Sunday Sanctuary: Spainsh

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Foster + Partners unveils Apple Store in Macau with translucent stone walls and bamboo

Tall shoots of bamboo rise through the central atrium of a new Apple Store completed by Foster + Partners in Macau, China. Set in a plaza surrounded by dense thickets of bamboo, the cuboidal Apple Centre Cotai glows from within, thanks to an innovative facade made from a composite of glass and stone. Five layers of of glass

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Sunday Sanctuary: Union

Familiar to the union of old and new, ancient and modern this Sunday Sanctuary dates back to the 17th century. An old oil mill in Soglinao Cavour, a small village in the province of Lecce, Italy. The raw spirit of the home is still intact where ancient stone floors, walls are arches speak. The old

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Rozana Montiel pairs wood and stone for lush garden home outside Mexico City

Mexico City-based architect Rozana Montiel has completed a four-bedroom home in Tepoztlán, using local materials as a way to integrate the home into its natural setting. The Albino Ortega House sits on a 460-square-metre plot full of vegetation in the town, which lies to the south of the capital within a valley of the same

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Foster + Partners staggers limestone towers to create roof terraces with sea views in Beirut

Foster + Partners has completed its first project in Lebanon, a trio of limestone-clad residential towers in downtown Beirut with views out over the Mediterranean, and a McLaren car showroom in its base. The stepped blocks are part of 3Beirut, a city centre development designed by British architecture firm Foster + Partners for Lebanese luxury property developer Sea View

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Stazzo d’Aldia House By Altromodoarchitetcts

Sardinian architecture is characterized by its relationship with the Mediterranean landscape and the building techniques of the traditional rural structures of the island known as “lo stazzo.”  The Stazzo d’Aldia House by Altromodoarchitects takes its …

Historic homestead informs McLean Quinlan’s stone house in Wyoming

British architecture firm McLean Quinlan has constructed a stone house in Jackson, Wyoming, modelled on a nearby 19th-century log cabin. The House in Jackson is a two-storey rectangular construction with a cedar shingled roof, situated on a sloped, open plot with surrounding views of the Teton mountains. “The orientation, design, and natural materials – reclaimed

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Combas uses natural stone to build “warm and robust” juvenile detention facility in Marseilles

This detention centre for minors in Marseilles offers an alternative to oppressive prison architecture through its muted material palette of natural stone and board-marked concrete. Nice-based architecture office Combas was responsible for designing the facility in the Chutes Lavie neighbourhood of Marseille’s 13th arrondissement. The studio was selected for the project following a competition organised

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Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti uses local stone and plaster for lakeside house

Variously sized openings scattered across the traditional stone and plaster facades of this house in the Swiss town of Ascona provide views of the garden and Lake Maggiore. Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti, which is based on the opposite shore on the lake, was tasked with updating an existing house situated close to the centre

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Rural Italian residence combines traditional stone exterior with contemporary details

Italian studio GGA Architects has transformed the site of an old hilltop settlement in the country’s Marche region into a contemporary house comprising stone structures perched on a pigmented concrete plinth. AP House is situated on top of one of the highest hills in the area around the ancient walled city of Urbino, in the

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Mountain rubble forms curving wall inside coastal Peru house by Marina Vella

To build this seaside house in Peru, Lima-based architect Marina Vella sourced stone from a nearby mountain. Casa Ronda is located on the coastline in Cañete, a province in Lima Region. One side of the site faces the Pacific Ocean, while the Cerro Colorado mountains, known as Red Hill, rise up behind the plot. Vella, founder of Marina Vella Arquitectura Urbanismo, decided to highlight

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Easy bathroom accessories

Natural materials like wood and stone work so well in the bathroom, creating a look and feel that mimics that of a spa. H&M has made it simple to achieve this look with faux-stone counter accessories and mirror for your bathroom but you can also add a wooden bathmat and knitted towels from Iris Hantverk as well as bamboo toothbrushes. Create the look for yourself with some of the items below!

