Fern tree grows through the roof of bright white “contemporary tropical” house on Java island

The trunk of a Brazilian firetree pierces the white zinc-coated roof of this house by Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture in Bandung, Indonesia. Set at the end of a narrow alleyway in a densely built urban area, the local architecture studio built the compact two-storey residence for a Muslim family of four on the western part of the

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Open-air chapel designed by Plano Humano Arquitectos to resemble Scout’s tent

This tent-like chapel, for a Scout campground in Portugal’s rural Idanha-a-Nova region, features a folded zinc-clad roof that opens up towards the surrounding landscape. Plano Humano Arquitectos created the structure for the National Scout’s Activities Camp, on a plateau that has panoramic views of the nearby hills. The chapel was commissioned for the occasion of the

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Dominic Pandolfini updates his century-old Melbourne home with huge zinc-clad extension

Architect Dominic Pandolfini has more than tripled the size of his once run-down home in Melbourne, by adding a contemporary extension clad with zinc. Port Melbourne House is a 100-year-old heritage property in one of the city’s bayside suburbs. The Pandolfini Architects founder lives in the house with his wife, two young children and pet dog. When the architect initially

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Vaulted zinc roof tops extension to coastal house in Dublin by Arigho Larmour Wheeler

This extension to a cottage in a Dublin suburb by Irish studio Arigho Larmour Wheeler features an asymmetric pyramidal roof, which is sliced off at the top to incorporate a roof light that illuminates an open-plan living area. Arigho Larmour Wheeler was tasked with refurbishing and extending a 1950s worker’s cottage in the seaside suburb

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Glenn Murcutt covers bushland home in zinc panels to protect it against wildfire

Set in a patch of dense coastal bushland on the Palm Beach peninsula just north of Sydney, this weekend residence by architect Glenn Murcutt is armoured in blackened zinc panels to defend it from wildfire. Nestled into the base of a sandstone outcrop, the two-storey house is surrounded by shrubbery and a forest of gum, oak and blueberry

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Beech Architects adds zinc pod to derelict Windmill in Suffolk

UK firm Beech Architects has converted a 125-year-old windmill stump in Suffolk, England, into a guest house topped with an elliptical zinc-clad pod. Once a prominent feature of the landscape, the 60-foot-tall (18-metre) converted windmill now houses two bedrooms, a kitchen-diner, a bathroom, and a viewing pod that offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from

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Anmahian Winton’s zinc-clad observatory enables stargazing from a New Hampshire mountain

The top of this faceted private observatory in central New Hampshire, by Anmahian Winton Architects, rotates to provide different views of the night sky. The Gemma Observatory sits on a remote peak in the northeastern state, at the centre of a “dark” zone with a three-mile radius. Unobstructed by light pollution, the setting is ideal

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Outdoor terrace divides two sides of zinc and concrete home in Costa Rica

Two volumes, one made from zinc and one from concrete, are separated by a glazed walkway and terrace in this Costa Rican house by MG Design Studio. The San Jose-based architects split the two sections of the house – each with inward-sloping, mono-pitched roofs – into social and private areas. One contains an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room, while the

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OOPEAA builds wood and zinc sauna on the shore of a tiny Finnish island

Finnish architecture office OOPEAA has completed a log cabin-style sauna on an island in Helsinki’s archipelago that is topped with a zinc roof incorporating dormer windows. OOPEAA principal Anssi Lassila designed the Lonna Sauna for the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, which oversees activities on a cluster of islands that once formed a sea fortress at the

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Studio B wraps elevated Aspen home in zinc and glass

American firm Studio B faced challenging site conditions while conceiving this contemporary Colorado dwelling that sits atop a concrete plinth. The Zale Residence is situated on a sloped, angular property in the mountain town of Aspen. Located within walking distance to downtown, the home enjoys “ample sunshine and great views to Aspen Mountain”. The property faces

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Andrew Berman Architects adds timber-framed extension to old Staten Island library

Tasked with renovating and extending the Stapleton branch of the New York Library, Andrew Berman Architects overhauled the interior and connected it to an annex clad with zinc and glass. The facility is situated in northeast Staten Island – one of the five boroughs that make up New York City – and was first constructed in

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Farrells completes swimming pool with “shell-like” roof on Hong Kong seafront

British firm Farrells has carved a large opening into the zinc-clad roof of its swimming pool complex in Hong Kong to offer outdoor bathers sea views. The studio headed up by architect Terry Farrell designed the pool as part of the Kennedy Town Station development, which occupies the site of the former Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. The new, distinctively shaped public pool now occupies a triangular

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Office of Architecture elevates zinc-clad Hamptons home above a floodplain

New York studio Office of Architecture has created a holiday home in a seaside village in the Hamptons that is raised above the property, resulting in spaces located “under, over and between the building and the landscape”. The Watermill House is located in Water Mill, an oceanside hamlet in the Town of Southampton on Long Island.

