Vo Trong Nghia incorporates trees into chequerboard facade of Hanoi university building

October 19, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed an office building at Hanoi’s FPT University, featuring gridded facades that incorporate recessed windows shaded by trees. Nghia’s firm, which has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, designed the administrative building as part of the first stage of a masterplan to upgrade the university’s campus, making it

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Diébédo Francis Kéré says school that launched his career is “not a traditional African building”

October 17, 2017 India Block 0

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, Serpentine Pavilion architect Diébédo Francis Kéré reveals how building a school for his home village in Burkina Faso was the starting point for his career. Kéré was born in a village named Gando, a village on the east side of the African country. While studying to become an architect in Germany, back

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NL Architects completes Belgian school featuring low-lying rooms surrounded by a colonnade

October 15, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

A pyramidal turfed roof tops one of several teaching and administrative spaces clustered around a multipurpose hall at this school in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist by Amsterdam studio NL Architects. The Scholencampus De Vonk was designed by NL Architects to accommodate the merger of two primary schools in the Flemish coastal city. The building

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Jürgen Mayer H’s FOM Hochschule building features bulging balconies and seamless stairs

October 14, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

The metal cladding of German architect Jürgen Mayer H’s FOM Hochschule university building in Düsseldorf is carved into sculptural shapes that connect windows, balconies and stairs. The Berlin-based studio of Jürgen Mayer H designed the building for Germany’s largest private university, FOM Hochschule, which required additional space for its increasing student intake. The new facility is located within

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Snøhetta makes every interior surface a canvas in new £100-million arts school in Bergen

October 13, 2017 India Block 0

Students at this new Snøhetta-designed Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in Bergen are invited to use the inner walls as a canvas for their work. The Norwegian architecture firm won a competition to design the faculty in 2005 and completed it earlier this year. The students have just moved in to their new space in

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Steven Holl’s arts complex for Princeton surrounds courtyard reflecting pool

October 10, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

New York firm Steven Holl Architects has completed a multi-building arts complex for Princeton University, linked by a concourse underneath a large reflecting pool. The Lewis Center for the Arts comprises three buildings, which accommodate the American university’s dance, music and theatre departments. They face onto an outdoor plaza filled by an expansive shallow pool, with

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Colourful house-shaped boxes surround windows at nursery school in northern Japan 

October 7, 2017 Natasha Levy 0

Bay windows with colourful house-shaped frames extend from the front of this nursery school in the city of Sendai, which was designed by Tokyo-based architect Masahiko Fujimori. The Morinoie kindergarten in Sendai is designed to cope with the area’s rising number of inhabitants and their young families. The four-storey nursery occupies a small area of land that has

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Lille school extension by LT2A features porthole-like windows and golden details

October 4, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Architecture studio LT2A has added a brick extension to a school near Lille, featuring an entrance sheltered by an anodised-aluminium canopy, and circular windows that provide glimpses of courtyard gardens. Located southwest of the city in the suburb of Loos, the old school is set among large blocks of social housing that were erected in the 1970s. The

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Tokyo kindergarten by Tezuka Architects lets children run free on the roof

October 1, 2017 India Block 0

The oval-shaped roof deck of this playful Tokyo kindergarten allows children to play and run endless laps around it – a feature that has just won it the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize. Completed by Tezuka Architects 10 years ago, Fuji Kindergarten is located in the Tachikawa suburb of the city. It accommodates 600 children aged between two and six.

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Mirrored ceilings reflect surroundings along walkway installed at Australian university campus

September 28, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Australian firm Wilson Architects has added a meandering covered walkway to the campus of James Cook University in Townsville, which incorporates a polished aluminium soffit to reflect views of the landscape. The Verandah Walk was designed by Wilson Architects as a new circulation route that traverses the campus on the outskirts of the coastal city

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Cornell Tech campus opens on New York’s Roosevelt Island

September 25, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Morphosis and SOM were among the architecture firms involved in the design of a new permanent home for Cornell Tech university, described as “the first campus ever built for the digital age”. The Cornell Tech campus, which opened last week, was constructed on a slender island in New York’s East River, between the boroughs of Manhattan

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Slices of timber align to form roof of outdoor classroom near Moscow

September 22, 2017 Natasha Levy 0

A huge tree trunk has been sliced into sections to create the slatted roof of this outdoor classroom designed by architecture students for a school at an art park in Russia’s Kaluga region. The semi-outdoor classroom is affixed to an existing school building set within Nikola-Lenivets, an art park in a village around four hours from

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House-shaped opening cuts through Belgian school of architecture by Aires Mateus

September 19, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Aires Mateus has completed a new architecture facility at a university in western Belgium, featuring a huge gabled void in its facade and a dramatic double-helical staircase inside. Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus designed the new faculty building for the Université Catholique de Louvain’s Tournai campus, which is located around 80 kilometres outside Brussels. The Lisbon-based duo won a competition

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Archimania transforms part of historic Memphis warehouse into teacher training centre

September 13, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Tennessee studio Archimania paired modern wooden elements with “gritty concrete and textured brick” at this higher-education facility, which is housed within a former industrial building that sat abandoned for years. The Memphis Teacher Residency is located within a massive, 10-storey warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee, which was recently converted into a mixed-use development called Crosstown Concourse.

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OMA builds city-inspired engineering school for Ecole Centrale Paris

September 1, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Rem Koolhaas’ firm looked at urban-design patterns when drawing up plans for this laboratory building at an engineering school on the outskirts of Paris. Called Lab City, the building was designed by OMA to provide a new facility for Ecole Centrale Paris, a French university that specialises in science and engineering. But the design team – led by

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Blue and yellow fins wrap sculptural academic building in Chicago by JGMA

August 28, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

Canted walls covered in colourful louvres define this urban building for Northeastern Illinois University by architecture firm JGMA, which sits next to a major highway. The El Centro facility is part of an urban satellite campus established by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) to help serve the Latino community. Occupying a former industrial site in Chicago’s Avondale

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Colourful strips surround Toronto’s Albion Library by Perkins+Will

August 25, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

Multi-coloured bars form the facades of this district library in a Toronto suburb by architecture firm Perkins+Will, which features community areas for new Canadians. The Albion Library is located in the Rexdale neighbourhood to the north-west of the city, where the population is predominantly immigrants, minorities, and low-income residents. “The Albion District Library is one

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Cantilevered concrete volume shelters entrance to Arabic studies building at Lebanese university

August 25, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Chunky concrete pillars support the upper storey of this university building in Lebanon, which rises above its sloping site to offer views of a nearby walnut grove and the Mediterranean Sea. The Sheikh Nahyan Centre for Arabic Studies & Intercultural Dialogue (CASID) was designed by local firm Fouad Samara Architects as the latest addition to

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils mountain-ridge campus for Berggruen Institute in LA

August 23, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has taken cues from “monastic architecture” to design a research campus high above Los Angeles. After a lengthy process, the studio was selected for the project by the Berggruen Institute – founded in 2010 with the aim to “study and apply new ideas to the workings of social, economic,

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