Architecture

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Built without walls, a hotpot restaurant becomes one with Chengdu’s green lung

Chengdu – Taking advantage of a picturesque location, Muda-Architects built Garden Hotpot Restaurant, a hospitality experience to rule them all.

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In the south of Spain, Islamic architecture makes a modern reappearance – in a hospital

Córdoba, Spain – In Córdoba, one of the historical seats of Islamic Iberia, a new hospital by Enero Arquitectura boldly references the city’s Moorish heritage. 

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At this Swiss home, Corradi's Alba pergola lets nature and architecture live together

Lugano – Designer Matteo Scudiero draws outdoor living, dining and wellness spaces together around a bioclimatic pergola, the interior of which feels outside. 

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A minimalist KE pergola adds outdoor seating to Casa Casuarina's restaurant

Miami Beach, Florida – With its eminently versatile Gennius Isola 2 pergola, the Italian brand adds 100 terrace seats to a restaurant set in an opulent Mediterranean Revival garden.

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This rubber flooring turned a vocational school in Utah into eye candy

Salt Lake City – AJC Architects made the technical look cool in this American community college's vocational training center by installing Artigo rubber flooring.

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The star in these grand Mecanoo-designed theatres? Bespoke Vescom upholstery

Kaohsiung, Taiwan – Vescom's bespoke upholstery fabrics allow acoustics and aesthetics to work in tandem in the world's largest performing arts centre under one roof.

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Negronis al fresco in the Belgian winter? A KE pergola makes it happen

Hasselt, Belgium – For a café in sometimes chilly Hasselt, the outdoor coverings company installed a series of minimalist pergolas that can seat guests in fair weather or foul.

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At three Fuorisalone locations, Corradi had visitors choose their own outdoors

Milan – The custom outdoor solutions brand showed three diverse products: the highly-personalisable, the technical and one that looked as if it might take flight.

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'For our generation, being nomadic is everything' says architect Mariana de Delás

Es Llombards, Majorca, Spain – Young Spanish architect Mariana de Delás reflects on how moving to rural Majorca has changed the way she works.

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Here’s the (efficient) house that Harvard built

Cambridge, USA – One of the world’s most efficient energy-positive buildings looks, surprisingly, like a modest New England wooden house. That’s some radical retroffiting. 

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‘Dutch life was like being squeezed into a corset,’ remembers OMA’s Ellen van Loon

Rotterdam – Ten years in a boarding school taught Ellen van Loon how to create a private space in her mind – a skill that serves her well as OMA partner. 

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Hong Kong builds a colossal theatre to connect milennials with Chinese opera

Hong Kong – Located in the Developing West Kowloon Cultural District, the new Xiqu Centre is a theatre with a mission: it’s half heritage house, half public space.