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BIG wins competition for the new Vltava Philharmonic Hall Prague

23-05-2022

BIG wins competition for the new Vltava Philharmonic Hall Prague

Architecture firm BIG has won the international design competition for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall in Prague. The new philharmonic will be built along the Vltava and will accommodate more than 1,800 spectators, thus becoming an important link between the cultural scene of the old city and the contemporary city

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners – repositioning of the 1271 Avenue of the Americas tower

19-05-2022

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners – repositioning of the 1271 Avenue of the Americas tower

The new high-performance curtain wall of the 1271 Avenue of the Americas tower in New York has made it possible to preserve the image of the original building, built in the 1960s, but with significant energy savings. The repositioning project, created by the Pei Cobb Freed & Partners studio, received the Best Tall Building 2022 Award of Excellence in the Renovation category, awarded by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Architecture and materials

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Ahad Haam Tower in Haifa, a vertical district

23-05-2022

Ahad Haam Tower in Haifa, a vertical district

The Ahad Haam Tower is a modern 24-floor skyscraper in Haifa, lsrael’s third largest city. The design is the result of a partnership between Bar Orian Architects and Haifa-based firm Schwartz Besnosoff Architects inspired by the principles of the “Garden City” underpinning the neighbourhood itself, while incorporating a pre-existing building

Tropical Space and the Cuckoo House

20-05-2022

Tropical Space and the Cuckoo House

The Vietnamese architectural firm Tropical Space has designed The Cuckoo House in Da Nang, in Vietnam. A combination of a café on the ground floor and a family home on the upper floors, all created using natural materials, for a lively yet serene atmosphere.

Playful and sustainable, Patch City by ROOI Design and Research

19-05-2022

Playful and sustainable, Patch City by ROOI Design and Research

The Chinese ROOI Design and Research studio has designed recyclable multifunctional modules to create temporary settings. Between the Patch-City Pavilion and the Patch-City Café, these modules, conceived as "toy building blocks", allow for a free and flexible combination and can be recycled into furniture after use for the installation.

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Bifurcations: Choose the essential. The new Saint-Etienne Design Biennial

23-05-2022

Bifurcations: Choose the essential. The new Saint-Etienne Design Biennial

One of France's most important cultural events, the Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial has finally resumed its activities after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

THE ARCHITECTS SERIES

The Architects Series – A Documentary on: UNSTUDIO

The Architects Series – A Documentary on: UNSTUDIO

The next episode of The Architects Series will be presented in London on Thursday 19th May at 7pm.

PROJECTS

Esté architekti: Interiors of an attic duplex in Prague

20-05-2022

Projects

Esté architekti: Interiors of an attic duplex in Prague

Colour becomes a door to another world, expanding the confines of a little apartment in Letnà, Prague.

The beauty of Marmi Maximum in home design trends for 2022

10-05-2022

Inspiring Spaces

The beauty of Marmi Maximum in home design trends for 2022

Personalising the home with traditional materials, handcrafted items and natural forms is the key to the design trends of spring 2022.

Büro B Architekten: kindergarten in Rain school campus, Ittigen

11-05-2022

Projects

Büro B Architekten: kindergarten in Rain school campus, Ittigen

Büro B designed Rain, a new kindergarten in Ittigen, north of Berne, as part of the “Green Belt” system.

van Bergen Kolpa + META: Agrotopia urban horticulture research centre

06-05-2022

Projects

van Bergen Kolpa + META: Agrotopia urban horticulture research centre

A group of experts in food architecture, greenhouses, urban horticulture and energy reclamation built Agrotopia, a big urban horticulture research centre in Roeselare, Belgium which is open to the public for tours and educational programmes.

SapienStone: superior quality full-body kitchen countertops

02-05-2022

Inspiring Spaces

SapienStone: superior quality full-body kitchen countertops

The best ceramic slabs offer particularly advanced technological performance based on use of natural raw materials and processes.

Espinosa and Villalba: a home for “rur-urban” life in Cercedilla

04-05-2022

Projects

Espinosa and Villalba: a home for “rur-urban” life in Cercedilla

Enrique Espinosa and Lys Villalba are working together on a house inspired by the theme of migration between city and country in Spain.

SapienStone: superior quality full-body kitchen countertops

02-05-2022

Inspiring Spaces

SapienStone: superior quality full-body kitchen countertops

The best ceramic slabs offer particularly advanced technological performance based on use of natural raw materials and processes.

Espinosa and Villalba: a home for “rur-urban” life in Cercedilla

04-05-2022

Projects

Espinosa and Villalba: a home for “rur-urban” life in Cercedilla

Enrique Espinosa and Lys Villalba are working together on a house inspired by the theme of migration between city and country in Spain.

The exclusive elegance of Ariostea’s new Ultra Pietre

19-04-2022

Inspiring Spaces

The exclusive elegance of Ariostea’s new Ultra Pietre

In the evolution of interior furnishings and covering materials, stone maintains all its expressive power and continues to convey its traditional image of strength, compactness and unrivalled beauty.

Biographies

Architect

Richard Meier

One of the leading figures in the world of contemporary architecture, Richard Alan Meier (1934) graduated from the University of Ithaca in 1957. He continued his training until 1963, working at important companies and firms in New York, including Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Marcel Breuer. The architect opened his own firm in New York in 1963 and his Pasadena office in 1986. Today Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP has branches in New York and Los ....

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Architect

Carlos Castanheira

Born in Lisbon, Carlos Castanheira (1957) is part of a generation of Portuguese architects considered the professional progeny of Alvaro Siza, with whom Castanheira worked for fourteen years and with whom he has collaborated on several occasions, including in recent years. Graduating in architecture from the School of Fine Arts, Porto (1981), Castanheira lived in Amsterdam for almost the whole of the Eighties. He launched his professional career whilst continuing to study at the ....

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Architect

Odile Decq & Benoit Cornette

Odile Decq & Benoit Cornette   French architect and town planner, Odile Decq (1955) is internationally acclaimed for numerous eclectic projects carried out with Benoît Cornette (1953-1998), until his tragic death in a car accident, which also involved Decq. Born in Laval, Odile Decq studied architecture at the University of Rennes and completed her studies at the University of Paris VI in 1978, followed by a post-graduate course in urban ....

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