Arcspace’s Top Projects Of 2017 (so Far)

by | 21. Jul 2017

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To celebrate the summer break we’re looking back at the most read and responded to projects of 2017 (so far).

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Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque

Marina Tabassum Architects

Marina Tabassum’s Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh, utilizes simple, unadorned materials and vernacular construction techniques to immense effect, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow, and creating a space for religious reverie and transcendence. 

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Church of St Peter

Sigured Lewerentz

The Church of St Peter in Klippan is the last major work of Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz, and embodies a holistic and obsessive architectural vision. The church manages to sit independent of style and tradition, quietly questioning and subverting a multitude of architectural and constructional norms to form a deeply imaginative and particular building.

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Naoshima Hall

Sambuichi Architects

The Naoshima Hall project, by Hiroshi Sambuichi, places a beautifully nuanced building in Honmura, an old castle town on the island’s eastern edge. It is at once a work of art, an astonishing piece of architecture, and a symbol of Sambuichi’s research into this island’s many ‘flows’.

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IKEA Hubult Meeting Center

Dorte Mandrup Architects

Dorte Mandrup’s meeting center for IKEA is evocative of the functionality, efficiency and innovation that the home furnishing giant represents, and encourages encounter and collaboration through an inventive approach to workspace design.

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Islev Church

Inger and Johannes Exner

Inger and Johannes Exner were prolific Danish architects throughout the second half of the 20th century, completing 13 churches, several community centres and many restoration projects such as the Round Tower in central Copenhagen. Islev church in Northwest Copenhagen is one of their most influential projects, varying from much of Nordic modernism in its emphasis on material quality rather than formal vocabulary.

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MAAT Museum

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The New MAAT Museum connects the river and the Central Tejo Power Station, sensitive to its datum’s and offering a counterpoint to the industrial Portuguese architecture. Whilst the Central Tejo Power Station sits as an exemplar of a different architectural language and history, the new building seeks to do what the orthogonal environment failed to; stitching Lisbon’s riverfront back to the city.

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