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A Basalt Stone Retreat By Khosla Associates

Khosla Associates designed a luxury retreat in the Sahyadris, Maharashtra, India. Building on a picturesque site in the Western Ghats, surrounded by mountains and lakes, the architects were asked to built a 2100 square foot, one-storey pavilio…

Fortunen completes toilet block with views of a Norwegian waterfall

Visitors to Norway’s Skjervsfossen waterfall can watch the Storelvi river rush by through a glazed floor panel in the restrooms of this service building, which is clad in local stone to accentuate its connection with the surrounding landscape. Bergen-based architecture studio Fortunen designed the small service building containing two restrooms and a technical room at the

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Gardens separate rooms wrapped in brick, stone and wood at Mexican courthouse

An oval stone wall encloses brick and timber volumes that offer varying levels of privacy and connection with the gardens at the centre of this courthouse in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, by Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo. The courthouse was designed by Rocha and Carrillo’s architecture studio in response to a requirement to update all of Mexico’s justice facilities so that

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Ellena Mehl Architects disguises Provençal extension with grass roof and terraced landscape

To subtlety extend a traditional Provençal farmhouse on the French Riviera, Ellena Mehl Architects has nestled a connecting building with stone and glass facades into a stepped hillside. The extension adjoins a 40-year-old farmhouse that is located in a historic hamlet in southern France, which has a distinct architectural typology. Despite its contemporary appearance, the

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Foster + Partners opens “one of our greenest Apple spaces yet” in Singapore

Foster + Partners has built yet another tree-filled Apple Store, but this one also features hand-carved stone staircases. Singapore’s official ranking as the greenest city in Asia informed the design of Apple Orchard Road, the first Apple flagship in the city. Like Foster + Partners’ other recent Apple Stores, particularly the ones in London and Dubai, the building’s most prominent feature is

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Heneghan Peng sets limestone-clad Palestinian Museum among angular landscaped terraces

Irish studio Heneghan Peng has completed a museum dedicated to Palestinian culture in the city of Birzeit, featuring a faceted stone exterior and terraced landscaping that references the region’s rural landscape. The Palestinian Museum is located on a hilltop site that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the west. The site was offered to the museum

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Bergmeisterwolf reinterprets the traditional log cabin with Twisted House apartments

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has applied vernacular log cladding to this group of holiday apartments, which extend around a courtyard in the Italian alps. Contained within angular volumes, the Twisted House apartments were designed for a hillside site in South Tyrol, close to Bergmeisterwolf’s studio in the town of Brixen. Five accommodation units are contained within a

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Elevated walkway bridges two parts of Iranian holiday home divided by swimming pool

An elevated passageway spans a swimming pool to connect the two monolithic blocks of this weekend home in the Iranian city of Karaj by Kamran Heirati Architects. The Iranian studio built Villa Safadasht in the city’s suburbs for a client working in the food industry. The building is divided into two parts: an entertainment area with a jacuzzi and an

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AAU Anastas and GSA Research Laboratory use digital technologies to create self-supporting stone pavilion

Three hundred individually cut and mutually supporting stone pieces form this latticed canopy in Jericho, which was developed as a prototype to demonstrate new possibilities for building with stone. Stonematters is part of an exploration into stone construction techniques developed by Scales – the research department of Bethlehem studio AAU Anastas – and the Geometrie

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Floating steel staircase takes centre stage in granite house by Marcos Miguélez

A staircase featuring cantilevered treads connects the library and living room at the centre of this rough granite-clad house in the Spanish town of Magaz de Abajo. Local architect Marcos Miguélez was asked to create the first home for a young couple with an interest in contemporary architecture. Casa VMS occupies a triangular plot on the edge of the town, which

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A Holiday Home Built Around A Ruin

A new book from Gestalten: “Upgrade: Home Extensions, Alterations and Refurbishments” presents a diverse range of progressive renovation projects from around the world – from home extensions to the modernization of industrial sites.
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Patchwork of stone, brick and glass fronts Chicago townhouse by HBRA Architects

HBRA Architects drew inspiration from historic Chicago residences by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Henry Hobson Richardson while conceiving this contemporary urban residence in the city’s Lincoln Park neighbourhood. The private residence, located on Chicago’s North Side, is part of a mixed-used development that includes a tower, a multi-level parking garage, private townhouses and a shaded

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A Raw And Authentic Residence By Gus Wüstemann

While reconstructing a multi-family house in Zurich, Switzerland, architects from gus wüstemann took the massive, historic stone walls as the starting point for applying new contemporary forms of living.
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RDHA embeds stone and glass library into grassy Ontario hillside

This new public library by Canadian firm RDHA features a large slab that cantilevers over the landscape, and a sloping green roof and exterior stair that runs up the front of the building. The Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is located in the city of Hamilton, about an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto. Encompassing 23,500 square feet (2,183

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1540 Arquitectura adds cosy cellar and events terrace to tequila distillery

Tequila-fuelled parties can be held at this social venue, created by Mexican firm Quince Cuarenta Arquitectura for a distillery in Jalisco, while quieter sampling sessions take place underneath. The Terraza Destilería is tucked away within a distillery complex in the town of Tequila, from which the popular alcoholic drink made from the local agave plant

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OBBA designs stone-walled holiday bungalow in rural Seoul for an elderly couple

