’s flagship boutique on the upscale Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, France, has been given a sharp, industrial redesign by Berlin-based architects Gonzalez Haase AAS.
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A Kitchen Designed with Contrasting Materials

This kitchen from Nordiska Kök has all of the softness and warmth a space needs to feel personal and lived by using lots of unique details like wooden framed open shelving, a floating shelf and contrasted material in oak, limestone and steel. Styling: …

An Impressive Use Of Space By Toob Studios

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

Twisting band of copper-hued steel encircles sports centre in The Hague

A ribbon of bright, polished steel wraps around the curving roof of this sports centre by British practice Faulkner Browns in The Hague, Netherlands. Faulkner Browns designed the €50 million (£44,336,025) Sportcampus Zuiderpark to offer 33,000-square-metres of sports facilities, including a gymnastics hall, a beach sports hall with real sand, and a range of sports science

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HHF Architects adds pergola-like extension to traditional Swiss villa

This extension to an historic villa in the Swiss town of Arlesheim by Basel-based studio HHF Architects features an expressed steel frame intended to provide a contemporary counterpoint to the house’s traditional architecture. The original villa was designed by Swiss architect Hans Bernoulli and completed in 1913. When its current owners bought it in 2013,

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A House Made Of Stacked Steel Boxes

To fulfil their client’s wish for a home that was “out of the norm”, Japanese firm Atelier Tekuto proposed the Cell Bricks house, a structure composed of stacked steel boxes in a staggered pattern.
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Stainless-steel poles screen living spaces and gardens at South Korean home

Seoul studio Augmented Reality Architects has completed a house in the South Korean city of Gimhae featuring a facade formed of vertical metal poles that shields an interior arranged around a series of courtyard gardens. Augmented Reality Architects designed Steel Grove for a client who is interested in gardening and wanted to incorporate various outdoor

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Sliding glass doors open concrete house by Narch to views of national park near Barcelona

This family home by Narch is crafted from concrete slabs, steel columns and sliding glazing that permits views out over a Spanish nature reserve. The Spanish architecture studio designed Calders House for clients with two young children for a plot in the small village of Calders, which sits on the edge of the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac

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A Steel-Clad Home In A Grove Of Ancient Oaks

A rusted steel building juts from the San Franciscan earth; an ecological structure shaded by a collection of ancient oaks. This home was designed for a family of four by Californian studio, Faulkner Architects.
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Paul Cocksedge designs 33-metre-long garden canopy that mimics the path of the sun

London designer Paul Cocksedge has unveiled plans to build a structure in one of the world’s largest botanic gardens in Oman, which is based on the sun’s path across the sky. Cocksedge is working with engineering firm Arup to create the 33-metre-long sculptural steel canopy. It will offer shade to visitors to the soon-to-open Oman Botanic

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Skýli mountain shelter is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions

Utopia Arkitekter has designed a tent-like shelter that could provide a cosy retreat for trekkers in the mountains. Called Skýli, which means shelter in Icelandic, the conceptual cabin is designed by Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter to withstand the extreme weather conditions of Iceland’s mountain landscape. Built from both steel and cross-laminated timber, it would sleep up to 15 mountaineers,

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Balcones House By Pollen Architecture & Design

Located in Austin, Texas, the Balcones House is built on the edge of a fractured limestone cliff, which is a part of the echelon of the Balcones fault.
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NGNP Arquitectos uses faceted roof to define offices for startups in western Spain

An angular roof folds over this business centre for startups in western Spain, which Seville-based NGNP Arquitectos has split into two blocks by a narrow courtyard. The 789-square-metre Centro Integral de Desarrollo, or Integral Development Centre, acts as an incubator for entrepreneurs and is set on the outskirts of the small town of Calamonte in Spain’s Badajoz province. NGNP Arquitectos

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Perforated steel and pavement lights let the sun pierce London townhouse by Andy Martin Architecture

Andy Martin Architecture gutted this five-storey Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, adding glass pavement lights to the ground floor to allow natural light to filter down to the basement. Andy Martin’s locally based firm was tasked with bringing extra light into the residence of their clients, who wanted to introduce elements of their Sardinian heritage into the central London

