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Schemata Architects contrasts original features with modern interventions for Japanese office

Schemata Architects, headed by Jo Nagasaka, has converted a traditional house in Kamakura, Japan, into an office featuring modern fitted furniture. The building is located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood in a city just south of Tokyo, surrounded by lush gardens. Nagasaka and his colleagues at Schemata Architects set about transforming the 80-year-old house into a

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MAPA assembles “simple and austere” Sacromonte Chapel in Uruguay over one day

Architecture studio MAPA has designed this simple prefabricated wooden chapel for a vineyard in Maldonado, Uruguay, puncturing a black box through one of its slanted walls to provide a shrine for the patron saint of winemakers. The prefabricated open-air chapel is located in the 101-hectare Sacromonte vineyard, which forms part of The Sacromonte Landscape Hotel in Pueblo Edén. Brazilian

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OOPEAA’s floating sea pools offer new swimming facilities to waterside cities

Architecture studio OOPEAA plans to introduce waterborne swimming pools to coastal and riverside cities around the world, with the first set to be built in Oulu, Finland. Finland-based OOPEAA, short for Office for Peripheral Architecture, won a competition to develop the global concept for the Allas Sea Pool. The studio’s vision is to create a worldwide family of public saunas, spas,

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Eight home interiors furnished around statement rugs

IKEA recently collaborated with high-end fashion designers on a collection of statement rugs, and eye-catching carpets are becoming a focal point again in home interior design. Here are eight of the best to have featured on Dezeen. Bee’s Row house renovation, USA, by Workstead Brooklyn design studio Workstead inserted a rug reminiscent of animal skin

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Michael Maltzan’s Crest Apartments provide housing for southern California’s homeless

American studio Michael Maltzan Architecture has completed a bright white residential complex in the Los Angeles area, which contains over 60 studio apartments and various support services for its formerly homeless tenants. Crest Apartments was built on a slender, rectangular parcel in Van Nuys – a suburban district northwest of Downtown LA. Totalling 45,000 square

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SOM-designed Diamond tower gets approved for London

The 56-storey London skyscraper designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill will feature public viewing galleries at its topmost levels. Called The Diamond, the 248.2-metre-high tapered tower will be constructed at 100 Leadenhall Street, in the city’s financial district. The tower will stand next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ similar-shaped 224-metre-high Leadenhall Building – nicknamed The Cheesegrater. New

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David Kohn and Nord Studio to build Berlin housing with zig-zag facade

David Kohn Architects and Nord Studio have won a competition to design a residential block in Berlin with a zig-zag profiled facade. London-based David Kohn Architects and Berlin-based Nord Studio collaborated on a design for Lützowufer Berlin, which draws inspiration from the links between German and British architectural culture. The 75-home apartment block, for developer Euroboden, will be seven storeys tall. Its

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