Contemporary architecture

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about contemporary architecture

Project • By Simple. ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Private house in Paros

The property is located in close proximity to the sea, but due to the nature of its topography, there is no direct view of it. The area has low grass and shrub vegetation and no existing natural protection from the sun. These factors, together with the investor’s wish for a house larger than the permitted above-ground construction on the island, are fundamental in the development of the project idea. Caption The house is completely sunken into the ground and consists of 13 modules with a square-shaped plan that are combined in different ways to create a spatial organization. The modules are divided into residential units and patio units with the basic principle being that each residential unit has at least one adjacent patio. Th... More

Project • By andblack design studioExhibition Centres

Darwin Bucky

CONCEPT DARWIN Live light, live smart! We are temporary visitors to this planet. It is important that we don’t leave any footprints that impact future generations. Therefore, we must cohabit with nature and not inhabit it. Permanently impermanent buildings are the future. Darwin is designed as a prefabricated kit of parts that can be dry assembled on site (and disassembled when required). It is made from legacy materials like steel, wood, aluminium and glass. The durability and cost of a Darwin is comparable to that of  a conventional building. It does not require a plinth to build on, heavy equipment to transport or cranes to erect. Hence, a Darwin Product is ideal for locations where road access is difficult, electricity sca... More

NewsNews • 11 Sep 2022

House 212 by NEBR Arquitetura takes cues from its surrounding natural landscape

Set amidst the scenic rocky lands of Agreste, Pernambucana in Brazil, Casa 212, designed by NEBR Arquitetura, is a 400sqm private house that beautifully addresses the surrounding landscape.  Maíra Acayaba The white monolith combines the unique green context with modern geometry. The concrete symbiosis of solid and voids create a rhythmic composition. Everything emerges and translates to nature in the poetry of the rectilinear mass. Maíra Acayaba The countryside house, clad in white and black stone, appears to emulate the sloping profile of the site, harmonizing substantial sections with generous volumes and openings. Natural light floods the design's plain façade through the definite voids, whil... More

Project • By A.J ArchitectsOffices

Stenciled Facade

The client brief was to design a commercial complex on a very prominent and busy road in a tight urban site. The fact that due to massive urban development in last two decades, the green cover of city has depleted drastically. We took it as a challenge to provide the inmates with open lung spaces and create a buffer between the inmates and the busy, noisy, polluted node in the city, especially after the pandemic.  A.J Architects  What struck us most was the presence of a huge tree on site. These two characteristics helped us formulate the generative diagram for the conception of the project. We decided to conceive the plan, such that the building weaves around the existing tree, not just physically but also phenomenally in a... More

Project • By BergmeyerRestaurants

Shake Shack Somerville, MA

Like an ideal dining experience, an ongoing design partnership thrives on delivering fresh, high-quality menu offerings with consistent service. Caption Shake Shack's restaurant expansion has been a savory opportunity to introduce the Shake Shack brand experience and serve up its delicious menu items to a growing list of locations all over the USA. Our collaborative project approach and trusted partnership with the fast-casual chain has allowed us to take on many roles with their internal team over the years, including prototype design, implementation, interior design, and project architect, to name a few. Caption While every location consistently delivers on Shake Shack's brand and food service standards, the experiences are un... More

Project • By Sanja PremrnPrivate Houses


An architect’s own family home is often an insight into their design ethos. Balancing the simplicity of rectilinear forms and raw materials such as stone, steel and glass with elegant, detailed interiors, it is a contemporary family home designed to stand the test of time.  Caption This modern home is located between typical single-dwelling houses from the 1970s and 1980s, which are mostly of two displaced volumes, all covered with gabled roofs. Rather than mimicking the existing surroundings, the new construction is slightly separated from them, without standing out. In fact, it is almost imperceptible.  Caption The project has 170 square meters on two floors and a terrace. The building location is an important... More

Project • By APS - Pablo SenmartinPrivate Houses


"Categorical / right angle of the character, / of the spirit, of the heart. / I looked at that character / and I found myself " The house is located in the western area of ​​the city of Córdoba, in an urban neighborhood that has large green areas, such as La Costanera del Río Suquía, the Botanical Garden, the Arroyo El Infiernillo, and several ravines.  In a minimum plot of 12.5m x 21m in front of Infiernillo, a 200m2 house was built for a family of young professionals. Gonzalo Viramonte The land had a natural slope of one meter ten (1.10m) descending towards the corner, given this characteristic it was decided to work on two levels, one yard (plus 1.50mts) and another access (plus 0.10mts). To give the pro... More

