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‘It draws on the past not as a site of lost authenticity but as a rich seam of fantasy’ Subscription

31 August 2015 | By

The Landmark Building in Nieuw-Bergen, the Netherlands by Monadnock

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‘The €255.4-million question: is it a masterpiece that future generations will cherish?’ Subscription

27 August 2015 | By Andrew Ayers

Musée des Confluences in Lyon by Coop Himmelb(l)au

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‘Is the anodyne really an antidote to the iconic?’ Video

25 August 2015 | By Robert Bevan

Whitney Museum in Manhattan by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Why is Aspen's new art museum so divisive? Subscription

18 August 2015 | By Tom Ravenscroft

Tom Ravenscroft on the Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban Architects

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‘The twisting roof profile dresses up this utilitarian building’ Subscription

11 August 2015 | By Michael Abrahamson

Michael Abrahamson on the WMS Boathouse in Chicago by Studio Gang Architects

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‘This is the dirty, magical realism future of Los Angeles’ Subscription

5 August 2015 | By Florian Idenburg

Florian Idenburg on One Santa Fe housing in Los Angeles by Michael Maltzan

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‘Camino Nuevo has become a positive, stabilizing presence in the neighbourhood’ Subscription

12 August 2015 | By Catherine Slessor

[Archive] Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles by Daly Genik Architects

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‘It shows freedom within stylistic constraints’ Subscription

11 August 2015 | By Val K. Warke

[Archive] Cornell University Performing Arts Centre in Ithaca by Stirling and Wilford

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‘The club has helped to revive Akron’s social and economic fortunes’ Subscription

10 August 2015 | By Catherine Slessor

[Archive] Akron Boys and Girls Club in Alabama by Rural Studio

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Could the Bi(h)ome solve LA's housing crisis? Subscription

10 August 2015 | By Michael Webb

Michael Webb on the Backyard BI(h)OME designed by a UCLA studio taught by architect Kevin Daly

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‘The house is a trio of boxes in a grove of saguaros and ocotillo’ Subscription

3 August 2015 | By Catherine Slessor

[Archive] Cas a Jax in Tuscan by Rick Joy Architects

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‘Holl says this is space-making rather than object building, but it is in fact both’ Subscription

3 August 2015 | By Annette Le Cuyer

The Chapel of St Ignatius in Seattle by Steven Holl Architects

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Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor Subscription

1 August 2015 | By Raymund Ryan

[Archive] Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor

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Piscine Tournesol in Lingolsheim, France by Urbane Kultur Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pool typology: a modern refurbishment brings one of 183 UFO-like swimming pools back to life

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Municipal Pool in Bagneux, France by Dominique Coulon et Associes Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pools typology: a renovated municipal pool contrasts a rectalinear form with voluptuously curved spaces

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Municipal Pool in Tabuaço, Portugal by Topos Atelier de Arquitectura Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pools typology: a striking Stadtkrone for little over 6,000 people looks out across rolling countryside

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London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pools typology: ZHA’s whale-like aquatics centre is undeniably an impressive place to swim

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Thermal Bath in Bad Ems, Germany by 4A Architekten Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pools typology: a plan of overlapping lozenges accommodates pools, saunas and a gym alongside the River Lahn

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‘Stacks of redundant carpet tiles are used to construct walls’ Subscription

30 July 2015 | By Catherine Slessor

Lucy’s House in Alabama by Rural Studio

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‘Two distinct formal languages come together as one’

28 July 2015 | By Manon Mollard

Fukuta House in Seki, Japan by Takashi Yonezawa Architects

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‘Its stockiness suggests an anachronistic classicism’

27 July 2015 | By Manon Mollard

House Skuru in Nacka by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg Arkitekter

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'A whimsical journey into corners of nestled comfort' Subscription

14 July 2015 | By Emily Booth

Nasu Tepee House in Tochigi, Japan by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects

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‘We have money and can build in a way that represents us' Video Subscription

13 July 2015 | By Elisabetta Andreoli

Elisabetta Andreoli on Party Halls in El Alto, Bolivia by Freddy Mamani Silvestre

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New Andean: a new indigenous architecture Video Subscription

13 July 2015 | By Elisabetta Andreoli

[FILM] El Alto’s Party Halls by Freddy Mamani in Bolivia contain a banquet hall, shops and flats with a private house perched on top

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Amanda Levete on how she made the swaying MPavilion 'not scary' Video Subscription

10 July 2015

[PODCAST] Christine Murray interviews Levete and MPavilion patron Naomi Milgrom

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‘It is less an exercise in shelter-making than it is in framing its surroundings’

9 July 2015 | By

Hiroshima Hut in Japan by Suppose Design Office

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Semi-detatched typology: A row of cubistic villas built to house the Bauhaus school’s masters

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Semi-detached typology: Housing charity Make it Right and Gehry Partner’s duplex responded to a delay in rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina

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Semi-detatched typology: a quirky twist in the world of Swiss-influenced minimalism

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6 July 2015 | By

Semi-detatched typology: a somewhat Loosian flavour and free plan disguises the symmetry of these villas

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Termitary House in Da Nang by Tropical Space Subscription

2 July 2015 | By Manon Mollard

AR House Finalist: Inspired by termite mounds, the Termitary House in Vietnam is designed to buffer winds from seasonal storms

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Log H in Tokyo by Mount Fuji Architects Studio Subscription

1 July 2015 | By Emily Booth

AR House Finalist: Mount Fuji Architects Studio endows an unremarkable Tokyo suburb with a modern take on log houses

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House of the Infinite in Cádiz by Alberto Campo Baeza Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

AR House Finalist: An infinite plane facing the infinite sea, Baeza calls this the most radical house the practice has ever built

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Compact Karst House in Slovenia by Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti

25 June 2015 | By Nina Granda

AR House Commended: Building on the age-old vernacular for houses in an inhospitable region, Dekleva Gregoric explore the relationship between contemporary and traditional architecture in this stone house

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Rebirth House in Ibaraki, Japan by Ryo Matsui

24 June 2015 | By Christine Murray

AR House Highly Commended: Original materials from a traditional storehouse were used to build an entirely new structure in this tsunami-devastated landscape

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Housing at East Hanningfield, Essex by James Gowan Subscription

24 June 2015 | By Lance Wright, James Gowan

[ARCHIVE] James Gowan’s distnctive monopitch housing in Essex playfully enhances ‘cost yardstick’ housing

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Swimming Pool in Hampstead by James Gowan Subscription

23 June 2015

[ARCHIVE] Like a glass UFO alongside Hampstead Heath, Gowan’s swimming pool is both graceful and technically striking

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Fayland House in Buckinghamshire by David Chipperfield Architects Video

23 June 2015 | By

While its columns evoke a timeless classicism, this dwelling’s courtyard plan is a radical new take on the English country house

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Flats at Ham Common by Stirling and Gowan Subscription

23 June 2015

[ARCHIVE] Brick walls carrying bare concrete slabs create a rich mixture of rough and smooth in one of Stirling and Gowan’s first joint projects

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Face House in Kyoto, Japan by Kazumasa Yamashita Subscription

23 June 2015

[ARCHIVE] Face House humanised a dreary street in downtown Kyoto

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VIK Winery in Millahue, Chile by Smiljan Radić Subscription

17 June 2015 | By Felix Mara

Smiljan Radic uses an intricate tensile membrane construction to shelter the VIK Winery which nestles in the foothills of the Chilean Andes

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Place of Remembrance in Lima, Peru by Barclay and Crousse Subscription

16 June 2015 | By Sharif S Kahatt

Built to heal the wounds of the country’s recent violent past, this is a landmark project in the contemporary cultural history of Peru

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Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Bogotá by Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos Subscription

15 June 2015 | By Carlos Naranjo

By nurturing reciprocity between the body and the landscape, this serene and elegant scheme pays homage to the victims of Colombia’s historical turmoil

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Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Bhopal, India by Charles Correa Subscription

14 June 2015

[ARCHIVE] Charles Correa’s Assembly complex is an amalgam of elements from history intricately woven together without kitsch

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Belapur Housing in Navi Mumbai, India by Charles Correa Subscription

14 June 2015

[ARCHIVE] This new housing scheme at Belapur offers hope for New Bombay, a city first promoted by Correa and a group of colleagues in the 1960s

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Nehru Memorial Museum in Jaipur, India by Charles Correa Subscription

14 June 2015

[ARCHIVE] Correa’s plan is based on a Vastupurusha mandala as described in the ancient Vedic text

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Crafts Museum in Delhi, India by Charles Correa Subscription

14 June 2015 | By Robert Powell

[ARCHIVE] Correa reinterprets the timeless quality of India into a building which resists the obvious western label of museum.

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Cube II Tower in Guadalajara, Mexico by Estudio Carme Pinós Subscription

11 June 2015 | By Raymund Ryan

A stone’s throw from the 2006 Torre Cube, the Cube II responds to a neighbourhood that has since radically changed

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Colombia’s infrastructure reclaimed as public space Subscription

10 June 2015 | By Manon Mollard

Hillside water tanks circling Medellín have been repurposed as a necklace of public spaces draped around the city

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Parque Novo Santo Amaro V in São Paulo by Vigliecca & Associados Video Subscription

8 June 2015 | By Ursula Troncoso

Three years after its completion, Ursula Troncoso revisits Vigliecca & Associados’ linear park and housing in a run-down quarter of São Paulo

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From favela to gated community: a documentary Video Subscription

5 June 2015 | By Antonio Brasiliano

[FILM] When Vigliecca & Associados designed Parque Novo Santo Amaro V, its communal spaces were supposed to be for everyone, but now the residents want to close the gates

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Weston Library Renovation: Interview with Jim Eyre Subscription

4 June 2015 | By Rob Bevan

With Wilkinson Eyre’s renovation of the New Bodleian complete, Rob Bevan asks how the practice negotiated such striking and contentious context

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New Bodleian Library in Oxford by Giles Gilbert Scott Subscription

4 June 2015 | By JM Richards

Archive: October 1940. Editor JM Richards, under the pseudonym James MacQueady, provides sharp criticism of Gilbert Scott’s New Bodleian Library

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Sport City in Oaxaca, Mexico by Rootstudio and Arquitectos Artesanos Subscription

3 June 2015 | By Susanne Kennedy

A bold aesthetic and practical blend of ancient and modern is adopted for a south-west Mexico sports centre

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UTEC in Lima, Peru by Grafton Architects Video Subscription

1 June 2015 | By Frederick Cooper-Llosa

Grafton Architects’ UTEC Campus in Lima merges the disparate multiple conditions derived from its programme and site into a powerful architectural statement

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Flats at Rio de Janeiro by Lucio Costa Subscription

29 May 2015

[ARCHIVE] Without spoiling the beauty of the park, a residential quarter was to be built putting into practice modern principles of architecture and town planning

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Guna House in Concepción, Chile by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Subscription

26 May 2015 | By José Luis Uribe Ortiz

The austere geometry of the house is complemented by the modesty of its materials

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Bank Headquarters in Buenos Aires by Clorindo Testa Subscription

22 May 2015

Archive: the winning proposal broke away from the accepted pattern of bank design and made no concession to the conservatism of commercial architecture in Argentina

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Church at Atlantida, Uruguay, by Eladio Dieste Subscription

22 May 2015

Archive: Dieste’s undulating brick walls were originally published in the AR in September 1961

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Housing in the USA by IM Pei & Associates Subscription

14 May 2015 | By James Marston Fitch

Archive: a series of housing projects constituted the early works of the then newly founded IM Pei & Associates

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25 Verde in Turin by Luciano Pia Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Luciano Pia enlivens industrial Turin with his playful tree-house apartments

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AR Archive, April 1947: Theatre at Malmö by Lallerstedt, Lewerentz and Helldén Subscription

12 May 2015 | By Arla Breithel

In this study from the AR Archive, Arla Breithel visits Lewerentz’s 1944 functionalist masterpiece

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Shakespeare Theatre, Gdańsk, Poland, by Renato Rizzi Subscription

6 May 2015 | By

A brooding black box with a roof that can be dramatically flung open to the elements makes for a versatile theatre

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Learning Hub in Singapore by Thomas Heatherwick Subscription

29 April 2015 | By

Brand Heatherwick lands in Singapore with a towering student centre taking his Asian campaign to new heights

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The curious history of striped architecture Subscription

27 April 2015 | By Ashley Paine

A red-and-white-striped townhouse has ruffled feathers in London’s Kensington, but this garish decorative style has a noble, if checkered, history

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Let it burn: Temple in Derry, Northern Ireland by David Best / Artichoke Subscription

22 April 2015 | By

A timber temple in Northern Ireland offers visitors a space to shed painful memories before it is consumed by a healing conflagration

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

12 December 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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11 December 2014 | By Ana María León

In 1970s Chile, an architecture school and a concentration camp appeared three miles apart at Ritoque. The parallel communities used similar games to create spaces for liberation

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Undergraduate Shortlisted: The Theatre of Progress by Edward Crooks, University of Sheffield

11 December 2014

A bold reimagining of built heritage, the Theatre of Progress sets the stage for the transformation of Derbyshire’s Chatsworth House, bringing new relevance to our engagement with the estate’s past

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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

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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

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Robin Hood Gardens: Requiem for a Dream Video Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

The AR delves into the Smithsons’ Brutalist landmark before the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project transforms the site

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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House in Ravenswood by Maccreanor Lavington Subscription

3 July 2014

Honourable Mention: updating a ’60s terrace while maintaining its character, this delicate extension in Ravenswood displays a quiet sophistication

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Architecture School: The Royal College of Art Subscription

2 May 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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January 2002: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects' Straw Bale House

6 March 2014 | By Peter Davey

Witty, imaginative and sustainable, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects bring a smile to a neglected north London site

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Giovanni Pesamosca's Alpine Cabin in Friuli, Italy Subscription

3 February 2014

Airlifted in by helicopter, Pesamosca’s mountain-top cabin provides an elegant resting place for hikers

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Raffaello Rosselli's Tinshed in Sydney Subscription

3 February 2014

Raffaello Rosselli gives a new life to the traditional Australian tinshed that retains its weathered aesthetic

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Air Max: Terminal 3 at Shenzhen Airport by Studio Fuksas Architetto Subscription

3 February 2014 | By

Completed in only six years, Shenzhen's new airport terminal is the latest daunting set piece to encapsulate China's economic and architectural ambitions

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Jhono Bennett's Slovo Park Project in Soweto Subscription

3 February 2014

Jhono Bennett made his university project a reality to help develop an informal settlement

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Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki's Double Helix house in Tokyo Subscription

31 January 2014 | By Tracey Nasrallah

A double helix house in a condensed residential area

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Studio Weave's Ecology of Colour in Kent Subscription

31 January 2014

Studio Weave’s joyful project engages with a neglected area

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Jean-Benoît Vétillard's Garden house in Laval, France Subscription

31 January 2014 | By Tracey Nasrallah

This garden house presents a contemporary representation of the French mansard roof

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Tore H Grimstad, Assad Ansar and Andreas Brunvoll's Youth Centre in Senegal Subscription

31 January 2014

A youth centre built in 10 weeks in an area with no electricity

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Armando Montero + Samuel Bravo's Cabin in Patagonia, Chile Subscription

31 January 2014

An isolated treehouse overlooks a picturesque bay

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StudioErrante's Wood and the Dog in Ghisola, Italy Subscription

31 January 2014

A delicate addition to an Italian village

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Benedetta Rogers, Lucy Paton, Julian Bond and Sigrid Bylander's 'Sill to Sill' in Hackney Subscription

31 January 2014

Old materials are reused with a touch of humour in this farm shop

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Écru Architetti's blue staircase in Biella, Italy Subscription

31 January 2014

Écru insert a foreign component into timeworn architecture

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Dmitry Troyanovsky's mobile home in Tasmania Subscription

31 January 2014

Troyanovsky’s digitally fabricated adaptable house on wheels began as a shelter for at-risk youths

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Paolo Didonè, Sergio de Gioia and Fabrizio Michielon's Pencil Box in Modena, Italy Subscription

31 January 2014 | By Tracey Nasrallah

This school located in Modena was built in 50 days after the catastrophic earthquake in Emilia-Romagna

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TYIN Tegnestue's Boathouse in Norway Subscription

31 January 2014 | By Tracey Nasrallah

A boathouse for storing boats and fishing gear converted for recreational summer use

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Brendan Callander + Jason Pielak + Stella Cheung-Boyland's Woodlands Community Garden Shed in Vancouver Subscription

31 January 2014 | By Tracey Nasrallah

A garden shed acts as a gathering spot for students and a chalk board for children

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Claudio Baladron and Diego Grass' Junquillos Chapel in Chile Subscription

31 January 2014

Once a month the village gathers to worship in this woodland chapel

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Jean-Baptiste Bouvet's Swimming pool in Le Paradou, France Subscription

31 January 2014

Bouvet’s subtle intervention creates a new path through the woods

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Breg Horemans' Khor I Theatre in Venlo, Holland Subscription

31 January 2014

This theatre pavilion in Holland encourages the visitors to be the performers

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Petar Bojović, Marko Petrović and Miloš Paunović's Kindergarten in Belgrade, Serbia Subscription

31 January 2014

A solid form responds to the fragmented nature of Bežanijska kosa

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Branko Pavlovic + Pablo Lobos-Pedrals' House Tunquén in Chile Subscription

