Rolling wildflower roof covers Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Scottish distillery

Undulations in the green roof of the Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hint at the bulbous whiskey stills situated below. Cut into the hills of Speyside, the new distillery sits on the Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the single malt whiskey since 1824. Costing £140 million, the

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Feldman Architecture places art and yoga studios on lush California hillside

American studio Feldman Architecture has created a pair of wooden structures that are perched on a steep, forested site in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Mill Valley Cabins take their name from the northern California town where they are located. The forested site is a short distance from Muir Woods National Monument and the

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Welcome centre for Quebec heritage site rises from the landscape

A stone-filled gabion wall runs along one side of this green-roofed visitors pavilion by architect Anne Carrier, which emerges from a slope at a heritage site in Canada. The Welcome Pavilion is for Seigneurie des Aulnaies – a Quebec cultural heritage site notable for its Victorian estate with a manor house, mill and gardens. Located

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Winning design for Taiwan art museum features sloped green roofs

Joe Shih Architects and Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop have won the international competition to design an art museum in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Called “The Hill”, the winning design for the Taoyuan Museum of Art features a pair of buildings with inclined green roofs on either side of a raised railway. The back-to-back buildings form a “symbolical gate and hub”

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Native plants blanket rooftop of Texas cabana by Wernerfield

Architecture office Wernerfield has created a rectangular pool house with glazed walls and a green roof for a hilly estate in northern Texas. The PTX1 Cabana is located on a pastoral property in Palmer, a town just south of Dallas. The clients requested a swimming pool and cabana that could serve as a “remote” entertainment

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Self-sufficient Yin & Yang house incorporates gardens on its interlocking roof

Architecture studio Penda has released visualisations of a house designed for a tiny plot near the German city of Kassel that show how its owners will be able to grow food on both sides of its terraced roof. The studio founded by architects Chris Precht and Dayong Sun designed Yin & Yang house for a

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UNStudio plans new cultural centre with rooftop cinemas for Paris

UNStudio has won a competition to design a new cinema and cultural centre with weathering steel walls and green roofs as part of BIG’s EruopaCity masterplan on the outskirts of Paris. The three intertwined volumes of weathering steel comprising the Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art will house a cinema and “cultural laboratory” featuring both indoor and outdoor screens. EuropaCity

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Bergersen Arkitekter’s Viewpoint Granasjøen is an angular lakeside cabin with a turfed roof

This compact timber-and-concrete cabin in the Norwegian village of Nerskogen incorporates large windows that angle upwards to make the most of views towards the nearby lake and mountain range. Trondheim studio Bergersen Arkitekter designed Viewpoint Granasjøen for the owner of a house that is situated close to Granasjøen lake in the Trollheimen mountain region. The cabin

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BIG and Google team up for terraced offices in Sunnyvale

Architecture firm BIG is working on yet another project for Google, this time a pair of offices blocks with ramping roofs in Sunnyvale, California. Bjarke Ingels Group – which is also working with Heatherwick Studio on the Google HQ in neighbouring Mountain View and the company’s main offices in London – has now designed two

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners begins work on Louvre art store in northern France

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has started building a new concrete-framed art storage facility in Lievin, France, for the Louvre museum, which will be covered by a large green roof. The centre designed by the British architectural firm will be equipped to store 250,000 art works as well as conservation and study areas. Set entirely on one level, the Louvre collections facility

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Hanoi cafe features indoor waterfalls, koi-carp ponds and an aquaponics vegetable patch

Behind the scalloped facade of the Koi Cafe in Hanoi, Farming Architects has created a fish pond, an indoor waterfall and a rooftop vegetable patch that exists in a self sustaining eco-system. A steel frame has been added to the existing three-storey building in the Vietnamese capital, transforming it into a green oasis for cafe customers with an integrated aquaponics

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NL Architects completes Belgian school featuring low-lying rooms surrounded by a colonnade

A pyramidal turfed roof tops one of several teaching and administrative spaces clustered around a multipurpose hall at this school in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist by Amsterdam studio NL Architects. The Scholencampus De Vonk was designed by NL Architects to accommodate the merger of two primary schools in the Flemish coastal city. The building

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Villa SG21 is a monolithic blackened-wood house topped with a turfed roof

