AWE Office creates apartments with angular stone-clad facade in Iran

This residential building containing two apartments, in the Iranian city of Yazd, has an angular form influenced by vernacular cottages. Amir Shahrad of Tehran-based AWE Office oversaw the design of the Yazd Urban Villa, which is located in the city’s densely populated Koocheh Biuk neighbourhood. Koocheh Biuk is a relatively poor area that lacks a

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Venice Biennale project sees derelict 1980s flat transformed back into family home

A social-housing apartment that stood empty for five years is becoming a family home again, after being refurbished for a Venice Architecture Biennale show. The Unfolding Pavilion was a week-long exhibition inside a triplex flat in the Giudecca Social Housing Complex, which was built by Italian architect Gino Valle in 1986. The flat was in

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Le Corbusier’s interior realised by Philipp Mohr at Unité d’Habitation in Berlin

The interior of an apartment in Berlin’s Unité d’Habitation has been refurbished by German-American architect Philipp Mohr to Le Corbusier’s original plans. Mohr, who had been a fan of the influential architect since he attended a retrospective exhibition as a teenager in the 1980s, purchased the apartment in 2016 with the intention of refurbishing and selling it. When

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Mamout and AUXAU update Brussels townhouse with mint-green staircase

A staircase with living areas on its large landings replaces unnecessary rooms at the centre of this Brussels apartment, which was renovated and extended by Belgian architecture studios Mamout and AUXAU. The project undertaken by the team made up of architects from Mamout and AUXAU aimed to readdress the typical layout of properties in the

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Interrobang converts London’s landmark Hoover Building into apartments

UK studio Interrobang has transformed the Hoover Building in west London into 66 apartments that retain many of the former factory’s original art deco features. The heritage-listed building was designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners in 1931, and began life as the UK headquarters, manufacturing plant and repairs centre for the Hoover Company. During its heyday

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Edward van Vliet converts crane into three-storey holiday retreat in Amsterdam

A crane overlooking Amsterdam’s IJ river has been transformed into a luxury rental apartment, featuring three stacked shipping containers accommodating living spaces designed by Edward van Vliet to reference the area’s industrial past. The rental apartment is operated by local firm, Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments, which oversaw the crane’s refurbishment in collaboration with the local municipality,

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TBD overhauls West Village penthouse with rooftop deck and pool

New York design studio TBD has transformed an apartment in Manhattan’s West Village with white interiors and a new rooftop patio, complete with an outdoor shower and hot tub. TBD reconfigured the New York apartment – located on Christopher Street and measuring 1,600 square foot (149 square metres) – to create an open-plan layout. The

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Dezeen’s top 10 tiny homes of 2017

The past year has seen many architects and designers unveil innovative ideas for space-saving housing, whether in the city or out in the wilderness. Here are some of the best examples to emerge, selected by editor Amy Frearson for our review of 2017. PH Lavalleja, Argentina, by CCPM Arquitectos Argentinian studio CCPM Arquitectos managed to fit

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TRIA Arquitectura creates flexible living spaces within compact São Paolo apartment

Brazilian architecture studio TRIA Arquitectura has overhauled a 27-square-metre apartment in São Paolo, with the aim of making the space more adaptable to its tenants. The project was carried out for a client who wanted maximum flexibility built into the scheme, so that the tiny apartment could be moved around to suit the needs of its

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Duplex penthouse with expansive roof terraces tops Tadao Ando’s 152 Elizabeth Street

Images of the penthouse at Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s residential complex in New York City have been released, showing large rooftop terraces and an internal spiral staircase. The 5,603-square-foot (1,707-square-metre) residence will include four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, as part of the seven-storey condo building in Manhattan’s Nolita (north of Little Italy) neighbourhood. Multiple outdoor

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Cross-laminated-timber housing in east London offers “the future of low carbon construction”

Work has been completed on a 10-storey carbon-neutral apartment complex in London’s Dalston, which architecture firm Waugh Thistleton claims is the “world’s largest cross-laminated timber building”. Not only is Dalston Works believed to use more cross-laminated timber (CLT) than any other building in the world, at 33.8 metres tall, it is also among the tallest structures pioneering the use

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Black House is a duplex apartment above a converted Victorian warehouse in Hackney

Simon Conder Associates has placed a prefabricated, black-stained timber extension on top of a former warehouse in east London, creating a new home for the designers whose studio occupies the old building. The three-storey Victorian warehouse is located in an industrial neighbourhood in Hackney, close to London Fields park, and is home to a multidisciplinary design agency.

