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Sora Data Centre / Shaw Architect

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  • Architects: Shaw Architect
  • Location: Persiaran Apec, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Principal Architect: Ho Shaw Chin
  • Area: 5094.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: H. Lin Ho, Leang Wai Loon
  • Data Center Consultant: C2 Consult Sdn Bhd
  • C+S Engineers: RS Elite Consult Sdn Bhd/ MOK Consulting Engineers Sdn Bhd
  • M+E Engineer: D&O Konsultant Sdn Bhd
  • Contractor: Nakano Construction Sdn Bhd
  • Building Owner: NTT MSC Sdn Bhd
© Leang Wai Loon © Leang Wai Loon


Nest at Amami Beach Villas / Atelier TEKUTO

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima
  • Architects: Atelier Tekuto
  • Location: Tatsugo-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Lead Architects: Yasuhiro Yamashita, Ben Matsuno / Atelier TEKUTO, Amami Design Firm
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima
  • Structural Engineers: Jun Sato, Kenichi Inoue / Jun Sato Structural Engineers
  • Preliminary Mep Engineering: Hiroyuki Yamada / YMO
  • Mep Engineering: Tetsuhito Shoji / BE Link
  • Preliminary Lighting Design: Miki Matsushita, Naoki Takayama, Hiroaki Miyake / Miki
  • Lighting Design: Matsushita Lighting Design
  • Preliminary Landscape Design: Hiroshi Yanagihara / Mindscape Ltd.
  • Interior Design: Norito Takahashi, Yusuke Nakao / Jamo Associates
  • Contractor: Hatakeyama Construction Co.,Ltd, Takeyama Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Retaurant Building: 400.58 m2
  • 2 Key Villa(X10 ): 74.53 m2

House Renovation / FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

© Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada
© Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada

Text description provided by the architects. The project was to renovate a two-story housing that was built 23 years ago. The original floor plan had individual cells and a small living room. The space composed of little compartments evoked a cooped-up feeling.

Water and Wellbeing: Projects that Explore the Potential of Public Baths and Pools

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

There is something about water that continually captures our imagination. Tranquil, dramatic, or ever-changing, the architecture of public baths and swimming pools can enhance the inherent qualities of water. Bathhouses were traditionally meeting-spaces where social differences bled away into skin and steam. Even in contemporary architectural projects, spaces for swimming and bathing often feel like a separate world, therapeutic and intimate. 

Below are 12 projects that display stunning spaces for communal bathing and swimming.

Summer Pool In Godella / Álvarez Cubells Arquitectos

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

The downtown skyline of a city is perhaps its most symbolic feature. The iconic cityscapes that we know and love are typically formed by skyscrapers, but much of the surrounding context is made up of other high-rise buildings. Yes, there is a difference between a skyscraper and a high-rise. Research company Emporis defines a high-rise as a building at least 35 meters (115 feet) or 12 stories tall. These high-rise buildings play a major role in the more sprawled urban context of larger cities today.

Read on for Emporis' list of the 20 cities in the world with the most high-rises. You might be surprised by which cities made the cut.

1. Seoul, South Korea (33,073)

House in Minamiyukigaya / Hugo Kohno Architect Associates

© Seiichi Ohsawa © Seiichi Ohsawa

House Vision / Jun Igarashi Architects

© Anna Nagai © Anna Nagai
© Anna Nagai © Anna Nagai

Text description provided by the architects. When thinking about the window, we decided to reconsider the form and composition of the window as an element, thinking that there is an infinite possibility in the “cross-section” of a window. The "window" which is the boundary between the inside (architectural space) and the outside (context)is now taken as a new element in it’s section. If we look the cross section of a window with a microscope we can find a lot of new small spaces that connect the interior with the exterior. This spaces can connect “people with architecture”, “people and context” and also “people with people”.

Sushi Bar Designs: 10 Restaurant Interiors Around the World

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Sushi, one of Japan’s most popular and traditional dishes has now established itself as a worldwide favorite for people all around the globe and (indeed) for architects, especially. Many countries have established sushi culture into their menus and restaurants from Spain to Dubai have adapted Japanese architecture to create the perfect space for eating sushi. The key to these serene interiors rely on Japanese interior qualities such as soft illumination, wooden finishings and textures that create the right environment.

Since June 18th is World Sushi Day, we are celebrating with this selection of 10 sushi bars and restaurants from all around the world!

Zen Sushi Restaurant / Carlo Berarducci Architecture 


Summer House in the Stockholm Archipelago / Kod Arkitekter

© Måns Berg © Måns Berg
  • Architects: Kod Arkitekter
  • Location: Sweden
  • Lead Architect: Åsa Kallstenius
  • Area: 210.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Måns Berg