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The invisible window

The invisible window
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Made of both metal and glass

Made of both metal and glass
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The Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt
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White Cube?

White Cube?
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Like a gleaming light at night

Like a gleaming light at night
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Efficient light in Geneva

Efficient light in Geneva
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Living in a merchant’s house

Living in a merchant’s house
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Tor zur Welt

Tor zur Welt
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Hidden qualities

Hidden qualities
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The communicative office

The communicative office
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Diamonds for The Hague

Diamonds for The Hague
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35 degrees in Vienna

35 degrees in Vienna
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Banking in South Africa

Banking in South Africa
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Subtlety and finesse

Subtlety and finesse
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Co-working with Ray and Charles

Co-working with Ray and Charles
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Colorful islands in the office

Colorful islands in the office
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New archetypes

New archetypes
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Living in a moving façade

Living in a moving façade
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Düsseldorf Hafenspitze

Düsseldorf Hafenspitze
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Discrete air control

Discrete air control
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A museum for the “Mary Rose”

A museum for the “Mary Rose”
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Magenta, purple and grass green

Magenta, purple and grass green
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A Perfect Ensemble

A Perfect Ensemble
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Mytos in Athens

Mytos in Athens
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Art and design with light

Art and design with light
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Freedom of movement

Freedom of movement
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Sit back and enjoy good food!

Sit back and enjoy good food!
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Baltic blue

Baltic blue
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Move and connect

Move and connect
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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Game, Set, Match: Sitzfeldt!

Game, Set, Match: Sitzfeldt!
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Above the rooftops of Ljubljana

Above the rooftops of Ljubljana
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Textile sun protection

Textile sun protection
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Warehouse with luxury apartments

Warehouse with luxury apartments
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Goal!

Goal!
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Pioneering panels

Pioneering panels
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Intelligent glass scales

Intelligent glass scales
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The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence
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Magnificent molecules

Magnificent molecules
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Versatile

Versatile
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Diversity in design

Diversity in design
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Making a stylish entrance

Making a stylish entrance
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Let there be light!

Let there be light!
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Rough stone – smooth steel

Rough stone – smooth steel
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Urban shopping by the harbor

Urban shopping by the harbor
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Nature is at home everywhere

Nature is at home everywhere
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Anchored in aesthetics

Anchored in aesthetics
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Moving façades

Moving façades
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Organic brickwork

Organic brickwork
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Non-slip fun at the pool

Non-slip fun at the pool
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The secret’s in the coloring

The secret’s in the coloring
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What’s mine is yours

What’s mine is yours
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Up in the clouds

Up in the clouds
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Riding on the Biarritz wave

Riding on the Biarritz wave
With "Cité de l'Océan et du Surf" the city of Biarritz has devoted a museum of oceanography and the history of surfing to its water and wave enthusiasts.

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My house has four corners

My house has four corners
You can kill a person with an apartment, just as if it were an axe, claims German graphic designer Heinrich Zille. So how will the inhabitants of a house in Portugal fare who live in an edifice without windows, almost as if in a cave?
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For a coffee in the Rog
Cafeteria Rog is located in the center of Ljubljana, directly at the site of a new cultural center, named “Rog”.
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Remixing Lisbon

Remixing Lisbon
In the heart of Lisbon's old historical district of Pombalino stands a half-timbered house dating from the 18th century – and it has just been modernized by Portuguese architect José Adrião.

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Place for religious encounters

Place for religious encounters
Bonn-based Martini Architekten has transformed the new Domforum in Cologne into a white contemporary space.

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Off to the Eifel

Off to the Eifel
A weekend house in the Nationalpark Eifel is covered from top to bottom in aluminum shingles.
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Looking through the space in-between
Alluding to the saddle roofs of the adjacent houses and with care not to intrude on the village surroundings, Zurich-based architects Gramazio& Kohler have found a daring reinterpretation of the "detached home" in Riedikon, Switzerland.
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Urban Revitalization

Urban Revitalization
In a London suburb the architects at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris designed a building complex comprising residential units ,offices, retail outlets and a giant Learning Center.
The vine as a leitmotiv
The motif of a vine, inlaid in prefabricated concrete building parts and perforated metal panels is growing across the entire shell of a building at a winery in Hungary.
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Shimmering facade

Shimmering facade
Pre-patinated sandwich elements in combination with brass panels: the facade of the new Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt is a living outer sheath with a trailblazing character.

