Nishizawa Architects adds movable walls to multi-family home in southern Vietnam 

Nishizawa Architects has replaced the facade and interior walls of this residence in Vietnam’s An Giang province with moveable corrugated metal panels to create a “half-outdoors” dwelling for three families. The house, which is set in the city of Chau Doc, is close to the Mekong river and raised on pilotis above flood-prone grounds. It is shared

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Moveable wooden screens are set into concrete facades of Mokyeonri Wood Culture Museum

This museum in Incheon, South Korea, is dedicated to teaching visitors about wood and features moving timber screens that create effects similar to dappled sunlight filtering through trees. Seoul architecture studio Soft Architecture Lab designed the Wood Culture Museum for a site in Incheon Grand Park, where the Korea Forest Service operates a large arboretum.

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Box-framed louvres shade windows of concrete house in Tel Aviv

This concrete house in Tel Aviv by Bar Orian Architects features vertical louvres that can be either rotated to filter light or slid open to reveal the windows behind. Designed for a couple and their three children, the residence is located in a neighbourhood in the north the city called Affeka. Tel-Aviv based Bar Orian Architects chose the simple form of

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Foster + Partners completes Dubai Apple Store with carbon-fibre “solar wings”

Filigreed carbon-fibre shutters fold around the oriel window of Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Dubai, shading the shop floor during the day but opening at night to views of the Burj Khalifa. London firm Foster + Partners based its design of the Apple Dubai Mall on the traditional Arabic mashrabiya, a projecting bay window enclosed by decorative wooden

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Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos incorporates printing press and carpentry studio into house in northern Spain

The mint-green shutters, white walls and red tiled roof of this house and studio by Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos reference the 1940s home it replaces near the Spanish city of Burgos. When local studio Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos was asked to draw up plans to replace the deteriorating house, the architects wanted to ensure the new home fitted in with its surroundings. While concrete structures

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Sliding polycarbonate panels open up facade of Barcelona house by H Arquitectes

Sliding polycarbonate screens are set in front of the windows covering the stepped facade of this house in Barcelona by Spanish studio H Arquitectes. The property was designed by H Arquitectes for a plot on a street corner in the Cerdanyola del Vallès district, north of the city centre. The small site previously formed part of the garden of a house occupied by

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Shutter-covered towers give bedrooms sea views at Lebanese housing complex

Bedrooms contained within towers at this housing complex on the Lebanese coast feature folding shutters and sliding glass walls that allow sea breezes to cool the interiors. The Courtowers are a cluster of four family properties in the Amsheet region of Lebanon, which were designed by Beirut architecture office Hashim Sarkis Studios for a plot facing the Mediterranean

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MF+ Arquitetos creates modernist-inspired house with walled garden in Brazil

A walled garden filled with tropical plants flanks a glazed hallway at this house in the Brazilian town of Franca, which is influenced by the country’s modernist architecture. Local firm MF+ Arquitetos designed Casa MCNY for a couple with two daughters, who wanted a large property with plenty of natural light and ventilation. The house’s simple

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Aluminium louvres cover curving walls of house and cafe in South Korea

Slanted slats of aluminium cover the irregular, curving form of this house and cafe in Gyeonggi Province designed by South Korean architecture practice AND (+ slideshow). The Seoul-based architects, whose name stands for Architecture of Novel Differentiation, named the project Louverwall after its distinctive cladding. The louvres cover a glazed wall that faces out onto the street in the city More

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House Zilvar by ASGK Design is an angular wooden home in the Czech countryside

A+Awards: next up in our collaboration with Architizer is this energy-efficient wooden home on the outskirts of a small village in the Czech Republic, which was one of the private houses recognised in this year’s A+Awards (+ slideshow). Designed by Prague studio ASGK Design, Energy Efficient Wooden House Zilvar occupies a site surrounded by fields More

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Wooden screens mask glazed walls of Porto house by AZO Sequeira

Slatted wooden screens fold open to reveal walls of windows at the front and back of this concrete house in Porto by AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados (+ slideshow). Named House in Bonfim, the property provides a home for a family in the east of the Portuguese city. Braga-based AZO Sequeira designed the building to replace an outdated structure from the 1970s. “It is More

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Perforated shutters create geometric facade for Pitsou Kedem’s house in Tel Aviv

Bands of shutters featuring a geometric perforated pattern appear to form seamless surfaces that extend across the facade of this house in Tel Aviv by Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem (+ slideshow). The house is located in an area to the north of the city where a few streets lined with one- or two-storey homes were built More

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Continuous staircase connects eight levels in K8 bar building by Florian Busch

