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Samuel Kroonen

Architecture

Tropical plants and geometric glass walls screen house and restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese architecture studio Kientruc O has given a modernist makeover to an old house in a narrow Ho Chi Minh City alleyway, transforming it into a restaurant with a lush garden wrapped by gridded glazing. Kientruc O redesigned the 161-square-metre building to connect the house with the garden, and garden with the street, and to provide a dining area for…

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Hanoi cafe features indoor waterfalls, koi-carp ponds and an aquaponics vegetable patch

Behind the scalloped facade of the Koi Cafe in Hanoi, Farming Architects has created a fish pond, an indoor waterfall and a rooftop vegetable patch that exists in a self sustaining eco-system. A steel frame has been added to the existing three-storey building in the Vietnamese capital, transforming it into a green oasis for cafe customers with an integrated aquaponics farm. An…

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Chengdu cafe features interiors inspired by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

Melbourne studio Biasol combined marble surfaces with geometric elevations and pastel hues as a nod to Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel for this cafe in Chengdu, China. The Budapest Cafe is located in the Chengdu, capital of China’s Sichuan province, but its owners specifically chose an Australian design studio to create an environment that…

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Concrete-clad home by Dieguez Fridman reimagines Buenos Aires’ typical “sausage houses”

Rectangular concrete slabs form the exterior of Dieguez Fridman’s four-storey Corner House in Buenos Aires, which puts a vertical spin on the city’s typical suburban architecture. Houses in the Argentinian capital traditionally have a “horizontal progression of spaces that go from the most public areas to the most intimate spaces”, according to Dieguez Fridman co-founders…

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EKAR Architects applies medley of material textures to facades of courtyard house in Bangkok

Thai studio EKAR Architects has completed a house in Bangkok for several generations of the same family, featuring stacked volumes clad in a variety of materials that contain living spaces arranged around a swimming pool and garden. The owner of the house in the Thai capital’s Bang Phlat District had initially approached EKAR Architects about renovating…

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