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Double-skin facade concept

Double-skin facade concept
At the BAU trade fair, Solarlux will be presenting a new façade concept with its "Co2mfort façade". This aims to reduce the use of artificial lighting and complex building air conditioning technology and, in turn, sustainably reduce CO2 emissions.
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Close to the Wind

Close to the Wind
The Unilever Head Office in Hamburg's Havencity, designed by Behnisch Architekten, was that first office building of its kind to rely completely on LEDs for light. Moreover, a curtain of transparent high-tech plastic foil runs like a second skin across the entire facade.
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Layered House

Layered House
The example of a former dairy in Somerset, England, shows just how wooden planking and blocks of glass can be joined such as to be weatherproof.
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Metamorphosis of the facade

Metamorphosis of the facade
Tecu Brass is an alloy made of copper and tin. The originally reddish/golden brown color of the material changes in the course of time and if exposed to the weather - into a dark brow and anthracite gray surface.

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A clean matter

A clean matter
A gynecological clinic specialized in assisted reproduction required new premises. They acquired a 200sqm flat in downtown Athens, in an area where most of the apartments have already been converted into offices, health centers and similar programs.
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Aging beautifully

Aging beautifully
The Empire Riverside Hotel is located on the former industrial site of the Bavaria Brewery in the center of Hamburg. When selecting the materials, David Chipperfield Architects paid special attention to their aging process.
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Glance at the edges

Glance at the edges
The "Atrium House" in the heart of the Sierra Calderona in Spain is a marvelously geometric, linear residential complex.
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Elegant Interaction

 Elegant Interaction
A penthouse apartment in Stuttgart is a well thought-through composition comprising three monolithic cabinet systems and a free-standing kitchen block.
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Artificially grayed larch
A residential house near Munich was given an artificial touch in a bid to better control the wood's natural graying process.
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Staying at the Viura

Staying at the Viura
Named after the most widely planted white grape variety in Rioja, Viura is a new, contemporary hotel with 26 guestrooms and seven suites, two bars and a restaurant.

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A house with one room

A house with one room
If you look up the term single-room house in the specialist literature, you will find a simple sentence explaining this type of dwelling: the single room is the simplest way to divide up a groundplan, as it entails a house with no inside walls or separate rooms.
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Translucent, folded and perforated

Translucent, folded and perforated
Architects Diane Heirend & Philippe Schmit's expansion of the Luxembourg art gallery in the Villa Vauban adds a metal-clad annex.
Mirror, glass and dual usage
A residential house that doubles up as a dance studio: This was the assignment a Yokohama couple presented to Japanese architect Junichi Sampei from A.L.X architecture office.
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Gold comes, gold stays

Gold comes, gold stays
Today, one increasingly comes across gold-plated architecture - be it on the facade of a department store that deals in precious metals, an information pavilion or a museum building. But now you can even find it lending a gleam to educational facilities and kindergartens, not to mention bakeries and police stations.
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Bringing nature into the home

Bringing nature into the home
In the case of the Swedish "Villa M2", the glass façade of the detached house can disappear completely into the masonry, thus opening the living room out onto the patio.
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Embedded in the landscape
Firmly anchored in the ground like a solid rock but with an airy and extremely open presence, the house stands in the rugged Wapiti Valley in Wyoming, United States.
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Updating Balneario

Updating Balneario
A ‘balneario' is a Spanish spa. In redesigning the Tiberius Baths in the Spanish town of Panticosa, the architects from Madrid-based studio Moneo Brock came up with a highly contemporary and yet decidedly sensitive reinterpretation of the classic ‘balneario'.
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Wind tunnel above Oslo

Wind tunnel above Oslo
In the context of the renovation works on the Holmenkollen ski jump ramp, the impressive landmark near Oslo has succeeded in increasing its appeal.
It is the world's first ski jump featuring a permanent windbreak.
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Between the door and hinge
As one of the smallest door manufacturers in the industry, the established Swabian company Eber Designtüren has specialized in the production of unusual door elements.
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Where is the door?

