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China Academy of Art Museum in Xiangshan, China by Kengo Kuma Subscription

20 March 2015 | By Jack Self

Planing down the hillside in Hangzhou, Kengo Kuma’s new museum for the China Academy of Art is a dazzling play of pottery parallelograms that pays homage to his friend Wang Shu


The Interlace in Singapore by OMA/Ole Scheeren Subscription

19 March 2015 | By Rowan Moore

Combining megastructural drama with intimate communal ambitions, Ole Scheeren and OMA’s Interlace housing has a scale and abruptness typical of Singapore’s urban milieu, but it also recasts and reframes it


Filharmonia in Szczecin, Poland by Estudio Barozzi Veiga Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Wrapped in a gauzily translucent skin, Barozzi Veiga’s Filharmonia is a ghostly and austere insertion in a variegated Polish townscape


Flint House in Buckinghamshire by Skene Catling de la Peña Subscription

17 March 2015 | By Will Hunter

At the Rothschild estate at Waddesdon, a new house emerges from the landscape, inspired by the flint found in the surrounding chalk fields


Sacred and profane: Archaeological museum in Seró, Spain, by Toni Gironès Subscription

16 March 2015 | By David Cohn

Taking visitors on a ceremonial procession from daylight to chthonic depths, this museum in a Spanish hilltop village inculcates rough vernacular with a sense of the sacred


Domus Conclusus: Villa Além in Alentejo, Portugal, by Valerio Olgiati Subscription

10 March 2015 | By

Valerio Olgiati’s remote Portuguese villa is a melancholy pleasure dome - an ark for two modelled on the Alhambra Palace


Micro Organism: Hutong infill in Beijing, China, by Standard Architecture Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

A deft intervention in one of Beijing's labyrinthine hutongs attempts to improve amenities without destroying heritage or catalysing gentrification


Shade of Meaning: Clinic in Turkana, Kenya, by Selgas Cano, Ignacio Peydro and MIT students Subscription

23 February 2015 | By Tomà Berlanda

A clinic in Kenya built by students in José Selgas’s MIT unit raises questions about the ethics of educational tourism in relation to the needs of the Global South


Glitter bug: Els Encants Market, Barcelona, Spain, by b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos Subscription

17 February 2015 | By David Cohn

Barcelona's popular historic flea market has been rehoused in a glittering new armature that catalyses a lively sense of commercial and social interaction


Chemical Plant Offices in Huai'an City, China by Álvaro Siza Subscription

12 February 2015 | By

Set against a tough industrial landscape, Alvaro Siza's new trophy offices for a Chinese chemical plant disdain context through surreal abstraction


Paradise Lost: Jonathan Woolf's Lost Villa in Nairobi, Kenya Subscription

3 February 2015

Deep in a Kenyan forest, this house is an exploration of topography and materiality, ‘a ruin before its time' awaiting the day when nature finally claims it back


The best office in the world? Selgas Cano's new work space in London Subscription

29 January 2015 | By Will Hunter

Selgas Cano’s inventive new workspace for creative start-ups in London’s Tech City quarter performs more like a piece of urban fabric than a conventional office


Helsinki University Library in Finland by Anttinen Oiva Architects Subscription

13 January 2015 | By

Enticing both town and gown, Helsinki University's new central library marries scholarliness with commerce, reflecting the changing character of academic institutions and the nature of public space


Mews House in Bloomsbury by Jamie Fobert Architects Subscription

9 January 2015 | By Daniel Rosbottom

Reconsidering the archetype of the mews dwelling, this new house explores the tension between the rigour of its street presence and a fluid inner realm


Markthal in Rotterdam by MVRDV Subscription

5 January 2015 | By Rob Bevan

Despite its gutsiness, MVRDV’s new market hall is emblematic of Rotterdam’s inability to conceive and sustain a sense of urban life


Library and Concert Hall in Bodø, Norway by DRDH Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

In a remote Norwegian town on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a new library and concert hall transcend their cultural brief to become, in effect, the town's public realm


Highly Commended: School Floating in the Sky in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand by Kochi University of Technology Subscription

12 December 2014

Catering for the children of refugees and orphans, organic, earthbound domes support a lightweight steel structure


Highly Commended: Nursery School in Japan by Takahashi Ippei Subscription

12 December 2014

The result of a collaboration between Takahashi Ippei and the local community, this school doubles as a new garden and social space for the town


Highly Commended: Winter Garden Facade in Brisbane by Studio 505 Subscription

12 December 2014

Inspired by the vibrant, luxuriant colours of a winter garden, Studio 505’s facade is a dynamic interplay between colour and technical sophistication