Project • By Tagir Fattori ArquiteturaCommercial Landscape

Pier 31

Pier 31 is a multi-family residential building worthy of a small, thriving and growing city. The building is located in a high point of the city of Flores da Cunha, in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil, a municipality that stands out for its wine production and furniture manufacturing, balancing innovation and tradition. Marcelo Donadussi Marcelo Donadussi Therefore, Pier 31 could not be much different: the building was conceived on a relatively narrow site, with contemporary design and only four floors intended for apartments with generally traditional floor plans. The project's differential lies precisely in the contemporary design: unusual for the region, but still respecting the urban scale and occasionally bringing... More

Project • By Cotaparedes ArquitectosPrivate Houses

La Piedad

The name of La Piedad alludes to the city of La Piedad, Michoacán and pain like Michelangelo's Pietà. On a plot of 10 meters wide by 35 meters deep, equal to the proportion of the Gilardi house by Luis Barragán, and with a topography with a drop of 3 meters, the house is articulated through patios that emerge from the basement dividing the areas public and private house. César Béjar The piece, stereotomic, raises its walls wrapping itself in an introspective architecture, where the relationship between the interior and the exterior exists, but is not completely evident. The project arises from the basement, due to the owners' interest in having a social area so that their children can enjoy convivi... More

Project • By VM ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Axial House in Vadakara, Kerala by VM Architects

The Axial House is one of the best examples of contemporary architecture designed and executed by VM Architects under the helm of Architect Vinay Mohan. Mr. Vinay Mohan is the Founder and Principal Architect at VM Architects is known for his out-of-the-box contemporary architecture style, with more emphasis on Nature and Green Architecture. His latest project The Axial House too follows the same pattern. Caption The Axial House is the result of functional and innovative architectural techniques combined with eco-friendly designs. When it came to building his dream home, the client, Dr.Libin Balan, the now owner of the Axial House had a clear image in mind – he wanted to have a soothing habitable space with all the modern ameniti... More

Project • By Barault ArchitectsHotels

A twisted prismatic approach of a boutique hotel

The Ampia Vista retreat is located on a steep longtitudinal plot at the southern part of Meganisi island offering breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. Additional to the 34 double rooms, 8 triple rooms and 6 luxurious suites, the complex includes high standard food and beverage facilities as well as a wellness  center.    The name derives from the Italian meaning of the phrase “ample view”, which is the key element of the hotel. A prerequisite for the design team was that all rooms and facilities have unique unhindered views of the mesmerizing blue of the nearby bay.    As Greek villages are anchored on mountainsides and have their public square located at the center, the retreat is deployed on a sta... More

Project • By MosaInformation Centres

Audi Quattro Festkogl Alm Hut

Project Audi Quattro Festkogl Alm, published by Mosa. Location: Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria Category: Housing, Restraurant Connect with Mosa for more information More

Project • By BEGAMuseums

EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam

With the distinctive new building of the Film Museum, the north of Amsterdam, near the city centre, is experiencing a welcome revival thanks to a throng of visitors. Besides an extensive range of events, it is also the architecture itself that invites visitors to this new experience.The attractive building cannot be missed as it rises from the banks of the IJ river and guarantees a different appearance depending on your point of view. The building opens up towards the south with large areas of glazing. Closed areas of the façade are directed northwards, offering room for cinemas and exhibition areas in the interior.The futuristic structure is illuminated according to a simple principle. Four in-ground luminaires supply the light for... More
The metal rafters with a wave kind of pattern broken with the trapezoidal boxes impart the bold and brutalist look to the entire façade.

Project • By A.J ArchitectsOffices

Rhythmic screened Façade

The commercial complex planned in Jigani, an industrial and marble trader’s hub, in the suburbs of Bangalore. The program of the structure was clear in client’s brief. The structure was primarily made with the objective to earn rental income in the fast-growing area and they wanted the lower floor to be used for retail or restaurant and office space in the upper floors. The typology of the structures prevailing in the area are box type industrial shed type. The design team planned to make a building to complement and stand out of the otherwise box type industrial shed look.   The team planned the structure with placing the core of the building on the right-hand side corner of the structure facing the main road. The side ro... More

Project • By Phaedrus StudioShops


While designed for a specific client and a site with opportune zoning and planning, Hi-Lo Hybrid tackles a prevailing narrow lot condition along Toronto's main streets. Despite the demand for increased density and housing options on these existing transit and mixed-use corridors, they remain largely underdeveloped, including an estimated 250km composed of existing single-family homes reinforced by low-rise residential zoning and planning. Outdated zoning and current planning policies limit the range of infill opportunities, driving homogenous stacked townhouse forms, as well as outsized mid-rise developments and retail spaces requiring long term lot assembly. Over time these development models become further entrenched. Hi-Lo Hybrid demonst... More