Architecture

ISA creates hybrid housing complex for gentrifying neighbourhood in Philadelphia

The massing for this residential development by US architecture firm ISA was driven by its varied types of living units, from apartments and duplexes to three-story townhouses. Called Folsom Powerhouse, the housing development occupies a full block in Francisville, a gentrifying neighborhood between Philadelphia’s urban core and outlying areas. Constructed on a gently sloping site, …

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Simon Astridge stacks shipping containers to create backyard London office

UK architect Simon Astridge has used shipping containers, exposed plasterwork and clay lighting to create the offices and showroom for a London tile manufacturer. Astridge designed the Porcelain Gallery for Pentagon Tiles in a conservation area within Hatton Garden in London’s Camden. As part of the brief, Astridge was tasked with creating office space in the backyard of the showroom, and so chose …

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Grove of trees shades hillside Costa Rican house by Carazo Arquitectura

Costa Rica studio Carazo Arquitectura has completed a concrete residence that sprawls across the summit of a hill and steps down the slope into a canopy of vegetation. The Murray Music House is situated in the small Costa Rican city of Heredia, which forms part of the capital San Jose’s greater metropolitan area.   The …

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Seymourpowell demos VR software for collaboratively designing cars

London studio Seymourpowell’s virtual-reality tool for automotive design allows people in various locations around the world to work together in real-time. Debuted at last week’s London Motor Show, the tool enables collaborators in different locations – whether international or elsewhere in the same building – to observe and participate in the design process as it …

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Soft-toned set up pairs layouts by Women & Man and SP01

Products by Brooklyn-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio are on display alongside furniture by new Australian design brand SP01 at a pastel-coloured installation in New York. The Over/Under exhibition marks SP01’s US debut, and L&G Studio’s first interiors project. The two were brought together by furniture maker Modern Principle, which represents both businesses. L&G Studio was …

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FOG W b ‘s Cooley Ending up centre provides illustrative for Seas Location wetland save

A+Awards: California firm FOG Studio worked with the residents of East Palo Alto to design this bayside community centre and exhibition space, another winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Cooley Landing Education Center is located on a peninsula at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It sits on a former landfill site, which was …

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Snask rebrands Central The japanese civilization as Love Japan with heart-focused id

Stockholm studio Snask’s North Korea rebrand features a heart motif designed to create a “common feeling of belonging”.   The rebrand was created for Icon Magazine’s ongoing Rethink feature, which invites design studios to reinterpret anything they choose – from cigarette packaging to the pope. Snask designed a new flag for the totalitarian country, formally called …

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January 2012 Skuratowski’s “pavilion-like” Family home M features vast window(s) walls

Large windows are slotted in between concrete and timber-clad floorplates to form this polygonal house in the Swiss town of Möhlin, designed by Basel-based architect Jan Skuratowski. The single-family house was designed by Basel-based architect Jan Skuratowski for a plot adjacent to an existing property built in the 1980s. The new building is positioned alongside the existing house on …

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West Virginia home by GriD Architects perches above Potomac River

Maryland-based GriD Architects has taken cues from vernacular Appalachian houses and local rock formations to create this West Virginia home on a forested hillside. Having lost their original West Virginia home to a fire, a couple commissioned GriD architects to build a new residence on the rural site. The clients asked for a house that …

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Minimalist Light Phone is designed to be used as little as possible

Designers Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang have designed a mobile phone that intentionally lacks features, in hopes of encouraging users to disconnect from the internet. Designed to be used as a second phone, the Light Phone allows smartphone users to disconnect from their apps while still being contactable via phone call.   Hollier and Tang …

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