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The Lair, by Rick Bzowy, Tazmania

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
The Lair, by Rick Bzowy, Tazmania

If someone said to you "Let's stay at The Lair", you would immediately think of a seedy, dark, urban place full of booze, promises and one-night stands. Surprisingly, this Lair is anything but. Built in an isolated spot on the east coast of Tasmania, surrounded by 40 acres of unspoilt forest — Continue reading

The New Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, by Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue &

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
The New Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, by Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue &

Edinburgh. One can readily imagine, even if they have not yet been there, a historic city full of monumental stone buildings, narrow cobbled streets, myth and stories winking at them at each way they turn their heads to. When one does visit, like I did a week ago, the sense — Continue reading

Event Cafe at Kalavrita, Greece, by Point Supreme Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Event Cafe at Kalavrita, Greece, by Point Supreme Architects

If you asked any Greek citizen that has the slightest bit of relation to architecture and design, if one could find anything interesting to see in Kalavrita, a small picturesque provincial town in Peloponnese, Greece (mostly know for the savage execution of all men by the Nazis in 1943), they would look — Continue reading

Sliding House by dRMM Architects, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Sliding House by dRMM Architects, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Sliding House is a very interesting project by dRMM Architects. A new self-build house with guest annexe and a garage, designed for a rural site in Suffolk, East Anglia – a smallholding formerly characterised by bungalow, outbuildings and caravan arranged casually under a big sky.   The stringent local Planning — Continue reading

NSW Sport & Recreation Centre, Berry, Australia, by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects

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NSW Sport & Recreation Centre, Berry, Australia, by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects

  The NSW Sport and Recreation Centre at Berry in Southern New South Wales, designed by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects, comprises of a collection of institutional buildings which cater to school and community groups, families and the corporate sector. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, a multipurpose — Continue reading

Vitra Haus by Herzog & De Meuron Architects in Weil Am Rhein

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Vitra Haus by Herzog & De Meuron Architects in Weil Am Rhein

In January 2004, Vitra launched its Home Collection, which includes design classics as well as re-editions and products by contemporary designers. As a company whose previous activity was primarily focused on office furnishings and business clients, Vitra created the Home Collection with a new target group in mind: individual customers — Continue reading

Restaurant Tusen, Ramundberget, Sweden by Murman Arkitekter

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Restaurant Tusen, Ramundberget, Sweden by Murman Arkitekter

Murman Arkitekter, on of the leading architecture practices in Sweden, designed this unique restaurant in a ski resort. The restaurant is situated in Ramundberget on a small hill where the tree line meets the mountains. The building finds its place between slow growing birch trees, brooks and rocks. A location — Continue reading

Bodegas Protos winery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Valladolid, Spain

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Bodegas Protos winery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Valladolid, Spain

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was commissioned to design a new winery facility for Bodegas Protos, a long-established firm of wine-growers producing Ribera del Duero wine. The new building, which presents a modern reinterpretation of traditional winery construction, is located at Peñafiel, a small village near Valladolid in Castille, northern — Continue reading

Unilever House by Behnisch Architekten, Hamburg, Germany

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Unilever House by Behnisch Architekten, Hamburg, Germany

Unileverhaus, the new headquarters for the Unilever Germany Company, designed by Behnisch Architekten, is situated in a prominent location in Hamburg’s HafenCity, one of the most dynamic new urban developments in Europe. Directly on the banks of the Elbe River and close to the Elbphilharmonie, the building marks the end — Continue reading

Emergency Terminal, Zagreb, Croatia, by Produkcija 004

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Emergency Terminal, Zagreb, Croatia, by Produkcija 004

This project of Produkcija 004’s architectural team from Zagreb, headed by Davor Katušic, won first prize in the local 2004 public architecture competition. This multi-purpose building at the intersection of Heinzelova and Radnicka Streets easily measures up to the high criteria of contemporary architecture. The institution, approximately 14,000 m2 in — Continue reading

The Met, by WOHA Architects, Bangkok, Thailand

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The Met, by WOHA Architects, Bangkok, Thailand

This high-rise residential project, designed by WOHA architects of Singapore, investigate the opportunities for high-rise living in the tropics. The design won a MIPIM future project award, and is now completed. Rather than adopting models developed in temperate countries, with a strong separation of interior and exterior, this project explores how aspects — Continue reading

The Pearl Academy of Fashion at Jaipur, India by Morphogenesis

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, News + Events + Contests
The Pearl Academy of Fashion at Jaipur, India by Morphogenesis

One of the crucial issues in contemporary India is that rapid development has inadvertently embraced generic modernism and eccentric novelty. The real task that challenges architects today, is to infuse new forms with the legacy of the past and the spirit of place. Jaipur is a melting pot of Rajput, — Continue reading

Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan at Rye, Australia

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Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan at Rye, Australia

This holiday home is situated in sand dunes full of trees, directly behind 16th beach at Rye on the Mornington Peninsula, only two hours from Melbourne. There was in this home to be the sense of arriving at a natural and built environment which was unique and in complete contrast — Continue reading

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich Architects, South Africa

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Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich Architects, South Africa

I am very happy that this particular project won this year's Building of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival. It embodies so many values that big building projects should in the world today: ecology, economy, aesthetics, consideration of the human and the environment together. The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre — Continue reading

Brazilian fun: Havaianas flagship store by Isay Weinfeld, São Paulo, Brazil

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, News + Events + Contests
Brazilian fun: Havaianas flagship store by Isay Weinfeld, São Paulo, Brazil

Havaianas Sandals, created in 1962, drew their inspiration from the “zori”, traditional Japanese slippers made of rice straw. A product of extremely low cost, for many years they were just rubber flip-flops, a long way from the fashion icon they are today. To design a store at one of the — Continue reading

Ningbo Historic Museum By Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio, China

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Ningbo Historic Museum By Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio, China

The Ningbo Historic Museum sit on a massive unpopulated plaza in Yinzhou, a district in the city of Ningbo that has a 5000-year history but looks like it was established last year. The building was designed by Wang Shu, an architect from the Amateur Architecture Studio, a practice that has — Continue reading

Sumika Pavilion at Utsunomiya, Japan, by Toyo Ito

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Sumika Pavilion at Utsunomiya, Japan, by Toyo Ito

Tokyo Gas invited four Japanese architects to design the house of the future. The project, known as Sumika, is produced under the direction of Toyo Ito – one of the four houses is designed by him and will serve as a space for display for the whole project and future — Continue reading

Darwin Centre, London, by C F Møller Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Darwin Centre, London, by C F Møller Architects

C. F. Møller Architects is one of Scandinavia's oldest and largest architectural practices. Our work involves a wide range of expertise that covers programme analysis, town planning, master planning, all architectural services including landscape architecture, as well as the development and design of building components. Their second phase of the — Continue reading

WISA Wooden Design Hotel by Pieta-Linda Auttila, Helsinki, Finland

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WISA Wooden Design Hotel by Pieta-Linda Auttila, Helsinki, Finland

The WISA Wooden Design hotel is an architectural gem of wood situated in the maritime heart of Helsinki. The work was designed by interior architect Pieta-Linda Auttila. She hopes to spark interest in wood and highlight its role in building and design. The purpose of the intensive design session was — Continue reading

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 has been designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of leading Japanese architecture practice SANAA. It is sponsored by NetJets Europe. Describing their structure the architects say: ‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the — Continue reading