From the world’s best buildings to recipients of prestigious industry awards.
Home tour: New meets old at the hands of Channon Architects and Burton Architects
3 House by Channon Architects and Burton Architects explores the pragmatic versatility of masonry in medium density housing on small lots. Comprising an office, a granny flat and a family home, the project focusses on an adaptive plan, where the functions of its self-contained spaces can change when needed. Located on a corner block in New Farm, Brisbane, the site was already occupied by a four-room workers’ cottage. The reimagined cottage was the first dwelling to be developed, becoming an office with a granny flat and car park tucked underneath, followed by a separate 3-bedroom house with two-car garage constructed at the rear.
May 13, 2021
Home tour: The undulating Fold House in Canada by Partisans
When fire destroyed the original guest house of a Georgian Revival manor in Southern Ontario, Canada, the owners of the property approached Toronto-based architecture studio Partisans to replace the structure with something far more adventurous. “Our clients had to run out and literally watched the cottage burn down,” Partisans’ co-founder Alex Josephson said at the time. “They were inspired to replace it with an innovative work of architecture that would be a nature-orientated escape to share with immediate family and friends.”
May 4, 2021
‘Cabins on the Mountain’ in Cuba by Veliz Arquitecto
Havana-based designer Jorge Luis Veliz Quintana of creative studio Veliz Arquitecto has envisaged an imaginative refuge in the rugged mountains of Cuba. Boasting breathtaking views across the digitally replicated landscape, the ‘Cabins on the Mountain’ are designed to be camouflaged among the age-old boulders and towering trees.
April 22, 2021
Home tour: Stewart House by Chenchow Little Architects
The Stewart House is located in Palm Beach on a ridge overlooking the McKay Reserve, a gully which is significant for its Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) of the Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest. This places the site within a bushfire ‘Flame Zone’, and its designs and materials were oriented towards meeting stringent requirements of the bushfire code. In addition, there was much consideration for the environment in its construction.
April 21, 2021
Iturbide Studio in Mexico City by Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha
Located in the Barrio del Niño Jesús, a neighbourhood of Mexico City, the Iturbide Studio is just a few steps away from owner Graciela Iturbide's private residence. A celebrated Mexican photographer, Graciela had only one condition when she asked her architect son Mauricio Rocha of local firm Taller de Arquitectura to design the studio: it simply had to be built from bricks.
April 9, 2021
Círculo Mexicano hotel in Mexico City by Ambrosi Etchegaray
While many visitors flock to Mexico’s coastline for a relaxing spell of surf, sand and sunshine, Mexico City attracts its fair share of tourism thanks to the region’s burgeoning design and architecture scene, bolstered by the city’s annual design week. One of the hottest hotels to call the city home – the Círculo Mexicano – is located in the downtown district, where design studio Ambrosi Etchegaray balanced a contemporary aesthetic with original architectural charms.
April 8, 2021
Maya Somaiya Library in India by Sameep Padora & Associates
Positioned on a narrow thoroughfare site between existing education buildings and a nearby boundary-line, the library for a small school in central western India saw its designers, Mumbai-based firm Sameep Padora and Associates, cast their net globally upon receiving the commission. Roman-inspired Catalan roof vaulting, a reinforcement technique developed in Uruguay, Swiss software and locally made brick tiles were all used to create the striking building, which went on to win a Brick Award in late 2020 for ‘Building Outside the Box’.
April 8, 2021
Ateliers Jean Nouvel wins competition to build opera house in Shenzhen
Paris-based architecture studio Ateliers Jean Nouvel has been announced as the winner of an international competition to build a new opera house in Shenzhen, China. Titled ‘Light of the Sea’ for the washes of light to be emitted from the building's curvaceous shell and its proximity to the South China Sea, the winning design will become the sparkling diamond in a revived promenade precinct that stretches along the city's shoreline.
March 31, 2021
Neri&Hu designs ‘fortress-like’ HQ for elevator giant Schindler
Situated in the developing industrial area of Jiading, just beyond Shanghai’s city centre, China-based architecture firm Neri&Hu has envisioned a 32,400-square-metre headquarters for Swiss elevator manufacturer Schindler. Led by practice co-founders Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, the project encompasses a showroom, offices, factories, warehouses and “fortress-like” research facility. Defined by an armour of light grey bricks, glass-clad boxes and an immense open garden plaza, the precinct signals a new chapter in the company’s corporate masterplan.
March 29, 2021
‘Never predictable’: The Royal Museum of Fine Arts by KAAN Architecten
After winning an international competition in 2003, Netherlands-based architecture office KAAN Architecten has worked intensively on the 100 million euro masterplan, renovation and extension of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. The glorious 19th-century museum – also known as KMSKA – is one of the last examples of bold neoclassical architecture in the Belgian city, housing a vibrant collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture that spans seven centuries of art: from Flemish primitives to expressionists.
March 26, 2021