LA House / Studio Guilherme Torres

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From the architect. The big wooden box calls everybody’s attention from inside and outside of the condominium in Londrina, Brazil. The house, designed for a young couple, abolished the spaces and traditional partitions.

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The Project took in consideration some factors of the lot, since it was located in the highest point of the condominium, and its wide extension of boundary walls, created a lack of privacy situation to the lot.

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To come through this situation, the adopted solution was to create a ground level plateau foundation, surrounded by walls that embrace the whole construction and create a perimeter in between the condominium walls.

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From this premise, the big concrete box was covered with cumaru wood and

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Clapham House / MWArchitects

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  • Architects: MWArchitects
  • Location: Clapham, London SW4, United Kingdom
  • Architects In Charge: Matthew Wood, Melissa Robinson
  • Area: 175.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: French + Tye
  • Structural Engineer: Richard Tant Associates
  • Contractors: KJV
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From the architect. This is a dramatic transformation of a small, semi-detached Victorian house. Despite being arranged over three floors, it was so shallow in depth that the proportions were cottage like. 

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We dropped the floor at lower ground level, and excavated a substantial portion of the garden to make space for a two-storey extension made predominantly in glass. The existing rear wall was flattened off and rebuilt in traditional London stock brick, in contrast with the contemporary glazing.

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Internally, we opened up the space on all three levels to create generously proportioned rooms behind a traditional facade.

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The first floor, formerly three poky rooms,

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Home of the Tree House / ARKITITO Arquitetura

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  • Architects: ARKITITO Arquitetura
  • Location: Condomínio Serra dos Cristais - Fazenda Velha, Cajamar - SP, Brasil
  • Architect In Charge: Tito Ficarelli
  • Area: 260.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Vivi Spaco
  • Team: Carolina Ubach Pereira, Mariana Olha
  • Engineering: 2M Projetos Estruturais – Marcelo Mello
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From the architect. The site is located in a condominium at 45km north of São Paulo. Its steep topography with a slope of approximately 15m from the entrance to the end of the plot, where there’s a privileged view of part of the native forest Serra dos Cristais.

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The main idea of the project was to maintain the connection between the forest and the house, so the owners could enjoy the local landscape. 

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The stilt structure concept was adopted to avoid ground impacts and by making the house elevated, like a treehouse.

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Modern Cave / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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  • Design: Irene Goldberg, Pitsou Kedem
  • Styling For Photography: Eti Buskila
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From the architect. The rooms making up this Old Jaffa apartment came together over hundreds of years – each with its own character and ground level. Refurbishing presented an opportunity to unite the rooms into one whole and in particular, to illuminate and brighten the dim space by opening it up toward the sea.

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Decorations added over the years to the ceiling arches were promptly removed and the arches covered in white plaster. In contrast – the impressive dome in the kitchen, which had been covered in layers of plaster, was uncovered. The floor level was unified – by addition or subtraction – depending on the room,

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Bougainvillea Row House / Luigi Rosselli

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  • Project Architect: Sean Johnson
  • Interior Designer: Sean Johnson & Client
  • Builder: Building With Options Pty Ltd
  • Structural Consultant: Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd
  • Joiner: Kitchen Trend Pty Ltd
  • Landscaper: Butler & Webb Pty Ltd
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From the architect. Sydney’s planners are considering the return of the terraced house, or row house, as a favoured residential building type.  It is believed the terrace could be one solution to addressing housing affordability; by allowing the subdivision of standard quarter acre blocks of land into narrow strips and building adjoining two-three storey dwellings.

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This Woollahra terrace demonstrates that, even on a small site, you can fit a home with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a guest flat, a garage, and an open-plan living, dining,

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A Garden Pavilion in Zurich / Oliv Brunner Volk Architekten

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From the architect. The pavilion is situated in the garden of a villa from the 1920s, surrounded by old trees and dense foliage. The two-storey structure leaves a minimal footprint, with its larger upper floor sitting on the smaller ground floor, cantilevering on all sides. In plan it takes the shape of an irregular pentagon, fitting into the corner of the site, minimizing the appearance of the pavilion and maximizing the views from inside.

