World Heritage Site

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Project • By FXCollaborativeMuseums

The Statue of Liberty Museum

Enhancing the Visitor Experience on Liberty Island FXCollaborative set two goals for the design of the Statue of Liberty Museum: 1) To create a building that uplifts the experience of the island for all visitors, and 2) To extend and add to the island’s open space, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a beloved international monument.   Symbolizing Liberty The Statue of Liberty Museum is a garden pavilion that is designed to welcome all visitors of all ages, nationalities, and ethnicities. It is located at the north end of the formal pedestrian mall on Liberty Island, facing the Statue of Liberty and slightly rotated away from it. The museum anchors the main axis that connects the Museum to the Statue, and extends... More

Project • By L&L Luce&LightPrivate Houses

Villa Monja

In 2015, architects Nikola Novakovic and Radovan Radoman of Enforma completed the project of renovating the interior of Villa Monja, an 18th-century stone building in the Bay of Kotor. The area has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979 and therefore subject to the restrictions associated with the conservation of historic buildings. The renovation has exploited the transparency of glass to give a contemporary twist to the building, using it to separate the different areas in the structure without creating visual limitations, and to construct a minimalist staircase and landing in glass and steel. The lightness of these innovative elements contrasts with and elevates the ancient stone walls and wooden structures to give the... More

Project • By Pratic S.p.A.Hotels

Vision per l'Hotel La Suite

Inaugurated during the celebrations for the nomination of Matera as Capital of Culture 2019, La Suite is a refined 5-star hotel overlooking the enchanting historic centre of the 15th century city. A design undoubtedly sought after for a structure originally born as a residential building and then recoded by a careful design by Studio Marco Piva. The natural comfort of the bioclimatic pergola The spaces of domestic design have made it possible to rethink the receptive environments in an innovative way, creating a hotel composed exclusively of suites, the most spacious of which are located on the fifth floor and enjoy a large open-air terrace overlooking the historic walls. Protecting and embellishing this exclusive view is the Bioclimatic... More

Project • By Nordic Copper from Aurubis FinlandOffices

St Andrews Square

Brushed Nordic Royal copper alloy fins help define a major redevelopment that completes a historic square in Scotland’s capital. Comprising 9,300m2 of ‘Grade A’ office space, 6,500m2 of leisure and retail, and a suite of luxury apartments, the redevelopment occupies most of the southern edge of St Andrew Square in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian ‘New Town’ World Heritage Site. Designed by Hoskins Architects and CDA, the scheme involves a massing strategy of projections and recesses, reflecting the scale of historic plots on this side of the square. A series of metal and stone fins enables the complex to be very ‘open’ when viewed directly, taking advantage of the extraordinary long views an... More

Project • By iGuzziniTowns

The Whispering lights of Old Town Tallinn

Estonia is a nation that looks to the future. It is one of the most digitally advanced countries in the world. Nevertheless, alongside their love of the future and capacity for innovation, Estonians also have a profound love for their art and history, which is embodied in the oldest part of the capital, located inside the city walls. Tallinn is renovating one of the best-preserved medieval city walls in Northern Europe that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. In 2017, in view of the festivities that were being planned for the Republic of Estonia centenary celebrations the following year, a tender was launched for the refurbishment of the lighting system in Tallinn Old Town. The tender was won by the Finnish studio Lighting De... More

Project • By Lore GroupHotels

Pulitzer Amsterdam

The new classic Pulitzer Amsterdam has been revealed after an extensive restoration of almost 1.5 years. On 15th August 2016, the iconic 49-year old hotel has celebrated its Grand Opening, the completion of a quintessentially Dutch redesign across the hotel’s labyrinth of 25 Golden Age canal houses.   The re-opening this summer of Pulitzer Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal side of the hotel will see the unveiling of areas including the main entrance and lobby, the inner gardens, a two-storey gym, as well as 225 guestrooms and suites.   An impressive new entrance, the first new building since the canals received UNESCO status, will welcome guests in style, guiding them into the eccentric yet luxurious lobby, furnished... More

Project • By iGuzziniTowns

The regeneration of the old town of Paphos

Legend has it that Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, was born in Paphos, the oldest and most important town on the west coast of Cyprus. The town’s important political and administrative role can be seen in the numerous archaeological remains that are scattered throughout it, and that is why since 1980 Paphos has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town doesn’t just live in the past, though, as in 2017 it was also named a European Capital of Culture. To mark this important accolade, a regeneration project was drawn up for the old town that began with the restoration, consolidation and renovation of its buildings and monuments. The old town of Paphos is much loved in Cyprus because, following the 1878 Berlin Treaty... More