31 January 2014

Concrete foundations support this pinewood house in Chile that responds to its dramatic coastal surroundings

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Rudanko + Kankkunen's Sra Pou Vocational School in Cambodia Subscription

31 January 2014

Finland-based Rudanko + Kankkunen’s colourful school in Sra Pou village

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Assemble's Theatre on the Fly in Chichester Subscription

31 January 2014

Changing architecture’s relationship with the public

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Architecture Global Aid's Origami Houses in Tokyo Subscription

31 January 2014

Simple, colourful and able to be folded completely flat, AGA’s Origami Houses were conceived to provide shelter in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami

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Lorenzo Guzzini's Casa della memoria in Como, Italy Subscription

31 January 2014

The renovation of a nondescript villa has eliminated the ‘pretentious guise’ of the past

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MODO's Hans House in Aberfeldie, Australia Subscription

30 January 2014

Michael Ong’s house in Australia attempts to envelop the garden space, making it active rather that passive

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School of Architecture, Bond University, Brisbane, Australia, CRAB studio Subscription

28 January 2014 | By Andrew Mackenzie

Peter Cook’s new school of architecture in Brisbane is a celebratory bricolage of materials and spaces, unified by a socially condensing internal street

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FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France, Lacaton & Vassal Subscription

6 January 2014 | By Andrew Ayers

Reinvented as a modern, lightweight doppelgänger, a heroic industrial boat shed forms the template for this new arts centre in Dunkirk's harbour

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Learning from Lagos: Floating school, Makoko, Nigeria, Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉ Subscription

1 January 2014 | By Jonathan Glancey

Using local materials and skills, this school in a floating slum is a brave exemplar for a community in dire need, yet the Lagos state government is threatening to demolish it

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Inside the Donald Judd House, New York Subscription

22 December 2013 | By Catherine Croft

Architect Adam Yarinsky of Architecture Research Office (ARO) thinks experiencing Donald Judd’s art can help architecture make a more vital connection to contemporary life

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Duelling Partners at the Kimbell Museum Louis Kahn vs Renzo Piano Subscription

20 December 2013 | By Adrian Dannatt

Expanding the Kimbell Art Museum, Renzo Piano's new lightweight pavilion duels discreetly with Kahn's original concrete vaulted masterpiece

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Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Zaha Hadid Architects

20 December 2013 | By

Confounding context, scale and materiality, the Heydar Aliyev Centre adds to a growing repertoire of prodigious object buildings in the ambitious, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan

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Women's Opportunity Centre in Rwanda, Sharon Davis Design

18 December 2013 | By Michael Webb

Drawing on local precedents, this centre teaches cultivation skills to the women of a Rwandan village, improving both their prospects and those of the community

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Health Sciences Faculty, San Jorge University by Taller Básico De Arquitectura, ZARAGOZA Subscription

29 November 2013

White concrete overlapping planes elevate the modular into the atmospheric in this health sciences faculty in semi-rural Zaragoza

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Jianamani Visitor Centre by Atelier Teamminus, Tibet

29 November 2013

The cyclopean walls of the Jianamani visitor centre allude to the structure of the world’s largest Buddhist cairn

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Lullaby Factory by Studio Weave, London Subscription

29 November 2013 | By

Weaving an urban narrative, this steampunk soundscape reanimates a neglected corner of a children's hospital

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Apartments by Atelier Fernandez & Serres, Banyuls-sue-Mer Subscription

29 November 2013

Rippling pink concrete tendrils, reminiscent of mashrabiya, encase this residential block overlooking the waterfront at Banyuls-sur-Mer

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Sky Courts Exhibition Hall by Howeler + Yoon Architecture, Chengdu Subscription

29 November 2013

An exhibition complex in a park in Chengdu revisits the traditional Chinese courtyard house, drawing on local construction techniques and materials

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Cemetery Hall by Hiroshi Nakamura, Hiroshima

29 November 2013

The warped conical roof of the Sayama cemetery hall, set within lush gardens, reaches down to a tranquil pool

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Rubido Romero Foundation by Abalo Alonso Arquitectos, Galicia Subscription

29 November 2013

The renovation of a Galician farmhouse sensitively unites old and new in this sober and compelling regional headquarters building

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Drawings museum by Speech Tchoban & Kuznetsov, Berlin

29 November 2013 | By Steve Parnell

An exquisitely finished museum devoted to architectural drawings shows just as much attention to detail as the images it displays

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Split Infinity by RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon, Culemborg, The Netherlands

29 November 2013 | By Jonathan Glancey

A bisected pillbox on the bank of a dyke opens a way through the sometimes impenetrable memories of war to a future of broader horizons

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Pitch Black Installation by Hernan Diaz Alonso

29 November 2013 | By Neil Spiller

A celebration of the gorgeous grotesque, these glinting arachnoid fabrications exhibit an idiosyncratic formal language

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Observation Tower by Birk Heilmeyer & Frenzel Architekten, Hemer, Germany

29 November 2013

 The crisply articulated lattice structure of a timber watchtower rises 23.5 metres from the Westphalian landscape

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Makoko Floating School by NLE Architects, Lagos

29 November 2013

A floating school constructed from bamboo and timber gives a poor waterborne community in Lagos a social focus

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Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse by HWCD, Yangzhou

29 November 2013

A teahouse framed by a delicate bamboo envelope provides the contemporary setting for the traditional ritual of the tea ceremony

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Education Centre by Dominikus Stark Architekten, Rwanda

28 November 2013

An exhibition complex in a park in Chengdu revisits the traditional Chinese courtyard house, drawing on local construction techniques and materials

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Warp Factor: Les Turbulences at Orleans FRAC Centre by Jakob + MacFarlane Subscription

11 November 2013 | By Andrew Ayers

A regional French collection of experimental architecture has inspired this formally audacious addition to its home in Orleans

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The Gate of Creation: Tadao Ando's Design School in Mexico Subscription

4 November 2013 | By Emmanuel Petit

Tadao Ando uses the metaphor of ‘the gate’ to create a powerful symbol for this new art, design and architecture school but at some cost to the building’s pedagogical performance

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Mecanoo's Central Library in Birmingham Subscription

1 November 2013 | By Oriel Prizeman

Beyond the flamboyance of its facade, Birmingham’s ambitious new public library is a model of enlightened collaboration between architect and client

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Shenzhen Stock Exchange by OMA Subscription

25 October 2013 | By

OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange performs an impressive levitating trick while raising questions about the meaning of public space in China’s frantic marketisation

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New School of Architecture Launched Subscription

1 October 2013 | By Will Hunter

A new architecture school seeks to unite practitioners and students in the shared pursuits of innovative design and critical research

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Two schools of thought: Brooks + Scarpa and Ehrlich Architects in LA Subscription

18 September 2013 | By Michael Webb

A pair of new schools in Los Angeles bring fresh architectural and pedagogical thinking to an overloaded educational system

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Street Life: Michael Maltzan's Social Housing in Los Angeles Subscription

16 September 2013 | By Niall McLaughlin

In an area of LA infamous for its homeless population, three social housing projects by Michael Maltzan bring a sense of decency and dignity to a fractured urban realm

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Identity Parade: Adam Nathaniel Furman at the Design Museum

10 September 2013

Furman, who is co-director of the architecture design practice Madam Studio graduated form the AA in 2009 where his co-directs the Saturated Space Research cluster

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Art Bastion: Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany, by Lederer + Ragnarsdóttir + Oei Subscription

9 September 2013 | By

Set in Ravensburg's atmospheric medieval core, the salvaged brick fabric of the town's new art museum is equally antique, but its architecture has a contemporary sensitivity and sobriety

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Kraftwerk: C-Mine Cultural Centre, Genk, Belgium by 51N4E Subscription

3 September 2013 | By Tom Holbrook

Grappling with the familiar dilemma of how to shape a post-industrial future, this former powerhouse in the mining town of Genk has metamorphosed into a new cultural centre

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Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Asunción, Paraguay, by Gabinete de Arquitectura

26 August 2013 | By

Crafted for care: A centre for the treatment of disabled children in Paraguay uses reclaimed materials in an absorbing narrative of physical and social rejuvenation

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Jeweller's studio by Deborah Saunt, Southwark, London, UK

12 August 2013 | By Rosamund Diamond

Perched atop a cornershop, DSDHA’s wedge-shaped, zinc-clad jewellery studio and shop mediates between the medieval street plan and modern towers of south London

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House of Holland: The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by Cruz y Ortiz Subscription

5 August 2013 | By Steve Parnell

Beyond the art and architecture, the remodelling of the Rijksmuseum is underscored by how the Netherlands wants to present itself to the world

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Pedagogy: Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

2 August 2013 | By Matthew Barac

Situated at the crossroads between Western and Arab cultures, the Beirut Arab University encourages students to think about both past and present, at both local and global scales

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Core values: Zumthor's design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Subscription

31 July 2013 | By Michael Webb

The Swiss architect experiments organic shapes in a museum for the city that fluctuates over the landscape

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Coq of the walk: MuCEM, Marseille, France by Rudy Ricciotti Subscription

31 July 2013 | By Andrew Ayers

Mixing sensuality and gesture, Rudy Ricciotti's new museum of Mediterranean civilisation is less about content and more about adding to Marseille's thrilling palimpsest

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Fine Art: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA, by David Chipperfield Architects and HOK Subscription

22 July 2013 | By Adrian Dannatt

David Chipperfield adds a tactfully austere new gallery pavilion to an American Beaux-Arts institution in Saint Louis

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Pedagogy: Graz University of Technology, Austria

2 July 2013 | By Matthew Barac

Despite its heritage as a technical college and a rigorous curriculum, the Graz approach recognises architecture as a highly personal thing

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AR House 2013 Joint Winner: Casa Lude, Spain by Grupo Aranea Subscription

27 June 2013 | By David Cohn

Modest ambitions do not inhibit this economical yet expressive project for a penthouse in Spain

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Forest House in the city, Japan by Studio Velocity Subscription

27 June 2013 | By Catherine Slessor

Highly Commended: A rhomboidal form allows trees to thrive creating pockets of lush forest in suburbia

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Manser Medal Winner: Slip house, London by Carl Turner Architects Subscription

27 June 2013

Highly Commended: A diaphanous box of translucent glass emerges from Brixton’s brick courtyards as a flexible prototype for sustainable living and working

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House of Yagi, Japan by Suppose Design Office Subscription

27 June 2013

Highly Commended: An austere monolithic block on a canal in Hiroshima conceals a mutable character easily adaptable to disparate, changing demands within

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Floating Houses, The Netherlands by Marlies Rohmer Architects & Planners Subscription

27 June 2013 | By Catherine Slessor

Highly Commended: Houseboats in Amsterdam are reinterpreted in a modular system that fluctuates on the water harbouring new terrains for seasonal recreation

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Summer house, Sweden by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter Subscription

27 June 2013 | By Catherine Slessor

Highly Commended: Archetypal volumes of a gabled house raised soberly atop a granite bedrock gazing at the horizon of Lagnö’s archipelago

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L-Shaped House in Korea by Byoung Soo Cho Architects

27 June 2013

Highly Commended: In it’s sensuous materiality and hidden depths, the L-Shaped House is a welcome respite from the sprawling metropolis of Seoul

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Rufo House, Spain by Alberto Campo Baeza Subscription

27 June 2013

Highly Commended: An ethereal hut towards the sky and a massive cave embedded in the Iberian landscape epitomize Campo Baeza’s sensibility for tectonic and stereotomic architecture

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Lucky Shophouse, Singapore by Chang Architects Subscription

27 June 2013

Highly Commended: A silent facade of traditional origins hides spaces where theatrical double heights merge with tropical vegetation and textures veiled by the patina of time

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Split house, China by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office Subscription

27 June 2013

Highly Commended: A local building type is imaginitively rennovated to reveal diaphanous spaces that reveal furtive glimpes of chinese domestic life

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Small house, Japan by Unemori architects Subscription

27 June 2013 | By Catherine Slessor

Highly Commended: A compact house the length of a car becomes an urban paradigm for a poetic existence in the density of Tokyo’s quarters

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Director's house, Italy, Liverani/Molteni architects Subscription

27 June 2013 | By Catherine Slessor

Highly Commended: An irregular cruciform plan tactfully navigates a landscape of mature pine trees

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University of Bath Architecture Degree Show Subscription

19 June 2013

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London Schools Part Three: London Metropolitan by ARU Subscription

12 June 2013 | By Will Hunter

This final article in the series focuses on London Metropolitan’s new art and architecture building, where each floor has been conceived as a mini-city in which neighbourly contact between the different disciplines is gently fostered

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Housing, Newhall, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects

29 May 2013

The public sector points to Newhall as an exemplar for future developments, yet really its success has been dependent on the long-term planning allowed by private patronage. Having completed its latest phase, architect Alison Brooks is on a mission to champion the importance of design innovation in adding value to housing

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Wa Shan Guesthouse, Xiangshan, China by Wang Shu Subscription

21 May 2013 | By Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren

Drawing on traditions of scholarliness and non-conformity, Wang Shu’s new guesthouse for the China Academy of Art adds to the remote campus neighbourhood that he has been building for over a decade

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2002 February: The American Museum of Folk Art Subscription

10 May 2013 | By Penny McGuire

A museum of folk art in Manhattan forms a luminous backdrop for its exhibits

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Pedagogy: University of Johannesburg, South Africa

17 April 2013 | By Matthew Barac

Taking local marginalised neighbourhoods as urban laboratories students at UJ are encouraged to design radical schemes rooted in context

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House in Alcobaça, Portugal by Aires Mateus Subscription

15 April 2013 | By Luis Tavares Pereira

Transmuted into a spectral abstraction of its former self, a ruined house in Alcobaça comes back from the dead

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C3 House, Wanaka, New Zealand

8 April 2013

Sustainability Winner: C3 House, Wanaka, New Zealand by RTA Studio

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London Schools Part Two: Central St Martin's by Stanton Williams Subscription

8 April 2013 | By Will Hunter

At the centre of the vast King’s Cross regeneration project, the new home for Central St Martins is a bold gambit in an emerging urban landscape. Bringing together all the disciplines for the first time, the college is learning from its first year in a building that hopes to support continuous creative evolution

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House in Hokkaido, Japan by Kengo Kuma Subscription

1 April 2013 | By Rob Gregory

A prototypical house by Kengo Kuma updates an ancient approach to living through the severe winters of Japan’s northernmost island

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Ripon Chapel, Oxfordshire by Niall McLaughlin Architects Subscription

25 March 2013 | By Peter Salter

Its delicate arboreal structure wrapped in an armature of stone, Ripon College's new chapel is a subtle synthesis of nature and the sacred

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School in Tama, Tokto by Kengo Kuma Subscription

24 March 2013 | By Yuki Sumner

In applying historic Japanese building techniques to contemporary projects, Kengo Kuma orchestrates a synthesis of modernity and tradition, but does this approach go beyond an aesthetic level?

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Contemporary Art Centre, Spain, by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Subscription

19 March 2013 | By David Cohn

Drawing on the richness of Islamic forms and geometries, Nieto Sobejano’s new art centre in Córdoba reinterprets ancient motifs through contemporary materials and spatial relationships

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1962 October: Royal College of Art

6 March 2013

As the Royal College of Art continues its campus expansion south of the Thames, the AR looks back to its original coverage of the groundbreaking Darwin Building on Kensington Gore

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Porosity Block, Chengdu, China, Steven Holl Subscription

4 March 2013 | By

The ‘sliced porosity’ of Steven Holl’s latest Chinese mega-project is a graphic presence implanted in the pulsating heart of Chengdu

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Musée Du Louvre by Sanaa, Lens, France Subscription

27 February 2013 | By William JR Curtis

Despite its trophy architecture, the Louvre’s new provincial outpost raises questions about its wider mission of decentralising high culture

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London Schools Part One: Royal College of Art by Haworth Tompkins Subscription

27 February 2013 | By Will Hunter

The first article in the London schools series, Will Hunter reports on the social and pedagogical agendas shaping the RCA’s latest changes

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Tokyo Garden and House by Ryue Nishizawa

27 February 2013 | By James Soane

Designed by Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, this house of floating concrete planes and glass walls contrives an ascetic domesticity tempered only by nature

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Old & New Winner: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) by Rice + Lipka Architects and James Corner Field Operations, USA

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Leisure Winner: D Hotel by Sanjay Puri, Lucknow, India

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Residential Winner: WEAVE, Housing by Spridd And ETAT, Norrköping, Sweden

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Book Mountain: MVRDV's Library in Spijkenisee, Rotterdam Subscription

31 January 2013 | By Oriel Prizeman

The short shelf life of this Dutch library’s collection enabled MVRDV to turn the spines out to face the town and invite in its inhabitants

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Banquesting Pavilion, Restaurant Les Cols by RCR Arquitectes, Girona, Spain Subscription

31 January 2013 | By William JR Curtis

Using banal materials to poetic effect, this dining marquee sits between architecture, landscape art and minimalist sculpture

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St Joseph's University, Beirut, Lebanon, Youssef Tohme & 109 Architectes Subscription

31 January 2013 | By Karine Dana

Behind its austere concrete exterior, this university in Beirut recreates an idea of Lebanese public space in a city still healing after war

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Ghent market hall by Robbrecht en Daem and Marie-José van Hee Subscription

31 January 2013 | By Tom Holbrook

Market Values: Ghent’s historic urban realm assumes a new resonance through this thoughtful proposition about civic culture

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Champigny Socialism: Edouard François's Social Housing in France Subscription

31 January 2013 | By Andrew Ayers

In a communist suburb of Paris, Edouard François’s social housing cunningly conflates archetypes of individualist and collective living

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1 January 2013

ON, developed by Wiege for Wilkhahn, responds to healthcare demands to give the body more freedom. At the heart of the elegant and innovative concept is Trimension®, synchro-supporting 3D kinematics that follows the body joints, activating and encouraging natural movement during office work without tiring the body. The efficient and aesthetic ON chair has received many top international accolades: Best of NeoCon 2010, German Design Prize 2011, and German Federal Prize for Ecodesign ...