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Highly Commended: Wind Tower in Lincolnshire by MSA Gruff Subscription

12 December 2014

A viewing tower resembling a giant whistle redefines the meeting of land, sea and air on the Lincolnshire coast


Highly Commended: Metropolitan Design Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Paolo Gaston Flores Subscription

12 December 2014

Proto-industrial insertions restore this old fish market in Buenos Aires without compromising its distinctive historical character


Highly Commended: Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects Subscription

12 December 2014

A continuous green roof provides children with the experience of cultivating food at this low-tech Kindergarten in Vietnam


Highly Commended: Void Temple in Mexico by Dellekamp Arquitectos and Rozana Montiel Subscription

12 December 2014

Exploring the language of simplicity and sobriety, this circular wall reconceptualises the notion of pilgrimage


Runner up: Long Museum in Shanghai, China by Atelier Deshaus Subscription

12 December 2014 | By

Shaped by the cultural currents of history and its physical remains, the industrial landscape of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai is now the site of a radical new art gallery


Runner up: Equestrian Centre in Valle de Bravo, Mexico by CC Arquitectos Subscription

12 December 2014 | By Susanne Kennedy

At the foot of a Mexican mountain, a shingle-clad barn and sunkenstables elegantly accommodate domestic and equestrian pursuits


Runner Up: Lune de Sang Sheds in Queensland, Australia by CHROFI Subscription

12 December 2014 | By Andrew Mackenzie

Emerging Architecture Runner Up: Two monumental sheds in the Australian bush attempt to encapsulate architecture's elusive sense of immortality


Winner: Boundary Window in Tokyo by Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Subscription

12 December 2014 | By Taro Igarashi

The winner of this year’s awards for Emerging Architecture, this modest addition experiements with ideas of physical and perceptual transformation


Book Nook: Cultuurhuis Rozet, Arnhem, the Netherlands, by Neutelings Riedijk Architects Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Encompassing a diverse arts programme, Arnhem's new Cultuurhuis has a spatial and textural richness that seeks to consolidate the city's diffuse historic centre


Taking Root: Joan Maragall Library, Barcelona, Spain, by BCQ Arquitectura Subscription

13 November 2014 | By David Cohn

The fragmented, verdant structure of this semi-subterranean library creates a different kind of public space in Barcelona's urban milieu


School of Shakira: Lomas del Peyé School, Cartagena, Colombia, by Giancarlo Mazzanti Subscription

4 November 2014 | By Felipe Walter

Funded by the Colombian chanteuse’s charity, this school rises above the slum that surrounds it, catalysing social uplift and forming a new anchoring point in a marginalised community


Court Report: Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany, by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

The ghosts of Stuttgart’s past gather in this palimpsest of historical layers, drawn together in a building of unusual inclusiveness to form a new headquarters for the Protestant Church in Germany


Carte Blanche: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, by Gehry Partners Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

Tumescently emerging from the Bois de Boulogne, Frank Gehry's new Fondation Louis Vuitton is an architecture of perpetual indulgence


Stirling Prize Winner: Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins critiqued Subscription

16 October 2014 | By Brian Hatton

Intimate yet epic, Liverpool's famous Everyman Theatre has a striking new home that thrives on indeterminacy and is a crucible for experimentation


Learning Process: Justus-von-Liebig School, Moers, Germany, by Peter Hubner Subscription

14 October 2014 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Participatory design lies at the heart of Peter Hübner’s practice, and in this new school in Germany it comes into its own as students and teachers collaborated with the architects to create a space of their own


Five Fold: Apartment block, Basel, Switzerland, by Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekten Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

A laconic facade folds around this block of five apartments in Basel, yet its thoughtful Swiss sobriety is also undercut by a more complex and contradictory language


Carsten Höller's helter-skelter and Alvaro Siza's promenade at the Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, Germany Subscription

29 September 2014 | Updated: 10 December 2014 | By

With the addition of two new elements, the German furniture-maker is stitching together its experimental Wunderkammer of architectural follies


Cleft Bank: Long Art Museum, Shanghai, by Atelier Deshaus Subscription

23 September 2014 | By

Industry and its aftermath collide on the banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, where a concrete canopy of arches shelters a new gallery full of surprising spaces


Origami Lesson: Swimming Pool in Beaconsfield by Duggan Morris Architects Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

Capped by a delicately folded timber roof, this new school swimming pool reflects the rigour and resourcefulness of its client and architect


