HGR Arquitectos uses orange bricks to build Mexico City apartment block

Brickwork panels alternate with gaps up the sides of this housing project in Mexico City, which local firm HGR Arquitectos has organised around a line of patios at the centre. Named after a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the Emiliano Zapata 167 apartment block is located in the sprawling city’s south-central Portales Norte neighbourhood.

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Courtyard provides focal point for Seattle home by MW Works

Seattle architecture firm MW Works has helped a couple to self-build this home, which is organised around a courtyard and clad in weathered reclaimed timber. MW Works designed the Helen Street house for a couple and their two dogs, who wanted to return to the city from their rural property and downsize. The corner plot

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31/44 Architects builds grey-brick house around three small courtyards in London

One of the founders of 31/44 Architects has built his own London home, which is arranged around three courtyards to make it easy for domestic life to spill outdoors. The two-storey house, named No 49, provides a home for Stephen Davies, who is one of three founders of London- and Amsterdam-based 31/44 Architects. It is is located on an infill site in

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AL_A completes tile-covered entrance and subterranean gallery for London’s V&A museum

Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A have completed a new porcelain-tiled entrance and underground exhibition hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter comprises an alternative entrance to the museum, as well as extra gallery space and a courtyard. The £54.5 million scheme by Levete’s London-based firm, which was first announced back in

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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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Maka Arkitektur completes contemporary Swedish courtyard house

A gabled wall provides the entrance to this holiday home in a Swedish coastal village, which also features rooms arranged around a garden and cherry tree. Summerhouse Bjäre was designed by Gothenburg studio Maka Arkitektur for a village at the tip of the Bjäre peninsula on Sweden’s west coast. The architects’ aim was to create a stripped-back

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dRMM builds Oldham Maggie’s Centre around a courtyard with rippling glass walls

A courtyard with undulating glass walls descends from the base of the stilted wooden structure of this Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in Oldham, England, which has been designed by London studio dRMM. The studio used tulipwood to clad the structure, which at one side projects out over a stone wall. Selected for its positive connotations, the material is intended to

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Macdonald Wright models Kentish country house on traditional hop kilns

Rooms topped with chimney-like roofs surround a secluded courtyard to from this house in Kent, England, which takes its angular form and russet colouring from the area’s hop-drying oast towers. British architect James Macdonald Wright of Macdonald Wright Architects worked with Niall Maxwell of Rural Office for Architecture on the design for Caring Wood house, which provides a residence for three generations of the same family.

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Undulating paving connects inside and outside spaces at Twisting Courtyard house

Beijing practice Arch Studio has renovated a traditional courtyard house in the Chinese capital, adding grey-brick paving that flows from the floor of the outdoor space to form internal walls and roofs. The building is situated in Beijing’s Dashilanr district, south of Tiananmen Square, and was given the title Twisting Courtyard by Arch Studio. The

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Guard Tillman Pollock slots modernist-styled Holm House behind Highgate residence

British firm Guard Tillman Pollock punched a hole through a detached Edwardian property in north London to create a driveway leading to this modernist-inspired house that faces onto a secluded garden. The existing house is situated on a landlocked site at the end of a terrace in Highgate, north London. Its previous owners had also purchased an

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Glazed meditation room overlooks traditional courtyard from Nanjing home

Ming Gu Design has grafted a glazed meditation area onto this historic home in Nanjing, China, which projects out to overhang a central courtyard. The Nanjing-based architecture studio added the gabled meditation room, which features glass walls, to the centre of the heritage-listed house. The meditative space protrudes outwards and overhangs the base of the existing structure of the house, appearing as

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Tham & Videgård Arkitekter designs austere holiday home on Swedish island

This pared-back holiday home on the Swedish island of Gotland provides a retreat for three generations of a family and was designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter. The Stockholm studio – arguably best known for its mirrored Treehotel – designed Atrium House on the coast of the island, which is surrounded by the Baltic Sea. As the name suggests,

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Perimeter House encloses private courtyard and plunge pool in Melbourne

Australian studio Make Architecture has added a brick extension to a Victorian cottage in Melbourne that bounds the street on one side and curves around a secluded courtyard on the other. Perimeter House is situated on a plot within the industrial neighbourhood of Abbotsford, which contains brick factories and warehouses that influenced Make Architecture’s choice

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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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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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AFKS wraps horseshoe-shaped kindergarten in stripy multicoloured metal cladding

