SHAU ARCHITECTSWith the aim of providing a hub for the local village community, the Microlibrary in Bandung, Indonesia is the first of a series of small-scale libraries designed by Netherlands-based firm Shau Architects. Comprising a small reading area and library, the facade is composed of recycled ice cream buckets that map out a coded message from the city’s mayor: ‘buku adalah jendela dunia’, which translates as ‘the book is a window to the world’.
ATELIER ZEINSTRA VAN DER POLCaptured by Hamburg-based architectural photographer Sebastian Weiss, the WKK sculptural energy plant in Utrecht was designed by Atelier Zeinstra van der Pol. Enveloped in a skin of Corten steel, the building’s design was informed by functional requirements and stands elegantly next to Sjoerd Wouda's original 1968 circular power station.
PEDEVILLA ARCHITECTSLocated in South Tyrol on the Italian-Austrian border, the Vierschach fire station by Pedevilla Architects is made from rose-tinted concrete with crimson metal detailing. The building's distinct colour was intended to signify its function and underscore its independence from the surrounding Alpine landscape.
CORINNA DEANSlacklands by architect, writer and curator Corinna Dean is a guide to overlooked 20th century sites in rural Britain. Published by ARCA (Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture) and designed by Ben Mclaughlin, the book features 31 melancholic landscapes that reflect cultural and political shifts, pointing to marginal spaces and forgotten social histories.