Ecology, House

Waste House

Can garbage be used as an eco-material to construct a house? That’s the intriguing premise behind the recently-completed Waste House project, which is believed by those involved to be the first permanent British building built almost solely from waste and recycled materials. Constructed at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus, the Waste House is […]

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Architecture, Ecology, House

Custom House Less Than 3,000 Square Feet

The Sonoma WeeHouse is, in fact, not one but two houses—one main house and one guest house—on a hillside site in Santa Rosa, Calif., just north and west of the vineyard-rich region that gave it its name. These small, impeccably detailed, minimalist, weathering steel-clad boxes were designed by St. Paul, Minn.–based firm Alchemy Architects for […]

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Utopian Green

The Bear Stand

The cabin aesthetic features a variety of wood: Exposed Douglas fir glulam beams and decking complement stained cedar siding, and wire brushed walnut floors. Black fiber-cement board panels and board-formed concrete walls supplement the varied woods, adding tactile variety within a constrained palette of carefully detailed finishes. “This is a really beautiful project, and the […]

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Architecture, House

House of Horns

“I like how it splits into individual elements that come together very well, but also break down the scale. The way it’s established on existing foundations that were extrapolated into something radically different is really powerful.” — juror Reto Geiser

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Projects, Utopian Green

Tulum art gallery was created by Peggy Guggenheim

Much like the Guggenheim Museums around the world, a new art gallery founded by the great-grandson of Peggy Guggenheim is a true architectural showstopper. Santiago Rumney Guggenheim commissioned designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel to create IK LAB, a stunning arts gallery that opened late last month in Tulum, Mexico. Topped with a curved timber canopy, the nature-inspired space […]

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Museum, Projects

The Waterdog / Klaarchitectuur

There would appear to be an inherent blasphemy in approaching God. Just think of the tower of Babel. To be honest, Babel was not just about man’s place, or miscommunication among humans as a measure of their distance from God. It also masterfully pitted architecture against the divine, defining, through this, certain initial terms of religious architecture. Since then, […]

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Tokyo’s Nikunotoriko Restaurant is an Artistic Masterpiece

Dining is a multisensory experience at Nikunotoriko restaurant in the stylish Roppongi district of Tokyo. Envisioned by Japanese architect Ryoji Iedokoro, the establishment serves yakiniku (grilled meat) cuisine in two distinct, mind-blowing spaces designed to reconnect patrons with nature and their primordial origins. The cave-like setting on the first floor revolves around a long smoked-glass table, with a […]

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Organic Roots

The John Lautner foundation has donated almost the complete archive that belonged to Architect John Lautner to the Getty Research Institute Special Collections. On the images above enjoy one of the most great houses designed by Lautner, the Chemosphere, the Reiner-Burchill Residence (“Silvertop”), Garcia House and Bob Hope Residence among others.   #organic roots #organic […]

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Architecture, Museum, Projects

Brick facade for Shanghai arts centre by Bricklaying

Chinese studio Archi-Union Architects programmed robots to construct the undulating brick facade of this art gallery in Shanghai’s West Bund district. The building is located on a site adjacent to the West Bund Art Centre, where old industrial buildings converted into galleries and events spaces exist alongside new cultural facilities.  

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Tolila+Gilliland creates its new Paris studio

Tolila + Gilliland had outgrown its previous office space, so the 12-person team relocated to the attic space, which had formerly served as an atelier for several different businesses. To start with, the architects peeled back layers of drop-ceilings and office partitions to reveal the  “industrial bones” of the 160-square-metre space. They discovered the timber supports of a 4.5-metre-high pitched roof.  

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