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Antonin Ziegler covers abandoned barn in zinc plates to create rustic home in northern France

Zinc plates protect the ageing wooden structure of this barn in the French village Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit, which was been transformed into a house with its own spa by Antonin Ziegler. Parisian architect Ziegler and his studio chose zinc as a replacement for the weatherbeaten cladding of The Barn house, which stands on the edge of the wheat field

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HGA creates cedar-clad cottages for classical musicians in Vermont

US firm HGA Architects and Engineers took cues from Cape Cod-style homes while conceiving a series of cabins for world-renowned musicians spending the summer in rural New England. The Marlboro Music Cottages are located on the 500-acre (202-hectare) campus of Marlboro College, tucked in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Each summer, the campus hosts the

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Jagged roof tops video studio in Venice Beach by Modal Design

American firm Modal Design has created a studio building for a video art collector in California, which features an angular roof and multi-tonal zinc cladding. The Amoroso Video Studio sits behind a Craftsman-style home in Venice Beach, a coastal city in the Los Angeles metro area. Situated next to an alley and a public parking lot, the studio building replaced

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Zinc-covered bump creates double-height kitchen for San Sebastian home

A humped roof accommodates a tall glazed living space within this concrete house designed by Estudio Peña Ganchegui in San Sebastian. Spanish practice Estudio Peña Ganchegui designed Roteta House for an elongated plot in the coastal city in Spain’s Basque Country. The plot is bound on one side by a craggy stone escarpment and on its others by parking for cars

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Gardiner Architects shelters Melbourne house beneath folded zinc roof

Zinc panels form an undulating roof for this linear courtyard house by Gardiner Architects, which overlooks Melbourne from its hilltop site. Local studio Gardiner Architects designed Ruckers Hill House for a couple with three young children, who had purchased a vacant plot with expansive views south towards the city. The fairly narrow site informed a configuration that stretches back away from

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Woods Bagot’s zinc-clad apartments echo industrial context in Melbourne

Balconies and windows with deep black frames project from these zinc-clad apartment blocks in Melbourne, designed by Woods Bagot to reference the area’s industrial architecture. The Assembly Apartments are situated in northern Melbourne, in an area with an industrial heritage evidenced by the high number of factory buildings. Local practice Woods Bagot, who designed the 137 apartments for the high-end developer Cbus Property, sought

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Edgley Design finishes London terrace with angular zinc-clad frontage

London studio Edgley Design has completed and moved into this zinc-clad development in Islington comprising basement offices, and a row of terraced houses with a saw-tooth profile. The Godson Street scheme is a joint venture by architect Jake Edgley, and local business owners Chris Joannou of CKS Partnership and James Engel of Spaced Out, who purchased an empty brownfield

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Wendell Burnette builds little house on the prairie in Wisconsin

This zinc-clad home by US studio Wendell Burnette Architects sits in the middle of a Wisconsin crop field (+ slideshow). The 5,000-square-foot Prairie House is a simple box clad in galvanised zinc, located on a 16-acre farmed site near the town of Ellington. Crops grown across the stretch of land include corn, soybean, wheat, and More

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+tongtong uses grey and black zinc to transform Victorian home in Toronto

Canadian firm +tongtong has overhauled a traditional home in Toronto, adding a large triangular window, dark zinc cladding and an interior lightwell that provides natural illumination. Called Zn House, the project entailed the transformation of a three-storey Victorian home through “a series of strategic moves and incisions”. The architect was tasked with creating a larger, More

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Stephen Phillips clads modern San Francisco townhouse in black zinc

Local studio Stephen Phillips Architects has completed a black duplex in San Francisco that aims to challenge the city’s standard housing typologies (+ slideshow). Called Black Mass, the residential building is located in the Hayes Valley neighbourhood, which is dotted with traditional Victorian and Edwardian townhouses. Once a drug haven, the area has undergone a dramatic 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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Lakeside theatre designed by Bargone Associati to look like huge rocks

Four pebble-shaped volumes form this cultural centre completed by Bargone Architetti Associati on the stoney shoreline of Lake Maggiore, Italy (+ slideshow). The Centro Eventi Multifunzionale (CEM) hosts a pair of theatres for audiences of 500 and 200, as well as a rehearsal space, and a foyer for events and exhibitions. A restaurant, cafe and ancillary spaces including offices are More

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Naturehumaine adds zinc-clad extension to 19th-century home in Montreal

Local studio Naturehumaine has created an angular addition to a historic dwelling in Montreal, featuring dark zinc cladding that references works created by the owner, a graphite pencil artist (+ slideshow). Called the McCulloch Residence, the project called for an extension to a residential property built in the 1860s at the base of Mount Royal – More

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Tengbom adds “monolithic” zinc-clad extension to Alingsås District Court

Stockholm architecture studio Tengbom has added a zinc-clad extension to a traditional brick courthouse building in the Swedish town of Alingsås (+ slideshow). Tengbom’s addition to the Alingsås District Court is designed to offer a contemporary counterpoint to an original brick building designed by architect Adrian Crispin Pettersson and completed in 1899. The courthouse is situated More

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GilBartolomé Architects creates cavernous “Gaudiesque” residence with a zinc-shingled roof

A wavy zinc-covered roof covers the front of this residence by Madrid practice GilBartolomé Architects, which is dug into a steep cliff face overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Spain’s Granada province (+ slideshow). The property called House on the Cliff was designed by architects Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolomé for a young couple who bought a difficult hillside plot, which has a More

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Zinc cladding lends “workplace aesthetic” to Wimbledon art studios by Penoyre & Prasad

Architecture office Penoyre & Prasad has added an angular studio building clad entirely in zinc panels to the campus of Wimbledon College of Arts in south-west London (+ slideshow). The new building was designed by Penoyre & Prasad to house flexible studios across two storeys, replacing a cluster of old temporary buildings and sheds on a plot within […]

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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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