Copenhagen’s Yaffa restaurant takes cues from bustling French cafes

Multi-disciplinary design studio Frama used mismatched wooden chairs and concrete surfaces to create a Middle Eastern version of the humble French bistro inside this Copenhagen restaurant. Set within Copenhagen’s historic Gråbrødretorv square, Yaffa has been transformed from a characterless concrete basement into a warm and inviting space decked out in tactile materials. The restaurant takes […]

J Mayer H carves house in Germany from a stack of concrete blocks

Architecture studio J Mayer H has stripped back a set of brutalist buildings to create a house in Germany that occupies a stack of concrete blocks with mirrored walls. Called Casa Morgana, the house sits in a lush garden designed by artist and landscape architect Tita Giese.  The project has been longlisted for a Dezeen Award. J […]

Kruchin Arquitetura adds concrete library to Capobianco House in São Paulo

Brazilian firm Kruchin Arquitetura has added a concrete and glass extension to a family dwelling it completed in São Paulo over three decades ago. Local studio Kruchin Arquitetura designed the extension for Capobianco House, a residence it completed in the Brazilian city in 1986 for a couple with a daughter. Measuring 224 square metres, the […]

Treehouse is a sloping block of co-living apartments with a tree-filled atrium

Architecture studio Bo-Daa has designed Treehouse, a co-living complex in Seoul that is a stack of micro-apartments surrounding a planted atrium in a triangular concrete block. The project, which has been longlisted for a 2019 Dezeen Award, includes 76 small studios and lofts, which all have access to the shared common areas and internal garden […]

Vanke Design Community is cluster of workspaces topped by parks

A campus-like park of concrete offices topped with green roofs forms the new Vanke Design Community in Shenzhen, featuring two sunken plots completed by architecture practice FCHA. Located in a green corridor of the Dashahe Innovation Zone, the masterplan for the new design community was developed by Urbanus, who collaborated with several firms on structures […]

Indoor courtyards interrupt Restaurant y Sea in northeast China

Greenery-filled courtyards and waffle ceilings bring light to the interiors of this concrete restaurant, which Vector Architects has erected near the shore of Beidaihe, China. Restaurant y Sea has been designed by Vector Architects with a series of permeable dining spaces which are meant to turn the blocky concrete building into a pavilion-like open structure. […]

Brandon Clifford creates heavy concrete sculptures that sway and roll

American designer Brandon Clifford has drawn inspiration from megalithic architecture to create concrete sculptures that seem to defy gravity as they move. Clifford is a partner at Matter Design, a Boston studio known for a range of experimental projects that challenge convention. In a recent talk given at the TED conference in Vancouver, Clifford presented […]

SO-IL designs affordable housing for urban centre in growing Mexican city

New York firm SO-IL has envisioned a six-storey, concrete apartment building that is meant to offer an alternative solution for Mexico‘s low-cost housing shortage. The project, called Las Americas, was conceived for central León, a fast-growing city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm SO-IL, the project is meant to […]

White concrete shutters front Brazilian university building

A covered street cuts through this new university campus building in northern Brazil designed by Rede Arquitetos, Croquis Projetos and Neudson Braga, providing a shaded and breezy area for students to socialise between classes. The building expands the Universidade Federal do Ceará‘s (UFC) campus in the Brazilian town of Crateús with classrooms, laboratories, offices and […]

Axel Arigato looks to brutalism for interiors of Copenhagen flagship

The monolithic concrete forms associated with brutalist architecture inspired the interiors of Axel Arigato‘s Copenhagen flagship store, which the shoe brand has designed in collaboration with Christian Halleröd. Located a stone’s throw from Copenhagen’s main shopping street, Strøget, Axel Arigato‘s Danish flagship features blocky grey interiors that “blend brutalism with minimalism”. “I approach our store […]

Di Gregorio Associati surrounds rural Italian house with planted concrete pergolas

Overgrown concrete pergolas have been installed around Monticello, a brick house restored by Di Gregorio Associati Architetti in northern Italy. Di Gregorio Associati Architetti has restored and extended the rural house surrounded by vineyards, opening up its interiors to terraces surrounded by large concrete frames. Leaving the original house’s structure largely intact, the architecture studio surrounded […]

Students’ 3D-printed Concrete Choreography pillars provide a stage for dancers

Dancers at the Origen Festival in the Swiss Alps will perform around nine unique columns 3D-printed in concrete by students from ETH Zurich. The masters students produced the columns using a new process, developed at the technology school, that allows for the fast 3D-printing of concrete structures completely without formwork or any other kind of […]

Urko Sanchez Architects builds miniature walled city for orphans

Urko Sanchez Architects has designed a concrete compound in Djibouti for the charity SOS Children’s Villages International as a home for vulnerable children. The project, which completed in 2014, has been nominated for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Urko Sanchez Architects, who are based in Nairobi and Madrid, referenced the traditional typology of a […]

Prefabricated pine panels clad kindergarten near Barcelona

Architects Eduard Balcells, Ignasi Rius and Daniel Tigges have designed a wood-clad concrete kindergarten for the El Tiller Waldorf-Steiner School in Bellaterra, Spain. The concrete and pine kindergarten is one of six structures arranged like a small village around a central “rambla” – a Hispanic term for a promenade or high street. Alongside the kindergarten, […]

K59 Atelier merges its studio and home in concrete-framed block

Vietnamese practice K59 Atelier has designed its own architecture office and home for a family in Ho Chi Minh City, connecting two alleyways with an open and airy ground floor. The four storey block, which contains a three-bedroom home along with office and workshop space for the architecture studio, has been designed around a tall, skinny […]

Vo Trong Nghia Architects connects six triangular pavilions to create zigzag office

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed a series of six triangular concrete pavilions connected by a low block of office spaces for Vietnamese telecommunications group Viettel. Ho-Chi Minh City-based Vo Trong Nghia Architects arranged the large concrete pavilions, which have V-shaped sections, in to a zigzag formation. The tall concrete slabs are connected by a single-storey office block. The […]

AZL Architects wraps wheelchair ramp around multi-generational house

AZL Architects has completed Song House, a concrete five-bedroom house adapted to the needs of its elderly and infirm occupants in the rural village of Nansong, China. The three-storey countryside residence was designed to provide comfort and accessible living conditions for a couple in their 50s. It is also home to three older family members, a […]

Goat House’s shutters are made from wood recycled from its construction

Yalin Architectural Design made shutters from the wooden planks used for the board-formed concrete frame of Goat House, a holiday house in a small farming village in Turkey. The Istanbul-based practice co-founded by Yalın Mimarlık devised a sloped concrete form for Goat House, so the taller end frames views over the lush Aegean landscape. Shutters […]

Johan Sundberg adds concrete spa to 16th century Swedish estate

Johan Sundberg Arkitekter and Blasberg Andreasson have built Andrum, a concrete spa overlooking the grounds of a centuries-old estate in Höör, Sweden. The stepped concrete volume sits on the western edge of the estate’s loosely enclosed inner garden. It is built into a slope that runs down towards a lower park. Johan Sundberg Arkitekter and Blasberg […]

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