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science by Morphosis, Dallas, USA Subscription

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Rising above the distracting blare of its surroundings, the new Perot Museum is an eloquent paean to the cosmic and geological forces that shape our planet and buildings

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The Royal Academy of Arts extension by David Chipperfield, London Subscription

17 December 2012 | By Niall Hobhouse

The Royal Academy and the former Senate House, which have stood back-to-back in sulky animosity for 150 years, are now set to be finally united

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Pedagogy: University of Bath, UK

17 December 2012 | By Matthew Barac

A clear sense of poetics coupled with practicality sits at the heart of student designs from the University of Bath

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Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, Michigan, USA

17 December 2012 | By Michael Webb

Exploring ideas about fabrication, craft and display, Zaha Hadid’s latest art museum is a compelling, site-specific art work in itself

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The Parrish Musuem on Long Island by Herzog & De Meuron, USA Subscription

17 December 2012 | By Emmanuel Petit

Synthesising allusions to the vernacular with contemporary abstraction, the new Parrish Art Museum encapsulates the changing dynamic between art, landscape and architecture

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The Soane Museum Refurbishment by Caruso St John, London Subscription

17 December 2012 | By Jeremy Melvin

In the latest chapter of the Soane Museum, Adam Caruso discusses the process of introducing contemporary elements for display into an eccentric historic palimpsest

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro by Oscar Niemeyer Subscription

13 December 2012 | By Luis Oliveira

Archive: In April 1999 Luis Oliveira examined Niemeyer’s flying saucer, seemingly poised for take-off on the edge of the water

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A masterplan for China, XJTLU University Suzhou Subscription

23 November 2012 | By Alastair Donald

Speakers from over 20 countries contributed to an exciting, critical and unfettered debate about the future of development in China

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M Building Housing, Stéphane Maupin, Paris, France Subscription

23 November 2012

Highly Commended in the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture, The M Building manages sight-line constraints with panache, creating a village within the city

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House for Three Sisters, Murcia, Spain Subscription

23 November 2012

Highly commended in the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture this cluster of houses by Blancafort Reus Arquitectura exhibits a pared back approach to communal space

Kamoi Museum, Kurashiki, Japan

Kamoi Museum, Kurashiki, Japan Subscription

23 November 2012

This Highly Commended entry to the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture is a former masking tape factory in Kurashiki, now laconically reimagined as a museum by TNA Architects

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Gubbio Cemetery, Umbria, Italy Subscription

23 November 2012

Andrea Dragoni’s necropolis, Highly Commended in the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture, dignifies the dead and gives succour to the living

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Umbrella Tea House, Japan, Kazuhiro Yajima Subscription

23 November 2012

Highly Commended in the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture, a paper and bamboo structure by Kazuhiro Yajima displays rigorous economy of material as it reinterprets a traditional archetype

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Recycled Brick School, Tongjiang, Jianxi, China Subscription

23 November 2012

By reusing bricks collected from the ruins of a previous school, the designers offer an example of true sustainability in a rapidly developing country

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Bloc 10 Housing, Winnipeg, Canada by 5468796 Subscription

23 November 2012 | By Trevor Boddy

Rubik’s cube ingenuity applied with a resourceful verve for building housing modestly, but with elegance, in this winner of the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture, Photograpy by James Brittain

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Friendship Centre by Urbana, Bangladesh Subscription

23 November 2012 | By Kazi Khaleed Ashraf

This winner of the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture crafts a collection of pavilions with a timeless Piranesian quality on an environmentally delicate site in the Brahmaputra delta region

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Red Bull Music Academy, Langarita Navarro, Spain Subscription

23 November 2012 | By David Cohn

Winner of the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture this nomadic academy takes over a warehouse in Madrid

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Optical Glass House, Hiroshima, Japan Subscription

23 November 2012 | By Ken Tadashi Oshima

A glittering facade of suspended glass blocks veils Hiroshi Nakamura’s winning entry to the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture

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Drawing Sir John Soane's Museum Subscription

2 November 2012 | By Phil Jackson & Kate Riggs

Richard Portchmouth’s skillful sketching

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Open City: Ex Cárcel Parque Cultural by HLPS in Valparaíso, Chile Subscription

24 October 2012 | By Michael Webb

An excitingly muscular adaptation of an old prison – where Pinochet’s victims were once tortured – gives the Chilean port of Valparaiso a new cultural centre

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Tokyo Storeys: Tourist Information Tower by Kengo Kuma, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

23 October 2012 | By Ken Tadashi Oshima

In a formerly shabby area of downtown Tokyo, a tourist information tower, with traditional wooden elements referring to a local temple, offers visitors new perspectives over the city

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Blue Steel: MOCA by Farshid Moussavi in Cleveland, Ohio

23 October 2012 | By Raymund Ryan

Crystalline form and shimmering materiality combine in Farshid Moussavi’s stunning new Museum of Contemporary Art for Cleveland, Ohio

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I Mosaici School, Herman Hertzberger in Rome Subscription

23 October 2012 | By Deborah Saunt

Roman Type: Lying low in a Roman suburb, Herman Hertzberger’s I Mosaici school offers a flexible new alternative to traditionalist Italian pedagogy

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School of Architecture, Umeå, Sweden, Henning Larsen Architects with White Arkitekter Subscription

28 September 2012 | By Oliver Lowenstein & Alicia Azuela

Despite its evident scenographic qualities, a new architecture school in Sweden’s high north lacks a fully expressive connection with its commendably holistic approach to pedagogy

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Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Winton, Australia Cox Architecture Subscription

28 September 2012 | By Sutherland Lyall

Australia Cox Architecture’s project, shortlisted for the WAF Culture Award, features red ochre walls that blend into the outback

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Shortlisted: Fei Wang Beijing, China

28 September 2012

Fei Wang’s shortlisted Micropolis is an antidote to the super-size developement that has typified China’s built expansion

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Redevelopment of the Architectural Association by Wright & Wright in London Subscription

28 September 2012 | By Jeremy Melvin

Expanding for growth while still preserving Georgian and institutional heritage is the delicate balancing act achieved by the AA’s new masterplan

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Stirling Prize Winner: Astley Castle renovation by Witherford Watson Mann Subscription

27 September 2012

In the sensitive renewal of this dilapidated castle in rural Warwickshire, the ancient shell forms a container for a dynamic series of contemporary spaces

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28 August 2012 | By

The progress of an emerging superpower undergoing the largest urbanisation project in human history

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Pedagogy: XJTLU, Suzhou, China Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Matthew Barac

Despite historic roots in two eminent institutions - Xi’an Jiaotong University, founded in 1896 as the Nanyang Public School, and Liverpool University, the oldest university school of architecture in Britain - the recently established Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), a Sino-British partnership with a freshly minted Department of Architecture, feels completely new

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28 August 2012

AY-Architects representing the competing nations in Parliament Square

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Sichang Park Restaurant by Pu Miao in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Lindsay Shen

A parkland restaurant cultivates its southern Chinese landscape traditions, while nurturing a taste for sociability

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Alipay Office Towers by WSP in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Xiangning Li

After a period of copying Western models, China is now developing its own high-rise approaches more rooted in place and culture

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Xixi Wetland Center in China by Atelier Fronti Subscription

28 August 2012 | By

Wang Yun’s thoroughly Modernist buildings, set in China’s only national wetland park, have been left unoccupied - symptomatic of China’s unfulfilled journey from here to modernity

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Maillen Hotel and Apartments in Shenzhen, China by c Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Mary Ann O'Donnell

Inspired by the multiple levels of traditional Chinese gardens, this new residential complex opens up to the surrounding landscape – while closing itself off from the city beyond

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Mad in China Subscription

28 August 2012 | By

MAD is one of the few Chinese practices gaining international recognition, but as Dang Qun explains, they also want to fill the voids in China left by a changing society

A city on the move: Ningbo’s Historic Museum by Wang Shu

Cultural Values Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Shu Cao

If China’s glut of empty museums could engage the public with art and culture, they’d be of great social value

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The Green Delusion Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Pascal Hartmann

The Chinese concept of ‘green architecture’ actually holds the country back from true sustainability

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28 August 2012 | By Alastair Donald

Though criticised by many, China’s unoccupied new settlements could have a viable future

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Skylines: Opinions on Renzo Piano's Shard, London Subscription

24 July 2012

As the Shard celebrates its opening, the AR presents a spectrum of views on London’s towering addition from key figures in British Architecture

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Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Matthew Barac

Romania’s historic architecture school is in a state of flux

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Barnes Foundation by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien in Philadelphia, USA Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Mark Lamster

Rejected by Philadelphia’s elite in the 1920s, Albert C Barnes created a museum for his modern masterpieces completely on his own terms. Today, this newly built home for the collection tries to mend the historic rift with the city while respecting its founder’s exacting requirements

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Games Lessons at the Soane Museum Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert reviews an exhibition on sports buildings, from the Colosseum to the modern Olympics

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Interpolis Building by Abe Bonnema in Tilburg, The Netherlands Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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Macquarie Building by Fitzpatrick + Partners in Sydney, Australia Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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British Airways Building by Niels Torp in Heathrow, UK Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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Microsoft Building by Sevil Peach in Schiphol, The Netherlands Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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PwC Building by Foster + Partners in London, UK Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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Ronchamp undermined by Renzo Piano's convent, France Subscription

24 July 2012 | By William JR Curtis

The construction of a new visitor centre and convent at Ronchamp illustrates the folly of trying to transform a serene pilgrimage site into a venue for mass tourism

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2005 December: Rolling Bridge, London by Thomas Heatherwick Studio Subscription

18 June 2012 | By Rob Gregory, James Pickard

A new footbridge animates Paddington’s still waters.

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Holzkristall in Lumbrein, Switzerland by Hurst Song Architekten Subscription

18 June 2012

Commended: This rural vacation house is a crisp, contemporary distillation of traditional Alpine structures

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House at Bogwest in County Wexford, Ireland by Steve Larkin Architects Subscription

18 June 2012

Runner Up: Raised on a datum of traditional stone walls, this contemporary house offers sweeping views over the Irish countryside

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Hut on Sleds, Whangapoua, New Zealand by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Subscription

18 June 2012

Commended: Resembling a modern beach hut, this compact holiday retreat can be moved with the shifting dune landscape

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Garoza House in Ávila, Spain by Herreros Arquitectos Subscription

18 June 2012

Runner up: Built in a day, the prefabricated, prototypical Garoza House treads lightly on rocky Spanish terrain

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Dig in the Sky House, Osaka, Japan by Alphaville Architects Subscription

18 June 2012

Commended: A genuinely urban intervention on a tight site in Osaka rewrites the rules of modern domestic life

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Toda House in Hiroshima, Japan by Kimihiko Okada Subscription

18 June 2012

Runner Up: This house addresses the issues posed by its cramped suburban site by means of a seamless continuum of space which culminates in a dramatic vantage point over the Hisoshima coastline

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Stone House, Luberon Valley, Provence, France by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Subscription

18 June 2012

Commended: The ruins of a historic farmstead form an armature for a new house

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Outside In House in Yamanashi, Japan by Takeshi Hosaka Architects Subscription

18 June 2012

Runner Up: A sculptural V-beam roof funnels natural light into the interior while articulating the relationship between different spaces

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Shelter@Rainforest, Sabah State, Borneo, Malaysia by Marra + Yeh architects Subscription

18 June 2012

Commended: Demonstrating an elegant and economic use of local materials, this house in the Borneo rainforest reinterprets vernacular precedents

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Nest House, Onomichi City, Japan by UID ARCHITECTS Subscription

18 June 2012

Commended: Shaped by the archteypal idea of the dwelling as nest, this family house combines intimacy and drama

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House For All Seasons in Shaanxi Province, China by John Lin Subscription

18 June 2012 | By

WINNER: Reworking existing vernacular models, John Lin’s prototypical house in a Chinese village aims to improve living conditions by re-connecting rural communities with the principles of sustainability and self-sufficiency

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The House: Ancient Roots, New Paradigms Subscription

18 June 2012 | By Catherine Slessor

Intimately anchored in human experience, the house is a powerful archetype in architectural and cultural imagination. Yet it also suggests new paradigms for how we might live more in balance with ourselves and the wider planet

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Bolles + Wilson Town hall and cinema complex, Haarlem Subscription

28 May 2012 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Implanted within Haarlem’s city centre, this town hall and cinema complex reconstitutes the urban grain and adds a contemporary layer to a historic palimpsest

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Circular Reasoning: Tschumi's Interpretation Centre of the Muséo Parc Alésia Subscription

28 May 2012 | By William JR Curtis

Bernard Tschumi’s Interpretation Centre memorializes a Gallic hero with a resoundingly empty space

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Palais de Tokyo rejuvenated in Paris by Lacaton & Vassal Subscription

28 May 2012 | By Andrew Ayers

Beneath the monumental streamlined grandeur of the Palais de Tokyo lurks an evocatively rough and raw building carcass now recolonised as a museum for contemporary creation

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Crispin Kelly's House Subscription

28 May 2012 | By Will Hunter

In the tradition of English eccentricity, this Wiltshire country house fuses an architectural interest in the ‘ordinary’ with ambiguous and esoteric moments

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Swiss School in Grono by Raphael Zuber Subscription

16 May 2012 | By Steven Spier

Purist geometry and a sophisticated structure elevate this apparently modest project for a Swiss school into an expressive contemporary homage to Neo-Rationalism

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The Women's Library by Wright & Wright, London Subscription

9 May 2012 | By Catherine Slessor

On the site of a Victorian public baths, a new library and archive illuminates women’s lives and is a model of good practice in environmental regulation

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Delhi Defence Colony House by Vir Mueller Architects Subscription

1 May 2012 | By Rob Gregory

As a riposte to the typical Indian luxury home, this brickwork house in Delhi’s Defence Colony sensitively reworks historic precedents and explores a poetic synthesis of weight and light

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Rafael Moneo's Iesu Church in San Sebastian, Spain Subscription

1 May 2012 | By Michael Webb

This suburban church is a box of light that draws on Iberian archetypes

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1990 April: Platform Houses in Katsuura, Japan by Kazuyo Sejima Subscription

27 April 2012

Houses as neutral enclosures for transitory human activities, this is what Kazuyo Sejima wanted to create in her platform houses: but their reality is a great deal more imbued with presence

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Perkins+Will's University Campus in Luanda, Angola Subscription

24 April 2012 | By Jeremy Melvin

Drawing on and updating precedents for designing in the tropics, this new university campus in Angola cultivates an architectural language that responds to place and climate

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Belfast's Metropolitan Arts Centre by Hackett Hall McKnight Subscription

24 April 2012 | By Raymund Ryan

Belfast’s new arts centre explores the idea of architecture as collage in a city understood as an assemblage of fragments, elements and materials

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Houses without windows Subscription

16 April 2012 | By Maria Kuzmenko

Jeroen Hofman photographic book of the architectural props used to train the western military paint a gloomy picture of archetypal european community

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A message to China Subscription

27 March 2012 | By Michael Webb

Wang Shu, the Chinese recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize, is a champion of architectural heritage in a country that has erased much of its built past

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Texel Maritime Museum by Mecanoo, Netherlands Subscription

27 March 2012 | By Andrew Dawes

Mecanoo’s addition to a maritime museum on the remote island of Texel is a meaningful dialogue between elemental forms, sober materiality and the poetic play of light

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Tetrarc's collective housing scheme in Nantes, France Subscription

27 March 2012 | By Andrew Ayers

Gabled roofs, green allotments and glazed winter gardens give this social housing in Nantes a welcome and liveable atmosphere

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El Batel Auditorium in Cartagena Harbour by Selgas Cano Subscription

27 March 2012 | By David Cohn

At this waterfront congress centre, Selgas Cano’s adept handling of overlaid translucent planes elevates cheap materials into a rich experience

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TAO's Museum of Handcraft Paper, Xinzhuang, China Subscription

27 March 2012 | By

A new museum dedicated to the historic Chinese art of papermaking is authentically rooted in the relationship between context, craft and construction

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Arketip Housing by Emra Arolat in Turkey Subscription

27 March 2012

This housing scheme in Istanbul reinterprets the typology of the residential courtyard block

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Raised House in Hiroshima by Kimihiko Okada Subscription

27 March 2012 | By Rob Gregory

Lifted in the air to exploit coastal views, this new family home unfolds around a continual promenade

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Pedagogy: University Of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

27 March 2012 | By Matthew Barac

Matthew Barac reports on adaptations Japanese architecture schools are implementing in the wake of recent natural disasters

