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  • The well-tempered building

    While in Sri Lanka I visited the live-work space by Palinda Kannangara in Rajagiriya, in the outskirts of Colombo, one of the winning projects in the 2018 RIBA Award for International Excellence. This is a quiet retreat. “This studio and dwelling built on an unusually quiet waterside site in Colombo provides a base for the practice…

  • Outdoor comfort on the rise

    This year RIBA International Award’s shortlist includes the Lanka Learning Center by feat.collective. The layout and sectional profile help with natural air movement. the walls and roof as well as internal partitions do not meet to seal the exterior envelope. The internal courtyard is another outdoor room.

  • Enter lightly … the light | E.1027 by Eileen Grey

    The house on the French Riviera is known, among other things, for a controversy over its authorship and the compromise of its original design by another architect. However, it is far more interesting to discuss it as an excellent example of modern architecture that sits well within its environment, and engages in dialogue with it.…

  • Folie Divine | Architecture Today

    ‘Building Playfulness has a serious purpose at a Montpellier housing development by Farshid Moussavi Architecture…’ Curtains as cladding ‘walls’ for architecture is an old and meaningful analogy, especially when they make for soft, permeable, adaptable enclosures to buildings. This version for a residential tower leaves room for intermediate and semi-open balconies, exterior rooms and provides…

  • The Gran Boathouse: An Interior Exterior on Norway’s Lakeshore

    What happens when an architect encounters the work of an artist? When the work is of architectural quality, certainly of architectural scale, with similar preoccupations to those of architects – meaning, construction, materiality, joining, context – it is an inspirational encounter. Rachel Whiteread constructs an impenetrable interior, a shell placed in the landscape, to converse…

  • Outdoor pavilions and dining rooms: a delight of the senses

    Wine-tasting is a delicate experience of all the senses, and what better than to host it in a semi-outdoor pavilion, set among trees and under the Californian sun. The dinning space is simple, with movable partitions and spare furnishings, where nature, views, local breezes and, the taste of wine, are the protagonists.      …

  • Outdoor comfort: multi-layered, intermediate, designed around different times of the day

    If you ask moi, outdoor and intermediate spaces should be designed into every type of architecture, but more often are found away from the cities, in leisure and vacation complexes, in trendy holiday destinations. As architects, I believe we owe city dwellers a chance to take delight in similar spaces in the urban milieu  …

  • Teaching, huts, and design-built education

    In their words, an “important feature in Rintala Eggertsson’s practice are their 1:1 building workshops with students and clients”. Hundreds of projects of small scale – nevertheless, of presumably larger social impact – have been initiated by the practice in collaboration with architecture schools across the world. This relatively new model of architecture education, which…

  • House for Enjoying the Harsh Cold – Inverted House, Japan

    This house echoes architect Bernard Rudofsky’s search for a life of comfort, as he put it, between Sparta and Sybaris; for an architecture in close proximity to nature. Here is a thoughtful, perhaps provocative, relationship between inside and outside spaces. Dwellings which defy the architectural enclosure – excite me and – they are a recurring theme in…

  • A graphic designer’s summer house by the sea

      A small unassuming summer house by the sea is a delight as a place to escape from the busy city. The house is refurbished using standard plywood as the main material throughout. Its virtue is simplicity, of material, and of spatial organisation. “It’s a simple space but it’s the most amazing privilege to have…