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Kumutoto Toilets

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‘These public toilets are located at the Synergy Plaza in the Kumutoto precinct on Wellington’s waterfront. As well as taking into account practical considerations such as security, hygiene and vandalism, the brief was to create a structure with a sculptural form, something iconic, highly visible and unusual that was also well integrated into the visual and historical context ofthe surrounding precinct.’ Link here.

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Museum Liaunig

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Museum Liaunig is the home of about 2500 pieces of art collected by Herbert Liaunig, an Austrian industrialist. Great design by architects Querkraft.

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Pocket-Sized Portable “House”

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‘The Basic House is a temporary housing solution so portable it can be folded up to fit in your pocket. Created from a metalized polyester material, when unfolded it self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun to provide an instant shelter. ‘The Basic House was designed by Martin Azura, a Barcelona-based designer who works with minimal materials and seeks to use natural forms of energy or the environment to complete his work.’

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Green Cast

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‘Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates has designed a small building in Odawara, a city located in western Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Completed in 2011, this 11,000 square foot building is characterized by its striking facade of pixelated aluminum planters.’ Link here.

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Synthetic Grass-Covered House

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Family house in Frohnleiten, Austria, by architect Weichlbauer Ortis (ORTIS GmbH) covered in synthetic grass. Found here.

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‘Black Box’ Office Space

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‘Modern work spaces can be constructed or redesigned – this next project is part of the latter- a former machinery shed was redesigned to suit a modern office lifestyle. Named the Black Box, this black glass-covered volume was completed in February 2012. As a result of a fruitful collaboration between Tina Tziallas Architecture Studio and Factor Design, the Black Box in Wildes Meadow, Australia, was created for a software design studio. High-performance tilt doors open to reveal a powerful connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.’

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House in Senri by Shogo Iwata

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Japanese architect Shogo Iwata designed the three-storey-high house in Senri, Osaka which contains a total of eight floor connected by sets of four or five stairs at a time. Link here.

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Asakusa Culture Tourist Info Center

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This is the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, in Tokyo by architect Kengo Kuma. The building has four conference rooms, a tourist information office, and an exhibition space. (via Japanese Design)

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Moses Bridge

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Moses Bridge by RO&AD Architecten is a sunken and seemingly invisible bridge that divides the water in Halsteren, The Netherlands. Very cool.

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HWKN

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Aging in Africa sets out to be the first age-valued community on the African continent where the elderly can maintain a meaningful and healthy lifestyle in a comfortable and safe environment. It is a retirement community for Catholic priests that are excluded from the traditional, family based, model of elder care in Cote D’Ivoire. The architecture is shaped by deploying a holistic set of social, economic and environmentally sustainable theories pertaining to elder living and care. It is about architecture that does not just house caring, it is architecture as the caring device. Our hope is that it is an inspiration for a new breed of community that values the efficacy of spirit over efficiency of care.

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