Colourful metal cladding extends across the front of this daycare centre in the Finnish city of Espoo, which encloses a secluded playground to its rear. Painiitty Daycare Centre was designed by Helsinki studio AFKS for a site in the city’s Lintuvaara district, which is lined on its northern edge by a busy road. The site conditions prompted

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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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Oslo psychiatric centre by Hille Melbye features planted courtyards and decorative brickwork

Patients of Hille Melbye’s psychiatric centre in Oslo are welcomed by a decorative brick building, which is surrounded by landscaped courtyards designed to act as an extension of therapy. The local studio was commissioned to design the complex to accommodate day, night, outpatient and ambulatory psychiatric services for the neighbourhoods of Oslo. It was vital that the Southern Oslo

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Two white volumes frame central courtyard of Vermont home by Birdseye Design

A pair of buildings with pitched roofs and white-washed exteriors form this home in rural Vermont by design-build studio Birdseye Design. The project, aptly named Two Shed, is located in the village of Waterbury in the northern US state. Design and construction were taken on by the same team, ensuring a streamlined process. The two

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Anahata’s pared-back house in western India features facade designed as “a piece of art”

The sculptural facade of this house in the Indian city of Belgaum comprises staggered blocks containing rooms that extend out from a central plant-filled courtyard. Padival House was designed by local studio Anahata for a young couple with two children, who wanted a modern home to sit on a site in a typical gridiron residential neighbourhood.

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DRDH completes elderly home in Belgium featuring pared-back finishes and open-air courtyards

London studio DRDH Architects has built an apartment complex and social centre for elderly people in Aarschot, Belgium, featuring simple materials, communal courtyards and few bold splashes of colour. DRDH Architects worked with Belgian studio Architecten de Vylder Vinck Tallieu to design the facility for social services provider OCMW Aarschot, after jointly winning an international competition. The project consists of a

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House in a Japanese forest features secluded courtyards framing views of trees and sky

Architects Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama arranged this house in the forest near Karuizawa around five courtyards to provide views of vegetation both inside and outside the building. Matsubara teamed up with Ariyama of Tokyo studio Assistant to design the guest house and private gallery for an art collector in Nagano Prefecture. The single-storey residence is situated in a clearing

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De Rosee Sa uses cobbled courtyards to bring light into west London house

A trio of courtyards covered in cobbles and surrounded by glass break up this London home, which has cedar-lined walls that reference the old timber store it replaces. London-based architecture studio De Rosee Sa designed the house for a client who lived across the road from the old timber storage yard. He bought the site located between terraces and a row of 16 garages

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Plant-filled courtyards create natural enclaves in Brazilian home by AZM Arquitetos

São Paulo firm AZM Arquitetos has built a home in the city that expands onto a verdant lawn, while a series of planted spaces open to the sky continue the greenery through the property. The home is situated in Alto de Pinheiros, a residential district of the large Brazilian city. The architects organised the floor

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House L27 by dIONISO LAB is arranged around a curving courtyard in northern Portugal

Straight walls are in short supply at this house in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, which curls around the edges of a curving cobbled courtyard. Architect José Cadilhe of local studio dIONISO LAB designed House L27 in a suburban area of the city on the northern outskirts of Porto. The recently developed neighbourhood comprises orthogonal plots that typically

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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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Rudy Ricciotti sinks Rivesaltes Memorial Museum in furrow at former French military camp

This museum on the site of a former French military and internment camp near Perpignan comprises a 240-metre-long concrete block with large openings puncturing its gently inclined roof. The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum was designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and completed in 2015. It is among the five finalists for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The

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Tonkin Liu reveals tapering tower complex for Zhengzhou

London-based architecture firm Tonkin Liu has revealed its plans for a family of fritted-glass skyscrapers, which will be arranged around a central plaza in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou.  Five tapering towers scoop up from a podium surrounding a central garden, taking a form not dissimilar to the recent £1 billion tower complex Santiago Calatrava designed for London’s

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Studioshaw proposes drone-racing arena and shipping-container offices for Dundee waterfront

Studioshaw has won an ideas competition for the Scottish city Dundee with its plans for a sunken courtyard to race drones and prototype virtual reality games. Sponsored by the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) and the Scottish Enterprise, the Seabraes Yards Sketch Design contest called for a new public facility for children and young people at the Digital Media Park

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Sandstone-clad blocks encircle central square at island clubhouse in Jiaxing

Sandstone blocks face into a central courtyard to create this fortress-like clubhouse by More Architecture and Aim Architecture, which is set on an island in Jiaxing. Shanghai-based More Architecture and Aim Architecture designed the 16,000-square-metre Jiaxing Island complex for a site on the edge of the city, which is set between Shanghai and Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province. Water surrounds

