Büros für Konstruktivismus turns a chicken coop in Berlin into an artist’s studio

Berlin-based practice Büros für Konstruktivismus has transformed a former chicken house in the back garden of a 1930s home into a pine-lined artist’s studio. The project is named Hühnerhaus, the German word for henhouse. The coop was originally constructed just after second world war in the grounds of a Berlin villa, but after its renovation the owner now uses

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Ole Scheeren plans to radically transform Frankfurt office block into Jenga-like apartment tower

Architect Ole Scheeren has unveiled plans for his first project in Europe, which will see him completely overhaul a 1970s office block in Frankfurt to create 200 riverside homes. Having spent more than a decade focusing on Asia, the German architect is shifting his focus to his home country. He plans to completely reconfigure a

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Extrastudio transforms Portuguese winery into house covered with rough red mortar

Lisbon-based practice Extrastudio has converted a winery in southern Portugal into a family home by covering its walls with red-pigmented mortar, introducing light wells and adding a black-bottomed swimming pool. The former winery was built by the client’s grandparents in the 20th century. After inheriting the building, they tasked Extrastudio to create a family residence on the site located in Azeitao,

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LGA transforms warehouse into community for homeless youths in Toronto

Canadian firm LGA Architectural Partners has created a neighbourhood within an old Toronto industrial building, to provide accommodation for homeless young people. Eva’s is a nonprofit initiative that provides shelter and educational facilities for homeless youth in the city. For the latest of its three residences, LGA Architectural Partners consulted with Canadian agency ERA Architects to revamp

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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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HASA Architects converts derelict glasshouses into events space in Highgate

Birch plywood panels form partitions, platforms and furniture inside these greenhouses at a former garden centre in Highgate, north London, converted into an events and exhibition space by local practice HASA Architects. The six glasshouses, which terrace down the gently sloping site, once formed part of the Capital Gardens garden centre in Highgate Bowl. It was bought by

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Old Suffolk barn transformed into countryside bed and breakfast by Blee Halligan Architects

Bedrooms inside this barn conversion extension in the English countryside are defined by the peaks of a sawtooth roof, which Blee Halligan Architects added during the building’s renovation. The Five Acre Barn is home to a bed and breakfast, and is set between the Suffolk seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thropness in the East Anglia

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Andrew Burges Architects transforms Sydney warehouse into “mini city” for kids

This Sydney childcare and community centre by Andrew Burges Architects is filled with tiny house-shaped rooms and has a sandpit on its roof. Conceived as a city at child’s scale, the East Sydney Learning Centre is housed in a four-storey former warehouse building from the 1920s that is nestled within a tight network of lanes and streets. The architects were asked to

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Jiaji Shen proposes turning abandoned coal pier into workshop for “mudlarking” jewellery maker

Royal College of Art graduate Jiaji Shen has proposed transforming a disused pier on London’s River Thames into a workshop for a designer who makes jewellery with items scavenged from the mud. Shen developed The Jewel of the Thames project during his interior design masters studies at London’s Royal College of Art. It formed part of the programme’s Obsolescence section, which asked

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Arcgency transforms former Copenhagen coal crane into private retreat

Architecture firm Arcgency has turned an industrial coal crane in a Copenhagen harbour into a luxury two-person retreat. Located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbours under renovation in Denmark’s capital, The Krane sits on the waterfront and accessed by a drawbridge-like staircase. The multi-tiered structure comprises a reception area on the

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AART designs pop-up train carriages to rejuvenate an old railway in Aarhus

A single-room hotel, a public greenhouse and a set of polling booths are just some of the unusual functions assigned to a set of train carriages designed by Danish studio AART for an old industrial area of Aarhus. AART worked with local non-profit organisation Givisme on the design for the pop-up carriages, which were created to inject life back into an area of

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Sex shop converted into tiny Japanese art gallery by Persimmon Hills Architects

Persimmon Hills Architects has transformed an illegal sex shop into a a dramatic wedge-shaped micro-studio and gallery space in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. Measuring just 20 square metres, the space named Cut is designed for an artist in residence as an extension of the annual open-air art festival, Koganecho Bazaar. “Koganecho has art everywhere during an

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18 “rail-to-trail” projects following in the High Line’s footsteps

