Camarim Arquitectos pays homage to Lisbon’s decorative houses with a patterned-tile facade

The green-tiled facade of this Lisbon townhouse by Camarim Arquitectos has varying textures and opacities designed to reference the building that previously stood on the site (+ slideshow). Camarim Arquitectos designed the three-bedroom family home – named Casa no Príncipe Real, or House on Príncipe Real – to replace a building with a tiled exterior that is […]

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Zinc-clad chapel by René van Zuuk to be built over Almere’s city lake

News: the city of Almere in the Netherlands has selected a small curvy chapel designed by architect René van Zuuk to be constructed over the surface of the Weerwater lake. The Weerwater Chapel was one of five winners in a competition to develop architectural interventions in and around the lake, which forms the heart of the […]

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Miralles Tagliabue and Elizabeth de Portzamparc to design new Paris metro stations

News: architects have been selected for two of three new “iconic” train stations in Paris that will be built as part of the Grand Paris Express ring-route rail project. The Spanish architecture firm EMBT founded by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue will design the Clichy-Montfermeil station in collaboration with French architects and engineers Bordas + Peiro, […]

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Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk completes “labyrinth-like” concrete home in Norway

External staircases connect the three stories of this cast-concrete house overlooking a lake in Norway by architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk (+ slideshow). Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS Arkitektkontor built the family home, named Concrete House, in the Stange region. It sits on the eastern shore of Mjøsa, the largest lake in Norway. Related story: Concrete tunnel extends through […]

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Jean Nouvel’s Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector

French architect Jean Nouvel teamed up with botanist Patrick Blanc to create this pair of plant-covered Sydney towers that reflect light into their lower levels with a huge cantilevered panel of mirrors. Named One Central Park, the complex is the centrepiece of a AUS$2 billion masterplan in downtown Sydney by developers Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Canadian library mimics the angular roofs of its neighbours

Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has completed a public library in Edmonton, Canada, with a metallic facade and large windows designed to draw visitors inside (+ slideshow). The new Highlands Branch Library was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and local firm Marshall Tittemore Architects to replace the community’s original library, which dated back to 1962, and […]

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Bombay Sapphire distillery photographed by Hufton + Crow

These new images by photographers Hufton + Crow reveal the curving details of the two glasshouses at Thomas Heatherwick’s visitor facility for British gin brand Bombay Sapphire (+ slideshow). Located at an old Victorian paper factory in Hampshire, Laverstoke Mill houses a new distillery within renovated brick buildings, while a pair of curved glass greenhouses […]

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Zaha Hadid designs a wooden building for Cambodian genocide researchers

News: Zaha Hadid has unveiled designs for a new Cambodian institution made up of five interwoven wooden towers to house the largest archive of genocide-related documents in Southeast Asia (+ slideshow). The London-based architect – who is best known for utilising modern materials such as concrete, fibreglass and resin – chose timber for the tapered wooden […]

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Garden chapel by AZL Architects features semi-transparent walls and a butterfly roof

Vertical lengths of timber mask the interior of this chapel designed by AZL Architects in eastern China, which features a distinctive V-shaped roof (+ slideshow). Chinese studio AZL Architects designed Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel for a riverbank site in Wanjing Garden, a park in the city of Nanjing, where it hosts weddings and other religious services. […]

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Case-Real’s House in Nagatoro sits at the base of a mountain

Japanese studio Case-Real has completed a small timber-clad cabin at the base of Mount Kamafuse in Saitama Prefecture (+ slideshow). Case-Real, the architecture studio led by designer Koichi Futatsumata, designed the single-storey House in Nagatoro to subtly reference the “beautiful silhouettes” of the nearby mountain by creating a gently angled roof. Related story: House in Tsurumaki […]

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School gymnasium by URA nestles into the landscape at a Belgian school

This concrete sports hall by Belgian studio URA has been built into a hillside in the wooded grounds of a school just outside Brussels (+ slideshow). URA was tasked with designing the new gymnasium for Koninklijk Atheneum Ukkel (KAU), a school in the south of the city that describes its campus as the “biggest garden […]

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Concrete cabin by Luciano Kruk Arquitectos built in an Argentinian woodland

This rural Argentinian home by Luciano Kruk Arquitectos was built from intersecting slabs of timber-imprinted concrete and sheets of glass (+ slideshow). The three-bedroom house, named Casa SV, is set within a wooded area of the coastal town of Pinamar, 200 miles south of Buenos Aires. Related story: Concrete house by Nickisch Sano Walder Architects […]

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Ministry of Design’s 100PP joins a wave of “edgy and interesting” buildings for Singapore creatives

World Architecture Festival 2014: Singapore’s creative industries are moving out of the central business district to more affordable light-industrial areas, says architect Colin Seah, who has recently completed a layered workplace building in the Pasir Panjang neighbourhood (+ slideshow). Speaking to Dezeen at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore last week, the Ministry of Design […]

