Inward-facing Iranian home lets light filter in through a facade of wooden slats

Timber slats cover the walls and the windows of this house in Isfahan, Iran, allowing light to filter in without compromising the privacy of its occupants (+ slideshow). Designed by Tehran-based Bracket Design Studio, the house is one a of a growing number of impressive new architectural projects in Iran, in a construction boom triggered by the lifting of More

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Sound-amplifying stadium by Populous provides Lyon venue for Euro 2016

The firm behind the London Olympic stadium has built a new home for French football team Olympique Lyonnais, featuring an enormous fabric roof that amplifies the noise of the fans (+ slideshow). The Parc Olympique Lyonnais – nicknamed Stade des Lumières – was completed by Populous’ London office in time for France’s hosting of the 2016 European Championships, for More

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Project Orange slots mews-inspired development behind a row of west London shops

Architecture studio Project Orange has reinterpreted the traditional London mews to create a row of contemporary brick studio buildings with residences on top (+ slideshow). The Foundry Mews development replaces a dilapidated car repair workshop, creating a mix of workspaces and homes that are hidden behind a row of high-street shopfronts in west London. The biggest challenge for Project Orange was 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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Knox Bhavan Architects combines two flats in a converted London school

Knox Bhavan Architects has joined two flats in a converted school in south London, creating an apartment with spacious entertaining spaces and bedrooms that can be opened or closed (+ slideshow). The London-based studio was asked to renovate a couple of adjoining flats, located at one end of a heritage-listed Victorian-era school that had previously been converted into a residential More

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Mariusz Wrzeszcz completes house in Poland with cedar walls inside and out

Architects office Mariusz Wrzeszcz has completed a single-storey house in Poland featuring cedar-clad walls, and a glazed living room that opens out to a spacious terrace (+ slideshow). The Polish firm designed the house for a single client, in a quiet, residential area. Called Cedar House, it is clad almost entirely in cedar boards. The street-facing facade is mostly closed off with More

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Casa No Muro is a treehouse built on a wall instead of in a tree

Tasked with building a treehouse in a garden without a tree, French studios Saperlipopette Les Architectes and Martial Marquet Architecture have created a wooden structure that instead perches on a wall (+ slideshow). The client had promised his children a treehouse, but unfortunately the only tree overhanging his garden sits on the neighbouring property. To help create More

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Link Arkitektur extends Norwegian farmhouse with contemporary gabled structure

Link Arkitektur has added a gabled extension to a 19th-century Norwegian farmhouse, featuring a wooden facade designed to age with the building (+ slideshow). The historic farmstead, which is located beside Norway’s River Glomma, was purchased by a family who wanted to restore as much of the old house as possible, but to also add to it in a More

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DSDHA’s Corner House boasts a hidden roofscape adorned with “crystalline pavilions”

Architecture office DSDHA has completed an apartment block in London’s Fitzrovia, which has a pair of faceted glass penthouses concealed behind its austere grey brick facades. London-based DSDHA – founded by architects Deborah Saunt and David Hills – was tasked with creating a mixed-use development on a busy street corner, with shops on the ground floor and 11 apartments above. They call the project Corner More

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Ca na Maria is a bright white Ibiza home with an assortment of protruding windows

Architects Laura Torres Roa and Alfonso Miguel Caballero have completed a countryside home punctured with irregular concrete-framed windows in rural Ibiza (+ slideshow). The duo wanted to create a building with an interior protected from the harsh Mediterranean sun but still intimately connected to the outside, allowing residents to enjoy the warm southern climate. The result is a simple More

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Zaha Hadid’s car park project in Miami Beach will not get built

The late Zaha Hadid’s designs for a spiralling car park and public plaza in Miami have been rejected by city officials, five years after the architect was hired for the project. Miami city commissioners rejected the plans during a meeting last Wednesday and voted to solicit new proposals. The architect died unexpectedly aged 65 on 31 March in More

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Alex Hogrefe’s conceptual retreat cuts into a remote Icelandic clifftop

Architectural visualiser Alex Hogrefe has imagined a precarious concrete retreat cut into the edge of a remote clifftop in Iceland, as part of a series of tutorials in creating renderings (+ slideshow). Hogrefe designed the building to allow him to demonstrate some of the visualisation techniques he uses in his work, focusing on lighting, texture and “atmosphere”. He presents the images on his website More

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