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A place for prayer and ritual, Nicolás Campodonico’s chapel in Argentina combines Lewerentz’s sacrosanct respect of bricks with Dieste’s daring geometries
As Colombia recovers from years of armed confict, a series of schools in rural areas by Plan:b is driving programmes of education, culture and community engagement
Typology: Buildings for animalsSubscription
Designing buildings for animals has prompted an extraordinary range of responses, from palace to cat flap, which say more about humans than the residents
Buildings for elephants necessarily curtail the inhabitants’ freedom, as they usually roam around six miles a day across the savannah. However, these animals are also accustomed to a certain degree of warmth and dryness, and so when transplanted to colder climes they need a roof over their heads. This problem was addressed by Virgilio Cestari, who created a fantastic Hindu temple for the elephants at Buenos Aires Zoo in 1904, and more recently by Hugh Casson, who completed the corduroy ...
Equestrian Centre in Melbourne, Australia by Seth Stein Architects and Watson Architecture + DesignSubscription
The horse is a noble beast, and as such has sometimes been treated to luxurious quarters, for example by architects as distinguished as Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Johann Fischer von Erlach. (Sometimes, but not always, as those who have seen the film Maîtresse, with its scene set in a horse abattoir, can attest.) Seth Stein and Watson Architecture + Design’s Equestrian Centre Merricks on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is an impressive addition to this tradition, with its elegantly curved ...
Constructed in the Jura hills of Switzerland, the timber beams traditionally used in local barns are employed here to create an unusually complex roof form
Thanks to human-caused climate change, many scientists argue that the world is entering the sixth mass extinction in its history. Bats are among the species under threat. Over a million have died in the USA, where they have succumbed to a fungal infection, and in the UK, bats are vanishing as they lose their habitats and food supply thanks to non-porous buildings, pollution and pesticides, despite being protected by law. One way to mitigate these problems is to provide roosts that compensate ...
The photographer’s studies of depopulated terrain in rural France combine intimate observation with the evocative timelessness of place
Governments have cynically abandoned the idea of social housing for rural communities
The firm uses timber from 100 acres of woodland in the west of England to research and build cheap and simple small structures
Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944)Subscription
Lutyens’ popularity was undoubtedly down to the ease with which he manipulated architectural signifiers of wealth and taste
Source of both peasant revolution and cultural continuity, the countryside has long held a place in Chinese mythology
The thatched visitor centre in the wetlands of Jutland celebrates rich ecological habitat with a contemporary aesthetic
From burhs, through abbey-monasteries, universities, garden squares to garden cities and new towns, England’s urban evolution has deep and complex roots which still shape society
A new concept for urban logistics, the new park is an adaptive solution that will provide space and reuse resources
Building momentum in KoshirakuraSubscription
Completed over two decades, projects by the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop have slowly accumulated and brought new vitality to this ageing Japanese village
The double exposure of the Marshall IslandsSubscription
After the culture loss experienced due to US nuclear experiments in the mid 20th century, the Marshall Islands face now the threat of climate change
Both a ruined civilisation and the embryo of a new urbanity, this reimagined coal mine waits for a future that may never happen
The new vision created by urban dwellers of the green land is far more rural than the countryside itself
The countryside is now a field for experimentation, where science, digitisation, satellite mapping and agricultural production have combined in a revolution