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The ground floor is an open-plan kitchen and dining area which can be

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University Library / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

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From the architect. The new library for the faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Ghent can be considered a large, pavillion-like piece of furniture, inserted under the bacony of the existing Physics hall. The accessible, three-storied cupboard forms a complete perimeter around the central, atrium-like space, enforcing its monumental scale. Both the lendable collection as well as the more precious books which can only be consulted, are presented visibly around it.

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The perimeter of cupboards, realised completely as a bolted construction of prefabricated steel elements, contains passages, stairs, desks and corridors, and organises both the library itself as the access to the multiple backof ces and auxiliary functions. A system of vertically sliding, perforated

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Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron

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  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Design Consultants: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Executive Architect: Khatib & Alami
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan
  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Design Consultants: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Executive Architect: Khatib & Alami
  • Herzog & De Meuron Team: Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach (Partner in Charge) Project Team: Tobias Winkelmann (Associate, Project Director), Ursula Hürzeler (Project Manager), Claudia Winkelmann (Project Manager) Alexandria Ålgård, Claire Clément, Dorothee Dietz, Corina Ebeling, Joris Fach, Dara Huang, Julia Jamrozik, Hamit Kaplan, Johannes Kohnle, Yusun Kwon, Christina Liao, Samuel Nelson, Kevin Peter, Yann Petter, Daniel Rabin, Susanna Rahm, Mónica Sedano, Raha Talebi, Antonia Weiss, Léonie Wenz, Thomasine Wolfensberger
  • Client: Benchmark Development SAL, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan
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From the architect. Site The city of Beirut lies in the heart of the developing

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JIKKA / Issei Suma

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  • Architects: Issei Suma
  • Location: Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Issei Suma
  • Structural Engineer: Nawaken-jm
  • Area: 100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota
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From the architect. The site is located at the top of the mountain ridge, which the top has been cut off and flattened by the previous owner.

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The newly-built consits of 5 huts varying in size and height which recalls the former ridge top.

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It is a final abode for the clients – two ladies in their 60’s. A social worker and a cook – where they will give and serve the community until the end of their remaining lives.

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Spaces are unembellished as a primitive hut. Concrete walls, floors and table.

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Thier kitchen is open to the public, functioning as

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International House / TZANNES

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  • Architects: TZANNES
  • Location: Barangaroo NSW 2000, Australia
  • Architects In Charge: Alec Tzannes, Jonathan Evans
  • Area: 7920.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Ben Guthrie, John Gollings
  • Retail: 635 m2
  • Commercial: 7285 m2
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From the architect. Designed by Tzannes architects for Lendlease, International House Sydney is a distinctive new element in the city, establishing a warm and welcoming connection between the new precinct of Barangaroo and the historic heart of the city.

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The most striking aspect of International House Sydney is that six above ground levels are constructed entirely from engineered or cross laminated timber, including floors, columns, walls, roof, lift shafts, egress stairs and bracing bays, supported by a single ground retail level of conventional concrete structure.

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The building explores a new form of beauty, one of unique and integral character, with outstanding green credentials. It expresses

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DE BAEDTS House / Architektuuburo Dirk Hulpia

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  • Interior Architecture: Tamara Beurms
  • Coordination: Optibuild
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From the architect. The spacious plot is located in a rural and green area along a connecting road, characterized by a tall farm row. This is the access ofthe house at the front of the plot. The rear focuses on the beautiful landscape and forest. Logically the house opens to the underlying landscape and creates a freely closed facade on the street side to ensure the privacy of the residents.

