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Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

The university is located in Suzhou, where the famous Taihu stone is unearthed. The design of the Administration Information Building was inspired by the porous nature of the stone due to long time of erosion. The pores and holes are transformed into a void structure with functional spaces linking up different programmes of the building. The voids also allow the building to respond to the users and surrounding context and turn it into a vessel for interaction. The different heights of voids also create a three-dimensional Suzhou garden within the building.

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Screen House

The existing house was dark and poor cross ventilation. Therefore we propose a new concept to have large windows, but at the same time filtering the heat from the sun. The stairs acts as an airwell with a skylight and ventilation vents.Thus improving the air circulation in the house keeping it constantly cool. The screen on the external facade not only acts as shade from the sun but also giving privacy for the user as the neighbouring houses are built closely to each other.

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ALDAR Headquarters

The Aldar Headquarters designed by MZ Architects has a distinctive and innovative design: a semispherical building comprising two circular convex shaped facades linked by a narrow band of indented glazing. This iconic fully glazed structure is completely circular in elevation and curved in all other directions. The ideas of simplicity, purity and learning from nature, were the main principles of the concept, coupled with the reliance on one of the oldest rules of architecture: that of proportion. The result is an extremely pure geometrical but daring design.

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Golden West Bay

The Golden West Bay concept exemplifies a pure geometrical scenario tailored by a clear physical language. The diagonal cut of one pure rectangle and the sliding of the parts resulted in a striking, modern three-dimensional image. The two sliding parts challenge gravity and embrace one another through a joint. This innovative design approach creates an eye-catching structure that stands out from the rest. By forming this elegant and monumental silhouette, the building is seen to celebrate the strength of monolithic symmetrical sculptures which in turn symbolize power.

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Compass – school in Crete

The shape of the school that we designed is essentially an arrow that shows the path that the couple God Zeus and Europe followed due to the myth.Our building is actually acting as a memorial connecting a myth with reality.We wanted to create an international shape, an arrow that will point toward the rest of Europe, origin and destination of the future students of the school and a constant reference of where Crete belongs now.

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Mop House

Mop House is a residential project by AGi architects that was originally planned to house one family with two small children, however in the future it could be divided into two units. The structure of the house and the distribution of the circulation, as well as the positioning of the entrances and lift allows for guaranteed privacy between parents and children in the prospective future. The site can be accessed from either side of the surrounding streets to allow for both a private and a public entrance, whilst establishing a strong relationship with the adjacent public garden.

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Design interview of the day

Read the latest interviews and conversations on design, creativity and innovation between design journalist and world-famous designers, artists and architects. See latest design projects and award-winning designs by famous designers, artists, architects and innovators. Discover new insights on creativity, innovation, arts, design and architecture. Learn about design processes of great designers.

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