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Latticed-bamboo bridge by Mimesis Architecture Studio references Jiangsu’s craft traditions

Mimesis Architecture Studio designed this bamboo-lined bridge in China’s Jiangsu Province to celebrate the region’s ancient craft industries. The Wuxi Harbour Bridge takes a slightly curving course across Lake Taihu in Dingshu Town, stretching almost 100 metres across the water to provide a crossing for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge’s steel structure forms a series of triangular frames that are lined with

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Cool steel in Acne’s Illum location

The Copenhagen Acne store inside Illum is a thing of minimal beauty in wall to wall steel.

Bamesberger Architecture builds compact dwelling next to Indiana wetland

Blackened steel, plywood and local stones were used to construct this modern country home in the American Midwest by Bamesberger Architecture. Called The Box, the house is located in the town of Valparaiso in northern Indiana. The project was inspired by the client’s desire for a small home overlooking an untouched wetland. “Conceived as a

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Block Architects adds trellises and steel-bar walls to Vietnamese house

Cubes made from white-painted reinforcing rods form frameworks that support staircases and climbing plants at this renovated house in Ho Chi Minh City. Lee & Tee House was designed by local studio Block Architects for a young couple who run a business producing handcrafted leather products in the Tan Binh District in the Vietnamese city. The

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Concertina rooflight illuminates Sydney house extension by Nick Bell Design

Skylights arranged in a stepped formation twist up to a peak at one side of this extension designed by Nick Bell Design for the rear of a Sydney residence. Local architects Nick Bell Design wanted to create a light and airy kitchen, living and dining room for the property named Rosebridge, which is located on a south-facing plot in the city’s

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Snøhetta adds crinkled stainless-steel extension to 1960s museum in Norway

Snøhetta has extended the Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema in Norway with a cantilevering cube covered in a layer of crinkled and polished stainless steel. The extension is the second addition Snøhetta has created for the Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehamer Cinema, having previously created an exhibition space for the 1960s building by Norwegian architect Erling Viksjø 22 years ago. The firm’s new

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Wavy red ribbons form Lucky Knot bridge by NEXT Architects

NEXT Architects has completed an undulating red footbridge in Changsha, China, that offers pedestrians a variety of different routes across the Dragon King Harbour River. Beijing and Amsterdam studio NEXT Architects designed the Lucky Knot bridge for Changsha’s Meixi Lake district – a 6.5 million-square-metre development masterplanned by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the southwest of the city. At 185 metres long

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Doughnut-shaped television studio in Beijing is enclosed in a latticed shell

Wrapped in a latticed glass and steel skin, this ring-shaped building by architecture studio BIAD UFO provides the new headquarters for Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Television (+ slideshow). Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and Un-Forbidden office – BIAD UFO for short – designed the Phoenix International Media Center for a plot on the corner of Chaoyang Park in the Chinese city. Two More

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Abramson Teiger builds steel-clad residence in a Wyoming meadow

US studio Abramson Teiger has created a rural Wyoming home that consists of low-lying volumes made of glass, concrete and weathering steel (+ slideshow). The Wyoming Residence is located near Jackson, a quaint town in the west of the state that is ringed by mountains. Encompassing 7,000 square feet (650 square metres), the single-storey house More

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Beersheba station bridge in Israel is shaped like a pair of eyes

Tel-Aviv firms Bar Orian Architects and Rokach Ashkenazi Engineers have built a bridge in the Israeli city of Beersheba, featuring arches that create the shape of two eyes (+ movie). The 210-metre-long bridge traverses a series of railway tracks, providing a link between the Beersheba North Railway Station and the Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park. Bar Orian and Rokach Ashkenazi won an More

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Chunky steel-clad columns front ACDF’s Diane Dufresne Art Centre in Canada

Montreal firm ACDF Architecture has created a new arts centre in the suburbs, fronted by a colonnade of vertical and angled stainless steel supports (+ slideshow). The institution is named the Diane Dufresne Art Centre, after the Quebec artist, and is located in the suburban town of Repentigny. The single-storey building is intended to allow More