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DG Arquitecto Valencia reconfigures traditional Spanish townhouse

The original wooden doors and vaulted ceilings of this Valencian townhouse have been retained in renovation works carried out to improve its connection with a landscaped courtyard. The house dating from the early 20th century was refurbished by local studio DG Arquitecto Valencia, which reconfigured the internal and external spaces to better suit the needs

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Walls of glass, stone and wood line courtyards at Pitsou Kedem’s House F

Pitsou Kedem Architects has completed a family home in the Savyon district of Israel, featuring living areas flanked by glazed walls facing onto private courtyards. The F House was designed by architect Pitsou Kedem’s studio for a plot in the upmarket neighbourhood, which is around 20 kilometres east of central Tel-Aviv. Set within private grounds, the

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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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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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Wolveridge Architects builds Courtyard Cottage on Australia’s scenic Mornington Peninsula

The residents of this seaside home in Australia can easily cook inside or out, thanks to a kitchen and dining space that opens onto a sculptural barbecue courtyard. Designed by Melbourne-based firm Wolveridge Architects, Courtyard Cottage is a single-storey courtyard home for a family of three in Flinders – a town on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. The

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MIA Design Studio envelopes Vietnam house in plant-covered walls and courtyards

Plant-lined courtyards separate the three single-storey volumes that form this family home designed by MIA Design Studio for a coastal city in Vietnam. The Vietnamese studio was asked to design the house for a nature-loving family, so wanted to create a house that maximises the connection to the outside while also maintaining their privacy. The single-storey residence is set back from a street in Vũng

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Glazed block cantilevers over reflecting pool at Brasília offices by Mira Arquitetos

A metal and glass volume containing offices rests on a concrete base that encloses a public courtyard at this headquarters for the National Confederation of Municipalities in Brasília. The 10, 488-square-metre office block was designed by São Paulo studio Mira Arquitetos for the independent organisation, which represents local municipalities to Brazil’s federal government and the national

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Shingle-clad school by (Se)arch Architekten is set around a cobbled courtyard

Stuttgart studio (Se)arch Architekten has completed a school and daycare centre in the German town of Tübingen, featuring cedar-shingled facades and a cobbled entrance courtyard. The education centre is situated in a wooded area on the banks of the Neckar river, from which the town’s castle and old town are visible across the water. It comprises

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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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MW Works updates mid-century modern home in Seattle lakeside neighbourhood

American studio MW Works has knocked down walls and added glazing in a 1960s Seattle home, to create a more open layout and strengthen the connection between inside and out. The mid-century modern Laurelhurst Residence was originally designed in 1961 by the late Seattle architect Ibsen Nelsen. The multi-storey dwelling – made of wood, concrete, stone

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Red pyramidal rooms form Henning Stummel’s London home

A cluster of red metal-clad volumes are arranged around a secluded courtyard at Henning Stummel’s self-designed home in west London. The Tin House is squeezed onto a plot surrounded and overlooked by traditional terraced houses in Shepherd’s Bush. It was designed by Henning Stummel as a new home for his family, with a studio for his practice located

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Spiralling walkway surrounds courtyard at Portuguese home by António Costa Lima

A glazed ramp spirals around a courtyard at the centre of this house in the Portuguese town of Estoril, connecting the various living spaces and a garden roof terrace. Lisbon-based architect António Costa Lima designed the house for a family that had lived in several places around the world, but that was now looking to settle

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Óscar Miguel Ares Álvares creates “abstract and hard” care home inspired by arid surroundings

Rows of concrete fins shade the large windows of this nursing home near the Spanish city of Valladolid, which features rooms clustered around a landscaped central courtyard. Local architect Óscar Miguel Ares Álvares designed the facility for the Spanish village of Aldeamayor de San Martin. Its low-lying profile is informed by its position at the border of

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Organic food plant by Arch Studio references China’s hutong housing

This organic food-processing plant in China’s Hebei Province has been designed by Beijing practice Arch Studio as a series of individual buildings set around courtyards. Arch Studio designed the 1,720-square-metre facility as a series of independent blocks – a store, a mill, an oil pressing workshop and packing area – all linked by courtyards. This formation of pitched-roof buildings

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JSa lines Hotel Carlota courtyard with black concrete blocks

Lattices of dark blockwork wrap around a verdant courtyard and narrow swimming pool at this hotel in Mexico City, overhauled by local firm JSa. Located in the Mexican capital’s Cuauhtemoc neighbourhood, just off the Paseo de Reforma thoroughfare, the building first opened in the 1970s as the Hotel Jardin Amazonas. “We googled it right away

