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‘Three shades of pink’: The Plaza Hutchison lobby in Montreal by Ivy Studio Inc
Given the close proximity of Plaza Hutchison to the University of Quebec, the apartments within the building are generally smaller studios rented to students. With this in mind, the design approach for the lobby strayed far from the usual. “Rather than a simple open waiting area, [the lobby has become] an extension of the residents’ […]
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December 17, 2021
Emerald city: Old champagne bottles form the facade of Bulgari Shanghai
The opening of the Bulgari flagship in Shanghai represents the third facade designed by MVRDV in the ongoing partnership between the Dutch architects and the luxury Italian jewellery brand. As with the other store designs, the Shanghai project makes use of a visual motif inspired by the portals and cornices of Bulgari’s earliest boutique (on […]
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December 17, 2021
Wine time: Clos Pachem Winery in Spain by Harquitectes
Located in the heart of the historic Gratallops village, in the Priorat region of Spain, the site of the winery traces the form of an L-shaped polygon. It’s hugged closely on its sides by narrow laneways and traditional row houses. And overlooked by the nearby church, which is by far the town’s most dominant structure. […]
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December 17, 2021
Home tour: A lush oasis rests at the heart of Casa Houlpoch in Mexico
Chukum is a gently textured finish named after its main ingredient (resin from chukum trees that are endemic to the Yucatan region of Mexico), which is mixed with limestone to create a type of stucco. At Casa Houlpoch, this finish dominates the exterior, particularly around the pool and on the facades of the two dwellings. […]
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December 10, 2021
First look: Borough Yards in London prepares to welcome visitors
Tracing the path of a long-forgotten medieval-era street pattern, the Borough Yards project connects Borough Market to Clink Street and the River Thames. Along the route, a series of out-of-service warehouses, brick-lined archways and viaducts have been transformed into new and useable spaces. Developed by investment firm MARK and designed by London-based studio SPPARC, the […]
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December 10, 2021
Gallery of light: Filux Lab in Yucatán celebrates illuminating artists
Four years later, after the Festival of Lights had grown and evolved, it inspired the opening of Filux Lab in 2019. Situated in the city of Mérida, Yucatán, the lab inhabits a sensitively renovated colonial-style house that now acts as a versatile creative space, functioning most significantly as a gallery, as well as a workshop […]
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December 9, 2021
Rock music: Inside the Chapel of Sound by OPEN Architecture
On a clear day, sunshine catches the jagged surfaces of the chapel and fills its cavernous interior with light. The large opening at the top of the structure, together with the openings cut into its walls, frame stunning views of the sky and surrounding valley, and the captivating sounds of nature are invited to enter […]
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December 3, 2021
‘Urban lighthouse’: The kaleidoscopic MPavilion 2021 opens in Melbourne
“Delivering The Lightcatcher under such challenging global circumstances is a testament to both the remarkable minds behind the design and the teams who realised its construction,” Naomi says of the shared achievement MPavilion 2021 represents. “[This year’s] inspirational pavilion is poised to reinvigorate our city as it plays host for the summer to the energy […]
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December 2, 2021
AstraZeneca global R&D facility in Cambridge by Herzog & de Meuron
Located in the wider precinct known as the Cambridge Southern Fringe Area, the CBC is described by the architects as a “future-leading centre for biomedical research and development”. It’s a place where institutions and companies from the education, health care, science and research sectors converge. Positioned in the middle of the campus, The DISC reflects […]
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December 2, 2021
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Pascoe Vale Primary School in Melbourne by Kosloff Architecture
Led by co-founders Julian Kosloff and Stephanie Bullock, the Kosloff Architecture team responded to the brief by creating a generous annexe with a gently curved facade, largely realised in traditional red brick to mirror that of the original structure. Panels of perforated brick detailing adorn its exterior, continuing the framework established by the street-facing windows […]
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November 26, 2021