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Project • By Stephane Paumier ArchitectsAuditoriums

Ahmedabad University Centre

Project Team:  Vrushali Patil, Mayank Jain, Vrinda Jain, Shipra Dawar The brief for the Ahmedabad University Centre was created organically with the University Board as a hub for the in-between hours of formal teaching.  The aim was to create a centre that would become an incubator for academic life and a place for generating new ideas by creating interactive spaces besides formal educational functions. Being located at the vehicular entrance with underground parking, it also acts as a gateway between the city and the pedestrian university campus. Amit Pasricha The culture of street food being crucial to the fabric of Ahmedabad and student life, it was essential to design the food court as an extension of the street, leadin... More

Project • By Matthew Giles ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Hannington Road

Creating a series of indoor and outdoor experiences that blend expansive space and an unconventional sectional arrangement, Matthew Giles Architects have reimagined a Victorian townhouse in a way that adds in everyday delight. Situated in Clapham Old Town the design reorders the ground and first floor layouts and adds a new open-plan kitchen and living space beneath an expansive 2-storey void. © Logan Irvine-MacDougall On entry to the house, the young family are given immediate axial views through the extended building footprint to the kitchen and main living space. The generously proportioned entrance gives way to the dining area which links together the front reception room and the kitchen. From here the designers have subverte... More

NewsNews • 31 Mar 2023

A signature ergonomically curved brick wall defines the Mutu Loka cafe in Bandung, Indonesia

Founded in 2022, the Mutu Loka cafe, designed by Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture, drew inspiration from the evolution of Cilaki 33 and its juxtaposition of outdated contemporary lifestyle with modern design elements. The pandemic of the early 2020s led people to discern the importance of open spaces in communal areas, a concept central to MUTU Loka's philosophy. The main building in the front area holds significance for the project, once adorned with the sculpture of 'Tiloejane', which symbolised the identity of Cilaki 33. Azzahra Dartaman, Martha Aurelia, Vanessa Adinda Rahmadya The design seeks to unravel the charm of the original building by restoring the structure and removing the unnecessary masses, organically added on top... More

NewsNews • 27 Mar 2023

Distracted house in Jakarta reflects vernacular-Indonesian architecture in a modern, dynamic form

Taking cues from the traditional Indonesian architecture of a Joglo house, this house in South Jakarta, designed by Ismail Solehudin Architecture, displays a striking roof structure. Andhy Prayitno from Mario Wibowo Photography In the context of the pandemic, the client required a congregational prayer room and communal areas that accommodated the needs of a large family, in addition to their interest in the form and meaning of a Joglo house. The architects beautifully reflected the requirements in a limited space, deriving a “distracted” form. Ismail Solehudin Architecture Ismail Solehudin Architecture Andhy Prayitno from Mario Wibowo Photography The main room is rotated to face the qibla d... More

NewsNews • 20 Feb 2023

Arqtipo proposes a brick envelope with protruding balconies for this housing block in Buenos Aires

Located in the Villa Urqueza neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the M5606 apartment building designed by Arqtipo reinterprets spatial and temporal instances concerning the context, orientation and urban character.  Federico Kulekdjian Comprising ten residential units on a compact corner plot adjacent to the FFCC Mitre, the project proposes integrating the public space into the first two floors of the building. Additionally, it sensitively incorporates the upper setbacks to the envelope, which fosters an empathetic relationship with the surroundings. Arqtipo Federico Kulekdjian A mono-material envelope of Bricko from Corblock wraps the structure, optimising its constructive capacity. The balcony e... More

NewsNews • 27 Nov 2022

CA N’Alegre blends into its modernist environment with a modern reinterpretation of the composition of the neighboring facades

In the neighborhood of Vila de Gràcia, Barcelona, CA N’Alegre by Bergnes de las Casas is a multi-family building occupying a longitudinal plot of 30 x 6m and completing one side of its urban block.  Salva López With a total of 900m2 of floor space, the concept is divided into a basement with four floors of apartments above. This includes the main volume at street level, two storeys, and then a setback attic that reduces the overall scale of the building, thereby meeting planning regulations for the neighborhood for height.   The interior of the building is structured around a central vertical core with two dwellings per floor.  Eugeni Pons Opposite the property is Casa Gustà, a b... More

Project • By Jackson Clements Burrows ArchitectsRestaurants


Situated at the top of Little Bourke St, a precinct known for its established dining venues, Longsong provides a local stalwart with a seductive new offering. It opens a portal onto the site’s history and Melbourne’s story as a fast-evolving city still enriched by its past. Tom Blachford The space once functioned as horse stables for Angliss and Co. Built in 1900, the building’s history and unique heritage qualities – brick floors shaped by horses pawing their hooves, soaring ceilings, a steep entry ramp horses climbed to reach the loft from the street – became the design’s primary drivers. Tom Blachford JCB's initial design thinking focused on creating a series of architectural and decorative... More

