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Project • By Koning Eizenberg ArchitectureCommunity Centres


A historic Carnegie library’s legacy of educational innovation and access is reinvented as the MuseumLab. Opening in 1890, the library was one of the first free US public libraries. It fell into disrepair after lightning struck the library’s clock tower and caused a three-ton piece of granite to crash through the roof, and closed in 2006. Renovated in 2018, it now offers experimental art and technology programs for youth, a Title 1 charter middle school, and space for community events.   Expedient interior alterations from the 1970s were stripped away to reconnect spaces, reintroduce daylight and reveal the bones of the historic architecture. The resulting “beautiful ruin” has sparked imagination and curiosity... More

Project • By Rina LovkoOffices

Rina Lovko Studio

If you want to know how an architect lives, go visit their office. Although, the Rina Lovko Studio’s workspace is hard to call an office.   The architect’s workshop was registered on the ground floor of a house in 1895, located in the heart of Kiev, not far from St. Andrew's Descent and Pejzazhna Alley. And in the immediate vicinity, right in the courtyard is the foundation of the church of the 12th century. You can get into the studio from the yard. Through the veranda in the style of Chekhov's times (in the past it was the main entrance to the house), the guest enters the room functionally used as a hub, uniting like-minded architects. In this format of coworking, the studio has been living for two years.   &ldqu... More

Project • By Microscape Architecture Urban designChurches

Oratory of the Guardian Angels

The Oratory of the Guardian Angels is in the eastern part of the historic centre of Lucca, located within a large city block; on the outside it is very simple and is difficult to recognise from the street. You enter the church through a small door on the side.   The Oratory was built in 1638 by the homonymous Congregation, and for about twenty years it remained bare and unadorned. The first decorations with paintings and frescoes began in 1658. An explosion of colours and harmony. It was conceived striking a careful balance; the pictorial works of the Oratory are a paradigmatic example of rich Baroque decoration and is itself unique in an urban context. The decoration with frescoes, stucco-work and paintings was carried out between t... More

Project • By Pratic f.lli OrioliHotels

Hotel Best Western Regina Elena

Continuity with pre-existing structures and dialogue with indoor space, with a touch of modernity and style. This is the result of an intervention of renovation and reorganization of the outdoor spaces of Regina Elena, a modern hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure, which has installed three bioclimatic pergolas Opera by Pratic– the leading company in Italy in the design and production of pergolas, awnings, outdoor structures and terraces. The outdoor space of the hotel, not initially conceived to be usable in the hottest hours, becomes a comfortable ideal extension of the existing veranda. Opera structure, rigorous and functional, perfectly blends with these forms and actually extends them towards the coast. In fact, Regina Elena Hotel i... More

Project • By P.I ArchitectsApartments

Michelia Apartments

This is the fourth time we come back to Phu Quoc to start something new, once again to work with a young couple whose home was our second project here. This time, on a 500-square-meter land, the challenge is 10 studios for rent, the Michelia Apartments.  The site locates in Bung Goi, on a small street which is a merely urbanized neighborhood. With its Northern side meets the main route while three other sides face empty landscape, the site offers a chance to harvest sunlight as well as employ ventilation. Beside it also makes direct sunray and heat raise among some of the most serious problems to deal with.  A 15-meter-high wall, built from breeze blocks, is made on the Western border to eliminate effects from unfavorable sun. T... More

Project • By Pratic f.lli OrioliHotels

Hotel Golserhof

An ancient farm holding of the XVth century houses the smallest 4-star superior hotel in Merano. It includes thirty rooms, two swimming pools, four whirpools, a spa, a relaxation area, a panoramic terrace, and a large staff. Everything has been designed to satisfy the expectations of each guest. With this aim, a project of deep restoration has been launched and has helped to offer an even higher hospitality standard for the guests. The Gulfer family promises and works hard to offer a holiday of authentic relax and peacefulness. For this reason, hotel spaces have been reorganized and equipped with all comforts. On the generous size terrace, around 150 square meters, the hotel owners have decided to install six refined clear grey colored Vis... More

Project • By Inca Hernandez ArquitecturaPrivate Houses

MM34 | Mar Mediterráneo 34

Mexico City is a historical setting with an enormous cultural and architectural heritage protected in its magical neighborhoods. Tacuba is one of them, located northwest to the downtown, this neighborhood has undergone social and urban transformations that have lasted to this day and where vestiges forged at different times can be found.   At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Tacuba became one of the wealthiest areas of the city with large country houses, which over time and different political changes were abandoned and many were collapsed. However, among these vestiges the house of “Mar Mediterraneo 34” remained.   Built in 1910 through an eclectic French style belonging to the Po... More