Dutch studio FillieVerhoeven Architects has completed a house near Rotterdam featuring an asymmetric gabled form clad entirely in blackened timber and incorporating large glazed openings on all sides. FillieVerhoeven Architects designed Villa SG21 for a plot situated next to a historic road that passes through an area of typical Dutch countryside between the cities of

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Cantilevered concrete volume shelters entrance to Arabic studies building at Lebanese university

Chunky concrete pillars support the upper storey of this university building in Lebanon, which rises above its sloping site to offer views of a nearby walnut grove and the Mediterranean Sea. The Sheikh Nahyan Centre for Arabic Studies & Intercultural Dialogue (CASID) was designed by local firm Fouad Samara Architects as the latest addition to

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WHY wins Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion contest with design featuring undulating roof gardens

American studio wHY Architecture has won a competition to design a new events pavilion overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, with plans for a series of glazed pavilions topped by wave-shaped roof gardens.  wHY partnered with Edinburgh office GRAS on its design for the £25 million Ross Pavilion, which was selected ahead of proposals by six other teams, including BIG, Adjaye Associates and Sou

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Hong Kong’s Skypark rooftop provides a playground for “balance-centric millennials”

Dezeen promotion: entrepreneur Adrian Cheng has worked alongside Dutch architecture studio Concrete to create a new social space in Hong Kong tower Skypark that meets the needs of its youthful residents. Located in central Kowloon, Skypark features a clubhouse and lawned garden on its roof, with exterior steps that double as amphitheatre-style outdoor seating. New World Development built the

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Domed summer house by LASSA offers an elevated view over a Greek olive grove

Fingers of earth branch over this mound-shaped holiday home by architecture studio LASSA, allowing its owners to climb up onto the roof to admire an olive grove on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. The 150-square-metre Villa Ypsilon was designed by London- and Brussels-based firm LASSA, which is headed up by architects Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd. The domed form of

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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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RDHA embeds stone and glass library into grassy Ontario hillside

This new public library by Canadian firm RDHA features a large slab that cantilevers over the landscape, and a sloping green roof and exterior stair that runs up the front of the building. The Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is located in the city of Hamilton, about an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto. Encompassing 23,500 square feet (2,183

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Dominique Coulon & Associés gives library undulating walls like an “unfurling ribbon”

French office Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a media library in Thionville, France, featuring a wavy facade that lifts up to reveal ribbons of glazing facing into curving courtyards. The Media-Third-Place Library provides the Thionville commune in north-eastern France with a media library, as well as music studios, a broadcasting media room, an auditorium and a cafe. The building is

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FAAB proposes “smog-eating” music school for Kraków

Polish studio FAAB has developed a concept for a music school in Kraków featuring angular volumes covered with a mossy roof designed to absorb large amounts of airborne pollutants. The designs developed as part of a competition entry by Warsaw architects FAAB depict the Kraków Music Academy as a group of three faceted structures occupying the site

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Scenario Architecture covers London house extension in larch and heather

Scenario Architecture has added a wooden extension with a jagged heather-covered roof and a large window to the rear of an east London house. The two-storey Evering Road apartment occupies the ground and basement floor of a Victorian house in a Hackney conservation area. London-based Scenario Architecture was asked by the owners, a couple who had lived

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London house extension by Bureau de Change Architects features dark blue kitchen and bright white lounge

Peaks and troughs accommodate planting on the roof of this concrete extension to a south London house by Bureau de Change Architects, which has a blue and white interior. Bureau de Change Architects, which was co-founded by Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos, extended house in Clapham to create a lounge and kitchen with sliding glass doors that open to the garden.

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CEBRA plans subterranean visitor centre for historic Skamlingsbanken hill

Danish architecture studio CEBRA has been appointed to create an underground visitor centre for a hill that has hosted some of the most important speeches in Denmark’s history. CEBRA will work with a team that includes landscape firm Opland Landskabsarkitekter and engineering office DRIAS to create the new visitor centre at Skamlingsbanken, the highest point

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ArchiBlox creates garden roof for house overlooking a beach in Australia

ArchiBlox has given this prefabricated beachfront house near Sydney a verdant plant-covered roof to help it blend into its clifftop setting. Avalon House is situated on one of the sandstone cliffs that overlook Avalon Beach, around 35 kilometres north of central Sydney. The property was designed by ArchiBlox, a Melbourne architecture studio specialising in modular buildings and

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for Infinitus Plaza in Guangzhou