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Woods Bagot combines brick and board-marked concrete throughout Elwood House apartments

This low-lying brick-and-concrete apartment complex was designed by architecture firm Woods Bagot to reflect the scale and materiality of the surrounding buildings in a Melbourne suburb. Elwood House is situated on the site of a former Retired Service League community hall in Elwood, an inner suburb located around eight kilometres south of Melbourne’s central business

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White latticed screens encase apartment block in Kenya by Urko Sanchez Architects

White mashrabiya-style screens cover these apartments in Mombasa, Kenya, which Nairobi-based Urko Sanchez Architects designed to provide residents with privacy but also views out to sea. Tudor Apartments is located on a site overlooking the coast and flanked by a housing development on one side and a private residence on the other that may later be turned into

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Perforated canopies extend over terraces lining apartments built on an Israeli sand dune

Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture has completed a luxury apartment complex perched atop a cliff north of Tel Aviv, featuring terraces sheltered beneath latticed canopies that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli-Franco firm Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture designed The Arsuf Residences for the gated community of Arsuf, Israel, which offers views of the sea and the adjacent Apollonia National Park. The development comprises

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Chequerboard facades front Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter’s affordable housing in Stockholm

Stockholm studio Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter has completed a cluster of affordable apartment blocks in the Swedish capital, featuring facades with alternating opaque and transparent sections. Snabba Hus Västberga is the second project designed by Martin-Löf Arkitekter that uses offsite prefabrication and standardised materials to reduce the cost of constructing apartments for young people on waiting lists for

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COBE transforms Copenhagen grain silo into apartment block with faceted facades

Galvanised-steel panels form faceted balconies and window surrounds on the exterior of this former grain-storage silo in Copenhagen, which Danish studio COBE has converted into an apartment building. Local firm COBE was invited by the building’s owners Klaus Kastbjerg and NRE Denmark to oversee the transformation of the 17-storey building into 38 unique residential units,

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Competition: win a book documenting the evolution of the modern apartment

Dezeen is giving away five copies of Building Community: New Apartment Architecture by Michael Webb, which charts the growth of terraced towers, social housing, luxury high-rises and other contemporary apartment buildings. The book highlights innovative apartment designs from around the world. It looks to buildings that have enhanced the lives of their inhabitants, surroundings and urban

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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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Ho Chi Minh apartment block features patterned terracotta facade and garden pockets

A screen of decorative terracotta blockwork fronts this apartment block in Ho Chi Minh City by Sanuki Daisuke Architects, which features planted courtyards in its centre.  Diamond and floral motifs are cut through the terracotta facade fronting the Apartment in Binh Thanh, which is named after a district in the Vietnamese city. Sanuki Daisuke Architects chose terracotta for its relatively low cost. The perforated

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MVRDV unveils pair of stone towers for The Hague topped with “crown of terraces”

MVRDV has revealed its design for a pair of mixed-use towers in The Hague, which will feature natural stone facades that stagger into wooden outdoor spaces on top. Located in The Hague’s central business district, the Grotius towers will each include over 500 apartments, along with shops and restaurants, and parking on the lower floors. The Dutch firm designed the buildings to activate

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Gus Wüstemann arranges nine apartments around rugged stone wall in Zurich

Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann has subdivided a 19th-century building in Zurich into nine flats with concrete and chipboard finishes that complement its existing vaulted ceilings and stone walls. Located in the Seefeld area of the Swiss city, the original building consists of two structures: a traditional four-storey residential house dating from 1850 and an extension in front, which was built later to

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Luxury penthouse to be installed in Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

A penthouse apartment is being built inside Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed philharmonic hall in Hamburg, at a cost of £6.9 million for an anonymous client. The two-storey penthouse apartment will be located on the 24th and 25th floors of the Elbphilharmonie, where floor-to-ceiling glazing below the building’s scalloped roofline will give views along the Elbe River. Munich office

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Foster + Partners reveals cascading tower complex for Mecca pilgrims

Foster + Partners has won a competition for a complex of stepped towers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, providing accommodation for pilgrims en route to the world’s largest mosque. Foster + Partner’s design will be located between the Haramain High-speed Rail Station and the Grand Mosque, making it a key part of the pilgrims’ journey towards the mosque’s Holy Kaaba building

