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Snøhetta to add sky-facing auditorium to Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo

Snøhetta has unveiled its plan to redesign and extend the museum dedicated to Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl on the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo. The expansion will see a large wood-clad auditorium that is angled towards the sky added to the Kon-Tiki Museum, which houses vessels and artefacts used by Heyerdahl during his nautical expeditions. Top:...

FRPO drapes metal screen over concrete car park and co-working space in Mexico

Estación San José is a concrete car park and co-working space topped by a public park, designed by Spanish architecture studio FRPO for Toluca de Lerdo in Mexico. Set in the centre of the city, the rooftop park is publicly accessible and has panoramic views of the capital of the Estado de Mexico. Estación San José has a raw concrete frame Built on...

Short Mountain House has views over Tennessee national park

American studio Sanders Pace Architecture took cues from traditional Japanese architecture to create a house that looks toward the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Short Mountain House is located in the town of Maryville in eastern Tennessee. Short Mountain House sits on a tree-filled ridge Perched on a ridge, the dwelling has panoramic views...

Lina Bo Bardi wins Venice Architecture Biennale's Special Golden Lion award

The late modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi has been named the winner of the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. The prize will be bestowed in memoriam to Bo Bardi in May at the 17th edition of the international festival, also known as Biennale Architettura, which is considered the most significant...

Twenty-two women architects and designers you should know

To mark International Women's Day, we asked 22 of the world's most inspirational women architects and designers to nominate another woman who should be better known for their work. Each of the prominent architects and designers was asked to select a woman who they think deserves greater recognition. Several chose to shine a light on historic figures...

Alvisi Kirimoto designs affordable housing complex with perforated metal balconies

Rome-based studio Alvisi Kirimoto has created an affordable housing complex with a brick facade and perforated metal balconies to help regenerate a neighbourhood in Barletta, Puglia. Named Viale Giulini, the C-shaped building wraps around a courtyard and comprises 50 residential units, an underground car park and commercial units built across six floors....

Five "undervalued" women architects Part W is creating Wikipedia pages for

Women's architecture collective Part W is one of several organisations working to increase the number of female architects listed on Wikipedia. On International Women's Day, Sarah Ackland has picked five significant women that she believes should have pages on the site. The current and historic gender imbalance of those working in architecture is well...

Smartvoll creates stone spa as "a 21st-century temple of relaxation"

Architecture studio Smartvoll has completed a private spa in the Austrian village of Hinterbrühl with vertical and horizontal stone blocks used to enclose its various functional zones. The spa pavilion, which is connected to a villa built at the turn of the 20th century by a tunnel, was designed by Vienna-based Smartvoll to be "a 21st-century temple...

Laurent Troost turns abandoned Brazilian building into co-working venue

Workspaces look upon a mini jungle in this 125-year-old brick building in Manaus, Brazil, which has been thoughtfully revitalised by design studio Laurent Troost Architectures. Called the Cassina Innovation House, the project entailed the adaptive reuse of a dilapidated historic structure in Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas. Cassina Innovation...

ACDF Architecture turns historic Montreal railway station into offices

Canadian studio ACDF Architecture has transformed the arches of Montreal's Gare Viger into contemporary offices for software company Lightspeed. The local studio undertook the project as the third stage of a five-phase plan to turn the grand hotel and railway building, which was built in 1898, into offices. Monochrome corridors feature in the offices...

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