Zaha Hadid Architects has begun work on a multipurpose complex in Guangzhou, which is modelled on the looping infinity symbol used in mathematics. The Infinitus Plaza is located in the business district of Baiyun New Town, and will serve as a headquarters for the Infinitus – a health products brand owned by the LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG). It

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Alt Arkkitehdit clads woodland house in Finland with sheets of rusty Corten steel

Finnish practice Alt Arkkitehdit has covered a family home in northern Finland in weathering steel panels and greying spruce planks that help it to blend into its woodland setting. The studio created the 165-square-metre Residence in Muhos for a site outside a town of the same name, in the Finnish province Oulu. By covering the walls of the house

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Kerstin Thompson adds intimate underground tasting room to Australian winery

A doorway discreetly set into a circular stone wall leads into this moody subterranean wine cellar that architect Kerstin Thompson has created at Australia’s TarraWarra vineyard (+ slideshow). The Cellar Door is located on the Tarrawarra Estate – a vineyard covering 400 acres of farmland in the Yarra Valley, around an hour east of Melbourne. Melbourne More

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Santiago Calatrava plans Zurich office block with 1000 bicycle parking spaces

Architect Santiago Calatrava is set to create a grass-topped office block on the plaza in front of his Stadelhofen Station in Zurich with public parking for 1000 bicycles on the ground level. Calatrava unveiled designs for a “21st century office building” on the site 26 years after completing the railway station – now one of More

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Allee separates lakeside Connecticut house into two distinct volumes

Lush greenery tops one half of this three-bedroom residence on the shore of Connecticut’s Lake Wononscopomuc, which local studio Allee Architecture and Design created as two separate parts (+ slideshow). The stone and wood Wononscopomuc Residence in Lakeville is made up of a pair of principal volumes: a public “pavilion” for entertaining guests and a private “sleeping More

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Stepped garden tops House in Nha Trang by Vo Trong Nghia and Masaaki Iwamoto

A large tiered garden forms the roof of this house in the coastal Vietnamese city Nha Trang, which architect Vo Trong Nghia designed in partnership with former colleague Masaaki Iwamoto (+ slideshow). Vietnam-based Nghia and Tokyo architect Iwamoto worked in partnership on the design of House in Nha Trang, aiming to offer residents as much outdoor space as possible. The lack More

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Dune-shaped car park by Royal HaskoningDHV doubles as a flood defence

Curving windows peep above the ground to bring light into this underground car park in South Holland, which is covered in grassy hillocks to replicate a dune landscape (+ slideshow). A team of architects and engineers from Dutch firm Royal HaskoningDHV designed Underground Parking Garage for Katwijk, a coastal town in South Holland. They integrated the building into the existing More

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Kengo Kuma reveals plans for Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has unveiled plans for a new Hans Christian Andersen Museum in the Danish city of Odense, which will revolve around the writer’s popular fairy tales (+ slideshow). Kuma’s design for the museum features a series of cylindrical volumes with glass and latticed timber facades, and scooped green roofs. The volumes will also provide a More

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Riverside house by Architecture Brio is partially embedded in a grassy hillock

This weekend residence by Architecture Brio is half-embedded in the bank of a river that winds its way through the foothills of the Western Ghats, a mountain range bordering India’s western coast (+ slideshow). Sitting just below the top of a hill, the 330-square-metre residence has a vegetated roof that disguises the bulk of the More

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Honeymoon retreat by Andrew Patterson nestles on shoreline of a New Zealand peninsula

This tiny stone cottage by Patterson Associates provides a remote honeymoon retreat on the rugged coast of a New Zealand peninsula (+ slideshow). Seascape Retreat is one of four luxury villas located on a working farm on the Banks Peninsula, an outcrop south of Christchurch formed from the eroded remnants of two large volcanoes. Auckland-based architect Andrew Patterson tucked the cottage under More

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Architect Nicholas Hunt creates a tiny retreat in his Brooklyn garden

American architect Nicholas Hunt has built a micro studio in the backyard of his Brooklyn home, intended to provide “solitude within the immense landscape of New York City”. Called the Brooklyn Garden Studio, the outbuilding encompasses 55 square feet (five square metres). It sits in the slender yard behind the architect’s ground-level apartment in a townhouse More

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OYO’s House Pibo features a sloping green roof and split-level interior