The creators of New York’s High Line have launched a platform to advise similar infrastructure reuse projects in the USA. We’ve rounded up the 18 other schemes in the works, including an OMA-designed bridge with ramps and waterfalls, and an underground park. The hugely popular High Line park, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, reclaimed

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Brett Farrow converts auto body shop into restaurant complex in Southern California

American architect Brett Farrow has used cedar, steel and large expanses of glass to transform a shabby car repair facility into a lively venue for working, dining and sipping cocktails. Called The Quonset Project, the small complex sits within Carlsbad, a quiet beach town in Southern California. The project is named after a steel hut that has been located

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Snøhetta set to overhaul former paper mill to offer views of Oregon waterfall

Snøhetta has unveiled its plans to transform an abandoned paper mill blocking a view of Oregon City’s Willamette Falls and waterfront into a cultural complex looped by an elevated pathway. Located on the Willamette River, The Riverwalk will open up views of Willamette Falls – North America’s second largest waterfall in volume – that haven’t been accessible for 150 years.

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Jestico + Whiles converts town hall into student halls with iridescent tile-covered theatre

Southwark Town Hall in south London has been renovated and repurposed to accommodate student housing and a mixed-use arts hub, including a theatre contained in a folded tile-clad extension. Architecture and interior design firm Jestico + Whiles was appointed by student-housing developer Alumno Developments to oversee the renewal of the historic building on Peckham Road,

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MVRDV transforms 1970s highway into “plant village” in Seoul

Dutch studio MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, which follows a kilometre-long route above the traffic. South Korea’s answer to New York’s High Line, the 983-metre-long park occupies a stretch of the 1970s highway destined for demolition. It now contains 24,000 trees, shrubs and flowers set into cylindrical planters. The walkway, called

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Tandem’s Melbourne house features folded cladding interrupted by rusty steel window frames

The curving corrugated-metal exterior of this house in Melbourne by local studio Tandem forms a continuous surface that encloses small pocket gardens. Tandem created the True North House for a tapering triangular plot in the Kensington neighbourhood of Melbourne, which was previously occupied by a decaying 1950s cottage and a stables built in the 1880s.

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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Carr creates dark and moody interiors for art-filled hotel in Australia’s wine region

Australian architecture studio Carr has transformed a Federation cottage on the Mornington Peninsula into the Jackalope hotel, cladding the building’s exterior in charred timber and creating interiors based on an alchemist’s workshop. The Jackalope is located in a wine-growing region south of Melbourne that is famed for its production of pinot noir. Comprising both an

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Simon Astridge stacks shipping containers to create backyard London office

UK architect Simon Astridge has used shipping containers, exposed plasterwork and clay lighting to create the offices and showroom for a London tile manufacturer. Astridge designed the Porcelain Gallery for Pentagon Tiles in a conservation area within Hatton Garden in London’s Camden. As part of the brief, Astridge was tasked with creating office space in the backyard of the showroom, and so chose

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Chybik + Kristof uses 900 plastic chairs to clad Czech furniture showroom

Hundreds of used black plastic chairs cover the facade of this furniture shop, which architecture studio Chybik + Kristof has created inside a former car showroom in the Czech city of Brno. The former showroom was in need of an update, with the building’s exterior lacking any visual connection to the company or its products. The furniture company MY DVA Group jokingly requesting Ondrej Chybik and

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Silver & Co transforms London garden shed into multifunctional studio for artist couple

A sunken bed and folding ping-pong table feature in this studio converted from a derelict garden shed for a pair of artists in west London. London-based studio Silver & Co renovated and refurbished the garden shed for a sculptor, a painter and their child, creating a self-contained studio that can also be used as a gallery or a guest bedroom. Most of the

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Eduardo Souto de Moura transforms Portuguese farming village into luxury retreat

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has helped to revive a former farming village in the Alentejo region as a high-end hotel featuring whitewashed interiors and original vaulted ceilings. The monte, or village, is located at the heart of the 780-hectare São Lourenço do Barrocal estate, which has been owned by the same family for over

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Wingårdh transforms roofless freight depot into Malmö Market Hall

