Black-painted larch planks clad extension to a house in London

Larch planks finished with matt black barn paint were used to clad this extension of a Victorian terrace in London, designed by architect Harry Thomson. Fittingly named A House for Four, the project provides additional spaces for a couple and their two children. The existing dining space has been extended out into the garden, and a […]

Hutong Bubble 218 by MAD gives “new life” to ageing Beijing hutong

MAD has transformed a vacant courtyard house in one of Beijing’s ancient hutongs by adding two bubble-like workspaces to its roof. Named Hutong Bubble 218, the overhaul is hoped to revive the hutong – a type of alley formed by lines of traditional courtyard residences – and attract more people to the neighbourhood in the […]

TBA adds cedar-clad extension to white farmhouse in Quebec

Montreal studio Thomas Balaban Architect has turned a gabled farmhouse in Quebec’s Eastern Townships completely white, and then contrasted it with an extension covered in weathered cedar cladding. The Knowlton Residence is located in rural Canada, a few hours outside of Montreal, in a popular ski destination. The clients enlisted the architects to turn their […]

Steven Holl tops subterranean extension to Kennedy Center with trio of geometric pavilions

Steven Holl Architects has nestled “much-needed” performance spaces for the Kennedy Center in Washington DC under a grassy slope topped by three white-concrete pavilions. Named the Reach, the expansion to the John F Kennedy Performing Arts Center comprises 72,000-square-feet (6,689-square-metres) of interior space, almost all of which is housed underground. Steven Holl Architects‘ extension adds additional rehearsal […]

Bar Orian Architects tops historic Tel Aviv villa with slatted box to create The Levee

A historic house in Tel Aviv‘s Neve Tzedek neighbourhood has been transformed into luxury accommodation with a slatted steel addition on top by local firm Bar Orian Architects. The Levee comprises eight rental apartments in Tel Aviv across the extended historic villa building in the city’s oldest neighbourhood, Neve Tzedek. The two-storey structure was built […]

Gray Organschi completes wooden high school extension with irregular roofing in Connecticut

Outdoor classrooms and active farmlands surround the extension to this ecological high school in Connecticut, which Gray Organschi built with cross-laminated timber to demonstrate sustainable design practices. Common Ground High School is a charter school in New Haven with a curriculum focused on the environment. It was founded in 1997 and is one of the […]

Materials unite old and new living spaces inside De Beauvoir Townhouse

Brickwork, terrazzo surfaces and green-hued furnishings add character to the interiors of this east London townhouse, which has been renovated and extended by architecture studio HÛT. De Beauvoir Townhouse was previously host to dark and disconnected living spaces that were undesirable to its creative owners – a musician and a furniture designer. For the overhaul […]

Matt Gibson extends Melbourne terrace with glazed kitchen undercroft

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design has adapted a heritage-listed Victorian house in Melbourne by “weaving” a modern programme into the existing red-brick shell. The studio has refurbished a 19th century house and added a two-storey rear extension made from brick and glass. The home been longlisted in this year’s Dezeen Awards in the Residential rebirth category. […]

Steel exoskeleton covers timber extension to Australian bungalow

Takt Studio has added an extension with a steel exoskeleton and sloping roof to a 1950s brick bungalow in the foothills of the Illawarra mountains in Australia. Called Exoskeleton House, the extension has a timber frame which is encased in a steel-frame shell. It abuts the north side of the original house, where it has […]

Architect overlays famous modern buildings on Iran’s UNESCO sites

Architect Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has imagined extensions for UNESCO sites in Iran that are buildings by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Liebskind and Norman Foster. His conceptual project, called Expanding Iranian Ancient Architecture, is the third instalment of a series exploring the style of retrofuturism. Daniel Libeskind’s Royal Ontario Museum extension over Rostam Castle Famous existing buildings […]

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 […]

Bergmeisterwolf tops 12th-century wine cellar with bronze funnel

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has added a bronze funnel that appears to erupt from the ground above the 12th-century Pacherhof wine cellar in Italy. Modern wine production and tasting facilities are contained within the tower, which connects to the existing cellar via an underground passage. Bergmeisterwolf Architekten‘s extension to the Pacherhof wine cellar in South Tyrol […]

Hackney House features black joinery and a back-garden sauna

A glazed extension helped London-based Applied Studio brighten the light-starved interiors of this Hackney home, which boasts black-timber decor details and a sauna in the back garden. Hackney House formerly hosted a series of dark and poky rooms but has been overhauled by Applied Studio to comfortably accommodate its owners – a young couple who purchased […]

Foster + Partners to add giant “floating pavilion” to top of Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Foster + Partners has revealed its plans to add a large overhanging rooftop extension to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, as part of its renovation of the institution in northern Spain. The addition to the building is intended to enhance the institution’s “unique identity”, and will contain a mix of gallery spaces and public viewing platforms. […]

Con Form Architects opens up loft with a glass and steel dormer

Con Form Architects has converted a small London loft into a bright home office by inserting a glazed section with a large steel dormer window. Called Domore – a portmanteaux of “dormer” and “more” – the loft conversion has turned a difficult, low-ceilinged space into a bright workspace for the client, who has started to work […]

Fraher & Findlay adds wildflower-topped extension to London house

Fraher & Findlay has built a wildflower-topped rear extension, a glass-walled courtyard and a loft extension for a 20th-century house in London. Architecture studio Fraher & Findlay‘s design for The Courtyard House draws on the history of its south west London conservation area site. In the 19th century it would have been occupied by orchards […]

WE-S Architecten adds diagonal brick extension to Belgian bungalow

A long, thin extension clad in bricks by WE-S Architecten cuts diagonally through the plan of this bungalow in Pittem, Belgium. Ghent-based studio WE-S Architecten disguised the addition, which extends out of both sides of the existing building, by cladding the whole of the facade in red brick. Cut-out reveals of the garage space and […]

Artesk van Royen Architecten designs extension for 17th-century Dutch house

Artesk van Royen Architecten has extended a more than 300-year-old house in the historic centre of Maastricht, the Netherlands, adding a contemporary glass structure. The studio has refurbished and expanded the house. It also had to factor in the side elevation of the extended house that is currently hidden by a neighbouring building slated for […]

Paul Cashin Architects creates timber extension for coastal Island Cottage

Paul Cashin Architects has refurbished and extended a 19th-century cottage in Sussex, England, cladding the old and new buildings in larch. Built in 1830, Island Cottage is in a conservation area in the seaside village of Sidlesham Quay and was highlighted by the local authority as a key example of rural character for homes in […]

Shutters are concealed in the walls of Austrian farmhouse extension by Firm Architekten

Firm Architekten has extended a gabled farmhouse in Bezau, Austria, with a matching structure clad in timber louvres that double as shutters. Raised on a small white-plastered podium, House Wünster faces out towards dramatic views of mountains. The House Wünster extension sits alongside the original shingle-walled farmhouse building, united by a pitched roof that extends […]

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