Where is the door?
The name says it all. "L'invisibile" is a system that hides doors and their functions in the wall.
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Positioned in seamless rows

Positioned in seamless rows
Sulfurcell's solar modules are so ingeniously made that they form an almost perfectly smooth surface, interrupted only by the finest of seams.
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Not becoming invisible but rendering visible

Not becoming invisible but rendering visible
"Light is a medium that is not visible, but that renders things visible," is one of the key ideas that Erco tries to realize, a company that has traditionally focused on our perception of light.
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The Pure

The Pure
Small, black, multifunctional: The "la candida" community center in Buenos Aires uses a butterfly roof to expand the glazed wall areas and thus brings the garden into the house.
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May the water flow for this purpose

May the water flow for this purpose
A fine, almost invisible channel serves as the water run-off for the shower.
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Going through walls

Going through walls
The Art College and Galerie Stihl in Waiblingen both shimmer milky white, playing with the light, seemingly light, and lit up at night.
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Shower in white while enjoying the ivy

Shower in white while enjoying the ivy
In a small house in Amsterdam, the interior fittings are in a restrained all-over white, and certainly recede into the background when they contrast with a green wall covered in ivy.
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A bright future

A bright future
On the exterior, a rainscreen cladding system of brightly colored fiber cement panels are arranged in a seemingly random distribution pattern to animate the facade and to speak to the center's youthful orientation and re-birth of a community.
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A golden veil for the synagogue

A golden veil for the synagogue
The expressive architecture of the new synagogue in Munich is characterized by two stacked cubes: a massive, temple-like rock base with a filigree glass construction on top clad in a bronze-colored translucent woven metallic veil.

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An architectural answer to integrating people

An architectural answer to integrating people
The KBcenter is a new space for cultural and social interaction dedicated to the Slovenian community in Gorizia and planned by Trieste placed architectural office Walritsch a+u.

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Gleaming in the countryside

Gleaming in the countryside
Close to a German interstate and in the middle of a rural idyll. Driving by you would expect to see a service station, a gas station, or the commercial estates one associates with smaller communities. And not truly striking architectural projects...

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Energy generating glass facade

Energy generating glass facade
The thin-film solar cells made by the Berlin-based company Sulfurcell enable the use of building-integrated photovoltaics. They facilitate aesthetically ambitious and sustainable façade solutions that offer great advantages for the building's energy balance as well as its appearance.

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The brick avant-garde

The brick avant-garde
The KolumbaTM brick was developed in collaboration with Swiss architect Peter Zumthor for the new Kolumba museum building in Cologne. It is a handcrafted coal-fired brick.

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The mutable house

The mutable house
Usually you have to opt for one specific facade, but thanks to the new generation of horizontal folding shutters the character of a building can be changed after all.
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Enter the third dimension

Enter the third dimension
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Light and yet precious

Light and yet precious
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Alpine cabin 2.0

Alpine cabin 2.0
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Lights on the campus

Lights on the campus
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A special kind of tree house

A special kind of tree house
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Barefoot enjoyment in the Auebad

Barefoot enjoyment in the Auebad
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Rooms with a view

Rooms with a view
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Cantina Florio

Cantina Florio
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Marbrerie Lampertz

Marbrerie Lampertz
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Theatre for a year

Theatre for a year
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Breathtaking views

Breathtaking views
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Celebrating 40 years of comfiness

Celebrating 40 years of comfiness
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Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory
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Google Docks

Google Docks
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Splashing about sustainably

Splashing about sustainably
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Five buildings, one museum

Five buildings, one museum
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The flexible office

The flexible office
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A civic center bathed in light

A civic center bathed in light
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Colorful office amoebas

Colorful office amoebas
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Open school

Open school
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Nordic by nature

Nordic by nature
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Light And Shade

Light And Shade
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All in white…

All in white…
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Sound and vision

Sound and vision
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Coincidence and precision

Coincidence and precision
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Mirror, mirror

Mirror, mirror
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Souped-up classics

Souped-up classics
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It has to stand out

It has to stand out
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Light, elegant and durable

Light, elegant and durable
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Relaxation, super-yacht style

Relaxation, super-yacht style
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Not your standard parking lot

Not your standard parking lot
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Paris toujours

Paris toujours
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Digital time travel

Digital time travel
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Seamless trends

Seamless trends
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Concrete cube with remote control

Concrete cube with remote control
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Creative by conviction

Creative by conviction
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Go with the creative flow

Go with the creative flow
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In homage to the book

In homage to the book
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Absorbing the noise of children

Absorbing the noise of children
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The elegance of glass

The elegance of glass
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We are a team!