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wanted/ MR chair

Originally designed by Mart Stam but introduced Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927, the tubular steel and cane seat still somehow feel incredibly relevant. Actually I would love an MR chair myself, one of the leather variations ideally which is now produ…

a dark kitchen with skylights

This is a must for our next house and I’ve been telling my husband for years, I want as many overhead windows as possible! In our current house the hallway, bathrooms and laundry room are so dark without the ceiling lamps. But by now we know natural li…

Blossom Pavilion in Shanghai features steel “rocks” and a rooftop flowerbed

Shanghai studio Atelier Deshaus has teamed up with artist Zhan Wang to create a flower-topped pavilion supported by irregularly shaped slabs of stainless steel (+ slideshow). Designed for Shanghai’s Urban Space Art Season, Blossom Pavilion stands outside the entrance to the Shanghai Sculpture Space, which is part of the city’s Red Town arts complex. The starting point for the project was the stainless steel sculptures of Zhan Wang’s Rockery Series, which 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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Philipp Bretschneider’s simple garden pavilion frames views over the Mediterranean

Architect Philipp Bretschneider has perched a garden viewpoint on a picturesque Mallorcan hillside, using the steel structure to frame views across the Mediterranean Sea (+ slideshow). The German architect, who is part of Munich-based collective H5 Architekten, was asked to create the small garden pavilion in the grounds of a family home on the Spanish island. “The clients are More

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Gravity-defying staircase by Close to Bone climbs up into the sky

This weathering steel staircase by engineering studio Close to Bone cantilevers off a hill in Flanders, forming an observation tower overlooking rolling farmland and the Kabouterbos forest (+ slideshow). Standing unsupported at almost 11.5 metres tall, the staircase “floats” above its picturesque setting in the the Tielt-Winge municipality. The structure known as Vlooyberg Tower was designed by More

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NTA completes office in Japan with a faceted weathering-steel roof structure

Pre-rusted steel pyramids protrude down from the ceiling of this glazed office building, which Japanese studio NTA designed for a construction company in Chiba Prefecture (+ slideshow). The Nobuhiro Tsukada-led architecture studio designed the single-storey office for Daiei Iron Works. The steel-framed structure stands beside the company’s huge metal-clad factory, where the triangular pieces of weathering steel used to construct the ceiling were manufactured. The facets More

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Collective Architecture extends sandstone building to create Glasgow Women’s Library

The titles of important works of literature are engraved into the walls of this extension to a sandstone library in Glasgow, which has been refurbished to create a centre for women’s history (+ slideshow). Local firm Collective Architecture won a limited competition to redevelop the building in the city’s Bridgeton neighbourhood, which provides the first permanent home for More

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Leila Araghian’s Tabiat Bridge creates new public space for pedestrians in Tehran

Iranian architect Leila Araghian was just 26 years old when she designed this bridge in Tehran, which features an assortment of different pathways that encourage pedestrians to “wander and get lost” (+ slideshow). Araghian’s studio Diba Tensile Architecture completed the 270-metre-long Tabiat Bridge at the end of 2014, five years after winning a design competition. It is currently More

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Christophe Rousselle’s Inoxia apartments feature jagged wraparound balconies

Angular balconies edged with bands of reflective steel surround this apartment building in the French city of Nantes, providing occupants on each level with unobstructed views of the sky (+ slideshow). The Inoxia project was designed by Paris firm Christophe Rousselle Architects as part of the regeneration of an area around the main station in Nantes. In More

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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter installs perforated observation tower in Aarhus harbour

Circular “peek holes” pierce the flanks of this observation tower by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, to reference the portholes of ships and offer views over Aarhus harbour (+ slideshow). The Copenhagen-based studio designed The Salling Tower as a “dramatic urban sculpture” to provide a focal point and meeting place for visitors to the Danish city port. The white perforated steel structure has More

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string steel

String has released a limited edition stainless steel String Pocket designed by Mats Theselius with brushed shelves and electropolished end panels, suitable for indoor or outdoor use.Oh, swoon!

