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Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre / Niall McLaughlin Architects. Tanpo Solar School / Csoma's Room Foundation. Studio KO's Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech. Riverside house by Sandy Rendel features weathering steel. The Couch / MVRDV. Architects Location Area 322.0 sqm Project Year 2015 Photographs Design Team Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries, Renske van der Stoep, Pepijn Bakker, Arjen Ketting, Sanne van der Burgh, Cristina Gonzalo, Rosa Rogina.

The Couch / MVRDV

Co-architect Studio Bouwhaven. Structural Engineer Contractor Romijn Bouw Illustrations More SpecsLess Specs From the architect. IJburg is a new district to the east of Amsterdam. Separate roofs break down the scale of Von M's Kindergarten. German studio Von M has completed a slatted timber building with a fragmented roofline to house a kindergarten in the German city of Ludwigsburg (+ slideshow).

Separate roofs break down the scale of Von M's Kindergarten

The Stuttgart firm converted and extended an existing residential building in the Poppenweiler district of the city to create the Kinder und Familien Zentrum. They affixed a new 1,425-square-metre kindergarten to one side of an existing block that now houses a family centre. To reflect the scale of adjacent farmhouses, the new block is split into five segments, each with its own roof that is pitched in an alternate direction to the one before.

The existing structure was stripped down into a "concise" form by removing the building's bay windows and overhanging roof, and new openings were established in line with those in the additional building. Pezo von Ellrichshausen designs a building made up of 100 circles. Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen are presenting a concept for a megastructure built from 100 overlapping circular enclosures, as part of an exhibition in the Czech Republic (+ slideshow).

Pezo von Ellrichshausen designs a building made up of 100 circles

Pezo von Ellrichshausen worked with architecture students from the Technical University of Liberec on the project Infinite Motive, which imagines a sprawling architectural structure made from circles in a wide variety of sizes. 50 Shades of Wood is a timber dentist surgery in Bruges. Declerck-Daels Architecten used different varieties of timber and "frivolous" colours for this surgery in Bruges, in an attempt to make going to the dentist more bearable (+ slideshow).

50 Shades of Wood is a timber dentist surgery in Bruges

The Belgian studio named the project 50 Shades of Wood after the variety of tones found in the building's silvery timber cladding, as well as its brightly coloured wooden interiors. Museum in Kassel dedicated to fairytales of Brothers Grimm. This limestone-faced museum in the German city of Kassel by Kada Wittfeld Architektur houses the archives of famous literary duo the Brothers Grimm (+ slideshow).

Museum in Kassel dedicated to fairytales of Brothers Grimm

Grimmwelt Kassel (The Brothers Grimm Museum) is built on a sloping plot in Weinberg, a former vineyard near Kassel's centre. The elevated site is strewn with fragments of stone retaining walls, steps, pergolas and is supported by planted terraces. Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects — The Granary. © Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects .

Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects — The Granary

Published on March 19, 2015. The refurbished Granary, with its bronze-clad extension, is the headquarter offices for developer/contractor Rooff. Szczecin Philharmonic Hall photographed by Hufton + Crow. These new shots by Hufton + Crow provide an in-depth look at the pointy profile and expansive interiors of the Polish concert hall that was recently shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 and this year's Designs of the Year (+ slideshow).

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall photographed by Hufton + Crow

The Szczecin Philharmonic Hall by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga was one of 40 projects named on the shortlist for the most prestigious accolade in European architecture, and one of three buildings recognised in Poland, alongside Lahdelma & Mahlamäki's Museum of the History of Polish Jews. It was also among the 76-strong list of nominees for the Designs of the Year awards 2015, which features 15 architecture projects. A series of adjoining gables give the building its zigzagging roof profile, designed to create the appearance of a row of smaller structures.

It also features a translucent ribbed-glass facade that glows after dark. Szczecin Philharmonic Hall was completed in 2014 – read more about it in our earlier story. Copper panels clad the facade of Poland's Museum of Fire. Each facet that makes up the facade of this community building in Poland by OVO Grabczewscy Architekci is covered in a sheet of shiny ridged copper to create the impression of flames (+ slideshow).

Copper panels clad the facade of Poland's Museum of Fire

Katowice-based studio OVO Grabczewscy Architekci designed the Museum of Fire after being asked to create a cultural pavilion for the city of Żory in southern Poland, near both the Czech and Slovakian borders. It serves as a tourist information and community centre, but also hosts local history exhibitions.

When the medieval city was founded in the 12th century, a forest was razed to produce the open space. The name of the city is derived from the process used to create this earlier Slavic settlement called Zar – meaning fire, burnt or flames – which provided the basis for the design. "It became obvious to us, that the building should look like a fire," said OVO Grabczewscy Architekci co-founders, Barbara and Oskar Grabczewski.

Curving walls create arched avenue in wedding planning venue. Curving walls rise from opposing directions to form an aisle through the centre of this wedding planner's office in Japan by Ryo Matsui Architects (+ slideshow).

Curving walls create arched avenue in wedding planning venue

Tokyo office Ryo Matsui Architects designed the Bridal Salon to provide a wedding consultation area for Hotel Nikko Kumamoto, a wedding venue in Kumamoto Prefecture, a region on Japan's south-west coast. Archea Associati creates grape-inspired buildings for expo. Round pavilions dotted across the landscaped grounds of this expo centre for a grapevine breeding convention in China were designed to resemble giant grapes, with relief patterns in their concrete facades (+ slideshow).

