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Christ & Gantenbein designs Roche office to give staff “a reason to come to work”

September 20, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Roche office by Christ & Gantenbein

Swiss studio Christ & Gantenbein has created the Multifunctional Workspace Building for German pharmaceutical giant Roche that aims to offer more freedom and flexibility than a traditional office. As the name suggests, the 10,000-square-metre Multifunctional Workspace Building serves a mix of uses, ranging from gatherings of more than 500 people to focused individual work or group collaborations.

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Tsuruta Architects incorporates 27,000 cat faces into five homes in Catford

September 17, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Kitchen with cat details in The Queen of Catford by Tsuruta Architects

UK-studio Tsuruta Architects has completed a housing project in south London called The Queen of Catford, which features thousands of cat faces and a pair of blue heritage plaques dedicated to fictional characters. The Queen of Catford consists of five quirky apartments located above and behind a pair of shops on Catford High Street. An

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Alter & Company revamps 1960s home to create Sri Lankan-informed Bawa House

September 12, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Bawa House in Sussex

Architecture studio Alter & Company has updated a mid-century house in East Sussex, England, using a layout and materials palette inspired by trips to Sri Lanka. Bawa House, named after Sri Lankan modernist Geoffrey Bawa, is a renovation of a typical two-storey detached house built in the 1960s. Alter & Company’s design sees the interior layout

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Dorte Mandrup completes climate research centre in Greenland

September 10, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Truss structure of Ilulissat Icefjord Centre by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has revealed the first photographs of the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, a climate research and visitor centre on Greenland’s rugged coastal landscape. Located 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the centre will function as a hub of research, education and exhibitions exploring the impact of climate change in this region. The architecture

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Meirav Galan transforms crumbling Tel Aviv townhouse with tranquil courtyard

September 8, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Courtyard garden in Neve Tzedek Patio House by Meirav Galan

A dilapidated townhouse in Tel Aviv’s oldest neighbourhood has been brought back to life by Israeli architect Meirav Galan, with new additions including a secret courtyard garden and a rooftop plunge pool. Located in Neve Tzedek, a picturesque area built at the end of the 19th century, the townhouse needed a complete overhaul in order

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Emil Eve Architects creates “sense of calm” in pale pink loft extension

September 6, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Bed and window in Narford Road loft extension by Emil Eve Architects

Everything is pale pink in this monochromatic loft extension designed by Emil Eve Architects for a house in east London. The London-based studio has used colour blocking to unite the various elements of the Narford Road loft, including surfaces, furniture and joinery. Studio co-founder Emma Perkin said the aim was to create a “sense of

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Digital twins are “big driver” towards net-zero cities say experts

September 6, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Clean Cities Clean Future campaign by Cityzenith

Digital twins of buildings and cities could become an essential tool in the battle against climate change, according to technology experts. These virtual replicas – computer models that use live data to create simulations of real-world objects and systems – can reduce the energy consumption of buildings in operation, proponents claim. They do this by analysing

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Sergei Tchoban uses Corten steel to create huge basket-weave facade

August 31, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Corten steel facade of Ferrum 1 by Tchoban Voss Architekten

Undulating panels of Corten steel create a woven effect across the facade of a seven-storey office block in St Petersburg designed by architect Sergei Tchoban. Ferrum 1 is one of several buildings that Tchoban’s Germany-based studio, Tchoban Voss Architekten, has designed for the site of the former Rossiya factory in St Petersburg’s Polustrovo district. According to the firm,

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The DHaus Company adds hotel and Japanese-informed homes to London pub

August 30, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
The Bull and Last and Woodsome Road duplexes

Architecture and design studio The DHaus Company has overhauled The Bull and Last pub in north London, adding boutique hotel rooms and a pair of Japanese-inspired duplex flats. The project involved a complete renovation of the old pub, which started life as a coaching inn more than 300 years ago. At a time when many of

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Projects Office designs non-institutional interior for mental health facility in Edinburgh

August 22, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Orange lighthouse interior at CAMHS Edinburgh by Projects Office

London studio Projects Office has used seaside-inspired colours and imagery to create a comfortable but practical interior for a mental health unit at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) facility is designed to feel non-institutional, so as to make patients feel at ease,

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