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Promontorio adds spiral concrete staircase to 1980s office building in Lisbon

October 15, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Portuguese studio Promontorio has transformed a 1980s office building in Lisbon into a high-tech headquarters featuring a spiralling concrete staircase. The firm, which has offices in Lisbon as well as five other countries, designed the building for GS1 – a non-profit organisation that develops and maintains global standards for business communication tools including barcodes and QR

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Piercarclo Quecchia reveals England’s acoustic defences of the 1920s in Sound Mirrors photos

October 13, 2018 Katie de Klee 0

Concrete sound mirrors, used in the UK to intercept coastal attacks in the aftermath of the first world war, are captured in this photography series by Piercarclo Quecchia. Sound mirrors are disc-shaped passive structures that are used to reflect and concentrate acoustic waves. They were used during the 1920s to intercept planes headed for the coast. Most

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Dyed concrete walls surround Swiss embassy in Nairobi by Roeoesli Maeder Architekten

October 10, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Swiss studio Roeoesli Maeder Architekten has built anembassy for Switzerland in Nairobi, Kenya, as an extension of the dyed concrete boundary wall that surrounds the compound. The concrete building is built in a prominently wealthy residential area of the Kenyan capital, which is home to numerous nation’s embassies, including the HOK-designed US Embassy. It contains diplomatic and consulate services for the Swiss

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Innovation Powerhouse is a creative hub in a former Eindhoven power station

September 25, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

The former Philips power plant in Eindhoven has been transformed into an innovation hub by young architect Janne van Berlo, in a renovation that celebrates the building’s industrial features. Rotterdam-based Atelier van Berlo worked with Eindhoven-based studios Eugelink Architectuur and De Bever Architecten to complete Innovation Powerhouse. It occupies an iconic building that once provided Philips factories with

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Innovation Powerhouse is a creative hub in a former Eindhoven power station

September 25, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

The former Philips power plant in Eindhoven has been transformed into an innovation hub by young architect Janne van Berlo, in a renovation that celebrates the building’s industrial features. Rotterdam-based Atelier van Berlo worked with Eindhoven-based studios Eugelink Architectuur and De Bever Architecten to complete Innovation Powerhouse. It occupies an iconic building that once provided Philips factories with

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Guillem Carrera’s care home in northern Spain encourages residents to socialise

September 14, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Architect Guillem Carrera has completed an environmentally friendly elderly care home and day centre on a wedge-shaped plot in the Spanish village of Blancafort. The passive building functions as both a residential old age home and a day centre where the retired inhabitants of Blancafort, and its neighbouring municipalities, can come to socialise. Spanish architect Carrera ensured

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Titan reinstates visitor centre at George Clemenceau’s coastal home

September 13, 2018 Ali Morris 0

French architecture firm Titan has built a sand-coloured concrete pavilion to welcome visitors to the former home of French prime minister Georges Clemenceau, in  western France. Nantes-based firm Titan created the entrance pavilion to replace the house’s original vistor centre, which was destroyed by Cyclone Xynthia in 2010. “Our proposal for the new entrance pavilion is a discrete

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3D-printing could enable people to build their own houses “at the touch of a button”

September 11, 2018 Sebastian Jordahn 0

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores a plan to build multi-storey housing with 3D-printers, a technique that the project’s architects claim will enable people to design and build their own houses quickly and easily. The Eindhoven University of Technology, together with local architecture studio Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten,

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Alarciaferrer Arquitectos builds Casa MM within Argentinian nature preserve

August 26, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Argentinian firm Alarciaferrer Arquitectos has designed a house with exposed concrete walls, a sloping roof and an outdoor swimming pool in a rural part of the country. Located two hours drive south of Córdoba, Casa MM is situated within a protected natural environment in Argentina and very close to a nature trail with high traffic. Alarciaferrer

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Ibañez Shaw’s Fort Worth Camera Studios feature details that allude to photography

August 23, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

A pierced concrete wall based on camera apertures fronts this photography studio in Forth Worth, Texas, by local firm Ibañez Shaw Architecture. The Fort Worth Camera Studios is located on the city’s Montgomery Street, and houses photography classrooms, studios, galleries and a shop. The street-facing wall of Ibañez Shaw Architecture’s concrete building is punctured with seven

