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Homerton College Dining Hall / Feilden Fowles

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

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Brighton Festival Brings the Riwaq, a Type of Arabic Colonnade, to the Hove Seafront, in the UK

Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz bring an Arabic-inspired architectural element to the seafront of Hove as part of this year’s Brighton Festival. The temporary pavilion is built in the shape of the traditional arcade called The Riwaq. Conceived as a place that brings people together, the installation will host free cultural and community events, all organized as part of England’s largest annual multi-arts festival. Established in 1967, the Brighton Festival celebrates music, theatre, dance, art, film, literature, debate, and outdoor events in various locations across Brighton, Hove, and East Sussex.

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RIBA Announces 2022 London Awards Winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winning projects for the 2022 RIBA London architecture awards. The list of 42 buildings includes projects ranging from a sustainable council housing development to a cookery school for children, showcasing the best architectural interventions in London over the past two years. The projects were selected by a regional jury, who visited all 66 shortlisted projects. RIBA London Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.

The Library House, Macdonald Wright Architects. Image © Heiko PriggeBreakers Place, Nottingdale. Image © Rob ParrishVictoria House, Bloomsbury. Image © St†le EriksenWoods Quay. Image © Richard Oxford+ 43

The Pottering Shed / Studio MUTT

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  • Architects: Studio MUTT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Nemetschek, Bostic
  • Professionals : Solidspace, Andrew Blackburn

Gardener’s Cottage / PAD studio

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Art Barn / Thomas Randall-Page

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Taylor & Chatto Courts + Wilmott Court Frampton Park Estate / Henley Halebrown

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How to Divide Spaces Without Traditional Solid Partitions

Functionality, good ventilation, comfortable lighting, and access to views are some of the important required characteristics that make for human comfort in inhabited or occupied spaces. Nonetheless, those elements are becoming harder to achieve within smaller city dwellings. Architects and individuals, therefore, turn towards design solutions to create more agreeable and personalized settings.

An initial solution to upscale and widen spaces is to reduce the amount of standard solid partitions or walls and replace them with alternative means of spatial separation. 

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East Quay / Invisible Studio

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RIBA Reveals Shortlisted Projects for London Awards

100 Liverpool Street  by Hopkins Architects . Image © Janie Airey
100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects . Image © Janie Airey

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlisted projects for the 2022 RIBA London architecture awards. The list of 68 buildings includes projects ranging from individual houses to schools and office towers in the city centre, showcasing the best architectural interventions in London over the past two years. All designs will be assessed by a regional jury, and the winning projects will be announced later this spring. Subsequently, Regional Award winners will be considered for the RIBA National Award.

Pinnacle House, Royal Wharf by Mae Architects . Image © Rory GardinerBunhill 2 Energy Centre by Cullinan Studio . Image © Paul Raftery100 Bishopsgate, Allies and Morrison . Image © Jason HawkesMountain View by CAN . Image © Jim Stephenson+ 70

Mountain View House / CAN

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  • Architects: CAN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Inopera, Alusion, Craven Dunhill Jackfield, Factorylux, Smile Plastics, +1

Narula House / John Pardey Architects

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House with Courtyards / Invisible Studio

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  • Architects: Invisible Studio
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Focus, TECU®, Lazenby, Basalt Powerfloated, Clare Spellman, +3
  • Professionals : Harbour Construction

National Youth Theatre / DSDHA

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The Department Store Studios / Squire & Partners

© Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

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The Green House Office Building / Waugh Thistleton Architects

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Textured Fiber Cement: A More Sensory Architectural Experience

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Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh used the impasto technique extensively in their paintings. Both applied thick layers of oil paint over the canvas, usually one shade at a time, and it was up to the viewer's brain to mix the colors and create the desired effects. When dry, the paint forms reliefs and textures on the canvas, evoking a sense of movement. Even without being able to touch the screen, the texture of the brushstrokes gives a three-dimensionality to the painting, something that can only be fully observed by seeing the artwork live, looking at it from more than one angle and actually experiencing it.

In his famous book “The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses,” Juhani Pallasmaa points to "a predilection in favor of vision and in detriment of the other senses in the way architecture was conceived, taught and criticized, as well as the consequent disappearance of sensory and sensual characteristics in arts and architecture." According to the author, "an architectural work is not experienced as a series of isolated retinal images, but in its fully integrated material, corporeal, and spiritual essence."

Construction and Design Trends of 2021: The Recurring, The Popular, The Relevant and The Substantial

As we look back at the architecture projects we have published in 2020, as part of our yearly review, we were able to distinguish many recurring elements and solutions in terms of materials, programs, and functions.

Since the architecture industry moves slightly slower than others, we found that many things in the construction and design that have been building up these past years have come out making strong statements this 2020. We believe, therefore, that trends in the architecture world could be defined not only by what has been recurrent and popular but also, what has proven to be relevant and substantial.

Frenches Interior / Sibling Architecture. Image © Christine FrancisVilla in Ibiza / Reutov Design. Image Courtesy of Reutov Dmitry, Gerner EkaterinaSky House / MIA Design Studio. Image © Trieu ChienMountain View House / CAN. Image © Jim Stephenson+ 49