Sheets of pre-rusted red steel cover the new extension to a dilapidated freight depot in Malmö, which has been converted into a covered food market by Swedish studio Wingårdh. The clients, brother and sister Nina Totté Karyd and Martin Karyd, asked Wingårdh to convert and extend the brick shell to provide a new space for market vendors and restauranteurs in the Swedish city. The studio repaired

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BBGK Architekci uses stained concrete walls to create Katyn Museum inside Warsaw barbican

Red concrete walls frame a chasm leading to a memorial inside Warsaw’s barbican, which commemorates the thousands of Polish citizens murdered by the Soviet secret police during the second world war. Designed by local studio BBGK Architekci, the Katyn Museum– one of five projects in the running for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award – is split across three 19th-century buildings of

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vPPR converts former Shoreditch warehouse into shops and flats linked by private walkway

A public and private street flank this former warehouse in east London, which local studio vPPR has converted into a mixed-use development containing shops and apartments. The building is situated on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch – a popular shopping destination home to some of the city’s trendiest brands and boutiques. vPPR was tasked with reviving the imposing brick warehouse and

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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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MAD and Stefano Boeri propose crinkled towers and vertical forests for Milan’s disused railway yards

MAD, Stefano Boeri Architetti and Mecanoo are among five architecture studios to unveil proposals to completely transform unused railways across Milan, creating high-density housing and swaths of greenery. Milanese practice Cino Zucchi Architetti and Barcelona studio EMBT Miralles Tagliabue also developed ideas to reinvigorate the seven disused railway yards. The five proposals emerged from a workshop held in December 2016, which invited architects to reimagine

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Jorge Bolio Arquitectura inserts restaurant into old Mexican textile factory

Building around a metal frame placed into ruins of a former engine room, Jorge Bolio Arquitectura has created a contemporary dining lounge in the tropics of Mexico. The Ixi’im Restaurant is situated in an old textile factory in Chocholá, 70 kilometres inland from the Yucatan peninsula’s Gulf Coast. The facility was once a flourishing producer of agave-derived

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Bruner/Cott further expands MASS MoCA art museum in the Berkshires

American architecture firm Bruner/Cott has completed the latest stage in transforming a former textile factory into the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum sits at the heart of North Adams, an industrial town in the Berkshires area of Massachusetts. The area is an unlikely arts hub, but neighbouring Williamstown is also home to the

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Arqmov Workshop converts Mexico City auto shop into retail centre with patterned facade

Mexican architecture studio Arqmov Workshop has overhauled a V-shaped industrial building by adding a patterned facade, windows that angle outward and a prominent entrance on the pointy corner. Triangulo Corona is located in Naucalpan, on the outskirts of Mexico City. It is situated within an industrial area dotted with warehouses, street markets and modest homes.

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José Almeida transforms stone villa in rural Portugal into holiday house

Architect José Almeida has partially demolished a late 19th-century property in northern Portugal, and used the rubble to create holiday accommodation where guests can bathe in a former wine press. The two-storey property dating back to 1870 is set on a hill in the small rural village of Contenças de Baixo on the Mondego river. It comprises a

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MVRDV’s letter-shaped housing blocks spell out HOME across old army barracks site

MVRDV has revealed its plans to redevelop the former Mannheim US Army camp in Germany, creating a green mound from demolished barracks and four residential towers that spell out the word home. The Dutch firm’s designs for the 144-hectare Franklin Mitte neighbourhood in Mannheim are intended to introduce density and diversity to the monotonous plan of barracks. Aimed at local families leaving

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Red beach hut by Jonathan Hendry Architects stands atop former toilet block

Jonathan Hendry Architects has built a beach hut clad in red-stained timber on top of an old toilet block in the English seaside town of Sandilands. The London and Lincolnshire-based architects renovated and extended the small toilet block to provide a chalet on the sea front. Located at the end of a row of beach huts, the existing toilet block had white

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Cigarette factory in Brussels converted into city hall by trio of Belgian architects

This red brick building that once formed part of a cigarette factory in Brussels has been converted into a council office with minimalist interiors by Stéphanie Willocx, LD2 Architecture and Mamout. The trio of Brussels-based architects was asked to overhaul the former industrial space on Charles Malis Street for the city’s Molenbeek-Saint-Jean municipality. Behind its ornamental brick facade, the 990-square-metre space

