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Featuring the work of renown architects Riepl Riepl Architekten, Emilio Ambasz, Predock Frane Architects, Larkin Architects, DesignInc Tasmania, Jensen & Skodvin, Allmann Sattler Wappner Architects, Daniel Bonilla, Matti Sanaksenaho, Takashi Yamaguchi, Heinz Tesar, Klein Dytham Architects, Richard Meier & Partners, and Slavin Architects, among many others.
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  • JA Curve Church

    JA Curve Church

    An austere simplicity characterizes JA Curve Church, located on Jeju Island, Korea. Surrounded by dense pine groves and citrus trees, the white walls and clean lines embody the purity of its message.

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  • Church of 100 Walls

    Church of 100 Walls

    Religion is not, in essence, about dogma and rituals, but about a search for meaning. The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod in Cebu, Philippines – nicknamed, for obvious reasons, The Church of 100 Walls – embodies the experience of this search through its very illegibility; its anti-form. With  labyrinthine passages and multiple doors, the church is both a mystery and a source of enlightenment. 

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  • Le Corbusier's Notre Dame du Haut

    Le Corbusier's Notre Dame du Haut

    A break-in at the Notre Dame du Haut chapel in Ronchamp has led to accusations of a different kind of vandalism - and inspires the Specifier team to take another look at this Le Corbusier classic

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  • Austria's Islamic Cemetery

    Austria's Islamic Cemetery

    An Islamic cemetery has been constructed in Vorarlberg, Austria, catering for the region's 38,000 Muslims.

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  • Dapto Anglican Church

    Dapto Anglican Church

    A local church has been transformed from a Sunday-only venue to something like a giant lounge room which beckons passers by to come in and share.

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  • Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral

    Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral

    In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, an architectural symbol of recovery has emerged in Christchurch, and surprisingly, it's made of paper. Standing as a temporary measure to replace the mid 19th-century cathedral the disaster left in ruins, Shigeru Ban's $6 million cardboard cathedral is the first substantial rebuild to be completed.

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  • Water Moon Monastery

    Water Moon Monastery

    The Water-Moon Monastery, completed in 2012, is situated on the vast Guandu Plain, on the outskirts of Taipei in Taiwan. Against the Datun Mountain backdrop and facing the Keelung River, the monastery is a striking study in simplicity and minimalism. The project takes advantage of the natural beauty of the landscape: surrounding mountains and treetops peek over the adjoining walls, connecting with the sanctuary and creating a tranquil, spiritual retreat for all its visitors.

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  • 2013 Pritzker Prize Winner: Toyo Ito

    2013 Pritzker Prize Winner: Toyo Ito

    Toyo Ito has been awarded this year’s Prtizker Prize, becoming the 37th recipient of the architectural world’s highest honour. Describing him as a ‘creator of timeless buildings,’ the Pritzker Jury lauded Ito’s ability to create architecture that ‘projects an air of optimism, lightness and joy, and is infused with both a sense of uniqueness and universality.’

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  • Kamppi Chapel / K2S Architects

    Kamppi Chapel / K2S Architects

    Kamppi Chapel, located in a bustling hotspot of central Helsinki, is the perfect place to find solace. The cone-shaped structure juts out onto Narinkka square, imposing its presence on the busy shopping precinct.  In contrast to the lively commercial environment, Kamppi Chapel captures attention through its simplicity as a place to repose without interference.  A towering frame constructed with gluglam elements and exterior of horizontal finger-jointed spruce wood is the chapel’s most prominent feature. The solid wood is treated with a pigmented transparent nanotech wax; the facade gently curves making a dramatic statement.

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  • Cathedral of the Nothern Lights / Schmidt Hammer Lassen

    Cathedral of the Nothern Lights / Schmidt Hammer Lassen

    Twelve years since Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen won an architecture competition to highlight the natural beauty of Arctic town Alta in Norway, their Cathedral of the Northern Lights has been completed and stands as a striking tribute to the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis.

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