German architect Florian Busch conceived this Kyoto bar as one continuous space spread over eight levels to make the most of a narrow site in one of the city’s oldest nightlife areas (+ slideshow). Each level within the K8 bar is connected via a metal staircase and landings that are designed as one structure, zigzagging More

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A Light-Filled Beijing Villa Renovation

Beijing-based architecture and design studio reMIX designed a shutter-clad extension to a light-filled white home in Beijing. The brief included a garden extension as well as the accommodation of a double-height studio, roof terrace, kitchen garden and projection room. To address these requirements, the studio built interlinking mezzanines, balconies and terraces, optimizing indoor-outdoor flow. Speaking […]

“Schizophrenic” house in rural Spain provides separate winter and summer lodgings

Metal and plastic shutters cover the walls of this residence in Spain’s Catalonia region, which is split in two parts to provide seasonal quarters for a family (+ slideshow). Brooklyn studio Fake Industries Architectural Agonism and local architecture firm Aixopluc worked together on the 330-square-metre residence, which sits in a hazel-tree field on the outskirts of Alforja – a rural town More

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ReMIX Studio’s Shunyi House extension features louvred cladding and an all-white interior

Narrowly spaced steel louvres wrap around the exterior of this extension to a house in Beijing, providing privacy and creating linear patterns of light and shadow throughout the minimal white interior (+ slideshow). Local architecture firm reMIX Studio oversaw the expansion of a villa in the northeastern district of Shunyi for a couple of screenwriters More

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Folding steel shutters reveal interior of BetweenSpaces’ Bangalore architecture studio

Steel shutters fold open to bring plenty of fresh air into this studio for Bangalore architecture firm BetweenSpaces, which is situated above the home of one of its founders (+ slideshow). The building is located on a north-facing plot in a densely urbanised district of the Indian city. It accommodates the offices of BetweenSpaces on More

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Amagansett Dunes House by Bates Masi Architects is shaded with strips of canvas

This house in Amagansett, New York, by Bates Masi Architects is designed to take advantage of its windy site on Long Island’s south shore (+ slideshow). Built on dunes that back up to a wooded nature preserve, the four-bedroom 1,725-square-foot (163 square metres) house is oriented toward the prevailing winds to help keep the house comfortable in the More

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Perforated shutters animate facade of Melbourne house by Jackson Clements Burrows

Perforated screens cover the windows of this cement-clad house in Melbourne by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, allowing light from within to shine through circular openings (+ slideshow). Jackson Clements Burrows designed the house as an “open-plan sanctuary in the inner city” for a couple and their cat Biggles in the city’s Sunbury suburb. Eschewing the gabled style and More

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Niall McLaughlin’s Hampshire Fishing Hut folds open to allow views right through

A picturesque lake in Hampshire, England, is the setting for this fisherman’s hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects, which can be opened up in summer and battened down in winter (+ slideshow). Named the Fishing Hut, the wooden structure provides a place for the client to his store boats and fishing tackle, but also functions as a shelter and meeting […]

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Vietnamese shophouse by MM++ Architects features a facade that folds open

Vietnamese studio MM++ Architects has squeezed a contemporary shophouse into a four-metre-wide site in Ho Chi Minh City, with a facade that opens and closes like a giant shutter. Named Townhouse with a Folding-up Shutter, the four-storey residence takes its cues from traditional shophouses – a common building typology in Southeast Asia that combines a workplace with a residence. MM++ […]

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Ayeneh Office gives Tehran apartments a textured facade with ridged granite and slatted timber

Slatted timber shutters provide privacy and shade for this Tehran apartment block by local firm Ayeneh Office, and line up with its ridged granite facade (+ slideshow). Andarzgoo Residential Building was designed by Ayeneh Office for a site near Andarzgoo Boulevard – a lively, upmarket area in the north of the Irani capital. The block stands on […]

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Perforated shutters provide light and ventilation for Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows

Australian architects Jackson Clements Burrows added perforated shutters to the exterior of this holiday cabin “like a Gore-Tex jacket”, providing light and ventilation when closed (+ slideshow). Melbourne-based architects Jackson Clements Burrows designed Moonlight Cabin as a holiday retreat on the far south-west coast of Victoria. It is owned by a family with two children, […]

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Jules Ladoumègue Sports Centre features a facade of moving glass shutters

A layer of glass louvres wraps this Paris sports centre by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, forming a semi-transparent facade that controls the amount of light, heat and ventilation entering the building (+ slideshow). The Jules Ladoumègue Sports Centre provides new fitness facilities for the Parisian suburb of Pantin, which borders a ring road surrounding the city. Dietmar Feichtinger […]

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Perforated shutters move mechanically to mask the facade of Archinauten’s House GT