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A light touch: Bing Thom's Library in Canada Subscription

2 March 2012 | By Trevor Boddy

Daylight and books are often regarded as incompatible, but this library in Metro Vancouver is a poetic and scientific sculpting of light that animates a dramatic interior

 Beyond the reading room’s immediately dramatic appearance it takes a more recessive role as a ‘host’ with its seamless light-grey environment acting  as a backdrop for the multi-coloured books

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29 February 2012 | By Oriel Prizeman

Boldly plundering historical sources, this new library in Stuttgart is both rich in allusion and full of surprises

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Urban spaces by GUN Arquitectos and Eduardo Castillo Subscription

29 February 2012 | By Michael Webb

An annual commission for a young architect in Santiago de Chile has produced a fabric canopy and a water cathedral, two very different pavilions with an equally dynamic effect

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Architectural Style Wars at the Royal College of Art Subscription

29 February 2012 | By Roberto Bottazzi

The RCA/AR lecture series Future Frontiers stimulates a heated debate on style, history and power

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Veil and grid: Library by Li Xiaodong, China Subscription

29 February 2012 | By Catherine Slessor

The beautiful rippling veil of slim sticks and timber interior ensures this modest communal village library connects with its setting, stimulating both mind and eye

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Film Theatre in Catalonia by Mateo Architects Subscription

27 February 2012 | By David Cohn

Set within one of Barcelona’s most notorious slum districts, this new film theatre has ambitions to catalyse cultural and civic renewal

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1971 August: House at Prestwood, Buckinghamshire

24 February 2012 | By John Partridge

House designed by Peter Aldington on a simple structural and spatial proposition

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1977 July: The Museum of London by Powell and Moya

24 February 2012 | By Michael Brawne

All Glorious Within – Michael Brawne’s critism of Powell and Moya’s museum for London

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1971 August: House at Holland Park by Aldington and Craig

23 February 2012

A sensitive response in a London mews by Peter Aldington

Turkey\'s forgotten Georgian churches

1992 April: 'Turkey's Forgotten Georgian Churches' by Chris Hellier Subscription

13 February 2012 | By Chris Hellier

Georgian churches in the eastern provinces of Turkey, although particularly fine, are under threat from neglect and lack of understanding

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2010 October: Housing Development by Édouard François (Grenoble, France) Subscription

13 February 2012 | By Catherine Slessor

A soft building in France’s first ‘eco-quarter’

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2007 November: Hotel Fouquet by Édouard François (Paris,France) Subscription

13 February 2012 | By Catherine Slessor

An upmarket hotel is reborn as a historical replicant

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2006 November: Housing, Louviers, France by Édouard François Subscription

13 February 2012 | By Catherine Slessor

A rustic skin of timber palings envelops and enlivens this social housing complex

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2000 May: Housing by Édouard François (Montpellier, France) Subscription

13 February 2012 | By Catherine Slessor

A speculative housing block in Montpellier has been transformed by the treatment of its external walls

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1963 February: Architects’ Own House (Tisbury, Wiltshire, UK) Subscription

13 February 2012 | By Alison and Peter Smithson

Alison and Peter Smithson research sustainable methods and material consciousness in the design process.

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1986 June: Restaurant by Nigel Coates (Tokyo, Japan) Subscription

13 February 2012 | By Mitsugu Okawaga

A garage is transformed into a restaurant that encapsules the fictionality of modern city life.

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2002 January: Sustainable School by Lucian Kroll (Caundry, France) Subscription

6 February 2012 | By Peter Blundell Jones

One of the most rigorous programmes ever devised ensured that this French school is environmentally appropriate in multiple ways. It has many lessons to teach.

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TQ Schools: Rinsgtabekk School by DIV.A Subscription

1 February 2012 | By Christian Kuhn

This school in Norway was designed to be flexible and workshop-like in its nature, as well as energy efficient and sustainable

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TQ Schools: Orestad College by 3XN Architects Subscription

1 February 2012 | By Christian Kuhn

The design of this Danish school is characterised by spatial flexibility and a large communual space for playing and learning. It was commissioned as a landmark for its neighbourhood

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TQ Schools: I Mosaici School by Herman Hertzberger Subscription

1 February 2012 | By Christian Kuhn

An interplay between inside, outside and varying elevations creates a malleable school by Hertzberger

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TQ Schools: Leutschenbach School by Christian Kerez Subscription

1 February 2012 | By Christian Kuhn

A stacked school programme drives Kerez’s school design, pushing it into a more engaging surrounding

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10 Years On: Evaluating kroll’s eco school Subscription

1 February 2012 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Ten years ago, the AR published a new secondary school at Caudry in northern France by Lucien Kroll, which marked an important advance in green building. The result of an architect/contractor competition, the school had to meet a demanding list of ecological criteria. As reported in January 2002 these were met and the school got off to a good start. But how has its life developed?

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Two London Schools: Cottrell and Vermeulen, Agents of Change compared Subscription

31 January 2012 | By Cany Ash and Robert Sakula

In stitching together disparate school campuses, these two additions reinterpret a London idiom to reaffirm the facade’s urban significance and the lost art of ornament

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1954 August: School at Hunstanton, Norfolk, by Alison and Peter Smithson Subscription

31 January 2012 | By Philip Johnson

In his article, taken from the 1950s edition of Architectural Review, Philip Johnson analyses the influences of Mies van der Rohe on the work of Alison and Peter Smithson.

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Sarah Wigglesworth's Wakefield School Subscription

30 January 2012 | By Gillian Horn

Reworking local urban and industrial morphologies for a human scale and young imaginations, this primary school in Wakefield transforms anomie into engagement

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30 January 2012 | By Andrew Ayers

Emblematic of wider transformation in the grim flatlands north of Paris, a new school rises from the ashes of a former industrial site in Saint-Denis

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18 January 2012 | By Alison and Peter Smithson

A post-war estate house in Watford experiences a solicitous restyle

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25 December 2011 | By

As the COP17 talks emphasise the need for action on climate change, China is using sustainable development as a political tool

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Comparing two small houses by Go Hasegawa in Japan Subscription

22 December 2011 | By Andrew Wilson

Two dwellings display an equally deft approach to the constraints of the suburb and the freedom of the forest

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Lacaton & Vassal's revitalisation of a Parisian tower block Subscription

22 December 2011 | By Andrew Ayers

The striking transformation of a run-down tower in northern Paris suggests an alternative approach to the physical and social redevelopment of decaying post-war housing

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Lutheran church by Johan Celsing follows in the footsteps of Lewerentz Subscription

21 December 2011 | By Edwin Heathcote

A dark brick box perforated by cool, pale light forms an austere yet serenely numinous setting for Lutheran worship in a Stockholm

The rough texture of the concrete walls evokes Clyfford Still’s energetic, impassioned brushstrokes

Allied Works' arresting art museum in Denver Subscription

21 December 2011 | By Michael Webb

A major new art museum dedicated to the life and work of Clyfford Still draws on the expressive energy and elementality of the painter’s oeuvre

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Glen Howells Architects challenge conventions of volume house building Subscription

20 December 2011 | By Crispin Kelly

Conceived as an exemplary riposte to the dreariness and mediocrity of most volume housebuilding, this new residential scheme in Swindon actively engages with ideas about community, sustainability and place

Joint Winner: Kantana Film and Anitmation Institute, Thailand

Film Institute by Boonserm Premthada, Thailand Subscription

23 November 2011 | By Pirak Anurakyawachon

Premthada’s Film Institute broadcasts itself in rural Thailand. With an air of Eladio Dieste, adept brickwork directs the design and prompts an inventive way of looking at interactive space

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Harbour remodelling by Creus e Carrasco, Malpica, Spain Subscription

23 November 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

A worthy joint winner, Carrasco solicitously approaches this transformation with creative panache turning an inert harbour into an engaging haven

Runners Up:  Biodiversity Centre by Thomas Garcia Piriz

Biodiversity Centre by Thomas Garcia Piriz, Loja, Southern Spain Subscription

23 November 2011

Piriz commands Spanish soils with an irregular, dramatic insertion-seaming the landscape via an intrepid geometry

Runners Up: Cave For Kids by Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter

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23 November 2011

Recycled materials create the profile for this thoughtful kids cave. Whilst creating a playful design, Haugen/ Zohar Arkitekter challenge ideas of reuse through sculptural devices.

Runners Up: Little Hilltop with Wind View by Shingo Masuda

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23 November 2011

Shingo Masuda creates a climate driven folly with a twist. Its peripheral appears like a scene from Rapunzel but its structural and environmental integrity respond solicitously to its functionality.

Runners Up: Rowing Centre by Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia

Rowing Centre by Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia, Alange, Spain Subscription

23 November 2011

Garcia’s rowing centre creates sinous encounters with its surrounding landscape

Highly Commended: Nebuta House Museum by Molo Design

Nebuta House Museum by Molo Design, Japan Subscription

23 November 2011

Chronicles of culture and Japanese traditions invent Molo Design’s museum

Highly Commended: Social Housing by Zigzag Arquitectura

Social Housing by Zigzag Arquitectura, Spain Subscription

23 November 2011

Material, colour and form permit this particular revision of social housing to make an impression

Highly Commended: Path In The Forest Tetsuo Kondo

Tetsuo Kondo mediates the Estonian landscape with a steel walkway Subscription

23 November 2011

Path In The Forest by Tetsuo Kondo, Tallinn, Estonia

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ICA Arquitectura's Contemporary Arts Centre exchanges hooks for paintings Subscription

23 November 2011

Contemporary Arts Centre by ICA Arquitectura, Madrid, Spain

Highly Commended: Art Museum by Hiroshi Nakamura

Hiroshi Nakamura's art museum reflects the ornamental traditions in Japan Subscription

23 November 2011

Art Museum by Hiroshi Nakamura, Oyama, Japan

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Kumon School by Takashi Yonezawa, Kyoto, Japan Subscription

23 November 2011

Yonezawa’s school design crafts an energetic narrative for learning in Kyoto, offering a new tone for educational design protocol in Japan

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Sagacho Archives by Masahiro Harada Subscription

23 November 2011

The juxtaposition of finished and unfinished spaces creates an interesting setting for artwork through comparable structural and material choices

Highly Commended: Community Centre by Chinthaka Wickramage

A community centre by chinthaka Wickramage starts to restore hope in a broken Thalalla Subscription

23 November 2011

Community Centre by Chinthaka Wickramage, Thalalla, Sri Lanka

Highy Commended: Municipal Theatre by Enrique Krahe

Municipal Theatre by Enrique Krahe, Zafra Subscription

23 November 2011

A splintered landscape is revived through Enrique Krahe’s theatrical designs

Highly Commended: Shadow Pavilion by PLY Architecture

Shadow Pavilion by PLY Architecture, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Subscription

23 November 2011

A biomimicry trial takes a seat in Michigan’s Botanical Gardens

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2009 September: Museum, Port Elizabeth, Nero Wolff, South Africa Subscription

2 November 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

An apartheid museum that celebrates the ordinary is South Africa’s latest attempt to come to terms with its past

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1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

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1 November 2011 | By Jeremy Melvin

Red Location’s evolving cultural precinct explores ideas about placemaking and the African urban realm

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture designed by Snøhetta takes the form of a knot in the desert that holds resources which have fuelled the global economy. A cluster inspired by striped pebbles contains a children\'s \'discovery zone\' and a l.mir.no

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1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

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1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

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1 November 2011 | By Miguel Mesa

A team of two architects has created a classroom module to deliver Medellín’s new kindergartens. The first completed pair show the system’s potential for variety and sensitivity to context

Family House at Seeheim, Germany by Fritsch + Schlüter Architekten

Copper Awards: Commended

1 November 2011

Family House at Seeheim, Germany by Fritsch + Schlüter Architekten

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1 November 2011 | By Andrew Ayers, Edwin Heathcote

This Parisian public sector housing is an attempt to green the city - both with colour and a facade of stacked terrace ‘gardens’

The National Library of China is the third largest in the world. It is divided into three layers: an earthbound historic base, translucent central portion and  digital roof layer

National Library of China by KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

Poised like giant boulders above the basin  of Medellín, Columbia, the Biblioteca España conjures up the appearance of a religious statue as it lends visual order to the jumbled city townscape below

Biblioteca España by Giancarlo Mazzanti & Arquitectos Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

The reality of the Gartnavel hospital campus

Healthy Circulation Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Richard Murphy

Fluid spaces of the new Maggie’s Centre are a reaction to the institutional nature of hospitals, yet still lack a sense of human scale

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29 October 2011 | By Steven Spier

Set on an Alpine floodplain, this new teaching workshop for Swiss construction students embodies an exemplary rigour and sobriety

The X-shaped plan points to four landmarks in the bomb-damaged city of William the Conqueror

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA: Rem Koolhaas, Clement Blanchet Subscription

28 October 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

Alpine Recovery Centre South Tyrol, Italy by AllesWirdGut Architektur

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27 October 2011

Alpine Recovery Centre South Tyrol, Italy by AllesWirdGut Architektur

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Restaurant At The Pompidou Centre, Jakob + MacFarlane (Paris, France) Subscription

29 September 2011 | By Penny McGuire

In the wake of the Pompidou Centre’s facelift, the museum has acquired a new roof-top cafe/restaurant - not before time, for the views over the city from the sixth floor by no means compensated for the unspeakable squalidity of the previous establishment

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On the Breach in Biarritz with Steven Holl Subscription

21 September 2011

On the sybaritic French Atlantic coast, a new museum, the Cité de L’Océan et du Surf, by Steven Holl Architects, evokes the power and sensual allure of the ocean

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2004 December: Museum Of Natural Science, Tezuka Architects (Niigata, Japan) Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Peter Davey

[ARCHIVE] A little museum responds to its region’s often extreme climate

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2007 August: Kindergarten, Tezuka Architects, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Rob Gregory

[ARCHIVE] Running circles around other schools, Fuji Kindergarten is leading the way

At the opening ceremony, snipers patrol the site from the roof of the double-height library. Photograph by Giovanna Silva

Compund Solution: A New School For Afghanistan Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Jonathan Glancey

Sicilian journalist Maria Grazia Cutuli was killed while reporting in Afghanistan. Now, her brother, an architect, has created a school to her memory and a new message of hope for the country’s future generation

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Cadet Branch: Tezuka Architects' Offshoot for a Tokyo School Subscription

21 September 2011

Embracing an ancient Japanese zelkova, the Ring Around a Tree School is a stimulating enclave for learning and play which formally picks up on the practice’s earlier work for the same client

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2007 October: Museum by Steven Holl Architects (Kansas City, USA) Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Michael Webb

[ARCHIVE] Translucent lanterns shelter Steven Holl’s new addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum

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2006 February: Pratt Institute Art School Extension, New York by Steven Holl Architects Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Annette Lecuyer

This new insertion balances sensitivity to history with a formal a civic boldness

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1961 December: Park Hill Housing (Sheffield, UK) Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Reyner Banham

[ARCHIVE] Reyner Banham reports on one of the most imaginative and advanced community-building gestures of its day

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2010 June: Vanke Centre, Steven Holl Architects (Shenzhen, China) Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Rob Gregory

[ARCHIVE] Holl’s most ambitious building to date prioritises accessibility to public space in an exemplary form of new urbanism

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1998 August: Art Museum, Steven Holl Architects (Helsinki, Finland) Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Annette Lecuyer

[ARCHIVE] Seeking to redefine the art museum as a demotic meeting place rather than elitist treasure house, Steven HolI’s long awaited Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki fuses rich interior mystery with a bold urban context

‘An air of congenial chaos’: while the dwellings provide opportunity for privacy, the shared green space is the social centre of the scheme

Chip Off the Old Block: Reinventing Courtyard Housing in Berlin Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Isabel Allen

Fusing utopian ideal and economic reality, the reinterpretation of three traditional housing types by Zanderroth Architekten creates spatially rich dwellings for residents and a new urban model for Berlin

Skateboarders at the Youth Factory, a vibrant suburban forum that hosts a diversity of  activities, from rock climbing to street theatre

Double Enntendre: The Duality of two Small-Town Spanish Public Spaces Subscription

21 September 2011 | By David Cohn

A curvaceous youth centre and a sober addition to Roman ruins explore the conflicting elements of Mérida’s urban identity - both colourfully kinetic and quietly contemplative. Projects by Selgas Cano and Sánchez García

View over the recessed ‘crack of inhabitation’

House in a Crack by Vois, Antiparos, Greece Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Set on the edge of suburban parkland, the building is contained by a walled garden, offering privacy for  the bereaved

Medico-Legal Centre by McCullough Mulvin Architects, Dublin, Ireland Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Dig in the Sky House in Osaka, by ALPHAville Architects

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19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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House among the Ruins by Estudio Juan Domingo Santos, Granada, Spain Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Inspired by Moorish ornamental and architectural forms, the hexagonal geometry of the plan is also powerfully expressed in the treatment of the elevations

Contemporary Art Centre by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, Córdoba, Spain Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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Smallest/Largest Art Museum by Sou Fujimoto, Aix-en-Provence, France Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Set on a wooded hillside, the museum draws on a lineage of buildings dedicated to contemplation

Calligraphy Museum by Serie Architects, Linyi, China Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Poised on a ridge, the house is a series of discrete glazed pavilions in the forest landscape

