On the outskirts of Winterthur, a new residential building blends into a neighborhood built in the fifties. Wide plots of land with set-back villas and well-tended gardens characterize the picture. Pines, spruces, and deciduous trees tower over the houses and provide a view of the Eschenberg in the spaces in between. A two-story detached house with a large garden has existed on the property on a private road for 60 years.
One Baelskaai by BINST ARCHITECTS is, as the name suggests, the figurehead of Oosteroever, the new district in full development in the historic port of Ostend. Oosteroever stands for a daring urban development. This design creates a statement and landmark with a strong identity at this exceptional location.
Dobra 55 has become a pioneering new home for language education where the University of Warsaw has consolidated its varying requirements into a single sustainable center of excellence. The new 42 000 m2 building includes 92 ‘language labs’, 70 administrative rooms, 39 research and development rooms, 7 conference rooms, recreational spaces, a multimedia room that can accommodate 150 people as well as a library and reading areas, the project unites the universities’ linguistics departments into one location and brings a high level of transparency to the traditionally enclosed urban courtyard block, creating a green heart for the Powiśle riverbank district campus community.
Manber Jeffries House is an intricate, single-story, rear, and side extension to the ground floor flat of a substantial, semi-detached, Victorian villa in Willesden Green, London. The project, completed by James Alder in March of 2021, reworks a small area of the existing ground floor of the property and also provides a new kitchen and dining room extension that simultaneously operates as a vaulted garden room for the home.
The Berlin housing market has changed since the last move. It’s no longer possible to find affordable apartments with extra space for the children or the parent who needs care. And it’s no more just cultural workers leaving Berlin on days off for the new artist colonies in Uckermark. More and more Berliners decide to keep their jobs in the city but turn their backs on it permanently in favor of a life in Brandenburg.
The former climbing tower in the outdoor space of the “Wienerbruck” base camp in Lower Austria’s largest nature park “Ötscher Tormäuer” was rethought in 2021. Johanna Digruber and Christian Fröhlich, who jointly run the studio HARDDECOR ARCHITEKTUR in Vienna, transformed the tower wasteland into a “flying classroom”, opening up new possibilities for mediating nature. The building, which had become useless, thus represents the paradigm shift – away from event culture and towards a knowledge society.
The client’s vision was a vegan ice cream shop using only bananas which are too old for sale but just perfect for ice cream. The shop is located in the side wing of Sendliner Tor and a central pedestrian area. However due to its small shopfront pedestrians needed to be attracted and the shop needed to draw attention. The exiting entrance door was replaced with a tree wing door to fully open and to melt the interior with the exterior.
House that observes, maybe mystifies. Nevertheless, it fulfills the wish of its owner to get a functional yet inspiring space despite a limited budget. And also the aim of the architects is to create a house with inner complexity, and outer simplicity, contemporary yet reflecting its vernacular context.
In Krombeke, a village in the Belgian province of West Flanders, Minus interior architects built the interior of the new home base of the Belgian outdoor brand Moróro. The headquarters of the design label consists of two buildings with stylish barn allures that are oriented perpendicular to each other and surrounded by nature, perfectly reconciling the DNA of both companies.
Located at the corner of Rue de l’Aqueduc and Rue Kirouac, Ozias is a multi-residential project of ten through-and-through dwellings on two floors. It is articulated by following the layout of the neighborhood to clear a green backyard accessible to all occupants.