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Stone: The Latest Architecture and News

Cyclopean Concrete and Its Many Diverse Uses and Applications in Architecture

Historically, "cyclopean" referred to a building technique that superimposed large stone blocks together without any mortar. This allowed for a diverse array of structures across various civilizations, including defensive walls, talayots, navetas, nuraghes, temples, tombs, and forts. Nowadays, the term applies to any ancient structure consisting of large stones superimposed to form a polygonal shape.

Grafton Architects, Anupama Kundoo and More to Design Interventions Alongside Artisans in Chile

The Chilean organization Ruta Pais Foundation has invited international architects and local artisans to design a series of architectural interventions in order to create 3 artisan routes in the Chilean Central Valley: Wicker Route in Chimbarongo, Clay Route in Pomaire, and Stone Route in Pelequén.

Stone Houses in Uruguay: Interior and Exterior Designs

Cl House / Steverlynck+Iglesias Molli Arquitectos. Image © Francisca SteverlynckSierra Ballena I / AFRa. Image © Federico KulekdjianPunta House / Marcio Kogan. Image © Reinaldo CoserMystic House / FDS Arquitectos. Image © Jose Pampin+ 19

While stone has been used in construction since time immemorial, it's maintained its place in architecture thanks to its design capabilities, durability, and efficiency.

OMA Completes the Galleria Department Store in Gwanggyo, South Korea

Designed by OMA / Chris van Duijn, the Department Store Galleria in Gwanggyo, south of Seoul has just opened. The store’s sixth branch is located at the center of the relatively young and new urban development.

© Hong Sung Jun, courtesy of OMA© Hong Sung Jun, courtesy of OMA© Hong Sung Jun, courtesy of OMA© Hong Sung Jun, courtesy of OMA+ 13

Groupwork Architects Investigate the Sustainable Advantage of Structural Stone

Groupwork, in collaboration with Jackson Coles, Eight Associates, Webb Yates, The Stonemasonry Company and Polycor, is investigating the possibilities to build large commercial buildings in stone, through the Stone Tower Research project and The New Stone Age exhibition.

Eric Parry Architects FinsburySq. Image © Helene BinetPerraudin Collective Housing, Switzerland. Image © PerraudinCarlSvestedt DelasWinery. Image © Dan GlasserAAU FlatVault Jerusalem. Image © Mikaela Burstow+ 22

The New Stone Age

This landmark exhibition at the Building Centre will explore the potential of stone to revolutionise architecture and construction in light of the current climate crisis. It may seem like an ancient building material but stone has serious sustainability credentials; with the ability to reduce a project’s embodied carbon by an incredible 90 per cent compared to typical steel or concrete frames. The New Stone Age will celebrate the sustainability, practicality and inherent beauty of the world’s oldest natural material.

The exhibition is accompanied by an experimental installation in the Store Street Crescent, in the form of a giant raised stone floor

The Beauty of Marble in Interiors and Facades

Michelangelo's sculptures. The ancient Greek temples. Castle interiors and palaces. The iconic Barcelona Pavilion of Mies van der Rohe. When we approach the history of architecture and sculpture, it is inevitable that we speak of marble. Originating from a chemical reaction in limestone when exposed to high pressures and temperatures for thousands of years, this notable material is a metamorphic rock generally found in regions where volcanic activity has occurred. Its extraction, by itself, is already a spectacle.

Casa Groenlândia / Triptyque. Image © Pedro KokCasa Groenlândia / Triptyque. Image © Pedro KokBent dan Light / BK Interior Design & Architectural Planning. Image © Mario WibowoHaight / MNMA studio. Image © Fran Parente+ 30

Laguna House / AUÁ arquitetos

© Vinicius Assencio© Vinicius Assencio© Vinicius Assencio© Vinicius Assencio+ 36

Botucatu, Brazil
  • Arquitetos: AUÁ arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Botuloc, Esquadrimax, Freschi Estruturas Metálicas, Lajes Artecon, Living Lustres, +3

Kennzur Spa / Zize Zink Arquitetura

© Romulo Fialdini© Romulo Fialdini© Yuri Seródio© Romulo Fialdini+ 43

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Estudio Sertões, Palimanan, Tora Brasil, Trimble

The Versatility of Gabion Walls, From Infrastructure to Urban Furniture

Widely used in infrastructure, gabion walls are structures made of mesh metal cages filled with stones. These permeable walls use galvanized steel wire to withstand outdoor conditions. 

Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano. Image Cortesia de Parque HumanoBAH Restaurante Parkshopping / Tellini Vontobel Arquitetura. Image © Cristiano BauceRestauración Paisajística del Vertedero de Residuos de la Vall d'en Joan / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes. Image © Jordi SurrocaMirador Asomo al Vacío. Image Cortesia de Loreto Mellado Medel+ 62

Country House in Lugar da Lapa / ADAPTEYE

© José Campos© José Campos© José Campos© José Campos+ 29

  • Architects: ADAPTEYE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2994 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Discover Pritzker Prize Laureate Gottfried Böhm's Brutalist Church in Brazil

Gottfried Böhm is a German architect who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1986. His father, Dominikus Böhm and his grandfather Alois Böhm were both architects, as well as three of his sons, among them, Peter Böhm. Few people know that he has two projects erected in Brazil, in Brusque and Blumenau - two cities highly influenced by German culture. Photographer Ronaldo Azambuja shared with us his series of photographs of the mother church Igreja Matriz São Luiz Gonzaga in Brusque. The text was written by Angelina Wittmann, architect, and researcher.

© Ronaldo Azambuja© Ronaldo Azambuja© Ronaldo Azambuja© Ronaldo Azambuja+ 38

AM House / NVArquitetura

© Rpdois Imagens© Rpdois Imagens© Lio Simas© Rpdois Imagens+ 41

  • Architects: NV Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6243 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Moooi, VEKA, Brilia, Hunter Douglas, +8

House N / F:Poles Arquitetura

© Rui Antunes© Rui Antunes© Fabiana Santa© Fabiana Santa+ 60

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1090
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aluxe Iluminação, Amarante madeiras, Arza Mármores, Comsil, Deca, +7

Leisure Pavilion / Bruno Rossi Arquitetos

© André Scarpa© André Scarpa© André Scarpa© André Scarpa+ 27

Santo Antônio de Posse, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  175
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ladrilar, Personal Refrigeração, reka iluminacao

Shanghai WaiGaoQiao NO.1 Free Trade Area Industrial Park / DESHIN Architecture & Planning

© Feng Shao
© Feng Shao

© Feng Shao© Feng ShaoViews in the park. Image © Feng Shao© Feng Shao+ 33

The Technology Before the Wheel: A Brief History of Dry Stone Construction

A collection of stones piled one on top of the other, dry stone is an iconic building method found just nearly everywhere in the world. Relying solely on an age-old craft to create sturdy, reliable structures and characterised by its rustic, interlocking shapes, the technique has deep roots that stretch back even before the invention of the wheel. Its principles are simple: stack the stones to create a unified, load-bearing wall. But the efficient, long-lasting results, coupled with the technique’s cultural significance, have lead to continued use and updated interpretations all the way to contemporary architecture today.

© <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Broch_of_Mousa_-_geograph.org.uk_-_2800.jpg'>Anne Burgess</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan© Laurian Ghinitoiu+ 11