Architecture

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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. 

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An architect’s own house contains multitudes in a small London plot

London – How did Sophie Hicks make the most of a limited plot in the middle of pricey Kensington? By digging down and letting the entire neighbourhood in.

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A year-round restaurant terrace in Belgium? This outdoor brand made it possible

Mol, Belgium – Kempense Golf Club owners wanted to use their restaurant terrace year-round. Italian bespoke outdoor structures brand KE showed them how.

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In eastern France, a former distillery becomes a hub for the arts

Schiltigheim, France – Dominique Coulon & Associés turned an empty industrial building into Les Halles du Scilt, a mixed-use creative building for the residents of Schiltigheim.

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Coffee-machine maker Iberital builds its planet-friendly values into a green HQ

Barcelona – What's the point of manufacturing green products if the factory isn't green, too? Coffee-machine maker Iberital makes its Barcelona HQ sustainable.