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Modern Mews, London

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Modern Mews, London

Modern Mews, London

Modern Mews, London

Modern Mews, London

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Coffey Architects references Japanese tea houses in renovated London mews home

Coffey Architects has used traditional Japanese design techniques to make the most of space and light in this renovation of a three-metre-wide London mews house – which is in the running for the RIBA’s House of the Year prize.

The narrow house contained just under 100 square metres of floor space, spread out over four storeys. Additionally, the only windows were at the front of the property.

To overcome these constraints and create a light-filled family home, London-based Coffey Architects experimented with a number of techniques that are commonly used in Japanese houses and tea rooms.
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House in Perbes, Spain

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House in Perbes, Spain

House in Perbes, Spain

House in Perbes, Spain

House in Perbes, Spain

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Grooved Concept: House in Perbes by Carlos Quintáns

With its large openings, pool terrace and pine trees framing the picturesque bay beyond, this stunning coastal house in Spain channels the spirit of the Mediterranean Riviera quite beautifully. But don’t be fooled: the house is in fact near the town of Perbes, in the northwest corner of the country, overlooking the much cooler Atlantic Ocean.

Built for a family of four, the house turns its back to the street and is covered with wavy sheets of zinc, creating a neutral and fort-like impression to passers-by. Its other side is much more open, allowing the spectacular views from the bay to enter the living spaces. 40 percent of the house was built underground in order to prevent heat loss, while granite was used for the walls, which at points are as thick as 40 cm, for the same, energy-saving reasons. Repetitive linear elements such as vertical windows and louvres establish a rhythm that is artfully followed elsewhere in the house’s design.
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Confederação Nacional de Municípios, Brasília

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Confederação Nacional de Municípios, Brasília

Confederação Nacional de Municípios, Brasília

Confederação Nacional de Municípios, Brasília

Confederação Nacional de Municípios, Brasília

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Mira Arquitetos houses CNM headquarters in a floating volume of glass + steel

Architecture office Mira Arquitetos has shared its winning design for the new headquarters of the Confederação Nacional de Municípios (National Confederation of Municipalities)(CNM) in Brasília. The Brazilian studio has framed the offices in a white metallic volume that floats gently on a concrete base.

Placing prominence on the functional roles of each level of the building, Mira Arquitetos has arranged the CNM headquarters according to its many and varied programs. The studio wanted the organization of the ground floor to strengthen its function as the main point of convergence — acting as the anchor to a clear and rational structural system that would not only guarantee speed and economy in construction, but would set the standards for the complex as a whole and prove itself as a sustainable building.
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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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