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The Secular Retreat in South Devon by Peter Zumthor

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

A space dedicated to calm, reflection and perspective, The Secular Retreat is a veritable haven from the pressures of modern life.

In South Devon, between the resorts of Salcombe and Hallsands, lies a landscape of rolling hills, wooded river valleys, patchwork fields and small stone villages. It is here that Zumthor is designing his first project in the UK – The Secular Retreat, a hill-top retreat, where people will be able to go for periods of sustained work and reflection.

The Secular retreat in South Devon

  • Architect: Atelier Peter Zumthor
  • Structural Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
  • Quantity Surveyors: Boyden Group LLP
  • Location: South Devon, UK
  • Local architectural consultant: David Sheppard
  • Landscape consultant and design: The Rathbone Partnership


Bjarke Ingels – Hedonistic Sustainability

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Bjarke Ingels has been championing Hedonistic Sustainability – architecture where you don’t sacrifice for the sake of the environment but build sustainable architecture that gives even more hedonistic pleasure to the society.

The theme was picked up by CNN yesterday. Check out CNN’s coverage at:

Bjarke Ingels was also an invited speaker at the TED Conference. Here is the video of his TED Talk:




Merricks North House in Victoria, Australia by Wood/Marsh Pty Ltd Architecture

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: Wood/Marsh Pty Ltd Architecture

The building arcs gently across the landscape, following the contours of the land and framing views to the ocean. A pair of curved earth-walls act as a solid, central spine from which smaller, more refined volumes radiate. Thus, various ‘in-between’ spaces are created, providing shelter and intimacy against the often harsh coastal environment.

Interior View


Times Eureka Pavilion in London, UK by NEX Architect

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: NEX Architect

NEX is delighted to contribute to creating a benchmark in integrated design at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (Tuesday May 24th to Saturday May 28th) working with Buro Happold and Chelsea Gold Medallist Marcus Barnett on the creation of a pavilion for The Times Eureka Garden, in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Kew Gardens


Natural Laponia in Lappland, Sweden by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter


Visitors centre for Laponia world heritage area, Sweden

The building rises from the ground into a distinct silhouette that let the visitor centre both stand out and connect to the vast north Swedish mountain area. Construction is inspired by the use of natural and recyclable materials that the Sami people have developed for their nomadic life. The interior consist of a series of spaces under the undulating ceiling, opening up to the view of the hilly landscape and the Stuor Muorkke water falls.

Sunset View

  • Architect: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
  • Name of Project: Natural Laponia
  • Location: Stour Muorkke / Stora sjöfallet, Lappland, Sweden
  • Chief architects: Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård
  • Client: Naturvårdsverket and Länsstyrelsen i Norrbottens län
  • Dates: Project 2009
  • Area: 900 sqm + landscape.


Looptecture Fukura in Minamiawaji-city, Japan by Endo Shuhei Architect Institute

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: Endo Shuhei Architect Institute

The function of this architecture is security and controlling all the floodgates located at port of Fukura, enlighten dangerous of the Tsunami for tourists, and use as a place of refuge in case of the Tsunami warning. For these reasons, ensure to keep the spaces of necessary and viewpoint for watching all over the port, also rational shape and structure to against of Tsunami and the drift came after disaster are necessary.

Images Courtesy Yoshiharu Matsumura

  • Architect: Endo Shuhei Architect Institute
  • Project name: Looptecture Fukura
  • Location: Minamiawaji-city, Hyogo-pref. Japan
  • Building Facility: Tsunami Disaster Preventive Control Center
  • Completion: March 2010
  • Photographer: Yoshiharu Matsumura, EndoShuheiArchitects


Grandi Bianchi in Paris, France by Bernard Dubois & La Ville Rayée

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: Bernard Dubois

The project Grandi Bianchi is a collaboration between Brussels-based architect Bernard Dubois and Paris-based architects La Ville Rayée (David Apheceix, Benjamin Lafore, Sébastien Martinez Barat).

Bookcase (Image Courtesy 354 Photographers)


Tower Skin in Sydney, Australia by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: LAVA

What initially began as a speculative proposal to reshape the UTS tower on Broadway has evolved into a broader architectural idea for re-purposing inefficient or outdated buildings as an alternative to demolishing and rebuilding ( which comes with a huge financial and environmental expense) LAVA has developed a simple, cost effective and easily constructed building skin that can potentially transform the identity, sustainability and interior comfort of an existing structure such as the UTS tower.

UTS Tower Night (Image Courtesy LAVA)

  • Architects: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture/LAVA
  • Project: Tower Skin
  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Team: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck,  Jarrod Lamshed, Erik Escalante, Esan Rahmani, Niklas Muehlich, Kim Ngyuen Ngoc, Anh-Dao Trinh, Jonas Epper  Stefan Bassing, Simone Martin,


Flowing Gardens in Xi’an, China by Plasma Studio

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: Plasma Studio

The International Horticultural Expo becomes instigator and core for the redevelopment of a large area between the airport and the ancient city center of Xi’an, known as the home of the Terracotta Army and business centre of the vast Chinese interior. Plasma Studio with collaborators GroundLab and LAUR Studio won this invited international competition with a radical self-sustainable vision for the future: Flowing Gardens creates a consonant functionality of water, planting, circulation and architecture into one seamless system.

Image Courtesy Plasma Studio

  • Architects: Plasma Studio
  • Project: Flowing Gardens- Xi’an International Horticultural Expo 2011
  • Location: Xi’an, China
  • Client: Chan Ba Ecological District
  • Use: Landscape / Cultural
  • Site area: 37 Hectares


Brownstone Bar in Shanghai, China by Kokaistudios

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Article source: Kokaistudios

The ‘Brownstone’ is a cocktail lounge located in the Surpass Court of Yonjia Lu 570, emerging epicenter of Shanghai night life. It was developed as a prototype for a venue of new concept in co-operation with ‘Blue Horizon Hospitality Group’ (Blue Frog).

Counter View (Image Courtesy Charlie Xia)

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Project: Brownstone Bar
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Floor area: 130 sqm
  • Design period: June-August 2010


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