House in Ghent by Toshiko Mori Architect, New York, USA Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

The circulation of the house is deliberately separated from the three volumes of inhabitable space

Dig in the Sky House by ALPHAville Architects, Osaka, Japan Subscription

19 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

The architecture of volumes interspersed with patios and courtyards is based on the Moroccan archetypes of the rural ksar and the urban madrasa

Training Centre for Sustainability by Anna Heringer, Chwiter, Morocco Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Section showing interlocking volumes that capture air, light and frame views of the sky

Star House by OpenStudio, Karoo Desert, South Africa Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

The model shows the distinct strips into which the RSN House is arranged. Two intermediate strips allow light to filter into the basement

RSN House by Zon-e Arquitectos, Navarra, Spain Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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Four Houses by Peter Salter, London, UK Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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Chapel for Ripon College by Níall McLaughlin, Oxford, UK Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

New elements embody the vernacular plainness and the sobriety of the existing agricultural buildings

Ditchling Museum by Adam Richards Architects, East Sussex, UK Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

The building counterpoints mass and lightness, opacity and transparency

Anacleto Angelini Innovation Centre by Elemental, Santiago, Chile Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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Casa van Thillo by Alberto Campo Baeza, Tarifa, Spain Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Vegetation Tower by Edouard François, Nantes, France Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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Public Beach and Ecological Park by Doxiadis+, Varkiza, Greece Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Stacked volumes form an observatory

Follies in a Park by AWP + HHF Architects, Carrières sous Poissy, Paris, France Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

A Room for London will offer its guests the chance to spend a night high above the city

A Room for London by David Kohn Architects, London, UK Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Generous overhanging roofs and veiled facades temper the intensity of Queensland’s tropical climate

Bond University School of Architecture by Crab Studio, Brisbane, Australia Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Interior and exterior spaces meld together to create a fluid connection with nature

Woodstock Trees by Sebastian Mariscal Studio, New York, USA Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

The pool filters river water through its walls to provide a swimmable and sustainable environment

+Pool by Family Architects, New York City, USA Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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Visitor Centre by Olaf Gipser Architects, Oostvaarderplassen, Netherlands Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Blocks of varying heights frame the main entrance

Xiging District Housing Design by Michael Sorkin Studio, Tianjin, China Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

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The Stockholm Sphere by Bjarke Ingels Group, Stockholm, Sweden Subscription

18 August 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

Inbetween House by Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates, Karuizawa, Japan

Inbetween House by Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates, Karuizawa, Japan Subscription

27 July 2011

[RUNNER UP AR HOUSE 2011] In a forest of larch trees, wafer-thin roof planes enfold a cluster of modular structures. Photography by Iwan Baan

Daylight House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, Yokohama, Japan

Daylight House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, Yokohama, Japan Subscription

27 July 2011

[RUNNER UP AR HOUSE 2011] The skylit punctured roof of Daylight House rises up amid a cramped and chaotic urban milieu. Photography by Nacasa & Partners and Koji Fuji

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House with Gardens by Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Yokohama, Japan Subscription

27 July 2011

[RUNNER UP AR HOUSE 2011] Large cuts in the facade bring light into pocket gardens scattered around this imaginative vision of domestic life. Photography by Ken’ichi Suzuki

Distance of Fog House by Studio Green Blue, Tokyo, Japan

Distance of Fog House by Studio Green Blue, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

27 July 2011

[COMMENDATION AR HOUSE 2011] Perforated metal sheets create a delicate interior to juxtapose the the strong metal cladding of the facade. Photography by Studio Green Blue

Near House by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Tokyo, Japan

Near House by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

27 July 2011

[COMMENDATION AR HOUSE 2011] Small but flamboyant response to a challenging urban context. Photography by Shigeo Ogawa

Diocesan Museum by Peter Zumthor, Cologne, Germany Subscription

5 July 2011 | By Peter Davey

Peter Zumthor orchestrates an angelic conversation between old and new

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Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, Glasgow, UK Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Douglas Murphy

Vantage points of the museum open up to reveal the zinc clad five-peak roof profile of Zaha Hadid’s first cultural building in the UK. Photography by Hufton + Crow

Roku Museum by Hiroshi Nakamura & Nap Architects, Oyama City, Japan

Roku Museum by Hiroshi Nakamura & Nap Architects, Oyama City, Japan Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Rob Gregory

Surrounded by a grid of mature trees, the Roku Museum appears to be set in a natural grove. Photography by Hiroshi Nakamura & Nap Architects

Museum aan de Stroom by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Antwerp, Belgium

Museum aan de Stroom by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Antwerp, Belgium Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Mark Lamster

Improbable geometries of variegated stone and wavy glass loom over the Antwerp dockside. Photography by Paul Raftery

San Telmo Museum by Nieto Sobejano, San Sebastián, Spain

San Telmo Museum by Nieto Sobejano, San Sebastián, Spain Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Clad in a skin of delicately perforated aluminium panels, the new extension flares out from the convent complex. Photography by Paul Raftery

The Hepworth Wakefield by David Chipperfield Architects, Yorkshire, UK

The Hepworth Wakefield by David Chipperfield Architects, Yorkshire, UK Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Isabel Allen

David Chipperfield describes the Hepworth Wakefield as ‘dipping its toes in the water’. Photography by Paul Raftery

[Innovators] Extension of Danfoss University by Jürgen Mayer H. Architekten (Nordborg, Denmark) Subscription

6 June 2011

Plastic Fantastic: Jürgen Mayer H returns to the AR with unique style

Metropol Parasol by Jürgen Mayer H. Architekten, Seville, Spain

Metropol Parasol by Jürgen Mayer H. Architekten, Seville, Spain Subscription

27 May 2011 | By Michael Webb

Civic icon, shady plaza, farmer’s market, archaeological museum and belvedere: Seville’s newest landmark is versatile and site-specific. Photography by Paul Raftery

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Lyric Theatre by O'Donnell + Tuomey, Belfast, Northern Ireland Subscription

27 May 2011 | By Kester Rattenbury

The Lyric is a grounded building, in the context of its site and in light of the last century’s great auditoria. Photography by Dennis Gilbert

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School of the Arts by WOHA, Singapore Subscription

27 May 2011

Three elevated teaching blocks give identity to the school on Singapore skyline

Rehabilitation Centre Groot by Architectenbureau Koen Van Velsen, Klimmendaal, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Rehabilitation Centre Groot by Architectenbureau Koen Van Velsen, Klimmendaal, Arnhem, The Netherlands Subscription

27 May 2011 | By Rob Gregory

The Dutch architect Koen van Velsen prefers to focus on one building at a time, rather than a catalogue of projects, according to his colleague Steven van der Heijden

Médiathèque by Pascale Guédot, Orloron-Sainte-Marie, France

Médiathèque by Pascale Guédot, Orloron-Sainte-Marie, France Subscription

27 May 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Poised at the confluence of the Rivers Aspe and Ossau, Pascale Guédot’s Médiathèque re-animates a former industrial site in Oloron-Sainte Marie, a town at the edge of the Pyrénées in south-west France. Photography by Gaston F Bergeret

The new Amankora Hotel in Bumthang  has ruffled traditionalist feathers

Bumthang Valley, Bhutan – Boutique hotel ruffles feathers in the Himalayas Subscription

26 May 2011 | By Johanna Hoffman

The relationship between Bhutan’s architectural identity and its national security. Photography by Graham Prentice

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New Orleans, USA – The Mississippi floods give new urgency to the AIA’s housing debate Subscription

26 May 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Ironically, despite this year’s upbeat theme of ‘Regional Design Revolution/Ecology Matters’, the American Institute of Architects’ convention seems stalked by ecological disaster

Augustiner Museum by Christoph Mäckler Architekten, Freiburg, Germany

Augustiner Museum by Christoph Mäckler Architekten, Freiburg, Germany Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Christoph Mäckler’s renovation of the Augustiner Museum is a neutral stage set for art that still resonates through time and space

Boston, USA - James Stirling’s Sackler Museum now under threat in the groves of academe

Boston, USA – James Stirling’s Sackler Museum now under threat in the groves of academe Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Michael Spens

James Stirling’s Sackler Museum at Harvard faces an uncertain future as the university reviews its development plans

Cien House by pezo von Ellrichshausen

Cien House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Concepción, Chile Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

The worlds of work and home slot together with the economy and exactitude of a chinese puzzle in the latest house by Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Photography by Cristobal Palma

Samitaur Tower by Eric Owen Moss, Los Angeles, USA

Samitaur Tower by Eric Owen Moss, Los Angeles, USA Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Geoff Manugh

The Samitaur Tower by Eric Owen Moss is as much of an optical mechanism as it is a work of architecture. Photography by Tom Bonner

The Orange Cube by Jakob + MacFarlane, Lyon, France

The Orange Cube by Jakob + MacFarlane, Lyon, France Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Raymund Ryan

Eroded by a series of conical volumes, Jakob + MacFarlane’s citrus cube sits on the Saône waterfront. Photography by Roland Halbe

Giant Campus by Morphosis, Shanghai, China

Giant Campus by Morphosis, Shanghai, China Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Sutherland Lyall

Intended for Giant’s health division, the innovative form of the new headquarters in Shanghai is more emblematic of the game designers who occupy it now. Photography by Roland Halbe

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Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield Architects, Margate, United Kingdom Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Daniel Rosbottom

Spaces are defined by the relationship between sea and north light in David Chipperfield’s Turner Contemporary. Photography by Richard Bryant

Crossed with a network of paths, the green roof forms an extension to the park

Museum of the Holocaust by Belzberg Architects, Los Angeles, USA Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Michael Webb

Using level changes and exposed structural elements Belzberg Architects aim to tell the story of the now distant Holocaust in a powerful visitor experience. Photography by Iwan Baan

The British Embassy sits on the east-facing slope of the Krtsanisi Hills, gliding over its contours and taking in spectacular views of the Kura Valley and the city beyond

British Embassy by Michael Wilford, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Max Moran

With an emphasis on local context in material choice and ornamentation, Michael Wilford designs with the ever present matters of security still in mind. Photography by Dennis Gilbert

The paved and landscaped courtyard at the heart of the block

Social Housing by Zigzag Arquitectura, Mieres, Asturias, Spain Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

A Social housing project on a budget, Zigzag Arquitectura produce a courtyard block reflecting the post Industrial region. Photography by Roland Halbe

The monolithic form of the linking structure is a powerful addition to the town’s historic core

Galleria solar by Manuel Maia Gomes, Vila Do Conde, Portugal Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Pink concrete forms and luminous walls flourish in the new arts centre by Manuel Maia Gomes. Photogrpahy by Fernando Guerra

Eight Spruce Street by Frank Gehry, New York, USA

Eight Spruce Street by Frank Gehry, New York, USA Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Mark Lamster

Franky Gehry’s first skyscraper shimmers on New York’s iconic skyline. Photography by Piotr Redlinski

Richard Leplastrier’s own house at Lovett Bay, built in 1994 as a prototype kit

New South Wales, Australia – Leplastrier and Stutchbury go foraging in the Australian bush at the Ozetecture Summer School Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Rob Gregory

Australian architects celebrate the primacy of the landscape at the Ozetecture Summer School

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Engineering Building at Leicester University by Stirling and Gowan Subscription

28 March 2011 | By John Jacobus

[ARCHIVE] John Jacobus examines the Leicester Engineering Building, completed in 1963

AR 1972 November - James Stirling\'s Florey Building, Oxford

1972 November: Florey Building by James Stirling (Oxford, UK) Subscription

28 March 2011 | By Mark Girouard

[ARCHIVE] The Florey Building, completed in 1971, provides an opportunity for a detailed examination of Stirling’s geometric imagery

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1987 June: 'Tate and Clore' by John Summerson Subscription

28 March 2011 | By John Summerson, Charles Jencks

John Summerson examines Stirling’s extension to London’s Tate Gallery and finds the work of a master collagist. Charles Jencks interviews James Stirling on his intentions

AR 1986 July - Sackler Sequence, an interview with James Stirling

1986 July: 'Sackler Sequence' an interview with James Stirling Subscription

28 March 2011 | By Michael Dennis

James Stirling explains his design intentions for the Fogg extension in an interview with Michael Dennis

AR 1984 December - Democratic Monument

1984 December: 'Democratic Monument' by Alan Colquhoun Subscription

28 March 2011 | By Alan Colquhoun

[ARCHIVE] Alan Colquhoun comments on one of the most important post-war statements about monumental building in a democratic society. The first in a series of analyses of Stirling & Wilford’s Stuttgart Staatsgalerie

1984 December: 'Celebration of the City' by Reyner Banham Subscription

28 March 2011 | By Reyner Banham

In a piece extracted from his ‘New Society’ article, Reyner Banham identifies the Staatsgalerie’s contextural references to Stuttgart and discusses the cultural problems of an English architect who now works mostly in Germany and America

1984 December: 'Turning Point' by Emilio Ambasz Subscription

28 March 2011 | By Emilio Ambasz, Oriol Bohigas

[ARCHIVE] Once curator of design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Emilio Ambasz, and partner of Martorell, Bohigas & Mackay of Barcelona, Oriol Bohigas, comment on Sterling’s Neue Staatsgalerie

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1984 December: 'Virtuosity around a Void' by William Curtis Subscription

28 March 2011 | By William JR Curtis

William Curtis offers the final analysis of Stirling’s Neue Staatsgalerie

Pringiers House by Tadao Ando Architects, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Pringiers House by Tadao Ando Architects, Mirissa, Sri Lanka Subscription

4 March 2011 | By Rob Gregory

This adventurous new house in Sri Lanka intelligently and dramatically exploits its stunning clifftop setting. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Anna Seghers School by AFF Architekten, Berlin, Germany

Anna Seghers School by AFF Architekten, Berlin, Germany Subscription

4 March 2011 | By Sebastian Redecke

Behind the ornate brick facade of the Anna Seghers School in Berlin’s Aldershof district lies a modern architectural jewel. Photography by Hans-Christian Schink

Housing for the Elderly by Aires Mateus, Alcácer do Sal, Portugal

Housing for the Elderly by Aires Mateus, Alcácer do Sal, Portugal Subscription

4 March 2011 | By Matthew Barac & Andrew Dawes

The blinding whiteness and sharp-edged modernity of Aires Mateus’ Housing for the Elderly stands proud against the rustic charm of Alcácer do Sal. Photography by Fernando Guerra

Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Island, Japan

Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Island, Japan Subscription

4 March 2011 | By Dana Buntrock

An enigmatic concrete bubble houses an equally enigmatic art installation. Photography by Iwan Baan

The Long Room Hub by McCullough Mulvin Architects, Dublin, Ireland

The Long Room Hub by McCullough Mulvin Architects, Dublin, Ireland Subscription

4 March 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

The Long Room Hub is a tall, oblong casket of pierced stone that takes its place within the centuries old precincts of Trinity College Dublin. Photography by Christian Richters

Die Besorger Offices by Hertl Architekten, Steyr, Austria

Die Besorger Offices by Hertl Architekten, Steyr, Austria Subscription

4 March 2011 | By Catherine Slessor

Stealth bomber architecture comes to small town Austria in the form of a new office and apartment for Die Besorger, a design agency based in Steyr, Austria. Photography by Paul Ott

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2006 June: 'Midwest Modesty', Iowa Central Public Library by David Chipperfield (Iowa, USA) Subscription

2 March 2011 | By Annette Lecuyer

[ARCHIVE] As part of an ambitious landscape regeneration strategy, Chipperfield brings figure to the city grid through his Iowa Central Public Library

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River and Rowing Musem in Henley by David Chipperfield Architects Subscription

23 February 2011 | By Ivor Richards

[ARCHIVE] A new use of an ancient material, oak, acting as an appropriate, evocative screen to halls for rowing shells, some of the most beautiful wooden artefacts ever made

Carmen Restaurant by Juan Manuel Pelaez

Carmen Restaurant by Juan Manuel Pelaez, Medellín, Colombia Subscription

10 February 2011 | By Michael Webb

The Carmen restaurant and bar is a modest endeavour, but it’s executed with great skill. Photography by Juan Esterban Ramirez

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North Point by Daniel Bonilla, DB Arquitectos, Bogotá Colombia Subscription

10 February 2011 | By Michael Webb

North Point is a spectacular demonstration of the firm’s principles, in its emphasis on craft, openness, and two materials — metal and glass. Photography by Sergio Gomez

Guayacan de Avinon Apartments by Carlos Pardo Medellin

Guayacan de Avinon Apartments by Carlos Pardo, Medellín, Colombia Subscription

10 February 2011 | By Michael Webb

In a recently completed project in Medellin, Colombia, Carlos Pardo was determined to create a better model for living for the residents without sacrificing the security that residents have come to expect

Prefabricated modular classrooms are grouped to enclose a courtyard and linked by covered walkways to office and communal areas

Timayui Kindergarten by Giancarlo Mazzanti, Santa Marta, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

Mazzanti describes the need to provide neutral spaces that children can transform in their imaginations. Photography by Jorge Gamboa

Black shingles clad a garden shelter opening onto a deck whose plan mimics that of the glazed facade

Habitable Polyhedron by Manuel Villa, Bogotá, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

Portability meets the primitive hut in the Habitable Polyhedron that Manuel Villa designed for the garden of a young couple and their newborn child in a suburb of Bogotá. Photography by Sergio Gomez

