Architectural projects funded by the Secretaria de Turismo del Estado de Jalisco in Mexico for the Virgin of the Rosary Pilgrimage Route include shelters designed by Luis Aldrete in Estanzuela and Atenguillo which are based on the principles of standardisation but differ according to their location and fit naturally into their surroundings thanks to the clay colour of the prefabricated blocks.
To design the Museum of Handcraft Paper, a building preserving the memories of the artisan community in the village of Xinzhuang in southwest China, architect Hua Li of Trace Architecture Office (TAO) studied not only local building techniques but the traditional way of working with paper, and used both in a work symbolising the culture it showcases.
In Pilar, in the province of Buenos Aires, the architects of Film-Obrasdearquitectura have built a holiday home based on the concept of truth in materials, using materials with rough finishes to reveal their true essence. The project pays homage to brick and its expressive power in relation to landscape.
Local history and use of materials go together in Paolo Zermani’s design. In the crematorium in Parma, the architect draws on the local tradition of bare brick walls and takes his inspiration from the Greco-Roman basilica layout to underline the solemnity of the ritual that takes place in the building.
By combining “canonic” materials such as brick and glass with straw, architect Arjen Reas meets the needs of sustainability while permitting interaction between the environment and the landscape, between the private and the public. His plan for a home in Zoermeer (the Netherlands) is a work of contemporary form and content.
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