Stone walls extend past the four volumes of this holiday home for an elderly couple near Seoul, designed by local studio OBBA to disguise when the residents are away. OBBA, which stands for Office for Beyond Boundaries Architecture, were asked to design the holiday home by a couple who were moving back to South Korea after living abroad for a long time. Located

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Limestone walls define sequence of courtyards at Arizona desert home by MASAstudio

This stone villa in Arizona by Los Angeles architect Marwan Al-Sayed was conceived as a succession of interior and exterior spaces that are organised around a central courtyard. Stone Court Villa is a four-bedroom residence located in the rugged landscape of Paradise Valley. Al-Sayed described the sequence of spaces that make up the home as “a rhythm

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A Rigorous Moroccan Villa By Studio KO

Designed by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier, the duo behind architecture practice Studio KO, ‘Villa E‘ is a minimalist piece of art standing among the spectacular nature.
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The Edris House By E. Stewart Williams

Built in 1954 by a prolific modernist architect E. Stewart Williams, ‘The Edris House‘ became an immediate phenomenon. Today, the property stays true to its original design, offering a journey back in time.
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Stone and concrete retreat stands at the foot of Mexican mountain range

Cadaval & Sola-Morales has used stone walls, a swooping concrete roof and large expanses of glazing to frame mountain views from this weekend retreat outside Mexcio City. The practice, which has offices in Spain as well as Mexico, designed MA House for a site just outside Tepoztlán  – a small town 60 kilometres south of Mexcio City – where it provides

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Relaxed Definition, inspiration from COS

Feeling inspired by the loose and soft shapes in this collection from COS.

The Cuevas del Pino By UMMO Estudio

Located in the picturesque foothills of Sierra Morena, Spain, the Cuevas del Pino estate is constructed right into the rock strata that gives rise to various geological formations to the area, traditionally used for farming and livestock.
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Elliptical cheese factory wraps glazed viewing courtyard

This boutique dairy factory in western Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wraps a glazed courtyard offering visitors glimpses of the cheese production within. The Farm of 38° 30° is named after the coordinates of its site in a valley near the village of Afyon Tazlar, in Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar Province. Istanbul-based Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wanted to elevate the factory

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Rugged oak and stone walls enclose holiday home overlooking Chilean wetlands

The roof terrace of this timber- and stone-clad retreat by Croxatto and Opazo Arquitectos offers holiday-makers panoramic views of a scenic wetland in Chile. Machagua House is located around 180 kilometres northwest of Santiago next to a wetland in the town of Cachagua. The holiday home comprises two volumes faced in opposing materials. The larger single-story block forming

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Acne’s new store, in bronze

Acne’s new Madison Ave store in NYC is filled with metal walls, bronze furniture, a black asphalt floor and semi-precious stones! The designer, Max Lamb, worked with Acne’s creative director Johnny Johansson to create this spectacular store including t…

Tibetan school in China is clad is stone to match mountainous setting

Chinese studio Livil Architects has added a monolithic stone-clad canteen featuring cave-like interiors and an office building to a school in the town of Batang, Tibet. Batang People’s Primary School is an educational facility designed to accommodate Tibetan students from the town, which is located in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China’s Sichuan province. The

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Kerstin Thompson adds intimate underground tasting room to Australian winery

A doorway discreetly set into a circular stone wall leads into this moody subterranean wine cellar that architect Kerstin Thompson has created at Australia’s TarraWarra vineyard (+ slideshow). The Cellar Door is located on the Tarrawarra Estate – a vineyard covering 400 acres of farmland in the Yarra Valley, around an hour east of Melbourne. Melbourne More

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Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa photographed by Fernando Guerra

These images by Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra offer a tour of Peter Zumthor’s thermal baths at Vals, which celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (+ slideshow). Completed in 1996, Therme Vals is widely regarded as one of the most important projects of Swiss architect Zumthor, whose accolades include the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Gold Medal. Built over the More

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Lloyd Architects builds community-oriented farmhouse in Utah

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

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A House And Stable Refurbishment In Spain

Spanish studio PYO Arquitectos undertook the renovation of a disintegrating house and stable in Parrés, Spain.
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Allee separates lakeside Connecticut house into two distinct volumes

Lush greenery tops one half of this three-bedroom residence on the shore of Connecticut’s Lake Wononscopomuc, which local studio Allee Architecture and Design created as two separate parts (+ slideshow). The stone and wood Wononscopomuc Residence in Lakeville is made up of a pair of principal volumes: a public “pavilion” for entertaining guests and a private “sleeping More

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House with stone walls built by Spasm Design around a sunken courtyard in India