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Richard Meier’s Leblon Offices in Rio feature horizontal louvres and vertical gardens

American studio Richard Meier and Partners has completed its first project in South America: a white and concrete office building with hidden vertical gardens in Rio de Janeiro (+ slideshow). Located in the Leblon neighbourhood of this year’s Olympic host city, the seven-storey building forms the new headquarters for Brazilian investment firm VINCI Partners. Its almost cube shape 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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Marcelo Del Torto arranges concrete home in Argentina around mature trees and plunge pool

Argentinian architect Marcelo Del Torto has arranged a family home around a group of mature trees in a gated community in Buenos Aires Province (+ slideshow). Marcelo Del Torto took into consideration the placement of several large trees on the plot when designing the 350-square-metre property, named San Carlos House. He arranged two linear wings at right angles to each other to create More

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Atelier 2+1 adds glazed extension to Parisian psychiatric hospital

A 1960s-inspired window wall fronts this extension to a psychiatric institute in Paris by Local firm Atelier 2+1 (+ slideshow). Atelier 2+1 was asked to restructure the headquarters of the Paul Sivadon Institut in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, and to create a 2,300-square-metre extension housing a dining hall. The institute comprised a building from the Haussmann era facing the street, and More

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Aidlin Darling creates a meditation centre at Stanford University with rammed earth walls

This spiritual refuge by Aidlin Darling Design at California’s Stanford University features vertical cedar slats and thick walls made of soil excavated from the building site (+ slideshow). Called the Windhover, the building sits at the heart of the university’s campus, located in the city of Stanford in northern California. Sitting on the site of a former More

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Cutaway Roof House by Scale Architecture has a courtyard sliced out of one side

A hole in the roof of this timber-clad house extension in Sydney reveals the location of a secluded courtyard. Designed by local studio Scale Architecture, the two-storey addition more than doubles the amount of space inside the small early-20th-century property, located in the city’s North Shore neighbourhood. Thanks to the length of the property’s garden, it was More

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Toyo Ito creates fluted walls of white concrete at Museo Internacional del Barroco

Curled white concrete walls and a water-filled courtyard frame this museum of Baroque art and culture in Mexico by Japanese architect Toyo Ito (+ slideshow). Toyo Ito & Associates designed the Museo Internacional del Barroco (MIB) for a plot on the edge of a park near the city of Puebla. It hosts examples of Baroque art ranging from painting, sculpture and fashion to More

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AART to add looping extension to Oslo Viking museum

Nordic firm AART has won a competition to extend the Viking Age Museum building in Oslo, with plans to add a new curving wing to the cruciform plan (+ slideshow). The contest called for a major expansion of the 192os museum designed by Norwegian architect Arnstein Arneberg, which is located on Oslo’s Bygdøy peninsula and contains a large collection of Viking paraphernalia. AART saw More

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Children’s centre with a dipping roof by Dorte Mandrup encloses a Copenhagen courtyard

One corner of this aluminium-clad children’s centre in Copenhagen by Danish architect Dorte Mandrup dips down to let sunlight pass into a courtyard behind. The Ama’r Children’s Culture House is situated in the Øresundsvej neighbourhood of Amager, Copenhagen’s most densely populated island. The L-shaped volume is fixed at either end to two existing brick blocks to form a continuous loop More

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Roof Arquitectos arranges Mexican residence around a “forest” of red oak trees

Thirteen oak trees are planted in a courtyard at the centre of this residence by Roof Arquitectos, which sits in the hilly landscape outside the Mexican city of Morelia (+ movie). Roof founders Rogelio Vallejo and Francisco Noriega took the unusual starting point of landscaping first and building later. After planting the trees, which they describe as a “central More

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SOM builds new Geneva headquarters for Japan Tobacco International

Architecture firm SOM has completed a major new headquarters for Japan Tobacco International in Geneva, Switzerland, featuring an innovative facade of glass triangles and a huge central courtyard (+ slideshow). The new JTI Headquarters provides an open-plan workplace for 1,200 employees of the company, which has been based in Switzerland for nearly 50 years, and which 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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Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz raises Santiago house above a patio and beech tree

An exposed steel frame supports the upper storey of this house in Santiago, Chile, which has a mature copper beech tree rising from a courtyard at its centre (+ slideshow). Located in Santiago’s Las Condes district, House LG was designed by local architect Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz to replace an existing property, providing a bespoke home for a family. Errázuriz More

