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Amelia Tavella Architectes adds perforated copper extension to a Corsican convent

September 21, 2021 James Parkes 0

French studio Amelia Tavella Architectes renovated and extended a 15th-century convent on the island of Corsica, adding a perforated copper volume. Built in 1480, the part-ruined Saint-Francois Convent is positioned on a hill overlooking a village and mountainous landscape. Prior to the renovation, the structure had become overgrown with greenery and its stone walls were

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Studio Saar looks to Indian architecture for cultural centre in Rajasthan

September 7, 2021 James Parkes 0
The building has a marble exterior

Studio Saar has designed a cultural centre in India informed by Rajasthan’s architectural heritage that will be used to host educational and cultural programmes. Named Third Space: The Haveli of Curiosity, the building was designed to become a “third space” where young people, outside of their school and homes, can access education and social facilities.

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Gaming technology can help architects “engage people in a more dynamic and inclusive way”

September 2, 2021 James Parkes 0
Twinmotion render by Joel Guerra

Visualisation techniques from video games could help planners and the public understand architecture, according to architects that use gaming software. Fly-throughs and interactive videos could make proposals understandable during the consultation and planning processes, they said. “A lot of people cannot understand [architectural] drawings,” said Adam Laskey of architecture studio Marraum, which has used visualisation

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Eight power plants that combine innovative architecture and energy solutions

August 31, 2021 James Parkes 0
BIG designed power plant in copenhagen

Following AL_A’s reveal of the world’s first fusion development plant and rumours that BIG’s CopenHill ski slope would permanently close, Dezeen has rounded up eight power plants that are architecturally significant. Fusion Demonstration Plant, UK by AL_A The first of its kind in the world, this prototype power plant will be used to prove the

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Carlo Ratti Associati designs hydroponic “farmscraper” for Shenzhen

August 27, 2021 James Parkes 0
jian mu tower by carlo ratti asssociati

Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled plans to build a 218-metre-tall skyscraper in China that would grow crops using hydroponics, as well as contain spaces for selling and consuming the produce. The Jian Mu Tower would occupy the last available plot in Shenzhen’s business district, completing the city’s central skyline. The 51-storey building dedicates 10,000 square

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Bjarke Ingels launches company to “reimagine the way we build our homes”

August 23, 2021 James Parkes 0
bjarke ingels founds home design company

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has co-founded a residential design company named Nabr that aims to create a range of affordable, modular homes. Founded by Ingels, alongside former WeWork executive Roni Bahar and former Sidewalk Labs model lab head Nick Chim, Nabr aims to rethink how housing is designed and developed. “Our homes have only gotten more and more expensive, and

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Ten living rooms that use concrete to create textural interest

August 21, 2021 James Parkes 0
The living area has concrete walls

For our latest lookbook, we have selected ten living spaces from the Dezeen archive that use concrete as a focal design feature. Concrete, which is typically used as a structural element in buildings rather than for interior design, was used throughout these spaces to create living rooms with interesting textures. These projects use the robust

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Antechamber by Studio Nima Sardar “could be the last” Antepavilion as planning inquiry looms

August 20, 2021 James Parkes 0
The 2021 antepavilion

This year’s Antepavilion installation opens in London tomorrow, with the charity that organises the annual competition warning that it could be forced to close. The Antechamber by Studio Nima Sardar will be unveiled at Hoxton Docks on the Regents Canal in east London this Saturday, just a few weeks ahead of a four-day planning inquiry

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Anupama Kundoo awarded 2021 RIBA Charles Jencks Award

August 18, 2021 James Parkes 0
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The Jencks Foundation and the Royal Institute of British Architects has awarded Indian architect Anupama Kundoo the 2021 RIBA Charles Jencks Award. Kundoo is the 16th winner of the RIBA Charles Jencks Award, which is given to architects who have “made a major contribution simultaneously to the theory and practice of architecture”. It is awarded

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Lemoal Lemoal creates hempcrete sports hall in France

August 1, 2021 James Parkes 0

Paris studio Lemoal Lemoal has used hempcrete blocks to build the Pierre Chevet sports centre, which the studio believes is the country’s first public building built from the material. Named Pierre Chevet, the 380 square-metre sports hall is located in the town of Croissy-Beaubourg near Paris. Lemoal Lemoal used the building as an opportunity to experiment with hemp as

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