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Apollo Architects confronts the public and private sides of residential living with ACRO

CHIBA – The new residence in Chiba defies housing stereotypes and lands like an unidentified architectural object on the hillside residential neighbourhood.

 

Bornstein Lyckefors designs a little cube on the prairie

KÄRNA – Späckhuggaren, a one-and-a-half storey residence, displays honest construction methods and Falu-red coloured cladding.

 

A new Montreal super-hospital saves the day

MONTREAL – After nearly a decade of work on the project, Montreal hosts a new super-hospital designed by Cannon Design and NEUF architectes.

 

Mark A-to-Z: Q is for Quebec

Cover up and put your snow boots on. Here are five projects highlighting Quebec’s appeal.

 

Platinium by Tetrarc has a heart of gold and a silver skin

MONTPELLIER – Tetrarc completes Platinium, a residential block, that uses bold metallic and reflective features to make an impact on the neighbourhood.

 

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects fuses towers and functions together

COPENHAGEN – Five circular towers have been fused together to form a complex of offices, retail and parking in the centre of the Danish capital.

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

Atrium

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Unilever Headquarters Jakarta by Aedas. Photos Owen Raggett
 

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.

Lane 189 by UNStudio. Photos Hufton + Crow / Eric Jap (lead image)
 

UNStudio fabricates a patterned façade of tessellated diamonds

SHANGHAI – More of a commercial destination than a conventional shopping mall, Lane 189 makes a deeper connection between brands and the young professionals in the area.

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

Elgtarn Tower by Ram Arkitektur. Photos Sam Hughes
 

Beds cantilever into the wild in Ram Arkitektur's log tower

ESPEDALEN – The tower provides accommodation in its most basic form, stripping back to the bare bones of hospitality with neither running water nor electricity.

Beirut Towers by Herzog & de Meuron. Photos Iwan Baan
 

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.

South America

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Patzcuaro courthouse by Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Photo Onnis Luque & Rafael Gamo
 

A new complex by TALLER Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo brings order in the court

PÁTZCUARO – Tired of the same old drab courtrooms you see in Suits or old re-runs of Law & Order? Fear not, TALLER Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo designed a judicial …

Casa Tumán by Studio Selva. Photos Nicolás Saieh
 

Studio Selva's hands-on experience reveals a new side of architecture

PUERTECILLO – Architects Johan Selbing and Alondra Paz Vargas spent five months on site in Chile, stripping eucalyptus branches, mixing mud and stacking straw bales.

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

Concrete

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Morechon School by rk Studio. Photo Dominique Uldry
 

Rk Studio blankets a school extension in a metal cloak

SAVIÈSE – Atop the vineyards of Savièse in Switzerland and overlooking the Rhône valley, rk Studio built an extension to the Moréchon educational centre.

Tirpitz Blavand Bunker Museum by BIG. Photo Rasmus Hjortshoj / Rasmus Bendix
 

BIG buries a sanctuary of light into the sand of a former war zone

BLAAVAND – The Tirpitz bunker is the biggest and heaviest of 200 bunkers along the Danish coast and has been turned into collection of museums.

Nobu Hotel by Ben Adams. Photos Nicholas Worley
 

Ben Adams pierces through the Shoreditch scene

LONDON – The striking front of the building punctures into the public scene with open-ended beams.

House for a photographer by FORM/Kouichi Kimura. Photo Norihito Yamauchi & Yoshihiro Asada
 

There’s more than meets the eye in FORM’s new house

SHIGA – In his hometown and apparently his architectural playground, Kouichi Kimura designed a residence for a photographer.

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