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Frank Gehry brought global attention to deconstructivism

May 17, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Frank Gehry

Continuing our series revisiting deconstructivist architecture, we profile Frank Gehry, the Canadian architect who brought global attention to the style with the ground-breaking Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Opening in 1997, this gleaming composition of titanium-clad, ship-like forms – described by the New York Times as a “miracle” – transformed the economic fortunes of the previously

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Tiled facade wraps curved convention centre by Woods Bagot and Warren & Mahoney

May 16, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Tiled facade of the Te Pae Convention and Exhibition Centre

A curved facade clad in herringbone tiles encloses the Te Pae Convention and Exhibition Centre, which Australian studio Woods Bagot and New Zealand studio Warren & Mahoney have completed in Christchurch. The sinuous building, which overlooks New Zealand’s River Avon, is intended to eschew the common “big box” appearance of conference centres. Te Pae Convention

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Filipe Pina and David Bilo extend Portuguese farmhouse with gabled concrete forms

May 14, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Portuguese farmhouse with concrete extension

Portuguese architects Filipe Pina and David Bilo have extended the Casa NaMora farmhouse in Guarda, Portugal, adding two gabled concrete volumes with pared-back interiors. Located in an area known as Mora at the foot of the Serra da Estrela mountain range, the project updates an original granite farmhouse that has been in use since the

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Bernard Tschumi is the deconstructivist architect with big ideas

May 11, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Bernard Tschumi

Continuing our series revitising deconstructivist architecture, we profile Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, who designed the seminal Parc de la Villette in Paris. From a National Library surrounded by an athletics track to a series of giant inhabited bridges criss-crossing the city of Lausanne in his signature shade of red, Tschumi has always revelled in unexpected contrasts

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SO-IL and FREAKS extend glass museum in France with sweeping public plaza

May 10, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Aerial view of Site Verrier de Meisenthal

New York office SO-IL and Parisian studio FREAKS have completed the renovation and extension of an 18th-century glass factory in France, adding a sweeping concrete plaza that unites a series of cultural spaces. The site, located close to the village of Meisenthal in the Northern Vosges Natural Park, has been home to the Meisenthal Glass

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Pad Studio designs red-brick Gardener’s Cottage in rural Hampshire

May 4, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Gardener's Cottage at night

Stepped red-brick volumes and garden terraces define this home that Pad Studio has created in the New Forest, an area of protected woodland in the English county of Hampshire. Called Gardener’s Cottage in reference to a structure that formerly occupied the site, the house is designed to appear as though it is “organically rising out

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Kapsimalis Architects designs monolithic holiday home in Santorini

May 3, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Exterior image of the cement wrapped holiday home

Local studio Kapsimalis Architects has created Monolithus, a holiday home on the Greek island of Santorini that was designed as an arrangement of geometric forms clad in earth-coloured cement. Located outside the village of Finikia, the design of the four-bedroom dwelling was informed by the concept of a large piece of volcanic rock that has

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Penda China designs rural resort to look like a traditional village

April 28, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Image of the foggy roofline at In S&N Resort

The stone and timber dwellings of this holiday resort on the outskirts of Beijing have been designed by local practice Penda China to look like traditional village buildings. Sitting alongside a river at the base of a mountain valley, the new In S&N Resort in West Dharma Village provides 24 guest rooms for rural getaways,

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ElasticoFarm and Bplan Studio design arc-shaped block of holiday apartments in Italy

April 27, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
The Building Descending the Stairs pictured elevated above its surroundings

Architecture practices ElasticoFarm and Bplan Studio have created an arc-shaped cluster of holiday apartments overlooking the Venetian Lagoon in Jesolo, Italy. The apartment block, called The Building Descending the Stairs, is elevated on angular metal stilts above a piazza and swimming pool. Providing 47 apartments above a podium of new commercial space, the project sits

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“Smog-eating” ceramic fins cover hospital in Milan by Mario Cucinella Architects

April 26, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Exterior image of the San Raffaele Hospital

Large ceramic fins with a titanium dioxide coating that can break down smog particles cover the wave-like form of this hospital building in Milan, designed by local practice Mario Cucinella Architects. The 40,000-square-metre San Raffaele Hospital, nicknamed the Iceberg, combines university teaching and research spaces with an emergency room and 284-bed inpatient facility across its 10

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