Rob Hootsmans adds serrated glass extension to stone-clad Dutch courthouse

Architect Rob Hootsmans has renovated a 1970s courthouse in the Dutch city of Zwolle and added a “transparent and approachable” extension featuring sawtoothed glass facades. Zwolle’s existing courthouse was designed by architect Jo Kruger in 1977 and features robust, sculpted facades clad in chalk stone. Hootsmans’ Amsterdam studio was asked to sensitively restore, upgrade and extend the

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Trio of brick volumes form Highgate House by Carmody Groarke

Carmody Groarke has completed a north London house featuring three brick volumes and a grand window facing into woodland, as documented in these images by Swiss-French photographer Hélène Binet. British studio Carmody Groarke designed Highgate House for a young family on a plot that backs onto Highgate Wood. Slightly set back from the street, the three volumes feature brick walls to complement More

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Asif Khan adds elevated wooden play area to east London primary school

To provide children at this primary school with more room to play, London designer Asif Khan has created a stilted structure that stands two metres above the playground (+ slideshow). Khan, whose two children attend Chisenhale Primary in London’s Tower Hamlets, designed the addition following a conversation with the school’s headteacher. Due to lack of More

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Mikou Studio completes Paris swimming pool designed using Feng Shui philosophy

Rounded windows and skylights allow daylight to filter into this Parisian swimming pool by Mikou Studio, which features a grassy rooftop solarium (+ slideshow). Studio co-founders Salwa and Selma Mikou designed the €14.5 million Aquazena pool for the Issy-les-Moulineaux suburb in the south-west of the capital. The local architects worked with Feng Shui specialist Laurence Dujardin on the project, using the Chinese space-planning philosophy More

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Black-stained house built on Dungeness beach by Rodić Davidson Architects

London-based Rodić Davidson Architects has become the latest architecture studio to build a house on the shingle landscape of Dungeness beach in Kent, England (+ slideshow). Replacing an old fisherman’s cottage, North Vat is a two-storey home for a couple made up of three adjoining cabins, each with gabled profiles and dark-stained larch walls. It More

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Digital photographs of buildings can be “disturbing”, says Hélène Binet

Interview: Hélène Binet is one of the world’s leading architectural photographers, but after 25 years in the industry, she still refuses to shoot in digital. With an exhibition of her work now open in LA, Dezeen spoke to the photographer about her devotion to film and why drone-mounted cameras are “a bit of a shock”. […]

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