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The Brunnsparken ‘party memorial’ in Gothenburg by Bornstein Lyckefors
The teams were asked to present their “utopian visions” through the traditional means of a plan drawing, a model, a manifesto and inspirational objects. Offering a material manifestation that recalls something we all long for after the pandemic – the public party – the proposal by Sweden-based architects Bornstein Lyckefors is described as a “party memorial”.  […]
Architecture
August 19, 2021
Aranya Art Centre in the northeast of China by Neri&Hu
Drawing inspiration from the nearby seasonal ocean waters (described by the architects as “azure and calm in the summers, splintered ice though winter”) the design of the Aranya Art Centre attempts to encapsulate the wonder of water at its core. The scheme maximises its outer footprint but carves out a pure conical geometry at the […]
Architecture
August 4, 2021
The Arc at Green School in Bali by IBUKU
The Arc required many months of research and development and fine-tuning of tailor-made details. It employs one of nature’s greatest strategies for creating large spaces with minimal structure. “The Arc operates like the ribs of a mammal’s chest, stabilised by tensile membranes analogous to tendons and muscles between ribs,” explains Jörg Stamm, design conceptor at […]
Architecture
July 23, 2021
Ngói Space in northern Vietnam by H&P Architects
Situated prominently on a corner site, the Ngói building features a striking cellular brise-soleil composed of reclaimed terracotta roof tiles. The classic reddish-coloured tiles are stacked vertically against the five-storey facade, in three typical formations, and perform the vital tasks of filtering the hot sun, offering shade and inviting cross-breezes to keep the interiors cool.  […]
Architecture
July 22, 2021
MAD Architects unveils designs for the Aranya Cloud Centre in China
Headquartered in Beijing, MAD Architects has released preliminary illustrations of the Jiaxing Civic Centre in China. The development signals MAD's latest significant public project in the city, after the firm's plans for the Jiaxing Train Station were unveiled in early 2021. Shown to enjoy elegant river views amid forest-lined parklands, the centre is to be situated along Jiaxing’s central axis; a prominent position adjacent to South Lake and Central Park.
Architecture
July 13, 2021
‘Jewel-like beacon’: The Suzhou Chapel in eastern China by Neri&Hu
Laid with reclaimed bricks from the region, the walls that surround the chapel are of varying heights, intersecting at times to “create a choreographed landscape journey leading into the building itself,” the architects say. Above the brick walls rises the centrepiece of the chapel – the imposing cube of the main hall – which comprises a white-plastered […]
Architecture
July 8, 2021
Foster + Partners transforms a majestic theatre into LA’s newest Apple store
After its shuttering in 1988, the majestic space remained mostly out of service – only coming to life briefly as a place to shop or worship. But its legacy of nurturing technological innovation has resumed some 90-plus years later. The opulent venue has been reborn as Greater Los Angeles’ 26th Apple store; a fitting tenant whose […]
Architecture
June 29, 2021
ANOHA museum: 150 animals made from recycled materials inhabit a ‘spaceship’ by Olson Kundig
The circular structure is inspired by the more than 4000-year-old Mesopotamian story of the ark. But the architects at Olson Kundig say that it resembles a “spaceship”, too. Visitors to ANOHA Children’s World are invited to step onboard the craft and unleash their imaginations, fuelled by the Jewish concept of tikkun olam which calls on […]
Architecture
June 25, 2021
Sou Fujimoto Architects reveals designs for a ‘floating’ tower in Shenzhen
As shown in preliminary illustrations of the structure, the Sou Fujimoto team investigated how the ‘tower’ typology could be reimagined in the 21st century, informed by the success of well-established, more traditional landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  ‘Floating’ tower in Shenzhen by Sou Fujimoto Architects The resulting design sees 99 towers ‘floating’ with limited […]
Architecture
June 25, 2021
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An ancient relic lies at the heart of China’s Fuzhou Teahouse by Neri&Hu
Procured by the client, the Chinese artefact in question is the timber residence of a high-ranking Qing dynasty official, replete with ornamental carvings and intricate joinery. Relocated from the province of Anhui, about ten hours drive north of its new home in Fuzhou, the Hui-style structure is now enshrined as an inhabitable centrepiece; a fascinating […]
Architecture
June 17, 2021