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Here’s five great projects you may have missed from last week! Check them all after the break.

Lantern Pavilion / AWP / Atelier Oslo
A place able to shelter, invite and encourage more social events and to sustain new practices. Since the site is visible from afar, and from the railway separating thèse two distinct areas of the city it was essential to create an object that could be experienced from distance and reveal the square (read more…) (more…)

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An amazing house in Portugal, BIG’s debut in New York, an impressive office building in France, a classic by Kisho Kurokawa in Japan, and a casino in Spain. This is our selection of the best projects from last week. Check them all after the break.

House in Melides / Pedro Reis
The house in Melides, on the southern Alentejo Coast, by Pedro Reis, represents the desire for a holiday house as a getaway from the bustle of a big city. The client made the unusual decision to have an architectural competition between three distinct ateliers, allowing a choice from a wider range of possible solutions (read more…) (more…)

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© Javier Rodriguez Acevedo

Great projects from Europe, Asia, and South America you may have missed last week. Check our selection after the break.

Rural Dining / Javier Rodriguez Acevedo
In the search of a certification project, it found an agricultural company located in the north riverside of Lontué river that required an agricultural dining for their employees who work in season from pruning, thinning and harvesting. More strong in the third one, between the months of January and March (read more…) (more…)

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Cabins in Easter Island, a pedestrian bridge in Portugal, OMA’s Stock Exchange in Shenzhen (in progress), Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel in Germany. All part of our selection for last week’s projects. Check them all after the break.

Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects
We originally started with the idea of the Morerava Cabins when we saw an opportunity to create a tourist complex on Easter Island in 2009. Analysing the tourist market on the Island we quickly realized most sectors were well developed, spanning from luxury Hotels to private homes and camping, however one niche sector was not covered: family friendly cabins which meet certain quality standards (read more…) (more…)

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© David Frutos

Three projects, one Classic, and an amazing interview with Richard Meier. These are among the many great posts you may have missed last week. Check our selection after the break.

Torreaguera Atresados / XPIRAL
The two ‘atretic’ houses proposed, revolved around the idea of a redistribution of the plots along a row. The construction had to abide by the conditions of the maximum height permitted for buildings in the area and having to adapt to the topology of the existing plots (read more…) (more…)

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© Åke E:son Lindman

Did you saw Tham & Videgård’s Tree Hotel last week? This amazing project in Sweden, plus four other amazing buildings that you may have missed, after the break.

Tree Hotel / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings (read more…) (more…)

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© Song Jae-Young

Five great projects you missed last week! Check our selection of the best after the break.

Ananti Club, Seoul / SKM Architects
The Ritz Carlton Country Club, which used to boast a classical European style clubhouse, decided to change its name to the Ananti Club Seoul, taking up the challenge of completely rebuilding and redeveloping its courses and clubhouse in order to reflect the city’s latest lifestyles. This effort has created a place of leisure worth exploring (read more…) (more…)

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© Nelson Kon

With Christmas and New Year’s, many of you may have missed some of the great posts que featured last week. Check our small selection of the best after the break.

BR House / Marcio Kogan
In terms of an architectural proposition, the BR House located in the countryside could not be more intriguing: situated within the dense and impressive Rain Forest, circumscribing and penetrating the area, dominates all senses. The circumstances, from the inception, forces fundamental questions for architecture: how can architecture present itself and, if making itself present, how can it deliberately show itself as construction? (read more…) (more…)

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© Fran Parente

With Christmas in between, you may have missed some great articles we featured last week. Three great projects, a Classic and our second Architecture City Guide, after the break.

San Josemaría Escrivá Church / Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
The Church and Santa Fe training Center, dedicated to Josémaria Escrivá Balaguer, is located on the west side of Mexico City in an urban context of recently completed projects. The completion of this project results in an urban space that is recovered, literally conformed by trash creating a representation of social and cultural values that have become a city landmark (read more…) (more…)

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We’ve just had an amazing week. And for the best, we have three beautiful projects, our first chapter on the Architecture City Guides and a very interesting interview with Hani Rashid, from Asymptote Architecture. Check them all after the break.

