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Concrete colonnade wraps oatmeal factory in China by JSPA Design

A thin concrete colonnade on a perforated brick base forms the Ningwu Oatmeal Factory in Shanxi province, China, which has been designed by Beijing architecture studio JSPA Design. Located on an open, green site surrounded by industrial buildings, the 8,600-square-metre factory was conceived as an "introverted" space, buffered by a landscape of grass...

Pema Studio designs home in Portugal as "a dense and closed fortress"

Architecture practice Pema Studio drew on the idea of a protected fortress when creating the Forte House, a blocky, white-rendered home that replaces a neglected existing structure in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The dwelling is set back from a retained facade and sits within existing stone perimeter walls on the site, creating an exterior space around its...

This week the architects of The Line were named

This week on Dezeen, studios including Adjaye Associates, Morphosis, Studio Fuksas and Coop Himmelb(l)au were named as working on The Line megacity in Saudi Arabia. In total, 12 architecture studios were named in an exhibition on display in Riyadh dedicated to the 170-kilometre-long megacity, which is currently under construction in Saudi Arabia. Alongside...

Urlo Studio completes stacked pigmented-concrete complex in Quito

Urlo Studio designed a rotated, triangular mixed-use complex clad in red concrete panels and terracotta tiles that is meant to reference the architectural heritage of its site in Quito, Ecuador. Completed in 2022, the project known as Olvia contains 14 residential units and commercial space, totalling 4,285 square meters on a steep 760-square metre...

Casa SM by Form_A reinterprets its historical Italian surroundings

Minimal, white finishes emphasise the geometric form of this home in Melegnano, Italy, designed by local practice Form_A to reference the neighbouring historic buildings. Named Casa SM, the two-storey, two-bedroom home creates a new street corner between two existing building in the Milanese town. The house forms a new street corner "The proposed...

Five UK house renovations designed to improve energy efficiency

Architects Sarah Wigglesworth's and Piers Taylor's self-designed renovations feature in this roundup of British houses that have recently been retrofitted and insulated to improve their energy efficiency. The UK's housing is among the oldest and most poorly insulated in Europe, with the majority also depending on gas for heating. With spiralling energy...

Dezeen Debate features MVRDV's "awfully idyllic" 2100 vision for Vancouver's waterfront

The latest edition of our Dezeen Debate newsletter features MVRDV's reimagining of Vancouver's waterfront in response to rising sea levels. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now. Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change, which reported that sea levels could increase as much as two metres by 2100, MVRDV has released proposed plans for Vancouver's...

Montalba Architects prioritises views at hillside home in Santa Monica

Binational studio Montalba Architects used ample glazing and a clever siting strategy to provide the best vistas at Canyon Terrace House in southern California. Designed for a family of four, the multi-storey home sits on a sloped site in Santa Monica. A slender pool features outside Providing a connection to the outdoors – including views of a nearby...

IDIN Architects uses glass and mirrors to blend Bangkok cafe into garden site

Thai practice IDIN Architects has created a series of minimal, pavilion-like structures for Nana Coffee Roasters in Bangkok, which feature mirrored mosaic ceilings to reflect the surrounding gardens. Located in Bangkok's Bangna district, the project occupies an oasis-like site of dense greenery alongside a busy road. Greenery surrounds the cafe IDIN...

Formafatal creates series of rammed earth structures in Costa Rica

Formafatal has constructed twin villas out of rammed earth on a jungled hillside in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica that open to the Pacific Ocean with expansive frameless glass. Named Achioté, two 95-square metre villas are embedded in a steep 11,000-square metre plot of jungle, 300 metres above the sea and are, according to the studio, the "very first...

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