From Brick to Crystal

Products22. April 2016
By: John Hill
Photo: Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee
The aptly named Crystal Houses in Amsterdam, designed by the Dutch architects at MRVDV, features a replica facade made of traditional terracotta bricks that dissolve into solid glass bricks at street level.

Golden Edge

Products11. April 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
The new bus station was created as part of Local 2010 urban development plan in Gummersbach as a component in the restructuring of the 18-hectare former Steinmüller area. (Photo: Lukas Roth)
"A warmly glowing, floating metal sculpture" is how the architects at pape + pape describe the new bus station they designed for Gummersbach, Germany. Sited by the train station, the new structure creates a striking image at the entrance to the country town.
Photo: Jannes Linders
Benthem Crouwel Architects, working with designer Irma Boom, have created a cycling and pedestrian "slow traffic corridor" at Amsterdam's Central Station that is clad on one side by nearly 80,000 Delft Blue tiles.

A Bit of Drama for Bolon

Products11. March 2016
By: John Hill
Photo: Shuhe Architectural Photography
A combination of horizontal shelves, vertical fins and hidden LEDs dramatically illuminates the glasses within Bolon Eyewear's first flagship store, designed by Ippolito Fleitz Group with Pfarré Lighting Design.

Restoring the Rainbow Tower

Products29. February 2016
By: John Hill
Photo: Stefano Scarpiello
Twenty-five years after an anonymous water tower in Milan's Porto Garibaldi was covered with a colorful palette of ceramic tiles, the team behind Torre Arcobaleno (Rainbow Tower) returned to refurbish the local landmark.

Creative EIFS

Products12. February 2016
By: John Hill
Photo: Courtesy of GG-loop
GG-loop's renovation of a corner building in Altamura, Italy, features a bold, faceted red facade made from EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finishing System), a system associated otherwise with bland, run-of-the-mill buildings.

A Curtain-like Facade in Ulm

Products 1. February 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
Photo: Conné van d´Grachten / HD Wahl
Stuttgart-based architects h4a have completed the new sports hall for the Kepler- and Humboldt-Gymnasiums in Ulm, a boxy building stacked with three gyms one above the other. The interior is elegantly blurred by a sculptural facade of twisting aluminum fins.

Luminous Landscape

Products18. January 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
Photo: XTU/Studio A.RISPAL/Andrea Bosio
The motto of Expo 2015 in Milan, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," was translated in the French pavilion into a built landscape designed by Parisian architecture firm XTU, with lighting design by Bonn's Licht Kunst Licht.

EPFL's Zigzags

Products 4. January 2016
By: John Hill, Thomas Geuder
The global competition among universities has led EPFL to create a number of iconic buildings. (Rendering: Dominique Perrault Architecture)
The campus of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is known best for SANAA's Rolex Learning Center built in 2010. Dominique Perrault has just completed an adjacent building whose facade dissolves through the use of a custom, movable aluminum mesh.
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Dorner
Strasbourg's Urbane Kultur has renovated one of France's "1,000 Pools" from 40 years ago, a distinctive dome set in the townscape. The dark exterior gives way to a light and bright interior covered partially with HI-MACS® acrylic stone.