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Tourism routes in Norway: Aurland

10-03-2011

Tourism routes in Norway: Aurland

Having won a national competition for the promotion of tourism in Norway, Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen  designed a construction representing a surprisingly successful equilibrium between a lookout for viewing the landscape and a work of architecture which is itself a sight worth seeing.

A museum of Buddhist temples in Thailand

10-02-2011

A museum of Buddhist temples in Thailand

A museum of Buddhist temples in Thailand’s Chonburi province reinterprets traditional architecture in terms of geometric forms, in a contemporary homage to superior spirituality and the art of meditation. The young Buddhist architect who designed it specialises in building places of worship.

L'Escaut: Espace culturel Victor Jara

10-01-2011

L'Escaut: Espace culturel Victor Jara

The plan for the new Victor Jara cultural centre in Soignies, Belgium, reconciles the demands of architecture with those of urban planning to create a scene that adds life to the city centre. Use of combinations of materials such as local stone cladding with glass and creation of a form that follows the lay of the land underlines the building’s context and underlines its role in the community.

Fluid Motion Architects: Mellat Park Cineplex

17-12-2010

Fluid Motion Architects: Mellat Park Cineplex

Adapt to your surroundings, or stand out alone? Contemporary architecture is constantly trying to answer this question. But there are projects which manage to go beyond it without having to choose, achieving the perfect synthesis between standing out and blending in, between symbolism and enhancement of the surrounding landscape. One of these is Mellat Park Cineplex in Tehran.

Wulf und partner: Schillerhalle in Dettingen

18-11-2010

Wulf und partner: Schillerhalle in Dettingen

Inspired by the concept that public buildings are places where the community lives, Wulf und partner’s Schillerhalle in Dittingen an der Erms is a multipurpose facility for sports and entertainment which is used by a large segment of the population and thus becomes a symbol of the city.

Peter Rich: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

20-10-2010

Peter Rich: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

In the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, Peter Rich demonstrates that contemporary architecture need not necessarily be self-referencing, but may reflect the landscape and act as a ring connecting a thriving civilisation of the past with a better future for the people who live in the area.

Olson Kundig: Urban Yoga Spa in Seattle

17-08-2010

Olson Kundig: Urban Yoga Spa in Seattle

Olson Kundig Architects’ functional conversion of the interior of a 1925 building in Seattle moves away from the much-abused style of the spa set into an existing building, emphasising the historic building’s composition and ensuring that its new functions add to its character.

Jensen & Skodvin: Landscape hotel in Norway

17-08-2010

Jensen & Skodvin: Landscape hotel in Norway

Small residential units near Gudbrandsjuvet waterfall in Norway reveal how architecture can help us enjoy a particular landscape by minimising its impact on the land.

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