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Casa X, No Ordinary box in Ecuador

Casa X, Tumbaco Valley, Quito, Ecuador, by Adrian Moreno and Maria Samaniego, for Arquitectura X

Fragmented Views—Dutch Embassy Berlin

The client demanded a solitary building, integrating requirements of conventional civil service security with Dutch openness. With glimpses of the river Spree, The Television Tower (‘Fernsehturm’), a park and the wall of embassy residences, part of the building is described as a ‘diagonal void’.

Embassy of the Netherlands, Berlin, Germany. By Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Light and Sound at Liquidrom Therme Berlin

Liquidrom Berlin opened in the Neuen Tempodrom at the Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin as the first Liquid Sound Day Spa. The concept fits perfectly in the capital city. With a programme of regular live concerts at full moon, DJ evenings in the Liquidrom club, jazz or classical music programmes, poetry readings and light-art-water events, the Liquidrom has quickly established its distinct profile in the cultural capital of Germany.

Liquidrom Therme, Berlin, Germany Architect, Meinhard von Gerkan, gmp

Walker House in Sydney up for Sale

Modeled largely on the groundbreaking 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California, this private one acre estate is a little more than 30 minutes to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Walker House, Sydney, Australia, $10 million AUD, at Remax
Via: Contemporist

New Funeral Parlour Architecture in Spain

It tends to veer towards the traditional, but the funeral parlour has been interpreted in a fresh and poetic way by BASS Architects in Spain. The bulk of the complex is underground and the facade is at just below eye level with a giant reflecting pool on the roof — the only protrusions are described as “five fingers”.

Tanatorio Municipal, León, Spain, by BASS

Boyd Baker House, a 50′s Modern Home for Rent

The Robin Boyd Baker House has been called one of the most important post war Australian residential buildings by Melbourne University’s Professor of Architecture, Phillip Goad. Often seen as the leader of the International Modern Movement in Australia, Boyd was based in Victoria in the 1950’s, he led a highly creative and prolific life as an architect, teacher and writer.

Boyd Baker and Dower House, Victoria, Australia, Starting from $1,500 AUD per a week, designed by Robin Boyd.
Reservations: Boyd Baker House

Loft Cube, Live Anywhere Micro Home

Designed for those empty spaces on top of buildings, the Loft Cube, was meant to be a temporary living structure, but with a look like this, why not make the move permanent? The interiors are customized by client, as are the window treatments that decide whether you’re living in a glass house or in a glass house blinds.

Loft Cube, Starting from $111,000.00 by Werner Aisslinger, for Loft Cube

Model: Johnson House

J. J. Pieter Oud. (Dutch, 1890-1963). Johnson House, project, Pinehurst, North Carolina. 1930-31. Wood.

Permanent Collection MoMA

Transforming Tate Modern, by Herzog & de Meuron

Tate Modern is about to get an addition designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the new building will add a 65% increase in display space, to their already expansive facility transformed from a disused power station in 2000

New Development of Tate Modern, Bankside, London, United Kingdom, by Herzog & de Meuron, for Tate Modern

Casa Mirindiba, Brazil by Marcio Kogan

Marcio Kogan is one architect to watch. This urban house combines dark natural Brazilian hardwood, concrete and stone. The design is sensitive to the climate of Brazil, with the ablility to open and close walls and shades at will and the reflecting pools which offer natural cooling. 

Casa Mirindiba, São Paulo, Brazil by Marcio Kogan

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