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Crumple Zone in Monaco
Monaco House embraces the clichés one might expect from that small European principality. Despite the novelty of its architecture, racing cars, luxury yachts and a certain movie-star quality all play a role in its appeal.
Banknote, by RA Studija
What fascinates me is that the iconographic screen (the building) is flat and that the source image (the banknote) is flat too. The translation from the source image onto the building is incredibly simple: scale, fold: done.
Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu by Kristin Jarmund Architects
Norwegian architectural firm Kristin Jarmund Architects have completed a new building for the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. The 800 meter-squared building has a panoramic zig-zag window in the first-floor facade.
Seu University of La Nucia by CrystalZoo
Young Spanish architects CrystalZoo have designed an extension to the Seu University of La Nucia, an external site of the University of Alicante in La Nucia, Spain. The two-storey extension wraps around one wing of the existing college building and includes a new reception area and cafeteria.
House in Kohoku by Torafu
Tokyo-based architects Torafu have designed this family home in Yokohama, Japan. The one story house, on the hilltop suburb of Kohoku, is made of cast concrete.
23 East 22nd Street by OMA
Office for Metropolitan Architecture last week unveiled designs for a 24-storey residential tower in New York. The 23 East 22nd Street tower cantilevers eastwards to provide views of Madison Square Park from the upper floors.
56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron
Work has started on the construction of 56 Leonard Street, a 56-storey residential tower in New York designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron. “We are extremely pleased and honored to be able to create a tower of true global character at a moment when great architectural ferment is reshaping New York City,” said Izak Senbahar of Alexcio.
Venice Architecture Biennale: New bridge on the Grand Canal
Venice Architecture Biennale: here are some snaps of Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande (Fourth Bridge on the Grand Canal) by architect Santiago Calatrava, which opened in Venice on September 13th.
Three students from Studio Lynn at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna have designed a conceptual boat factory for the island of Cres in Croatia. Called Factoreef, it has been designed by Julcsi Futo, Bika Rebek and Stefan Ritter, students on the course run by architect Greg Lynn. The architects describe the project as “a large scale, smoothly undulating roof held by an intricate steel truss structure”.
Tirana Rocks by MVRDV
"no windows?…how groundbreaking!" Dutch architects MVRDV have won a competition to masterplan an urban neighbourhood on the shore of Lake Tirana in Albania.

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