This house in Malavli, India, features walls made from local Kotah stone and a glazed, subterranean courtyard (+ slideshow). Called Gomati, the house is located between Mumbai and Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was designed by Mumbai studio Spasm Design, which previously created another house in the region using concrete mixed with local basalt stone. An More

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A Light-Flooded Lebanese Church

Paris-based architect Maroun Lahoud designed a white stone-clad church firmly nestled into the landscape of Shouf, Lebanon.
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Cross-shaped windows allow light to filter into Lebanese church by Maroun Lahoud

Crucifix-shaped windows are carved through the bush-hammered stone walls of this marble-lined church on Mount Lebanon, designed by Paris-based architect Maroun Lahoud (+ slideshow). St Elie Church comprises a series of stacked blocks that fit into the mountainous terrain of Lebanon’s Chouf District, just 30 miles outside Beirut. Containing a semi-sunken hall, a raised service area and a bell tower, the blocks are constructed More

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Armadillo Vault is a pioneering stone structure that supports itself without any glue

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a team led by ETH Zurich researchers has constructed an expansive canopy using 399 slabs of limestone and no glue, showcasing a “milestone for stone engineering” (+ slideshow). ETH Zurich’s Block Research Group worked with engineering firm Ochsendorf DeJong & Block and masonry specialist The Escobedo Group to create the Armadillo Vault – the centrepiece of the More

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Bennetts Associates creates contemporary stone and zinc country house in Cumbria

British studio Bennetts Associates has completed a house in a historic English town that is partly set into its sloping site and features a material palette chosen to complement the surrounding architecture (+ slideshow). The four-bedroom property in a medieval Cumbrian market town was designed for a friend of the practice, known for its serrated, pre-weathered steel 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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Daroca Arquitectos pairs white walls with natural stone for Baza employment centre

Daroca Arquitectos has completed a training and employment centre in the Spanish town of Baza, featuring a stone-clad base that contrasts with the crisp white upper storeys (+ slideshow). The three-storey building is situated in the centre of the old town, on an empty plot next to a small tree-lined square called the Plaza de la More

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Kengo Kuma completes Chinese spa resort with pixellated stonework

The pieces of multi-tonal stone used to construct this spa resort in southwest China by Kengo Kuma give the complex a pixelated appearance (+ slideshow). The 59,000-square-metre Yunfeng Spa Resort, designed by Kengo Kuma and his Tokyo-based firm, terraces down a mountain outside the city of Tengchong in China’s Yunnan Province. The resort is constructed from More

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Herzog & de Meuron releases new images of National Library of Israel

Herzog & de Meuron has released further imagery of its curving, stone-clad National Library of Israel, which is now under construction and scheduled to complete in 2020 (+ slideshow). The new images reveal new details about the interior and exterior of the 34,000-square-metre library, which the Swiss firm is designing with Israeli firm Shinar Architects for a landscaped site in More

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Honeymoon retreat by Andrew Patterson nestles on shoreline of a New Zealand peninsula

This tiny stone cottage by Patterson Associates provides a remote honeymoon retreat on the rugged coast of a New Zealand peninsula (+ slideshow). Seascape Retreat is one of four luxury villas located on a working farm on the Banks Peninsula, an outcrop south of Christchurch formed from the eroded remnants of two large volcanoes. Auckland-based architect Andrew Patterson tucked the cottage under More

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AGi Architects completes Kuwait house featuring four secluded roof terraces

Four terraces are concealed behind the multi-tonal stone facade of this house in Kuwait – the Arab state with an impressive legacy of Modern architecture (+ slideshow). Designed by local studio AGi Architects – whose previous projects include a home that produces its own mist – Wall House provides a home for a family in Khaldiya, a suburb of More

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Stone tannery building transformed by Arrokabe Arquitectos into cultural venue

Behind the aged stone walls of an old tannery building in northwest Spain, Arrokabe Arquitectos has created a small events venue that opens onto a neighbouring park (+ slideshow). Located in Santiago de Compostela, the building previously housed a tannery’s drying area, complete with a kiln. Arrokabe Arquitectos has completely overhauled the interior, creating a two-level space More

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metal + stone


Warm wooden and class tones contrast deep grey walls and flooring.

