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Rammed Earth Construction: 15 Exemplary Projects

12:00 - 13 May, 2018
© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Iwan Baan © Stefan Müller © Norman Müller © Filip Dujardin + 19

This week, we're highlighting a selection of the best images of projects built using rammed earth. These 15 works show the attractive aesthetic finish created by the superposition of multiple layers of compressed soil. Despite having been neglected as a construction technique for years, this type of construction is now experiencing a renaissance in architecture. Read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Filip DujardinJoão Morgado, and Nic Lehoux

Mexican Houses That Show the Many Ways to Use Bricks

12:00 - 6 May, 2018
Mexican Houses That Show the Many Ways to Use Bricks, © Patrick Lopez
© Patrick Lopez

© Carlos Berdejo Mandujano © César Béjar © Ricardo Rodríguez Cortesía de Ariel Valenzuela + Diego Ledesma + 12

This week we present a selection of the best images of brick houses published on our site. These 11 Mexican projects reveal the diversity of expression that architects in the country have achieved through creative arrangements of the brick modules. read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Carlos Berdejo MandujanoOnnis Luque, and Patrick Lopez.

LL328 House / CDM Casas de México

11:00 - 3 May, 2018
LL328 House / CDM Casas de México, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architects in charge

    Javier Dueñas y Jaime de Obeso
  • Architecture and Construction Team

    Delfino Lozano, Daniel Villalba, Isaac Mora, Ernesto Godínez, Rodrigo Carreón
  • Area

    684.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Rory Gardiner

Washington Avenue Townhouses / Pandolfini Architects

20:00 - 8 April, 2018
Washington Avenue Townhouses / Pandolfini Architects, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell + 15

Argyle Street Apartments / Pandolfini Architects

20:00 - 7 April, 2018
Argyle Street Apartments / Pandolfini Architects, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Dominic Pandolfini
  • Builder

    Duo Built
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

6 Materials That Age Beautifully

09:30 - 26 March, 2018
6 Materials That Age Beautifully, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

Often as architects we neglect how the buildings we design will develop once we hand them over to the elements. We spend so much time understanding how people will use the building that we may forget how it will be used and battered by the weather. It is an inevitable and uncertain process that raises the question of when is a building actually complete; when the final piece of furniture is moved in, when the final roof tile is placed or when it has spent years out in the open letting nature take its course?

Rather than detracting from the building, natural forces can add to the material’s integrity, softening its stark, characterless initial appearance. This continuation of the building process is an important one to consider in order to create a structure that will only grow in beauty over time. To help you achieve an ever-growing building, we have collated six different materials below that age with grace.

Los Terrenos / Tatiana Bilbao

11:00 - 13 February, 2018
Los Terrenos / Tatiana Bilbao, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro Garza García, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Paola Toriz, Sofía Betancur, Roberto Rosales, Enrique Silva, José Amozurrutia
  • Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Elfort Road House / Amos Goldreich Architecture

05:00 - 23 January, 2018
Elfort Road House  / Amos Goldreich Architecture, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 31

Tatiana Bilbao: “Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet”

09:30 - 12 January, 2018
Tatiana Bilbao: “Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet”, House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan
House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan

As part of a generation of designers that have, in recent years, put Mexico on the map, Tatiana Bilbao is an architect that is increasingly part of the profession’s global consciousness. But, while some Mexican architects have made their mark with spectacular architecture following the international trend of “iconic” architecture, Bilbao opted instead for a more people-focused approach. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, Bilbao explains how she got into this type of community-building architecture, her thoughts on architectural form, and her ambitions for the future.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: The more I talk to architects of your generation or my generation, the more it becomes apparent that architecture has absolutely no boundaries. In other words, architecture is not just about buildings. More and more, architecture is about building communities.

Tatiana Bilbao: Absolutely. For me, that is the most important part of architecture. Architecture is not about building a building; architecture is about building a community.

Housing in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, 2015. Image © Jaime Navarro Bioinnova, Culiacán Rosales, Mexico, 2012. Image © Iwan Baan House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan Casa Ventura, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, 2011. Image © Rory Gardiner + 20

Port Melbourne House / Pandolfini Architects

19:00 - 28 November, 2017
Port Melbourne House / Pandolfini Architects, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 26

Entrepinos Housing / Taller Hector Barroso

09:00 - 28 November, 2017
Entrepinos Housing / Taller Hector Barroso, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Hector Barroso Riba
  • Design Team

    Vianney Watine, Thalia Bolio, Diego Ramirez
  • Area

    1700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Tatiana Bilbao: Creating Spaces with Relevance Means "Enhancing Someone's Life"

09:30 - 25 November, 2017

In the second film from this year's series of PLANE—SITE's Time-Space-Existence videos, Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao shares her philosophy of how architecture should be designed with the user’s experience in mind, rather than for standalone aesthetic qualities. In the video she discusses how architects should to some extent let go of their artistic intentions for a more practical approach to serve the needs of people, discussing how architecture has become detached from its key purpose over the last fifty years due to the influence of capitalism.

© Rory Gardiner © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 12

dRMM's Hastings Pier Wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize

17:01 - 31 October, 2017
dRMM's Hastings Pier Wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Francesco Montaguti
Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Francesco Montaguti

London-based architects dRMM have been announced as the winners of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for their renovation of Hastings Pier, beating out a shortlist including projects by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Baynes and Mitchell Architects; Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects; Groupwork + Amin Taha; and 6a architects.

"Hastings Pier is a masterpiece in regeneration and inspiration. The architects and local community have transformed a neglected wreck into a stunning, flexible new pier to delight and inspire visitors and local people alike," said RIBA President and Stirling Prize jury chair Ben Derbyshire.

Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Alex de Rijke Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Alex de Rijke Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © James Robertshaw Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Alex de Rijke + 12

Fleischmann Residence / PRODUCTORA

13:00 - 12 September, 2017
Fleischmann Residence / PRODUCTORA, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Author Architects

    Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Víctor Jaime, Abel Perles
  • Collaborators

    Juan Luis Rivera, Peter Boldt
  • Formation Association Architecture

    John Chan
  • Area

    220.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

RIBA Announces Shortlist for 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize

12:15 - 7 September, 2017
RIBA Announces Shortlist for 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of 6 projects competing for the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Now in its 20th year, the prize is the highest honor in the UK awarded to projects with a construction budget of less than £1 million.

Previous winners of the award include House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects (2016); The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects (2015); House No 7 by Denizen Works (2014); Montpelier Community Nursery by AY Architects (2013); Kings Grove by Duggan Morris Architects (2012); and St Patrick's Primary School Library and Music Room by Coffey Architects (2011). 

The 2017 shortlist is:

Red House / 31/44 Architects

02:00 - 21 July, 2017
Red House / 31/44 Architects, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Greater London, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Stephen Davies, Kate Nicklin
  • Area

    130.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Houseboat / Mole Architects

05:00 - 13 July, 2017
The Houseboat  / Mole Architects, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 23

22 Skinny Houses With a Narrow Footprint and a Broad Impact

06:00 - 25 April, 2017

Skinny houses have a wider appeal than their footprint would suggest. With cities becoming denser, and land becoming rare and expensive, architects are increasingly challenged to design in urban infill spaces previously overlooked. Although designing within these unusual parameters can be difficult, they often require an individual, sensitive response, which can often lead to innovative, playful, even inspiring results. With that in mind, here are 22 houses with a narrow footprint, and a broad impact.