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Al Borde integrates nature into Casa Jardin in northern Ecuador

September 23, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Casa Jardin by Al Borde

Rammed earth walls and a glass outhouse feature in this rural Ecuadorian house by architectural studio Al Borde that is meant to challenge standards of comfort. The Casa Jardin, or Garden House, is located in Conocoto, a rural area south of Ecuador’s capital Quito. It was designed for a client, José, who studied ecology and

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Martin Neruda incorporates “secret garden” at the heart of House in Lanškroun

September 23, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0

Architect Martin Neruda has completed a single-storey house in the Czech town of Lanškroun featuring translucent polycarbonate walls that conceal living spaces arranged around a secluded garden. The property is located in a residential area of Lanškroun and was designed by Neruda to occupy the site of a demolished two-storey terraced house. The brief for

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MVRDV slots red-walled courtyard into irregularly shaped French housing

September 23, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The white exterior of Ilot Queyries

Architecture studio MVRDV has completed the Ilot Queyries housing development in Bordeaux, France, which folds around a large red courtyard. Located to the east of the River Garonne, Ilot Queyries comprises a mix of social and private housing alongside commercial units and a rooftop restaurant. It was designed by MVRDV with local architects Flint with a

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Casas Boulevard / Paralelo Colectivo

September 22, 2021 Pilar Caballero 0

This project consisted of the development of a set of four apartments grouped together on a plot located on the edge of the historic center of the city of La Plata. The small piece of land measuring 8 meters wide by 17 meters deep, required a very synthetic and orderly approach to be able to meet the surface requirement of the client without losing a good spatiality and fluid continuity of the space, as well as natural lighting.

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MOTTAGI 99 Building / AGIT STUDIO

September 22, 2021 Hana Abdel 0

Located in a residential area in downtown Seoul with physical regulations that create fundamental environmental constraints, project ‘MOTTAGI 99’ (The word ‘mottagi’ means cutting off a corner: chamfering) blurs the many rigid boundaries of the surrounding area. It leaves a new gap in the standardized urban landscape. This project started with a question about the typology of urban housing, which has become the result of a combination of urban regulation and individual profit desires against it. ‘MOTTAGI 99’ is a five-story multi-family housing for five families and with retail on the first floor.

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Earth-toned concrete covers Casa Calafia in Mexico by RED Arquitectos

September 20, 2021 James Brillon 0
Casa Calafia in Mexico by Red Arquitectos

Named after a mythical warrior queen, this house by RED Arquitectos features arched doorways and windows that overlook the Pacific Ocean from Mexico’s Baja peninsula. The 200-square-metre house is located in Todos Santos, a town sat roughly midway between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur – known for its beaches and

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Nielsen Jenkins creates backyard extension for K&T’s Place in Brisbane

September 19, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
K&T's place by Nielsen Jenkins

Australian studio Nielsen Jenkins has used raw timber and concrete blocks to extend a home belonging to an artist and art gallery director. The project, called K&T’s Place, involved the renovation and expansion of a modest “Queenslander” cottage in the Brisbane suburb of West End, which is undergoing significant redevelopment. The goal was to provide

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TYPE transforms stone barn into home in the English countryside

September 19, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Devon barn conversion

Architecture studio TYPE has converted the dilapidated Redhill Barn in Devon, England, into a house that retains its 200-year-old stone walls. London-based TYPE oversaw the conversion of Redhill Barn, which occupies a secluded spot within a 25-acre site that was previously part of a large farming estate, as part of a wider project to turn the agricultural

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Point Supreme uses raw concrete to enhance “magical cave-like” feel of Athens apartment

September 19, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Cave basement apartment by Point Supreme

Greek architecture firm Point Supreme has transformed a semi-basement storage space in Athens into a small one-bedroom home. The apartment is located at the base of a typical Athenian polykatoikia – a concrete residential block with tiered balconies – in the suburban neighbourhood of Ilioupoli. Daylight only penetrates into the sunken, 56-square-metre space from above

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