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Huge glass doors open Taller Estilo Arquitectura’s Mexican house to a courtyard garden

A pair of giant glass doors span the rear of this house in Yucatán, Mexico, opening it to a leafy courtyard garden and shaded pool (+ slideshow). Wedged between existing buildings in the city’s Santiago neighbourhood, the house fills a long but narrow plot measuring 6.5 metres by 27.5 metres. To alleviate issues of naturally lighting and 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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Narrow São Paulo house rebuilt for an elderly resident by Terra e Tuma

Brazilian office Terra e Tuma has demolished and rebuilt the narrow São Paulo home of an elderly woman to combat numerous problems with structure and sanitation (+ slideshow). Villa Matilde has been the home of Ms Dalva for decades, but it had become severely dilapidated over time. Her son initially wanted to move her elsewhere, but later realised it would More

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Epilepsy care home by Atelier Martel features stippled concrete walls

Soft indents create hundreds of spots across the concrete walls of this health centre in northeast France, designed by Atelier Martel to offer support and treatment to epilepsy sufferers (+ slideshow). Paris-based architecture office Atelier Martel worked with American artist Mayanna von Ledebur on the Dommartin-lès-Toul care home, which contains long- and short-term accommodation facilities for up to 88 More

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Winners chosen for Alvar Aalto museum extension but told to improve their design

A group of young Finnish architects have won a competition to integrate two museums by Modernist architect Alvar Aalto – but have been told their design needs “a lot of development”. Sini Rahikainen, Hannele Cederström, Inka Norros, Kirsti Paloheimo and Maria Kleimola were awarded first place in the competition, winning €14,000 (£107,000). Named Silmu, the Finnish word for a leaf bud, their More

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Ambrosi Etchegaray inserts four homes and three courtyards behind an old Mexico City facade

Architecture studio Ambrosi Etchegaray has slotted four new homes behind a historic facade in Mexico City, but left enough space for three secluded patios (+ slideshow). Known as the Antonio Sola Townhouses, the four-storey block is located in the Colonia Condesa neighbourhood, near where architects Jorge Ambrosi and Gabriela Etchegaray are based. Local heritage regulations prevented the architects from More

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Danish summer house by Lenschow & Pihlmann is fragmented into house-shaped blocks

Four house-shaped blocks enclose a courtyard in the centre of this hilltop holiday home on the Danish coast by Lenschow & Pihlmann (+ slideshow). The Danish studio chose this form to help give House at Mols Hill anonymity among the existing summer residences that overlook Denmark’s Ebeltoft cove. The 175-square-metre floor plan is fragmented into four smaller More

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Those Architects transforms small Sydney bungalow into spacious courtyard home

Australian studio Those Architects has overhauled a house in a beachside Sydney suburb, creating a spacious new living room featuring secret storage, concrete surfaces and a pivoting garden window (+ slideshow). Maroubra House is a 70-year-old bungalow that had originally belonged to one of the clients’ grandparents. Those Architects founders Ben Mitchell and Simon Addinall were More

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Five buildings surround a courtyard to form Danish summerhouse by Jarmund/Vigsnæs

This Danish summerhouse by Norwegian studio Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects is split into five buildings “like a miniature village” to enclose a wind-sheltered courtyard in the middle (+ slideshow). Summerhouse in Denmark was designed by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects for a family of five and their dog. It occupies a windy site in a village at the northern tip of More

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Maison Spirale wraps around a central courtyard to offer residents privacy and light

This house near the French town of Caen spirals around an internal courtyard to provide privacy for the owners in an area surrounded by new homes (+ slideshow). Maison Spirale was designed by Paris-based architects Nathanael Dorent and Mark Havasi for a retired couple who wanted a modern home with a patio. It is in a More

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Courtyard house in Tijuana by T38 Studio is based on a nine-square grid

This concrete house in Mexico by New York- and Tijuana-based T38 Studio is organised as a nine-square grid with a courtyard at its centre (+ slideshow). The property, referred to as HDJ89, is the 12th infill project the firm has designed in Tijuana’s HDJ district. Each side of the 3,175-square-foot (295 square metres) building is […]

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Vaulted House by vPPR is a London residence topped by six protruding skylights

Six vaulted skylights form the roof of this west London house by architecture studio vPPR, which also features two sunken courtyards (+ slideshow). Named Vault House, the two-storey residence was built over the site of a former taxi garage in Hammersmith, surrounded on all sides by neighbouring properties. This situation made it difficult to add windows on […]

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