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FRPO drapes metal screen over concrete car park and co-working space in Mexico

March 8, 2021 India Block 0
Estación San José by FRPO

Estación San José is a concrete car park and co-working space topped by a public park, designed by Spanish architecture studio FRPO for Toluca de Lerdo in Mexico. Set in the centre of the city, the rooftop park is publicly accessible and has panoramic views of the capital of the Estado de Mexico. Built on

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Man-made rock pools at San Diego Bay waterfront double as coastal defences

March 5, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Man-made rock pools installed at San Diego Bay

A group of geometric concrete blocks that mimic rock pools have been installed at San Diego Bay in California by eco-engineering company Econcrete to prevent flooding while providing habitats for marine life. The project, named Coastalock, is a coastal defence system with textured and indented surfaces that encourage organisms to latch on and colonise it.

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Large thatched roof covers Casa Cova in Mexico by Anonimous

February 28, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
A shady cabana

Architecture firm Anonimous took cues from pre-colonial architecture designing Casa Cova, a sprawling beach house made of concrete, parota wood and dried palm leaves. Casa Cova is located in Puerto Escondido, a coastal town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Designed by Anonimous, which is based in the city of Querétaro, the building serves as

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House T by Suppose Design Office is a “cave-like” concrete house in downtown Tokyo

February 28, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
The exterior of a stepped concrete house in Japan

Architect Tanijiri Makoto of Japanese studio Suppose Design Office has created a monolithic concrete home for himself and his family in Tokyo, featuring dark living spaces that open onto a sheltered terrace. Suppose Design Office has so far created more than 150 houses, but its founder never believed he would be able to build one

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Nicholas Burns nestles concrete chapel within grounds of Portuguese estate

February 26, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A concrete chapel on a hill in Portugal

Architect Nicholas Burns has hidden a chapel made from concrete amongst trees and granite boulders on a large private estate in northern Portugal. Fittingly named Chapel and Meditation Room, the project was commissioned by the estate’s owners who wanted a space for both private and group reflection within the grounds. Australian-born and Bali-based architect Burns

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Breakwater in Jamestown is both a public playground and a sculpture

February 25, 2021 Jane Englefield 0
A child playing on Breakwater

Canadian designers Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster have made Breakwater, a concrete sky-blue playground in Jamestown, New York out of repurposed wave breakers. Breakwater is made from dolosse, heavy prefabricated concrete blocks normally used to prevent coastal erosion, that have been repurposed as a climbing frame. Formed of complex geometric shapes, piles of dolosse are positioned

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Viga Arquitectos overhauls 1970s home in Mexico City

February 21, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Casa Agua is concrete

Mexican firm Viga Arquitectos sought to lighten up the atmosphere in a concrete house by reconfiguring the layout, adding pale-toned finishes and incorporating more greenery. The project, called Casa Agua, entailed the renovation and expansion of a 1970s house in Mexico City whose original architect is unknown. The residence is located in Pedregal, an urban

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Asbury Park beach club will be formed from sandy concrete canopies

February 19, 2021 Jane Englefield 0
The beach club has sandy concrete canopies

Design offices including Esrawe Studio and Rojkind Arquitectos have unveiled plans for Asbury Park, a beach club in New Jersey that will feature sand-coloured concrete sunshades. The project is a collaboration between Rojkind Arquitectos, Esrawe Studio, Anda Andrei Design, Slade Architecture and Cadena Concept Design. Esrawe Studio was named interior design studio of the year

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MAPAA builds vaulted concrete office for family wine business in Chile

February 13, 2021 India Block 0
OFMA in Chile by MAPAA

Architecture studio MAPAA has created a barrel-vaulted concrete office for a family-run wine business based in Pirque, Chile. MAPAA used pigmented concrete to create a trio of arching vaults over the offices, which are raised on trusses to sit against the sloping site. Built for the Viña Haras de Pirque vineyard in the Maipo River valley

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Windows punctuate board-marked concrete facade of DL1310 in Mexico City

February 9, 2021 India Block 0
DL1310 in Mexico City

New York architecture studio Young & Ayata and Mexico City office Michan Architecture collaborated on DL1310, an apartment block with an exposed concrete facade. Located in Mexico City’s Tetelpan neighbourhood, DL1310 has a distinctive facade of recessed windows framed by twisting board-marked concrete. “The concrete striation patterns on the exterior concrete casts are both a

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