Thomas Heatherwick to transform London’s Olympia into “world-leading” cultural hub

Thomas Heatherwick is to completely overhaul of the Olympia events centre in west London, creating a hotel, a theatre and suite of new entertainment venues within the Victorian exhibition hall. Heatherwick Studio is working with London-based architectural practice SPPARC on the overhaul the Olympia London venue in Kensington. In addition to the hotel and theatre, the duo are expected to

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

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

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Tom Hurt attaches tiered white pods with plywood core to Austin house

Austin-based architect Tom Hurt has extended the back of a ranch house using a series of stacked units and wooden interiors to form a multi-storey living space. The 1,110-square-foot (103-square-metre) structure grows out from the existing low-slung home in Austin. The addition joins the main home through a series of low-lying platforms in the original

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Tour Montparnasse set to receive “green makeover” by Nouvelle AOM

French studio Nouvelle AOM has been selected to overhaul the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Nouvelle AOM is a team made up of the heads of three Paris-based firms: Franklin Azzi of Franklin Azzi Architecture, Fréderic Chartier and Pascale Dalix from Chartier Dalix, and Mathurin Hardel and Cyrille Le Bihan of Hardel + Le Bihan Architectes. The consortium

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Office of Architecture adds rooftop master suite during Brooklyn row house overhaul

Brooklyn-based Office of Architecture has completely gutted and expanded a local row house for an architect, jewellery designer and their two children. Having lived in the home for eight years, the family chose to stay in the up-and-coming neighbourhood and renovate the 1,000-square-foot (93-square-metre) home. “The owners of this 11-foot-wide row house in Brooklyn were faced with a

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SkB Architects imbues Washington residence with art gallery aesthetic

White walls and naturally lit rooms define this family house in the Seattle area, which was revamped by American studio SkB Architects. The project, called Modern Oasis, involved the overhaul of a contemporary house located in Medina, a waterfront town that sits across Lake Washington from Seattle. The clients, who were searching for a great place to

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Kientruc O carves elliptical lightwell between Vietnamese house and its extension

An elongated lightwell has been cut through this 1940s house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which has been renovated by locally based architecture studio Kientruc O. Called House D, the property comprises a 70-year-old two-storey house made of brick, and a perpendicular four-storey-high steel extension, which was added 20 years ago. Kientruc O introduced the lightwell between the buildings

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Rural Italian residence combines traditional stone exterior with contemporary details

Italian studio GGA Architects has transformed the site of an old hilltop settlement in the country’s Marche region into a contemporary house comprising stone structures perched on a pigmented concrete plinth. AP House is situated on top of one of the highest hills in the area around the ancient walled city of Urbino, in the

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Baynes and Mitchell creates museum complex within historic buildings of Chatham Dockyard

A pointy black entrance building has been added to the historic dockyards of Chatham, England, as part of a major expansion of the local nautical museum – one of six projects in the running for this year’s Stirling Prize. London studio Baynes and Mitchell Architects was employed by Historic Dockyard Chatham to overhaul its site on the River Medway in Kent, creating

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Extrastudio transforms Portuguese winery into house covered with rough red mortar

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

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Beech Architects adds zinc pod to derelict Windmill in Suffolk

UK firm Beech Architects has converted a 125-year-old windmill stump in Suffolk, England, into a guest house topped with an elliptical zinc-clad pod. Once a prominent feature of the landscape, the 60-foot-tall (18-metre) converted windmill now houses two bedrooms, a kitchen-diner, a bathroom, and a viewing pod that offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from

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Jensen Architects adds contemporary rear facade and pared-down interiors to historic San Francisco house

US firm Jensen Architects has revamped a Victorian home in San Francisco with perforated aluminium panels across the back and minimalist interiors to match. The local firm was awarded 2017 AIA San Francisco Historic Preservation Commendation Award for Alamo Square Residence, which features a blend of original and contemporary elements. Victorian houses are a hallmark of San Francisco’s architecture, characterised by

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Scullion Architects adds charred-larch tower to terraced home in Dublin

Located near Dublin’s docklands, this three-storey Georgian terraced house has been converted from three bed-sits into one light-filled “upside-down house” with a charred-larch extension at the back. Designed by Scullion Architects, the refurbishment flips the traditional house layout on its head, positioning the open-plan kitchen and living room on the top floor, bedrooms on the floors

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Traditional Washington boathouse by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer offers sweeping coastal views

Giant sliding doors allow occupants to take in the sunrise and sunset from this modest boathouse that was overhauled by American studio Hoedemaker Pfeiffer. The Hood Canal Boat House is located along the Hood Canal, a scenic waterway in northern Washington that connects to the Puget Sound. The structure sits on a forested site owned by