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In order to not disturb the front view, the carport is placed out of sight and integrated in the house with an interesting game of volumes. These three volumes contain the program. The front one, the

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Glass Farmhouse / Olson Kundig

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  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Location: Oregon, United States
  • Architect In Charge: Jim Olson
  • Area: 1440.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Tim Bies , John Clark
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From the architect. Surrounded by wheat fields on a high-altitude plateau stand a small glass house and a solid, traditional barn. The owners, inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, wanted a refuge that opens up to the prairie and mountains. The structures are conveniently close to each other and enjoy a sense of isolation at the end of a long country road. The roof of the wood-frame barn, which houses farm equipment below and guest rooms above, was inspired by the local vernacular and is echoed in the shed roof of the glass house.

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Three sides of the house consist of high-efficiency glass framed with steel; on the north is

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POP XYZ / Triptyque

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  • Authors: Carol Bueno, Greg Bousquet, Gui Sibaud, Olivier Raffaelli
  • General Manager: Luiz Trindade
  • Projects Manager: Bianca Coelho, Beatriz Hipólito
  • Visual Comunication: Felipe Alves
  • Collaborators: Marcella Verardo, Murillo Fantinatti, Pedro de Mattos, André Mathias, Vinicius Capela, Paula Megiolaro, Luis Canepa, Daniele Groszmann
  • Incorporation: Idea!Zarvos.
  • Landscaping: Rodrigo Oliveira.
  • Structure: Gama Z.
  • Installations: Tesis.
  • Air Conditioner: Willem Sheepmaker & Assoc.
  • Lightning: Estudio Carlos Fortes.
  • Waterproofing: PROASSP.
  • Topographic Modeling: Topografia.com.
  • Fundations: Portella Alarcon.
  • Construction: Lock Engenharia
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From the architect. The particular urban base of Vila Madalena neighborhood in São Paulo defined the project created by Triptyque Architecture: a residential complex built in Arapiraca Street. The integration with its context - a neighborhood of old houses, close to bars and restaurants - was the main

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56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron

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  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: 56 Leonard St, New York, NY, United States
  • Project Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Executive Architect: Goldstein, Hill & West Architects
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan
  • Client: Izak Senbahar, 56 Leonard LLC, c/o Alexico Group LLC, New York, USA
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From the architect. The high-rise tower is an important ingredient within the contemporary city. However, towers have come to be defined solely by their height and, as a type, they have become anonymous. Typical residential towers, while successful in aggregating the living unit, often fail to improve upon the living environment. The multiplication of units within simple extruded shapes produces repetitive and anonymous structures with no extra benefits or architectural qualities despite the incredible densities they achieve. For those who live in these structures, this experience of sameness and repetition can be relatively unpleasant. 56 Leonard Street acts

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56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron

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  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: 56 Leonard St, New York, NY, United States
  • Project Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Executive Architect: Goldstein, Hill & West Architects
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan
  • Client: Izak Senbahar, 56 Leonard LLC, c/o Alexico Group LLC, New York, USA
© Iwan Baan            © Iwan Baan

From the architect. The high-rise tower is an important ingredient within the contemporary city. However, towers have come to be defined solely by their height and, as a type, they have become anonymous. Typical residential towers, while successful in aggregating the living unit, often fail to improve upon the living environment. The multiplication of units within simple extruded shapes produces repetitive and anonymous structures with no extra benefits or architectural qualities despite the incredible densities they achieve. For those who live in these structures, this experience of sameness and repetition can be relatively unpleasant. 56 Leonard Street acts

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Galeotas House / Appleton & Domingos