An angular entrance and roof intersect the plant-covered roof of this wedge-shaped house, completed by architects office OYO in the Belgian village of Maldegem (+ slideshow). Ghent-based OYO – whose previous projects include a monolithic concrete house extension – was given an open brief for this new property, so decided to focus on creating an More

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Enzo Eusebi builds sunken prosciutto factory in the Italian countryside

Haunches of ham are displayed in rows behind the glazed facade of this semi-underground prosciutto factory, which sits beneath a grassy roof in Italy’s hilly Umbrian countryside (+ slideshow). Italian architect Enzo Eusebi wanted the Opificio Salpi prosciutto production facility to fit “intelligently in the panorama” so he partially submerged the bulk of the 7,000-square-metre building in the terrain. The green roof More

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PLH Arkitekter reveals plans for shield-shaped visitor centre at Danish Viking site

Danish practice PLH Arkitekter has based its design for this visitor centre at a Viking landmark in Denmark on a circular shield (+ slideshow). The Copenhagen practice won the competition to design the visitor centre at the site of a Viking ring-fortress with its proposal called The Lost Shield. The historic site in Slagelse, south-west of Copenhagen, is More

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Heneghan Peng unveils winning design for $30 million canoe museum in Canada

Irish studio Heneghan Peng Architects has unveiled its competition-winning design for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Ontario – a wavy waterside structure with glass walls and a grass roof (+ slideshow). The Dublin firm worked with Toronto-based Kearns Mancini Architects on the design of the serpentine structure, which will wind along the bank of the Trent-Severn canal. The €30 million More

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Roz Barr’s pool house in the Sierra Nevada is surrounded by stone walls and olive trees

This pool house nestled among trees on the estate of a farmhouse in Spain’s Sierra Nevada region is flanked by dry stone walls and has a turf roof that helps it merge with the landscape (+ slideshow). The Modern Pool House is positioned on a terraced site below a driveway leading to the main house, More

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Passivhaus community centre by Guillaume Ramillien Architecture is clad in grass and timber

Grass blankets the roof of this low-energy community centre by Guillaume Ramillien Architecture, which is set in the centre of a new development to the south-east of Paris (+ slideshow). The Centre Socio Culturel Christian Marin serves a community of 700 houses currently under construction around a park in the Limeil-Brévannes suburb. The Parisian architecture practice chose to More

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Chipperfield unveils design for partially buried concert hall in Germany

David Chipperfield Architects has released images of its design for a half-submerged concert hall bracketed by textured concrete walls in southern Germany (+ slideshow). Chipperfield’s Berlin office won a competition to design the Carmen Würth Forum in 2006 for the cultural foundation supported by Adolf Würth, a German screw and tool manufacturer. The forum’s chamber music hall More

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Rural Icelandic cottages by PK Arkitektar have turf roofs and burnt timber cladding

Batons of charred timber and layers of turf help this pair of holiday cottages by PK Arkitektar settle into the rugged landscape of south-west Iceland (+ slideshow). Reykjavík-based PK Arkitektar won a competition in 2012 to design the 20 rental cottages for the Association of Academics (BHM) – an umbrella organisation of trade unions. These two cabins form the pilot for the scheme, More

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Studio Marco Vermeulen adds grass blanket over rooftop pyramids of Dutch island museum

The hexagonal pyramids on the roof of this museum are now covered in a layer of grass, helping the building settle into its marshland environment in the Netherlands (+ slideshow). Rotterdam firm Studio Marco Vermeulen carried out the renovation of the Biesbosch Museum – a building with multiple pitched roofs – and added a new wing for contemporary art. The local […]

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French villa designed by Julien De Smedt to look like a bump in the landscape

Grass ramps over the curving form of this house in the French countryside, which was designed by architect Julien De Smedt as a contemporary alternative to the region’s “pastiche chalets” (+ slideshow). De Smedt’s firm JDS Architects created Casa Jura as a retreat for a Parisian family in Bois D’amont, a village in France’s Jura region. Named after the region’s rolling […]

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Penda highlights global water crisis with meadow pathway installation

Architecture studio Penda has designed a meadow containing sunken pathways and concealed meeting places, which opens next month as part of China’s International Garden Expo 2015. The temporary installation, named Where the River Runs, will invite visitors to follow the path of an imaginary river as it winds its way through the landscape. The aim is to […]