Land Art: Gallery in Somerset by Luis Laplace Subscription

9 September 2014 | By Isabel Allen

Rural Somerset's bucolic idyll is the unexpected setting for a new gallery of contemporary art that perceptively unites buildings, works and landscape


Dark Matter: Musée Soulages in Rodez by RCR Arquitectes Subscription

1 September 2014 | By William JR Curtis

Dedicated to the work of French abstract artist Pierre Soulages, the eponymous Musée Soulages is a tough yet poetic synthesis of steel, darkness and light


Beton Doux: Concrete Silos in Paris by Vialet Ballus Subscription

26 August 2014 | By Andrew Ayers

On the edge of Paris, a utilitarian complex of cement silos is elevated into a sculptural composition that animates a dreary and dislocated urban enclave


Sporting Chance: Gymnasium in Brazil by Herzog & de Meuron Subscription

15 August 2014 | By Jonathan Glancey

Embedded in a tough Brazilian favela, a new sports centre catalyses actions and ideas about social cohesion and civility


Popular Culture: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Argentina by Monoblock Subscription

12 August 2014 | By

In an Argentinian beach resort, a cuboid concrete carapace conceals the more expressive, populist soul of a new museum of contemporary art


Precise Schweiz: Mixed Development in Zurich by Caruso St John Architects and Bosshard Vaquer Architekten Subscription

5 August 2014 | By

A new piece of city is gradually coalescing around Caruso St John's thoughtful and precisely crafted mixed-use scheme in Zurich


Profession of Faith: Mosque in Sancaklar, Turkey by Emre Arolat Architects Subscription

31 July 2014 | By Ugur Tanyeli

Eschewing historicism, this new mosque in Turkey conveys a sense of spirituality through an austere choreography of light and space


The Sandcrawler in Singapore by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas Subscription

7 July 2014 | By Sutherland Lyall

The first in an exclusive series of online-only building studies, LucasArt’s new Singapore headquarters is packed with Star Wars references from air-lock lifts to bronze Yoda sculptures - but these allusions trivialise an immensely elegant building


Nannup Holiday House in Australia by Iredale Pedersen Hook Subscription

3 July 2014

Honourable Mention: responding to the path from Perth to Nannup, this house in Australia responds to its dramatically changing surroundings


Armadillo by Yuji Tanabe Architects Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Honourable Mention: Yuji Tanabe’s context-driven form draws inspiration from the armadillo in its response to the Japanese climate


Árborg House in Iceland by PK Arkitektar Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Honourable Mention: set in the bleak glamour of south Iceland, this sensitive and spacious house crowns a riverside hilltop


A House Open to the City by Studio Velocity Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Honourable Mention: Studio Velocity offers another reinvention of urban living with two small structures connected by delicate bridges


Blooming Bamboo Home in Vietnam by H&P Architects Subscription

25 June 2014

Highly Commended: The prototype for H&P’s Bamboo Home reconceptualises vernacular technologies for the present day to create a simple and inventive flood-resistant dwelling


House in Opwijk by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

Highly Commended: The second award winning entry from Marie-José Van Hee Architecten, this home in Opwijk carries an unusual and understated sophistication


Dragon Court Village in Japan by Eureka Subscription

25 June 2014

Highly Commended: A fluid and porous surburban scheme, Eureka’s housing project offers an optomistic alternative to the typical house-on-plot model


Quarry House in Ireland by Clancy Moore Architects Subscription

25 June 2014

Highly Commended: A dramatically set rural retreat, the Highly Commended Quarry House by Clancy Moore Architects blends brooding melancholy with Scandinavian-style optimism


AR House 2014 Runner Up: Garden Room in Sri Lanka by ADM Architects Subscription

25 June 2014 | By Channa Daswatte

Inspired by the original occupation of the site by shipping containers, this sentitive project delicately occupies its surrounding suburban wilderness


AR House 2014 Runner Up: House in Zuidzande by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

Cloaked by a wall of trees, this house in Zuidzande combines a compact, robust concrete tower with a delicate and ascetic living space


AR House 2014 Winner: House for Trees in Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

This year’s AR House Winner, tucked into a typical Vietnam side-street, blends simplistic ideological ambitions with compelling, well crafted formal expression


AR House 2014 Third Prize: Doctors' Housing in Rwanda by Mass Design Group Subscription

23 June 2014 | By

Huddled above Butaro hospital in Rwanda, MASS’ elegent housing units are emblematic of the positive impact architecture can have in the developing world


Urban Villa in Switzerland by 2B Architectes Subscription

20 June 2014

Highly Commended: Combining the townhouse and the apartment block in one structure, 2b Architectes’ Urban Villa compresses complex spatial arrangements into a fragmentary whole


Memories in Ruins: 9/11 Memorial Museum by Snøhetta and Davis Brody Bond Subscription

17 June 2014 | By Robert Bevan

With the recent opening of the new 9/11 Memorial Museum, the physical rehabilitation of New York's Ground Zero is nearly complete. Yet in such a highly charged context, how can architecture sift the powerful currents of memory, myth and meaning to make sense of events?