Rear balconies open up to the ravine below

Niqia Housing by Lorenzo Castro, Bogotá, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

The simplicity of form and tactility of materials give Niqia a classic modern feel - Zurich circa 1960, perhaps. Photography by Lorenzo Castro

The master bedroom is cantilevered over the path leading to the entrance

Hillside House by Paisajes Emergentes, Medellín, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

Rather than create a unified space, the architect preferred the idea of many houses in one. Photography by Iwan Baan and Christobal Palma

The roof is also a generous lookout platform

Antonio Derka School by Carlos Pardo, Obranegra, Medellín, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

The challenge for the design of the school was to create a sense of openness and security in a violent neighbourhood. Photography by Sergio Gomez

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Colegio los Nogales by DB Arquitectos, Bogotá, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

Bonilla has transformed a red brick campus into a showcase of elegant though reticent buildings. Photography by Sergio Gomez and Rodrigo Davila

Aerial view of the pool and landscape complex

Aquatic centre by Paisajes Emergentes, Medellín, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

Metal angles create surface relief - niches and grooves that catch the light. Photography by Iwan Baan

Aerial view of the four halls and the stadium

Four Sports Halls by Giancarlo Mazzanti and Felipe Mesa, Plan:B, Medellín, Colombia Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

Within each space of the sports halls, the structural skeleton is a metaphor for taut muscles and graceful leaps. Photography by Iwan Baan

When not in use by artists, the set becomes a rest space for visitors to the biennial

O Outro, O Mesmo, São Paulo, Brazil and Shanghai, China Subscription

21 December 2010 | By James Pockson

Cardboard shakes off its functional connotations to form an unlikely material for two art installations

The project is next to Sauerbruch Hutton’s polychromatic Brandhorst Museum

Türkentor by Sauerbruch Hutton, Munich, Germany Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Will Hunter

Sauerbruch Hutton have designed a gallery in Munich, which houses work of American artist Walter de Maria. Photograpy by Jan Bitter

The archetypal monastic cloister anchors and structures the new building in the landscape

Val Notre-Dame Abbey by Atelier Pierre Thibault, Saint-Jean-De-Martha, Quebec, Canada Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

The changing landscape, light, and even passing wildlife become the focus of the monks’ daily offices of prayer. Photography by Alain Laforest

Leiviskä’s subtle permutations of solid and void

The Swedish School of Social Science by Juha Leiviskä, Helsinki, Finland Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Henry Miles

Moments within the Swedish School of Social Science are reminiscent of architect Leiviskä’s churches, where the nobility of height is never ignored. Photography by Jussi Tiainen

One of six principal courtyards, featuring concrete trunk colonnades

International School by Rudy Ricciotti and Jean-Michel Battesti, Manosque, France Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Rob Gregory

The inner courtyards and colonnades at the international school are lined with more literal tree-like forms that strike softer poses. Photography by Paul Raftery

After dark, the building reveals its spatial and functional complexity. Hoisted high on angular piloti, an elevated volume shelters an inside/outside sports court

House of Youth by Kersten + Kopp Architekten, Hamburg, Germany Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Ruth Slavid

Flashes of bright colour and unorthodox structural forms make it clear that this is a building of vigour. Photography by Klemens Ortmeyer

Cradled in the site of a former slate quarry, the new WISE building has the air of an Oxbridge college

Wales Institute for Sustainable Education by David Lea and Pat Borer, Machynlleth, Wales, UK Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Not only is the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education mainly daylit, but you are led by inviting vistas through a spatial sequence of obvious logic. Photography by Timothy Soar

The granite rainscreen is draped over the internal volumes, in the form of a softly eroded pebble

Guangzhou, China – A rock and a high place: British architects complete major projects in China’s third city Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Guangzhou Opera House testifies to the city’s huge cultural ambitions

Iterations of the famous Red Blue chair

Rietveld’s Universe, Centraal Museum Utrecht, the Netherlands Subscription

25 November 2010 | By Andrew Mead

[EXHIBITION] Another Rietveld emerges: not just the standard bearer for De Stijl but a prescient environmentalist

A new storey clad in Cor-ten steel emerges from the husk of the existing building, a rare example of creative reuse in rampantly neophiliac Shanghai

The Waterhouse at South Bund by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, Shanghai, China Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Winner

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke, Stratford, Northeast London, UK Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Winner

Ferries Cultural Centre by Arquitecturia

Ferreries Cultural Centre by Arquitecturia, Tortosa, Spain Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Runner-Up

The jury particularly enjoyed the resolution of the principal facade

House K by Sekkai-Sha Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Runner-Up

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Diagonal 80 Industrial Building by AMID.Cero9, San Agustín del Guadalix, Spain Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Runner-Up

Within the shelter of one of two pavilions, the bench performs its most agile tricks

The Longest Bench by Studio Weave, Littlehampton, West Sussex, UK Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

Taiping Bridge Renovation by School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Taiping Bridge Renovation by School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Guizhou Province, China Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

Hoto Fudo by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, Fuji Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

Slider of Joy by Aboday

Slider of Joy by Aboday, Tangerang, Indonesia Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

The colourful tiles create a continuity between the public and private spaces

Casa Collage by Bosch Capdeferro Arquitectures, Girona, Northeast Spain Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

The Cabins by Atelier Ichiku, various locations Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

A School to Learn by School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong

A School to Learn by School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hongdeng Village, Guangxi Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

The pool’s spookily pristine green inner realm is a lush urban oasis

Urban Valley Public Swimming Pool by DJ Arquitectura, Lobres, Spain Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

From the street, the Walled Monks’ Cell gives little away, offering only small glimpses through narrow slits

Walled Monks’ Cell by Walllasia, Chonburi Province, Thailand Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

Landscapes of Cohabitation by Doxiadis+

Landscapes of Cohabitation by Doxiadis+, Antiparos Island, Greece Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

During a live event the chain mail skin forms a luminous stage drape

OMS Stage by 5468796 Architecture, Old Market Square, Winnipeg, Canada Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

The laterite fieldstone temple is an abstracted remnant of a traditional Indian shikhara. Cut to form a gentle camber, the stones are left rough on the inner face

Shiv Temple by Sameep Padora & Associates, Wadeshwar, Maharashtra, India Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

Space in between rooms

Arish House by 2 Ideas Architecture, Liwa Oasis, Rub Al Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates Subscription

24 November 2010

Emerging Architecture Awards 2010: Highly Commended

Lacey perforated concrete walls have become the emblematic image of the new extension

Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art by Manualle Gautrand, Villeneuve d'Asque, France Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

The site of the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art pulls you around in an instinctive promenade to the beguiling geometry and shadow play of the screens. Photography by Paul Raftery

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Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid in London

25 October 2010 | By Will Hunter

On Saturday 1 October, Zaha Hadid Architects picked up Britain’s most prestigious architectural award for the second year running. The AR covered the building when it opened last year, praising its layered and lovable interiors. Photography by Luke Hayes

Views of the courtyard reveal the curvaceous patio

Mimesis Museum by Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Jun Saung Kim, Paju Book City, South Korea Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Rob Gregory

The silhouettes of the Mimesis Museum are defined by the at times uncomfortable collision of orthogonal and rounded forms. Photography by Duccio Malagamba

The site is enclosed by a Cor-ten wall. Reminiscent of structures on archaeological digs, a plain white enclosure covers the foundations of two Moorish houses

São Jorge Castle Archeological Site by JLCG Arquitectos, Lisbon Portugal Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

The white walls of São Jorge Castle Archeological Site float above the visible foundations, touching the ground on a mere six points. Photography by Fernando Guerra

The tripartite structure of the new building is, paradoxically,  best appraised from the motorway. An elevated box which duels with Stynen’s original building, contains studios and rehearsal rooms

Desingel International Arts Campus by Stéphane Beel Architecten, Antwerp Belgium Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

The opening in October of the latest phase of Antwerp’s deSingel Arts Campus by Stéphane Beel marks the culmination of a relationship that dates back to 1989. Photography by Paul Raftery

Urban-Think Tank’s Metro Cable project – one of those on display at MoMA – towers above the San Agustin barrio in Caracas, Venezuela

New York, USA – The Museum of Modern Art reveals its sensitive side Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Mark Lamster

MoMA reveals its humanitarian credentials with a show of problem solvers

The principal north elevation is decidedly urban, with three distinct layers of accommodation rising up to parapet level. Brick turrets frame the otherwise horizontal emphasis

Helmond City Library by Bolles+Wilson, Helmond, The Netherlands Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Peter Blundell Jones

The completion of a library by Bolles+Wilson in The Netherlands raises great expectations – which are not disappointed. Photography by Christian Richters

1968 November: 'The History Faculty, Cambridge' by Reyner Banham Subscription

15 October 2010 | By Reyner Banham

Reyner Banham’s essay on the History Faculty, Cambridge, first published November 1968

Carmody Groarke’s temporary dining room sits on top of Westfield Stratford City’s soon-to-be-completed shopping centre.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke, Stratford, London, UK Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Will Hunter

The pop-up restaurant designed by Carmody Groarke enshrines itself as a glowing angular form in the crepuscular light. Photography by Christian Richters

The temporary pavilion is clad with laminated poplar

Temporary Museum (Lake) by Anne Holtrop, Heemskerk, The Netherlands Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Georgina Ward

Inspired by Dada artist Jean Arp, Anne Holtrop began the design process for this temporary space with a series of spatial sketches through which he intended to ‘discover form’. Photography by Bas Princen

A replica volume of the existing cottage has been multiplied to create the timber-clad extension

Hunsett Mill by Acme, Norfolk UK Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Claire Barrett

Emerging architectural practice Acme design a daring extension to a 19th century cottage in Norfolk. Photography by Rachel Smith

Sensitively of its time, the new building adds to the historic continuum of the monastery complex

Hospedería de Monastario de Poblet by Bayon Arquitectós, Catalonia, Spain Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Bayon Arquitectós have designed an extension to a monastery in Spain which, like its historic ancestor, has a powerful sense of weight, gravtias and timelessness. Photography by Roland Halbe

Facade detail of the private housing block which, over time, will become animated by flourishing greenery

Housing development by Èdouard François, Grenoble, France Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Èdouard François’ Housing development is one of the more lively extemporisations on the generic planning model. Photography by Paul Raftery

From the grand stair, Fujimoto’s ‘forest of books’ uses large apertures to connect with the cherry blossom trees that line the campus avenues

Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Rob Gregory

It is the plan of Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto Architects that brings distinction to the design, combining conceptual clarity with functional rigour. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Shiv Temple sits on a neatly clipped plateau overlooking Andhra Lake

Shiv Temple by Sameep Padora & Associates, Wadeshwar, Maharashtra, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Padora donates his time and expertise to build a temple for the Hindu community of Wadeshwar. Photography by Edmund Sumner

The settlement sits around a sheltered terrace and pool

Broacha House by Samira Rathod Design Associates, Alibaug, Maharashtra, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

A series of outdoor rooms exploits the expansive, dynamic, natural landscape. Photography by Edmund Sumner

The main elevation comprises teak screens and shutters that shelter beneath a generous concrete overhang

Radhika Villa by Vastushilpa Consultants, Ahmedabad, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Building on a suburban plot Vastushilpa Consultants adapt the traditional otla to form the heart of the home. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Approaching by car from the north, visitors face the more formal entrance elevation

Indian Institute of Management by HCP Design, Ahmedabad, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Patel’s university extension breaks the mimicry of Louis Kahn’s original brick IIM campus. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Brick arches form a double T motif that gives Tarun Tahiliani’s fashion house headquarters its distinctive identity

Tahiliani Design Headquarters by Spa Design, Gurgaon, Delhi, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Spa Design build what is essentially a factory to such a high standard that it could easily be used to host fashion shows. Photography by Edmund Sumner

The master suite has a balcony that projects out at tree canopy level

Belavali House by Studio Mumbai Architects, Badlapur, Maharashtra, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Arranged in a linear plan Studio Mumbai’s Belavali House occupies the minimum space, leaving the landscape to dominate the site. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Courtyard walls billow and buckle, stepping out to form the shared entrance foyer, left

Devi Art Foundation by M/S Prabhaker B Bhagwat, Gurgaon, Delhi, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

In an off-grid location Bhagwat’s distinctive office building is colonised to become the nations first contemporary art gallery. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Rob Richardson - University of Cape Town INDEX

Rob Richardson − University of Cape Town, South Africa Subscription

4 August 2010

[Shortlist: 10 students from around the world] The AR highlights 10 emerging architecture students from renowned architecture schools across the world

The China Green Building Forum 2010 Subscription

3 August 2010

The China Green Building Forum 2010 is a MUST-ATTEND industry gathering, which focuses on latest Government’s Response and Marketing Prospect, Modern Integrated Green Building Design, Advanced Envelopes, Sustainable Materials, Integrated Heat and Power Generation, Innovative Business Models, Water-related Green Building Solutions, Smart Building Systems and Green Device, New Energy Applications, Energy Efficiency Solutions and Systems, enlighten delegates with the best, most timely ...

The house appears to hover on the hillside

Passage House by TNA, Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan Subscription

27 July 2010

[COMMENDATION AR HOUSE 2010] TNA enhance their reputation for inventive one-off dwellings with a circular house, looped around a central void. Photography by Daici Ano

The house compound is enclosed by low stone walls and water, the man-made landscape separating the house from nature

The Water House by Li Xiaodong Atelier, Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China Subscription

27 July 2010

[COMMENDATION AR HOUSE 2010] Seperated from the outside world by gently defensive elements Li Xiaodong Atelier create an open and permeable house. Photography by Li Xiaodong

On the first floor the dining space can be opened up, via glass screens, to the elements

Love House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, Yokohama, Japan Subscription

27 July 2010

[COMMENDATION AR HOUSE 2010] Takeshi Hosaka Architects make the most of an incredibly small site. Photography by Masao Nishikawa

Der Urbane Code Chinas by Dieter Hassenpflug Subscription

27 July 2010 | Updated: 27 July 2010 | By Layla Dawson

[BOOK] China has embraced media camouflage, with walls of pixels masking architecture

Carlos Dos Santos

Unit 2 – Kingston University Subscription

22 July 2010

[Top 10 London Units: Part 2 level] Tutors: Adam Khan, David Knight, Bernd Schmutz

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22 July 2010

[Top 10 London Units: Part 1 level] Tutors: Geoff Shearcroft, Vincent Lacovara, Tom Coward

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Unit 11 – Bartlett School, UCL Subscription

22 July 2010

[Top 10 London Units: Part 2 level] Tutors: Laura Allen and Mark Smout

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22 July 2010

[Top 10 London Units: Part 2 level] Tutors: Bob Sheil, Emmanuel Vercruysse

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22 July 2010

[Top 10 London Units: Part 2 level] Tutors: Maurice Mitchell, Francesca Pont, Bo Tang, Shamoon Patwari, Robert Barnes

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Design Studio 15 – University of Westminster Subscription

22 July 2010

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22 July 2010

[Top 10 London Units: Part 2 level] Tutors: Clive Sall, Bobby Desai, Tom Teatum, Will Hunter

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MAXXI by Zaha Hadid Architects, Rome, Italy

1 July 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Now filled with Art, Zaha Hadid Architects’ bravura MAXXI finally opens its doors in Rome. Photography by Paul Raftery

de Prinsendam, one of a pair of urban housing blocks designed for different clients in different districts of Amsterdam

De Prinsendam & Andreas Ensemble by Tony Fretton Architects, Amsterdam, Netherlands Subscription

July 2010 | By Will Hunter

Despite numerous differences, Tony Fretton’s two housing projects in Amsterdam, are extremely alike. Photography by Christian Richters

Anchored to the edge of Vic’s historic ‘consolidated’ city, Atlàntida resonates with both land- and townscape

Atlàntida Performing Arts Centre by Josep Llinàs, Vic, Osona, Spain Subscription

July 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Josep Llinàs anchores his asymmetrical theatre building to historical city of Vic. Photography by Toni Anguera and Filippo Poli

The muscularity of the original iron and glass structure is tempered by delicate turrets

Chopo Museum by TEN Arquitectos, Mexico City, Mexico Subscription

July 2010 | By Michael Webb

A 100-year-old iron and glass pavilion gets a new least of life through TEN Arquitectos’ bold yet simple building-within-a-building. Photography by Luis Goroda

Wrapped in a lightweight metal lattice, the new school encapsulates a spirit of optimism and resilience in a fractured neighbourhood

El Porvenir Kindergarten by Giancarlo Mazzanti, Bogotá, Colombia Subscription

July 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Giancarlo Mazzanti’s inventive, low-cost kindergarten in edge-condition Bogotá has a much wider social mission. Photography by Iwan Baan

The Swiss Pavilion by Buchner Bründler Architects is a startling mixture of the heavy and the light. The strong concrete structure has a red-dotted veiled facade, which becomes increasingly transparent as night falls and the lights go on

Shanghai, China – The branding of nations: using buildings to bid for Chinese cash Subscription

July 2010 | By Adrian Hornsby

All the word’s stage: countries show off at the Shanghai Expo keep to catch China’s eye

The urban ‘diptych’ of the existing bunker-like block and new parking structure

1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron, Miami, USA Subscription

1 June 2010 | By Rowan Moore

Herzog & de Meuron hang loose in Miami and reinvent the car park as a sculptural, flexible entity. Photography by Roland Halbe

The impassive geometry of the house gives little clue as to the spatial richness and complexity of the interior

Pittman Dowell Residence by Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles, USA Subscription

June 2010 | By Michael Webb

The impressive geometry of Maltzan’s heptagonal house conceals a spiraling succession of complex internal spaces. Photography by Iwan Baan

The long, low volume of the visitor pavilion addresses an existing church and square

Castelo Novo Visitor Centre by Comoco Architects, Casteko Novo, Fundão, Portugal Subscription

June 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Comoco Architects enhance an historic castle with an architecturally coherent, physically linked series of structures, providing visitor facilities. Photography by Fernando Guerra

View of the city from Macau Tower, built as a tourist attraction during the boom of the last 10 years

Macau, China – Boom town Macau mimics Vegas Subscription

1 June 2010 | By Layla Dawson

Once a peaceful,historic resort, gambling boomnow sparks a dash for brash in the Vegas of the East

The Vanke Centre sits within a new landscape setting, between the mountains and coastline of Shenzhen

Vanke Centre by Steven Holl Architects, Shenzhen, China Subscription

June 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Steven Holl Architects inspire Chinese developers to raise their game and create a mamouth groundscape above a new public park. Photography by Christian Richters

Feelings are Facts by Olafur Eliasson and Ma Yansong, Beijing, China Subscription

17 May 2010

[EXHIBITION] Eliasson and Yansong’s instalation challanges normal feelings of spacial awareness

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House in Obama, Obama, Japan by suppose design office Subscription

14 May 2010

[PICTURE OF THE DAY] House in Obama is for a family of a president of a company.The site is near the beach, and it has some climatic problems such as damaging from sea breeze.