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Faceted cedar cabin completed by Paul Bernier beside a lake in the Montreal woodland

The glazed living space of this cedar-clad cabin near Montreal projects over a woodland slope to optimise views of a nearby lake (+ slideshow). Local architect Paul Bernier based the building’s crooked form and situation on the site’s topography, placing it lengthwise between a slope and a stream on the wooded plot, which sits on the shoreline of Grenier Lake. The primary […]

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Vector Architects disguises mountainside community centre beneath sprawling grass roof

Vector Architects designed a huge grassy roof canopy and plant-covered walls for this community centre in southwest China, helping it to blend in with its mountain landscape (+ slideshow). The Beijing studio designed Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center for a sprawling plot among the mountains of the Taoyuan Park in China’s Chongqing municipality. Comprising three separate volumes that each house a different function, the […]

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Verdant “cloud forests” and waterfalls proposed for new Singapore high-rise

Landscape firm Gustafson Porter has unveiled plans to create tiered gardens and waterfalls with a towering development proposed for Singapore’s Marina Bay. Conceived by German studio Ingenhoven Architects and Singapore firm A61 as a plant-covered “mountain”, Marina One will be made up of four high-rise blocks unified by louvres and an undulating garden atrium. This atrium, known as the Green Heart, was designed by London-based Gustafson Porter. […]

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Observation House by I/O Architects features gabion walls and a grassy viewing deck

An “elevated meadow” surrounds the glazed living space of this house in a Bulgarian village, which is raised above the fields on stone-filled cages to give it the appearance of an observation tower (+ slideshow). Architects Viara Jeliazkova, Georgi Katov, Stefan Apostolov from Sofia-based firm I/O Architects designed Observation House to take advantage of a hilltop plot in north-east Bulgaria. […]

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MVRDV completes flower-inspired office block near Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

Designed to looked like a four-petalled flower, this office block is the first of 10 buildings that Dutch firm MVRDV is constructing beside Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport (+ slideshow). Rotterdam-based MVRDV won a competition in 2013 to design a series of buildings for the 45,000 square-metre site. The first of these, known as the Flower Building, […]

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Henning Larsen’s grass-roofed Moesgaard Museum photographed by Hufton + Crow

These new shots by photography duo Hufton + Crow show visitors climbing the grass-covered sloping roof of the Moesgaard Museum near Aarhus, designed by Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects (+ slideshow). Completed in 2014, the wedge-shaped museum contains a collection dedicated to prehistory and ethnography, while its hill-like roof is used as a picnic site […]

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Apple’s latest Silicon Valley campus could be “futuristic tech office” by HOK

Apple is rumoured to be planning another new campus in California’s Silicon Valley – a clover leaf-shaped complex by architectural firm HOK featuring a two-acre roof garden and a sunken amphitheatre (+ slideshow). Apple has sealed a deal with Francisco developer Landbank for the lease of an 18-acre (seven hectare) site in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, according to Silicon Valley […]

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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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Vo Trong Nghia plans trio of towers covered in bamboo plants and linked by bridges

Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has unveiled plans for a trio of housing towers in Ho Chi Minh City linked by aerial bridges and shielded from the harsh tropical sunlight by swathes of bamboo (+ slideshow). The three 22-storey-tall blocks will be linked by a planted roof garden and bridges, and a series of small pavilions that overlook […]

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Seung H-Sang clads South Korean mountain house in pre-rusted steel

Orange-hued panels of weathering steel encase the upper storey of this house in South Korea, which is elevated above the treetops of its mountain forest setting (+ slideshow). Korean architect Seung H-Sang, director of Seoul-based studio Iroje Architects & Planners, designed the secluded house for a plot among a fir forest and botanical gardens in Gunwi, a […]

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Cantilevered timber house by Alventosa Morell Arquitectes overlooks Barcelona mountains

A long strip of glazing runs along the front of this cantilevered Spanish house by Alventosa Morell Arquitectes, giving the two siblings who inhabit it views of a mountain range near Barcelona (+ slideshow). The two sisters commissioned Barcelona studio Alventosa Morell Arquitectes to design the timber house named Casa LLP, which looks out over the Collserola mountains […]

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Green canopy by Garis Architects spans the grounds of community centre in Malaysia