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UNStudio’s Theatre de Stoep improves its acoustics with a moving auditorium ceiling

UNStudio has completed a theatre in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, featuring a spotty facade that glows purple at night and an auditorium with a ceiling that moves to improve acoustics (+ slideshow). Opening tomorrow, the 5,800-square-metre Theatre de Stoep was designed by UNStudio to provide the town with two new auditoriums that can be adapted to […]

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Ole Scheeren’s The Interlace envisioned as “a blatant reversal” of tower-block housing

World Architecture Festival 2014: architect Ole Scheeren has revealed more about the motivations behind The Interlace, an “important prototype” for housing where horizontal buildings are stacked diagonally across one another to frame terraces, gardens and plazas (+ slideshow). Speaking to Dezeen at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore last week, Scheeren described the 170,000-square-metre complex as a “vertical village”. Conceived […]

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Sean Godsell unveils inaugural MPavilion designed to “bloom like a flower”

Pneumatic arms lift the walls of Sean Godsell’s MPavilion, the project billed as Australia’s answer to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which opened to the public today in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens (+ slideshow). Inspired by the temporary pavilions built in London’s Kensington Gardens each year, the inaugural MPavilion is the first of four structures commissioned by […]

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Kouichi Kimura’s Scape House uses a variety of windows to create a hierarchy of views

A collection of differently sized cuboids make up the volume of this family house in Shiga, Japan, designed by architect Kouichi Kimura to offer “versatile spaces” with “light and scenery” (+ slideshow). Kouichi Kimura, founder of Japanese studio FORM, developed the residence for a hilltop neighbourhood overlooking a lake, so he wanted the interiors to frame […]

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COBE’s Copenhagen kindergarten designed as a “village for children”

Vertical strips of masonry wrap around the buildings and playgrounds that make up Forfatterhuset Kindergarten, a new preschool in Copenhagen by Danish studio COBE (+ slideshow). COBE designed the three-storey structure, which has capacity for 160 children, to function as a scaled-down village with buildings of varying heights and purposes set within a landscaped area. Related story: Nursery school […]

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Architecture photographs of the year revealed

World Architecture Festival 2014: an image of the cavernous white interior of Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center has been named architectural photograph of the year, from a shortlist that also featured a twisted skyscraper and a sunken flea market (+ slideshow). The 20 photographs were competing in the 2014 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, presented at […]

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Ole Scheeren: Asia has “a certain fearlessness and vision for the future”

World Architecture Festival 2014: after working as project architect for OMA’s giant CCTV tower, architect Ole Scheeren stepped out of Rem Koolhaas’ shadow and set up his own practice in China. He spoke to Dezeen about what he learned from his former mentor and the vastly different speed, scale and ambition of working in the […]

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Brutalist buildings: National Theatre, London by Denys Lasdun

Brutalism: Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre – one of London’s best-known and most divisive Brutalist buildings – is a layered concrete landscape that Prince Charles once described as being like “a nuclear power station”. Completed in 1976, the Royal National Theatre stands on the South Bank of the Thames, just downstream of Waterloo bridge. It is formed […]

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13 projects that could change the face of London

Following the unveiling of a floating cycle path proposed for the River Thames, we’ve collected together 13 controversial projects from the pages of Dezeen that could transform London. Fuelled by rising levels of investment by developers, a need to house a growing population and the necessity to improve infrastructure, London is rapidly evolving. The proposals below […]

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Atelier Data adds concrete volumes and internal courtyards to Algarve house

Atelier Data has extended a 1980s home in the Algarve, Portugal, with whitewashed concrete structures and fenced-in courtyards (+ slideshow). The Portugese studio added volumes to the one-storey building, named Casa Sol, intended to emphasise the shape of the existing building. Related story: Atelier Data combines wood, concrete and cork for Varatojo House facade The […]

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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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Arhitektura d.o.o. designs minimalist Ribja Brv Footbridge in the centre of Ljubljana

Slovenian studio Arhitektura d.o.o. has designed a footbridge in Ljubljana to be as minimal and transparent as possible, in order to maintain focus on the surrounding architecture (+ slideshow). Ribja Brv Footbridge by Arhitektura d.o.o. connects two squares on either side of Ljubljanica river in the centre of the capital, and occupies a stretch between […]

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Drew Mandel Architects designs Moore Park Residence “to echo the rhythm of its neighbours”

Canadian studio Drew Mandel Architects designed this new Toronto house to sit sensitively among its 1920s neighbours, mimicking their shape, size and two-toned facades (+ slideshow). Moore Park Residence was designed by Drew Mandel Architects for a couple with a young child, and replaces an ailing 1920s house on the site – the first such […]

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