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Contaminar Arquitetos designs concrete and cork school in Portugal

October 20, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Cork school by Contaminar Arquitetos

Cork-clad concrete canopies cover large outdoor gathering spaces at a primary school on the outskirts of Leiria, Portugal, designed by local practice Contaminar Arquitetos. Casa da Árvore or Tree House was designed to foster a close connection to the outdoors and a nearby pine forest, with classrooms opening onto a central courtyard surrounded by a

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WAA transforms Beijing warehouses into a playscape for sensory learning

October 18, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Hills and pipes form a play area

A playful network of large pipes containing walkways and bridges wraps around this children’s community centre in Beijing by local practice We Architech Anonymous (WAA), housed in a series of refurbished 1970s industrial buildings. The Playscape, which has been shortlisted in the landscape project category of Dezeen Awards 2021, was designed for a children’s healthcare

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Virkkunen & Co designs sculptural substation and pylons in Finland

October 18, 2021 Jon Astbury 0

Finnish practice Virkkunen & Co has completed a sculptural series of electricity infrastructure in Imatra, Finland, which has been shortlisted in the business building category of Dezeen Awards 2021. Comprising five pylons in white steel and a perforated brick substation, the collection of structures is dotted across a protected national landscape close to a historical hydropower

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Jackson Clements Burrows designs mass-timber student accommodation in Melbourne

October 17, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
The facade has a multicoloured look

Australian studio Jackson Clements Burrows has completed a mass-timber student accommodation scheme at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria, which has been shortlisted in the housing category of Dezeen Awards 2021. Two sweeping arcs providing accommodation for 642 students hug a central courtyard on the 18,000-square-metre site, which is the first to complete in a

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Golden cinema in France by Antonio Virga evokes the age of “monumental” movie theatres

October 11, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Grand Palais Cinema by Antonio Virga Architecte in Cahors

French practice Antonio Virga Architecte has used perforated brickwork and gold metal to wrap a cinema building in Cahors, France, which filters light onto the surrounding public square at night. Antonio Virga Architecte’s aim for the building, named Cinema Le Grand Palais, was to reunite a complex of historic buildings originally used as a convent

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Plant-covered mesh panels surround preschool in Vietnam by HGAA

October 10, 2021 Jon Astbury 0

Screens of metal mesh allow plants to climb up the walls of this steel-framed school in Ha Long City by Vietnamese studio HGAA, which has been shortlisted in the civic building category of Dezeen Awards 2021. Called My Montessori Garden, the preschool is designed to support the Montessori education system, which encourages children to develop

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Matt Gibson transforms Melbourne home with courtyards and glazed bridge

October 7, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Brick surrounds the exterior of the building

Australian practice Matt Gibson Architecture + Design has restored and extended a historic home in the suburbs of Melbourne, which has been shortlisted in the residential rebirth category of Dezeen Awards 2021. Located in the South Fitzroy Heritage Precinct, the home’s historic Victorian frontage was retained, while its rear has been completely transformed. The local

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Moriya and Partners designs geometric villa overlooking the sea in Japan

October 2, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Setoyama by Moriya and Partners is constructed from wood

A steep, timber-framed roof shelters this triangular home by Japanese practice Moriya and Partners, located on a cliff edge overlooking the sea in Yawatano, Japan. Responding to the client’s request for “a view of the sea from the living room”, the home, called Setoyama, has been shortlisted in the rural house category of Dezeen Awards

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ReVærk’s all-timber school building in Denmark is a lesson in natural construction

September 30, 2021 Jon Astbury 0

Danish studio ReVærk has completed House of Nature, a school building designed to promote learning about nature through its traditional timber structure and wooden shingles, which has been shortlisted in the civic building category of Dezeen Awards 2021. The Aarhus-based practice designed the building to accommodate the teaching of Nature and Outdoor Life at the

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Minimal home by AD Architecture challenges “box-like” urban development in China

September 28, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Minimalist dining room by AD Architecture

Chinese studio AD Architecture has completed a mixed-use building in Shantou, Guangdong Province, which features a geometric facade and a minimalist family home. Called Red Box, the building in Xinxi Town is designed by AD Architecture to challenge the monotony it saw in new developments in China. Breaking up its external form is a geometric

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