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    Whitney Studio by LOT-EK

    New York and Naples based architectural practice LOT-EK, are known for their sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials and space, through the adaptive reuse (“upcycling”) of existing industrial objects and systems not originally intended for architecture. LOT-EK has conceived and executed exhibition design and site-specific installations for major cultural institutions...

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    Sometimes you have to put reason aside and make something beautiful.

    When ‘L’ Homme de Rio’, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo was shot in 1964, Brasilia the nascent capital of Brazil, was still a construction site. The movie depicts Belmondo in a chase across Brasilia’s vast avenues planned by Lucio Costa and dramatic modernist buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer delineating a utopian dream under...

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    Atrium House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

    For Atrium House located in Valencia, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos have devised an L-shaped space configuration that revolves around an inner courtyard. While the elevations facing the courtyard are glazed with Vitrocsa window panels to bring ample lighting and create an intimate continuum between the inisde and outside space…

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    Keret House: Filling Up the Gaps

    Keret House is a 72 cm wide residence, pushed in a left-over space between two buildings in Warsaw. Architect Jacub Sczesny, has created this triangular metallic structure raised up on stilts, in collaboration with Israeli writer Etgar Keret, to function as a temporary residence for travelling writers.

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    Lucernas House by 01 Arq

    Chilean practice 01 Arq has recently completed the ‘Lucernas House’ in the small farming town of Catemito, 20 kilometers south of Santiago at the base of Chena hill. The building, is a single-storey orthogonal volume, interrupted by protruding boxes that contain large windows. These protrusions, act like light-wells, bringing…

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    Escaping the ground

    Levitated ground floors, slender pilotis and cantilevered horizontal volumes were all recurring themes in european modernist architecture that elaborated the idea of built structures’ detachment from the ground. The beginning of last century however, meant the advent of even more radical ideas of aerial space inhabitation, such as The…

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    Six Architects

    Architect and graphic designer Andrea Gallo of roosterization, has created a beautiful series of black and white minimal posters, depicting iconic buildings by 20th century’s iconic architects. A tribute to the myth surrounding the work of Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto…

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    On merging contemporary design with heritage

    London based architectural practice Paul+O Architects, have created a dramatic 6m double-height glass extention that connects first floors, for a Victorian house redesign in Kensington. Using simple materials and minimal design to subtly separate the addition from the original structure, they incorporated a unique motorized oversized triple sash window…

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    On the Possibility of Rearrangement of Existing Things

    The Vehicles project by Aristide Antonas, is part of Adhocracy exhibition curated by Joseph Grima within the context of The First Istanbul Design Biennial. The project, explores the possibility of rearranging existing inhabitation rationals as a means of questioning the role of design in shaping a habitable environment and…

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    Augmented Realities

    Augmented Reality refers to the enhancement and manipulation of one’s perception of a real-world environment by the use of technology. Video mapping, is such a technology using projection on three-dimensional objects to add extra dimensions, optical illusions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects. German freelance designer Frederick…

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