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Villa Timmerman by Andreas Lyckefors and Josefine Wikholm

20-01-2022 - Materials

Villa Timmerman by Andreas Lyckefors and Josefine Wikholm

Villa Timmerman in Göteborg, Sweden is not just a semi-detached house but a manifesto of a married couple of architects, Andreas Lyckefors and Josefine Wikholm. The pair have designed a house that can easily be adapted in response to new requirements, made of prefabricated timber elements.

Creative recycling: MVRDV’s Bulgari flagship store in Shanghai

05-01-2022 - Materials

Creative recycling: MVRDV’s Bulgari flagship store in Shanghai

Rotterdam architectural studio MVRDV has completed the Bulgari flagship store in Shanghai, a new boutique showcasing the circular economy with a green, jade-like façade made from brass and recycled glass bottles, referencing the original Bulgari boutique in Rome and Shanghai’s Art Deco architecture.

UDG builds a chapel in Sanya celebrating the natural landscape

23-12-2021 - Materials

UDG builds a chapel in Sanya celebrating the natural landscape

Dysis Chapel of Poly Shallow Sea, by Shanghai United Design Group Co., Ltd., known as UDG, faces Yazhou Bay, south of Hainan, opening onto the South China Sea and embracing the magic of its sunsets. The architecture of the classic symmetrical construction based on the triangle and the circle offers moments of great spirituality in connection with the natural beauty of the site.

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From steel mill to photographer’s studio, by TRI-ORANGE DESIGN

02-12-2021 - Materials

From steel mill to photographer’s studio, by TRI-ORANGE DESIGN

In Hangzhou’s Binjiang district, Chinese architectural practice TRI-ORANGE DESIGN converted an old stainless steel factory into Moments Photography Base, concerned with the production of images for web customers. The industrial building with its patina formed by the passage of time allowed the architects to create a truly fascinating place.

Wutopia Lab and The Shrine of Everyman

25-11-2021 - Materials

Wutopia Lab and The Shrine of Everyman

The Chinese Wutopia Lab architectural firm has transformed an abandoned rural building into an attraction, in other words a rest stop for visitors to the Qian Shao Farm. A project inspired by an idea deeply rooted in Chinese culture, that of the sacredness of everyday life.

JGMA and the SOS Children's Villages Illinois’s Roosevelt Square Community Center

22-11-2021 - Materials

JGMA and the SOS Children's Villages Illinois’s Roosevelt Square Community Center

The American architecture firm JGMA has designed the Roosevelt Square Community Center of the SOS Children's Villages Illinois organisation. A new cross-laminated timber (CLT) volume that houses both the offices of the SOS Children's Villages Illinois and the community centre with a kitchen space. A place as a physical manifestation of the forward-looking nature of the organisation that looks after children and families.

blocher partners designs an expansion for Bründl in Kaprun

19-11-2021 - Materials

blocher partners designs an expansion for Bründl in Kaprun

The architects of German studio blocher partners have designed an expansion for the headquarters of prominent Austrian sporting goods retailer Bründl. Their spectacular expansion of the company’s headquarters in Kaprun, awarded the Grand Austrian State Prize for Architecture, represents an optimal combination of innovation and sustainability.

Kastelaz Hof designed by Peter Pichler Architecture

04-11-2021 - Materials

Kastelaz Hof designed by Peter Pichler Architecture

The Peter Pichler Architecture studio has designed a residence which has been conceived and lives in deep symbiosis with its site. Kastelaz Hof is a contemporary solution inserted in a natural context of great value, in the charming town of Termeno in South Tyrol, from which the forms and materiality of the residence take inspiration.

Maison Fibre at the 2021 Architecture Biennale

29-10-2021 - Materials

Maison Fibre at the 2021 Architecture Biennale

We are entering the last weeks of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Among the many and diverse exhibitions inside the Arsenale building, we were struck by Maison Fibre, a unique display that explores an alternative approach to the design and construction of buildings where to live and work in the future, all starting from a new type of material culture.

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