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Hérault Arnod Architectures completes aluminium-clad sports centre in France

November 28, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

A curved, twisting shell of textured aluminium plates covers Espace Mayenne in Laval, France, a multifunctional sports and entertainment venue designed by local practice Hérault Arnod Architectures. Located on a former military site, the project forms part of a wider scheme to develop an area on the northwestern edge of Laval, which also includes a

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Kéré Architecture designs community centre in Uganda to be “source of inspiration and pride”

November 27, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Steel canopies shade the spaces of the Kamwokya Community Centre in Kampala, Uganda, designed by Berlin studio Kéré Architecture. Located in one of Kampala’s poorest areas, the cluster of brick buildings provides multipurpose spaces for community activities, organised around a large sports court and play area at its centre. Kéré Architecture, the studio led by

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Unknown Works finishes CLT House extension with bright yellow render

November 26, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Architecture studio Unknown Works has extended a semi-detached house in east London, adding vibrant yellow-rendered forms to its front and rear. Named CLT House after its cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure, the project was completed for a family who wanted additional space for musical and creative pursuits, as well as parties and family gatherings. Unknown Works

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Space Encounters enlivens Utrecht townhouses with varied materials and finishes

November 24, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

A mixture of colourful tile, stone and metal claddings give a playful character to this residential development in Utrecht, the Netherlands, designed by local practice Space Encounters in collaboration with Mees Visser and Zecc Architecten. Space Encounters designed eight buildings for the scheme in the Wisselpoor district, forming part of a masterplan by practice Studioninedots

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Johan Sundberg Arkitektur designs “accessible yet exceptional” housing blocks in Sweden

November 23, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Swedish practice Johan Sundberg Arkitektur has completed a cluster of timber-clad housing blocks in Ystad, Sweden, with facades of folding glass screens that allow their balconies to be turned into sheltered winter gardens. Called Hygrometern, the cluster of four blocks provides a mixture of 20 two and three-bedroom mid-budget apartments on a sloping site overlooking

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Neiheiser Argyros strips back and refurbishes modernist home in Greece

November 22, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

London-based practice Neiheiser Argyros has completed Grid House, the renovation of a 1970s modernist home in Evoia, Greece, that involved stripping the building back to its concrete structure to create a series of minimalist living spaces. Overlooking the Euboic Sea, the home was originally designed by Greek architect Nikos Hadjimichalis and sits next to another

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Hawkins\Brown and RPP Architects create “beacon for university life” in Belfast

November 21, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Red steelwork frames a large multi-purpose atrium at the heart of the One Elmwood student hub at Queen’s University Belfast, designed by studios Hawkins\Brown and RPP Architects. The 11,000-square-metre hub replaces a dilapidated building at the centre of the university’s campus and consolidates all non-faculty facilities into one space, including the student union, lounges, bars

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Llabb creates The Hermitage cabin overlooking Italian mountains

November 20, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Italian architecture studio Llabb has perched an off-grid wooden cabin for “contemplation and introspection” on the edge of a hill overlooking the Trebbia valley near Genoa. Surrounded by the dramatic landscape of the Apennine Mountains, The Hermitage is just 12 square metres in size and contains a single space designed to be anything from a

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Black larch shingles cover Schindel Studio in London by Archer + Braun

November 18, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Black-painted larch shingles cover the exterior of this artist’s studio in London, designed by local architecture practice Archer + Braun. Commissioned by landscape painter Amelia Humber for the garden of her home in Leytonstone, Schindel Studio nestles between mature trees, with a black finish intended to provide a “backdrop to the changing daylight and changing

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RSDA repurposes shipping containers to form home on Indian farm

November 14, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Rakhee Shobhit Design Associates has used shipping containers to create two residential units at either end of a farmland site in the Aravalli hills near Udaipur, India. The Container House was commissioned as a countryside escape for the client and his family, who wanted to leave the city during the coronavirus pandemic to feel closer to

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