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Weston Williamson proposes incremental building to combat Palestinian housing shortage

British studio Weston Williamson has revealed a housing concept that aims to resolve the lack of affordable housing in Palestine by allowing residents to expand as their finances grow. Like the housing project Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena designed in Mexico, building work is designed to be carried out incrementally, with new rooms added as the occupants’ wealth grows. Weston

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Huge window frames garden views from boxy Lisbon apartment extension

One wall of this petite extension to a Lisbon apartment by RCJV Arquitectos is made entirely from glass – providing its owners with views of the courtyard gardens below. The Lisbon-based studio added the 10-square-metre extension to the first-floor apartment, boosting its size to 110 square metres and providing a new dining area for a family. Located at the

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Arches puncture brick facade of Amsterdam apartment block by WE Architecten

Arched openings punctuate the brick facade of this apartment building in Amsterdam, which is co-owned by its occupants and tailored to accommodate their varying lifestyles. The Amstelloft apartments are located overlooking the river Amstel, a site granted to WE Architecten by the local municipality after seeing its proposals for a cooperative development that is entirely owned by its occupants.

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Jean-Marc Bonfils reinterprets traditional Lebanese architecture with East Village apartment tower

This apartment block and art gallery in Beirut combines traditional timber and stone cladding with a vertical garden and a bright-red balcony that cantilevers from one of its facades. Local architect Jean-Marc Bonfils designed the East Village complex for gallerist Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, whose Galerie Tanit occupies the ground floor. During the development process, Bonfils suggested

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EFFEKT’s Thurøhus apartments feature textured brick facades and a staggered roof

Danish studio EFFEKT has completed a brick-clad apartment block in Copenhagen with a tapered profile that reflects the roof shape of an adjacent church. The Thurøhus complex is located in the Danish capital’s historic Frederiksberg neighbourhood. It was designed by EFFEKT for a former industrial plot on a tree-lined street called Thurøvej. Thurøhus’ scale and

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Sliding shutters cover Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes’ Parisian apartments

White metal louvres covering the facade of this apartment block in Paris can be drawn across windows and balconies to screen against the sun and street.  French studio Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes gave the building a height, scale and colouring that is intended to harmonise with the existing architecture on Rue Castagnary, in the city’s 15th arrondissement. The scale of

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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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WORKac adds jagged black rooftop extension to historic Manhattan building

US studio WORKac has renovated a 19th-century structure in New York and added a spacious penthouse topped with a folded metal roof. Called the Stealth Building, the project entailed the renovation of a historic building with a cast-iron facade, along with the construction of a new penthouse volume with a folded metal roof. It is

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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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New York home swaps dated plywood siding for charred timber and cement panels

Brooklyn studio AlexAllen has entirely revamped a family home in New York State, trading its outdated plywood siding for a modern finish composed of cement panels and blackened timber. For the New Paltz Renovation, the architects renovated an existing property that was built in the 1970s and is roughly 80 miles (100 kilometres) north of

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Wedge-shaped balconies front Carlos Marín’s apartment block in Mexico City

Each apartment in this crisply detailed concrete and glass block in Mexico City features a full-width balcony lined with sliding glass doors. The Rodin 33 building was designed by local architect Carlos Marín and takes its name from the street on which it is located in the Mexican capital. A narrow plot dictated the dimensions of

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Stepped shelving creates extra storage in Bookshelf House by Andrea Mosca

Stepped bookshelves help to divide and characterise this house just outside of Paris, renovated by Italian architect Andrea Mosca. Mosca designed the interior for a family of five, who were enamoured with the room-length bookshelf at a friend’s house, where they were staying during the remodelling. He made the element a feature of the home, which he

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Three architecture studios complete low-cost housing complex in San Francisco

A trio of local design firms teamed up to create an affordable apartment building that occupies a full city block in San Francisco’s urban core (+ slideshow). Called 1180 Fourth Street, the six-storey building was designed by Mithun-Solomon, Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Full Circle Architecture. Situated on a pointy corner lot, the building serves as More

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Brooklyn apartment tower by Enrique Norten nears completion

Construction of a metal-clad residential tower in Brooklyn by Mexican architect Enrique Norten is almost finished, with tenants slated to move in by the end of this summer. Called 300 Ashland, the apartment building is situated in Fort Greene, a vibrant district that is home to the Brooklyn Academy of Music performing arts venue. It was designed More

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First Yo! Home scheme to compact houses into small apartments