Stone in the Forest: Crematorium in Stockholm by Johan Celsing Subscription

6 June 2014 | By

Death’s rituals and realities are poignantly expressed in this woodland crematorium


Miami Virtue: Pérez Art Museum in Miami by Herzog & de Meuron Subscription

3 June 2014 | By Michael Webb

Miami's cultural and civic milieu is augmented by a consciously anti-iconic museum for modern art by Herzog & de Meuron


Schindler's Lift: Bethlehem Baptist Church Resurrected Subscription

29 May 2014 | By Michael Webb

RM Schindler’s only surviving public building, seemingly doomed to extinction for decades, is enjoying a facelift that will not only restore it, but may finally fully realise the original design


Vienna Six: A Breakdown of the Starchitect Campus Subscription

27 May 2014

A closer look at the Vienna University of Economics and Business’ star-studded new campus, featuring projects from Zaha Hadid Architects and CRAB Studio


Sextet in the City: Vienna University's Starchitect Campus Subscription

27 May 2014 | By

With an array of starchitect buildings corralled like guests at a cocktail party, Vienna University recasts the idea and the identity of the modern campus


Hues and Pews: Immanuel Church in Cologne by Sauerbruch Hutton Subscription

14 May 2014 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Tempering programmatic pragmatism with the nuances of light and colour, this new church in Cologne is a meditative, multivalent space


Two Town Houses in London by Stephen Taylor Architects Subscription

6 May 2014 | By David Grandorge

Proposing a new template for urban living, these two town houses subtly inveigle themselves within a leafy London neighbourhood


State Archive in Duisburg, Germany, by O&O Baukunst Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

The hermetic potential of the archive finds its ultimate expression in this tower of blank brick on Duisburg's waterfront


Machine for Life: Hostel and Crèche in Paris by Chartier Dalix and Avenier Cornejo Subscription

14 April 2014 | By Andrew Ayers

Combining accommodation for young workers and immigrants in an edge condition in Paris, this apartment block goes beyond its basic brief to provide a civilising backdrop for daily life

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Cut and Print: Emerson College, Los Angeles by Morphosis Subscription

1 April 2014 | By

Drawing on the history and typology of its Hollywood milieu, Morphosis’s new media college abstracts and synthesises ideas about surface, space and social connectivity in an ambitiously scaled urban stage set

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Reid Bulding, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow by Steven Holl Subscription

1 April 2014 | By Richard Weston

Despite trenchant criticism, Steven Holl’s Reid Building emerges as an open armature for creative encounter at the Glasgow School of Art


Cardboard Cathedral by Shigeru Ban in Christchurch, New Zealand Subscription

24 March 2014 | By Andrew Barrie

Rising from the ruins: Shigeru Ban’s temporary structure speaks hope after the disasterous Christchurch earthquake


Centre Pompidou-Metz by Shigeru Ban Architects & Jean de Gastines Architectes, France Subscription

24 March 2014 | By Will Hunter

The compromised concept of the Pompidu’s new outpost in Metz fails to impress


Container Art in Santa Monica by Shigeru Ban Subscription

24 March 2014

Shigeru Ban’s inventive yet frugal Nomadic Museum berths on the Santa Monica beachfront


Paper Palace in Hanover by Shigeru Ban Subscription

24 March 2014 | By Peter Davey

The Japanese pavillion is the biggest paper structure ever built, and one of the boldest attempts to meet the Expo organizers aims of generating sustainable, humane construction by using advanced technology


Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør, Denmark by Bjarke Ingels Group Subscription

23 March 2014 | By Jonathan Glancey

Remodelled to house Denmark’s National Maritime Museum, a former dry dock squares up empathetically to the demands of the modern visitor attraction


Business School, State University of New York by Perkins + Will Subscription

10 March 2014 | By Jeremy Melvin

Adding to a 1960’s campus in upstate New York, this new building acts as an incubator for ideas about how business education is evolving


Free Form: High School in Caneças by ARX, Portugal Subscription

3 March 2014 | By Luis Santiago Baptista

A remodelled school in Portugal expressively catalyses a more social learning environment


Pattern Language: LSE Students' Centre by O'donnell + Tuomey Subscription

26 February 2014 | By Kester Rattenbury

Handmade bricks form a richly patterned screen that unites a complexity of functions in the new student centre for the London School of Economics


Negotiating the ruin: The story of Stirling Prize winning Astley Castle in drawings Subscription

25 February 2014

The reinhabitation of Astley Castle, told through the drawings of its architects, Witherford Watson Mann


Blank Account: De Rotterdam, by OMA in Rotterdam, Netherlands Subscription

24 February 2014 | By Bart Lootsma

OMA’s towering new De Rotterdam complex recasts the notion of the vertical city - but how does it stack up?


