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Grimshaw designs sculptural metal enclosure for HS2 ventilation shaft

August 26, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
Amersham Vent Shaft by Grimshaw for HS2

A decorative roof and curved weathered-steel wall will enclose the Amersham Vent Shaft that Grimshaw has designed for the High Speed Two railway. Built within a road junction in the town of Amersham, England, the cylindrical headhouse will become one of the only visible elements of the rail line’s 10-mile-long tunnel through the Chilterns countryside.

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Blank metal facade of Tokyo home hides tree-planted courtyard

March 9, 2020 Jon Astbury 0
Leaf by Apollo Architects & Associates

Apollo Architects & Associates has designed the austere metal-clad exterior of this compact home to disguise a central planted courtyard covered by exposed wooden rafters. Leaf House is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Tokyo where its owners also run a dentistry clinic. Its name refers to the visual similarity of the roof rafters

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Prison clad in perforated weathering steel has pastel-coloured sports court

December 6, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Minimum security prison in Nanterre by Local Architecture Network LAN

Local Architecture Network has built a minimum security prison with a perforated metal facade of weathering steel in Nanterre that has a sports court in pastel hues. The minimum security prison is also the headquarters of the Penitentiary Services for Integration and Probation (SPIP) – which monitors those under arrest. Local Architecture Network (LAN) built

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Hidden corridor connects different parts of Dutch homestead by Mecanoo

November 19, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Villa Vught with hidden corridor by Mecanoo

A hidden corridor beneath a grass hill links the metal-clad volumes of this house and cooking school near in the Netherlands by architecture firm Mecanoo. Called Villa Vught, the complex draws on the traditional Dutch hoeve, or homestead, with buildings arranged around a central open space. The functions of Villa Vught have been split between

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Chybik + Kristof builds Prague food market in shiny metal cabins

November 3, 2019 Jon Astbury 0
Manifesto Market in Prague by Chybik + Kristof

A temporary cluster of corrugated metal-covered units surround a shallow pool at Manifesto Market in Prague’s historic Smichov district, designed by architects Chybik + Kristof. Located in a former parking lot sandwiched between the 20th-century National House of Smichov and a former market hall, the food market is intended to reinvigorate a neglected area of

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Kuryłowicz&Associates reveals design for golden Antarctic research centre

January 22, 2019 Lizzie Crook 0
Henry Arctowski Antarctic Station by Kuryłowicz&Associates

The Henry Arctowski Antarctic Station, a prefabricated research centre with golden-coloured metal cladding, is set to be built on King George Island in Antarctica.  Located in the South Shetland Archipelago, the research centre for the Polish Academy of Science has been designed by Kuryłowicz&Associates to accommodate up to 29 scientists studying the polar region. The prefabricated structure has been

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CODA Bespoke designs pair of neighbouring black houses for twin brothers

January 18, 2019 Lizzie Crook 0
Twin-build house by Nik and Jon Daughtry in Sheffield

CODA Bespoke has created a pair of matching black houses in Sheffield, England, for graphic designer twins Nik and Jon Daughtry. Sheffield-based CODA Bespoke collaborated with the Daughtrys to create the two neighbouring houses, called Twin-build, that share an aesthetic. Located on the site of an old corn mill, alongside the the millpond that used to drive it, the matching homes are

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Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo build mountaintop shelter in Italian Alps

January 17, 2019 Lizzie Crook 0
Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti by Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo in the Italian Alps

Italian architects and researchers Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo have built a prefabricated shelter, named Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti, on the edge of a mountain peak in Valpelline, Italy. Located at an altitude of 3,290 metres in the Morion Ridge, the building was developed in collaboration with LEAPfactory for a group of local alpine guides who wanted

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Buchanan Architecture designs “simple and sculptural” Rio Vista Residence in Dallas

September 28, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The corrugated-steel facades of this house in Downtown Dallas, designed by local firm Buchanan Architecture, have slightly differently hues across its three zones. Buchanan Architecture designed the 2,160-square-foot (201-square-metre) Rio Vista Residence for a clearing on a hill in a central neighbourhood of the Texas city. Accessed via a bridge that crosses a dip in

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