NewsNews • 17 Oct 2022

Moksha by Rahul Deshpande and Associates redefines spaces for the deceased

Built on a shared parcel of land amongst diverse religious groups to perform their last rites, Moksha relooks at crematorium architecture as a spatial journey into oblivion. Designed by Rahul Deshpande and Associates, the project respects the religious sentiments of the respective groups by adopting a universal language towards design while giving each community a sense of identity.  Pranav Mittal Using exposed bricks in their natural form and colour from the local kiln became the crux of the project, representing the raw emotions and harmony common to all the diverse groups involved.  Pranav Mittal The name of the project, “Moksha” translates to a Sanskrit word meaning the ultimate freedom, a state... More

Project • By Alexander Gorlin ArchitectsApartments

Chelsea Loft

This renovation to a classic Chelsea loft space upends the typical distinction between a home’s public and private realms to create a continuous space designed for pleasure.  Eric Petschek The space flows freely from the entrance, through the living, dining and kitchen areas at the front of the apartment to the master bedroom and en suite shower at the rear. Only the toilet and two guest bathrooms are enclosed.  Eric Petschek We contrasted the space’s raw unfinished elements —exposed brick, piping, and ceiling beams—with sleek finishes for the built features: marble in the bathrooms; a zinc- clad kitchen countertop; and a large rotating mirrored wall at the entrance to the bedroom.  Eric... More

NewsNews • 15 Apr 2022

Raul Sanchez Architects strips slender house down to exposed brick facades and inserts modern interior

Raul Sanchez Architects stripped a 19th century property in a ruinous state, located in Barcelona’s Borne district, down to its facades, dividing walls and roof. What was left is a 15 meter high void revealing a composition of all kinds of bricks and stones arranged without apparent order or composition. Inside this void, Raul Sanchez Architects inserted a modern interior. José Hevia Three new floors are organized by a spiral staircase that runs the entire height of the property without touching its walls at any time. The stairs are painted white in search of a certain material  abstraction. White lacquered wood ceilings further enhance this. José Hevia The floors are supported by beams that run between... More

NewsNews • 19 Jul 2021

Firm architects transforms unusable attic space into minimal loft

Firm architects transforms a previously unsuitable attic space in Amsterdam into a stylish loft. A few years before, a previous owner raised the roof some fifty centimeters. After that the space was sold as a renovation project. Studio de Nooyer The client desired an "honest, masculine and architectural space" with as much usable area as possible. Firm architects interprets this into the concept of ‘a new elevation on an old basis.’  Studio de Nooyer The entire space exhibits a cut at a height of 95 centimeters above the floor. The height has both a practical and a more poetic reason. On the one hand, it is the height of kitchen cabinets and handrails, and on the other hand, it is the central point of the male b... More

Project • By Space Group ArchitectsPrivate Houses

The Old Spratts Factory

Space Group proudly present this refurbished 3,000 square feet residential unit within a converted dog biscuit factory, originally built in 1890. The exciting building complex, called The Old Spratts Factory, falls within a Conservation Area.  This particular building used to contain the grain & flour warehouse and two bakeries. It was originally converted very poorly and some of the original features suffered as a result of that, plus the functionality for residential use was also compromised. Caption The task was to catapult this amazing space into the 21st Century. This was achieved thanks to a real team effort of a crafty contractor with clever ideas and appreciation for details, visionary clients which very conveniently... More

Project • By Peldon RoseOffices


Creating an international client for lifeTomTom are the leading independent location technology specialist, committed to the vision of creating a safer, cleaner, congestion-free world. TomTom’s non-stop innovation keeps the world moving forward – freely, efficiently, safely. Their global team create the most innovative location technologies to improve driving today and completely change it tomorrow. Caption Our relationship with TomTom started in 2010, we were introduced to leading technology giant to work as a framework partner on their global property portfolio and went on to deliver three projects in Euston Tower and Whitfield Street in London. TomTom were keen to work with a single point of contact and partnered with... More

Project • By MVRDVOffices

Concordia Design Wrocław

MVRDV completes Concordia Design Wrocław, transforming a heritage building into a dynamic creative hotspot MVRDV has completed construction of Concordia Design, a mixed use building containing co-working spaces, an event venue, a food hall, a café, and a rooftop terrace on Słodowa Island in Wrocław, Poland. The project is a renovation and extension of a 19th-century listed building, retaining the façade of the existing building and adding a contemporary extension to create a focal point for the neighbouring park and a destination that will enhance the experience of the island for visitors.   Słodowa Island has a complex and important history – the existing building is the only structure that remained on the islan... More

NewsInnovations • 20 Jul 2020

Three Stories North house fosters strong links to its original industrial character

Three Stories North is an untraditional home in Australia that embraces its layered history, including an industrial heritage. Designed by Splinter Society Architecture, the project’s primary objective is to realise its existing potential rather than replace it with something entirely new. Credit: Sharyn Cairns Key to the overarching design objective was revealing the existing masonry construction that gives the home its ‘warehouse feel.’ Other original details such as arched doors and fireplaces were also retained, along with timber ceilings and imperfections in the brick walls. In several locations, glazing is used to fill gaps in the masonry and clearly distinguish what is original from what is new. Credit: Sha... More