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Living in the Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle conjures up images of extreme weather conditions, but one family has managed to create their own cozy oasis in the far reaches of Norway. The Hjertefølger  family has been living on Norway’s Sandhornøya island, where they started their journey into sustainable living, since 2013. Their three-story cob home—built from sand, water, clay, and other…

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Star Wars architecture

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has finally found a home. Following nearly a decade of searching, the museum’s board has announced that Los Angeles’ Exposition Park will serve as the site for the MAD Architects-designed building housing the life’s work and expansive art and media collection of one of history’s most celebrated filmmakers, George…

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RCA Battersea South campus design

Herzog & de Meuron has won a competition to create a strategic design approach to the planned 108M GBP Battersea South Campus. The jury for the competition noted that Herzog & de Meuron’s approach exhibited “a deep understanding of the potential for Battersea, making new connections and foreseeing the possibilities for sustainable place-making,” while provided…

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#dramatic port

It is difficult to think that Zaha Hadid is no longer with us. I have not been a huge fan of her work in the past but more recently the quality and execution of her designs alongside the sheer disregard for convention has led me to take a closer look. This repurposing of a former…

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school for russian trapeze act

The competition winning design by Architects Maryam Fazel and Belinda Ercan for the Moscow Circus School. The design was inspired by the wings of the insect elytra and resembles a exoskeleton shell revealing both front of house and private spaces. The article here provides the details but for me the images are stunning and akin to…

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#stirlingprize #winner 2016

This year’s 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize winner is the Newport Street Gallery by architect Caruso St John. (website) Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall has involved the conversion of an extraordinary terrace of listed industrial buildings, that were formerly theatre carpentry and scenery painting workshops. The gallery forms the whole length of the street, with the…