LMN Architects combines textured surfaces for Iowa City concert hall

January 10, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

American studio LMN Architects has completed a performing arts centre for the University of Iowa that features twisted terracotta panels, glass shingles and bespoke acoustic panels made of metal and felt. The Voxman Music Building is situated between the university’s campus and the downtown core of Iowa City. L-shaped in plan, the six-storey building occupies

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Stanton Williams completes contemporary extension to historic Cambridge university campus

January 10, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Stanton Williams has completed a four-storey addition to a business school at the University of Cambridge, England, which features social and circulation areas that adjoin an existing historic building and are illuminated by large roof lights. The expansion of Cambridge Judge Business School provides a hub for postgraduate and executive business education, incorporating flexible teaching

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Kosher cookery school in Mexico City features board-marked concrete walls

December 22, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Californian studio Belzberg Architects has built a concrete culinary school in Mexico City, offering a range of facilities to the local Jewish community, including rooftop yoga and art galleries. The 650-square-metre Taller Estrella Jafif is located in Bosques de las Lomas neighbourhood, where a large majority of the city’s Jewish community moved to between the 1950s

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Kosher cookery school in Mexico City features board-marked concrete walls

December 22, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Californian studio Belzberg Architects has built a concrete culinary school in Mexico City, offering a range of facilities to the local Jewish community, including rooftop yoga and art galleries. The 650-square-metre Taller Estrella Jafif is located in Bosques de las Lomas neighbourhood, where a large majority of the city’s Jewish community moved to between the 1950s

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Steven Holl’s Institute for Contemporary Art comprises sculptural blocks of zinc and translucent glass

December 21, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architect Steven Holl has completed an exhibition and performance centre for Virginia Commonwealth University, which has been captured by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan. New York-based Steven Holl Architects designed the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) to provide the American university with classrooms, galleries and outdoor facilities for its theatre, music and dance programmes. The building comprises a

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Sandstone and metal louvres wrap massive student housing complex in Arizona

November 29, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

American architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz took cues from the colours and textures of the Sonoran Desert while designing this giant residential facility in Phoenix, for engineering students at Arizona State University. Highly visible from a main thoroughfare, the seven-storey Tooker House is situated on ASU’s main campus in Tempe, which is part of the Phoenix

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Hawkins\Brown uses engineered wood to build swimming pool for City of London Freemen’s School

November 23, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Architecture firm Hawkins\Brown used two types of engineered timber to build this swimming facility at a school in Surrey, England. Located at the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead, the swimming pool building boasts an exposed timber frame that incorporates windows looking out onto the surrounding woodland. Hawkins\Brown chose materials and construction methods to complement the building’s natural

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Sculptural Arizona research building takes cues from desert topography

November 14, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross have completed a copper-clad laboratory complex in downtown Phoenix that evokes jagged and striated rock formations found in the American Southwest. The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building is part of a 28-acre (11-hectare) medical and bioscience campus in the city’s urban core. Other new buildings on the campus include a cancer

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BIG designs kindergarten in New York City for WeWork

November 9, 2017 Bridget Cogley 0

WeWork is continuing its expansion beyond coworking with a kindergarten called WeGrow, which will be designed by Danish architecture firm BIG in New York City. Announced this week, WeGrow will be a public elementary school for children ages three to nine. The news follows the opening of WeWork’s first gym in Downtown Manhattan earlier this

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El Dorado and Modus Studio repurpose old warehouse for Arkansas art school

November 7, 2017 Jenna McKnight 0

A steel-framed building in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has been transformed into an educational facility with the addition of white cladding, tall linear windows and a second floor. The facility, which houses a range of spaces for students and faculty, is part of the School of Art at the University of Arkansas. The building is the first phase

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Herzog & de Meuron reveals design for new £108 million RCA campus

November 3, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Herzog & de Meuron has submitted a planning application for the new Royal College of Art campus in London’s Battersea, revealing a design that features textured brickwork and a sawtooth roof profile. The Swiss firm won a competition in late 2016 to design a new £108 million campus for London’s foremost art and design school. A

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Mirrored panels and stripy tiles cover walls of Spanish school by ABLM Arquitectos

November 1, 2017 Alice Finney 0

Spanish studio ABLM Arquitectos used mirrored panels to create an “almost invisible” upper floor for this school in the city of Salamanca, but the lower storey covered in stripes of brightly coloured tiling. The locally based architects designed the 2,600-square-metre building for a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city in north-west Spain, which is transforming into an

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Climbing nets surround tree extending through balcony of Osaka nursery school

October 29, 2017 India Block 0

The balcony play-area of this Osaka kindergarten by Hibinosekkei and Youji no Shiro provides children with an obstacle course of ramps, benches, monkey bars, and climbing nets around a tree. Located on the site of a former fire station, the architects wanted to provide a hub for the local community in Chitose New Town, Japan.

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School extension by DSDHA features rough-edged timber cladding and outdoor learning spaces

October 26, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

This new building added to a school in the English town of Beaconsfield by London architecture office DSDHA flanks a tree-lined playground and is clad in waney-edged timber to give it a natural appearance. DSDHA was invited to oversee the final phase of a 20-year masterplan at Davenies School, which was established in 1940 and

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals honeycomb-like oil research centre in Riyadh

October 26, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Hexagonal pods interlock like honeycomb to form the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, built by Zaha Hadid Architects in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. The huge building was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects to provide facilities for researchers investigating the transition towards more sustainable power sources in one of the most oil-rich countries in the world. With a mission

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New Sandy Hook school is designed to “prevent unwanted intrusions of any kind”

October 25, 2017 Gunseli Yalcinkaya 0

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the site of the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, has been rebuilt by architects Svigals + Partners to incorporate the latest anti-terror measures. Working alongside the traumatised community of Newtown, Svigals + Partners designed the outside of the school to include a long walkway through

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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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