The Garden Chapel

Chinese studio AZL Architects designed Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel for a riverbank site in Wanjing Garden, a park in the city of Nanjing. A cross tops the 12-metre peak on the west facade, while a second low-level pitched roof nestled in the dip gives height to the church hall beneath. The building’s most noticeable feature is its profile – a variation on the typical butterfly roof, an inverted structure that rises at its edges rather that at its centre. A stunning design in terms of transparancy, light and lines.


There’s a new kind of traveller roaming the streets of Europe – carrying a smartphone and looking for the new underground cultural scene. These digital native tourists don’t want anything to do with the typical tourist. That’s why CityHub Amsterdam is focusing on these upcoming internet connected generations. The hotel offers 50 sleeping units (hubs), a ‘digital’ lobby and an app that familiarizes travellers with the city.

Torre Del Borgo

This building goes under the name Torre Del Borgo, which means ‘the tower of the village’. It is located in Villa d’Adda, just northeast of Milan and has been neglected for decades. In 2012, the local council decided to purchase it and invited the renowned Italian architect Gianluca Gelmini for an extensive renovation. He gave the beautiful old lady on the village square an open character which fits her function as a public library and meeting point.

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For his newest project, Tadao Ando gives some insight on the thought-process that went into his design. As this is his first project on NY soil, Ando also talks about what NYC means to him. He says: “I would like to create something that only a Japanese person could do”. The building has yet to be built, but is surely going to stand out with Ando’s signature Japanese style.

Project 1972

The Japanese are well known for their efficient use of small spaces. The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo is one of the best futuristic examples. It was designed to give a glimpse of life in the 21st century when delivered in 1972. The tower became the last of its kind completed in the world. None of the original capsules have ever been replaced, even though architect Kurokawa intended a lifespan of only 25 years.

Narita Airport Terminal 3

The architects from Japanese studio Nikken Sekkei got served with a serious challenge. Create a new future-proof terminal for low-cost airline travellers at Tokyo Narita airport. The budget for this terminal was approximately half of the usual amount. To cut costs, they opted not to install the typical moving walkways or illuminated signs. Their solution is much more user-friendly (and fun!) than any other airport we’ve seen. And the running tracks obviously fit in with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In the meantime, can someone throw in some subs for this video?

Braga Municipal Stadium

Dacian Groza has a degree in Architecture, which has helped him forming a critical eye. His architectural knowledge is very visible in his compositions. The choices he makes are based on a strong attraction to beauty in the mundane, seemingly uninteresting and quiet places. The Braga Municipal Stadium (in the city of Braga, Portugal) is designed by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura and was completed in 2003. Although a modern building, on the photos it looks like it already has a whole life behind it.

Forum at Eckenberg

In a small town in the south of Germany, the Eckenberg Gymnasium, got a new forum to connect the 11 separate buildings from the 60s and 70s. The concrete construction by Ecker Architekten, proves ones again the elegance of industrial concrete architecture. The resulting play of light and shadow – of the monolithic and the immaterial, strikes a balance between the construction of a modern solitaire and the formation of a distinctive local building ensemble.

Vipp Shelter

Vipp has made a plug and play getaway that allows you to escape urban chaos in a 55m2 all-inclusive nature retreat. 75 years of experience with steel processing is used to craft this prefabricated object designed down to last detail. The only choice left to the customer is where to place it. Within the transparent shell, nature is omnipresent yet with a physical blindage that provides shelter from weather conditions. Like all products in the interior this construction is a tool made to accomplish something – in this case to facilitate an escape to nature. It is neither a house nor a mobile home. Rather it is spacious, functional, and livable industrial object.

Sanaa x Vitra

The factory building by SANAA is the latest addition to the Vitra Vampus in Weil am Rein, Switzerland. With SANAA, another high class name is added to the list of the world’s most renowned architects on Vitra’s company grounds, including Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando. SANAA literally thought outside of the box by constructing a circular building and avoiding any classical symmetry. This rather unusual approach was based on the conception that logistics and production methods no longer adhere to strictly hierarchical principles, but require flexibility. The building remains an enigma, revealing almost nothing about its function. This may recall the aesthetic concept of wabi sabi, the Japanese notion that imperfection and aesthetic consumation not necessarily contradict.

Sumiyoshido Lounge

Sumiyoshido Kampo Lounge is a clinic for acupuncture and moxibustion. In easier words; a herbal pharmacy. People who are open to these kind of herbal treatments can visit this calming space, designed by ID inc. from Japan. Most recognizable compared to a traditional pharmacy are the pharmacy drawers. The fresh mint green is used for the herbal advice area. A hard white makes the acupuncture area look like a reliable surrounding.

House in Byoubugaura

On a site of just 60 square meters, sandwiched between houses and a hill, lies Hosaka Takeshis smart solution. House in Byoubugaura is the architectural solution for daylight on all floors, minimum walls and maximum open space. The natural wooden floor gives extra warmth to this modern but cosy house. Japan based architecture firm Hosaka Takeshi shows us that limitations spark creativity.

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