Maas Architecten merges a thatched cottage with a glass greenhouse

A gabled greenhouse appears to slide out from beneath the thatched roof of this villa, completed by Maas Architecten in the Dutch countryside. The property was designed by Lochem-based Maas Architecten for a site on the edge of the town of Berlicum in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It was designed to combine regional forms

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Dorte Mandrup adds thatched wing to Wadden Sea visitor centre in Denmark

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter paired thatch with blackened wood for this extension to a visitor’s centre on the Wadden Sea mud flats in Denmark. Dorte Mandrup’s Copenhagen-based firm updated and extended the original Wadden Sea Centre in Ribe on Demark’s western coast to create the “ultramodern, sculptural architecture rooted in local tradition”. The building is designed as a gateway for visitors to the Wadden Sea region

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Toshiko Mori uses compressed earth and bamboo for cultural hub in remote Senegalese village

This cultural centre in Senegal by Japanese architect Toshiko Mori was constructed using exclusively local materials and techniques – and has been recognised in the architecture category of the 2017 AIA Awards. Located in the remote village of Sinthian, the building performs several programmatic roles for the local community, including as a gathering space, performance centre and residency for

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Archispektras creates holiday home with a sculptural thatched roof on the Baltic Sea

An angular thatched roof extends down over this seaside house, which references the grassy dune landscape of Latvia’s Pape Nature Reserve (+ slideshow). The Dune House was designed by Lithuanian studio Archispektras as a holiday home for the owner, an avid kitesurfer, to relax with family and friends. Its location 100 metres from the Baltic Sea ensures easy access More

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Baaq completes seaside house in Mexico with an elevated pool and a thatched roof

Set back from the beach behind a row of houses, this Mexican villa has terraces and a swimming pool raised up so residents can relax outdoors with a view of the ocean (photos by Edmund Sumner + slideshow). Designed by Alfonso Quiñones of Mexico City studio Baaq, Casa Cal forms part of a cluster of eight houses near Puerto Escondido Oaxaca – a popular tourist More

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Thatched observatory installed on roof of 1930s Sonneveld House in Rotterdam

Mexican artist Santiago Borja has built a thatched observatory on the roof of one of Holland’s best-preserved Modernist houses (+ slideshow). Named A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory, Borja’s installation has been constructed on top of Sonneveld House in Rotterdam, a property designed in the 1930s by Dutch firm Brinkman & Van der Vlugt. The heptagonal structure transforms the simple roof terrace More

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Vo Trong Nghia creates bamboo and thatch domes for Diamond Island Community Centre

Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has built a community centre of eight pavilions, each with intricate bamboo structures and thatched rooftops (+ slideshow). Located on a Saigon River peninsula in the east of Ho Chi Minh City, the Diamond Island Community Centre provides a series of large and small spaces that can be used by local […]

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Thatched “umbrella-like” roof tops bamboo community centre by Vo Trong Nghia

A thatched roof shaped like a giant parasol shelters this bamboo community centre by Vo Trong Nghia, which is built over a pond in a south Vietnam village (+ slideshow). Located in Sen, a village 10 miles outside Ho Chi Minh City, the Sen Village Community Centre is elevated on a circular podium above the pond of a 48-hectare park. Vietnamese firm Vo […]

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Vo Trong Nghia adds bamboo restaurant and beach bar to spa resort in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has added three bamboo buildings with thatched roofs to the Naman Retreat in Vietnam, including a restaurant filled with huge trumpet-shaped columns (+ slideshow). The spa resort is being built across a 3.5-hectare site on the coastline between the city of Da Nang and the historic town of Hoi An. Many facilties have already […]

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Sou Fujimoto uses seashells and thatching for village-inspired arts complex in rural China

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto used locally sourced materials to create this countryside arts venue at a former farm on the outskirts of Guanghzou, China (+ slideshow). Named Mirrored Gardens, the complex is an outpost of Vitamin Creative Space – a Guanghzou gallery that was first established in 2002. It comprises an exhibition gallery, art studios, […]

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Thatched office for Amsterdam’s canal cleaners is “the biggest ark in the Netherlands”

This office with thatched walls by Attika Architekten floats in Amsterdam’s harbour, creating a base for the city’s water-cleaning service (+ slideshow). Amsterdam studio Attika Architekten created the Floating Office for Waternet, the company responsible for keeping Amsterdam’s waterways free of rubbish. The buoyant structure has three storeys – two above the water and one partially submerged – and has […]
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