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Six buildings by little-known mid-century architect Henry Kulka

November 30, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

With the launch of a book profiling 20th-century Czech architect Henry Kulka, authors Mary Gaudin and Giles Reid reveal photographs of six of his key buildings. Simply titled Henry Kulka, the book is the first to ever be published on the mid-century architect, who might have been more famous if his career hadn’t been divided across

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Julia van Beuningen adds spiral stair in Dutch barn conversion

November 29, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

A spiral staircase made from plywood is the showpiece of this thatched barn in Gelderland, the Netherlands, which architectural designer Julia van Beuningen has converted into a residence. Van Beuningen has overseen a complete transformation of the late 19th-century building, named Barn at the Ahof, turning it into a rental home with four bedrooms and

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People’s Architecture Office completes blue-toned makeover of Fuqiang school

November 28, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

Vivid shades of blue and turquoise characterise this school in Shenzhen, China, which has been overhauled by People’s Architecture Office to offer more creative forms of learning. Beijing-based People’s Architecture Office (PAO) has reorganised and extended Fuqiang Elementary School to expand the range of facilities and create more outdoor teaching spaces. The design, called Learning Terraces,

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Temple of Boom brings the Parthenon to Melbourne’s NGV

November 25, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

Melbourne-based architects Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang have created a scaled-down version of Greece’s famous Parthenon temple, which is covered in colourful and perspective-bending murals. Built at a third of the scale of the original temple, Temple of Boom has been installed in the garden of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne for

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Enrico Sassi converts wood store into micro home in Swiss village

November 19, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

A small stone building in Aldesago, Switzerland, has been transformed into a compact two-level house in a renovation by architect Enrico Sassi. The old building was previously used as a wood store, shed and rabbit hutch, so it had few windows and no connection between its two floors. Lugano-based Sassi has overseen a refurbishment that

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Nickolas Gurtler brings 1970s Italian glamour to Youth Lab clinic in Perth

November 18, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

Australian designer Nickolas Gurtler has drawn from the nightclubs of 1970s Milan and Florence to create the interior for a cosmetic clinic in Perth, Australia. It is the third interior that Gurtler has created for Youth Lab, a clinic that offers a range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments that include anti-ageing procedures, hair removal and skin

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Sliding screens front Granary House guesthouse by MIMA Housing

November 16, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

Architect Marta Brandão has adopted a “rustic minimalism” style to create a two-bedroom mountain retreat in Arouca, Portugal. Granary House is a two-storey guesthouse featuring a slate roof, a roof terrace and a slatted timber facade that integrates sliding panels. Owned by Brandão’s mother-in-law, the 110-square-metre property offers short-stay rentals to those looking to explore the mountainous

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Sumayya Vally creates Notting Hill Carnival pavilion with “a diasporic logic”

November 15, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

For this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, South African architect Sumayya Vally created a pavilion made up of fragmented parts that only came together during the course of the parade. The Counterspace principal collaborated with local artist Alvaro Barrington to create the pyramid-shaped structure, which offered a place to sit and rest during the three-day-long event

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Marc Wilson photographs remains of war forts in the Italian Alps

November 14, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

British photographer Marc Wilson has produced an image series exploring the ruins of forts and trenches from the first world war, in the mountains of northern Italy. The photographs feature in Remnants, a book that Wilson has published in collaboration with Italian architect and researcher Marco Ferrari. The project is a follow-up to The Last Stand,

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Michael Dillon creates his own low-cost garden studio in Kent

November 11, 2022 Amy Frearson 0

British architect Michael Dillon has designed and built his own low-cost garden studio in southeast England using low-carbon materials that include wood-fibre board and hemp. Located in Kent, the 14-square-metre building provides a part-time workspace for Dillon, who recently launched his own architecture studio called AOMD. The design centres around natural and recycled materials, and minimises

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