We are a team!
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Yellow ribbon

Yellow ribbon
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It’s a full house on Fridays!

It’s a full house on Fridays!
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Designing your own working space

Designing your own working space
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An old tower gets a new climate

An old tower gets a new climate
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Award winner!

Award winner!
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Open, cube!

Open, cube!
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Energy-saving CCF façades

Energy-saving CCF façades
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Farmhouse meets high-tech

Farmhouse meets high-tech
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In the right light

In the right light
Whether in architecture or interior design, light planning plays a pivotal role, as the illumination structures the room, sets accents and guides the observer's view. Three examples illustrate the impact of light.

Architecture

In the black robe

In the black robe
This house was renovated by architect Johannes Norlander. It is located on a small Swedish island and covered with a layer of black plywood.
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Glass protection

Glass protection
In Vilnius a collector of antique books built his family home round the historical walls of a cannon foundry.
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Showroom in Vienna

Showroom in Vienna
The Viennese architecture firm Solid architecture landed the contract to design the new Bene showroom in the Austrian capital.
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Retreat and dialog

Retreat and dialog
The architects of the new ThyssenKrupp development integrated a place of peace and quiet ( "Raum der Stille") in it that is intended for use just as much by guests as by the employees.
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Marthashof residential estate
Custom-made perforated sheet metal decorated the facades and sun-protection sections used for the houses in Berlin's Marthashof.
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Town Hall Hotel in London
The venerable town hall in London's Bethnal Green district stood vacant for a long time and was only used as a film set. Now it has morphed into a cutting-edge, luxurious hotel.
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Perforated throughout

Perforated throughout
For the design of the fashion boutique "Delicatessen", the New York architects from Z-A studio chose a low-price, highly prevalent material: the shop is clad almost entirely in perforated white chipboard.
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Elektra Bakery

Elektra Bakery
This new shop is part of a chain of family-run bakeries called 'Elektra' located in Edessa, Greece. The shop was designed by greek architects of Studioprototype.

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Forest house

Forest house
On a large plot of land dominated by pine trees in the south of Berlin there is a small wooden house modeled on an old wooden summer house and designed by the Leipzig architects Atelier St.

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Yellow, pointed and reflecting

Yellow, pointed and reflecting
The Riverbank House by David Walker Architects is located directly at the Thames in London. A great number of special glass systems by Schollglas have been integrated into both the building's shell and interior construction. The project is presented as a new reference of the company Schollglas at BAU 2011 in Munich.
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Apartment reloaded

Apartment reloaded
An apartment located in the city centre of Valencia.
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Refined glass-and-steel load-bearing structure

Refined glass-and-steel load-bearing structure
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has designed the new Liège railway station - and set new architectural standards with the massive roof made of steel girders and shatterproof glass.
Playing field for architects
The circular skylights and large glass facades bring natural light into the rooms of the house Spreng.
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Program-free Architecture

Program-free Architecture
For the renovation of his apartment in the historical center of Barcelona the Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann made use of a white cross.

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The High House and the Long House

The High House and the Long House
Together with the adjoining plaza the Parliament building in Vaduz, comprising the High House and the Long House, creates an urban planning unit underscored by the consistent choice of ochre yellow tiles.
Material in the interplay
"Haus KA", designed by lynx architecture, is a clear cube that consist of only a very few different materials.
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Unifying Art and Urban Living

Unifying Art and Urban Living
The UNStudio design for an existing loft located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan explores the interaction between a gallery and living space. The main walls in the loft flow through the space, and together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions in which exhibition areas merge into living areas.
Pool house micro cosmos
What an unusual task: to design a pool house! A pool house made of glass, steel and fabric is light and transparent and a far cry from a tool shed.
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New roof on old walls

New roof on old walls
A traditional stone house in the Pyrenees was converted into a comfortable and handy second home.
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Staying in generous expanses of white
The studio of Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola came up with the interior for luxurious hotel Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona. Scarcely recognizable as a hotel from the outside, inside it is all the more inviting, providing a temporary home for design enthusiasts from all over the world.
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Red, redder, reddest

