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Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Italy, has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from stone. Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the UK - from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of marble), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

Fragment. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Passage. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Stone. Image © Matthew Simmonds Stone Study. Image © Matthew Simmonds

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

Tower House . Image © Art Gray
Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless - to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary "Material Mind," after the break. 

Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Stone Creek Camp. Image © Art Gray

KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas Proposal / WORKSBUREAU

Seen as geologic formations rising from the land, the design for the KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas by WORKSBUREAU form great shade porticos beneath long cantilevered masses. Located in two of the civic Attractor beacons of the dense urban King Abdullah Financial District of Riyadh, the project also forms the gateway to the masterplan, framing the main park as it flows into the Wadi pedestrian artery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cadaques House Remodeling / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Pharmaceutical Abulense (COFABU) Co. / 3.14GA

© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Architects: 3.14 GA Location: Ávila, Spain Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Jara Varela

© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Casuarinas House / Metropolis

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Architects: Metropolis Location: Lima, Peru Architect in Charge: José Orrego Project Area: 569 sqm Photographs: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Reddy House / Khosla Associates

© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham

Architects: Khosla Associates Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India Design Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Praveena A. and Aditi S Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutham

© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham

La Isla House / Llosa Cortegana Architects

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Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

Architects: Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos Location: Lima, Peru Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 269.65 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Architects

Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Courtesy of Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

Rural Tourism in Montalegre / Nuno Flores + Sofia Neves

© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia

Architects: Nuno Flores + Sofia Neves Location: Parafita, Montalegre, Portugal Architects: Nuno Flores + Sofia Neves Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Manuel Correia

© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia
© Manuel Correia

House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization / José Luis Rodríguez Gil

Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

Architects: José Luis Rodríguez Gil Location: Granadilla, Canary Islands, Spain Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

Two Houses / BAUEN

© Mónica Matiauda
© Mónica Matiauda

Architects: BAUEN Location: Luque, Paraguay Architect In Charge: Aldo Cristaldo Kegler Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 600 sqm Photographs: Marcelo Jiménez, Mónica Matiauda

© Mónica Matiauda
© Mónica Matiauda
© Mónica Matiauda
© Mónica Matiauda

Ro House Tapalpa / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

© Marcos García
© Marcos García

Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos Location: Tapalpa, Jalisco, México Architects: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez Collaborators: Rigo González and Gabriela Chávez Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Marcos García

© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García

Nerua Restaurant / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga, Oscar da Costa Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

Refurbishment of the West Tower in Huesca City Hall / ACXT

© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

Architects: ACXT Location: Huesca, Spain Design Team: Ana Morón Hernandez, Raimundo Bambó Naya, Pedro Lafuente Lles Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

Jean Carrière Nursery School / Tectoniques Architects

© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau

Architects: Tectoniques Architects Location: Nimes, France Associated Architects: Atelier GA Photographs: Jerome Ricolleau

© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau
© Jerome Ricolleau

H House / Budapesti Műhely

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

Architects: Budapesti Műhely Location: Sóskút, Hungary Architect In Charge: Tamás Dévényi, Budapesti Műhely Associate Architects: István Kovács, Eszter Mihály, Orsolya Takács, Viktor Vadász Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

1966-1976 Museum in Anren / Atelier FCJZ

© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao

Architects: Atelier Feichang Jianzhu Location: Dayi, Sichuan, China Architect In Charge: Liu Lubin Project Team: Wu Xia, Guo Qingmin, Liang Xiaoning, Feng Bo Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 2114.0 sqm Photographs: Yang Cao

© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao
© Yang Cao

The Secret Garden / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Architects: Tomas Ghisellini Architects Location: Tavazzano con Villavesco (Lodi), Italy Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects