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Pulse On designs “zen-like” lobby for Shanghai cinema

November 23, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
SFC Shangying Cinema Luxe was designed by Pulse On

The strings of musical instruments informed the vertical lighting elements and bookshelves of this cinema lobby and bookshop created by Hong Kong-based Pulse On for a site in Shanghai’s Bingo Plaza shopping mall. Pulse On, which is part of the One Plus Partnership headed by Virginia Lung and Ajax Law, designed all of the communal

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Meilan Music Studio’s “chaotic” interior references the spontaneity of music composition

November 23, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A grand black piano inside Meilan Music Studio

Chinese firm Domani Architectural Concepts has created a recording studio inside Guangzhou Opera House, featuring an interior covered with jumbled wooden panels that contribute to its acoustic performance. The Meilan Music Studio is located on the fourth floor of the opera house that was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and opened in 2010 on a

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Matteo Thun creates new wing with “hotel-like” patient rooms for Waldkliniken Eisenberg hospital

November 18, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Waldkliniken Eisenberg by Matteo Thun has a cylindrical design

Milan-based design studio Matteo Thun & Partners borrowed from its experience working on hospitality interiors when designing this hospital building in Eisenberg, Germany. In 2013, the studio headed by Italian designer Matteo Thun and Spaniard Antonio Rodriguez won an international competition to design a new hospital wing for Germany’s largest orthopaedics centre, the Waldkliniken Eisenberg.

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Sher Maker designs low-cost studio using locally sourced materials

November 17, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Sher Maker studio workspace in Thailand

Architecture studio Sher Maker used salvaged and standard construction materials to build its own workspace in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which it arranged along either side of an open-air courtyard. Sher Maker set out to create a studio space which embodies its values as a small-scale office that enjoys experimenting with the architectural design and construction

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The Museum Hotel Antakya is designed around and above ancient ruins

November 16, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
The outside of Museum Hotel Antakya by Emre Arolat Architecture

Emre Arolat Architecture has completed a hotel in Antioch, Turkey, featuring prefabricated rooms that are suspended from an enormous steel frame above an important archaeological site. The project, which is shortlisted in the hospitality building category of Dezeen Awards 2021, began in 2009 when the developer of the 34,000-square-metre site commenced work on the foundations

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Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center by Hiroshi Nakamura is built using waste materials

November 9, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
The building has an irregularly organised pattern of windows

Architect Hiroshi Nakamura incorporated around 700 windows donated by the local community into the facades of this waste recycling facility in the town of Kamikatsu, the first place in Japan to pass a zero-waste declaration. The Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center is made predominantly using waste materials and features on the shortlist of the sustainable building

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Heito 1909 is a landscaped park on the site of a former sugar factory

November 4, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Arched gateway in Heito 1909 park

ECG International Landscape Consultants has transformed the site of a derelict sugar factory in Pingtung City, Taiwan, into a public park that retains fragments of the existing industrial infrastructure. The Heito 1909 project covers an area of 160,000 square metres that had been inaccessible to the public since 1909 when it was developed into a

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DAGA Architects adds mirrored courtyard to traditional hutong house

October 30, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard

Chinese studio DAGA Architects has renovated and modernised a traditional hutong residence in Beijing’s Dongcheng district, adding mirrors to the walls and floor of the entrance courtyard to make the space feel larger. The project is shortlisted in the housing category of 2021’s Dezeen Awards and represents an innovative take on the modernisation of these

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Steven Holl completes “energetic and open” Cofco Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai

October 29, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Cofco Cultural and Health Center exterior view

Steven Holl Architects has completed a cultural and health centre in Shanghai, comprising a pair of concrete buildings punctured by irregular openings that are set within a landscaped park. The firm headed by architect Steven Holl designed the Cofco Cultural and Health Center in 2016 for a site next to the Punan Canal in Shanghai’s

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Z’scape designs Hylla Alpine Garden as a “place of comfort, solitude and peace”

October 27, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Winding paths lead around the garden

A meandering wooden path leads towards a centuries-old oak tree situated at the centre of this alpine garden in China’s Yulong County, which landscape design studio Z’scape created to celebrate the region’s native plants and indigenous culture. The Hylla Alpine Garden project forms part of the Lijiang Hylla Vintage Hotel complex in the foothills of

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