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Jeff Jordan Architects updates mid-century home with floor-to-ceiling windows

New Jersey architecture firm Jeff Jordan Architects has renovated a mid-century home in the Hudson Valley with a fully glazed wall, white flooring and cedar walls. During the revamp of the 1954 cedar-and-vinyl-clad house, Jeff Jordan Architects opened up the floor plan and added floor-to-ceiling windows. The studio also continued to use modernist elements throughout,

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O’Donnell + Tuomey uses “surgical strategy” to link new and old buildings of Budapest university

As part of a huge revamp of the Central European University, Irish architecture firm O’Donnell + Tuomey has added a new limestone-clad building to a street in downtown Budapest. The firm led by architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey is completely overhauling the graduate school, with a masterplan that involves linking up historic structures and courtyards with new limestone-clad

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Bostudio updates Sunset Park Row House with fibre-cement cladding and open layout

The renovation of this Brooklyn row house by local firm Bostudio Architecture involved recladding the property in grey fibre-cement board and reworking its internal layout. Bostudio principal Ula Bochinska overhauled the Sunset Park Row House, with the help of a relative of her clients. “When Ula… first met her clients for a row house renovation

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In Situ Studio revives mid-century modern home in North Carolina

American firm In Situ Studio has overhauled a mid-century modern dwelling in Raleigh, North Carolina, that had been “haphazardly chopped up” over the years. The Ocotea House is situated within a suburban neighbourhood dotted with mature trees. The brick, ranch-style home was built in 1959 and had been significantly altered over the years. “What was

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Glass box defines extension with basement pool for Victorian home in south London

British studio Guarnieri Architects has added a glazed box containing a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room to the rear of a Victorian terrace in Clapham Common, south London. A new floor excavated below the level of the main house provides space for these leisure facilities within the glazed extension, while a mezzanine above hosts a

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Bestor Architecture creates Malibu beach home for Beastie Boys rapper

US firm Bestor Architecture has overhauled rundown buildings in an exclusive southern California neighbourhood to create a spacious, beach-style residence for musician Mike D from the Beastie Boys. The Malibu Beach House is located in Point Dume, a promontory that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Known for its scenic beaches and rocky coves, the

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Revamped London house features white surfaces and concrete details that match a brutalist neighbour

William Tozer Associates has overhauled a Victorian terraced house in north London, introducing a white, modern living area that faces out onto a neighbouring brutalist estate. London-based William Tozer Associates refurbished and reconfigured the house in Highgate, which forms part of an Italianate terrace. Immediately behind the terrace is the Abbey Road housing co-op – a brutalist estate designed in the

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Tsuruta Architects designs staircase in London house from thousands of plywood pieces

Nearly 2000 pieces of plywood slot together like a puzzle in this staircase, which features in a London home that has been overhauled by local studio Tsuruta Architects. The architects were tasked with reconfiguring the layout of a seven-bedroom 20th-century house to create an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room; two bathrooms; and four bedrooms on the upper three

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Boutique hotel in Cabo offers design store, food carts and mezcal bar

Guests staying in the minimal rooms at this small hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico, can also dine from on-site food carts, sample local booze and shop products by Mexican designers. The Drift San Jose hotel sits in the historic centre of San José del Cabo, a resort town at the southern tip of the Baja

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Richard Pender and Dan Kerr combine local materials at self-built Shawm house

Richard Pender was involved in every stage of this self-build project to create a sustainable and accessible house for his parents in rural Northumberland, which involved fabricating the wooden frame on site in a disused barn. Pender’s parents previously resided in a traditional farmhouse and wanted to continue living on the same site, but needed

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Brutalist library in Chicago gets interior update by Woodhouse Tinucci

US firm Woodhouse Tinucci Architects has spruced up reading room in the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library, a 1970s building originally designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Totalling 18,000 square feet (1,672 square metres), the project entailed transforming a ground-level reading room of the brutalist library into a space more suitable for group meetings

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Mecanoo installs golden pavilion with scooped roofline on 17th-century Dutch estate

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has created a golden hued events pavilion with a broad scooped roof in the grounds of a historic chateau near Maastricht. Mecanoo’s addition provides conference and meeting room facilities for the estate, which includes a chateau and manor farm built in the 1660s, as well as the St Gerlachus Church and a farmstead, which date to the

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Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen drapes Bahrain music centre with mesh curtains

