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 […]

Shipping container micro homes with green roofs planned for UK

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects has obtained planning permission for a development of micro homes made from shipping containers with green roofs in Aylesbury, England. Gatehouse Road is a low-cost housing scheme that is part of a series of regeneration plans for underused sites owned by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. Currently the site is occupied by […]

Tierney Haines Architects adds lavender-topped writer’s study to a house in Ireland

Dublin practice Tierney Haines Architects has completed Library Lookout, a cedar-clad study space and library with a green roof, for two authors in Connemara, Ireland. The 20-square-metre extension was added to an existing stone house, nestled into a hollow in the rocky landscape overlooking the sea. “The form was imagined as a sort of square martello […]

Perkins+Will incorporates biophilic design principles into Ribeirão Preto Residence in Brazil

Retractable glass walls, wooden screens and a verdant green roof are among the features that global firm Perkins+Will has included in this family dwelling to offer a strong connection to nature. Designed by Perkins+Will‘s studio in São Paulo, the residence is located in Ribeirão Preto, a city in southeast Brazil. The dwelling is meant to serve […]

Approach Design covers convention centre in Hangzhou with a sports park

Chinese architects Approach Design has added a new hall to the Hangzhou Cloud Town Exhibition Centre in China and concealed it under a green roof featuring a running track and sports courts. After originally designing a large latticed structure for the first stage of the convention centre in 2015, demands for more space led to the architects […]

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