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  • Foundations And Structures Project: Eng. Júlio Appleton, Inês Avó Almeida, A2P
  • Demolition Project: Eng. Júlio Appleton, Inês Avó Almeida, A2P
  • Water Supplier Project: Eng. João Guimarães, NaturalWorks
  • Drainage Project: Eng. João Guimarães, NaturalWorks
  • Electrical Installations Project: Eng. Tiago Costa Oliveira, NaturalWorks
  • Communication Installations Project: Eng. Tiago Costa Oliveira, NaturalWorks
  • Gas Installations Project: Eng. João Guimarães, NaturalWorks
  • Air Conditioning Project: Eng. Guilherme Carrilho da Graça, NaturalWorks
  • Acoustic Project: Eng. Guilherme Carrilho da Graça, NaturalWorks
  • Fire Protection Project: : Arq. Paulo Ramos, ETU
  • Exteriors Spaces Project: Arq. João Junqueira, Arq. Nélia Martins
  • Waste Management: Eng. João Guimarães
  • Security Plan: Eng. Nuno Appleton
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From the architect. Galeotas House is a set of several buildings

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Norgesglasset / Snøhetta

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  • Architects: Snøhetta
  • Location: Oslo Airport (OSL), Edvard Munchs veg, 2061 Gardermoen, Norway
  • Area: 65.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Ketil Jacobsen
  • Client: SSP
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From the architect. Snøhetta has designed a unique bar and interior concept for the expansion of Oslo Airport. Located centrally in the new domestic terminal, the playful design of Norgesglasset draws inspiration from its namesake, the Norgesglasset jar, a classic product long used for pickling and storing food familiar to many Norwegian homes.

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Snøhetta re-used over 4000 original Norgesglasset jars to clad the ceiling and back wall of the 65m2 bar. Selected jars are lit from within, doubling to illuminate the space and creating whimsical variations in light and shadow. As one continuous organic form, the glass structure of the curved back wall rises 4.8m in height from floor to ceiling to project over the seating

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Varina Area Library / BCWH Architects

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  • Architects: BCWH Architects
  • Location: Henrico County, VA, United States
  • Architects In Charge: Charles W. Wray, Jeffery M. Hoover, Andrea Quilici, Kylan Shirley
  • Area: 44000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Chris Cunningham
  • Associate Architect: Tappé Architects
  • Civil Engineering: Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
  • Landscape Architecture: Waterstreet Studio
  • Structural Engineering: Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
  • Mpe: Ascent Engineering Group
  • Sustainability Design: Sustainable Design Consulting, Inc.
  • Audiovisual Design: The Sextant Group
  • Cost Consultant: Construction Cost Stystems
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From the architect. The new 43,885SF Varina Area Library was envisioned as a place for individual transformation and community advancement as well as a hub for learning. Building on our client’s model for library service, we strove to discern those elements of library design embodying ideas, initiatives and innovations uniquely suited to this library for this particular community.

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First, we embraced the idea that the Library should

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Schwerin State Museum · Gallery of Old & Contemporary Masters / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten · Reiner Becker Architekten BDA

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  • Awarding Authority: Department for Construction and Real Estate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Project Manager: Dipl.-Ing. Architektin Christiane Giesenhagen
  • Contributors: Ramona Gappa, Nikolaus Schmid, Bianca Klinger, Sam Bassani
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Complex The new building complements the existing museum structure of 1882 within the heart of the castle complex in Schwerin, nominated on the German Tentative List as a World Heritage Site. Distinct geometry and modest simplification are both central to the design. On the one hand, the new construction is positioned boldly within the existing context, while at the same time offering an abstract version of the original and redirecting the effect of the new whole. The new building contains
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Setia City Convention Centre 2 / Archicentre

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  • Architects: Archicentre
  • Location: Setia Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Architect In Charge: Tan Loke Mun
  • Area: 11795.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: H. Lin Ho
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From the architect. This project is strategically located in the commercial hub of Setia City. It is the second phase to the highly successful first convention centre that was constructed some 5 years ago.

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The site is located fronting the central park to facilitate open air events in the park. A grand staircase links the new building directly unto the central park plaza and waterscapes. Ample car parking is provided for all around the new complex. A covered pedestrian link way ties this building up to all the other buildings in Setia City

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SCCC2 as it is known comprises 5,700 square meters of column free exhibition space divisible

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