Steel mesh curtains can be lifted to offer glimpses of performances inside this traditional music centre designed by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen for Muharraq Island in Bahrain. Brussels-based Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was tasked to design a pair of cultural centres for Bahrain – an archipelago of 33 low-lying islands in the Arabian Gulf – as part

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Apollo Architects’ minimal renovation aims to keep the atmosphere of an old family home in Tokyo

Rooflights, pale tiles and glossy flooring are among the tweaks that Apollo Architects & Associates made to a family home in Toyko to give it a light-filled living, kitchen and dining room. The Japanese architects were tasked with renovating the two-storey residence for a client whose father had built the house over 30 years ago. It is located in a suburban area of Tokyo called Ōta,

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Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos transforms ruined buildings within walls of Spanish castle into light-filled homes

Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos has converted three houses within the walls of a 15th-century castle in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra de Gredos into a pair of brightly lit homes for a brother and sister. The houses sit within an arcade built by a former resident to link Toledo’s Oropesa castle with the neighbouring Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church. Lacking sufficient

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Pablo Escobar’s Tulum mansion becomes art-filled boutique hotel

A prominent art dealer has turned an estate once owned by infamous drug baron Pablo Escobar into luxury accommodation filled with items from his collection. Located in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, Casa Malca was renovated and turned into a hotel by New York-based Lio Malca – who deals contemporary works by the likes

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Stanton Williams completes renovation of Beaux-Arts museum in Nantes with stone and marble extension

London firm Stanton Williams has renovated and extended the Musée d’arts de Nantes, adding a series of extensions including a monolithic structure wrapped in stone and translucent marble to the Beaux-Arts building. Stanton Williams was awarded the project to oversee the modernisation of the museum in 2009, with a proposal that involved introducing several contemporary interventions alongside

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Glowing gold extension added to Winchester university chapel by Design Engine

The gothic-revival chapel at the University of Winchester, England, has been “returned to its former glory”, following a renovation and extension by local architecture studio Design Engine. Design Engine carried out a complete restoration of Winton Chapel, which was originally built in 1880 in the Hampshire town, and today serves as a venue for events ranging from

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OFIS Architects extends Slovenian house with trio of stacked wooden boxes

Three stacked cuboids covered in strips of dark-stained wood form this extension to a 1930s house in Ljubljana by Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti. OFIS Arhitekti based the shape of the volumes on the “shoe-box” proportions of the old two-storey residence, which was built in 1934 by architect Emil Navinsek for his two elderly sisters. As a result, the studio named the project Shoebox House.

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Olson Kundig set to overhaul Seattle Space Needle

American firm Olson Kundig Architects has unveiled plans to renovate the Space Needle observation tower in Seattle by adding slanted glass balustrades and a rotating glass floor. Called the Century Project, the $100 million (approximately £78 million) renovation aims to preserve and modernise the 184-metre-high tower, a historic landmark on Seattle’s skyline that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle

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Dan Brunn renovates Frank Gehry-designed LA house for an illustrator

A Japanese-style reading nook and a sculptural wooden staircase feature in this 1970s Los Angeles house, which has been overhauled by local studio Dan Brunn Architecture to “pay homage” to its original architect Frank Gehry. Gehry was commissioned to design the residence in the 1970s for art collectors Edwin and Ann Janss, but the couple slightly modified the plans during construction

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Andrew Maynard drenches home and studio in natural light to help combat mental health issues

In a bid to improve his mental health and vitamin D levels, architect Andrew Maynard has renovated his Melbourne home and studio to make it so brightly lit that he has to wear sunglasses inside. Maynard, the co-founder of Melboure-based Austin Maynard Architects, was prompted to improve his access to vitamin D after his doctor suggested that a lack of natural light was probably

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Dieter Vander Velpen brings “understated luxury” to 1970s Belgian house

Architecture studio Dieter Vander Velpen has employed a luxurious material palette of dark walnut, black granite and limestone to overhaul the kitchen and bathroom of a house in Belgium. Antwerp-based Dieter Vander Velpen remodelled the kitchen and bathroom for a doctor couple. Built in the 1970s near the Belgian town of Leuven, the property named BC House had

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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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MoMA unveils first phase of major overhaul by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed the first stage of its renovation of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and has revealed details of its plans to extend into Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 residential tower. The US studio is working with global firm Gensler on the project that will increase MoMA’s gallery space by 30 per cent, as well as improving circulation and offering

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

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

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Welsh + Major slots lightwell between Sydney cottage and its brick extension

A tree grows up through a lightwell that Australian studio Welsh + Major has added to this house in Sydney, and topped with an opening glass roof. Annandale House, a family residence named after its suburban location, occupies a long and narrow site, which measures five metres wide and steps across three levels. The existing one-storey cottage is set at

