David Schreyer

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Possibilities of Forms for Molding Exposed Concrete

Peter Zumthor, in one of his most emblematic works, gives concrete an almost sacred dimension. The work in question is the small Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, located in a small village in Germany, a construction that is both robust and sensitive. Built with white cement, which was mixed with stones and sand from the region, the chapel is composed of 24 layers of concrete that were poured day after day by local labor, and compressed in an unusual way. The building's flat and smooth exterior contrasts with its interior, which was initially made of inclined wooden logs forming a triangular void. To remove these internal forms, the logs were set on fire in a controlled process, reducing them to ash and creating a carbonized interior that varied between black and gray and retained the texture of the negatives of the logs. The result is a masterpiece of architecture, a space for reflection and transformation, in which the same material appears in diametrically opposing ways.

Casa Canal / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fran ParenteCasa na Aldeia da Serra / MMBB Arquitetos + SPBR Arquitetos. Image © Nelson KonCasa no meio do caminho / Enrique Martin Moreno + Lucio Muniain et al. Image © Lucio MuniainCasa no Jardim Paulistano / GrupoSP. Image © Nelson Kon+ 17

House for Psychosocial Care and Living / Fügenschuh Hrdlovics Architekten

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White House / Marc Flick Architekt BDA + HGA Henning Grahn Architektur + Christian Stock

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Mainz, Germany

Black House / HGA Henning Grahn Architektur + Marc Flick Architekt BDA + Christian Stock

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© David Schreyer

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Mainz, Germany

New Gallery and Casemates / Bevk Perović arhitekti

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Wiener Neustadt, Austria

High School Crinkled Wall / WIESFLECKER ARCHITECTURE

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Courage to the gap / STUDIO LOIS Architecture

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Swarovski Manufaktur / Snøhetta

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  • Architects: Snohetta
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project

Revitalisation Biomedical Technology / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  11942
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dr. Pfeiler, Haustechniker, Norbert Rabl, Peter Mandl

007 ELEMENTS - James Bond Cinematic Installation / Obermoser arch-omo ZT GmbH

© Kristopher Grunert© Kristopher Grunert© David Schreyer© Kristopher Grunert+ 26

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Edeltechnik Kluckner GmbH, Gnigler, Ing. Thurner GmbH & Co KG, Metallbau Wilhelmer, Schöpf Metalltechnik

House Between the Mountains / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

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Contemporary Religious Architecture That Rethinks Traditional Spaces for Worship

© Fabrice Fouillet
© Fabrice Fouillet

Constructing places of worship has always been an intricate practice, managing to detach the human, and release the boundary between body, mind, and spirit. Holy presence has been crucial in designing and constructing sacred places, which is why almost all religious building possessed similar characteristics: grandiosity, monolithic material, natural elements, and a plan that compliments an individual’s circulation through the space. Contemporary religious structures, however, found a way to adapt to the evolution of architecture. Unlike the Gothic or Baroque periods, modern-day architecture does not have a dominant identity. It is, in fact, a combination of postmodernism, futurism, minimalism, and everything in between. Architects have found a way to transform these exclusive, religion-devoted places into structures of spirituality, manifestation, and fascination.

Here is a selection of contemporary religious buildings that prove once again that architects are breaking all boundaries of creativity.

© Adam LetchCourtesy of S.M.A.O© Ahmad MirzaeeCourtesy of Kojii Fuji / Nacasa & Partners Inc.+ 24

15 Bars That Combine Texture, Lighting, and Materials to Perfection

© studiovd.gr© Frank Herfort© Yuri Palmin© Imagen Subliminal+ 16

Bars are the perfect meeting place to finish the day in the company of friends and a few drinks. The relaxed atmosphere and lighting allow intimate discussions around tables, while the social butterflies can instead meet around the focal element of the space, the bar.

The atmosphere provoked by the mixture of textures, smells, materials, and darkness—ideally accompanied by a cocktail menu—is an essential component in helping us find our favorite watering holes. Read on for a selection of 15 incredible examples of this typology, with images by prominent photographers such as Frank Herfort, Serena Eller Vanicher, and Yann Deret.

10 Innovative Ways to Use Concrete: The Best Photos of the Week

© Song Yousub
© Song Yousub

Of all construction materials, concrete is perhaps the one that allows the greatest diversity of finishes and textures. The mixture of its ingredients, the shape and texture of the formwork, and the pigmentation of the materials all offer the opportunity to achieve an interesting design. This week we've prepared a selection of 10 inspiring images of innovative concrete, taken by renowned photographers such as Gonzalo Viramonte, Song Yousub, and Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal.

© David SchreyerCortesía de Moon Hoon© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal© Giorgio Marafioti+ 12

Archeology in a Jazz Club / BÜRO KLK

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  • Architects: BÜRO KLK
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: De Sede, FSB, Vola, Molto Luce

15 Facades That Push Conventional Limits: The Best Photos of the Week

© Hiroyuki Oki© Laurian Ghinitoiu© Peter Bennetts© Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti+ 15

New technological developments in construction have given architects great freedom when designing. Innovations in construction materials and their properties allow for the creation of increasingly original and surprising facades. The buildings constructed as a result can even inspire people to travel thousands of kilometers just to see these masterpieces. This week, we present 15 of most ground-breaking facades through photos by prominent photographers such as Paul Ott, Peter Bennetts and Laurian Ghinitoiu.

Kulturzentrum Ischgl / Parc Architekten

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  • Architects: Parc Architekten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013