“Intuitive” apartments with moving surfaces and foldaway furniture will feature in the first residential development from the team behind Yo! Sushi and Yotel, which is currently awaiting planning permission. YO! Company founder Simon Woodroffe has teamed up with British firm Glenn Howells Architects on the first Yo! Home project, which aims to provide compact but high-quality accommodation for city dwellers. The team submitted More

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Hiroyuki Moriyama completes Tokyo apartment building with a perforated skin

Perforated steel panels create private enclosures around the balconies that front this compact housing development in Tokyo by local architect Hiroyuki Moriyama (+ slideshow). Hiroyuki Moriyama Architect and Associates was asked to create five residential properties on a plot measuring just seven metres wide and 20 metres deep, without going above four storeys. The biggest challenge 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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New York “courtscraper” by Bjarke Ingels set to open in March

Via 57 West, the tetrahedron-shaped Manhattan apartment tower by BIG, is preparing to welcome its first group of tenants next month. A photo posted by Anthony Maruca (@maracazzz) on Feb 23, 2016 at 11:40am PST While the building is not yet complete, the developer offered a sneak peek of the 940,000-square-foot (87,330 square metres) tower this More

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Grey herringbone brickwork covers Chan & Eayrs’ south London block

Pale grey bricks are arranged to create a herringbone pattern across the facade of this housing and studio block in New Cross, southeast London. The project by architectural duo Zoe Chan and Merlin Eayrs is named New Cross Lofts, and provides a pair of residences and a pair workspaces on a steeply sloping side street opposite the area’s rail station. New Cross is home More

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Design Haus Liberty squeezes three flats into angular period property in east London

Design Haus Liberty has converted a building with an triangular footprint in London’s Shoreditch into rental apartments that fold around awkwardly shaped internal walls (+ slideshow). The property occupies a site on a side street, and a shop occupies its ground floor. A developer asked London-based Design Haus Liberty to refurbish the spaces above to create three flats. The building’s More

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Emrys Architects creates six homes in converted Covent Garden warehouses

London studio Emrys Architects has converted a pair of warehouses in London’s Covent Garden into apartments, including a pair of penthouses slotted underneath the original pitched roof (+ slideshow). The four-storey Grade II-listed warehouse buildings were originally designed in 1897 and are situated down a side street almost directly opposite the Royal Opera House. The buildings initially […]

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Stefano Boeri unveils plans for “vertical forest” tower in Switzerland

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has revealed designs for a plant-covered 36-storey tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, continuing the “vertical forest” concept he trialled with a pair of towers in Milan (+ slideshow). According to Boeri, the building in the Chavannes-Près-Renens district of the city will be the first tower in the world to be covered with evergreen trees. The predominantly residential 117-metre-tall building will […]

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Kitchen extension projects from the top floor of a renovated Brussels house

Belgian architects Edouard Brunet and François Martens have converted a terraced house in Brussels into two apartments, adding a projecting box with a full-height glass wall to house a new kitchen (+ slideshow). The five-storey property in Brussels’ Schaerbeek commune was previously occupied by a family but became too large for the owners’ needs once their children moved out. […]

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BIG designs stepped 79 & Park residential development for Stockholm

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled plans for a foliage-covered terraced block of apartments, which are under construction in Stockholm’s Gärdet district (+ slideshow). The stepped glass and cedar wood building is adjacent to the Royal National City Park, and echoes its greenery with rooftops covered in plants – similar to recent proposals for buildings by Thomas […]

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HawkinsBrown pairs cross-laminated timber and steel for record-breaking apartment block

HawkinsBrown has completed a 33-metre-high apartment block in London’s Shoreditch, which the studio claims is “the tallest building to use structural cross-laminated timber in Europe” (+ slideshow). Named The Cube, the 10-storey residential building was constructed using a hybrid structure that is primarily cross-laminated timber (CLT), but also integrates steel elements and a reinforced-concrete core. London studio Hawkins/Brown […]

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Twin pitched-roof apartment buildings by Joliark look onto a central courtyard

Two buildings with gabled profiles extend along the edges of an angular courtyard at the centre of this residential development in Stockholm by Joliark. The Västermalms Atrium project contains 165 apartments and is located on the island of Kungsholmen in the centre of the Swedish capital, next to the headquarters of its developer, the multinational […]

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John Pawson to convert Jaffa convent and hospital into W’s first hotel in Israel

British designer John Pawson has unveiled his plans to convert a former convent and hospital in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa port into a hotel and apartment complex for the W hotel brand (+ slideshow). Pawson is working with Israeli studio Ramy Gill Architects and Urban Designers to transform the former School of the Sisterhood of St Joseph and the 19th-century French hospital into the W Tel Aviv […]

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Frosilo apartments offer a “great combination of old and new” says MVRDV’s Jacob van Rijs

The eighth movie in our exclusive series profiling buildings by MVRDV looks at Frosilo – a pair of converted seed silos in Copenhagen that now contain some of the neighbourhood’s most sought-after apartments (+ movie). Completed in 2005, the Frosilo project involved the overhaul of the twin 1960s-built silos, which were put out of service when the soybean […]

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Wooden niches contain work surfaces and storage inside Black Line Apartment by Arhitektura d.o.o.

A fitted kitchen, a seating nook and a desk space are all contained in oak-lined recesses in the otherwise black walls of this apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia by local studio Arhitektura d.o.o. (+ slideshow). Named Black Line Apartment, the 70-square-metre home is located within a recently built complex in the Slovenian capital. Arhitektura d.o.o. – whose […]

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Glass and timber rectangles create chequered facade for Tokyo house by Takeshi Shikauchi

Rectangular panels of Japanese cedar and glass create a chequered effect on the facade of this Tokyo residence (+ slideshow). Named Checkered House, the building was designed by Japanese architect Takeshi Shikauchi. The decorative facade was added to ensure sufficient daylight permeates all parts of the interior, but that residents are still offered some privacy. “The chequered window allows [the […]

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Paris’ tallest building in over 40 years is a housing block clad with gold and silver metal

These two metal-clad towers featuring stepped forms and angular balconies were designed to prove that, after years of skyscraper restrictions in Paris, height is no longer taboo (+ slideshow). The 50-metre-high housing scheme was completed by Paris-based architects Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Nice studio Comte Vollenweider Architectes, and claims to be the tallest structure completed […]

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Designs unveiled for giant Rotterdam wind turbine you could live inside

A team of Dutch companies has unveiled a proposal for a huge circular wind turbine that doubles as an apartment block and hotel, and also includes a rollercoaster. Billed as “the most innovative windmill in the world”, the Dutch Windwheel is intended as a landmark attraction for Rotterdam’s waterside. Architecture studio DoepelStrijkers designed the structure and is promoting it with the help […]

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JMY Architects combines living and retail spaces on a narrow site in Busan

An apartment, community space and shop are accommodated in this skinny building squeezed onto a narrow plot in the South Korean city of Busan by local office JMY Architects (+ slideshow). The site for the building in Busan’s Daecheong-dong district measures just five metres wide by 12 metres deep, so JMY Architects chose to combine […]

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Teatum+Teatum squeezes a new flat into the top of two Victorian homes

Architects Tom and James Teatum have reshuffled the upper-floor layout of two houses in west London to create a pair of double-fronted flats – one spread across the second floor and another squeezed beneath the newly extended rafters (+ slideshow). London-based Teatum+Teatum created Apartment 008 and 009 by extending and reorganising the upper parts of two adjoining properties, on the bend […]
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Zaha Hadid’s first Brazilian building designed for Copacabana Beach

News: Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its first project in Brazil – an 11-storey apartment building overlooking Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Due to begin construction in the new year, the residential block will be sandwiched between two buildings on Avenida Atlântica, facing south-east towards the beach. Related story: “They thought I was a troublemaker” says Zaha […]
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Hiroyuki Ito completes Tokyo housing block with staggered concrete silhouette

This apartment block in Tokyo by Hiroyuki Ito Architects features concrete walls that step back and forth, and a series of terraces screened by the facade (+ slideshow). Hiroyuki Ito Architects created the staggered apartment block, named Bloom, in the Setagaya area of Tokyo. Related story: Takanawa House by Hiroyuki Ito and O.F.D.A. Associates The 524-square-metre building contains ten […]
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Gus Wüstemann uses chipboard-textured concrete for Zurich apartment block

Concrete was cast over engineered wooden boards to give a textured finish to the walls of this apartment block in Zurich by Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann. Gus Wüstemann designed the four-storey apartment building with a double-layered concrete shell. Related story: Perforated walls bring light into the heart of Gus Wüstemann’s Los Limoneros house Both outer and inner walls were cast over oriented […]

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