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Office building for the Synergasias Co-op Bank in Kiti, Cyprus by AMSA Subscription

14 May 2010

[PICTURE OF THE DAY] Amsa’s striking office building for the Synergasias Co-op Bank combines private office and public banking spaces

Applying finishing touches to the extraordinary structure, which resembles a dandelion or beached sea urchin, sitting in a sunken plaza like ‘an unwrapped gift’, according to Heatherwick. The plaza will host performances for the duration of the Expo

British Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio, Shanghai, China Subscription

14 May 2010 | By Will Hunter

Thomas Heatherwick Studio’s quivering seed-studded pavilion for Expo 2010 Shanghai. Photography

Wrapped in an ornately decorated concrete skin, the new archive makes a virtue out of its inherently hermetic nature

Hämeenlinna Provincial Archive by Heikkinen-Komonen Architects, Hämeenlinna, Finland Subscription

14 May 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Working with Finnish artist Aimo Katajamäki, Heikken-Komonen confounds the stereotype of the archive as a dull, hermetic box, transforming it into a richly decorated casket. Photography by Jussi Tiainen

Rust and violet clinker brick gives the facades a subtle, tweed-like appearance. A framed campanile and brickwork crosses hint at the church’s function

Diakonie Church and Nursing Home by Baumschlager Eberle, Düsseldorf, Germany Subscription

14 May 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

The simple and sober architecture of the new Church and nursing home unassumingly slip into Düsseldorf’s existing cityscape. Photography by Eduard Hueber

Clad in a glacial skin of recycled glass, the museum is impeccably stripped and sober

Museum Folkwang by David Chipperfield Architects, Essen, Germany Subscription

14 May 2010 | By Rowan Moore

Art shines at David Chipperfield’s stripped and sober Museum Folkwang. Photography by Christian Richters

A simple timber pavilion set among remodelled historic structures and  new pools acts  as a marker for  the Water Museum

Water Museum by Juan Domingo Santos, Lanjarón, Spain Subscription

14 May 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

A new water museum for an Andalusian spa town captures the physical qualities of water in a part of Spain where the historical relationship between architecture and water began with the Moors. Photography by Hisao Suzuki

Rolex Learning Centre by SANAA

Rolex Learning Centre by SANAA, Lausanne, Switzerland Subscription

13 May 2010 | By Rob Gregory

SANAA’s Rolex Learning Centre re-examines ideas of spatial order, with one giant room. Photography by Christian Richters

1975 June: Willis-Faber and Dumas Building by Foster Associates (Ipswich, UK) Subscription

1 May 2010 | By Christopher Woodward

Christopher Woodward’s essay on Foster’s Willis-Faber and Dumas Building, first published September 1975

The heroic stripped classicism of the fort informs the new additions

Il Forte di Fortezza by Markus Scherer and Walter Dietl, Fortezza, Italy Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Markus Scherer and Walter Dietl’s tactful restoration of a sprawling Habsburg fort. Photography by René Riller

Its eaves honed to an exquisitely fine edge, the great roof envelops the building

Nezu Museum by Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

In an elegant twist on vernacular building types Kengo Kuma creates a huge roof for the Nezu Museum. Photography by Fujitsuka Mitsumasa

Wrapped in a gauzy fabric veil, the house clings precipitously to the hillside

Jovanovich House by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles, USA Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Michael Webb

Lorcan O’Herlihy’s renovation fully exploits a difficult hillside site. Photography by Michael Weschler

The new archive in Timbuktu lies near the distinctive conical structure of the historic Sankoré Mosque

Ahmed Baba Centre by DHK Architects and Twothink Architecture, Timbuktu, Mali Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Stupak Lee

DHK Architects and Twothink Architecture preserve ancient written treasures with a glorious mud cultural archive for Timbuktu. Photography by Iwan Baan

The ‘enigmatic thicket’ of the VitraHaus, an agglomeration of loosely and precipitously stacked bars, is the latest addition to a campus already bursting with architectural experiment

Vitrahaus by Herzog & De Meuron, Weil am Rhein, Germany Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Rowan Moore

Herzog & De Meuron’s witty and whimsical take on the basic house shape. Photography by Roland Halbe

Looking south and east towards the coast, the Azahar Group headquarters has a striking white topography

Azahar Group Headquarters by Office of Architecture in Barcelona, Castelló, Spain Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Office of Architecture in Barcelona’s striking white form reflects the topography of its mountainous surroundings. Photography by Alejo Bagué

1997 December: Guggenheim Museum by Frank O. Gehry & Associates (Bilbao, Spain) Subscription

April 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

[ARCHIVE] Catherine Slessor’s essay on Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, first published December 1997. Photography by Paul Raftery, Dennis Gilbert and Christian Richters

With no brief in relation to what this building should represent, it presents Fretton’s notion of ‘refined office as embassy

British Embassy by Tony Fretton Architects, Warsaw, Poland Subscription

1 March 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Tony Fretton creates a restrained and refined, high quality office space to house the British Embassy in Poland. Photography by Christian Richters

Poised on  a rocky promontory, the array of new and refurbished structures clusters round the base of the lighthouse

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum by Aires Mateus, Cascais, Portugal Subscription

1 March 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

A highly poetic abstract exploration for Portugal’s first lighthouse museum. Photography by Fernado Guerra

The complex, layered facade incorporates the physical remnants of former farming villages

Ningbo Museum by Pritzker prize winner Wang Shu Subscription

1 March 2010 | By Till Wöhler

The search for an authentic and modern Chinese regional architecture takes an encouraging turn with the Ningbo Museum

Emerging from the remodelled electricity plant, a coruscating orange cube boldly signposts Malmö’s new Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Malmö, Sweden Subscription

1 March 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Sweden’s national museum of modern art’s new outpost is a vibrant addition to the city, both physically and culturally. Photography by Åke E:son Lindman

A light filled, arcade-like passage draws visitors through to the performance space at the back

An Gaeláras by O'Donnell + Tuomey, Derry, Northern Ireland Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Mark Hackett

O’Donnell + Tuomey create a coherent physical form for the rebirth of the Irish language. Photography by Dennis Gilbert

The veld landscape of Mapungubwe, a historically charged site

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich Architects, Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Gabriel Fagan

Set in a spectacular but remote veld landscape, Peter Rich Architects’ Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre exemplifies contemporary African architecture. Photography by Obie Oberholzer

Surrounded by a tranquil pool, the church is symbolically separated from its surroundings. The patchwork pattern of the zinc tiled roof is the sole concession to ornament in an assiduously austere building

Church of Sky by Itami Jun Architects, Jeju Island, South Korea Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

An austere and simple Korean Christian Church. Photography by Shinichi Sato

The school’s pupils animate the stark, simple architecture

San Lucas School by Francisco Izquierdo and Maria Jose Varas, Santiago, Chile Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

A new primary school provides civic and social focus for an emerging Santiago neighbourhood. Photography by Cristobal Palma

From the street, apertures allude to the spatial complexity of House H’s cross section

House H by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Fujimoto Architects create a sequence of clearly defined rooms within a singular continous living space. Photography by Iwan Baan

The new entrance pavilion, another chapter in the life of the building

Museo Nacional Colegio de San Gregorio by Nieto Sobejano, Valladolid, Spain Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Nieto Sobejano’s remodelling of the 15th-century Colegio de San Gregorio provides a set of dignified, modern spaces for devotional works. Photography by Roland Halbe

The front street elevation employed a curious wave from brick bond

Social Housing Units by Lui Martínez Santa-María, Mocejón, Toledo, Spain Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Lui Martínez Santa-María provide affordable housing with a quirkly brutalist terraced social housing scheme constructed from local brick . Photography by Roland Halbe

Church and parish centre enclose a generously proportioned patio courtyard, in the Iberian manner

St António Church by JLCG Architectos, Portalegre, Portugal Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

Austere spaces allow worshipers to concentrate on the rituals taking place within this Catholic parish church. Photography by Fernando Guerra

A sense of permeability characterises the new museum

M Museum by Stéphane Beel Architecten, Leuven, Belgium Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Catherine Slessor

M Museum radically reinvigorates a local cultural institution through the deft stitching together of new buildings with historical elements. Photography by Dennis Gilbert

Poised on a hill, the building has the dominant urban quality of a stockade or portal

Nottingham Contemporary by Caruso St John Architects, Nottingham, UK Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Rowan Moore

Nottingham Contemporary’s unified ‘lace’ covered facade hides a diverse interior. Photography by Hélène Binet

The winery sits in the landscape like a giant piece of Cor-ten origami

Bell-Lloc Winery by RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Architectes, Palamós, Spain Subscription

1 January 2010 | By

The Bell-Lloc Winery takes a programme for a wine producing and wine-tasting facility and rearranges it as a ceremonial sequence which explores the interaction between sky, land and the world underground. Photography by Eugeni Pons

An adaptation of the tsugite technique was used to join 4m lengths of Japanese cypress

Mokuzai Kaikan Office by Tomohiko Yamanashi and Takeyuki Katsuya, Nikken Sekkei, Shinkiba, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Rob Gregory

The Japanese Association of Wood Wholesalers’ fitting exemplar for the use of wood

1967 June: Metropolitan Cathedral by Frederick Gibberd and Partners (Liverpool, UK) Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Nicholas Taylor

Nicholas Taylor’s essay on Frederick Gibberd’s Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, first published June 1967. Photography by Henk Snoek and John Mills

Giving very little away, the nursery presents bright yellow, ribbed concrete walls to the outside

Les Graines D'Etoiles Nursery by Atelier Fernandez & Serres, Aix en Provence, France Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

The conspicuous bright yellow concrete structure announces the presence of Atelier Fernandez & Serres’ nursery in the countryside. Photography by Fernandez & Serres

The architecture reinterprets the traditional Iberian whiteness and plainness

Social Housing and Public Facilities by Sergi Serrat, Barcelona, Spain Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Sergi Serrat’s innovative social housing scheme incorporates a civic centre and 28 parking spaces. Photography by Adrià Goula

Elevated above the ground, the prototype house can withstand floodwater of up to 8 feet

House Prototype by Graft, New Orleans, USA Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

A metamorposis of modern and traditional in Graft’s prototype for the rebuilding of New Orleans’ housing and communities. Photography by Virginia Miller

Seen here from the south (the direction of the most spectacular views) the two wings of the college are clearly articulated as distinct elements. The multi-coloured foyer walls are just visible through the ground-floor windows

Borgarfjördur College by Kurtogpi Architects, Borgarnes, Iceland Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Kurtogpi Architects’ restrained brass clad college and cultural house reflects the tone of the local geology. Photography by Håkan Ludwigson

Inspired by a traditional Japanese hiroen, the tired walkway frees up the narrow space between buildings for play and socialising

Open Architecture by Yoshiaki Oyabu Architects, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Yoshiaki Oyabu makes use of leftover space between four buildings to provide an extension to the public realm. Photography by Akira Ito

Studios workshops and exhibition buildings are interspersed with a grid of patios, meshing the arts school more intimately with its site

The School of Plastic Arts by Mauricio Rocha, Oaxaca, Mexico Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Solid art studio volumes combine with patio voids to form a varied landscape conducive for artistic creativity. Photography by Rafael Carillo

Wrapped in a skin of gold anodised aluminium, the new (two storey) and existing (single storey) volumes are practically and poetically unified

Health Centre by SMS Arquitectos, Badies, Mallorca, Spain Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

SMS Arquitectos add a golden civic presence to the growing Mallorcan town of Badies. Photography by José Hevia

The concrete branches of the tree shelter and enclose a tranquil space

Ancient Tree Pavilion by Christ & Gantenbein Architects, Jinhua, China Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Christ & Gantenbein’s giant concrete tree is a playful addition to a new park in Jinhua. Photography by Iwan Baan

Serpentine walls are animated by hand-painted bricks in delirious neon colours

Qinmo Primary School by John Lin, Qinmo, Guangdong Province, China Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

John Lin’s gently curving, brightly coloured Primary School rethinks standard Chinese rural school design. Photography by John Lin

Chamfered-pine planks are stacked in diminishing rings to form this curious folly-esque fireplace, where children meet to play and recount stories together

Fireplace for Children by Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter, Trondheim, Norway Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter’s timber folly-esque structure provides shelter and a place for story telling at a Norwegian kindergarten. Photography by Jason Havneraas and Grete Fredriksen

The chapel sits  at the apex of the composition and features rammed earth, concrete and a timber soffit

Copalita School and Open Space by 128A Architecture & Urban Design, Huatulco, Mexico Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

128A Architecture & Urban Design’s civic centre containing a chapel, school and kindergarten provides vital community space for a popular tourist hotspot. Photography by Alejandro Gutíerrez

Inscribed as a perfect circle in the landscape, the building has the powerful quality of land art

Sports Research Centre by José María Sánchez García, Guijo de Granadilla, Cáceres, Spain Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

José María Sánchez García creates a giant ring hoisted on slim piloti houses research and training facilities for sports professionals. Photography by José María Sánchez García and Roland Halbe

The curved canopy shimmers like piece of oriental armour

Canopy Installation by Sanjeev Shankar, Rajokri, New Dehli, India Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Sanjeev Shankar transforms discarded cooking oil cans into a contemporary piece of art. Photography by Adam Roney, Sundeep Bali and Sanjeev Shankar

Clad in cracked tiles, the church resembles a ceramic marquee

Chapel of Cristo Salvador by Supersudaka, Talca, Chile Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Supersudaka’s ceramic-tile clad tent-like structure is home to a new Catholic church. Photography by Cristobal Palma

Existing floor levels establish the courtyard datum, upon which rises the simple concrete, glass and timber addition

Knocktpher Friary by ODOS Architects, Knocktopher, County Kilkenny, Ireland Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

ODOS unite friary and church with a new residential cloister. Photography by Ros Kavanagh

Bridge School by Li Xiaodong Atelier, Xiashi, Fujian Province, China Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Li Xiaodong’s lightweight inhabited bridge acts as a foil to the neighbouring thick stone historical structure. Photography by Li Xiaodong

Without wishing to sub-divide space, this gracefully twisted fireplace turns to address the sitting area in this open plan terraced house conversion. This subtle shift in focus helps distinguish between living and dining areas

Focal Shift Fireplace by Scenario Architecture, London, UK Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Scenario’s twisted fireplace shifts the focus of an open-plan layout to help distinguish the seperate functions of the room. Photography by Amy Scaife

The \'Curtain door\' forms the entrance to an extensive residential property

Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates, Surat, India Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Matharoo Associates’ teak Curtain Door is a door like no other. Photography by Dinesh Mehta

Made from 12,000 wooden blocks threaded onto a grid of steel reinforcement bars, the tea pavilion floats lightly on a pontoon

Tea Pavilion by Architectural Studio XYZ, Moscow, Russia Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

XYZ’s tea arbor, made from 12,000 wooden blocks, floats lightly on a pontoon on a lake. Photography by Aleksey Narodizki

The school is divided into 10 individual classrooms, orientated to maximise solar gain. The complex is rooted in its site and has an intimate, campus-like spirit

Ecological Demonstration Primary School by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Maosi, Gansu Province, China Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

The Chinese University of Hong Kong create a template for how to built cheap environmentally efficient schools in remote areas of China. Photography by Mu Jun

While from the street, accommodation follows the existing building line, the perimeter walls of House kn extend to enclose the entire suburban plot

House kn by Kochi Architect's Studio, Miura City, Kanagawa, Japan Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Cut from a box enclosing the whole plot this residential property divides up and efficiently uses the entire site. Photography by Kazuyasu Kochi and Nobumitsu Watanabe

Part of Prata Sannita’s crumbling medieval town is transformed into an ad-hoc hotel

Million Donkey Hotel by feld72, Prata Sannita, Italy Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Ruined and abandoned buildings in a divided village are refurbished to create a large scattered hotel. Photography by Hertha Hurnaus