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Piet Hein Eek converts Friesian barn into rustic bed and breakfast

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek and architect Iggie Dekkers have transformed a century-old barn in the Friesian village of Woudsend into a guesthouse designed to showcase an aged timber roof. Hein Eek and Dekkers, who run the studio Eek en Dekkers, began the renovation of the Omke Jan barn in 2014 – 110 years after its initial completion in 1904. The client wanted

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Movie explores Jonathan Tuckey’s home in a former steel workshop in London

Filmmaker Tapio Snellman has documented the home of Jonathan Tuckey in this movie, which was created 14 years after the architect overhauled a 19th-century London workshop to create it. The architect, who is the founder of London-based firm Jonathan Tuckey Design, renovated and extended the steel fabricator’s workshop in 2002 to create a unique home for his family and their dog.

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PROD transforms 18th-century manor house in rural Portugal into hotel

Portuguese studio PROD has converted this 18th-century house and stables in northern Portugal into a 15-bedroom hotel, adding an elevated wooden bridge and a vaulted roof to the kitchen. The Paço de Vitorino estate comprises a three-storey residence on the eastern side of the plot, and two wings on the northern and southern side that were previously used as a warehouse

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Jensen Architects converts San Francisco warehouse into arts centre with black and white facade

American studio Jensen Architects aimed to preserve original design elements while transforming a sawtooth-roof industrial building into an arts hub with galleries and event space. Named after its address, 1275 Minnesota Street entailed the adaptive reuse of an industrial building dating to 1937. The two-storey arts centre is located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district,

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West Architecture converts London church into restrained home for School of Life founder

West Architecture has transformed a Methodist church in Islington into a pared-back home dressed with just a few items of furniture to reflect the minimalist lifestyle of its owner. London studio West Architecture, which carried out previous renovation works on the building, was asked to update the space for its latest owner. The client, Morgwn Rimel, is the co-founder

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JFAK converts brick warehouse in LA into “cleantech” hub

Sculptural light chutes and a vibrant living wall are among the features at this adaptive reuse project by American firm JFAK Architects, for environment-focused companies in Los Angeles. The La Krez Innovation Campus – also known as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator – is located in the city’s Arts District and occupies an old warehouse. The office

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MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes to transform 1930s silo into art gallery in Norway

Barcelona-based studios MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes have won a competition to covert a 1930s silo into an art museum and cultural centre in Norway. The Kunstsilo contest called for proposals to transform the Odderøya grain silo, which was built in 1935 on the wharf Silokaia in Kristiansand – a city in the southern county of Vest-Agder. It stands

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Brutalist bunker to be converted into tower by Powerhouse Company

Powerhouse Company has revealed its plans to convert a brutalist bunker in Eindhoven into high-rise housing. The Bunker, originally constructed in the late 1960s to designs by Dutch architect Hugh Maaskant, was formerly used as a student centre by Eindhoven University of Technology. The low-lying concrete structure is located to the north side of the city’s Central Station.

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David Nossiter Architects transforms brick barn in Suffolk into spacious home

The original brick walls and a high timber-trussed ceiling are left exposed inside this former barn in Suffolk, which has been converted into a contemporary home by David Nossiter Architects. Church Hill Barn is located on the border between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex, and is one of a cluster of buildings that formed the

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Derelict Mexico City home becomes mixed-use venue thanks to steel and concrete intervention

Mexico City architects Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua have added an architectural “prosthesis” on top of a dilapidated brick residence to turn the building into offices and a co-working space. The 19th-century house is located at Havre 77, in the central Juárez neighbourhood of the Mexican capital, just south of the Paseo de la Reforma

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Stacked shipping containers house bedrooms at Vietnam hostel by TAK Architects

Brightly painted shipping containers are stacked one on top of the other to house bunk beds at this hostel in Nha Trang, which also features aerial bridges and giant communal hammocks. The Ccasa Hostel was designed by local studio TAK Architects for a site around three kilometres from the centre of the coastal resort city,

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Board-marked concrete and pleated wood surfaces line cultural centre in 17th-century chapel

Architects Héctor Fernández Elorza and Manuel Fernández Ramírez have transformed a dilapidated chapel in Spain into a cultural centre by inserting a shell made of board-marked concrete. The Spanish architects were tasked with converting the rundown Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre into a flexible community space for Jarandilla, a village in the province of Cáceres Jarandilla de la Vera. The 100-metre-square

