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Herzog & de Meuron builds a tower of vertically layered luxury apartments

BEIRUT – A tower of stacked concrete plates breaks the rule of faceless apartment blocks that are being erected as part of the city’s masterplan to rejuvenate the area.

 

ASWA proves it’s what’s inside that counts

BANGKOK – The client, a Thai artist, preferred privacy in the lively neighbourhood and the architects delivered just that.

 

Mark A-to-Z: M is for Minimalism

Whether you live the minimalist dream or are aspiring to become a fervent follower of this philosophy, we can learn a bit more about how to enrich our lives with the minimum.

 

Work hard and play hard in the Hello Wood Project Village

CSÓROMPUSZTA – In this year’s edition, the participants finalised a series of pavilions to create a viable village structure.

 

Impostor by Les Malcommodes catches the tourist gaze

QUEBEC CITY – The picturesque Quebec City welcomes a splash of colour on its waterfront with the new installation by Les Malcommodes.

 

Cubic houses by ADEPT shift and slide into place

COPENHAGEN – ADEPT create a dynamic residential block that’ll make you look twice and think that it could maybe move on its own.

Out Now: Mark #69
Out Now: Mark #69

Current Issue

Mark 69

Mark 69

It’s the height of the summer and we’ve got a shiny new issue of Mark to tickle your fancy on a warm, sunny afternoon. Issue #69 travels to Beirut to check out some of the latest projects to be completed in the Lebanese capital. Bernard Khoury’s residential complex – Plot #1282 – is our cover feature and has all the makings of a ghost ship. Elsewhere, Herzog & de Meuron’s high-rise apartments comprises 26 storeys of thin, stacked slabs, and Youssef Tohme has completed two heavy, concrete villas on the city’s outskirts.

We speak to Lisbon-based architect Aires Mateus – the studio of two brothers – about their latest project in Tournai, Belgium. The brief called for the construction of a new university campus with two limitations: time and money. The contemporary building that resulted not only relates to its existing surroundings but uses archetypal volumes to craft a foyer that provides a new multifunctional space for its students.

C.F Møller’s Copenhagen International School is next on the radar for Mark #69. Rising from the industrial district on Nordhavn’s waterfront, the campus accommodates students from ages 5 to 18. The building’s tiled façade is a pixelated skin of blue solar panels angled in four different directions. Says the architect: ‘We didn’t even consider using traditional-coloured cells. It would be gloomy if they were grey or black.’

In other news: Office KGDV’s Solo House runs rings around its natural surroundings; a tower in Pratteln, Switzerland, protects its residents from the noise of the nearby railway; and cultural critic and theorist Mark Cousins talks to Mark about the role of history, theory and criticism in architecture – and why he believes that the purpose in life is a book.

Some articles from this issue

Skissernas Museum Extension by Elding Oscarson. Photos Åke E:son Lindman
 

Elding Oscarson builds rough yet refined museum extension

LUND – Elding Oscarson's museum extension employs Corten steel to create a distinctive contrast.

Out Now: Mark #69 – Aug/Sep 2017
 

Out Now: Mark #69 – Aug/Sep 2017

It's the height of the summer and we've got a shiny new issue of Mark to tickle your fancy on a warm, sunny afternoon.

Mark A-to-Z

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Media library by Dominique Coulon & Associés. Photos Eugenie Pons
 

Mark A-to-Z : L is for Library

We all deserve a little bit of down time in the sun, so why not pick up a good book to read on the holidays in one of these five library projects?

Frederiksberg Kindergarten by COBE. Photo Rasmus Hjortshøj
 

Mark A-to-Z : K is for Kindergarten Schools

Although school may be out right now, we can still dream of naps and playtime in these five projects that bring out the kid in us all. 

Mark A-to-Z: J is for Japanese Houses
 

Mark A-to-Z: J is for Japanese Houses

The quirky designs of modern housing in Japan undeniably grab our attention time and again. Here are five of our favourites.

Mark A-to-Z: I is for Installation
 

Mark A-to-Z: I is for Installation

This week, we bring you five installations that have caught our eye due to their meaning, visual identity or simply their excitement factor. Enjoy!

Out Now: Mark #69
Out Now: Mark #69

Hong Kong

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Skypark by Concrete Architectural Associates. Photos courtesy of the architect
 

Residents can escape the city chaos on the Skypark roof terrace by Concrete

HONG KONG – A new clubhouse has opened 28-storeys above the densely-populated district of Mongkok – an area known for its high concentration of bars, clubs and restaurants.

Nothing but white walls, glass and steel.
 

133 Wai Yip Street is MVRDV's last exercise in transparency

HONG KONG – In China, the Dutch architects have just finished a glass building which is the last one in their exploration of glass as a primary material.

The firm identifies the design as ‘paying homage to quintessential British heritage’.
 

NC Design & Architecture conceals an elite Hong Kong bar with umbrella boutique

HONG KONG – Handcrafted, ornate umbrellas presented within lavish glass displays characterise the façade of what appears to be a high-end store.

The geodesic steel dome structure recalls traditional Chinese paper lanterns.
 

Rising Moon by Daydreamers Design

HONG KONG – Friends and relatives gather together, carrying brightly-lit lanterns to celebrate the full moon, a symbol of harmony and unity.

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