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Italian architects convert Ettore Sottsass sketch into pavilion for French architecture festival

Italian architecture office 2A+P/A has bought an Ettore Sottsass painting to life to create a black barrel-roofed pavilion for an architecture festival in Orléans, France. The Rome-based architects took the axonometric watercolour painting of an arched building with irregular windows made by Sottsass and used it as a basis for their structure. Sottsass, the renowned Italian architect and designer…

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Cotignola Staricco Tobler slots white office between warehouses in Montevideo

Uruguayan architecture firm Cotignola Staricco Tobler has sandwiched an all-white office building between shipping warehouses in the country’s capital, and included two pebbled courtyards on its second level. The building in Montevideo has an entirely white front facade and large windows, contrasting with the surrounding residential and industrial buildings. It was constructed for import business…

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Patricia Urquiola updates Cassina headquarters to commemorate brand’s 90th anniversary

Designer Patricia Urquiola has overhauled Cassina’s 1940s headquarters in Meda, northern Italy, to include a wall of plants and a cylindrical meeting space encased in metal panelling. Urquiola, who was appointed the Italian furniture brand’s art director in 2015, refreshed the old production facility to commemorate Cassina’s 90th anniversary. The headquarters are located in…

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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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