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People’s Architecture Office uses prefabricated panels to update Beijing hutong house

People’s Architecture Office has repurposed a rundown home in one of Beijing’s historic hutong neighbourhoods, using prefabricated panels to create a contemporary and light-filled residence. The Beijing studio overhauled and extended the residence in the Changchun Jie Hutong neighbourhood using a series of white panels. The client Mrs Fan had lived in the house as a child until her parents

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Colonnades frame landscaped courtyards at Buddhist retreat in rural England

This Buddhist retreat by Walters & Cohen Architects features a cluster of pitched-roof structures arranged around tranquil courtyards in the English countryside. The Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre is located on the site of a former farm in Suffolk and is operated by the London Buddhist Centre (LBC), which awarded the project to Walters & Cohen Architects following a competition in 2013. The London-based

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Quadrangle Architects transforms brick warehouse in Toronto into creative workspaces

Canadian firm Quadrangle Architects has transformed a 19th-century brick building once used to store wine into a workspace for designers, artists and tech companies. Named 60 Atlantic Avenue, the 43,000-square-foot building (3,995 square metres) is located in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood, a former industrial area now occupied by young professionals and creative-sector businesses. L-shaped in

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Neri&Hu transforms Beijing missile factory into car workshop

Shanghai studio Neri&Hu has converted a former missile factory in Beijing into a car repair garage and offices with an industrial-style metal staircase, mesh cages and painted brickwork. Inside The Garage, a mechanics workshop catering to Beijing’s some 7 million vehicles is flanked by offices and a cafe. Neri&Hu wanted to preserve as much of the original building as possible,

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John Pawson converts WW2 bunkers into museum of Southeast Asian art in Berlin

Architectural designer John Pawson has transformed a pair of second world war telecommunication bunkers into an art and furniture museum in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood. The Feuerle Collection is a private museum hosting the contemporary art, Imperial Chinese furniture, and ancient Southeast Asian art collections of Désiré Feuerle. Pawson’s first major project in Berlin, it features exhibition spaces with the designer’s

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Cun-Design converts Beijing house into film studio with weathering steel and glass extensions

Chinese firm Cun-Design has transformed a typical suburban house in Beijing into a film production studio featuring glass and pre-rusted steel extensions. Cun-Design was asked to oversee the refurbishment of the existing property in the Chinese capital’s Tongzhou District to create a new workspace for Blue Moon Films. The detached house located on the bank

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London’s new Design Museum by John Pawson and OMA unveiled

John Pawson and OMA have completed the Design Museum’s new £83-million London home, which is set to open next week at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington. Dutch architecture practice OMA worked with London firm Allies and Morrison, and Arup engineers to restore the shell of the 1960s Grade II*-listed building in west London – including

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Max von Werz converts brutalist Mexico City building into OMR Gallery

A mid-century concrete structure in the heart of Mexican City has been renovated and extended to accommodate a contemporary art gallery. Architect Max von Werz created a home for OMR Gallery within the brutalist-style building in the city’s Roma neighbourhood, just a short distance from its previous space. “After 30 years in a turn-of-the-century Porfirian villa, the contemporary

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Concrete apartments slot into cliff overlooking Porto’s Dom Luís I Bridge

Architects Nuno Melo Sousa and Hugo Ferreira have created a apartment block for holidaymakers in Porto, backing onto a steep granite cliff beside one of the city’s most prominent bridges. The Oh Porto! apartments are situated within a Unesco World Heritage Site next to the Dom Luís I Bridge, which spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and

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Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects transforms Belgian fort into home and guesthouse

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects has renovated and extended a former fort in West Flanders to create a home for an estate agent and his family. The Bruges-based practice was asked to extend the 1839 farmhouse – which was once a fort – to suit the client, his wife and their two children, and to transform the barn into a bed

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Bricklaying robots create bulging brick facade for Shanghai arts centre

Chinese studio Archi-Union Architects programmed robots to construct the undulating brick facade of this art gallery in Shanghai’s West Bund district. The new exhibition space run by the Chi She artists collective provides space for art exhibitions, events and workshops at the heart of Shanghai’s rapidly developing West Bund neighbourhood. Archi-Union Architects, which previously completed a nearby