Red, redder, reddest
This year - the fortieth anniversary of the Serpentine Gallery - the pavilion installation by the same name was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

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Heart in Detail

Heart in Detail
The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark, known in short as the "heart", is more than just a showplace for contemporary art. As a center of the cultures it unites exhibition rooms with nothing less than a concert hall, a library, an open-air stage and a café.
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A control center for the Games

A control center for the Games
A substation is the first new building for the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London to be commissioned and opened. Astonishing architecture for what is actually a structure of minor significance, which on closer inspection surprisingly reveals interesting details.
A successful transformation
A single-family apartment for four people is situated in a stately building in southern Amsterdam. The original structure, with rooms for staff, a double hall and long hallways with lots of doors has been transformed into a spacious, transparent dwelling full of light and air.
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Window overlooking the lake
Wide and tall panorama windows held by fine-line, lightweight frames create fluid boundaries between inside and outside and offer stunning views of the surroundings.
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A crystal made of glass and concrete

A crystal made of glass and concrete
One Colemean Street, the project by English design office David Walker Architects, is located in the heart of London's banking district. The commercial building offers structurally interesting solutions and is a visual eye-catcher.
A monolith of light and shadow
The new college building of the Cooper Union rises like a metallic monolith above New York's East Village. Thom Mayne's spectacular architecture incorporates an equally exciting lighting design.
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Dynamic underlaid drawn
The different opportunities covering a façade or roof with slate offers, as well as the newer types of slate themselves, have led to a true renaissance of slate as a material in architecture in recent years.
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Light architecture

Light architecture
The work of Berlin studio Mader Stublic Wiermann plays with light and shift our perception in and of the city.
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Look out without looking in

Look out without looking in
In the Netherlands, the detached home of the De Haas-Bierings family, with its many large openings, clear routes inside the house, and the use of a reduced range of materials, is a veritable spatial experience.
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Corporate Architecture

Corporate Architecture
A golden house in Munich is the new company headquarters of pro aurum GmbH. With a volume of some 8,000 cubic meters, its size corresponds to the amount of gold mined to date worldwide. The building combines symbolic architecture with interesting, functional features.
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A gem among stones

A gem among stones
In a densely populated district, in the midst of prefabricated buildings and high-rises, a whitewashed dwelling for multiple occupants catches the eye. The building's edges have been angled such that it seems to be attempting to avoid being crushed.
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Black, with a view

Black, with a view
A house in the Japanese town of Otake with spacious open and white zones forms a marvelous frame for an almost limitless panorama.
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Nightingale, I cannot hear you!

Nightingale, I cannot hear you!
Acoustics are becoming an ever more important criterion in the planning and outfitting of interiors.
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Water as the dominant theme
The new Convention Center in Zaragoza takes up the theme of "water" by creating the impression of a water surface in motion.
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Making concrete progress
Owing to technical shortcomings, the building Max Bächer designed on Stuttgart's Königstrasse, erected in 1974 and boasting an almost sculpturally staggered façade, has been given a new skin. The old façade...
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Architecture

Fusionopolis. A vertical city made of glass

Fusionopolis. A vertical city made of glass
The new science centre in Singapore, with all the amenities of a modern city, is growing in two phases. Fusionopolis, the research and development centre.
The iceberg of Bordeaux
The sleek, icy white façade of the Seeko'o hotel is already making a statement in the dockland area of Bordeaux. Seeko'o means "iceberg" or "glacier" in Inuit... and from the
start this was an unusual and adventurous concept.
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Architecture

An orange-colored temptress

An orange-colored temptress
The body, with its prismatic folds, is extremely colorful - with its bright orange, and in places yellow and red, it tempts visitors to step inside.
Like a large, abstract painting
Of coloured tonalities, material layerings and visual impressions of oscillation.
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Architecture

The complex requirements for museum glazing

The complex requirements for museum glazing
In museum buildings, it is customary to use clear glass that is very low in iron oxide to make certain that the art works are illuminated by a light of unadulterated color. This is also the case at Brandhorst Museum in Munich the architectural studio Sauerbruch Hutton designed as a museum that relied purely on daylight.