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Taipei European School

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Sina Plaza

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Villa Otto

Villa Otto's ‘flying saucer-like' design was conceived with a dynamic elevation. The unique outward thrusting walls and canopies gives the impression of a spacecraft either about to land or take off. The curvaceous interlocking of two circular pavilions forms the lucky number eight in Chinese culture. Despite the voluptuous external form, the internal spaces are largely straight. The vast living, dining and bedrooms emit an opulence to these rooms which seems to celebrate the privacy of personal space as a kind of luxury.

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Abdul Latif Jameel's Corporate HQ

The project is the headquarters of a regional diversified business, blending with the old adjacent context and introducing the future master plan. The two faces of the complex adjacent to the roads are more solid in appearance, evolving to independent ‘L-bar’ volumes which contain all supporting services and allow adjacent offices maximum efficiency. In contrast to the’ L-bar’, the open-plan office space is ‘soft, flowing and highly transparent’ reflecting the ethos of the company.

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Sandscrawler

As a regional headquarters for a major entertainment-related company, the project is distinguished from just an office building. Fulfilling the highly defined master planning guidelines, the building floats up to 13 metres above the ground with a sufficiently landscaped courtyard and a 100-person theatre. The external metallic glass skin allows for privacy on the more exposed faces and presents an aerodynamic appearance. Office areas are openly visible to the courtyard with low-iron clear glass.

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GREEN WALL HOUSE

We were engaged to design a family home for four and their needs were simply to provide a contemporary home that was suited to the local tropical climate and be sustainable. The main feature for the house is a nine meter high green wall on the dividing wall of the semi-detached dwelling. The lushly planted vertical green wall is a refreshing feature wall, experienced in the bathrooms. The unique location of the green wall means the bathroom has an ambience of being connected with nature.

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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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