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Will Alsop’s Heliport Heights skyscraper set to be built in London

August 21, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

A 20-storey-high tower designed by the late Will Alsop is set to be constructed beside the River Thames in London and is likely to become the architect’s last major project in the city. Heliport Heights will contain 15 floors of apartments, raised on stilts above an existing five-storey building named Heliport House. It will be clad in irregularly shaped

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Treewow Retreat is a Chinese village house featuring a round freeform roof

August 20, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

An irregular undulating roof tops this tree-house-inspired holiday home on stilts, built in a remote Chinese village by architecture studio Monoarchi. Monoarchi, which has offices in Shanghai and Rotterdam, designed Treewow Retreat for a site operated by rural holiday brand Xband Club, in the mountain village of Zhongcun in China’s Zhejiang Province. The building is located on

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Lera Brumina renovates Minsk apartment to unite light and dark spaces

August 20, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Kiev-based interior designer Lera Brumina has used contrasting textures and colours to unite the light and dark rooms of this 99-square-metre apartment in Minsk, Belarus. The apartment on the fifth floor of a contemporary building in a quiet green district features high ceilings and tall windows along one side. The one-sided distribution of windows means that

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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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From Works creates kitchen that references Peak District landscape

August 19, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Sheffield-based studio From Works has created a bespoke kitchen using materials and colours based on a moss-covered rock found in northern England’s Peak District.  Created for the extension of a family home in Sheffield, the 20-square-metre kitchen combines green-stained plywood and steamed beech joinery with grey fossil limestone worktops and splash back sourced from a

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Bernardo Rosello’s minimal El Maitén house in Buenos Aires is almost entirely white

August 18, 2018 James Brillon 0

Argentinian studio Bernardo Rosello Arquitectura has chosen all-white finishes for this home in Buenos Aires, which was designed for one person but will eventually be expanded to fit a family. The architecture firm completed the minimal white property in Bahía Blanca – a port city in the Buenos Aires province. It is located in a residential

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Kapsimalis Architects refurbishes Santorini cave house

August 18, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Greek studio Kapsimalis Architects updated a sequence of cave-like subterranean spaces and vaulted rooms in this holiday home on the island of Santorini. The house is located in the village of Imerovigli, close to Greek isle’s capital Fira. Its position on a south-facing clifftop provides expansive views of the Aegean Sea and the rest of the island.

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Alterstudio designs Austin residence around existing oak tree

August 17, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architecture firm Alterstudio has raised the glazed living room of this house in Austin, Texas, to avoid the roots of an oak tree that grows close to the building. Locally based Alterstudio Architecture designed South 5th Residence for a plot in the city’s Bouldin neighbourhood. The firm arranged the residence as series of volumes that step

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Tropical Space creates playground for chickens and children in Vietnam

August 17, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Vietnamese studio Tropical Space has created an elaborate coop that features a network of boxes, platforms and stairs, which can be used by both chickens and children. The coop was commissioned by an elderly couple who wanted to move to the country side and keep chickens. They also wanted their grandchildren to come and visit often, and needed

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Studio Job opts for maximalism inside new Antwerp headquarters

August 16, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Paint-splattered surfaces, spaghetti-print bed sheets and neon wall art all feature in Studio Job’s new base in Antwerp, Belgium, in a design that founder Job Smeets describes as being “like a visual assault”. The art and design studio opted for maximalism – the highly decorative style that is growing in popularity – for its gallery-inspired new

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ZAV Architects completes home with veiled balconies for orphaned Iranian girls

August 16, 2018 India Block 0

Balconies with adjustable covers pepper the brick facade of the Habitat for Orphan Girls designed by ZAV Architects in Khansar, Iran. The residential centre provides a safe place for girls for aged between seven and 16 to live, learn and play in a country where young women without families can be extremely vulnerable. The Habitat

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Chris Price’s black TreeHaus staggers down wooded hill in Utah

August 15, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Dark-stained cedar planks cover a series of volumes that are stepped and rotated down a slope in a Utah forest, forming a house for architect Chris Price and his family. Price designed and built the TreeHaus with his architecture and construction firm Park City Design+Build, which he founded with his uncle Matt Price in 2009,

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Undulating balconies wrap housing development on Parisian island

August 15, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Local studio Peripheriques Marin+Trottin Architectes has completed an apartment complex on L’Ile-Saint-Denis in Paris, which features wavy balconies enclosed by a ribbon of perforated metal. The development is situated on a plot overlooking the Seine river on L’Ile-Saint-Denis, which is undergoing significant redevelopment ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Around one third of the island’s developed area

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Undulating balconies wrap housing development on Parisian island

August 15, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Local studio Peripheriques Marin+Trottin Architectes has completed an apartment complex on L’Ile-Saint-Denis in Paris, which features wavy balconies enclosed by a ribbon of perforated metal. The development is situated on a plot overlooking the Seine river on L’Ile-Saint-Denis, which is undergoing significant redevelopment ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Around one third of the island’s developed area

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Co-housing not just for “liberals and outcasts” says Studio Weave

August 14, 2018 Amy Frearson 0

Co-living could help solve some of the UK’s biggest social problems, from loneliness to the ageing population, according to research by London architecture office Studio Weave and RIBA. The report Living Closer: The Many Faces of Co-housing, produced by Studio Weave with the RIBA, argues that several issues contributing to the UK’s housing crisis could be combatted through the

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Casa em Cotia in São Paulo features a snaking pond and a rooftop garden

August 13, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

A ramped walkway and staircases lead like a “continuous drawing” through the stepped levels of this concrete house in Brazil, designed by Una Arquitetos, to end at a lush garden on its roof. Casa em Cotia, or House in Cotia, is a family residence named after the São Paulo municipality where it is located. Locally

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Casa em Cotia in São Paulo features a snaking pond and a rooftop garden

August 13, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

A ramped walkway and staircases lead like a “continuous drawing” through the stepped levels of this concrete house in Brazil, designed by Una Arquitetos, to end at a lush garden on its roof. Casa em Cotia, or House in Cotia, is a family residence named after the São Paulo municipality where it is located. Locally

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Off-Grid Guest House cantilevers over hillside with Pacific Ocean vistas

August 13, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

US studios Anacapa Architecture and Willson Design have created a concrete-and-glass dwelling for a coastal property in California, with a bevy of sustainable features that minimise the building’s impact on the environment. The Off-Grid Guest House is situated within a wildlife preserve along the state’s Central Coast, near the town of Santa Barbara. Nestled into

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Curving shades arch over terraces of Chongqing housing development by Safdie Architects

August 13, 2018 India Block 0

Moshe Safdie’s firm has completed a set of stepped homes on a hill overlooking the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China. The 42,740-square-metre Eling Hill development includes 126 apartments spread across three bands of buildings rising up a hill on the Yuzhong Peninsula, in the city in central China Safdie Architects created the housing scheme for

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