Trailing plants cascade over the edge of this elevated walkway, which was designed by Garis Architects to shelter a community events space in western Malaysia (+ slideshow). Named The Arc after its bridge-like form, the project was designed by local studio Garis Architects in a park in Selangor, a state on Malaysia’s western coast. A covered corridor beneath the canopy links a […]

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OSM submerges concrete home in a hill above Italy’s San Giuliano lake

Sunken below the crest of a hill in southern Italy, this concrete home and its outdoor pool were designed by Rome studio OSA to be almost imperceivable from the road above (+ slideshow). OSA partially embedded the concrete property in a hill overlooking San Giuliano, a lake located in the arch of Italy’s southern coast. A sequence of single-storey […]

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OSA submerges concrete home in a hill above Italy’s San Giuliano lake

Sunken below the crest of a hill in southern Italy, this concrete home and its outdoor pool were designed by Rome studio OSA to be almost imperceivable from the road above (+ slideshow). OSA Architettura e Paesaggio partially embedded the concrete property in a hill overlooking San Giuliano, a lake located in the arch of Italy’s southern coast. A […]

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Vo Trong Nghia unveils tree-covered university campus for Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects has unveiled designs for a verdant university campus in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring tree-covered rooftops, balconies and a plant-filled courtyard (+ slideshow). The FPT University campus will occupy a 22,500-square-metre site among the skyscrapers of the southern Vietnamese city. It is Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ second project for the technology college, following another campus underway near […]

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Vietnam spa by MIA Design Studio features latticed walls, hanging gardens and pools of water

White latticed screens and trailing planting shade the glazed facade of this Vietnam day spa, by MIA Design Studio, from the midday sun (+ slideshow). The Ho Chi Minh City studio added banks of planting to the facade and inner courtyard of the five-star Naman Spa report in Danang, northern Vietnam, to create an “oasis of tranquility” for […]

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Susan Fitzgerald’s live-work space in Halifax features a rooftop vegetable garden

Flower beds and vegetable gardens cover the rooftops of this mixed-use property in Halifax, Canada, designed by architect Susan Fitzgerald as a space for her to live and work in (+ slideshow). The King Street Live/Work/Grow project is located in a northern district of the city and provides Fitzgerald and her family with three separate […]

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Foliage-clad pavilion by Adam-Faiden creates a home on a disused roof

Architecture studio Adamo-Faiden has transformed the vacant roof of a 15-storey block in Buenos Aires into a home for a young couple, by installing a glazed pavilion-like structure surrounded by plants (+ slideshow). The upper level of Piñeiro House, a block in the city’s Recoleta neighbourhood, was one of the thousands of underused flat rooftops on residential buildings in the […]

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Mecanoo scales back additions to Mies van der Rohe’s Washington DC library

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has revised its competition-winning design for the renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library in Washington DC. Working with local firm Martinez and Johnson, Mecanoo originally proposed a three-level addition to the library by the Modernist German-American architect. The DC Public Library (DCPL) board rejected that design […]

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Rogers Stirk Harbour to design conservation facility for Musée du Louvre

A team headed up by British firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been selected to design a new conservation and storage centre for the Musée du Louvre, housing 250,000 works of art. Located 200 kilometres north of Paris in Liévin, the 20,000-square-metre facility will be located a short distance away from the French art museum’s recently […]

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Fraher Architects includes textured brick cladding on north London house extension

Slate-grey bricks applied in zigzagging rows give the walls of this London house extension a faceted texture that contrasts the smooth, pale yellow brickwork of the original property (+ slideshow). London-based studio Fraher Architects was asked to carry out renovation works, including the addition of a rear extension, to a basement flat in a north-west London conservation area. The architects selected […]

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BIG follows up sunken sports hall with an art school beneath a football field

BIG has completed its second addition to a school in Denmark – an art school beneath a football field that joins the underground gymnasium with a humped courtyard on its roof (+ slideshow). The firm led by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was asked by Gammel Hellerup High School to add a series of new facilities to its campus in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. First up was […]

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Open Architecture completes a “free-form” Beijing school surrounded by gardens

Gardens are slotted into gaps between the wings of this Beijing school by Open Architecture, and extend over mounds containing a subterranean swimming pool and an auditorium (+ slideshow). The Garden School – one of the nominees for this year’s Designs of the Year awards – is located in the Changyang area of the Chinese capital’s Fangshan […]

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