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

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

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Stern McCafferty Architects converts entrance of old Massachusetts house into a gallery

Boston-based Stern McCafferty Architects has overhauled a country home in Massachusetts, transforming the layout to showcase a collection of art work and expand the living areas into a bright annex. The residence was first built in 1905 as a mock-English riding house in Cambridge, Massachusetts – the seat of Harvard University. Owned by the president

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

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

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Andrew Berman Architects adds timber-framed extension to old Staten Island library

Tasked with renovating and extending the Stapleton branch of the New York Library, Andrew Berman Architects overhauled the interior and connected it to an annex clad with zinc and glass. The facility is situated in northeast Staten Island – one of the five boroughs that make up New York City – and was first constructed in

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Bennetts Associates converts Art Deco cinema into cultural centre in northern England

Bennetts Associates has renovated a 1930s cinema and added a brick, frosted-glass and copper extension to create this cultural centre in Chester, England. The British studio carried out the £37 million transformation for the listed Odeon cinema in Chester – a walled city in the northwest of England. A library, cinema, restaurant and cafe are set in the existing

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Vector Architects adds barrel-vaulted roof to refurbished house in Chinese port

Vector Architects has renovated a house perched on a rocky peninsula in China’s Fujian Province, adding a vaulted concrete roof that encloses a new living area with views towards the sea from either end. Captain’s House is located in the village of Beijiao at the end of Huangqi Peninsula. The geology of the peninsula’s cliffs means

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Idee Architects updates house on Vietnamese citrus farm with pavilion-like living space

Idee Architects has modernised a traditional Vietnamese farmhouse for a large family, adding a glass and steel structure that overlooks orchards and the Ba Vì mountain range beyond. The Hanoi-based studio built the farmhouse in two main units, constructing the living and dining area on top of the basement of a dilapidated building, and renovating existing structures for the bedrooms. Mian Farm Cottage was designed

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Atelier XÜK adds wedge-shaped roof extension to Spanish-style villa in Shanghai

Atelier XÜK has added a corrugated-metal attic room to this Spanish colonial-style house, which was designed in the 1920s by a Hungarian architect for a plot in Shanghai’s French quarter. The villa that local studio Atelier XÜK renovated and extended was originally designed by architect Ladislav Hudec. It is located in a part of the city known

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Messana O’Rorke Architects extends New York homestead with weathering-steel annex

During the renovation of an 18th-century home in Upstate New York, Manhattan-based Messana O’Rorke Architects has revitalised its original appearance and added modern conveniences in an extension clad in Corten steel. Situated on an apple orchard in Columbia County, the renovated Ten Broeck Cottage – which dates back to 1734 – still bears signs of

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Eduardo Souto de Moura transforms Portuguese farming village into luxury retreat

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

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Ruetemple suspends netted areas in suburban Moscow home

Russian architecture studio Ruetemple has renovated a family home in Moscow, creating an open living space using suspended nets for children to play in and bedrooms that overhang the central communal area. The architects focused on maintaining visibility and openness within the 160-square-metre home, allowing for natural light to fill the residence, while the parents can keep

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Perforated steel and pavement lights let the sun pierce London townhouse by Andy Martin Architecture

Andy Martin Architecture gutted this five-storey Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, adding glass pavement lights to the ground floor to allow natural light to filter down to the basement. Andy Martin’s locally based firm was tasked with bringing extra light into the residence of their clients, who wanted to introduce elements of their Sardinian heritage into the central London

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Berman Guedes Stretton upgrades Powell & Moya’s modernist University of Oxford buildings

Berman Guedes Stretton sought to preserve and enhance the modernist designs of buildings at two University of Oxford colleges during renovations to improve their interior layout. The Oxford- and London-based firm was invited to oversee the renovation of a building designed in 1969 by Powell & Moya, a firm best known for its Skylon tensegrity structure at the 1951 Festival of Britain.

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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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Superkül reserves upstairs just for kids at renovated modernist Toronto home

Toronto firm Superkül has renovated a mid-century modern home in a residential area of the city, adding a second level dedicated to spaces for children. The Valley House is located in Hoggs Hollow, a neighbourhood in the north area of Toronto. The renovation and extension was intended to provide more space for a family of

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Inbetween Architecture transforms “terribly dated” 1970s Melbourne house to open up lake views

Inbetween Architecture has renovated and extended a dated brown-brick property in Melbourne’s Doncaster suburb to improve the quality of its living spaces and capture views of nearby Ruffey Lake. The late 20th-century house suffered from an over-compartmentalised plan that left a number of rooms redundant and others without adequate natural light. Local studio Inbetween Architecture was commissioned to