Project • By SDI DesignOffices

Smart & Biggar LLP

Smart & Biggar is immersed in both present day social issues and the anticipation of future trends. But they are also a company that is more than a century old, so their work rests upon a proud history. It is this grounded position, demanding views both forward and backward looking, that informs SDI’s design of their Toronto home.   The firm wished to provide a more modern, open environment for their clients than traditional legal offices. The “front of house” area was designed to be spacious and flowing, with a generous reception area moving transparently into a café space that is shared by both staff and visitors. This transparency permits the interior reception area to borrow ample daylight from the pe... More

Product • By Manetti Gusmano & figli - Sannini ImprunetaFORNACE SANNINI-TRAFILATO A MACCHINA / MACHINERY DRAWN


Fornace Sannini renews the tradition of cotto combining the tactile pleasure of a handmade product with the strength and absorption properties of the best industrial products. Manufactured employing state-of-the-art extrusion technology, each single piece has, similar to handmade tiles, its own distinct identity. Suitable for both rustic and classic settings, Fornace Sannini is the ideal material for restoration and refurbishment or for new high quality architectural projects. More

Project • By MGA Partners ArchitectsUniversities

Case Western Reserve University

Located in Wade Oval, among Cleveland’s most respected cultural institutions, a nationally registered historic synagogue, the Temple-Tifereth Israel, is repurposed as a new multi-disciplinary performing arts center for Case Western Reserve University. The 1,100-seat venue is the largest gathering space on campus and is used for a variety of ensembles, festivals and lectures.   Through ingenuity, collaboration, and respect for the historic 92-year-old building, the design team successfully resurrected a beloved but often unused facility into a nexus of culture, education, and student life. The project required a significant preservation component to uncover the beauty of many historic details, including the stained glass clerest... More

Project • By Nordic Copper from Aurubis FinlandShops

Ram Quarter

Ram Quarter is an exciting new mixed-use development at the heart of the London Borough of Wandsworth. One of the scheme’s most striking architectural elements is its rooftop cladding of pre-patinated copper, intended to reflect the site’s intriguing industrial heritage. The site was formerly home to the Young’s brewery and its regeneration has encompassed the restoration of historic buildings alongside the construction of stunning new-build apartments. Greenland Group UK, the developer of Ram Quarter, was keen that the site’s material specification should reflect its history and deliver high-quality design and long-term durability. The appointed architectural practice for the scheme was tasked with ensuring that t... More

Project • By Alessandro Bucci ArchitettiPrivate Houses

Gottardi House

From an old workshop to a private dwelling: renovation of a building in Faenza old town PRE-EXHISTENCE: an old workshop in the historical city centreDeserted buildings, distinguished by decadence charm, can become the scene of urban growth, even in small scale interventions. That is what happened to the building in vicolo Gottardi, in Faenza old town, few meters from one of the main streets of the city. Used in the past as a carpenter’s workshop, the building still preserves the characteristics and materials of a ‘raw’ place, such as concrete and unplastered bricks. It relates to the private courtyard through large stained glasses with distinctive steel frames. RENOVATION PROJECT: from workshop to private homeThe old bu... More

Project • By dmp arquitecturaOffices

Parque del Conde

During the fortunate urban rehabilitation of the roundabout of the Parque de la Bola, in San José Insurgentes colony, an area that is constantly developing south of the CDMX, a proposal for restoration was generated for a house of the '40s, which became the headquarters of our offices, that is why the guiding axis of the design was to enhance the heritage characteristics of the 430sq.m.  property by rehabilitating the original elements and removing those added that distorted its image.   To respect the architectural party of the house, the project distributed the different operational areas of the company in the original spaces of the property and additionally a complementary volume was built on the roof of the old office... More

Project • By Azócar Catrón ArquitectosSculptures

Two towers and a trail

With two towers and a trail, I sought to promote the appropriation and restoration of the Boca Maule Marshland, located in the city of Coronel, in southern Chile’s Bio-Bio Region, by building two lookout towers, aligning, with an architectural vision, the local community, academia, the city council and trekking organizations.   The Project emerges from a cross-sectional diagnosis of Chile’s large cities, where the lack of public space, more than lack of free space, is construed as a lack of spaces set up for these ends. Natural “empty” spaces, like marshlands, estuaries, lagoons or hills, are trapped within the urban sprawl or in their devaluation, at the mercy of the market, or close to vulnerable groups. &n... More

Project • By Fraher & FindlayPrivate Houses

Tsubo House

This house is a Victorian large single family dwelling situated in Hackney. The client approached us to work on the project and were involved within the creative industries themselves as founders of Studio XAG. From the very beginning, the project was about refurbishing and extending the house whilst injecting the Clients creative personalities as designers and makers themselves. Adam Scott Photography   The building had fallen into a state of disrepair and was in need of full refurbishment. Works included a loft, rear and side infill extension. A set of living spaces at lower ground floor level were used as additional accommodation for visiting family, it was important for these to be connected to the main house above. The desi... More