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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.

 

BBGK highlights Polish prefabrication in brick-red concrete

WARSAW – Proclaiming itself as the embodiment of all things prefabricated, Sprzeczna 4 stands out in the heart of the Praga neighbourhood in Warsaw.

 

A metallic-clad roof structure by 2b architectes is inconspicuous amongst the vegetation

EPALINGES – Although its use has changed throughout its 100-year history, the CUTR’s primary purpose has remained in healthcare and patient rehabilitation.

 

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?

 

A wooden monolith by Dietrich Untertrifaller crowns the district of Bon Lait

LYON – Dietrich Untertrifaller completes a public gymnasium flooded in natural light through a series of truncated wooden pyramid skylights.

 

Horizontal is the new vertical in Aedas’ recently opened office complex

JAKARTA – Aedas makes it its mission to set out for a new frontier in workplace design as it completes the Unilever Indonesian headquarters.

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.

Art & Culture

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Solar Egg by Bigert & Bergström. Photos Jean-Baptiste Béranger
 

Bigert & Bergström's golden egg symbolises a change of seasons

KIRUNA – An egg-shaped sauna is making an impression on the local people of Sweden's northern-most town.

The garden design by Piet Oudolf sets art in nature and provides outlook for the museum visitors. Photo Ronald Tilleman
 

Museum Voorlinden has an intelligent canopy which controls lighting

WASSENAAR – Just north of The Hague there is a new museum opening for the Caldic Collection, which is the largest private art collection in the Netherlands.

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 architects installed a public seating area in front of the museum in addition to the renovations.
 

Vector Architects meshes contemporary with the historical Bauhaus

BEIJING – A local firm gives a modern touch to a converted factory in the city's renowned 798 Art District.

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

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.

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. 

The program is divided into five split levels with the common areas terraced near each other.
 

Personal Architecture modernises the Dutch Dike House

ZEVENHUIZEN – A new single-family residence in a rural, South Holland village called for a modern program suitable to its idyllic surroundings.

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