Crisp new concrete vaults echo the geometry of the historic structure

Swiss National Museum by Christ & Gantenbein Architects, Zurich, Switzerland Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

A subtle, contemporary renovation for the Swiss National Museum’s Ruhmeshalle (Hall of Fame). Photography by Schweizerische Landesmuseen

The building is an enigmatic white bar in the remote landscape

Garducho Biological Centre by Ventura Trindade Arquitectos, Mourão, Portugal Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

An enigmatic white bar hovering above the remote landscape contains a biological research centre and exhibition space. Photography by André Carvalho and José Manuel Silva

The entrance forms the only hole in the wall

Love House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, Yokohama, Japan Subscription

1 December 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Love House is a response to Japanese urbanism that makes the most of the available space light and air in the tightly packed city. Photography by Masao Nishikawa

The building incorporates an open-air auditorium

Victor Jara Cultural Hall by L'Escaut Architectures, Soignies, Belgium Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

L’Escaut’s perfoming arts hall erupts from the ground with urban ambitions to become part of the townscape. Photography by Filip Dujardin

The archetypal cabin in the wilderness evokes cherished ideas of communing with nature

Wood Cabin by Andersson Wise Architects, Polson, Montana, USA Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

Andersson Wise’s archetypal cabin ‘floats’ on eight slim steel poles. Photography by Art M. Gray

The cluster of six houses forms a compact neighbourhood for play and interaction

Soe Ker Tie Houses by Tyin Tegnestue, Noh Bo, Tak, Thailand Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

A cluster of woven and slatted bamboo dormitory pods for Noh Bo’s expanding orphanage

The student housing blocks are a modern take on Troyes’ extensive legacy of half-timbered vernacular buildings

UTT Campus by Lipsky + Rollet Architects, Troyes, France Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Lipsky + Rollet’s student housing blocks are a modern take on Troyes legacy of half-timbered vernacular buildings. Photography by Paul Raftery

From the south, IMO is revealed as a series of layers

Institute of Ocular Microsurgery by Josep Llinás, Barcelona, Spain Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Josep Llinás’ distinctively eccentric multifaceted and multilayed home for the world-renowned Barcelona Institute of Ocular Microsurgery. Photography by Duccio Malagamba

With its sultry colour and simple geometry, the building has a powerful primeval quality

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego by Eduardo Souto de Moura, Cascais, Portugal Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Andrew Mead

The earthen red conical forms of this museum dedicated to the artist Paula Rego, sit in pungent contrast to the green surroundings. Photography by Paul Raftery

The westerly elevation of the fermentation room sits between the red wine cellar in the foregound and the services bunker beyond

Ventolera Winery by Francisco Izquierdo, San Juan de Huinca, Leyda Valley, Chile Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Izquierdo’s winery achieves the impact of a double-curved structure, but with the efficiency of an industrial shed. Photography by Cristobal Palma

The house is supported on 76 slender columns

Square House by TNA, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Rob Gregory

TNA produce another unique, contemporary home with an inherent clarity and finesse. Photography by Daico Ano

Rough, board-marked concrete structures add a sense of volume to the subterranean realm

Pio Pio Restaurant by Sebastián Mariscal, New York, USA Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

Sebastián Mariscal uses dramatic materials to submerge diners in the atmosphere of the Pio Pio Restaurant. Photography by Paúl Rivera

The volume of the house is sheltered by an industrial shed-like structure

RImrock Ranch by Lloyd Russell, Pioneertown, California, USA Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

Lloyd Russell places a flexible cabin with a detached industrial shed-like structure. Photography by Harrison Photography

The completed children\'s play pavilion creates an ambiguous enclosure, likened by its architect to a forest clearing

Forest of Net Pavilion by Twzuka Architects, Hakone Open-air Museum, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Twzuka Architects’ giant inverted bird’s nest of interlocked timber beams. Photography by Katsuhisa Kida/Fototeca

\'I\'m Lost in Paris\' House by R&Sie(n)

'I'm Lost in Paris' House by R&Sie(n), Paris, France Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

In a Parisian courtyard, cocooned in an artificial enchanted forest, sits R&Sie(n)’s experimental house

Supported by a space frame structure, the roof canopy creates a zone of shade around the building

Primary School by Diébédo Francis Kéré, Gando, Burkina Faso Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

A local architects extension to his original, now oversubscribed, school project

New and historic elements form a resonant dialogue

Martin Luther Museum by Springer Architekten, Eisleben, Germany Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Springer Architekten aim to naturally insert two new buildings into a World Heritage Site’s historic ensemble. Photography by Bernd Hiepe

From its east facade, HEART appears orthogonal, with only subtle inflections in the roof hinting at the plan’s more eccentric arrangement

HEART Art Museum by Steven Holl Architects, Herning, Denmark Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Chris Thurlebourne

Steven Holl Architects’ museum of contempoary art raises the profile of Danish art institutions and the provincial city Herning. Photography by Cristian Richters

Sheltering 1.5m below street level, the museum is an exemplary model of the adaptation of existing buildings

Can Framis Museum by BAAS, Barcelona, Spain Subscription

1 September 2009 | By Rob Gregory

BAAS adapt and extend a factory to create a peaceful oasis that maintains the memory of the site’s not so distant past. Photography by Fernando Guerra

The serrated block of the Ateliergebouw duels with the Rijksmuseum. An open mid-section preserves urban views

Rijksmuseum Ateliergebouw by Cruz y Ortiz, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Subscription

1 September 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Cruz y Ortiz’s contemporary take on Amsterdam’s milieu provides a integrated home for the Rijksmuseum’s conservation and restoration departments. Photography by Duccio Malagamba

The brooding tower rises above the harshly beautiful landscape of northern Norway. This shot records the building’s opening gala in early August

Knut Hamsun Centre by Steven Holl Architects, Presteid, Hamarøy Island, Norway Subscription

1 September 2009 | By Daniel Rosbottom

Steven Holl’s brooding tower abstracts episodes and motifs from Hamsun’s texts to create a monument to Norway’s most famous, and infamous, author. Photography by Åke E:Son Lindman

Swooping above the hillside and forest, the activity centre is supported by a skeletal structure of local bamboo

Activity and Learning Centre by 24H, Koh Kood Island, Thailand Subscription

1 September 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

24H explore the principles of bioclimatic design with a giant bamboo manta ray

Brisbane Girls Grammar School Creative Learning Centre by m3architecture

Brisbane Girls Grammar School Creative Learning Centre by m3architecture, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Subscription

1 September 2009 | By Rob Gregory

An Escher-like central void form’s the heart of m3architecture’s Brisbane school. Photography by Jon Linkins

Architect James Russell’s office clings to the corner of a heritage-listed Methodist church

Brookes Street North Office by James Russell, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Subscription

1 September 2009 | By Rob Gregory

James Russell maximises an inner-city void to build his home and architectural practice’s office. Photography by Jon Linkins

Main garden facade with shutters fully open

House With Balls by Matharoo Associates, Ahmedabad, India Subscription

1 August 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Built around four giant fish tanks, Matharoo Associates produce a bespoke concrete house, on a budget. Photography by Edmund Sumner

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The Forest Tower by SeARCH bv, Schovenhorst Estate, Putten, The Netherlands Subscription

1 August 2009 | By Rob Gregory

The incident filled route up SeARCH bv’s Forest Tower leads to a calm elevated copse. Photography by Jeroen Musch

Siza’s mottled brick is the same as that used by sculptor Erwin Heerich in the original pavilions

Pavilion by Álvaro SIza and Rudolf Finsterwalder, Insel Hombroich Foundation, Ruhr Valley, Germany Subscription

1 August 2009 | By Kieran Long

SIza and Finsterwalder collaborate to add a brick farmstead-like complex to gathering of existing brick pavilions at the Insel Hombroich Foundation. Photography by Duccio Malagamba

Simple, sober and dignified, the church looks as though it has been part of the Polish landscape for centuries

Church by Beton, Tarnów, Poland Subscription

1 August 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Beton’s simple, sober and dignified church sits comfortably within its tranquil surroundings

The centre’s architecture blends regional tectonic tradition with echoes of British high-tech

Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre by Bark Design Architects, Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia Subscription

1 August 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Bark Design Architects create an architectural anchor for the resort town of Noosa Heads in the form of a new information centre. Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones

Museo de la Memoria by Campo Baeza

Andalusia's Museum of Memory by Alberto Campo Baeza, Granada, Spain Subscription

1 August 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

The huge imposing slab of Andalusia’s Museum of Memory forms a monumental gateway to the museum and adds to the edge of town site’s growing sense of place

Alaska’s Chugach Mountains form a backdrop to the new museum

Anchorage Museum by David Chipperfield Architects, Anchorage, Alaska, USA Subscription

1 August 2009 | By Brian Carter

Chipperfield seeks to project Anchorage’s new museum into the city and at the same time establish the building as a lookout to the ancient and omnipresent drama of the surrounding natural landscapes. Photography by Christian Richters

Pope John Paul II Hall by Randic-Turato Architect

Pope John Paul II Hall by Randić-Turato Architects, Rijeka, Croatia Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

A Croatian cloister for a monastery’s expansion, by Randic-Turato Architects. Photography by Sandro Lendler

Perched on its hillside site, the house resembles a beached ship

Crane House by Atelier Bow-Wow, Karuiza, Nagano, Japan Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Atelier Bow-Wow adapt to a rural ridge location with a simple, single-storey ship-like volume. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Lavezzorio Community Center by Studio Gang

Lavezzorio Community Center by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago, USA Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

Studio Gang Architects striated raw concrete centre helps develop a sense of community. Photography by Steve Hall

Barcelona’s new City of Justice is a modern legal factory, uniting the city’s courts in one mega complex

City of Justice by David Chipperfield Architects/b720, Barcelona, Spain Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Rowan Moore

David Chipperfield attempts to develop a appropriate aesthetic for a model legal factory. Photography by Christian Richters

As with his other American museums, light and space are Piano’s dominant themes, realised in taut refined structures that fuse craft and technology. A new footbridge links his Modern Wing with Millennium Park, locking the building more intimately into the

Art Institute of Chicago by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Chicago, USA Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Michael Webb

Renzo Piano’s rational answer to Frank Gehry’sexuberant Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Photography by Nic Lehoux

The Museum Brandhorst from the corner of Theresienstrasse and Tuerkenstrasse in Munich’s Kunstareal cultural quarter

Museum Brandhorst by Sauerbruch Hutton, Munich, Germany Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Kieran Long

Sauerbruch Hutton’s addition to Munich’s cultural quarter is a of well constructed series of interior gallery spaces wrapped in a fascinating colour skin. Photography by Rainer Viertlböck

The new library and senior citizens’ centre occupies the interior of one of Barcelona’s chamfered city grids

Library and Senior Citizens' Centre by RCR Arquitectes, Barcelona, Spain Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Rob Gregory

RCR Arquitectes’ restrained black gateway building unifies the street with an existing under utilised courtyard. Photography by Eugeni Pons and Hisao Suzuki

Putney House by Kyu Sung Woo, Putney, Vermont, USA Subscription

1 June 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Kyu Sung Woo creates a contemporary farmstead as a meeting place for his family. Photography by Timothy Hursley

Sinuous curves and peaks in Tokyo’s fractured cityscape

Za-Koenji Theatre by Toyo Ito, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

1 June 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Toyo Ito creates a complex roof geometry to enliven the otherwise static plan of a new space specifically designed for Japan’s largest dance festival. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Álava Archaeological Museum by Francisco Mangado, Vitoria, País Vasco, Spain Subscription

1 June 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

The stark geometry of Francisco Mangado’s museum squares up to the desiccated historic fabric of Vitoria’s medieval core. Photography by Roland Halbe

The austere and minimally articulated exterior belies the visual and experiential richness of the internal realm

St Edward's University Student Residences by Alejandro Aravena, Austin, Texas, USA Subscription

1 June 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

The brick, fortress-like exterior of Alejandro Aravena’s student complex conceals the atmospheric courtyard of this inward facing building. Photography by Cristobal Parma

With its simple geometry and uncompromising use of materials, the house is a startling interloper in the suburban landscape

Casa Fosc by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, San Pedro de la Paz, Concepción Province, Chile Subscription

1 June 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

Pezo von Ellrichshausen break the repetition of an ‘American Beauty-style’ suburb with a simple, green, corridorless home. Photography by Cristobal Palma

With its starkly simple form and dark materials, the renovated house has a brooding presence in the forest

Casa A by Smiljan Radic, San Clemente, Maule Region, Chile Subscription

1 June 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

Smiljan Radic’s atmospheric and humble restoration of an existing A-frame structure. Photography by Gonzalo Puga

Spaces can be appropriated and colonised by students and staff as needs arise

Nantes School of Architecture by Lacaton & Vassal, Nantes, France Subscription

1 June 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Lacaton & Vassal demonstrate the potential of architecture with a muscular and intensely flexible armature for learning. Photography by Paul Raftery

The bold new stair in the restored staircase hall follows the form but not the detail of Stüler’s original

Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin, Germany Subscription

1 May 2009 | By Rowan Moore

David Chipperfield aims to retain the spirit of the ruin as he merges new and in his Neues Museum restoration. Photography by Dennis Golbert

Supported on slim columns and dodging existing vegetation, cabins touch the ground lightly and defer to the landscape

Juvet Landscape Hotel by Jenson & Skodvin, Gudbandsjuvet, Norddal, Norway Subscription

1 May 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Jenson & Skodvin’s seven minimal single-storey containers, crisply detailed with larch, combine to form an unobtrusive hotel

Linked to the school building with a low-lying staff entrance block, the new library redefines Köpenick’s historic market square

Köpenick Library by Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architekten, Berlin-Köpenick, Germany Subscription

1 May 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architekten create a powerful civic presence their central library for the district of Köpenick. Photography by Alessandr Chemollo

The new building’s  randomly perforated tower pops up above the rooftops like an architectural gopher

Sean O'Casey Community Centre by O'Donnell + Tuomey, Dublin, Ireland Subscription

1 May 2009 | By Kester Rattenbury

O’Donnell + Tuomey enliven a local street with their cheeky community centre. Photography by Michael Moran

Contoured like beehives, the softly curved forms of the new housing scheme are a distinctive presence in the Parisian cityscape

Public Housing by Jakob+MacFarlane Architects, Paris, France Subscription

1 May 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Jakob+MacFarlane experiment with winter gardens with their ‘beehive’ social housing project. Photography by Paul Raftery

With the Apennines to the south and east, San Giacomo sits in stark contrast to the Umbria’s distinctive topography

San Giacomo Church by Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas Studio, Foligno, Umbria, Italy Subscription

1 May 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Fuksas works his artistic flair to create a modest yet awe-inspiring church, with a visual simplicity that belies its structural complexity. Photography by Stefano Topuntoli

With an inverted roof supported on slim steel columns and glazed walls, the new pavilion is an elegantly minimal presence

Eleanor and Wilson Greatbach Pavilion by Toshiko Mori, Buffalo, New York, USA Subscription

1 May 2009 | By Michael Kubo

Former chair of architecture at Harvard, Toshiko Mori’s pavilion uses minimal styling to sensitively frame this prairie style visitor complex. Photography by Paul Warchol

The new extension in its raffish environs. There are plans to create a new square here and make it  a less fragmented urban ensemble

Town Hall by Add + Arquitectura, Manresa, Spain Subscription

1 April 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Add + Architecture link topography, city and politics in a small town north-west of the Catalan capital. Photography by Duccio Malagamba

Canopy at Hoshakuji Station by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Canopy at Hoshakuji Station by Kengo Kuma and Associates, Takanezawa-Machi, Toghigi, Japan Subscription

1 April 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Kengo Kuma creates a varied spatial experience by applying a diamond plywood motif to an otherwise steel station bridge. Photography by Edmund Sumner

House N by Sou Fukimoto Architects

House N by Sou Fukimoto Architects, Oita City, Oita, Japan Subscription

1 April 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Sou Fukimoto’s series of boxes in boxes stands out in this typical Japanese residential district. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Belluschi’s original building is pulled apart to create a glazed foyer

Alice Tully Hall by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York, USA Subscription

1 April 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

The renovation of Alice Tully Hall is the first phase of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s comprehensive rethink of the Lincoln Centre in New York, the campus home of 12 art institutions. Photography by Iwan Baan

Towada Art Centre’s 16 freestanding pavilions connect via a curved, glazed corridor. Spaces between the buildings form sculpture gardens, blurring the boundary between road, pavement and building

Towada Art Centre by Office of Ryue Nishizawa, Towada, Aomori, Japan Subscription

1 April 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Office of Ryue Nishizawa connect 16 bespoke pavilions with a glass coridor to form a dynamic art gallery. Photography by Edmund Sumner

Madinat Al-Zahra Museum by Nieto Sobejano, Córdoba, Spain Subscription

1 April 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Nieto Sobejano create a contemporary ruin to house a museum and interpretation center at the citadel of Madinat al-Zahra. Photography by Roland Halbe

Funerary and cremation functions are in separate buildings. The reception building is a long, low bar with a hovering roof.

Heimolen Crematorium by Claus en Kaan Architecten, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium Subscription

1 April 2009 | By Catherine Slessor

Claus en Kaan Architecten produce another piece of studied minimalism with a sober and dignified crematorium. Photography by Christian Richters