Project • By Ani DesignOffices

The Malt / Malt whiskey distillery

The Malt Malt whiskey distillery is the new factory, new office, and visitor center for a company named ThaiBev, the Thai food and beverage company. The project is located to the north of Thailand capital close to Kamphaeng Phet historical park, one of a UNESCO world heritage site. Designed in a style of campus, 3 functions for Visitor center, Distillery, and Warehouse. The buildings are grouped and surrounded by big ponds and open parkland.   The Pattern of Randomness The architects proposed the brick as the main material and create a dialog between the buildings in the present and the history of the ancient town. The way the architects used the variety of the brick’s patterns by randomness, is a connection to the carcass of t... More

Project • By VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)Private Houses

Ha Long Villa

Vietnam has an abundance of nature and townscapes that are registered as World Heritage Sites. Economic growth due to the increase in tourism has raised the standard of living but has also given way to reckless development by clearing away nature. To tackle this situation, we want to create a house that will connect people and nature. Ha Long, home to Ha Long Villa, is a beautiful coastal city in northern Vietnam, 160 km northeast of Hanoi. It is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. In particular, it is a city abundant with local industries such as fisheries and coal mining, and it is a region that is rapidly developing alongside its tourism industry. The site is near the coast and overlooks Ha Long Bay with a landsca... More

Project • By ASEI ARCHITECTSPrivate Houses


Modern architecture has three established branches: design, structure and equipment. In recent years where environmental consideration has become a prerequisite in designing new buildings, an increased number of efforts to review regional characteristics are being put into design and equipment. However, such efforts have not yet reached the branch of structure, and buildings are usually designed based on common reasonability when structure was environmental architecture in and of itself before Modernism—a branch principally based on regional characteristics.   The site is located in a residential neighborhood covering the hilltop overlooking Sakurajima. To our surprise, an American owner asked us for a sustainable residence usi... More

Project • By The Scarcity and Creativity StudioTheaters

The Wave

Sitio Eriazo, our client, is a collective whose aim is to recover empty, abandoned, urban spaces in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, which are currently rubbish dumps and attract vermin and delinquents. The members of the group are recent graduates from theater, art and architecture schools. The activities of the group rely on self-motivation, mutual support and a non-hierarchical organisation; they work to recover and make available to the community the urban patrimony of the city of Valparaiso which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.“The colonial city of Valparaíso presents an excellent example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America. In its natural amphitheater-like setting, the... More

Project • By Agence Bernard BühlerOffices


Office buildings mixed tower Located near a historic city center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the heart of the Bordeaux conurbation, with the future European TGV station as centrality, the ZAC Saint Jean-Belcier territory stretches along de la Garonne, from the Saint-Jean bridge to the future Jean-Jacques Bosc crossing and on the edge of the Sainte-Croix district.Located on lot 4.8 of the ARS domain, the tower will occupy the angle formed between the Jardin de l'Ars and rue Carle Vernet, culminating at 55 meters in height, it will form a signal emerging from the construction sequence bordering the northern limit of the Jardin de l'Ars. The general volume placed on a 2091m² plot will be divided into two main volumes, clea... More

Project • By Perathoner ArchitectsHotels

Hotel Granbaita Dolomites*****

The Hotel Granbaita is a third-generation family-run hotel located in the centre of Selva in the Val Gardena, surrounded by the impressive peaks of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been a popular holiday destination for international holidaymakers for decades, both in summer and in winter.  Since its construction in the 1960s, the house has undergone countless structural extensions, modernizations and restructurings, but in 2019, as part of a core renovation, it was time to give the main building – including reception, bar and dining room, as well as the wellness area – a uniform design and an architecturally contemporary appearance.  The existing balconies and wooden cla... More

Project • By Katagiri Architecture+DesignExhibitions


Shi-An is a movable tea house constructed for the Japanese Culture EXPO 2016 at the Daidokoro in Nijo-Jo Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kyoto Japan.Nijo-Jo Castle is known as one of the most prestigious flat land castle constructed in 1603 at the beginning of EDO era by Ieyashu Tokugawa.   This tea house is inspired by the beauty of transientness which represents Japanese sense of values towards space and environment.By using solely "Washi" paper as a structural element, the materiality elaborates a contemporary space in tradition.   In order to stabilize this fragile paper material, the Origami methodology is utilized to obtain a structural stiffness as well as a joint mechanism as a modular system to assemble its body.... More

Project • By Koller StudioNurseries

Kindergarten Pécs

The Catholic Diocese of Pécs intended to establish a new kindergarten institution in the historic downtown of Pécs, in the immediate vicinity of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.   The site, like much of the town centre regarding Pécs, has been structured in overlapping layers for the past 2000 years, which have always and continuously determined its development. As they were transformed or rebuilt, they created new values .   In the spatial structure and urban fabric preserved in the present age, along the rebuilt superstructures and walls, there is still a reverence deriving from the past, which was inherited in a coherent network. The unified system of scattered memories survived from age to age and still... More