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Used shipping containers transformed into schoolrooms

Shipping containers are commonly seen on the backs of trucks all over the world, but few of us are accustomed to seeing them in our schools! You can find them for sale in Perth, New York, London, Cape Town, and just about any other major town or city throughout the world, and their durability makes them ideal for long-term […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: bamboo childhood center in Colombia

As part of the national integral youth attention strategy ‘De Cero a Siempre‘, Daniel Feldman and Ivan Quinones have created an environmental friendly early childhood center called ‘El Guadual’ to transform the city center of Villa Rica, Colombia. The project is an example of low-tech, environmentally friendly construction as it is responsible with the durable materials […] Read more

Design & Architecture: spiral of knowledge

Stairs and bookshelves wrap around a triple-height atrium inside this university library, which Danish architecture studio Adept describes as a “spiral of knowledge”. Dalarna Media Library replaces a car park at Dalarna University in the Swedish city of Falun, and sits on a sloping site. Copenhagen-based Adept chose to echo this inside by creating stairs that wind up and […] Read more

Sustainable Building Research Centre in Wollongong, Australia

The University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, has won the National Environment and Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Award in the prestigious Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards in 2013. The Award recognises the Centre’s innovative and sustainable design and its construction by building contractor, Baulderstone (now Lend Lease).  According to the […] Read more

Naturally ventilated nursery with house-shaped windows

Behind the house-shaped windows of this nursery extension in Kashiwa, Japan, architect Soichi Yamasaki has slotted small square rooms between octagonal play areas. Tokyo-based Soichi Yamasaki – whose past projects include a house with a playpen for dogs – designed the extension as a continuation of an outdoor corridor that lines one side of the nursery playground. The new building sits perpendicular to […] Read more

Stripy Melbourne school, Australia

A stripy facade modelled on a skyline bounds the circular campus of this Melbourne primary school, designed by Australian firm McBride Charles Ryan to reference walled cities around the world. McBride Charles Ryan was asked to bring together three existing primary schools in the Melbourne suburb of Dallas, which is one of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods. It is also […] Read more

Design & Architecture: University of Tokyo, Japan

Constructed as part of the University of Tokyo‘s campus, Kengo Kuma and Associates has completed the ‘Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building’ in Japan. Instead of hard materials commonly associated with architecture of this type, the design incorporates natural elements in order to present a smooth and organic frontage. The facility comprises galleries and lecture rooms […] Read more

The Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China

Curvy holes puncture the walls of this university building completed by architecture firm Aedas in Suzhou, China, with courtyards, terraces and balconies designed to encourage interaction between staff and students. Aedas designed the administration building for Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University – an eight-year-old institution that is split between China and the UK. The 61-metre-tall  building features a multi-layered facade, […] Read more

Design & Architecture: school by PFP Architekten in Genoa, Italy

The new building for the Scuola di Piazza delle Erbe was designed by architect Jörg Friedrich of PFP Architekten for a plot left vacant after it was bombed during the Second World War. Genoa’s city council, which is responsible for the regeneration of the Porta Soprana and San Donato neighbourhood, commissioned the five storey building to accommodate […] Read more

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