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I was trawling the internet for beautiful examples of Sigurd Lewerentz’s work and came across my former university college – The Manchester School of Architecture, Continuity – and their blog of his work.

Often regarded as the master of brick, Lewerentz famously created St Mark’s church (pictured above) entirely of brick without cutting a single one, and created what some considered almost perfect, reflected in Adam Caruso’s Sigurd Lewerentz and a Material Basis for Form His wonderful arrangement of structures creates incredibly charged spaces which result in very successful schemes with no better example than Klippan.

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Vikki Church by JKMM Architects is a small church in Helsinki, Finland which is the central element to a larger progressive urban development. The interesting feature to the building though is the glulam timber beam ceiling, which is made ridged by roof panels. Here the roof’s structure is revealed, which like Caruso St John Architect’s Arosa Sporttheatre, creates a spacial relationship between two levels.

 

Caruso St John Architects have just unveiled the new Nottingham Contemporary Arts Centre, which takes inspirations from both the physical nature of the site and the architectural character of the warehouses in the lace market near to it. The most interesting feature though is the lace moulds for the external facade, which have taken original lace patterns and machine milled by computer control an original, from which a mould can be taken and then several concrete precast units can be formed. You can read The Architects Journal here.