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Materials Meet Seamlessly “Like an iPhone” at Northern California Home by Natoma Architects

San Francisco studio Natoma Architects has completed a family residence that consists of intersecting volumes, with connections between its planes of concrete and glass designed to look as minimal as possible. The Oz House is perched on a hilltop in Atherton, California, and is accessed via a winding road. In addition to the main dwelling, the residence features a pool house, guest house ...

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Earthworm-Inspired Pavilion Stages Concerts and Light Shows in Latvia’s Floodplains

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture has built a circular pavilion for open-air music and lighting performances, designed to be reminiscent of an earthworm’s natural habitat. Nature Concert Hall is an interactive, educational multi-media event on nature and sustainable development held each year in a different location in Latvia. Every year is curated with a particular species as its “mascot” and Didzis Jaunzems Architecturewas asked to base this year’s pavilion on the earthworm. ...

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Nobu Opens Japanese-Influenced Oceanside Hotel in Malibu

Studio PCH and Montalba Architects have converted a 1950’s beachfront hotel into Nobu Ryokan Malibu, the first in a line of high-end, Japanese-inspired retreats. Stretching along a waterfront property in the affluent California city, the boutique hotel is the first in Japanese restaurant chain Nobu’s Ryokan collection of exclusive retreats in exotic settings and gateway cities. The line is named after a type of traditional Japanese inn ...

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BIG Creates Subterranean Museum by Carving Channels into Dune by Nazi Bunker

Danish firm BIG has built an “invisible museum” in Blåvand, Denmark, by cutting linear passageways out of the sand dune beside a bunker built by German forces during the second world war. BIG’s design creates new exhibition spaces for the Tirpitz Bunker, which already housed a small museum. The four slender slices channel through the dune beside the bunker, forming passageways. They intersect in the centre, ...

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