An iPad controls the perforated shutters that concertina across the glass facade of this house in Linz, Austria, allowing its two software engineer residents to reveal or conceal views of the city (+ slideshow). Architects Andreas Dworschak and Wolfgang Mühlbachler of local studio Archinauten designed House GT for the couple and their young children on a sloping plot overlooking Linz – […]

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Facade of colourful shutters allows light and wind into Block Architects’ Vegan House

Colourfully painted window shutters form the facade and roof of this guest house and kitchen in Ho Chi Minh City, designed by local studio Block Architects (+ slideshow). The building was formerly a house, but has been converted into a cultural venue where guests are invited to prepare and eat a traditional Vietnamese meal together before settling […]

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Palaeontology research centre by H Arquitectes is wrapped in computer-controlled shutters

Automated shutters are used to regulate the internal climate of this environmental science and palaeontology research centre for a university near Barcelona (+ slideshow). Barcelona-based studio H Arquitectes designed the ICTA-ICP building for the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona campus in the Catalonian municipality of Cerdanyola del Vallès. Rows of transparent shutters that clad the concrete structure create a […]

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University model-making workshop by Atelier ARS features walls that fold open

A grid of louvred doors and shutters form the exterior of this model-making workshop in Guadalajara, Mexico, allowing enough natural ventilation to prevent dangerous fumes from building up inside (+ slideshow). The annex to the Design Innovation and Workshop Building (TID) at ITESO University was designed by architecture studio Atelier ARS, which is based in nearby Zapopan, to house […]

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Perforated screens cover the facade of São Paulo apartment block by Studio MK27

Perforated wooden shutters allow the residents of this São Paulo apartment building by Studio MK27 to control the levels of daylight in their living spaces (+ slideshow). The Vertical Itaim building was designed by local firm Studio MK27 for a site in the city’s upmarket Chacara Itaim neighbourhood and contains 10 apartments. Most of these […]

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Mihaly Slocombe extends vineyard home in Australia with wooden nursery

Australian studio Mihaly Slocombe has returned to a Melbourne home it completed almost a decade ago to add a timber nursery annex patterned with circular cutouts (+ slideshow). Mihaly Slocombe created Kids Pod as an extension for its 2006 house situated on a vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, a finger of land that curves around Port Phillip to the south-east of Melbourne. […]
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Folding shutters create varying levels of privacy for Porto townhouse

Bright white shutters concertina across the glazed facade of this Porto home designed and occupied by local architects Cláudia Monteiro and Vitor Oliveira. Cláudia Monteiro and Vitor Oliveira slotted their three-storey townhouse – named House in Lindo Vale after its location – into a five-metre-wide plot between two older houses in the Portuguese city. Related story: House by Philip […]
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Philippe Baumann’s Courtyard House is shielded behind a metal mesh cage

A grid of hinged metal shutters form a privacy screen across the windows of this terraced house in New York that architect Philippe Baumann designed for himself and his partner (+ slideshow). The property is located in the Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn and was designed by the Baumann Architecture founder as a conversion and extension of an […]
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Concertina shutters shade the windows of Naud & Poux’s Paris retirement home

Hinged shutters fold up and down over the windows of this monochromatic care home near Paris by French studio Naud & Poux (+ slideshow). Naud & Poux designed the metal-clad sheltered housing blocks in Villejuif, a suburb to the south of Paris. Related story: Colboc Franzen’s Parisian social housing matches the proportions of its 1930s neighbours The 9,200-square-metre Antoine de St Exupéry […]
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Angled fins flank the windows of KINO Architects’ Tokyo apartment block

Three-dimensional shutters are angled to shield the windows of this textured-concrete apartment block and noodle bar in Tokyo by KINO Architects (+ slideshow) The four-storey Kuro Building stands on a corner plot facing a busy shopping street and backing onto the tramlines in downtown Tokyo. Related story: House by Philip Stejskal can be “locked down” with shutters that blend into […]

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House by Philip Stejskal can be “locked down” with shutters that blend into the facade

Australian studio Philip Stejskal Architecture has equipped a white timber extension to a 1890s duplex with shutters and sliding panels that camouflage with the walls when closed. Philip Stejskal Architecture extended a 19th century house in Fremantle, western Australia, named Bellevue Terrace. The firm added an enclosed terrace containing an open-air dining room, a small bathroom, and a […]

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Mantois Technology Centre by Badia Berger Architectes features moveable timber shutters

Moveable timber fins cover the top five storeys of this university technology centre by French architects Badia Berger to modulate light and shade inside. Mantois Technology Centre is a new learning and research centre for the science and technology departments at the Université Versailles de St Quentin en Yvelines, near Paris. It was designed by Badia […]

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