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Restio River House, South Africa

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Restio River House, South Africa

Restio River House, South Africa

Restio River House, South Africa

Restio River House, South Africa

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Natural beauty: a Pringle Bay holiday home designed by a local

Cape Town-based architecture practice Saota has used its local knowledge to build a hoilday home that resists extreme weather conditions while taking advantage of the sunlight and the sunsets at Pringle Bay. Nestled in a rocky landscape at the foot of the steeply rising Hangklip mountain and overlooking the South Atlantic ocean, Restio River House had to be robust in its construction, yet comfortable and relaxing within.

Saota director Philip Olmesdahl brought an intimate awareness of the geographic area to the project: ‘We live in Cape Town, where we work, but our “home” is in Pringle Bay,’ he says. Olmesdahl lived on the property for almost ten years before building, so had the opportunity to understand the intricacies of the changes in light across the day and the seasons.
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Constitución Public Library, Chile

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Constitución Public Library, Chile

Constitución Public Library, Chile

Constitución Public Library, Chile

Constitución Public Library, Chile

Constitución Public Library, Chile

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Sebastian Irarrazaval completes the new public library of Constitucion

Avaged by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in 2010, the small coastal town of Constitucion, Chile, has been steadily rebuilding, featuring the recently finished public library of Constitucion by local architect SebastianIrarrazaval. The library is located along one of the edges of the central square, a site that holds civic and cultural importance to the town and elicits an opportunity to rethink a structure’s relationship to the public realm.
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The White Walls, Cyprus

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The White Walls, Cyprus

The White Walls, Cyprus

The White Walls, Cyprus

The White Walls, Cyprus

The White Walls, Cyprus

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Message on the Walls: Jean Nouvel Completes Pixelated Tower in Nicosia, Cyprus

The Cypriot capital of Nicosia made some serious waves in the architecture world a few years ago, when Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition for the redesign of the city’s main square. Essentially a bridge spanning Nicosia’s Venetian moat, the square will be transformed into a curvaceous, brilliant-white platform that will connect the within-the-walls old city with the contemporary city centre beyond. Standing on the contemporary side of this division is another, recently completed landmark that glows in the strong Mediterranean sun: The White Walls, a mixed-use white-concrete tower designed by French Pritzker award-winning architect, Jean Nouvel, and constructed by Nice Day Developments – a construction company founded in 1996 by businessman and famous art collector Dakis Joannou and his son Christos Joannou.
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Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel, Norway

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Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel

Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel

Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel

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Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel by Various Architects opens to the public in Norway

With the increasing popularity of cycling in the city, Norway has set ambition goals to create an environmental and sustainable future: today, a number of railway stations will have a bicycle hotel to promote that particular mode of transportation. One great example is the Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel, completed by Norwegian studio Various Architects, and which first opened in October 2016. Various Architects, in collaboration with ROM Eiendom AS and the Norwegian National Railways, hopes to make a positive contribution to the surroundings with this project. Indeed, the Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel gives back the space it has occupied by providing a public rooftop which directly connects to the main train station square.
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Dig for victory

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Dig for victory

Dig for victory

Dig for victory

Dig for victory

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A former military bunker on a remote Swedish peninsula is commandeered as a superior subterranean summerhouse

One sunny summer’s day three years ago, a small delegation of people stepped out of a run-down military Jeep onto an overgrown field on the Bungenäs peninsula on the Swedish island of Gotland, taking the concept of purchasing property sight unseen to a whole new level. There, equipped with a torn, faded piece of paper – a formerly classified architectural plan of the subterranean bunker that lay underneath their feet – architect Erik Gardell shared his vision for the plot of land.
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BSL 2, Mississippi

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BSL 2, Mississippi

BSL 2, Mississippi

BSL 2, Mississippi

BSL 2, Mississippi

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The BSL 2 House is a Gulf-side 2nd home in the historically designated area of Bay St. Louis. It is not only the client’s second home but it is the second design and second site for the house. The simple goals for the home are to create a small interior 3 bedroom 2 bath house, efficient in space and low on maintenance while maximizing the exterior spaces. The more complicated goals include designing a house that can be open when occupied and closed when not as it is 300’ from the Gulf of Mexico and must be secure from storms. For anyone who lives in hurricane prone areas, “boarding up the house” is an important part of storm preparation as it not only protects the home but also the neighbor’s. The clients, who live just far enough away and along the major evacuation routes to make “boarding up” even more difficult than it already is, requested that the house could be boarded up as part of the design. They did not want the off-the-shelf hurricane shutters, they wanted large pieces of glass, and they wanted the house to look inviting even when it was closed for a storm or when the owners were away. Couple these goals with the historic district requirements and the design challenge is set.
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Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

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Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

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Architecture firm DKO teamed up with property developer Milieu to create a series of townhouses in Melbourne’s Preston with the aim of creating boutique architecturally designed homes for the growing suburb.

The newest collection of townhouses on Albert Street in Melbourne’s Preston was designed with the intent to build on the suburb’s status as a flourishing hub coming into its own within the city. Seeking the opportunity to add something inherently ‘Melbourne’ to the suburb’s streetscape, boutique property developer Milieu worked in collaboration with DKO Architecture and DKO’s development sister, Open Field to turn their vision into a reality.
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Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

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Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

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The former boxer on why buildings must grow with age and how he designed his own house in Osaka

Through a slit in the façade you enter a private world, one of soft wood and cast concrete, where the confounding angles of the stairwell lead to rooms of pure symmetry, filled with natural light and the gentle swaying of a camphor tree.

Tadao Ando’s house could not be more Tadao Ando. It is quite a relief. Japan’s most fabled architect, a designer of stark and spiritual buildings, would appear to live his work, the man and his creations one and the same.

Yet a ticklish question does arise. This should be Ando’s residence. But there is no bedroom. Or food in the kitchen. And a couple of years ago he told Japanese TV that he lives in a normal apartment. This is Tadao Ando’s house, but is it his home?
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Plugin Tower, China

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Plugin Tower, China

Plugin Tower, China

Plugin Tower, China

Plugin Tower, China

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PAO’s prefabricated plugin tower reconsiders residential living in China

People’s Architecture Office has designed a temporary, prefabricated structure that addresses the future of residential living in China. Installed at the Shenzhen headquarters of real estate developer Vanke, the ‘Plugin Tower’ addresses the insecurity of private home ownership in a country where land is held exclusively by the government, and the construction of private homes is reserved for the wealthy. Commissioned by Vanke, People’s Architecture Office has designed the structure to stand without the need for foundations, circumventing the strict planning approval required for permanent buildings. The flexible and adaptable design also excludes the risk of losing one’s property, as residents can pack up their home and bring it with them if they are forced to relocate.

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Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

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Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

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Artelabo connects French villa with an intricate pergola of flowers + birds

Artelabo Architecture has completed its construction of ‘Villa Tempérée’, a brilliant white home in a small village near Lodève, north of Montpellier, France. The site of the house is located on a sloping topography, a series of stepped platforms supported by stone walls provides the build with generous views of the expansive wooded landscape. Flat roofed and elongated, the horizontal silhouette of the house highlights the shape of the surrounding hills and achieves a balance both within its own program and in relation to its sloped environment. To integrate the house into the existing geography, Artelabo simply rebuilt and extended the dry stone wall below to meet the site material.
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