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Agrotopia is a giant rooftop greenhouse built atop an existing building

February 4, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Agrotopia greenhouse by Meta Architectuurbureau and Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

Meta Architectuurbureau and Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten have designed Agrotopia, a greenhouse in Belgium that was added to the roof of an agricultural market to create an urban food production centre. Located in the city of Roeselare, Agrotopia is Europe’s largest public building for urban food production and will be used to both farm food

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Powerhouse Company creates serene mass-timber lecture hall for Tilburg University

January 28, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Tilburg University Lecture Hall by Powerhouse Company in The Netherlands

Dutch studio Powerhouse Company has created the Netherlands’ first mass-timber university building — a square lecture hall that references modernist and monastic architecture. The three-storey Tilburg University Lecture Hall, located in Tilburg in southern Holland, has a footprint of just 33 by 33 metres. The square-shaped building was designed with a circular and sustainable approach

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Powerhouse Company creates serene mass-timber lecture hall for Tilburg University

January 28, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Tilburg University Lecture Hall by Powerhouse Company in The Netherlands

Dutch studio Powerhouse Company has created the Netherlands’ first mass-timber university building — a square lecture hall that references modernist and monastic architecture. The three-storey Tilburg University Lecture Hall, located in Tilburg in southern Holland, has a footprint of just 33 by 33 metres. The square-shaped building was designed with a circular and sustainable approach

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Animated ArchiPaper farmhouse gets built in Poland

January 24, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
ArchiPaper farmhouse

BXB Studio has completed a house built of five overlapping barns that was the basis of the dream-like animated short film ArchiPaper. Named Polish Farmhouse, the house is a transformation of a historical homestead that involved redeveloping an old house on the property and reimagining five outbuildings that were demolished. The home drew global attention in

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Milan’s L’Innesto development to provide net-zero social housing

January 18, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Render of public square at L'Innesto development in Milan showing a Circular Economy District sign on a building on the left and mid-rise buildings in the background

Architecture studio Barreca & La Varra has designed a social housing project for Milan called L’Innesto, which will be carbon-neutral and encourage community self-management through shared spaces. L’Innesto Milan is one of the winners of the Reinventing Cities global urban development competition, and Barreca & La Varra is aiming to make it the first zero-carbon

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Google buys Renzo Piano’s Central Saint Giles as London office

January 17, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Central Saint Giles development in London purchased by Google

Search engine company Google has purchased the Renzo Piano-designed Central Saint Giles development in London for £730 million, as it commits to a future of physical office working. The technology giant has agreed to buy Central Saint Giles, where it has rented office space since 2012, from the Legal & General Group and Mitsubishi Estate.

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SOM unveils Shenzhen bank tower enclosed in diagrid

January 6, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
SOM's Rural Commercial Bank headquarters in Shenzhen visible through park treeline

Architecture firm SOM has completed its headquarters for Shenzhen’s Rural Commercial Bank, a steel-wrapped office building with an exterior that resembles an exoskeleton. Located on the edge of a public park in one of Shenzhen’s business districts, the 33-storey, 158-metre-tall tower is distinguished by its external steel diagrid, which is both a structural and solar-shading

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Postmodern architecture celebrated in illustrations by Adam Nathaniel Furman

January 6, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Isle of Dogs Pumping Station illustration by Adam Nathaniel Furman

Designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has created a vividly coloured illustration series called Postmodern Icons, which celebrates buildings such as London’s Isle of Dogs Pumping Station and Chicago’s James R Thompson Center. The series is a personal project that Furman started during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, when he decided to revisit an old hobby of sketching

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Max Lamb crafts minimalist altar for St John Chrysostom Church

January 5, 2022 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
St John Chrysostom church altar and sanctuary floor by Max Lamb

British designer Max Lamb has turned his hand to ecclesiastical objects, creating an altar, candles and floor for a church in London. Lamb produced the pieces for the St John Chrysostom Parish Church in Peckham, south London, which was designed in a modernist style by the architect David Bush and built in 1966. Commissioned as

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Architect Helmut Jahn memorialised in short documentary In a Flash

December 21, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Helmut Jahn from the movie In a Flash

Architectural filmmaker Nathan Eddy explores the life and work of Helmut Jahn in this documentary, which was created after the architect’s death earlier this year. Named Helmut Jahn: In A Flash, the short film is based on an interview Eddy conducted with Jahn in June 2016. Originally filmed for Eddy’s Starship Chicago movie, but never used,

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