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East Beach Café

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The East Beach Café is an wonderful structure designed by Heatherwick Studio, sits right on the beach in Littlehampton, West Sussex. ‘The cafe is a great hollow hulk of welded steel that is practical and resilient, designed to avoid the cliche of another dull seaside pavilion.’

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Endesa Solar Pavilion By IAAC

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Endesa Pavilion is a self-sufficient solar prototype installed at the Marina Dock, within the framework of the International BCN Smart City Congress. Over a period of one year it will be used as control room for monitoring and testing several projects related to intelligent power management. The pavillion is actually the prototype of a multi-scale construction system. A facade composed by modular components, like solar brick, that respond to photovoltaic gaining, solar protection, insulation, ventilation, lighting … The same parametric logic adapt façade geometries to the specific environmental requirements for each point of the building. It is is a single component that integrates all levels of intelligence that the building needs.

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Department of Islamic Arts at Louvre

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This is the new design for the department of Islamic Arts at Louvre, result of collaboration with architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini.

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NaCl House

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The NaCl House by Virginia based studio David Jameson Architect. This 4,860 square foot, radically shaped home is located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Photography by Paul Warcholvia (via ArchDaily)

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Hill House

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A stunning unconvential Hill House located near Melbourne, Australia, designed by Andrew Maynard Architects.

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BTV Branch Innsbruck

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This four-storey building, for European bank BTV by Austrian architect Rainer Köberl ‘suggests a chessboard, but also has something of the white snow-covered mountains that surround Innsbruck’. Link here.

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The Havøysund Tourist Route

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Norway’s Havøysund Tourist Route is a beautiful concrete structure located in the High North where the country’s sprawling mountains meet the Arctic Ocean. Designed by Norwegian Architects, Reiulf Ramstad, the twisting structure is equal parts art and function by serving as an unconventional ramp leading visitors through the rugged terrain down to the water. It’s also one of Norway’s 18 national tourist attractions encouraging visitors and locals to slow down and take in the country’s natural beauty.’

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Ant House by mA-style Architects

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Loving this minimalist residence in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan designed by the Japanese firm, mA-style Architects. More here.

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Aqua Tower in Chicago

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At 82 stories and over 1.9 million sf, Aqua Tower is one of few high-rises in the world that creates a community on its façade. With a hotel, apartments, condominiums, parking, offices, and one of Chicago’s largest green roofs, this multi-use tower demonstrates both architectural and technical achievements. Its outdoor terraces—which differ in shape from floor to floor based on criteria such as views, solar shading and dwelling size/type—create a strong connection to the outdoors and the city, as well as form the tower’s distinctive undulating appearance. (Architects: Studio Gang Architects)

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The Hive Apartment by ITN Architects

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The Hive Apartment was designed by architect Zvi Belling of ITN Architects. This site was specifically selected for a graffiti/architecture project. The ideas in the building have been refined over time by the designer in prior competitions, publications and collaborations with street artists. The architect developed the project with his neighbour (aka Prowla), a respected old school Melbourne graffiti ‘writer’ who contributed the design of the graffiti letters. The external precast concrete walls of the apartments are inscribed with these letters and other hip hop iconography. The graffiti relief panel spells HIVE written in ‘wild style’ with some initiation into the cultural codification of letters being required to decipher the words. These external geometries directly determine the interiors and have been extruded into living spaces in bulkheads and wall shapes. There are inherent tensions in the building where graffiti complete with spray drip effect has been created without any paint and an anti-establishment art form has been situated in an exclusive inner city residential suburb. These tensions are resolving over time as respect for the building spreads within the graffiti community and the local residents begin to claim ownership of their new street art. The outward presentation of robust public art fortifies the internal spaces into a calm refuge that is adorned with street art frames and canvasses. The notion of hive as home has been extracted from the facade and reappears through the fitout in various guises.

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