Archea Associati creates grape-inspired buildings for expo

Italian studio Archea Associati won an international competition to develop the facility for the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics, an event focused on issues relating to wine culture including agriculture and grapevine cultivation. The approximately 200-hectare site in Yanqing County, north of Beijing, includes greenhouses, museums, a visitor centre, landscape towers and bridges spread out across an exhibition garden. The park is intended to provide a leisure facility for visitors from the city and also an educational experience for people wanting to learn about grape cultivation and wine tourism. Connecting Site... ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena — Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini. © Nina Vidic - ELEMENTAL. Published on December 02, 2014. In 2011, Angelini Group decided to donate the necessary funds to create a center where companies, businesses and more in general, demand, could converge with researchers and state of the art university knowledge creation.

The aim was to contribute to the process of transferring know-how, identifying business opportunities, adding value to existing resources or registering patents in order to improve the country’s competitiveness and consequently its development. Aires Mateus Associados — House for Elderly People. © Fernando Guerra / FG+SG . Published on December 17, 2012. The project is based on a attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, a sort of a micro-society with its own rules.

It is a program, somewhere in between a hotel and a hospital, that seeks to comprehend and reinterpret the combination social/private, answering to the needs of a social life, and at the same time of solitude. Independents unities aggregate into a unique body, whose design is expressive and clear. Elemental builds "monolithic" concrete innovation centre in Chile. This concrete innovation centre at a Chilean university by Santiago studio Elemental has deep recessed windows designed to cool its network of communal interior spaces (+ slideshow).

Elemental designed the 8,176-square-metre Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini on the campus of the Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago. The 14-storey building, which includes three floors underground, was created as a space where companies and businesses could converge with researchers. Kings College Library by Mitchell Taylor Workshop. Mottled red brickwork was used to build the gabled walls of this English school library by Mitchell Taylor Workshop, who more recently completed a humanities building for a historic school elsewhere in the country (+ slideshow). Completed in 2011, the library building was designed by Bath-based Mitchell Taylor Workshop for Kings College in the town of Taunton, Somerset, as an extension to a mid-19th-century building. The existing building faces a landscaped courtyard and contains the college headmaster's office. Austin-Smith:Lord's Carmelite Monastery has brick walls inside and out.

British firm Austin-Smith:Lord used textured brick for the internal and external surfaces of this monastery in Liverpool to give it an austere but coherent aesthetic (+ slideshow). Austin-Smith:Lord created the new monastery to bring together three existing communities of Roman Catholic Carmelite nuns from around Britain in a complex incorporating a chapel, cloister, refectory, community room, library and workspaces. Accommodation – in the form of a guest house, 24 cells, two hermitage cells and six fully accessible infirmary cells – was developed to offer a modest, comfortable environment where the nuns can live and pray in silence and solitude.

Markthal Rotterdam / MVRDV. Architects: MVRDV Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands Year: 2014 Photographs: Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee, Ossip van Duivenbode, Nico Saieh. Proposed hostel by Atelier 8000 looks like it dropped out of the sky. School gymnasium by URA nestles into the landscape at a Belgian school. COBE's Copenhagen kindergarten designed as a "village for children"

Helsinki University Main Library / Anttinen Oiva Architects. Architects: Anttinen Oiva Architects Location: Kaisaniemenkatu, Helsinki, Finland Design Team Leader: Vesa Oiva Area: 31,700 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Mika Huisman, Tuomas Uusheimo Project Management / Cost And Site Management: Indepro Oy Building Services Consultant: Pöyry Building Services Oy Construction Engineering Consultant: Finnmap Consulting Oy Electrical Engineering Consultant: Pöyry Building Services Oy Acoustical Engineering Consultant: Helimäki Acoustics Contractors: SRV (main contractor) Client: University of Helsinki From the architect.

ORTUS, Home of Maudsley Learning / Duggan Morris Architects. Architects: Duggan Morris Architects Location: London, United Kingdom Area: 1,500 sqm Photographs: Jack Hobhouse Construction Manager: Cavendish Berkeley Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood Partnership Environmental Engineer: Skelly and Couch Cost Consultants: Measur Cdm Coordinator: Andrew Goddard Associates. Brighton College by Allies and Morrison. Architects Allies and Morrison have added this gabled extension to a nineteenth century boarding school in Brighton, England. Cafeteria at the University Aalen / MGF Architekten.

Architects: MGF Architekten Location: Aalen, Germany Project Leadership: Josef Hämmerl Design Team: Maria Knott, Karin Schmid-Arnoldt Area: 550 sqm Year: 2009 Photographs: Michael Schnell Planning Of Structural Framework: graf ingenieure, Schwäbisch-Gmünd Building Equipment: Herp Ingenieure GmbH & Co. KG Electric: Walter Gretz, Heidenheim Kitchen Planning: Ingenieurgruppe Walter, Stuttgart Building Physics: Brüssau Bauphysik GmbH, Fellbach Client: Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg, Amt Schwäbisch Gmünd, Herr Kellner. Sports & Convention Center at Jacobs University, Bremen / Germany by MAX Dudler & DIETRICH Architects.

Photo by Stefan Müller. School building by Mitchell Taylor Workshop contrasts stone with brick. Archium gives stone walls to a radio broadcasting station in Nepal. Office renovation with wooden and polycarbonate partitions by Daipu Architects. Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall opens tomorrow. Villa at Sengokubara by Shigeru Ban. Livsrum Cancer Counselling Centre by EFFEKT. City Hall of Plomodiern / Studio 02. Paul Chevallier School by Tectoniques. Beyond the Screen apartment block with brickwork screen by OBBA. Youth Centre by Cornelius + Vöge. FINE Design Group Office by Boora Architects. North London Hospice by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Glass Farm by MVRDV night shots. Sportcentrum Nieuw Zuilen by Koppert + Koenis Architects.