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Ignatov Architects: new offices constructed on the historical building

28-08-2013

Ignatov Architects: new offices constructed on the historical building

The historical, heritage protected architecture of a warehouse in the centre of Varna, Bulgaria, has driven Ignatov Architects to design a new structure that blends in with the existing building. The architects constructed the top floor offices, setting up an interesting dialogue between the ruins and the new building. The project materials – old stone, glass and aluminium – create strong visual contrasts in the city’s new landmark.

JKMM Architects: municipal library in Seinäjoki, Finland

21-08-2013

JKMM Architects: municipal library in Seinäjoki, Finland

Within the context of the Seinäjoki civic centre, designed by Alvar Aalto, JKMM Architects conceived the new library, integrating the functions of the great Finnish architect’s work. The new building – composed of three connecting volumes – is simple and adopts a contemporary approach, and sustainability is also considered in the materials selected.

Mehdizadeh: architecture with recycled cladding in Mahallat

31-07-2013

Mehdizadeh: architecture with recycled cladding in Mahallat

Ramin Mehdizadeh in Mahallat is an example of a housing complex and shopping centre in which contemporary architecture is rooted in local tradition. Inspired by the presence of stone quarries in the area, the project uses scrap stone from quarry processes as a cladding material: a sustainable, money-saving project that has won the favour of local builders and been shortlisted for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Rafiq Azam: family tomb in Bangladesh

24-07-2013

Rafiq Azam: family tomb in Bangladesh

Rafiq Azam builds a family tomb in Noakhali, in southern Bangladesh. The architect views the tomb as a gateway between earth and heaven, reflected in the shape of the concrete cornice framing a stand of betel palms, the vertical lines of which contrast with the horizontal line of the roof. The project includes a single bench on which to sit in prayer before the grassy meadow where the dead are buried.

Keiji Ashizawa: home in the centre of Tokyo surrounded by greenery

24-07-2013

Keiji Ashizawa: home in the centre of Tokyo surrounded by greenery

Contemporary Japanese architecture has its own distinctive features. One of these is integration of the built and natural environments: the form of a building is closely connected with the form of the vegetation around it. One very interesting case of contemporary Japanese architecture is the home of a collector in central Tokyo by Keiji Ashizawa Design.

Joho Architecture: house with curved roof in Korea

10-07-2013

Joho Architecture: house with curved roof in Korea

Contemporary Korean architecture draws on building traditions, demonstrating respect for local traditions and symbols. The “curving house” designed by Joho Architecture creates a surprising new form by reinterpreting the rules of ventilation and natural lighting historically used in Korean homes. In the centre, the choice of cladding for the façade, made of ash grey brick with steel polished to a mirror sheen.

Henn, MedForCE Medical Research Center, Münster

14-06-2013

Henn, MedForCE Medical Research Center, Münster

Henn Architekten’s project has won the competition for construction of a new medical research centre in Münster.

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Dalian International Conference Center, China

07-06-2013

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Dalian International Conference Center, China

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU completes its project in Dalian, China, due to open in the summer of 2013.

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