Moxon Architects unveils plans for slender footbridge in London’s King Cross

Moxon Architects has designed a pedestrian bridge with an extremely thin steel base to span Regent’s Canal in London, as part of the major regeneration works underway near King’s Cross station. London-based Moxon Architects worked with engineering firm Arup to design the bridge’s slender steel-plate structure, which will be just 15 millimetres thick and able to span the 38-metre crossing without any intermediate More

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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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Bell Phillips converts Victorian gas holder into circular park for King’s Cross

A Victorian gas holder has been converted into a park with a circular lawn and a polished steel pavilion as part of the ongoing redevelopment of King’s Cross, London. London studio Bell Philips won a competition to design Gasholder Park in 2009 as part of the wider King’s Cross regeneration. The cylindrical frame surrounding the park is known as Gasholder No. 8 and was originally […]

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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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Layers of brick, concrete and glass define private spaces in a Thai home

A pair of red brick walls screen the back of this house on the Gulf of Thailand, which faces away from a seaside resort and towards a cemetery where the client’s father is buried (+ slideshow). The client asked Bangkok-based architects Adisorn Srisaowanunt and Naweepahb Taksayos to design a small, secluded house as a retreat from her long working days in nearby Hua […]

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Jun Sekino replaces earthquake-damaged school in Thailand with stilted classrooms

Bangkok-based architect Jun Sekino designed these elevated classrooms in northern Thailand in response to a severe earthquake, which destroyed the school’s original building (+ slideshow). The earthquake struck Chiang Rai Province in May 2014, ruining 73 schools and leaving over 2,000 students without classrooms. A programme was set up by charity Design for Disasters (D4D) to build nine […]

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Bouroullec brothers install matching steel Kiosque units for Paris art fair

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have unveiled a pair of identical glass and steel containers for the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris (+ slideshow). On display side by side in the Jardin des Tuileries, the twin Kiosque units were commissioned by Paris property developer Emerige and are built from powder-coated steel. Both structures feature a single end wall constructed from […]

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Oving Architecten shrouds concentration camp house in glass as a memorial to the holocaust

The former home of an SS commander at Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, the Netherlands, has been enclosed within a giant glass vitrine by Dutch studio Oving Architecten. Intended as a memorial to the second world war, the large glass box creates a vitrine-like enclosure around the clapboard residence of SS commander Albert Konrad Gemmeker. According to […]

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Warehouse in Portugal by João Mendes Ribeiro used to exhibit Andy Warhol artwork

Portuguese architect João Mendes Ribeiro designed this corrugated steel and concrete warehouse for a components manufacturer, but prior to moving in its art collector-owner filled the space with work by Andy Warhol, John Baldessari and Antony Gormley (+ slideshow). João Mendes Ribeiro was commissioned to design the Adémia office and warehouse building by António Albertino in an industrial area […]

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Gabled townhouse in Tokyo by Niji Architects is clad in strips of white steel

Japanese studio Niji Architects has squeezed two homes into its Town House in Takaban, which features a steeply pitched roof, windowless gables and strips of horizontal steel cladding (+ slideshow). The block sits on a tiny 31-square-metre plot just a couple of minutes from Gakugei-daigaku Station in Tokyo’s Takaban distric. Rising nine metres above the ground and finished with […]

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Timothy Hatton Architects designs floating steel staircase for Deirdre Dyson gallery

London firm Timothy Hatton Architects has added a burnished steel staircase to rug designer Deirdre Dyson’s Chelsea carpet gallery as part of a renovation of her studio. Deirdre Dyson had previously used the building as a studio and showroom, but decided to overhaul the space to incorporate a gallery that could also display rugs as works […]

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Nic Owen Architects updates ornate Melbourne terrace with ribbed steel extension

A pair of steel-clad volumes with pitched roofs and glazed gables provide additional living space behind the ornamental facade of this Victorian terrace in Melbourne (+ slideshow). Melbourne studio Nic Owen Architects was asked to renovate and extend the mid-terrace house in the city’s Fitzroy North neighbourhood for a couple and their two children. The architects retained […]