Shearers' Quarters in Bruny Island, Australia by John Wardle Architects Subscription

18 February 2014

Runner Up: Set on a working sheep farm, Shearers’ Quarters draws on rural and industrial archetypes


Museo Jumex in Mexico City by David Chipperfield Architects Subscription

11 February 2014 | By Raymund Ryan

David Chipperfield's first project in Latin America is a fortified castle for modern art set in the dislocating blare of Mexico City


Visual Arts Institutional Campus in Rohtak by Raj Rewal Associates Subscription

10 February 2014 | By Suparna Rajguru, Britt Eversole

Drawing deeply on historic and typological precedents, this suburban arts campus in northern India inculcates a rich and dynamic culture of encounter and exchange


30 Architects Under 30

3 February 2014 | By

These 30 projects all by architects under 30 years old challenge the tired stereotype of architecture as an old man’s game


Orkidstudio's School in Zambia Subscription

3 February 2014

Orkidstudio champion collaboration with local communities and crafts

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Christina Gray's Rocky Top in Canada Subscription

3 February 2014 | By Tracey Nasrallah

Gray’s house in the woods is elevated by wooden pilotis


Duval + Vives' Rupanco House in Chile Subscription

3 February 2014

Emerging Chilean practive Duval + Vives is currently developing several projects that emphasise the use of wood


ElleVuElle's Casa Esse in Forlì, Italy Subscription

3 February 2014

Located in the Forlì countryside, ElleVuElle’s sensitive house project is inspired by the surrounding plains


BAST's M03 House Extension in Toulouse Subscription

3 February 2014

A renovation in Toulouse uses the familiar concept of new versus old, placing a lightweight metal frame atop crumbling masonry



1990 December: A Primer for the Prince Subscription

21 February 2015 | By Peter Davey

In this feature from the AR Archive, Peter Davey responds to the Prince of Wales, arguing that all of his Ten Principles can be fulfilled within Modernism


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Typology Quarterly: Opera Houses Subscription

25 October 2013 | By

Since its birth in the Renaissance, opera has been claimed as a reincarnation of community-forming Greek drama, while being used to represent the power of the state - whether feudal, dictatorial or democratic


Typology Quarterly: Museums Subscription

19 December 2012 | By Antonello Marotta


Typology Quarterly: Offices Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

Conceived in an era of command and control, constrained by paper and fixed technology, reflective of hierarchy and order with a culture of presenteeism and paternalism, the traditional fixed and stratified office is evolving to embrace more fluid and intuitive ways of working

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Typology Quarterly: Hospitals Subscription

27 April 2012 | By Sunand Prasad

Ancient civilisation advocated letting the wider world’s healing power flow through the body and mind, but the industrialisation of healthcare isolated patients from these larger contexts. From city centres to sylvan settings, today’s hospitals must reintegrate the public realm into the healing process

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Typology Quarterly: Schools Subscription

29 March 2012 | By Christian Kuhn

In the industrial era, schools developed as highly controlled environments to instil the discipline to thrive in a machine age. Now, to prepare pupils for success in a knowledge economy, the evolving typology is more fluidly conceived to provide flexibility, connectivity, and spaces for social and educational encounters



Revisiting Siza: An archaeology of the future Video Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

Álvaro Siza’s Quinta da Malagueira estate offers radical lessons in the relationship of architecture and time


Lethbridge University: The Spaceship-like Prairie School Comes of Age Subscription

13 February 2014 | By Hadani Ditmars

In the late 1960s, Arthur Erickson’s heroic campus for the University of Lethbridge in Alberta emerged from the coulées of the Canadian prairie. Assailed by insensitive additions of intervening decades, a new masterplan promises renewal



31 January 2013

Two office buildings in Sacramento, California. The Bateson Building, completed in 1978, and the Lincoln Center in 1986 take different approaches to environmental concerns, using concrete, organic materials and an unusual air-conditioning system