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Dixneufcentquatrevingtsix frames the landscape by merging structure and sculpture

NIMES – A modern extension has been added to Benoît and Roselyne's traditional farmhouse in the south of France in order to accommodate a growing family.

 

Caramel Architects squeezes a complete living experience into a roof space

VIENNA – For quite some time, residents in the Austrian capital have relied on the ability to extend their townhouses vertically, converting roof space into extra quarters for living.

 

Traditional and Reliable: 5 Top Picks in Brick

For centuries, the humble brick has proven its worth as a structurally reliable building material.

 

Kaan Architecten reinterprets century-old ideas to realise a contemporary renovation

THE HAGUE – Originally built in 1917, the former home of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has been renovated for a second time.

 

Schmidt Hammer Lassen's composition of cubes opens visual connections

HJØRRING – Vendsyssel Theatre is already famous as ‘Denmark’s first newly-built theatre in over a century (outside of Copenhagen).'

 

KUD designs a contemporary house as a 'conversation of dualities'

MELBOURNE – Victoria is geographically the smallest state in Australia; it is also the most densely populated and this is creating a shift in its architectural language.

Timber

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Natural and Renewable: 5 Top Picks in Timber

There are ample good reasons to build in timber. As well as its aesthetic qualities, it is one of the most sustainable resources available to the industry.

Chalres House by Austin Maynard Architects. Photos Peter Bennetts
 

Light pervades the moody spaces in Austin Maynard Architects' house of contrasts

MELBOURNE – A luscious and dynamic garden brings Charles House to life. The house itself was realised a little over a year ago but it is only now that the landscaping is finalised.

Keukenhof by Mecanoo. Photos courtesy of the architect
 

Mecanoo frames the Dutch skies with timber triangles

LISSE – Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens in the world. In time for this year's opening, a gatehouse was realised to give the attraction a proper entrance.

Chimney House by Dekleva Gregorič Architects. Photos Flavio Coddou
 

Dekleva Gregorič Architects combines tradition with negative space

LOGATEC – One of the simplest ideas of all inspires the form of a timber-clad home in central Slovenia: the chimney.

Rotterdam

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Matryoshka House by Shift. Photos Noortje Knulst
 

Shift's Matryoshka House questions the relationship between living spaces

Rotterdam – A run-down townhouse has been fixed up into two high-end apartments, stripped down to its bare bones with smaller elements suspended in the tall voids.

Casa Kwantes by MVRDV. Photos Ossip van Duivenbode
 

MVRDV sculpts a back-to-front villa around an olive tree

SCHIEDAM – Dutch homes have a reputation of transparency, with curtain-less glazing. At Casa Kwantes, the request for privacy lends itself to the concept of a two-faced residence.

What do you want next?
 

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam asks the right questions

ROTTERDAM – A forward thinking exhibition presents real-world solutions to the challenges of global urbanisation. 

The capsule is a flamboyant addition to its urban surrounding.
 

Iris de Kievith's spaceship-like structure has a special mission

ROTTERDAM – Architect Iris de Kievith's mobile pavilion might look like it’s going to fly away, but it gained a foothold in Rotterdam's Feijenoord neighbourhood. 

Current Issue

Mark 67

Mark 67

With a focus on apartment complexes, Mark #67 sheds light on high-rise residential towers in big cities. Featured projects located in Nantes, Frankfurt and Antwerp show that living in communal dwellings doesn’t have to be a monotonous experience; in fact, the variety of typologies makes these complexes anything but predictable.

An airship has landed. Gulliver – named, of course, after one of the most famous characters in utopian literature – has arrived in Prague 7, the up-and-coming art district of the Czech capital. Hut’ Architektury, the firm responsible, created the new space as a public hotspot for literature and it just so happens to have dropped in on top of DOX Contemporary Art Centre, as well as the front cover of this issue of Mark.

We stick around in Europe to visit Snøhetta’s latest museum in Montignac. The architects created a 3D computer model to recapture the magic of the Lascaux caves – which have been closed to the public since 1963 – turning the result into a smooth and narrow series of exhibits that plays on the senses with 900-s-qm of replicas. It’s an exciting and clever solution if you really want to check out the cave experience without getting potentially stuck underground in the damp.

Across the pond, Mark talks to Zoë Prillinger and Luke Ogrydziak of San Francisco-based office OPA about three projects that were completed towards the end of 2016. Zoë describes any good project as ‘ideas rising from the goo of the unconscious’ and the angular, mutated forms of the private residences are no exception to the firm’s process of imposing a story.

In other news: Herzog & de Meuron’s first public building in Italy is a dramatically elongated form which encompasses a research centre and offices; a house in Massachusetts has been designed as a prototype for a novel system of prefabrication; and a year after completion, the formerly red façade of Woha’s Oasia hotel in Singapore is taking on a life of its own – literally.

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Out Now: Mark #67 – Apr/May 2017

With a focus on apartment complexes, Mark #67 sheds light on high-rise residential towers in big cities, showing that living in communal dwellings doesn't have to be a monotonous experience.

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