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Urben Seyboth brightens up interior of Swiss village house from the 1960s

August 22, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Swiss studio Urben Seyboth has refurbished a mid-century house near Zurich, preserving original details such as the board-marked concrete facades but opening up the interior to create a sequence of brighter spaces. Built in the 1960s, Villa Forch is located in a village on the outskirts of the Swiss city. Urben Seyboth, headed by Daniel Urben and

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Al-Jawad Pike combines robust and affordable materials for extension to Peckham house

August 20, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

London architecture office Al-Jawad Pike used pigmented concrete blockwork for the exterior and interior of this two-storey extension to a Victorian house in Peckham. The studio founded in 2014 by Jessam Al-Jawad and Dean Pike designed the extension on a strict budget for Al-Jawad’s brother, who lives in the house with his wife and two

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Viewing platform tops Felipe Assadi’s Casa Cipolla on Chilean coast

August 19, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

The roof of this concrete house, by Felipe Assadi Arquitectos, doubles as a lookout point for residents to take in views of Chile’s coastline. Casa Cipolla is a single-storey, rectangular home that is nestled into a sloping site in Ensenada, beside the Pacific Ocean. Due to the location, Felipe Assadi Arquitectos paid as much attention

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Carrots could be key to stronger concrete

August 9, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Concrete mixtures could be strengthened by adding nanoparticles extracted from carrots and other root vegetables, research currently underway at England’s Lancaster University suggests. Preliminary tests by the university’s engineers found that “nano platelets” sourced from the fibres of these vegetables “significantly improved” the strength of concrete — and at a low cost. The university now

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Henley Halebrown creates concrete-and-brick student halls for garden-like site

August 7, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

London-based Henley Halebrown referenced both Georgian and modernist buildings when creating this Stirling Prize-shortlisted group of brick-clad student halls at the University of Roehampton’s parkland campus. Architecture studio Henley Halebrown designed the masterplan for the university’s campus, which is located in a southwest suburb bordered on one side by Richmond Park. Chadwick Hall, which is

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Arklab creates matching larch-clad houses with “the same DNA”

August 4, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Swedish architecture studio Arklab has completed a pair of “sibling” houses in the German town of Heidelberg that feature unique angled forms to ensure they do not overlook one another. The Stockholm-based practice was approached by a couple in their sixties who wanted to develop a proposal for a home to retire in, as well

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Pastel furnishings contrast against concrete walls in Seville’s Casaplata restaurant

August 2, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Spanish studio Lucas y Hernández-Gil looked to the subdued paintings of artist Giorgio Morandi when creating the greyscale interiors of this restaurant in Seville. Casaplata is located in the city centre, and belongs to a pair of young restaurateurs who had wanted to open a new food and cocktails spot in Seville. After sourcing a

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Russell Jones creates pared-back concrete house in a Dutch forest

July 30, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Living spaces at this house in Waalre, the Netherlands, are contained within a cluster of concrete structures that incorporate large openings framing views of the surrounding forest. London-based architect Russell Jones was commissioned to develop a proposal for a site within a fir-tree woodland that forms part of the affluent area immediately south of Eindhoven.

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Fuses Viader Arquitectes converts abandoned hilltop fortress into museum and hotel

July 28, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Fuses Viader Arquitectes has transformed a 19th-century fortress near the Spanish city of Girona into a museum and hotel complex featuring concrete, glass and weathered-steel. The former fortress of Sant Julià de Ramis was deserted before its new owners, the Barcelona-based D’or Joiers jewellery company, commissioned Fuses Viader Arquitectes to oversee its renovation. Located in

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Smiljan Radić uses lantern-like skin to disguise concrete frame of Chilean theatre

July 27, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

A translucent concertinaed shell conceals the gridded concrete interior of this theatre designed by Chilean architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Gabriela Medrano for the city of Concepción. The Teatro Regional del Bíobío stands on the edge of the Biobío River that runs through the Chilean city. A trio of architects – Radić, Castillo and Medrano – won a competition

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