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Faceted roof casts zigzagging shadows over London house extension

October 21, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Wooden Roof by Tsurata Architects

Tsuruta Architects has topped a conservatory extension in London with a faceted timber and glass roof that casts zigzag shadows over a wood-lined dining space. Called Wooden Roof, the extension to a Grade II-listed house is clad in planks of charred wood. Traditionally, glass conservatories are built pitched roofs to give views of the sky while

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Sergey Makhno designs own thatch-roofed home filled with ceramics

October 21, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Shkrub by Sergey Makhno Architects

A thick thatched roof covers the top of this house with ceramics-filled interiors in Ukraine, which was built by architect and designer Sergey Makhno for his own family. The house – named Shkrub after an affectionate term used by Makhno and his wife for the structure – is located in Kozin, south of Kiev. The

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Kapsimalis Architects converts caves for summer houses on Greek island

October 19, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Two holiday residences in Fira by Kapsimalis Architects

The vaulted forms and underground caves of an old house on the Greek island of Santorini have been converted into a holiday home complex by Kapsimalis Architects. Located in the town of Fira, the components of the existing compound –  including walled courtyards, a donkey barn and three small caves for storage  – have been

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Shigeru Ban covers Swatch headquarters in vaulting timber shell

October 18, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Swatch and Omega Campus by Shigeru Ban

A double-curved timber shell constructed from 7,700 timber pieces forms the Swatch Headquarters by Shigeru Ban in Biel, Switzerland. The watchmaker’s campus centres on a 240-metre-long timber vault – one of the largest wooden structures in Europe, claims the practice. The timber gridshell – a double-curved gridded structure  – contains the Swatch Headquarters, snaking across the

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House in Dublin by David Leech Architects riffs on suburban style

October 17, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
House in a Garden by David Leech Architects

David Leech Architects has built a two-storey house in Dublin that plays on the design of its neighbours to make something “ambiguous yet familiar”. Called, A House in a Garden, the project features a corner-glazed dining room that can be opened to the garden. The house riffs on the design features of its neighbours – such as

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Trees poke out through the facade from inside block of Bangkok townhouses

October 16, 2019 Jon Astbury 0

Architecture practice Studionomad has built a block of five apartments in Bangkok with trees growing through the louvres of its facade. Called Lom Haijai, the project in the city’s Lad Phrao district was designed as an alternative to what Studionomad called “boxed air-conditioned building blocks” that dominate Bangkok. Instead, the units overlook a central courtyard

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Cambodian school has a gridded facade that doubles as a jungle gym

October 15, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Adventurous Global School by Orient Occident Atelier

The interchangeable steel grid of windows, shelves and lockers of a school in Sneung, Cambodia, designed by Orient Occident Atelier can also be used as a climbing frame. Built for local NGO Adventurous Global School, the structure provides a set of classrooms spaces that can be used by the entire village. Orient Occident Atelier  made the school’s

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Japanese house has hidden courtyards for growing fruit and drying laundry

October 15, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
House in Akashi by Arbol

Three internal courtyards in a timber-clad bungalow designed by Osaka-based practice Arbol in Akashi, Japan, provide space for growing food and drying clothes. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, the rooms of minimalist House in Akashi turn inwards to these courtyards, with only a few small openings made in the wood-clad elevations looking out to the

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Twisting brick columns support London terrace extension by Urban Mesh

October 13, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Twist House extension by Urban Mesh

Four sculptural, brick columns frame this small extension to a Georgian terrace in north London, designed by local practice Urban Mesh for the firm’s director, James Beazer. Named Twist House, the extension to the 200 year-old home was designed to improve its connection to a garden at the rear and contains utility and shower spaces at basement level

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Paulien Bremmer wraps “social hub” for Gerrit Rietveld Academie in woven-steel screens

October 12, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Gerrit Rietveld Academy by Studio Paulien Bremmer and Hootsmans Architecten

Folding screens of woven steel surround the upper level of the latest building at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, which provides three storeys of exhibition, workshop and teaching spaces. The building, which will be used by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Institute, was designed by  multidisciplinary design team Federation Levitation (FedLev) led by architect Paulien Bremmer, working

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