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Maggie’s Centres – Architecture of Hope

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March 3, 2016

Maggie's cancer centres , UK . Architecture with a heart

Maggie’s Centres - a network of beautiful spaces in the grounds of British cancer hospitals offering support and refuge to patients and their families - have over twenty years gathered worldwide acclaim for their impressive line-up of beautiful buildings by remarkable architects.

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Fouché Jewellery From The Heart Of Nairobi

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December 10, 2015

Jewellery with a Conscience

Claire Fouché is everything her jewellery is – elegant, smart, bold and feminine. And most importantly she has a very big heart. Out of the slums of Kibera in Nairobi comes this modern jewellery with a hint of tribal Africa, designed by Claire in collaboration with the local artisans, which is then sent to London to be fine-tuned.

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SawMill House, Yackandandah, Australia

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November 5, 2015

Young Australian architects Archier Studio have worked with a regionally based sculptor Benjamin Gilbert to hand-craft a truly beautiful dwelling from 270 reclaimed one-tonne blocks of concrete. The award-winning design was designed and built together with the client, and serves as a precedent for positive reuse of the thousands of tonnes of concrete which goes to waste each year.

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Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, Poland

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October 16, 2015

The Great Symphonic Hall, Poland by Barozzi Veiga

This awe-inspiring, opulent building dictates the streets of Szczecin, in north-west Poland. The Great Symphonic Hall was designed by Barcelona-based architect, Barozzi Veiga and is built on the site of earlier auditorium that was destroyed during the Second World War.

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House Karkiainen, Espoo, Finland

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October 16, 2015

Sanaksenaho Architects

A small family house planned around a sheltered triangular courtyard makes the most of a tight, rocky hillside site in Espoo, Finland. A deceptively simple profile belies the spaces within - calm, peaceful, warm and filled with natural light which spills in through the many windows and skylights.

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Braamcamp Freire High School, Portugal

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October 16, 2015

Clever rejuvenation of institutional school architecture in Lisbon, Portugal

In the heart of historical neighbourhood Pontinha, on the edge of metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal-based studio CVDB Arquitectos have revitalised a high school with bold Corbusier-inspired flair.

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The Eyrie Without Doors, New Zealand

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October 3, 2015

Eyrie, The Open Door Cabins, Kaiwaka, New Zealand

As New Zealand heads out of winter, one brave architect creates cabins with no doors - perfect for a long North-island summer at Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand.

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Smart sustainability out of Spain

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October 3, 2015

Vortex Bladeless - stylish design of wind turbines from spanish designers .

These days wind farms are a common sight - a graceful and elegant presence scattered across landscapes, caught in our peripheral vision as we hurtle past on a Eurostar… but the future may bring an alternative to their familiar pinwheel form. Spanish pioneers David Suriol, David Yáñez, and Raul Martín of Vortex Bladeless are proposing a striking new approach to the wind turbine which we can guarantee looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

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Romantic Villa in the Landscape of Great Tuscany…

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September 7, 2015

As the end of summer approaches in the northern hemisphere, we couldn't help but include this romantic villa, set in the wheat fields of Tuscany. You can feel that dry heat coming from the honey coloured sandstone.... until next year Tuscany.

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Bloomsbury In Full Bloom

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August 28, 2015

Monk House, Lewes, Sussex Dates to early 16th century

An hour’s train ride from London is Monk’s House in Rodmell, Sussex. The 17th century weatherboard cottage was once inhabited by political theorist and author Leonard and novelist Virginia Woolf, and was a gathering place of the wider Bloomsbury Group. Surrounded by a lush garden of flowers, orchards, vegetables and ponds, the house has been preserved as the Woolfs left it, an artifact of their rich and turbulent life together.

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Casa Wabi Art Foundation by Tadao Ando, Mexico

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August 14, 2015

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We checked in at surf destination, Puerto Escondido back in March of 2014, when we covered Grupo Habita’s latest boutique offering - Hotel Escondido. Here we're revisiting Mexico’s Emerald Coast this week to give you a peek at Casa Wabi, a gallery, artists' residence and community space, by modern master, Tadao Ando.

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The Church Grown From Trees, New Zealand

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August 14, 2015

Tree Church, Ohaupo, New Zealand Barry Cox, 2015

The natural and spiritual worlds (as well as many mortal couples) marry in a living church grown from trees in Ohaupo, New Zealand.

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