Fogo Island Long Studio / Saunders Architecture
Fogo Island lies outside of Newfoundland, Canada and is home to a gentle, independent people who have lived for centuries between wind and waves in pursuit of fish. Fogo Islanders live in the untamed landscape of the North Atlantic. The people are subtle and unpretentious yet have seen their traditional way of life by threatened by forces largely beyond their control (read more…) (more…)

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© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

An amazing visitor center from Iceland, a house from Croatia, a pavilion in New York, a housing project in France, and WikiLeaks’ offices from Sweden. All of them part of the best from last week. Check them all after the break.

Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center / ARKÍS architects
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center communicates the dignity of the surrounding nature and is closely connected to its immediate surroundings. It attracts visitors to its unique appearance and simultaneously works as an attractor for indoor and outdoor activities. The building is divided into three parts so that it can be utilized in different ways, depending on the season (read more…) (more…)

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© Xurxo Lobato

We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving last week and enjoy a couple days off your regular duties. We understand you may have missed some great projects we featured so just in case you did, check our selection after the break.

Dwelling In Avila / A-cero
A dwelling of generous proportions developed over a single storey to facilitate the indoor-outdoor connection and to make the most of the environment in which it stands. Surrounded by meadows, tree groves, chestnut, pine and oak trees and wildlife represented by stags, wild boar and roe deer, the edifice establishes a recognised link with the traditional architecture and vernacular customs (read more…) (more…)

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© Rainer Viertlboeck

For this selection of last week’s best posts, we have five amazing and very different project. One university, an office building, a restaurant, a museum, and a kindergarden. Check them all after the break.

University of Chicago – South Campus Chiller Plant / Murphy Jahn
The project for a new chiller plant at the University of Chicago provided the opportunity to design for function, performance, materials, construction while simultaneously considering how the technical equipment could be displayed as if it were a piece of art. The resulting expression of the South Campus Chiller Plant is a modern celebratory display of technical equipment (read more…) (more…)

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Courtesy of Preston Scott Cohen

Here are five great projects you may have missed last week. Check them all after the break.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building / Preston Scott Cohen
Located in the center of the city’s cultural complex, the program for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building posed an extraordinary architectural challenge: to resolve the tension between the tight, idiosyncratic triangular site and the museum’s need for a series of large, neutral rectangular galleries (read more…) (more…)

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Last week we featured really interesting articles, like The Challenges of Abandoned Architecture, about the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria. Also, two amazing project in Europe, a classic by Le Corbusier, and Kengo Kuma’s awarded design for the V&A at Dundee. Check them all after the break.

The Challenges of Abandoned Architecture : Buzludzha Monument / Gueorguy Stoilov
Why would this building be abandoned when at one point it was such a significant symbol for the country? Buildings such as this that have been left to stand alone are calling out for architects to intervene and come up with well thought out solutions while being sensitive to its historical significance. At one time, the Buzludzha Monument, designed by Gueorguy Stoilov, was the most celebrated monument dedicated to the sociopolitical movement of communism (read more…) (more…)

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© Jens Lindhe

We don’t want you to miss some of the most amazing projects we featured last week. So check our last week’s selection after the break!

8 House / BIG
Celebrating its third project with the same development team in the maturing neighborhood of Orestad, the construction of the 61,000 sqm 8 House has come to an end, allowing people to bike all the way from the street up to its 10th level penthouses alongside terraced gardens where the first residents have already moved in (read more…) (more…)

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© Edmund Sumner

What? You missed MVRDV’s Balancing Barn last week? Five great projects you didn’t see last week after the break.

Balancing Barn / MVRDV
Balancing Barn is situated on a beautiful site by a small lake in the English countryside near Thorington in Suffolk. The Barn responds through its architecture and engineering to the site condition and natural setting. The traditional barn shape and reflective metal sheeting take their references from the local building vernacular. In this sense the Balancing Barn aims to live up to its educational goal in re-evaluating the countryside and making modern architecture accessible (read more…) (more…)

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© Christian Richters

Just in case you were sick, on vacation, or just offline… Here are five great projects we featured last week. Check them all after the break.

Schouwburg Amphion / Mecanoo
Amphion Theatre, designed by Mecanoo, takes the place of the former and successful Amphion Theatre of the seventies which needed replacing. With its slightly reclined facades, the theatre is anchored firmly to the Doetinchem ground. The sand-coloured masonry is interrupted by a playful pattern of square windows which appear to be strewn on the facades (read more…) (more…)