Japanese design studio Nendo recreates the impossible world of M.C. Escher in an immersive exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. (All photography by Eugene Hyland)

The Red Roof in Quang Ngai, Vietnam, by TAA Design, is topped with a vegetable garden that also serves as place for socialization and interaction. The rooftop garden is adjacent to the courtyard on the mezzanine floor, creating a playground and vegetable garden that connects the roof to the ground floor. fresh and readily available, the vegetables from the garden can be used in meals everyday. the abundance of produce is often shared with neighboring families, with the architecture credited with generating interactions with the surrounding community. (Photograph courtesy of the architects)
Swiss studio Manuel Herz Architects has created a synagogue at Babyn Yar in Ukraine to mark the 80th anniversary of a massacre that took place during the Holocaust. Named the Babyn Yar Synagogue, the place of worship consists of two large walls that can be manually opened and closed like a pop-up book — “If we conceptualize the synagogue as a building typology in its purest essence, we can consider it as a book. During the religious service, a congregation comes together, to collectively read a book — the Siddur (the book of prayers) or the Bible. The shared reading of the book opens a world of wisdom, morals, history and anecdotes to the congregation. It is this notion that informs the design of the new Babyn Yar Synagogue.” (Photograph courtesy of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center)

Antoine de Ruffi School in Marseille, France, by TAUTEM Architecture + bmc2 architectes — “The architects have voluntarily limited the number of architectural and technical components to guarantee simplicity and longevity and to ensure easy maintenance. Built with ‘low carbon,’ light-colored concrete, between the pearl white blanc and beige of the coquina sand, the building was poured in place and without joints. The painstaking work of the ‘skin’ has produced alternating parts of coquina and smooth, mat and shiny surfaces and an interplay of light and shadow in the embrasures.” (Photographs: Luc Boegly)
Tasked to redesign the WW II memorial monument for the submarine Uredd, Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter created Uredd Rest Area, a striking rest area in Ureddplassen (which in Norwegian means a ‘fearless place’), a frequently visited site just along the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten. An idyllic place to admire Aurora Borealis in winter and the midnight sun during summer, the architects wanted to honour the area’s views of the fjords and the Norwegian ocean while satisfying the architectural quality and public service requirements of the project. (Photograph by Statens Vegvesen)
Georges Batzios Architects restores a rare example of Greek brutalist architecture, designed in the 1970s by Alexandros Tombazi — According to Batzios, the overhaul was “a moral challenge.” (Photograph by Giorgos Sfakianakis)

“After 20 years of frantic city-building, rustic China is in a death spiral. Now architects are helping to reverse the exodus — with inspirational tofu factories, rice wine distilleries and lotus tea plants,” Oliver Wainwright writes in China’s rural revolution: the architects rescuing its villages from oblivion. (Photograph: DnA’s Tofu Factory in Caizhai Village, China, is operated by a “villager union […] to engage family workshops as shareholders of this collective economic entity.” Photography by Ziling Wang)
53 Units, Low-Rise Apartments, Social Housing in Saint-Nazaire, France, by the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2021 Laureates Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal — “This low-income development consists of 53 units organized in a series of three-story buildings, each with six apartments. The units include private gardens for each ground-floor residence and balconies or winter gardens on those of the upper floors. The architects’ use of transparent, retractable polycarbonate panels and insulating thermal curtains throughout the interior rooms create comfortable environments full of light that are also ecologically and economically responsible.” (Photograph by Philippe Ruault)

The Hill House Box Museum, by Carmody Groarke — “Rather than incarcerate the house away from view whilst the restoration is undertaken, a more radical approach to active conservation has been taken. As an integral part of this process of conservation, which it is thought will take up to 15 years, the project places a ‘big-box’ temporary museum on the site to contain and protect [Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s] The Hill House as an ‘artefact,’ whilst also maintaining access to the house for visitors.” (Photograph by Johan Dehlin)

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