Richard Chivers photographs England’s remaining gas holders

Architectural photographer Richard Chivers has captured images of gas holders from across England to create a visual record of the remaining examples of the structures. Chivers decided to photograph the gas holders – large structures that were used to store natural gas – as many of them are under threat of demolition. Richard Chivers has […]

Lever Architecture transforms Portland industrial buildings into creative workspace

American firm Lever Architecture used weathering steel and original timber in the adaptive reuse of two factories built over 70 years ago for a hay bale manufacturer. Photograph by Lara Swimmer The project, called Redfox Commons, is located in an evolving industrial district in Northwest Portland. Encompassing 60,000 square feet (5,574 square metres), the project […]

Inmos Microprocessor Factory is Richard Rogers’ high-tech factory prototype

We continue our guide to high-tech architecture by looking at the Inmos Microprocessor Factory, a key example of Richard Rogers‘ radical inside-out buildings. Completed in 1982 in Newport, Wales, the Inmos Microprocessor Factory is a highly-flexible single-storey steel structure that was conceived as a prefabricated kit of parts that could be constructed anywhere. It contains […]

Herzog & de Meuron’s Dominus Winery photographed 20 years after completion

These photographs taken by Yueqi “Jazzy” Li capture the “mesmerising” dappled light inside Herzog & de Meuron‘s Dominus Winery. Jazzy Li’s series documents the interiors and exteriors of the Napa winery, which was completed by Herzog & de Meuron in 1997, marking its first project in the United States. “The Dominus Winery is still a […]

Norman Foster’s Renault Distribution Centre is high-tech architecture’s most flamboyant structure

Next in our high-tech architecture series is Norman Foster‘s Renault Distribution Centre in Swindon, one of the most expressive and distinctive examples of the style. Completed in 1982 by Foster Associates, which became Foster + Partners, the Renault Distribution Centre was the main UK distribution facility for French car manufacturer Renault. With its expressed structure it […]

Radnor opens studio in old Brooklyn factory

Online design retailer Radnor has opened a new studio and launched an updated furniture collection inside The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The Marilyn Twin Bed frame by Adam Rogers and Radnor features a rattan headboard attached to curving cane-like pieces of wood Radnor moved its studio to a space within the 130,000-square foot […]

Reliance Controls factory by Team 4 was a “democratic pavilion”

Continuing our high-tech architecture series we look at Reliance Controls, the last building that two of the giants of high-tech architecture – Richard Rogers and Norman Foster – designed together at Team 4. Completed in 1967, the small factory and office in Swindon was the first high-tech industrial building. It was the final building designed by Team […]

BIG opens Copenhill power plant topped with rooftop ski slope in Copenhagen

BIG has completed the “cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world” in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is topped by an artificial ski slope that is open all year round. CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, is a power plant located on an industrial waterfront that is capable of converting 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy […]

Concrete arches cocoon egg-shaped kiln in Chinese porcelain factory

AZL Architects has completed the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, building a series of concrete arches over a traditional brick kiln. AZL Architects designed the whole porcelain factory to echo the shapes of the monumental, egg-shaped kiln. Concrete arches curve over the body of the kiln, with windows and vertical joints orientated […]

Colourful metal screens and plants cover factory and offices in Hanoi

Perforated metal screens and plants cover the facade of a factory and office complex in Hanoi, Vietnam, designed by Studio VDGA for electronics manufacturer Star Engineers. Studio VDGA designed Star Engineers‘ factory and administrative buildings, which is longlisted for a Dezeen Award, as a facility that would be pleasant to work at in hot weather. […]

Henning Larsen tops Danish sewage works with park

A green roof with meandering pathways disguises this weathering steel water treatment facility, which Henning Larsen has completed on the island of Zealand, Denmark. Named the Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, the building contains a recycling centre and wastewater treatment plant for the city of Hillerød, and is topped by a public urban park. Henning Larsen designed the rooftop […]

Graux & Baeyens builds studio for Belgian artist Stief Desmet

Belgian studio Graux & Baeyens Architecten has used “sober but brutal” materials to create a new atelier for painter and sculpture Stief Desmet. Desmet already had one studio on his rural property in East Flanders, but it was too small to accommodate larger sculptures. Graux & Baeyens designed his new space, Studio SDS, in the […]

Christensen & Co designs Corten cube for Danish utility company

Danish practice Christensen & Co have designed a Corten steel-clad cube in Denmark to house the offices of sustainable energy suppliers Helsingør Utility that blends in with the industrial structures that surround it. Aptly named The Cube, the project was based on a concept of “interdisciplinary collaboration”, providing not only office space but a customer […]

Foster + Partners’ Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

A glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport designed by Foster + Partners has come under fire from France’s environmental authorities over fears it could hinder France‘s target to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The Autorité Environnementale (AE) issued a report calling on the developer Aeroport Marseille Provence (AMP) and the French state to “demonstrate the compatibility of […]

Clayton & Little builds weathering steel barn at California winery

Texas architecture studio Clayton & Little has built a barn from reclaimed oil field pipes and weathering steel panels, topped with solar panels to provide power to a vineyard in Calfornia. The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is on the James Berry Vineyard – part of the Saxum Vineyard group – in Paso Robles, a town in central California known for […]

Bosske Architecture designs red “super shed” for Australian dairy farm

Bosske Architecture has completed a dairy farm in Northcliffe, Australia, featuring a curving red structure that merges the shapes of several typical agricultural building forms. The studio headed by architect Caroline Hickey designed the 9,000-square-metre industrial complex to accommodate a state-of-the-art farming and processing facility that invites visitors to observe all aspects of milk production. […]

Floating Farm in Rotterdam is now home to 32 cows

A floating dairy farm has opened in Rotterdam, showing how food production can become less vulnerable to climate change. Floating Farm was designed by Peter van Wingerden and Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company that specialises in waterborne architecture. It is now home to 32 cows, producing dairy products that will soon be on […]

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