Photographer by Lachlan Moore
Art Direction & Styling by Studio Moore

Morrow + Lorraine to build five holiday homes on England’s Jurassic Coast

Architecture studio Morrow + Lorraine has been given the go ahead to build a set of clifftop holiday homes on the Isle of Portland, England (+ slideshow). The five holiday lodges, collectively known as the Clifftops Cove Holiday Park, are designed by London-based Morrow + Lorraine for a former caravan park on the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO-protected site on the Dorset island. This stretch of land More

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Valerio Dewalt Train uses stone and glass to build angular arts building in Chicago

US firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates has completed a stone and glass arts centre in Chicago for a progressive private school for children (+ slideshow).  The building, called the Gordon Park Arts Hall, is located on the main campus for the University of Chicago Laboratory School, often referred to as Lab School. It serves as a More

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PYO Arquitectos transforms Spanish farmstead with board-marked concrete and pale stone

PYO Arquitectos has converted an stone stable block and farmhouse in north-western Spain into a holiday residence for a family with four daughters (+ slideshow). Located in Spain’s Asturias principality, Casa Tmolo had been derelict for over 50 years and was in need of complete renovation. So the Madrid-based PYO Arquitectos remodelled the two blocks that make up the More

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UNStudio’s first building in Belgium features a stone facade and golden balconies

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a retail and residential complex in Brussels that combines curving architectural forms with flashes of golden-hued aluminium. Named Le Toison d’Or, the eight-storey building is UNStudio’s first completed project in Belgium, and is located between the historic Porte Louise and Port de Namur gates in the centre of Brussels. The building’s unusual facade is its More

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Roz Barr’s pool house in the Sierra Nevada is surrounded by stone walls and olive trees

This pool house nestled among trees on the estate of a farmhouse in Spain’s Sierra Nevada region is flanked by dry stone walls and has a turf roof that helps it merge with the landscape (+ slideshow). The Modern Pool House is positioned on a terraced site below a driveway leading to the main house, More

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Onurcan Çakır uses stone and concrete to create soundproof house in a Turkish village

Architect Onurcan Çakır paired stark concrete with rugged stone for the walls of this compact family house near the west coast of Turkey (+ slideshow). Named Barbaros House, the 83-square-metre property provides a year-round residence for Çakır and his family in Barbaros, a village approximately 50 kilometres west of Izmir. The house stands close to More

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Twin Holiday Homes Overlooking The Aegean

Athenian architects Block 722 designed two holiday homes on the Greek island Syros. Titled “Syros I” and “Syros II”, the dual residences were created with gatherings of family and friends in mind, each with guest rooms detached from the master living space. Crafted with traditional stone work, the houses feature large outdoor living areas, complete […]

Pale travertine walls frame Cour et Jardin cultural centre by Atelier Fernandez & Serres

French studio Atelier Fernandez & Serres has completed a cultural centre outside Nantes featuring pale stone walls and sloping roof planes that echo the forms of neighbouring houses (+ slideshow). Named Cour et Jardin, the building is located in Vertou, a suburb to the south of the city. It contains a theatre, recording studios and numerous practice rooms […]

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Brown + Brown transforms derelict stone buildings into boatbuilding workshop

Children and adults learn the skills of boatbuilding inside this harbour-side stone structure that Scottish firm Brown + Brown has updated with a contemporary wooden roof. Aberdeen-based Brown + Brown designed the facility for Portsoy, a village on Scotland’s north coast. It occupies the only two blocks in the historic harbour that aren’t heritage-listed, both […]

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Haverstock uses stone-filled cages to disguise police shooting range in disused quarry

Stone-filled gabions provide the walls of this police training centre by architecture firm Haverstock, helping it camouflage with the craggy walls of a former quarry in Bristol, England (+ slideshow). The Blackrock Police Training Centre was designed by London-based Haverstock to provide specialist training facilities for the local police force, including two fire ranges and tactical training facilities, as well as offices and classrooms. […]

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Barn-like house by McGonigle McGrath features pale walls and asymmetric gables

The shapes and proportions of local agricultural barns informed the design of this monochrome house in Northern Ireland, designed by British firm McGonigle McGrath (+ slideshow). Located just outside Newcastle in County Down, House at Maghera is a large residence for a family of five. Their brief was for a bright and spacious home that wouldn’t feel out of […]

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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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3XN completes Copenhagen hospital building featuring slanted stone walls

Angled stone surfaces create zigzags across the facade of this hospital building in Copenhagen by Danish firm 3XN (+ slideshow). Copenhagen-based 3XN designed the 7,400-square-metre building for the city’s Rigshospitalet. It replaces an outdated facility that is slated for demolition to make way for the hospital’s new North Wing treatment centre. The building is described as a Patient Hotel, […]

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Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura features a volcanic stone barn and a whale-inspired extension

This restaurant and bar in the Azores comprises two buildings – a remodelled barn with volcanic stone walls, and a bulbous timber extension conceived as a cross between a whale and a wine barrel (+ slideshow). Designed by Portuguese firm FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo, the Cella Bar is located on the west coast of Pico, one of the […]

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