New Zealand church from paper tubes and shipping containers

The deadly earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, in February 2011 also destroyed the city’s most recognizable architectural landmark: a 19th-century Gothic Revival stone cathedral. Desperate for worship space, the church leaders at Christchurch Cathedral contacted Shigeru Ban Architects at the suggestion of a congregant familiar with a paper-tube church that Ban, Hon. FAIA, designed […] Read more

Green building: This innovative concert hall doubles as an instrument

Herault Arnod Architectes have reached a new architectural highnote with their Metaphase Concert Hall. In fact, the exceptional building, which showcases music performances on the inside, is actually an interactive instrument in its own right. Located in Oignies, France, the music hall is an intelligent construction that uses unique materials chosen for their acoustic properties […] Read more

Facade adjusts to changes in its environment

Working alongside the country’s government, local practice Woods Bagot have designed a medical research facility in Adelaide, Australia, featuring a distinctive articulated façade which constantly adapts to changing environmental conditions. The ‘South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute’ (‘SAHMRI’), is conceived as a living organism housing up to 700 researchers and containing an adaptable and […] Read more

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