Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Centro Botín

Centro Botín © Rubén P. Bescós/RPBW Centro Botín, by internationally acclaimed Renzo Piano Building Workshop, is a new visual arts centre perched upon the Bay of Santander on Spain’s North coast. Against the rugged backdrop of the Cantabrian Mountains the intricately tiled, bifurcated forms of…

TRIAS: Three Piece House

Three Piece House, by Sydney-based practice TRIAS, is situated in a suburban beachside enclave north of the city of Newcastle. A quiet and modest series of pavilions gathered around a sunny courtyard; each structure is poignantly defined by meticulous attention to detail and a material…

Foster + Partners: Bloomberg Europe

Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters by Foster + Partners is situated in the heart of the City of London, drawing together impressive sustainability credentials and ingenious human-centred design strategies. The result is an award-winning building, steeped simultaneously in the ‘square mile’s’ ancient history whilst emblematising a…

The Cabin: An Archetype for Freedom in a Tenured Life?

The humble hut has recently enjoyed a renaissance in architectural scholarship and popular media. These two publications, Cabin Porn, edited by Zach Klein, and Shack: In Praise of an Australian Icon, by Simon Griffiths, explore various permutations of the hut typology, documenting the fascinating stories of the people behind…

Placing Heidegger: Martin Heidegger’s influence on current architectural thought

Placing Heidegger traces Heideggerian preoccupations in current architecture scholarship, offering an exploration of philosophical biography, as well as the analysis of Martin Heidegger’s personal correspondence with Karl Jaspers, Hannah Arendt and others, to argue for an alternative understanding of Heidegger’s legacy to architecture. The full…

The Paper Street Architecture Blog

Looking back at a blog that ran from 2010–2011, mapping the intersection of art and architecture in the urban landscape: Paper Street Architecture

New Geographies of Violence: Security and Disenfranchisement

Detention and dispossesion “We are arriving at an axiom in long-term thinking about international terrorism… the real danger lies, not in what it inflicts, but in what it provokes.”[1] This article is not meant to offer a complete description of the complicated and contentious recent…

New Geographies of Violence: Redefining the Wall

Geographies of separation And this palace was surrounded by ten walls, one inside the other, and all ten walls were made of water. And because the palace and walls consisted of water, it was impossible to enter there, for whoever tried to do so would…

Marina Tabassum Architects: Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque

Marina Tabassum’s Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh, utilizes simple, unadorned materials and vernacular construction techniques to immense effect, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow, and creating a space for religious reverie and transcendence. Read the full article at arcspace.com

Zaha Hadid Architects: Issam Fares Institute

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, at the American University of Beirut, melds local traditions with innovative geometries, creating an architectural manifestation of the Institute’s ideals of opportunity, pluralism, creativity and tolerance. Read the full article at arcspace.com

ZAO/standardarchitecture: Micro Hutong

Micro Hutong represents the aggregation of a series of architectural reiterations, in which ZAO/standardarchitecture’s Zhang Ke has reimagined the hutong for the 21st century. Hutongs form a characteristic part of the historical architectural fabric of Beijing, comprising narrow laneways lined by siheyuan, traditional courtyard dwellings….

Büro Ole Scheeren: MahaNakhon

MahaNakhon is the newest high-rise landmark in Bangkok’s Central Business District, designed by German architect Ole Scheeren. Its pixelated form reaches 314-metres into the city skyline before gently dissolving back into the densely packed urban landscape below. The MahaNakhon project originated in 2009 whilst Scheeren…

Marks Barfield Architects: British Airways i360

The world’s most slender tall tower, British Airways i360 is a ‘vertical pier,’ that is set to redefine the shoreline of the city of Brighton and Hove. Designed by the team responsible for the enormously successful London Eye, Marks Barfield Architects, British Airways i360 seeks…

Snøhetta: SFMOMA Expansion

Norwegian architects, Snøhetta, internationally renowned following the success of the innovatively traversable Oslo Opera House, have created waves in the media with the opening of their mesmerising, striated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion in downtown San Francisco. Read the full article at arcspace.com

Office KGDVS: University Library

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen’s University Library for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Ghent has been aptly described by the practice as a “pavilion-like piece of furniture” inserted into an existing 19th century Physics Hall. Yet, it also offers…

OMA: Garage Gorky Park

OMA’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art offers the simultaneous reimagination and preservation of the 1968 Vremena Goda Pavilion, a Soviet canteen in Moscow’s Gorky Park. Translated as Seasons of the Year, architect Igor Vinogradsky’s Vremena Goda had been languishing in dereliction since the 1990’s, until it was recently designated as the new home…

Luigi Rosselli Architects: Great Wall Of W.A.

Designed by Italian-born, Australian-based architect Luigi Rosselli, these truly unique residences embody the landscape and vernacular of the Australian outback. Embedded in an undulating 230 metre rammed earth wall in an arid, remote enclave in Western Australia, The Great Wall of W.A. harks back to…

Jean Nouvel: One Central Park

One Central Park is a vibrant, living landmark in what was once a derelict brewery site in downtown Sydney. One year on, this collaboration between French architect, Jean Nouvel and French botanist, Patrick Blanc is a blossoming vertical landscape, helping to redefine Sydney’s latest cultural…