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  • Pearl Block Building / D'Arcy Jones Architects
    by Hadir Al Koshta on July 13, 2024 at 11:00 AM

    Pearl Block is a compact cluster of six rowhouses. Staggered in response to the unusual triangular site, the building’s form modifies a common housing type to provide each resident with a generous outlook of the street. This neighbourly gesture preserves the privacy of the surrounding homes and enhances the privacy afforded to each Pearl Block unit. The project brief was to create 4–6 new rowhouses for young families who appreciate the qualities of single-family homes, but are also interested in living more compactly and sustainably. These desires, along with the ever-increasing cost of real estate, provide an incentive to explore an architectural type in search of an ideal scale for family homes in the city.  

  • Montreal Botanical Garden Entrance Pavilion / Pelletier De Fontenay
    by Pilar Caballero on July 13, 2024 at 9:00 AM

    Montreal-based studio, Pelletier de Fontenay, presents the new Botanical Garden's Entrance Pavilion. In conjunction with the metamorphosis of the Montreal Insectarium and the transformation of the entrance to Parc Maisonneuve, this project offers a redesigned and modernized access hub for this emblematic site. The new pavilion welcomes visitors, facilitates ticket sales, and provides information on the Botanical Garden and Insectarium. It also includes a smaller, separate check-in kiosk. Developed in collaboration with a team of landscape architects from the City of Montreal's Urban Parks Division, and the firm Lemay, the vision serves to link the world of Maisonneuve Park to the front court of the newly completed Insectarium. The project's main challenge was to better orient and guide visitors towards the Insectarium and Botanical Garden while respecting the cultural heritage of the site.

  • Ítala Fulvia Villa and her Sixth Pantheon: The Story Behind Buenos Aires' Brutalist Necropolis
    by Agustina Iñiguez on July 13, 2024 at 7:30 AM

    Around 1949, the city of Buenos Aires led the construction of the Sixth Pantheon in the Chacarita neighborhood. Monumental in character and brutalist in style, this underground necropolis turned out to be the first and largest experiment in modern architecture in the funerary field. Designed by Ítala Fulvia Villa, one of the first Argentine women architects and urban planners, and a pioneer of South American modernism, along with her team comprised of Leila Cornell, Raquel S. de Días, Gunter Ernest, Carlos A. Gabutti, Ludovico Koppman, and Clorindo Testa, this work was discovered by Léa Namer, who conducted an in-depth investigation reflecting on the legacy of a modern utopia and a feminist rereading of history.

  • Guardia di Finanza Office Building / DEMOGO
    by Hadir Al Koshta on July 13, 2024 at 6:00 AM

    The new regional headquarters of the Guardia di Finanza offices in Bologna, Italy is a project situated within a complex context—an area on the margins enclosed by urban partitions and characterized by a series of heterogeneous spaces. To the north, the railway line and Bologna’s high-speed train station create a continuous curtain of partitions and logistic infrastructures. To the south, there’s the dynamic and evolving area of the DumBO Social Center. To the east, it is bordered by Via Tanari and the layered edges of the stratified city of Bologna. DEMOGO’s project interprets this marginal urban condition as an opportunity for connection and regeneration within the district. The new structure, perpendicular to Via Tanari and seamlessly integrated with the original core of the Bertarini Barracks, functions as a compact element with an articulated elevation. A series of terraces, in harmony with the office areas, are designed as outdoor extensions to the program. These elevated gardens, gradually descending along the five above-ground floors of the building, are conceived as spaces that not only enhance the environmental quality of the work areas but also establish a visual connection with the urban landscape of the city of Bologna.

  • Corniche House / OPEN ARCHITECTES
    by Hadir Al Koshta on July 13, 2024 at 2:00 AM

    The owners wanted to settle in a green and quiet setting on the outskirts of the capital. As their children grow up, they need more autonomy, while still retaining a foothold in the family cocoon... The idea is to create a 'nest' where intimacy is preserved, where each can live independently and in harmony with the other... A reflection on the family, its connections, its sharing and its need for intimacy...

  • Hakodate Sensyuan Sohonke Café / Jo Nagasaka + Schemata Architects
    by Hana Abdel on July 12, 2024 at 8:00 PM

    Walking on the streets of Hakodate, one sees brick warehouses, Western-style buildings, and storehouses that give a sense of the city’s history as a port town open to the world. At the same time, one encounters many buildings featuring curious blends of Japanese and Western styles, with the first floor in Japanese and the second floor designed in Western style.

  • La Cime Chalet / NatureHumaine
    by Hadir Al Koshta on July 12, 2024 at 4:00 PM

    La Cime is a micro-chalet project in the heart of nature in the village of Sainte-Béatrix in Lanaudière, with the sensory adventure as a starting point. It is located on a densely wooded land offering high views of the treetops. The small dwelling borders a significant drop in land of approximately 100 feet. Depending on the season and the density of the foliage, we can see the De la Boule River further below.

  • Mantiqueira House / SysHaus + M Magalhães Estúdio
    by Valeria Silva on July 12, 2024 at 2:00 PM

    With a linear extension of 53 meters and freely positioned on a plot in the Serra da Mantiqueira, Casa Mantiqueira stands out as a horizontal element in the landscape that spans the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Rio de Janeiro.

  • Sterrenbos Youth Building / Atelier Vens Vanbelle
    by Hadir Al Koshta on July 12, 2024 at 12:00 PM

    The former youth infrastructure was completely outdated and the municipal council wanted to construct a new building on the site. In addition to the youth infrastructure, there is a former football field, a tennis club and a playground here, but all these entities were isolated from each other. To eliminate the bottlenecks on the site, an alternative and clear scenario was devised for the new building, whereby the site was also designed and delimited in a fascinating and readable way.

  • Exchange Square Park / DSDHA
    by Hadir Al Koshta on July 12, 2024 at 10:00 AM

    Welcome to Exchange Square, a public park suspended above the tracks of Liverpool Street Station and within the Broadgate campus, the largest pedestrianized public realm in Central London. The creation of Exchange Square marks a significant milestone in a seven-year collaboration between the studio and their client to successfully transform the public spaces surrounding one of the UK’s busiest stations.