Amidst a dense pine forest in the Chinese province of Jiangxi, architecture studio ZJJZ Atelier has designed ‘The Mushroom’, a 50 square meter retreat with a panoramic window offering views of the surrounding nature. The circular guest house is composed of two simple volumes, and is topped with a cone-shaped roof.
Fosters + Partners has restored and converted the Palazzo Marignoli in Rome into an Apple Store, uncovering historic features and opening up a central courtyard. Apple Via del Corso is the largest Apple Store in Europe and occupies the historic Palazzo Marignoli, near the Piazza Colonna, in the centre of Rome.
A "rich and interesting" refurbishment of a Victorian house by Studio Ben Allen has been named London's best new home improvement project in the Don't Move, Improve! awards. The House Recast is the overall winner of this year's contest, which is organised annually by New London Architecture (NLA) to showcase the diversity of homes in the UK capital.
Bamboo has been gaining momentum as an attractive and sustainable building material over the past decade. Particularly popular on the Asian subcontinent, where the plant is most abundantly grown, bamboo architecture has a long and unsung history. Structural design codes for bamboo were only published in 2004.
Vernacular Architecture is known for its use of local materials and knowledge of material combination without any supervision of a professional architect. Today,as the demand for sustainable architecture increases many architects and designers are investing their time and resources to decode the world of vernacular architecture around the world, so to merge traditional outlooks with modern techniques.
As one of the most important trade exchange channels, the Silk Road was also a “cultural bridge” between Asia and Europe. The system has existed for over 2,000 years. The Silk Road represented a form of the global economy and spanned the Asian continent with widespread transmission of knowledge and ideas which had a profound impact on the culture.
In October 2003, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale moved across the street from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to their shiny new winter performance place. The 2003 grand opening of the Disney Concert Hall was filled with pomp and circumstance lavish for even Southern California.
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