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Five notable projects by emerging Spanish architecture collective Lacol

April 8, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
La Comunal workspaces in Barcelona

From a converted ship-sail factory to a housing cooperative built from cross-laminated timber, here’s a look at five significant projects by the emerging architecture collective Lacol. The 14-strong group of Spanish architects (above) came together as students in Barcelona in 2009 and today operate as an architecture cooperative that strives for social and environmental justice

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Red steel distinguishes tiny chess pavilion within French parkland

April 6, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A bright red pavilion in a park

Mariana de Delás and Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter have collaborated on the construction of En Passant, a small red pavilion in France that invites passersby to stop and play chess. En Passant has a tall, slender structure distinguished by its oversized hip roof, which is designed to stand out within the green landscape of Parc des Îles

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EMBT to cover Shenzhen Conservatory of Music with decorative louvres

March 31, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The entrance to Shenzhen Conservatory of Music

Wooden and ceramic louvres that reference musical scores will decorate the Shenzhen Conservatory of Music, a group of buildings that Spanish studio EMBT has designed in China. The 129,700-square-metre complex will be built on the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen campus and include a theatre, concert halls and rehearsal spaces. It was designed to be a

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Recyclable croquet pavilion to be made from champagne corks and oyster shells

March 30, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A single-storey garden pavilion

BakerBrown Studio has designed a garden pavilion for the Glyndebourne opera house in England that will use the venue’s discarded champagne corks and seafood shells as building materials. The single-storey Glyndebourne Croquet Pavilion will overlook the South Downs from a small plot on a croquet lawn between existing yew hedges in the house’s grounds. Local

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Georges Batzios Architects restores “original brutalist identity” of abandoned office in Greece

March 29, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A brutalist office in the suburbs of Athens

Greek studio Georges Batzios Architects has revived a brutalist office in the suburbs of Athens, Greece by restoring its damaged concrete shell and reconfiguring its interiors. The building, described by the studio as a rare example of brutalist architecture in the country, was built in a pine tree forest in the 1970s by notable Greek

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Woonpioneers hides prefabricated Indigo cabin within Dutch forest

March 29, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The wooden Indigo cabin in the Netherlands

Amsterdam studio Woonpioniers has hidden a prefabricated wooden cabin with large windows and tall, curving interiors within a forest glade in the Netherlands. The modular dwelling, named Indigo, was designed for a couple who are leasing the rural site in Barchem and wanted a low-impact home that caters to a sustainable lifestyle. It is the

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Carlo Ratti Associati among winners of global Helsinki Energy Challenge

March 26, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of a floating thermal storage in Helsinki

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati is among four winners of the global Helsinki Energy Challenge, with a proposal to create island-like, floating seawater reservoirs that would store heat to help decarbonise the city’s heating network. The international Helsinki Energy Challenge was launched in 2020 to unearth sustainable alternatives for urban heating networks, using Helsinki as

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Carlo Ratti Associati among winners of global Helsinki Energy Challenge

March 26, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of a floating thermal storage in Helsinki

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati is among four winners of the global Helsinki Energy Challenge, with a proposal to create island-like, floating seawater reservoirs that would store heat to help decarbonise the city’s heating network. The international Helsinki Energy Challenge was launched in 2020 to unearth sustainable alternatives for urban heating networks, using Helsinki as

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Jean Nouvel designs sinuous Shenzhen Opera House for China

March 25, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of a sinuous opera house by Jean Nouvel

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel’s studio has unveiled its proposal for a giant opera house on the waterfront in Shenzhen, China, which will be covered by a curving roofscape. The Shenzhen Opera House is designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel as a 220,000-square-metre cultural landmark for the Shekou Peninsula, a site overlooking Shenzhen Bay. Once complete, it will

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Don’t Move, Improve! 2021 shortlist spotlights London’s best house renovations

March 24, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A garden studio clad in green terrazzo

A minimalist charred-wood extension, a garden studio wrapped in green terrazzo and an origami-inspired annexe are in the running to be crowned London’s best home improvement of 2021. A total of 22 projects have been shortlisted for this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! contest – an annual competition held by New London Architecture (NLA) in celebration

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