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TAA adds contemporary extension to traditional Toulouse chartreuse house

December 1, 2022 Alyn Griffiths 0

Local architecture office TAA has completed House M in Toulouse, France, featuring a glass-and-concrete extension that contrasts with the existing brick-clad chartreuse-style dwelling. Taillandier Architectes Associés (TAA) was asked to modernise a traditional property in Toulouse’s Minimes neighbourhood to meet the needs of a family of four. House M sits on a long and narrow

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Shanghai Suhe MixC World / Kokaistudios

December 1, 2022 Collin Chen 0

Located on Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek, Shanghai Suhe MixC World blurs boundaries between the city’s past, present, and future. The project’s starting point was rethinking commercial spaces to better integrate with their surroundings. The resulting ‘urban valley’ presents a brand-new public space in the city and sets a new benchmark for Shanghai. In 2016, Kokaistudios was invited to participate in a competition for an underground shopping mall in Suhe Creek Green land. Instead, the design opted to present a brand-new public space in the city: a riverside green land with cultural and leisure facilities, incorporating a subterranean commercial area. Property developer CRLand preferred Kokaistudios’ vision for an ‘urban valley,’ the floor of which is a subterranean commercial space that merges into its green land surroundings through a series of stepped slopes.

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BEN MSIK Gardens / Tarik Zoubdi Architecte

November 30, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

41 people were killed in the 2003 Casablanca bombings. The terrorists all came from the Sidi Moumen district of the city. These impoverished neighborhoods are often fertile ground for this kind of tragedy (crime, unemployment, extremism…). Consequently, access to decent housing, quality education, and adequate public services are crucial solutions to restoring basic “social justice”. In this regard and within the “Cities Without Slums” program, the social housing built in Ben M’sik saw the light of day to provide better living conditions for 240 families from the slums of “Douar Khlifa” located not far from the project site.

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Quzhou Xinhua No. 2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture

November 30, 2022 Collin Chen 0

Quzhou Xinhua No. 2 Primary School, designed by LYCS Architecture, has officially opened recently. The project was constructed in accordance with the latest “Standardized Schools for Compulsory Education in Zhejiang Province” with the highest standard. The GFA of the school is approximately 37,182 sqm, allowing 48 classes open at the same time. Located in the rapidly developing Quzhou Smart New Town, the school is surrounded by residential areas on its south, north, and west sides, and connects to the Xincheng Cultural and Educational District in the east where Quzhou Jingcai High School and Quzhou No. 1 Middle School are located. Our Xinhua No.2 Primary School extends into the residential area like a “peninsula”.

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Drew Mandel Architects completes a multi-textural house in a Canadian forest

November 30, 2022 Kate Mazade 0

Drew Mandel Architects designed a house in n Milton, Canada with exteriors of metal, brick and wood that is centred around a walnut staircase. Situated within a forest on the Niagara Escarpment, the 6,780-square-foot (630-square metre) house was completed in 2022. Drew Mandel Architects – a Toronto-based studio – designed the home to embrace and

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Cool Shed / Vaissnavi Shukl

November 30, 2022 Clara Ott 0

In the corner of a large farmland located in close proximity to the Thol bird sanctuary in Gujarat, Cool Shed was initially supposed to be a security cabin with a store room. The project name is therefore a wordplay on the familiar building typology of a tool shed, wherein a simple structure is built to store machines and equipment for farming and automobile repairing. Cool Shed was then rethought as service quarters before finally being designed and built as an outhouse for weekend getaways.

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Foster + Partners to design King Salman International Airport in Saudi Arabia

November 30, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0

British architecture studio Foster + Partners is designing the six-runway King Salman International Airport in Riyadh, which is set to become one of the world’s largest airports. Named after Saudi Arabia’s king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King Salman International Airport will be designed by Foster + Partners and incorporate the existing terminals named after former king

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Baron39 House / Paco Oria Estudio

November 30, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

This commission comes from a very close friend’s couple. It starts even earlier when they decide to buy the house attached to theirs and we participate in a first visit, where the impression of its potential already emerges. It is located in Godella, a residential district of the Valencia metropolitan area, in a low-density neighborhood with a mandatory typology of semi-detached houses with backyards. The original house, from 1949, responds to the traditional type of a pitched roof with a wide entrance for carts and animals and other rooms on one side, giving way through the backyard to another construction for tools at the back. This composition and its urban conditions allow us to imagine an extension of the main house in height, keeping the courtyard and the construction at the back intact.