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Höweler + Yoon creates canopy of folded metal plates for urban park in Phoenix

Boston studio Höweler + Yoon has stitched together steel modules to form a faceted canopy that shades an urban pocket park in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona (+ slideshow). Called Shadow Play, the powder-coated steel structure is composed of clusters of geometric modules that are thin but structurally rigid. The clusters – held up by vertical supports […]

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Glass elevator and steel bridge by Vaumm connect two neighbourhoods in a Spanish town

This glass-encased lift and elevated walkway have been created by architecture studio Vaumm to improve access between the new and historic centres of Spanish town Hernani (+ slideshow). The old and new parts of Hernani’s town centre are separated by a steep grassy bank, dividing the historic centre at the top from a sports complex and a medical centre below. This […]

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Julio Barreno Gutiérrez creates a folded steel shelter for a school playground

Thin sheets of brightly-painted steel have been folded to create this origami-inspired canopy, which was designed to shelter the playground of a school in an Andalusian village (+ slideshow). Featuring a pale turquoise roof and a hot-pink underside, the angular pavilion was created by Spanish architect Julio Barreno Gutiérrez for a school in Algodonales – a small village in the Cádiz region of Andalusia. The playground of […]

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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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Edgley Design wraps a dilapidated 1960s house in stainless steel roofing

London-based architects Edgley Design used stainless-steel panels more typically applied as roofing to make this ageing Surrey house weather-tight (+ slideshow). Edgley Design was asked to renovate both the interior and exterior of the deteriorating 1960s property in Eashing Park – the former grounds of a stately home in Godalming, Surrey. Named Eashing House, the brick and timber-clad property comprised […]

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Niji Architects uses steel components to build factory-like Boundary House

This house in Tokyo was constructed using an industrially manufactured steel framework and cladding, making it look more like a factory than a residence (+ slideshow). Boundary House – also known as LGS House #1 – was designed by Japanese office Niji Architects for a client who operates a steel fabrication business and was looking […]

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Live-work block in Japan by Kouichi Kimura features a steel-plated facade

Japanese architect Kouichi Kimura chose grey steel sheets for the exterior of this office and apartment building in Shiga, giving it an armoured appearance (+ slideshow). The grey live-work block, named Complex, features a two-storey employee apartment above a first-floor office. The building is located on the edge of a busy arterial road in the Japanese city, surrounded […]

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Desert hideaway built among the ruins of an old miner’s shelter in Arizona

The remains of a former miner’s residence in the Arizona desert provided the foundations for this tiny steel and concrete retreat by designer David Frazee (+ slideshow). Miner’s Shelter is a single-room dwelling added among the ruins of a 1980s shelter for a copper miner in the desert around Taliesin West, the house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright 30 miles from […]
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Zalewski Architecture imagines spiral walkway strung between high-rise buildings

Bored with the dismal view from the office window, Polish studio Zalewski Architecture envisioned a grassy suspended walkway that would allow them to take a stroll without leaving the building. Zalewski Architecture designed the fantasy project, named Walk On, for its third-floor studio in Gliwice, southern Poland. The architects came up with the concept on a hot summer’s day when […]
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Staircases trace a path across the glazed facade of Intecs office block in Rome

A glazed channel steps around the facade this office block in Rome by Italian firms Modostudio and Sofia Cattinari Studio di Architettura, revealing the ascent of two staircases (+ slideshow). Related story: Glazed walls frame a corner courtyard at Mallorca office building by RipollTizon The outline traces the paths of two staircases and their adjoining corridors, which rise from […]
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Metal-clad housing by Joliark features flush detailing and boxy balconies

Galvanised steel panels create fuss-free facades for the blocks of this Stockholm housing complex by Joliark, concealing all gutters and tidying away window frames. Located in Mariehäll, a neighbourhood to the west of the city, the Tappen residential complex is made up of two blocks that have been positioned at angles to one another to frame […]
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