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Ushijima Architects designs flood-resilient U-House near Japanese lake

January 29, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Japanese studio Ushijima Architects has completed a small wood-clad house in Shiga Prefecture, with living spaces raised on a concrete base to help mitigate the risk of flooding. Located near Biwa-ko, the largest freshwater lake in Japan, the U-House sits on an area of former wetland used for growing rice that was filled in after

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Mecanoo cloaks Dutch house in pearlescent ceramic tiles

January 28, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Glossy ceramic tiles in shades of green and blue cover the twisting form of Villa BW, a house in the Dutch village of Schoorl designed by architecture studio Mecanoo. Delft-based Mecanoo, which is best known for its large-scale cultural projects, created the three-storey home to sit among a cluster of more traditional dwellings. Villa BW

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Régis Roudil creates adobe nursery in grounds of Parisian palace

January 27, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

French practice Régis Roudil used adobe and timber to construct this nursery in the grounds of the historic Palais de l’Alma in Paris. Occupying the garden to the rear of the 19th-century national palace, formerly the stables of Napoleon III and now presidential offices, the 24-child nursery opens out onto a quiet urban garden surrounded by

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FGR Architects hides Melbourne house behind high concrete walls

January 26, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Austere concrete walls create labyrinthine paths and pockets of greenery around this home in Melbourne, Australia, which was designed by local practice FGR Architects. Named The Courtyard Residence after the large garden space and swimming pool at its centre, FGR Architects organised the five-bedroom home as a “layering” of spaces, creating a buffer between the

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects wraps own office in urban fruit and vegetables farm

January 25, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed Urban Farming Office, its own head office in Ho Chi Minh City, creating a concrete-framed building covered in a “vertical farm” of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Located on a corner site in the city’s Thu Duc district, the Urban Farming Office was designed to be emblematic of

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DF Creative Group transforms former heating plant into workspaces and cultural centre

January 20, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Slovakian architecture studio DF Creative Group has converted a former heating plant in Bratislava into a cultural centre, complementing its industrial structure with a series of contemporary additions. The heritage-listed Jurkovič Heating plant, originally designed in the 1940s by Dušan Jurkovič, was formerly part of the Apollo Refinery. While the rest of the refinery was

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Quatrefoil House extension by Hyde + Hyde is a “celebration of ornament”

January 19, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Architecture studio Hyde + Hyde has refurbished a 19th-century Gothic-revival home in Oxford, reinterpreting its ornamental style with an extension finished with decorative metal tiles. Swansea-based Hyde + Hyde was tasked with transforming a poorly-maintained property in the North Oxford Victorian Suburb conservation area into a contemporary family home backing onto a secluded garden. In

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Platform 5 Architects completes textural home on London infill site

January 18, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Local practice Platform 5 Architects has completed NW10 House, a family home on an infill site in north London with exposed concrete interiors and a textured brick exterior. Occupying a corner site that was formerly a builder’s yard, Platform 5 Architects designed the three-storey home’s irregular, blocky form in response to the area’s planning constraints and

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Johan Sundberg Arkitektur completes office in Sweden that “balances industrial and cosy”

January 18, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Industrial materials are contrasted with “homely” details at this headquarters for Swedish custom sticker company StickerApp, designed by local practice Johan Sundberg Arkitektur. Located on an industrial estate in Lomma, southern Sweden, the building combines StickerApp’s production hall with offices and a restaurant that is planned to be open to the public in future. Informed

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Studio Space and Studio REDD create black timber-clad barn for own office

January 16, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Dutch practice Studio Space Architecten has collaborated with local design firm Studio REDD to create their own shared office space in the Netherlands, with a barn-like form clad in black-stained timber. Located in the town of Goirle the building, called Black Barn, was informed by the old farm structures found near the site, and is

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