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Rolf Bruggink uses salvaged materials to convert coach house into home

Dutch architect Rolf Bruggink used every scrap of material from the demolition of an old office to transform this 19th-century coach house in Utrecht into a home and workspace, which includes a bath overlooking the lounge. Bruggink bought the coach house in the city’s affluent Maliebaan district along with its surrounding land and outbuildings, which included a

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TT Architects transforms furniture factory into family home in Japan

TT Architects has converted an old furniture factory in the Japanese city of Okayama into a cedar-and steel-clad home for a carpenter and his family. The two-storey gabled building was previously used to store raw materials for a made-to-order furniture company. Local studio TT Architects transformed the upper floor into a living space with a balcony, and

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Retractable garage-style doors open Amsterdam entrepreneur hub to the elements

Dutch studio BETA has transformed an old school in Amsterdam into a hub for entrepreneurs featuring full-height windows that can be retracted to open the entire facade. The Ru Paré School is located in the city’s Slotervaart neighbourhood. As part of a process aimed at revitalising the area’s urban design and community feel, local enterprise foundation Stichting

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Cadaval & Sola-Morales transforms abandoned building in Mexico into apartments and offices

Cadaval & Sola-Morales has converted a derelict block in Mexico City’s La Roma neighbourhood into apartments, offices and shops set around a courtyard with white staircases and trailing planting. The Spain- and Mexico-based practice carved out an atrium at the centre of the disused building named CH-Reurbano to give residents, workers and shoppers access to an open-air space. The courtyard features exposed

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yHa architects converts Japanese sake brewery building into tasting and exhibition space

Japanese studio yHa Architects has inserted a steel cuboid, wall and stairs inside this former rice mill in Saga Prefecture to create a sake tasting and exhibition space. The gallery occupies one of many disused buildings relating to the sake brewing industry in the town of Kashima. This renovation by yHa architects is the latest reinvention of the building, which was originally designed as a rice

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Call for entries to Experiential Beer Garden competition 2016

Dezeen promotion: entries are now open for architects and designers to submit ideas to transform a 16th-century Italian villa into a beer brewery. The Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has teamed up Unindustria – the Italian Association of Industrials – to create the Experiential Beer Garden for Italian brewery Villa Zarri. The competition invites applicants to suggest ways to transform the abandoned villa, located in the Emilian

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Hollwich Kushner creates University of Pennsylvania incubator space with spiky glass facade

US studio Hollwich Kushner has transformed an old paint factory into the Pennovation Center, which contains labs, co-working areas and social spaces for entrepreneurs and researchers. The building is the latest addition to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the centrepiece of a new 23-acre (nine hectares) research campus called Pennovation Works. The 58,000-square-foot (5,388-square-metre)

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Concrete dovecote transformed into children’s playhouse by AZO Sequeira

A small concrete structure once used as a house for doves has been transformed by Portuguese studio AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados into a garden playroom. The former dovecote had sat derelict in the back garden of the clients’ Braga home, so they asked the AZO Sequeira team to make it into a space that they could use. The More

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Derelict shed converted by Sue Architekten into writer’s studio and playroom

Sue Architekten has converted a 1930s outhouse near Vienna into a writing studio, guest room and playhouse, accessed via a trapdoor (+ slideshow). The Viennese studio refurbished the black timber shed for a family living in a recently renovated house in the Vienna Woods, near the town of Eichgraben. The ground floor of the 30-square-metre shed is used to store More

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Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten converts former potato barns into loft-style homes

Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten has transformed a pair of former barns in Amsterdam into residences that combine original features with nods to their industrial past (+ slideshow). The two neighbouring buildings are located in Amsterdam Noord – an upcoming neighbourhood to the north of the IJ river. Amsterdam-based Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten was asked to create More

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Apple to set up campus in London’s Battersea Power Station

Apple has announced it will create a new London headquarters inside Battersea Power Station, taking over six floors of the former industrial building on the bank of the River Thames. The tech giant plans to move 1,400 staff into the iconic 1930s power station by 2021. The building is currently undergoing redevelopment as part of a wider project More

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