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García and Soler give Chilean school a new look with light chimneys and metal cladding

Architects Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Soler have overhauled a school in central Chile, adding large skylights to an existing building and creating a new pavilion with a glass wall. The Alianza Francesa Jean Mermoz School and Pavilion is located in the city of Curicó, in the country’s central Maule region. The project entailed

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L McComber Architects gives contemporary update to Tudor-style home in Montreal

During the renovation of this Montreal home, local firm L McComber Architects reinterpreted its mock-Tudor facades with an expansion that echoes the architectural style. The 1950s La Cardinale residence is situated in Montreal’s Ville-Saint-Laurent neighbourhood. Several old annexes without proper foundations mushroomed from the rear facade of the home. L McComber Architects opted to remove them

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Copenhagen’s Experimentarium features a helical staircase and cladding based on fluid dynamics

Danish studio CEBRA has redesigned a science centre in Copenhagen, adding a shimmering copper-clad staircase that represents the structure of a DNA strand. CEBRA won an international competition in 2011 to oversee the refurbishment of the Experimentarium, which seeks to engage with young people and showcase the wonders of science. The building is located in the

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Frank Gehry’s Philadelphia Museum of Art renovation breaks ground

Work has officially started on Frank Gehry’s plans to “unclog the arteries” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a major renovation that will transform the layout of the historic building. The Canadian-American architect’s masterplan for the 1920s structure involves removing interventions made by Venturi Scott Brown in the 1980s, and opening up new routes so visitors can

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SAW inserts variation of old San Francisco home into its roof

San Francisco architecture firm Spiegel Aihara Workshop has extended a 1930s hillside residence by duplicating its layout and stacking it over the original structure, raising the home so it looks over the city’s landmarks. The A-to-Z House sits against an incline that slopes down towards the bay. Despite its ideal location, the residence was previously

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AHMM overhauls Thames-side block with glazed pavilions to create New Scotland Yard

British firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has created a new headquarters for London’s Metropolitan Police Service by remodelling a 1930s block overlooking the River Thames. Now fronted by a squat oblong entrance pavilion and capped by a bronzed roof extension, the neoclassical block has also undergone a significant interior reorganisation by Stirling Prize-winning practice AHMM, which first revealed plans for the

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Gonzalo Claro hides rooftop extension of Chilean house behind dark waterproof membrane

Chilean architect Gonzalo Claro has renovated a family home in Santiago, reducing the ground floor footprint but adding a level for bedrooms. The Las Quilas house was completed in 2015 for a young family that wanted a home that would integrate seamlessly into the neighbourhood. Claro described the project as “a house shaped as a house”.

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Verdant garden with white marble paths tops renovated Mexican home by Zeller & Moye

Architecture firm Zeller & Moye has outfitted an old residence with a sprawling rooftop garden, serving as a getaway within a crowded neighbourhood in the Mexican capital. Previously a dilapidated Art Deco townhouse, Case Verne stands in the centre of the Mexican capital and was overhauled by the firm – which has offices locally and

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

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

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Protruding roof offers skyward views at renovated Chilean home by Felipe Alarcón Carreño

Chilean architect Felipe Alarcón Carreño has added an angled volume to the top of this small house in the city of Linares to raise the ceiling and create a brighter, more spacious interior. Casa Lautaro stands within a compact neighbourhood, where surrounding homes block out much of the natural light accessible to the one-storey house.

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Medieval church hall renovation features light-filled extension and glazed walkway

Acanthus Clews Architects has renovated and extended a 15th-century building in the Cotswolds, England, to create a multifunctional space for the local community. Located beside the Church of St John the Baptist in the town of Burford, Warwick Hall was originally a medieval house, although was later converted into a school building and then a parish hall, but had

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NADAAA overhauls brick Virginia house with ample glazing and a plywood interior

Boston architecture firm NADAAA has remodelled a 1920s Virginia residence by extending the attic, adding large windows, and using plywood sheets to arrange the internal layout. While renovating the detached Rock Creek House property, the architects removed ornamentation from the brick facades and extended the walls upward to create a larger attic space. The north

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KC Design Studio adds perforated facade and atrium to skinny Taiwanese townhouse

KC Design Studio has updated a 3.7-metre-wide house in Taiwan with a perforated facade and lightwell to combat the lack of daylight in the island’s dense neighbourhoods. The local studio was asked to improve the natural lighting in the 50-year-old home situated in close proximity to noisy tourist attractions and night markets, without compromising the client’s privacy or security. “Considering the lack of privacy and good view,

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